20170224 For the record (Denis Villeneuve (Arrival), Oscar Nominated, Man in US yelled ‘Get out of my country’ #hatecrime)

Friday, 24 February, 2017

CBC News, “Denis Villeneuve, from Quebec dreamer to Hollywood’s new king of sci-fi – Montreal director’s Arrival is up for 8 Oscars, but he’s just getting started” #DenisVilleneuve #OscarNominated #Arrival #BladeRunner2049 #Dune #Quebec #Canada

WaPo, “He yelled ‘Get out of my country,’ witnesses say, and then shot 2 men from India, killing one” [K’s note: If this is not hate crime in USA, I don’t know what is?!]

CBC News, “Information commissioner slams Alberta government for poor state of freedom of information Investigation finds ‘lack of respect for access to information’ across government

Guardian, “EU politicians back call for UK to agree €60bn exit bill before trade talks Czech, German and Italian politicians support European commission line that Britain must agree to pay up before talks

THR Full Oscar Documentary Directors Roundtable with Werner Herzog (‘Into The Inferno’ ‘Lo and Behold’), Roger Ross Williams (‘Life Animated’), Raoul Peck (‘I Am Not Your Negro’), Kirsten Johnson (‘Cameraperson’), Josh Kriegman (‘Weiner’), and Ezra Edelman (‘O.J.: Made in America’)

Tuesday, 21 February, 2017

THR Full Oscar Documentary Directors Roundtable: Werner Herzog, Ezra Edelman, Josh Kriegman & More! (66 minutes)


Lo and Behold

I Am Not Your Negro – Official Trailer

Cameraperson Official Trailer 1 (2016) – Documentary

Weiner – Official Trailer I HD I Sundance Selects

Life Animated Official Trailer (2016) HD

O.J.: Made in America – Trailer



‘Cameraperson’ Q&A | Kirsten Johnson | New Directors/New Films 2016

Hot Docs 2016: OJ Made In America Q&A with Director Ezra Edelman

ABC News, “How Movies Helped Boy with Autism

Ron Suskind: “Life, Animated” | Talks at Google


20170221 For the record (Tony Clement, asylum seekers, Uber, sexual harassment, Susan J. Fowler)

Tuesday, 21 February, 2017

CBC News, “Tony Clement hangs up on CBC Daybreak after exchange over asylum seekers – Public safety critic takes issue with questions about RCMP posed by morning host

(MF: CBC Montreal Daybreak host Mike Finnerty

TC: Tony Clement, the Conservative Party’s public safety critic)

“MF: So you think you should keep that rule in place, meaning that people still will try their luck and cross on foot.

TC: I’m saying that the RCMP need more resources to prevent that kind of activity and that we should be applying the law as it exists right now.

MF: So what should they do? 

TC: As a first stop, sir, we should apply the law. How about that for a reason?

MF: Because we have photographs, for instance, on the front page of the newspapers this morning here in Quebec of RCMP officers welcoming refugees on foot. In fact, there’s a picture on two of the papers of a baby being handed over into the arms of – 

TC: Yeah, we’re a welcoming society. I get that. But –

MF: But are you saying they should act differently? 

TC: No, now you’re putting words in my mouth.

MF: I’m just asking you, actually. What do you think the RCMP’s role should be on the border?

TC: I’ve already told you. I’ve already told you, sir. We should apply the law. We should make sure the RCMP have the resources to apply the law.

MF: Right, so what would that look like?

TC: – and we are a law-based society and any claimants who want to make a claim to Canada should do so through legal means. And I believe that your listeners believe that and I believe that Canadians believe that. And we’re calling on the government –

MF: Fine. But, so what would that look like?

(note: “Brief history of Canada’s responses to refugees“)

Susan J. Fowler, former Uber site reliability engineer, “Reflecting On One Very, Very Strange Year At UberRead the rest of this entry »

20170212 reading, video, audio list (North Korea, missile launch, Japan, Victoria Beckham, 十歲任建峰, 爸爸被捕, 人情冷暖, NSF Research)

Sunday, 12 February, 2017

CNN, “North Korea’s missile launch: Japan, are you watching?

The Business of Fashion, “Victoria Beckham live from NYFW

HK01 任建峰, “爸爸被捕,讓十歲的我見證何謂人情冷暖

Vogue Runway FB Live, “Victoria Beckham is live with Vogue.com’s Edward Barasmian at her #NYFW show.

Via Yann LeCun, Director of AI research at FB. This is mad! //The beginning of the end for federal funding of basic science in the US.
If this goes through the Senate, research funded by NSF will now have to demonstrably be in the “national interest”.
This is how you turn a leader in technological innovation into an also-ran.
A lesson in Golden Goose slaughtering.//

Science AAAS, “Updated: U.S. House passes controversial bill on NSF research

York U makes a 3D heart beat as one

Mashable Dan Rather, “A scientist examines the folly of ‘I am not a scientist.’” (FB posting)

Conversations in Science with Dan Rather and Nobel Laureate Paul Nurse

[Note: This will likely be the last one of these lists. It takes time to make them. And I don’t know if I can easily Google to find an old item from these lists.]

