Wallace & Kempton talk Bitcoin & Federal Reserve Chairs – English version

Friday, 14 February, 2014

Wallace and Kempton talk Bitcoin and Federal Reserve Chairs Bernanke & Yellen (**English** video recorded 20140212, about 20+ Minutes long)

Wallace S.T. Chan, my economist co-host, and I talked about Bitcoin and the two Federal Reserve Chairs Bernanke & Yellen in our first 2014 show. The video discussions in Cantonese and English contain similar but not identical information. We were able to sneak in a little bit more (and slightly different) content in our English chat.

Discussions re cryptocurrency like Bitcoin is very brief, early and preliminary and we didn’t preclude more extensive discussion about cryptocurrencies (Bitcoin or other much improved versions) may happen in the months/years to come. And given we only had 10 minutes or so for our Bitcoin chat, much more technical (crypto) and economics stuff could NOT be discussed. Here is a brief New York Times post by Nobel Prize winning economist Mr. Paul K. bashing Bitcoin to a pulp!

Wallace and Kempton talk Bitcoin and Federal Reserve Chairs Bernanke & Yellen (**中文 Chinese** video recorded 20140212, about 20+ Minutes long)

P.S. Sorry to my tech friends (sorry Austin Hill) who love Bitcoins. Well, I am a technologist/geek at heart but I also try to ground myself in solid Economics and real world insights. Yes, I allow myself to be interested by Bitcoin because it is cute and cutting-edge, whether it is useful or something I trust, that is a different matter. Have a read of what Paul wrote.

P.P.S. Paul is NOT always right but I happen to agree with him here in his way of bashing Bitcoin.

Stormy & Kempton Save the World! #skSTW – episode 01-followup

Thursday, 21 February, 2013

Stormy & Kempton Save the World! eps01a-Communication Plan

Have you done this week’s prep step: creating a communication plan? In this brief follow-up segment, Kempton Lam and Stormy Henderson show how they did it, so you’ll see how easy it is.

Here is an example communication plan, where you decide who will do what, and how. Keep keep written copies in your wallet, purse, and emergency kit.

John Doe: (123) 555-1212 (neighborhood contact)
Louise Doe: (456) 555-1212 (out-of-state contact)

If travel seems safe, Lisa comes home
Otherwise, Stormy goes to her

If she can’t drive, Lisa will be at her office, the campus shelter, or a designated friend’s house
If she can drive, she’ll go home, to her dad’s house, or to her sister’s house.

Leave a note with destination and route, call contacts if possible and tell them
Primary route between work and home: Old West Point Road, HWY 45-A, Churchhill Road
Alternate route between work and home: HWY 82, HWY 45-A, Churchhill Road

Who gets the kids? Or Grandma?

Stormy & Kempton Save the World! #skSTW – episode 01

Wednesday, 13 February, 2013

Stormy & Kempton Save the World! #skSTW - episode 01

Stormy & Kempton Save the World! #skSTW – episode 01

In Episode 1 we learn how to think about emergency preparedness in a new way, what disasters you should prepare for, and how to create a family communication plan.

co-hosts Stormy Henderson & Kempton Lam
guest: Maria Quiban, Fox LA Meteorologist, MommyLovesTech.com

Kempton & Wallace talk Little Emperors: Behavioral Impacts of China’s One-Child Policy

Friday, 25 January, 2013

The news report “One-child policy: China’s army of little emperors – The one-child policy has fundamentally changed the psychology of a generation” intrigued Economic Analyst Wallace Chan and this independent reporter. So tonight, we held a LIVE YouTube chat about the research paper “Little Emperors” and China’s One-Child Policy in two languages. Here are the recordings.

(In English) Kempton & Wallace talk Little Emperors: Behavioral Impacts of China’s One-Child Policy 

(in Cantonese) 經濟分析師陳心田與獨立記者林錦堂講一講 – 小皇帝:中國的”一家一孩”政策對行為的影響

Reference: (1) “Little Emperors: Behavioral Impacts of China’s One-Child Policy” by L. Cameron, N. Erkal, L. Gangadharan, X. Meng

(2) “沒有兄弟姐妹的社會” by 張五常 (Steven Cheung)

Jan 26, 2013 Update: Here is a new Jan 2013 video clip of “Nobel Laureate Ronald Coase on China’s One-Child Policy“. For more (including link to transcripts) see this article.

