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Monday, 25 October 2010

Raising the Fish That Could Save Haiti - Video - TIME.com

Raising the Fish That Could Save Haiti - Video - TIME.com




Nice one indeed.

It shows it takes confidence, resolution, confidence to make things happen as institutions tend to have 'group think'..

Lets all make things happen!

Saturday, 23 October 2010

Hong Kong's The 2010 - 2011 Budget - Budget Consultation Comic Book

The 2010 - 2011 Budget - Budget Consultation Comic Book

Now, we have seen and heard how Barak Obama used social media to win his election..

Not sure if any of you know, how Comic book is used to communicate with younger generation..

see it for yourself, but of course, it is only in Chinese.

brain child of the finance minister, John Tsang.


as reported by Phoenix TV.



Thursday, 21 October 2010

Scientists suggest that cancer is man-made (The University of Manchester)

Scientists suggest that cancer is man-made (The University of Manchester):

Very interesting finding indeed..
Is it too late for us all do anything? yes, too much processed food, and pollution.. but are all all doomed? we need solutions, not only scared reality!!!

What Shall we do and can we do it??

and great infograph below also by @Jayjaypowpow

Professor Rosalie David, at the Faculty of Life Sciences, "Yet again extensive ancient Egyptian data, along with other data from across the millennia, has given modern society a clear message – cancer is man-made and something that we can and should address.”"

Link for infograph (highlighted blow):

Facts About Cancer

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Protesters block Orly, French airports; Osborne announces budget cuts; China raises interest rates; Grim LeRogue is tackled at a Yankees game - Photo Journal - WSJ

Protesters block Orly, French airports; Osborne announces budget cuts; China raises interest rates; Grim LeRogue is tackled at a Yankees game - Photo Journal - WSJ

Impressive photos!

BLAST VICTIM
A Palestinian boy was treated at a hospital in Rafah, Gaza Strip, after a huge blast at a Hamas military base injured more than 12 people, including children, Wednesday. Israel did not claim the explosion and Hamas didn’t divulge the cause. (Eyad Baba/Associated Press)

WALKING WITH A WHEELBARROW
A man pushed a wheelbarrow amid debris in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday. Many parts of the city remain in ruins after a deadly Jan. 12 earthquake. (Andres Martinez Casares/European Pressphoto Agency )

NAP TIME
An investor napped in front of screens that displayed stock information at a brokerage house in Xiangfan, Hubei province, China, Wednesday. The People’s Bank of China announced a surprise interest-rate increase Tuesday — without leading to a drop in stock prices. (Reuters)

METALS MINE


The Swedish Post: Happiness By the Metre - Interactive (video) - Creativity Online

The Swedish Post: Happiness By the Metre - Interactive (video) - Creativity

In terms of engagement & activation, yes, it has done its job, but buying sweet as gift is not new.. how would sending happiness by the meter would change consumer behaviour in 'using swedish post' is beyond me.. as they are still interacting online and purchasing and have goods send via post. this can now be done on Amazon, firebox, Play.com etc..

Acid tests are:

1) if same methodology is adopted for other products/services (e.g. ordering collection of posts, goods..) ontop of sweet

2) somehow the post can bring extra value ontop of digital channel (esp. in Sweden where their mobile penetration has gone over 100% for years now!)..

not easy, and well done on great campaign.. but not sure if it does anything over raising awareness over the short term which is sadly not sustainable.

agree??


Friday, 15 October 2010

"Must read"!! How Handwriting Boosts the Brain - WSJ.com

How Handwriting Boosts the Brain - WSJ.com:

"Even legible handwriting that's messy can have its own ramifications, says Steve Graham, professor of education at Vanderbilt University. He cites several studies indicating that good handwriting can take a generic classroom test score from the 50th percentile to the 84th percentile, while bad penmanship could tank it to the 16th. 'There is a reader effect that is insidious,' Dr. Graham says. 'People judge the quality of your ideas based on your handwriting.'"

This is a must read article.. for us to practice AND help future generations..

Great to see there are good reasons for prolonging traditions.

Thanks to Claudio Domingues highlighting that for us from Portugal! ;)

@GarethWong


Thursday, 14 October 2010

China's 5 best new cities for business - The next centers of commerce (1) - FORTUNE

China's 5 best new cities for business - The next centers of commerce (1) - FORTUNE:

"Fortune China recently conducted its fifth annual Emerging Business Cities survey, hearing from 1,278 Chinese senior managers who ranked 50 selected cities based on the overall business environment, the cost of doing business, the local talent pool, and the quality of life."

