Archive for July, 2007

Michelangelo Antonioni, dies at age 94

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

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My favorite director Michelangelo Antonioni, passed away at the age of 94 at his home in his native city of Ferrara Monday evening. His films opened my eyes to the world of cinema and taught me to watch and appreciate cinema. I am feeling extremely sad. Incidentally Ingmar Bergman passed away within 24 hours before Antonioni’s passing.

May he rest in peace.

I invite you to remember Antonioni on the discussion board.

Some links:

Image: Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Blah blah Harry Potter

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

Harry Potter and the Deathly HallowsI mean, I do read Harry Potter, I read each and everyone of the books and I saw every movie up to date. I even pre-ordered the last 2 so that I could get them on the day it was released. In fact, I am still reading the last one right now. (Harry’s gonna die, right? I am waiting for the moment that it’s going to be finally over!)

But it’s just a story book, people! Stop obsessing over it! A story book! Again: A STORY BOOK!

It’s a story, just like any other fiction. It’s a story about these wizards and their lives, friendships, struggles… A story! A story! It’s great that we all enjoy it, right, nice! Please stop obsessing over it and it sickening that so much money have been squeezed out from this Potter thing. Why must be make money out of every possible “phenomenon”? Why must we exploit everything people seem to like.

Too much is too much, can’t we just keep it a summer beach book and that’s it? Can’t we just enjoy flipping through those pages and call it a day?

HK to get Wi-Fi in subway!

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

Kudos Hong Kongers! Although the MTR (subway system from HK) is totally cell-phone covered, meaning that you can get on to the Internet with any smartphones, now it’s going to be even better and faster, Wi-Fi in the MTR!
Read article from Engadget

Sunrocket gone… jinxed?

Tuesday, July 17th, 2007

Today our SunRocket VoIP is down. Apparently SunRocket “out of business”. The interesting thing is that its call center operators were out of business Monday, and the same call center was the former MCI call center, before they folded, of course. So is that call center just jinxed?

Article from the local newspaper, News-Leader.com, where the call center is located.

I feel like a student again…

Tuesday, July 17th, 2007

This week I am in full day trainings for work. Today after training I will have my Japanese class, it’s definitely a long-lost feeling of “studying” and “learning” all day.

Old J-Pop

Thursday, July 12th, 2007

During lunchtime, I stopped by BookOff in midtown to pick up some old second-hand (who knows, might even be third-, fourth- or tenth-hand) Japanese CDs.

miho nakayama わがままなあくとれすMiho Nakayama’s Wagamamana Akutoresu [わがままなあくとれす] (1993)
I owned this but it’s sleeping at my parents’ house. Believe it or not, it’s only 3 bucks, why not? 3 bux to buy and rip, it’s so worth it. It’s hard to believe that this album is 14 years old! This is crazy.

eisaku yoshida 少年のいた夏“A”saku Yoshida’s 少年のいた夏 (1990)
Another 3-dollar CD. I bought it just because it’s there. I’ll probably listen to it 3 times, and I probably won’t even bother ripping it. This one was released 17 years ago. I kid you not. I recently saw a picture of Yoshida, and sure he looks old now. He used to have such a young cute face. Not anymore, and he’s now an old man.

Single Child Syndrome

Thursday, July 12th, 2007

Train Mama wrote a post on being a single child. I can’t agree with him more.

If you’re a blogger from Hong Kong, watch out!

Thursday, July 12th, 2007

Watch out when you want to post “obscene” materials, well, if you are from Hong Kong. But what does that mean, really? Do I have to live in Hong Kong physically? Or does the server have to live in Hong Kong physically? What if a HK resident blogs outside Hong Kong onto the server sitting in HK? What if the server resides outside Hong Kong?

But back to the story, yes, Hong Kong blogger Oiwan is facing a maximum penalty of HK$ 400,000 (~US$5200) and 12 months jail time, because he has posted a picture from Flickr in his blog entry on inmediahk.net. The entry has been classified as “Class II indecent articles” by the Obscene Articles Tribunal in Hong Kong.

He posted the picture as a response to the earlier judgment made to a Hong Kong resident posting links to some porn pictures.

Perhaps this will clarify for you a bit: local authority Obscene Articles Tribunal’s classification of contents in any medium as “indecent” are categorized as “Class II”, while “obscene” materials are categorized as “Class III”. Any Class II content has to include a warning statement: “Warning: This article contains material which may offend and may not be distributed, circulated, sold, hired, given, lent, shown, played or projected to a person under the age of 18 years.” Anyone who publishes, possesses or imports for the purpose of publication a Class III article is liable to a fine of HK$1 million and to imprisonment for 3 years.

What does it mean by Class II and Class III? Let me give you an example. Nude pictures is Class II and hardcore porn would be considered as Class III.

Enjoy.

New 7 Wonders

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

Whether you agree or not, the new 7 wonders of the world have been voted for and announced on 7-7-07 in Lisbon:

  • The Great Wall, China
  • Petra, Jordan
  • Christ Redeemer, Brazil
  • Machu Picchu, Peru
  • Chichén Itzá, Mexico
  • The Roman Colosseum, Italy
  • The Taj Mahal, India

While the only remaining monument of the original 7 (ancient) wonders, Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt, has become the Honorary Candidate.

Makes me want to own a PS3

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

Little Big Planet demo for the PS3. (Thanks to JP for the temptation.)