Undressed The Apprentice

Sunday, 12 February, 2017

[Warning: 成人內容 Adult content] Imagine we had went straight to this type of reality TV shows and skipped the fucking Apprentice totally …

Note: I’ll put the Undressed concept as: put a pair of almost naked people on TV to embarrass them for our entertainment to make easy money. [HT Brian who watched the Aussie version]

Format owner Italy based Magnolia SpA, a part of Banijay Group

Undressed: UK Premiere

20170211 reading, video, audio list (North Korea, ballistic missile, Piers Morgan, J.K. Rowling, Canada, Trump immigration EO, Fashion docs, TMay, Brexit)

Saturday, 11 February, 2017

CNN (with joint press conference video), “North Korea test-fires ballistic missile, South Korea says

CBC, “North Korea reportedly test fires missile, challenging U.S. Official from Seoul’s Defence Ministry says not clear if projectile was ballistic missile

CBC News, “Piers Morgan, J.K. Rowling in Twitter fight over politics Harry Potter author first tweeted after seeing the British TV personality on talk show discussing Trump ban

Guardian, “Fantastic beefs and where to find them: JK Rowling at war with Piers Morgan

WaPo, “How Canada is trying to capitalize on Trump’s immigration executive order

AnOther, “Ten Fantastic Fashion Documentaries To Watch Now

Guardian, “Theresa May faces public backlash over hard Brexit, poll finds

BBC, “EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker ‘will not seek second term’ [as European Commission President]

BBC (with video), 13 October, 2016, “Atwood: Handmaid’s Tale has become a meme in US politics

TorStar, “Table set for cordial talks between Justin Trudeau and Donald Trump Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland met Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan met Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. Now it is over to the prime minister to meet the president.

CBC Radio, “Saturday February 04, 2017 Astronaut twins, a Human-Pig Chimera and the Science of Torture

20170209 reading, video, audio list (Finance Minister Bill Morneau, Privacy, copy editing Trump)

Thursday, 9 February, 2017

CBC Politics FB Live, “Finance Minister Bill Morneau speaks at Georgetown University WATCH LIVE: Finance Minister Bill Morneau delivers a speech on Canada-U.S. relations at Georgetown University.

U of Ottawa Law Professor Michael Geist, “Canadian Privacy in the Age of Trump

Last night I appeared on TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin to discuss privacy issues in light of the Trump Executive Order that eliminates Privacy Act protections for non-U.S. citizens or permanent residents. A video of the discussion is embedded below.

CBC News Politics, “ANALYSIS Ministers set scene in D.C. for Trudeau’s elusive meeting with Trump No sit-down scheduled for two leaders, but Liberal ministers have been busy sharing government’s message

The New Yorker FB Live, “Our copy editor Andrew Boynton revises some recent remarks by Donald Trump.

Via Yann LeCun (FB director of AI), The video of my talk at the Beneficial AI 2017 conference is available here:

Slides are here.

The conference tool place the first week of January in Asilomar, California. Speakers included Yoshua Bengio, Erik Brynjolfsson, Stuart Russell, Andrew McAfee, Jeffery Sachs, Demis Hassabis, Nick Bostrom and others, offering widely differing views on the future of AI, questions of ethics, and the possible impact of AI on society.

The audience had a high concentration of Silicon Valley royalty.
I also participated in a panel discussion on human-level AI, but the video has not been made available apparently.

[More info here ]

KOMU, “11-year-old Columbia inventor pitches prosthetic arm to Shark Tank panel

Guardian, “Emma Watson: the feminist and the fairytale

“Watson rejected the part of Cinderella, she has said, because the passive character didn’t “resonate” with her. But Belle is a more Hermione-ish heroine. In the original 1991 cartoon, she wasn’t content to do the housework with the help of some chirruping bluebirds: she strolled through town with her nose in a book. And Watson told Total Film magazinethat she had pushed the character even further from the traditional Disney doormat, so as to ensure that she is “the kind of woman I would want to embody as a role model”. She isn’t just Belle, but bell hooks. Never before has there been such continuity between an actress’s online persona and her two most iconic roles.

Of course, Watson is still playing a fairytale heroine in a film with “Beauty” in the title, so she isn’t exactly dismantling the patriarchy. “She’s a very useful figure for feminism, because she attracts people who might not be drawn to it in another form,” says Professor Diane Negra, the author of What a Girl Wants: Fantasising the Reclamation of Self in Postfeminism. “But she is a particularly palatable version of a feminist celebrity. She is a very glamorous and polished figure with all the markers of privilege. She is clearly not an activist of the old school.””

WaPo, “7 key take-aways from the court’s ruling on Trump’s immigration order

“”The Government indeed asserts that it violates separation of powers for the judiciary to entertain a constitutional challenge to executive actions such as this one. There is no precedent to support this claimed unreviewability, which runs contrary to the fundamental structure of our constitutional democracy.”

3. The court thinks that the states of Washington and Minnesota have actual harms they can sue over.

“Specifically, the States allege that the teaching and research missions of their universities are harmed by the Executive Order’s effect on their faculty and students who are nationals of the seven affected countries. These students and faculty cannot travel for research, academic collaboration, or for personal reasons, and their families abroad cannot visit. Some have been stranded outside the country, unable to return to the universities at all. The schools cannot consider attractive student candidates and cannot hire faculty from the seven affected countries, which they have done in the past.” […]

7. The court wouldn’t even give the government its fallback position — a modification of the earlier judge’s suspension of the ban.

“More generally, even if the [temporary restraining order] might be overbroad in some respects, it is not our role to try, in effect, to rewrite the Executive Order. The political branches are far better equipped to make appropriate distinctions. For now, it is enough for us to conclude that the Government has failed to establish that it will likely succeed on its due process argument in this appeal.”

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