The People Don’t Know Their True Power

Thursday, 27 December, 2012

The People Don't Know Their True Power.

A good reminder to ourselves for the power we have against our elected representatives, the media itself, and others who has power because we give it to them.

[via a post from my French friend Laurent]

Marshall McLuhan 1979 Australian The Medium is the Message Lecture

Sunday, 16 December, 2012

March 2nd, 2013 update: I just added this YouTube playlist of some fascinating Marshall McLuhan clips. Here is a list of Marshall McLuhan quotes. And a Slate article, “Marshall McLuhan Talks Presidential Debates on The Today Show, 1976“. Enjoy.
Marshall McLuhan is a wise man and his words are amazingly timeless and relevant even 30+ years later. Have a watch of this McLuhan lecture recorded by ABC Radio National Network on 27 June 1979 in Australia, according to the clip description. The Australian audiences asked some great questions and McLuhan‘s answers are most fascinating. Enjoy.

 Marshall McLuhan Full 1979 lecture in Australia – Part 1 of 3

This is one of the many pearls of wisdom in part 1,

For example, the word ‘read’, ‘to read’ means to guess. Look it up in the big dictionary. The word ‘rǣdan’ means to guess. And reading is actually an activity of rapid guessing. Because any word has so many meanings. Including the word reading. Many many meanings. To select one, in the context of other words, requires very rapid guessing.

Marshall McLuhan Full 1979 lecture in Australia – Part 2 of 3

In part 2, McLuhan briefly (in an answer) gave a high praise to James Joyce‘s Finnegans Wake.

Marshall McLuhan Full 1979 lecture in Australia – Part 3 of 3

In part 3, McLuhan briefly (in an answer) talked about President Richard Nixon being interviewed by David Frost.

This article is cross-posted by me at examiner.

Update: This is the classic funny clip that you probably have seen before “Woody Allen meets Marshall McLuhan“.

Marshall McLuhan at 100: Media Expert Paul Levinson

The bit about McLuhan calling Levinson on the phone to talk for minutes, giving live commentary, about President Richard Nixon being interviewed by David Frost live on TV was priceless!

Tequila Sunrise – a cool step-by-step

Thursday, 29 November, 2012

A Classy Man's Tequila Sunrise - pix 4

I just watched a nice video showing me how to make the above cool looking Tequila Sunrise! The video by Andy is in Cantonese and has clear English subtitles. You should be able understand everything and make the drink yourself. Have a watch of  A Classy Man’s Tequila Sunrise (龍舌蘭日出) video! Thanks Andy for making the great video. (note: The instructional part starts at time code ~3:16 if you want to start learning how make it right away! :)

Subscribe to Andy’s A Classy Man’s YouTube channel for more videos. Like his Facebook and follow his Instagram. Fans of the first video have already asked Andy to make a dessert video! Finally, if you have made your own Tequila Sunrise (龍舌蘭日出), please post a picture to let us share your fun!

A Classy Man's Tequila Sunrise - pix 1

A Classy Man's Tequila Sunrise - pix 2

A Classy Man's Tequila Sunrise - pix 3

TED & TEDx talk videos – My baker’s dozen of favourite videos

Saturday, 24 November, 2012

Inspired by all the TEDxHongKong chatters I had last night with some attendees, I’ve finally done my version of top nth TED videos that inspired me. So here is my baker’s dozen (12+1) of TED and TEDx talk videos that I love and enjoy over the years. Some are popular and some are not.

May be we share a few common ones and we can chat about them in the comments. And if you see a few new ones that you haven’t watched, thats cool too and we can chat in the comments. And may be most important of all, please do share some of your fav! I love to check them out and hear why you love them!

In no particular order, the following are my baker’s dozen (12+1) tweets of my favourite TED & TEDx videos (with links added):

#1 tweet) In no specific order: #TED Malcolm Gladwell, UT alum & best selling author’s Choice, happiness & spaghetti sauce is great

#2 tweet) #TED Malcolm Gladwell‘s “The strange tale of the Norden bombsight” talk is better but unloved because of the harsh message

#3 tweet) A great #TEDxCaltech talk on Richard Feynman by Leonard Susskind. If u never heard of Nobel Prize winning funny man physicist Feynman, try this, you may start to love him.