October 29, 2015 Update: After China initiated its One-Child Policy in 1979, it is finally over today. CBC News, “China to abolish one-child policy, Communist Party says

Lunch Time Tech Talk with Kempton and Sarb – 2013 eps01

Sunday, 20 January, 2013

Lunch Time Tech Talk with Kempton and Sarb

Dr. Sarbjit Sarkaria (Sarb) is my long time super smart friend and former colleague at MDA where we both worked on the Transport Canada large scale software project CAATS (Canadian Automated Air Traffic System). Here is a long ago tidbit of information that even Sarb may have forgotten but not me. You see, Sarb was also the super forward-looking smart person who introduced me to the then little known research search engine Google years before it becomes popular. I remember at the time DEC’s AltaVista was the popular search engine that I used frequently.

Here is the relaunched Lunch Time Tech Talk with Kempton and Sarb – 2013 eps01. Here are the time codes and a brief descriptions to the various segments with useful links.

0:00 The Show

Setting up what is Lunch Time Tech Talk with Kempton and Sarb all about.

1:26 Chris in Space ISS

In this segment, we talked about the awesome Canadian astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield currently on a mission on the International Space Station (ISS) and his great use of social media to get everyone so excited and feel involved of the mission.

Jan 20th update: via CBC News (with video), “Chris Hadfield talks from space to Ontario students – Canadian astronaut connects from ISS with students at namesake Milton school“; TorStar “Chris Hadfield inspires the next generation of would-be astronauts: Editorial“; CTV News (with video), “Astronaut Chris Hadfield gives students an out-of-this-world lesson

6:29 “Toothache” Actually Bluetooth Ache

In this segment, we talked about my Harman/JBL Flip speakers terrible Bluetooth reception problems and how I deal with it.

8:18 Wi-Fi Hi-Fi System

In this segment, we talked about Sarb’s nice experiences with his Sonos Play:5.

11:02 More on my Bluetooth Ache

Finished talking about my terrible JBL Bluetooth reception problems.

*** Here is the full 2013 show eps01.

For the record, Here are the four audio shows Sarb and I did in past. Just looking at the titles, they seem quite timeless in hindsight.

– 2007 Audio Show 1, User Generated Ad, Human Computing and ESP Game, Privacy in Social Networking, Time and Gravity
– 2007 Audio Show 2, E-Voting security risks, Myth TV, NowPublic News
– 2007 Audio Show 3, Media Server uPnP, Brain Cancer Zapper, Super String
– 2007 Audio Show 4, Robocode, Sketching User Experiences, Backgammon AI

Howie Mandel Videobomb Fox LA LIVE Newscast – Why I’m Guilty as an Accessory

Sunday, 6 January, 2013

Howie Mandel #videobomb Fox LA LIVE Newscast

Did you see the talented comedian Howie Mandel (@HowieMandel) #videobomb Fox LA LIVE Newscast on Jan 2nd, 2013?! That was an awesome moment! And we (a few friends and I) were guilty as charged in coaxing Howie to make his impromptu LIVE TV appearance! Here is the funny clip of Howie Mandel #videobomb Fox LA LIVE Newscast!

So why are we guilty as charged?! What roles did we play in coaxing Howie? Well, you are in for a special treat! “Crimes/pranks” have never quite been captured like this, from the inception, to the coaxing, to the actual execution, and then the final we laughing our heads off all over a few short minutes! Have a watch of how we created this magical #videobomb moment right in our Fox LA Google+ Hangout!

I just LOVE Howie in his quick witted spontaneity, you just can’t fake stuff like this. I first met and listened to Howie live when he came to the yearly Banff World Media Festival in 2011 to receive an award of distinction.

Howie Mandel at Banff World Media Festival 2011

You can watch this very entertaining non-stop funny “In Conversation with: Award of Distinction Winner, Howie Mandel” (with transcript). Here is an excerpt,

Everything I’ve ever been punished for, expelled for, hit for, is what I seem to get paid for and now I’m being distinguished for it, but the thing is the people who supported me are the people who love like, and those were few and far between, my family and my friends, but when I got into this business, what’s amazing is it’s such a group effort so any cameraman that I’ve ever worked with, any script writer that I’ve ever worked with, any producer, network executive or anything, they’ve all supported me and made this possible.

