Failed Park Assist technology at Calgary Chinook centre

Monday, 27 December, 2010

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Park Assist failed and shut down at Calgary Chinook centre, Boxing Day 2010 (Photo Credit: Brian Wong)

I was fascinated by the Park Assist technology when I first saw the system at Calgary Chinook centre‘s new wing and wrote about it in detail in an earlier post (with video). Unfortunately, the Park Assist system has disappointed me over the Christmas holidays and especially on Boxing Day, one of the busiest shopping day in Canada!!!

One early morning when the parkade was empty in the back area, there were over 20 parking lights showing red, a “false negative” indicating those parking spots weren’t available when they were empty. And on Boxing Day, when the parkade was super busy, countless indicator lights were showing green, a “fales positive” indicating parking spots were available when they were occupied making shoppers extremely frustrated and disappointed (I gave up after a few minutes of looking for a parking spot)!

(Update: As you can see from the above picture, Chinook centre actually shut down the system later on Boxing Day.)

I am disappointed with the Park Assist technology. And I wonder why it failed so badly yesterday?! May be someone with special insights at Park Assist or Chinook centre can explain?

P.S. I’ve sent Park Assist an email and hopefully someone there can provide some additional information to add to this article.


“Last Train Home” directed by Lixin Fan is one of TIFF Top 10 feature films

Tuesday, 14 December, 2010

I really enjoyed “Last Train Home” directed by Lixin Fan so I am excited to report the film is one of 2010 TIFF Top 10 feature films. Also check out,

* my interview with director Lixin Fan earlier this year,

“Last Train Home” Review – 130 million Chinese migrant workers making inexpensive “Made in China” goods possible

Following Workers’ Trails of Tears in China

Here is a film trailer.


The 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony video

Saturday, 11 December, 2010

An empty chair for Mr. Liu Xiaobo, 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo (劉曉波), Winner of Nobel Peace Prize 2010

For the record. Here is a link to the video of the official Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony 2010. I love the video commentary, very informative and well said.

I think in future Chinese history books, it will be noted that countries that are true friends of China were present at the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony.


2010 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate – Liu Xiaobo (劉曉波): “I Have No Enemies: My Final Statement”

Friday, 10 December, 2010

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– Guardian (with video), “Nobel peace prize placed on empty chair in honour of Liu Xiaobo

An empty chair for Mr. Liu Xiaobo, 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo (劉曉波), Winner of Nobel Peace Prize 2010

– The empty chair is saved for Mr. Liu Xiaobo, 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.

– CBC News (with video), “Nobel ceremony honours absent activist LiuChina tightens security, blocks TV reports ahead of ceremony in Norway

– CTV News (with video), “Nobel peace ceremony goes ahead, with empty chair

– Guardian Live blog coverage, “Nobel peace prize awarded to China’s Liu Xiaobo – live coverage

– ABC News, “Nobel Prize awarded to absent dissident

– Liv Ullmann read for Liu Xiaobo his, “我没有敌人 - 我的最后陈述” (in Chinese), “I Have No Enemies: My Final Statement” (in English).

– Liu Xia, wife of Liu Xiaobo, is under house arrest. Many Chinese friends and supporters of Liu Xiaobo are under surveillance in China and are not allowed to leave China because the Chinese government feared they “might” attend the Nobel ceremony. In fact, ABC news reports, “An Australian-based Chinese dissident said police detained him for 24 hours at Shanghai’s airport and forced him to return home in a bid to stop him attending Friday’s Nobel Peace Prize ceremony.

– Here is a BBC radio program “Liu Xiaobo: “I Have No Enemies”

– The following is an excerpt from the Award Ceremony Speech,

“We regret that the Laureate is not present here today. He is in isolation in a prison in north-east China. Nor can the Laureate’s wife Liu Xia or his closest relatives be here with us. No medal or diploma will therefore be presented here today.

This fact alone shows that the award was necessary and appropriate. We congratulate Liu Xiaobo on this year’s Peace Prize.

There have been a number of previous occasions when the Laureate has been prevented from attending. This has in fact been the case with several awards which have proved in the light of history to have been most significant and honourable. Read the rest of this entry »


Video interview with Michael Lau (劉米高) Happy Crazy X’mas – Time Square 2010

Thursday, 18 November, 2010

Attended the wonderful 10th anniversary of Hong Kong local artist Michael Lau (劉米高) at Time Square. Here is my video interview with Michael. I hope you enjoy it as much as I in talking with Michael. (More photos here.)

Here is a video clip of the exhibit in motion.

P.S. Check out a video clip of HK singer/actress Gigi Leung (梁詠琪) at the opening.


Gigi Leung (梁詠琪) @ Michael Lau (劉米高) Happy Crazy Xmas – Time Square 2010

Tuesday, 16 November, 2010

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Attended the wonderful 10th anniversary of Hong Kong local artist Michael Lau (劉米高) at Time Square. Click here to see my video interview of Michael to talk about his art.

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In the mean time here is a video clip of HK singer/actress Gigi Leung (梁詠琪) at the opening.

P.S. “Forward, Left, Right” – 前D,左,右 …


Vote for Barb Higgins, Ric McIver and Naheed Nenshi today and stay involved in city politics

Monday, 18 October, 2010

Oct 18th 10:14pm update: Live Blog: 2010 Calgary mayoral election (Naheed Nenshi, Ric McIver, Barb Higgins)

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Calgary election 2010

Vote today 10am-8pm (Monday Oct 18th)

I wish I could vote for the winning combination of Barb Higgins, Ric McIver and Naheed Nenshi today because there are some qualities in them that I admire (even though there are things in them that I wish I could change).

Based on discussions amongst friends and the online (Twitter, Facebook, blogs, etc) interests (mostly by supporters urging others to vote for their choices), civic engagement  is a clear winner in this election. If the polling predictions of a tight three-way race comes true, then almost 50+% (0r probably 60+%) of Calgarians will wake up Tuesday morning to a new mayor that they have NOT voted for.

Target

Record turnout.

What to do after the election?

It is important to vote today. But equally important is for us to stay involved and care about Calgary after the election. Hold our elected representatives accountable. I have outlined some of what I expect from my alderman and mayor in their 3-year term no matter who gets elected tonight.

P.S. Who am I voting for today?

Some people may wonder who am I voting for today. I have debated the pros and cons of publicizing who I support but I decided to stay focus on what is important. The key to this election can’t be just about picking the winner in a popularity contest. My hope is Calgarians will actively engage our aldermen and mayor to build a better Calgary regardless of who we individually support in this race. The mayor will represent us all, and the aldermen will represent each of the 14 wards.

Please hold our aldermen and mayor accountable after the election, regardless of who you vote for.


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