#4 tweet) #TED Susan Cain is so cool & insightful. Here “The power of introverts” is a must watch for fellow introverts (me INTJ) Read the rest of this entry »

LIVE Blogging Rumble 2012: Bill O’Reilly v. Jon Stewart debate

Saturday, 6 October, 2012

If you want to know whats happening in the Rumble 2012 debate between Bill O’Reilly v. Jon Stewart (LIVE starting 8pm EST, i.e. 6pm Calgary time) but don’t want to pay the $5 to LIVE stream the video and watch it yourself, this reporter plans to LIVE blog the whole event in this article and share what other people thinks about the debate as it goes. I will try to highlight some of the good bits I enjoy.

*** LIVE Blogging in reverse chronological order (All time in MST) ***

[10pm] Check out this THR pick of 10 best moments, “Bill O’Reilly vs. Jon Stewart: 10 Best Moments From Their Online Debate

7:34pm Overall, it is an enjoyable debate for me. I am glad that I paid the $5 to watch the show. It was fun. And even taking away the “fun” factor, it was such an engaging and insightful debate that I’ve learned a lot from Jon Stewart and even from Bill O’Reilly in knowing the kind of things he told his Fox News viewers and how some of the claims can be debunked.

7:21pm ‏Love this quote. @bear_foot Stewart: “This isn’t a conversation between freedom and tyranny. I don’t want govt gone, I want it better.” #Rumble2012

[7:03pm] ‏@bear_foot Stewart proposes one mandatory year of public service for young people. O’Reilly says we should not have gone to Iraq. #Rumble2012

6:58pm @kitedreams I’m on it Jon. “We should not have gone into Iraq.” – Bill O’Reilly #rumble2012

6:53pm Ha ha. @bear_foot Stewart: “When you tell me I’m short, I don’t blame the liberal weights and measures bureau.” #Rumble2012

@bear_foot Stewart: “we as a country are only as strong as the weakest amongst us.” #Rumble2012

6:48pm Cute quote. Will find more interesting quotes to post later. @ZackFord Stewart on media bias: Fox News is an overreaction, an auto-immune disease of media representation, the lupus of media. #rumble2012

6:45pm A light hearted comment that is cute. @OmarjSakr Someone make Jon Stewart president please. #Therumble2012 #Stewart2016

6:31pm Whats wrong wanting to be hungry! @SalemAlQassimi “How is it that a company gets tax cuts and that’s for businessmen, but when people need food stamps it’s mooching?!”Stewart #TheRumble2012

6:29pm Stewart putting O’Reilly on the spot by asking about the disability his father gets. @ZackFord Stewart claims O’Reilly’s father filed for disability, O’Reilly says it was okay because it was from the company, not gov’t. #rumble2012

6:19pm If ALL politicians learn how to engage people! @HashigoZake A room full of people watching #rumble2012 live in Wellington on a Sunday afternoon.

6:16pm WAR! @bear_foot Stewart asks for his tax money spent on the Iraq War back and he’ll buy condoms for everyone. #Rumble2012

6:16pm Jon fighting back Big Bird (PBS) which is just a tiny tiny amount in the massive budget and forget about the expenses in WAR! @bear_foot Stewart: “We are merely weeks from being a failed state or, even worse, Greece. To solve it is to kill Big Bird.” #Rumble2012

6:09pm Good sum up in this tweet. @bear_foot Stewart: America faces problems partly because certain Americans have created an alternate reality he dubs “Bulls*** Mountain.” #Rumble2012

6:07pm Jon Stewart: “My friend Billy O’Reilly is full of s***!” :)

6:07pm Some pix here and here.

6:03pm Finally!!! @Kempton #rumble2012 starts OK finally

5:52pm Ha ha! :) @TheDailyShow Moments before the #rumble2012 starts Jon Stewart is still prepping.

5:48pm I am a little bit annoyed the online viewing page looks blank and wasn’t clearer that the page is expected to be “blank” like this. This Twitter user posted a pix @jlointc #Rumble2012 When is the live stream going live? iPhone 4 iOS6 Got nothing..

5:42pm Twitter user sharing a pix on location! @globalsultana Getting ready for #Rumble2012, obligatory posing in front of stage

Cross posted by me at

Unexpected wisdom from a 80+ years old man in a coffee shop

Sunday, 19 August, 2012

Love these three posts and one video featuring the wise 80+ years old  Russell Kirsch.

An Unexpected Ass Kicking

7 Things I Learned From My Encounter With Russell Kirsch

Square Pixel Inventor Tries to Smooth Things Out

Russell gives a hardware description of SEAC, the first programmable computer.