All I do really, and this is what Woody Allen says, is “I just show up.” 90% of success is just showing up and I’ve always done that from day one, from when my career started. I didn’t even have a career, I wasn’t pursuing a careers. I’m still not really pursuing a career. I’m not, I showed up at Yuk Yuks in April 1977 I showed up at Yuk Yuks because I don’t dance, and didn’t like going to discos and they’d opened a comedy club in Toronto and I showed up to see a show and I was fascinated […]

I can’t speak more highly of Howie as great comedian and as a frank, blunt and honest person willing to talk about his own life challenges. And if you have time, also watch this insightful interview of Howie by Howard Stern which I watched to prepare my Google+ Hangout questions for Howie.

Concluding Thoughts about our Google+ magic

I’m a Google+ Hangout News Consultant and I’ve been using using Google+ Hangout since the beginning in July 2011 and Google+ Hangout On Air (G+ HOA) since its launch in September 2011. To me, G+ HOA is one of the most powerful new broadcasting tools available. But like in the world of cooking, even if you have a great knife, an awesome mixer, etc you still have to have great chefs and first rate ingredients to create magic!

And in our first 2013 Fox LA Google+ Hangout with Howie Mandel, that magic was created because our guest Howie rocked and we rocked! Who are we? We are our host Maria Quiban, and co-hosts Anthony Ramos, DeAno Jackson, Jimmy Louis, Kempton Lam (me), Kim Beasley, Matt Moore, Paul Roustan, Sheila B. DuBois, Stormy Henderson (screen thumbnail order from left to right).

note: This article is cross-posted by me at examiner.

Cantonese chat re Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney to lead Bank of England

Wednesday, 28 November, 2012

(廣東話) 經濟分析師陳心田與獨立記者林錦堂講一講加國行長Mark Carney空降英倫銀行

(in Cantonese) Economic Analyst +Wallace Chan & Independent Reporter Kempton Lam chat re Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney to lead Bank of England.

LIVE From Swing State Nevada: DeAno & Kempton talk 2012 Election (in Cantonese & English)

Tuesday, 6 November, 2012

Nov 7th, 2012 Update: After the announced election result from last night, I got my swing state Nevada (Reno) friend DeAno Jackson to talk election result with me.

LIVE From Swing State Nevada: DeAno & Kempton talk 2012 Election (Recorded earlier this morning!)

搖擺州Nevada直播: DeAno & Kempton 廣東話+英文講美國大選2012戰情 (今晨直播後錄影)

陳心田 與 林錦堂 講一講 “工會罷工/談判權” – Wallace and Kempton discuss union right to strike/bargaining rights (Cantonese On Air LIVE broadcast)

Saturday, 9 June, 2012

Last time Wallace and I talked about the Facebook “investment” before the super hyped IPO. Unfortunately, we were 100% right. What we discussed (the nature of Facebook, what is “investing”, etc) were backed by what we now have seen. And many many people actually lost billions on paper! You can watch our pilot episode here: “林錦堂與陳心田講一講 Facebook “投資”“.)

This time, Wallace and I talked about union’s right to strike/bargaining rights (Air Canada, CP rail). You can watch it here: 陳心田 與 林錦堂 講一講 “工會罷工”. We hope you enjoy our show!

Upside Down East meets West 人鬼講東講西 教飛試一集 Doctor Who Test Episode

Monday, 4 June, 2012

Kempton & Anthony - 人鬼講東講西 Upside Down East meets West 教飛試一集 Doctor Who Test Episode

We (Kempton +  Anthony) tried to launch a LIVE Cantonese show today (人鬼講東講西 Upside Down East meets West) but ran into some technical difficulties (#fail). We ended up recording a test episode about the famous and long running BBC Sci-Fi show Doctor Who (50th anniversary). Here is the cross-posted Chinese text and Cantonese video. Enjoy.


人鬼講東講西 教飛試一集 – Doctor Who 主持人: 林錦堂 (G+ Kempton Lam) + 安東尼 (Anthony Kelly) 教飛試一試用粵語講BBC長壽節目Doctor Who。請欣賞。

Note: 人鬼講東講西 is a working title and may change. The English working title is “Upside Down East meets West“.

P.S. This test show was meant to be broadcast LIVE but our first LIVE show had to be postpond for later due to Google+ error right at the moment we tried to broadcast, “Failed to initialize the broadcasting service. Please try again in 15 minutes.

Google+ Failed to initialize the broadcasting service. Please try again in 15 minutes.