They reckons Dalian, Qingdao, Suzhou, Ningbo & Shenzhen are the key cities going forward...

How can I not agree.. ;-)


Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Short blog on typos within story of Liverpool sale: Peter Lim asks board to consider his bid to buy club | Football | guardian.co.uk

Liverpool sale: Peter Lim asks board to consider his bid to buy club | Football | guardian.co.uk:


could this be real danger of bloggers joining the media world.. means the quality of tradition press which are pressurised to perform like the blog's world??

I am not an english native, but reading this article, I don't think the writer intended to write "bloke a sale" .. he probably meant 'block the sale'??

or am I getting wrong end of the stick?

funniest is how the same typo is copied, do a search for "bloke a sale"..

I certainly hope that quality of writing of great journalism is still maintained, just imagine some students of English as foreign language thought it was a proper phrase..


all the best to my media owners & journalists friends.

@GarethWong

Monday, 11 October 2010

How Chinese use poetry in the old days.. “寂寞寒窗空守寡”,对下联?_百度知道


Not sure if it is general knowledge in the west.. or in fact it is being done in equivalent manner by likes of Shakespeare or Aristotle (I never studied art, left Hong Kong when I was late teens) .. Keen to have any of your feedback/insights (Keen to learn!)

China in the old days would use all the poems in the past as library (through memory) and match & create new phrases that match,

1.) number of characters
2.) form of the words
3.) meaning of words

see below the example..

note: web-translators don't work well.. as there are multiple meanings ...

Also, in the old days..

poets would be 'challenged' to make up the 'response' within certain time period.. kind of like present days Rap.. but in poetry. ;-)

Hope it will not be lost..



“寂寞寒窗空守寡”,对下联?_百度知道:
"寂寞寒窗空守寡
俊俏佳偶伴伶仃

寂寞寒窗空守寡
邂逅迎遣逍遥游

寂寞寒窗空守寡
泡沫沐浴润湿流

寂寞寒窗空守寡
荏苒暮落苦葬花

寂寞寒窗空守寡
潋滟清江浅润沙

寂寞寒窗空守寡
缠绵红线终结缘

寂寞寒窗空守寡
浩瀚江湖漫漂泊"

Thursday, 7 October 2010

rxdxt: Who Stole the Electric Car?

rxdxt: Who Stole the Electric Car?

my comments to Richard's full accounts..


Richard, my thoughts are with you and family.

It is traumatic being robbed, and we had our flats raided 2 times back in Hong Kong (grew up in council estates, thankfully we were not in!) before we installed iron bars (yes like a cage) to protect ourselves. I also got my wallet stolen in front of me (via distraction tricks) in madrid metro a month or so back, BUT nothing like having your roller coaster ride of home invasion!

Yes, I have always admired you the social media pioneers, but have aways been concerned about too open (my foursquare check-in are usually asynchronous just on the record, it could be done before, after or even next day), thats why despite having tweeter & blogger account since 2006 (reluctantly), I only started using them since 2008 onward.. and still have 'protected tweets' from day one (some of my arguments here: http://garethcxo.blogspot.com/2009/08/protected-tweet-or-not.html )

This does not answer to your key questions.. where to get the best home video/monitoring system, I have done some research as I wanted some installed also but after asking for quotes and even getting professional (contractors or even MD of Bosch security system), I find that it is sadly still ripped off Britain, one will have to spend thousands to get something decent. (when I last checked anyway).

If you however don't mind doing some DIY, then I found www.X10.com not bad, but buy it in US, as europe/UK will be twice the price! ;-(

Hope you will recover, but yes, be-careful location, and some self defence class (I recommend Aikido and/or krav maga) will not go amiss, as its confidence that counts.

Warmest regards & don't let them affect you.

This is also saddest part of UK, where we are giving millions away to multiple international causes but sadly have neglected the one thing needed for UK, which is social capital that has much been deprived and sadly the people that needed help down the road is left alone to rot, as they much needed 'self-help' and change of aspiration.. this is the cause that needed much attention IMHO.

@GarethWong

YouTube - Pronation in a Nutshell

YouTube - Pronation in a Nutshell: "

Nicely done.
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