Thanks +Joel Runyon in sharing his awesome experiences meeting Russell Kirsch.

Bruce Lee 李小龍 – The Lost Interview

Wednesday, 18 July, 2012

Bruce Lee (李小龍) - The Lost Interview. I hope you enjoy this long lost TV interview program.

P.S. I decided to post this video clip after I read this article and realized I forgot to post it last month.

Watch it now!

Malcolm Gladwell on “miscalibration” and chat at HPU and keynote at iEX 2011

Sunday, 15 July, 2012

Malcolm Gladwell on “miscalibration” at HPU (video starts at 4:25)

HPU: Gladwell and Qubein (click to start at 4:07)

Update: Just added this interesting video.

Malcolm Gladwell Keynote Speech at SapientNitro iEX 2011

Malcolm Gladwell in conversation with CBC’s Eleanor Wachtel at Toronto Public Library (May 2012) and more …

Sunday, 15 July, 2012

Malcolm Gladwell, bestselling author of Blink and Outliers celebrates 50 years of Jamaica’s independence. In conversation with CBC’s Eleanor Wachtel. Malcolm Gladwell’s books including his latest, Blink are available at Toronto Public Library.”

Pay special attention to Part 3 where Malcolm gives insightful (and some may argue harsh) assessment of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs.

Update: Bonus Malcolm clips. I found the following clips and I thought I might as well include them here.

Councillor Brian Pincott interview re Calgary 100th Stampede and Peace Bridge

Saturday, 7 July, 2012

Councillor Brian Pincott interview re 100th Stampede & Peace Bridge

I can’t believe this year is already the 100th anniversary of Calgary Stampede. To join in the fun, we went out to one of the many free Stampede breakfasts this morning. And I ran into Calgary city councillor Brian Pincott. I jumped on the chance to interview Brian for a few minutes to talk about Calgary 100th Stampede and the $25 million Calgary Peace Bridge. Yes, before & during last city election, I wasn’t too convinced of the $25 million price tag for a foot bridge even I was and still is a fan of renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. You see, I got hooked on Calatrava when I watched a documentary about his Turning Torso project years ago at Calgary International Film Festival. I will let you watchBrian‘s explanation of how pedestrian foot traffic has exceeded the council’s original expectation and there was an even unexpected added benefit of the bridge.

Councillor Brian Pincott interview re Calgary 100th Stampede & Peace Bridge

Use of Social Media tool in Police Services – Interview with Toronto Police Constable Scott Mills

Wednesday, 4 July, 2012

Interview with Toronto Police Constable Scott Mills - Use of Social Media tool in Police Services

I am in the process of writing an in-depth article about how Police Services in Canada and around the world use social media tools. Average readers may not know but police services are now using social media tools to help communicate with citizens, report crimes, and, in some cases, even prevent crimes. Think for a moment, “prevent crimes” amazing right?! Watch the video and see for yourself and you will realize it is dedicated and good policing assisted by new social media tools.

I’ve started collecting research materials for the article. The following is my first video interview. The interview was actually conducted and broadcasted LIVE this morning using Google+ and YouTube technologies (two of the social media tools used in Toronto).

I want to thank Toronto Police Constable Scott Mills (@GraffitiBMXCop) for his time in sharing his insights. Have a watch of the video. Stay tuned for more interviews (I am planning a few more) and the in-depth article to be posted later.

Interview with Toronto Police Constable Social Media guru Scott Mills @GraffitiBMXCop

McDonald’s Big Mac Commercial 1984 – Cantonese trumped English campaign

Thursday, 28 June, 2012

1984 McDonald's Big Mac Commercial - Cantonese Hong Kong

The following are videos of 1984 McDonald’s Big Mac commercials in US (I believe) and Hong Kong respectively. To me, the Cantonese campaign actually trumped the English one! The HK commercial actually came as a part of a really smart campaign. And in hindsight, it can also be said that it was part of a campaign to “brainwash” HK kids with the virtues of Big Mac! How so? Well, HK kids were asked to memorize and recite a promo about the virtues of Big Mac in less than six seconds (see following Cantonese ad), in exchange for a FREE Big Mac!