Kempton and Wallace talk about Facebook “investing” in Cantonese

Tuesday, 22 May, 2012

The following is a recording of a LIVE broadcast of Kempton and Wallace talk about Facebook “investing” in Cantonese. If you understand Cantonese, I hope you will enjoy it and share some feedback with us. Here is a brief article in Chinese.

KOMU U_News@4 premiers today (Sept 12th) 4pm CST – User-generated promos – Love Is In The Air, Everywhere I Look Around

Monday, 12 September, 2011

A traditional TV news show is one that talks to you. You learn about the news form the show. A One-Way Street.

An interactive TV news show is one that talks to you AND lets you talk back to it! A Two-Way Street!

U_News@4 #SarahHill

Ground Breaking U_News@4

In the ground-breaking KOMU U_News@4 premiering today (Sept 12th) 4pm CST, Sarah Hill, an eight time Emmy award winning reporter, will use Google+ Hangout to co-host the show with people from around the world. Sarah‘s co-hosts will appear via G+ Hangout video in the studio on her 52 inch monitor!

Love Is In The Air, Everywhere I Look Around

For days before U_News@4 launches . Sarah‘s co-hosts from around the world have been spreading the word about the show. And showing their love and passion about U_News@4. Here are some sample video clips, articles and interview, and many many photos! Enjoy.

User-generated promotional videos from UK and Canada

+Mike Downes presents U News from Kenilworth Castle KOMU TV Sarah Hill [via Mike Downes]

U_News@4 Sarah Hill, hangouts with Bill Shatner and Ricky Gervais

User-generated articles and video interview

Kim Beasley’s article, “Learn How To Broadcast A Newscast Via Google Hangout – Technorati TV

Kempton Lam’s article and video interview, “Interview with Sarah Hill – KOMU-TV Google+ Hangouts and new interactive U_News@4 show

User-generated promotional photos from around the world

In alphabetical order, the photo links: Al Navas – U Sign, Bruce Garber – U Sign, Bruce Garber – We’re Listening To “U” – promo, Chad LaFarge – U Sign, Dan Weil – U Sign, Haley Brueck – U SignJen Reeves – U SignJoseph Puglisi – Bill promo, Kempton Lam – Sarah, Bill, Ricky U_News@4 promo, Kempton Lam – U Sign, Kim Beasley – U Sign, Laurent Jean Philippe Ravalec – U_News@4 Sarah on Moon promo, Laurent Jean Philippe Ravalec – U_News@4 TIME promo, Mike Downes – U_News from Kenilworth Castle promo, pio dal cin – U Sign, Robert Anderson – U Sign, Robert Redl – U Sign, Steve Oberman – U Sign.

(note: a few of the above Google+ links may have limited access, their photos are included below.)

Al Navas - U Sign

Bruce Garber - U Sign

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Dream and Day Dream @Kempton – My name is Kempton 錦堂 #cool #UnabashedSelfPromo

Saturday, 2 July, 2011

Tweet: Dream: Lucky @Kempton re Horses&Money! Day Dream with open eyes: Betting my life & savings @kempton to live a productive & meaningful life!


Tweet: Since my twitter id @Kempton is same as famed UK horse racing track Kempton Park, I couldn’t resist some wordplay with a Thomas E. Lawrence quote I love.


A short note about my name

First of all, my name’s origin is not UK and really have nothing to do with Kempton Park even I am (as @Kempton) often confused on twitter with Kempton Park. (see here, here, and here just to name a few)

My parents actually named me “Kempton” after their American boss (his last name) because, according to them, they liked how the name sounded. And my Chinese name “錦堂” is actually a phonetic translation of “Kempton” which sounded nice. You see, “錦堂” turns out to be a very traditional name in its Chinese thinking. (see next section)

One way to “literally translate” the two words “錦堂” is “glory to the family”. Yes, a friend with much cooler sounding abstract Chinese name once noticed this literal translation and explained to me and reminded me how “traditional” (implying “not as cool”) sounding my Chinese name is. (big smile)

My twin brother (in name), the famed Cantonese Opera singer

Well, how traditional is 林錦堂 as a name? You see, a famed Chinese opera singer’s name is also 林錦堂! (no relation) How cool is this?!! Being a 林錦堂, I am happy to receive the undeserved deep admiration for skills in operatic singing, teachings, plus many adoring fans (see video as proof)! Very cool.

