Be curious. Have empathy. Wonder what it is like to be someone else.

Friday, 5 April, 2013

Adding this to my long list of Quotes I Love,

Be curious. Have empathy. Wonder what it is like to be someone else. Make a friend who is not like you.” – Roger Ebert‘s final words from his 1994 PBS 11th Hour speech


Goodbye Roger Ebert (1942-2013)

Thursday, 4 April, 2013

Terrible sad day for movies lovers to hear the news that Roger Ebert is no longer with us. I’ve got the pleasure and honour to met him once in 2000 at the Toronto International Film Festival. He was pleasant, nice, and larger than life. I remember in one screening, a volunteer had no idea who he was and didn’t let him get into the theatre for a screening which got him quite upset. I think they eventually figured out who Ebert was and let him in.

I love how Ebert writes about movies and can bring out things that I miss even though sometimes our tastes are not quite the same.

Goodbye Ebert. I know wherever you are, they will be playing movies you love non-stop.

Roger Ebert dead at 70 after battle with cancer” Apr 4th, 2013, Chicago Sun-Times obituary

EW, “Werner Herzog on Roger Ebert, ‘the good soldier of cinema’ — EXCLUSIVE

I then read these two pieces by Ebert, “A letter to Werner Herzog: In praise of rapturous truth” and “review of Encounters at the End of the World

Apr 5th, 2013 update:

via PBS, “In this 1994 clip, Roger Ebert answered the question: What final message would you leave for future generations?

TorStar, “For Roger Ebert, it was always about the movies: Howell

CBC, “Roger Ebert mourned by world leaders, film industry vets

The Hollywood Reporter, “THR’s Todd McCarthy Remembers Roger Ebert


Happy 57th birthday, “Long Hair”, Leung Kwok-hung!

Wednesday, 27 March, 2013

I want to wish “Long Hair”, Leung Kwok-hung, happy 57th birthday, good health and all the best! Here is my 2005 documentary “Long Hair Revolution” filmed only two months after his election to Legislative Council of Hong Kong. I’m happy to say my first documentary has been added to the federal government “Library and Archives Canada” permanent collection in Ottawa.

Long Hair Revolution 長毛革命 @ national archive of Canada


“Chilling” effect on federal archivists and librarians

Wednesday, 20 March, 2013

From “ABCs of ‘behaviour regulation’ for federal librarians and archivists

The code says that LAC staff, which includes Canada’s leading librarians and archivists, who set foot in classrooms, attend conferences or speak up at public meetings on their own time are engaging in “high risk” activities.

Given the dangers, the code says, the department’s staff must clear such “personal” activities with their managers in advance to ensure there are no conflicts or “other risks to LAC.”

The code is already having a “chilling” effect on federal archivists and librarians, who used to be encouraged to actively engage and interact with groups interested in everything from genealogy to preserving historical documents, says archivist Loryl MacDonald at the University of Toronto.


Football and Why Malcolm Gladwell may never be invited back to speak at University of Pennsylvania ever again

Tuesday, 12 March, 2013

Football and Why Malcolm Gladwell may never be invited back to speak at University of Pennsylvania ever again, I think! If you love football, learn more about Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

Malcolm Gladwell at University of Pennsylvania 2/14/2013

Feb 15, 2013, DP, “Gladwell’s condemnation of football raises eyebrows – Students reacted negatively to the speaker’s suggestion that Penn boycott the sport

Feb 20, 2013, The New Yorker, “HOW MUCH PROOF DO WE NEED?

P.S. I would really really LOVE to know what the discussion was like at the post-talk dinner table ! :)

P.P.S. I am aware that some hockey players are affect by CTE as well and we Canadians should be ashamed of ourselves in doing nothing about it while enjoying our hockey games!


Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness

Monday, 11 March, 2013

Adding this to my long list of Quotes I Love,

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.” – Mark Twain (full copyright free project gutenberg text)

[HT Leila Boujnane]


TED & related Talks (Some of my favourites)

Tuesday, 5 March, 2013

Here are 7+ hours of TED & related Talks (20+ videos in total). Enjoy.


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