I and many HK kids recited the promo in less than six seconds with flying colours! I didn’t know then, but in hindsight if this campaign didn’t fall under “brainwashing” I don’t know what would. Yes, in case you ask, after all these years, I still can recite the Cantonese Hong Kong Big Mac promo in less than five seconds (not six)! In Canada (I am less sure about US), we now have advertising/marketing guidelines as to what we can do to advertise to young children, and I am happy to say there are forms of advertising we don’t allow any company to do to influence the mind of young ones.

P.S. Setting aside ethics and morality for a moment, the Hong Kong advertising/marketing team did one heck of a job in improving upon the original US ad concept. Translating the language and culture of an ad is almost impossible but improving upon was really pushing everything one level up! Great job even I had to set aside ethics and morality to praise the original 1984 HK McDonald’s Big Mac team.

English “1984 McDonald’s Big Mac Commercial”

Cantonese “香港電視廣告 – 麥當勞: 巨無霸急口令 (1984年)”

In Chinese/Cantonese: 隻層牛肉巨無霸, 醬汁洋蔥夾青瓜, 芝士生菜加芝麻, 人人食過笑哈哈

1984 McDonald's Big Mac Commercial - English

Gary Carter, FremantleMedia, @MPJC2012

Monday, 25 June, 2012

Gary Carter, COO FremantleMedia COO FMX - pix 01

I often write Gary Carter, recently resigned as COO of FremantleMedia, is one of the most insightful TV industry people I know of. I lied. Gary Carter is **the** most insightful TV industry person I know of. And he is generous in sharing his insights. Have a watch of Gary’s speech at MPJC 2012Enjoy & learn what you can.

Gary Carter, COO FremantleMedia COO FMX - pix 02

2013 Aug 20th update: Gary Carter Appointed Chairman, Northern Europe and Shine 360° on 20th Mar 2013

Shine Group today announced the appointment of Gary Carter to the newly created role of Chairman of Northern Europe and Shine 360° as of 1 June 2013. Most recently, Carter was Chief Operating Officer of FremantleMedia Group.

In the new role Carter will oversee the creative and operational functions of Shine Germany, and the Nordic regions’ Metronome group of production companies in Finland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Carter will additionally operate as a strategic sounding board to Shine Group’s off-air ancillary division Shine 360°. Reporting to Shine Group CEO, Alex Mahon, he will travel between all offices from a base in Amsterdam.

One of the international production business’ most respected executives, and closely personally identified with the emergence of the Reality genre, Carter was most recently Chief Operating Officer at FremantleMedia Group. At Fremantle, he was responsible for Read the rest of this entry »

Doctor and medical student interrupt Minister Joe Oliver at press conference

Monday, 25 June, 2012

Chris Keefer - Doctor and medical student interrupt Minister Joe Oliver at press conference - pix 01

Faria Kamal - Doctor and medical student interrupt Minister Joe Oliver at press conference - pix 02

My personal thanks to the doctor and medical student who spoke up on our behalf. Shame on our Canadian government. Shame on us Canadians that we are not more aware of this problem. Canadians are BETTER than the actions of our current government in power!

According to the YouTube clip info, the names of the doctor and medical student speaking up are Chris Keefer and Faria Kamal respectively. I applaud Chris and Faria’s brave protest, risking retribution from the Harper government and their hospital administration.

Shame on Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Doctor and medical student interrupt Minister Joe Oliver at press conference

See CBC News, “Refugee health cuts protest cuts off Oliver announcement

TorStar, “A new low for refugees in Canada

The issue (a website) as posted in the YouTube clip info.

Chris Keefer & Faria Kamal - Doctor and medical student interrupt Minister Joe Oliver at press conference - pix 03

Dr. Michael J. Burry at UCLA Economics Commencement 2012

Monday, 25 June, 2012

Dr. Michael J. Burry at UCLA Economics Commencement 2012 - pix

Some (including the US Federal Reserve) likes to claim nobody could have seen the 2008 financial collapse coming. Meet Dr. Michael Burry. I am watching him this morning. [HT Greg]

Dr. Michael J. Burry at UCLA Economics Commencement 2012

Jeanne Beker, Queen of Fashion TV, speaks at 2012 Banff World Media Festival

Wednesday, 20 June, 2012

Jeanne Beker, Queen of Canadian Fashion TV

Jeanne Beker, Queen of Fashion TV host, received a Canadian Award of Distinction at 2012 Banff World Media Festival. I managed to capture a few words by Jeanne. And she also shared her Banff experience in a touching TorStar article.