Have a watch of the following cool videos with 林錦堂 for his performance in 2010 Shanghai Expo and his time in Shanghai with fans and hear him speak!

原創越界音樂劇場《情話紫釵》上海世博會演繹現代愛情故事 (廣東話)


Here is a brief intro, 林錦堂先生簡介


P.S. If my memory serves me, my “operatic twin-brother in name” originally used a different name “林錦棠” in the industry. I remember having to explain to people & friends the slight difference in the last word of our “phonetically identical but different in writing” names. His name being “棠” vs me being “堂” (I like to say “上堂 嘅 堂” meaning “going to school”).

P.P.S. Speaking about names, I also like to mention the famed Chinese/Taiwanese writer Mr. Lin Yutang. His name 林語堂 and my name differs also by one word. In Yutang‘s case, I have been interested in Lin Yutang‘s humourous and deeply insightful writings all my life since I was young in my secondary school days.

How insightful and “cool” is Lin Yutang/林語堂 ? Well, as I quoted extensively here in Chinese “再遇幽默大師林語堂”, Yutang burned his marriage certificate on his wedding day! What?! Yes, he burned his marriage certificate on his wedding day because he said the certificate is only useful in a divorce and he would never divorce his wife so the certificate is useless to him! And yes, he and his wife stay married their whole long life.

Here are some very insightful Chinese quotes by 語堂 (unfortunately unverifiable),

  • 我們並不是愛一個女人美麗的外表,而是她的行為舉止,音容笑貌。
  • 能夢想,這是非常重要的,而同樣重要的是有時能嘲笑一下自己的夢想。
  • 未寄出的信只是一段獨白,而蓋了郵戳的信,卻是談話。

Eric Howell Ana’s Playground interview @ 2009 Calgary International Film Festival

Wednesday, 23 September, 2009

Sept 30 Update: Here is a link to my post-screening video interview with Eric.


Ana's Playground

Ana's Playground

I had a great time chatting with Eric Howell, writer-director of the wonderfully made and heart-gripping short film Ana’s Playground: “an allegory about the moment when a child is forced to choose between ideology and humanity while living and playing in a dangerous war environment.”

Eric’s Ana’s Playground is screening this Friday (Sept 25) 7pm at Globe Theatre at the 2009 Calgary International Film Festival.

Here is a trailer,

The following are videos of my interview with Eric. Here is a link to Right To Play.

My Valentine’s Day home-cooked dinner @ Esquire – How Men Eat

Monday, 17 August, 2009

Home-cooked Valentine's Day Steak Dinner by you.

I am excited to see my “Home-cooked Valentine’s Day Steak Dinner” featured in “How Men Eat” in Esquire.com (see picture #11 or a screen capture here).

When one receive a sweet message from Esquire.com saying,

“In addition to credit and a link, you’ll get our undying devotion and respect, plus the ability to brag that you’ve got a photo up on Esquire.com and all the attention that comes with it.

It is definitely an offer one can’t refuse! :)

P.S. Special thanks to Ms. E. from Esquire.com for loving my photo and calling it an “incredible image”.

P.P.S. In our household, Schweppes Cream Soda is our Champagne. :)

“Long Hair Revolution” (長毛革命) selected to be part of Library and Archives Canada collection

Friday, 1 May, 2009

20130306 Long Hair Revolution at Library and Archives Canada - Screen capture

Today, I am deeply honoured to share with you the news that “Long Hair Revolution (長毛革命)”, my debut documentary about the rebel Hong Kong politician Leung Kwok-hung (nickname Long Hair), is now part of the federal government Library and Archives Canada permanent collection in Ottawa. (Jan 6th, 2015 Update: Here is a link to Government of Canada “Long Hair Revolution” Item Number (ISN) 416953 at Library and Archives Canada.)

Long Hair (Leung Kwok-hung) on the phone (which is almost always)

Feel free to watch “Long Hair Revolution” on YouTube to see an atypical Long Hair in 2004 that is calm and reflective during one of the most eventful months in Hong Kong financial and political history.

Library and Archives Canada collects and preserves Canada’s documentary heritage, and makes it accessible to all Canadians. This heritage includes publications, archival records, sound and audio-visual materials, photographs, artworks, and electronic documents such as websites.

Acknowledgment: Special thanks for all the help from Nicolas and Steve at Library and Archives Canada and Michele for discovering my film in 2008.

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