Here is the official Banff bio,

Jeanne Beker
Bell Media’s FashionTelevisionChannel
Jeanne Beker is one of the most iconic and influential women in the fashion industry, both here in Canada and around the world. Jeanne is currently host of Bell Media’s FashionTelevisionChannel – Canada’s first and only 24-hour channel dedicated to fashion, beauty and design. Host of Canada’s leading fashion series FASHION TELEVISION for 27 years, Jeanne is also a contributing editor for The Toronto Star, a columnist for Metro, a published author of five books (the latest two released in Spring 2011 – Finding Myself in Fashion and Strutting It: The Grit Behind The Glamour) and a regular style correspondent for CANADA AM and ETALK. Jeanne also added a dose of style to the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics with regular fashion segments for CTV and launched an exclusive clothing line titled “Edit by Jeanne Beker” available at The Bay stores across Canada. Last year, Jeanne travelled to London, England as a CTV Royal expert covering all things fashion as the world tuned in to watch William and Kate tie the knot at the Royal Wedding on April 29, 2011.”

P.S. As a big fan of fashion, I want to mention the insightful fashion reporter Tim Blanks is the King of Fashion TV to me and I had been a big fan of Fashion File until CBC cancelled it.

“Computational Thinking” by Professor Jeannette Wing, CMU Comp Sci Department Head

Wednesday, 20 June, 2012

Highly recommending an insightful Feb 7, 2012 “Computational Thinking” presentation at U of Toronto by professor Jeannette M. Wing (President’s Professor of Computer Science and Department Head, Computer Science Department, Carnegie Mellon University).

Commencement Address by Jon Stewart (with a new quote I love)

Wednesday, 20 June, 2012

If you haven’t seen this speech yet, check it out, worth your 15 minutes. Here is a quote,

If there is any real advice I can give you, it is this. College is something you complete. Life is something you experience. So don’t worry about your grade. Or the results. Or success. Success is defined in myriad ways. And you will find it. And people will no longer be grading you but it will come from your own internal sense of decency.

Jon Stewart 2004 Commencement Address at The College of William & Mary

Conversation with Nikesh Arora, Google SVP, Chief Business Officer #banff2012

Wednesday, 20 June, 2012

Have a watch of this insightful Conversation with Nikesh Arora, Google SVP, Chief Business Officer at 2012 Banff World Media Festival.

Here is Nikesh’s official bio from Google’s management page,

“Nikesh Arora Senior Vice President and Chief Business Officer

Nikesh oversees all revenue and customer operations, as well as marketing and partnerships. Since joining Google in 2004, he has held several positions with the company. Most recently, he led Google’s global direct sales operations. He also developed and managed the company’s operations in the European, Middle Eastern and African markets and was responsible for creating and expanding strategic partnerships in those regions for the benefit of Google’s growing number of users and advertisers.

Prior to joining Google, he was chief marketing officer and a member of the management board at T-Mobile Europe. While there, he spearheaded all product development, terminals, brand and marketing activities of Read the rest of this entry »

Why the Chinese government can always win in court? The “tax case” of Ai Weiwei @aiww 艾未未

Wednesday, 20 June, 2012

Q: Why the Chinese government can always win in court?

A: The Chinese government can always lock up or magically make your lawyer “unreachable”. In addition, they can send police to block you from attending your own court hearing. And as if these are not enough, the judges will always follow the wishes of the central government to ensure prompt victory by the governments.

Guardian June 20, 2012, “Ai Weiwei barred from court hearing by Chinese police – Dissident artist says police warned him to stay away from court hearing on company’s lawsuit against Beijing tax authorities

CNN June 20, 2012, “China dissident Ai Weiwei harassed by police, he says

Guardian June 20, 2012, “Ai Weiwei’s lawyer missing as artist is warned away from tax hearing – Chinese dissident being told not to attend court as it considers his challenge to a fine for alleged unpaid taxes

Bloomberg June 19, 2012, “Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei Says Police Block Him From Court

Reuters, June 20, 2012 “Chinese police warn Ai Weiwei to avoid tax hearing


Update: I am thrilled that Ai Weiwei retweeted this post and I am ready to see Chinese spambots starting to flood my Twitter stream now!  At the same time, I asked & replied with a serious and fundamental questions/concerns for foreigners and foreign businesses “@aiww Sad u can’t attend your tax case in court + they “disappear” your lawyer. How can foreigners or int. businesses trust Chinese courts?


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