Monthly Archives: August 2012

The Internet Cat Video Festival

As I write this post, The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis is getting ready to screen a curated 65-minute programme of internet cat videos to an audience of 5,000. Post-screening, the official selection and winning entries will be posted online.… Continue reading

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The surprising secret to selling yourself

The Harvard Business Review blog talks about how to sell yourself in a job interview. Experience wins on paper but when it comes to signing on a new hire, potential trumps experience – even in salary. >> Harvard Business Review:… Continue reading

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The elegant way to separate eggs

Surprisingly clean and simple. Fast too. Watch the video, then compare with this other tutorial…

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The ways to prepare for a typhoon

Around this time last week, HK was bracing itself for the possibility of being hit by one or two typhoons (Tembin and Bolaven). A local grocery chain on Central side put up some helpful posters, with suggestions on what to… Continue reading

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The 4-day week and the value of change

Surprise! Not really… but here’s ammo for the next annual review: what every office employee wants is also beneficial to the company’s bottom line. Jason Fried, co-founder and CEO of 37signals, gave his employees what most would dream of but… Continue reading

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The wet dog shake: 70% dry in 4 seconds

Interesting article from The Atlantic about how and why mammals shake themselves dry. Dogs, mice, elephants – all shake to remove moisture from their bodies for survival. Back in 2010, three researchers from Georgia Tech – Andrew Dickerson, Zachary Mills,… Continue reading

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The “it’s impossible” challenge

Two stories, both bicycle-related, where inventors were told by various naysayers that what they wanted to do was impossible: Hövding the invisible bicycle helmet by Swedish industrial designers Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin Seven years in the making, it was… Continue reading

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The megalopolis called Twitter: Ai Weiwei’s city

New interview with Ai WeiWei by Jonathan Landreth in Foreign Policy, via The Atlantic. Beijing’s greatest problem is that it never belongs to its people. Though it’s a city of more than 10 million, people living here are like people… Continue reading

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The death of an icon: the quintessential Cosmo Girl Helen Gurley Brown

Helen Gurley Brown, Editor-in-chief of Cosmo Magazine, author of Sex and the Single Girl, R.I.P. Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere. – Helen Gurley Brown >> Obit via Jim Romenesco >> Surprisingly gossipy obit via NYTimes

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The death of an icon: art critic Robert Hughes

The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize. – Robert Hughes Robert Hughes, art critic / writer / historian, R.I.P. >> NYT obit for Robert Hughes Shock of… Continue reading

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The Anniversary: 10 years ago today

TEN YEARS ago today, I left Canada for what I thought would be one year in Japan. That year quickly became five, followed by another five in HK. I’d never imagined this. As a student, I thought about moving to… Continue reading

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The story behind ‘Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry’

Interesting but too short Q&A with Alison Klayman, director of the documentary “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry” >> TIME Magazine / Documenting the Dissident Film trailer

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The Spectacle: Rashaad Newsome @ FEAST Projects

This was back in May but I’ve just come across the video and had to share it. A special performance by Rashaad Newsome at FEAST Projects during ArtHK – it was a true spectacle, the energy was uncontainable. The show… Continue reading

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The Sachiko Kodama show @ Hester Chan in London

I wish I was in London… This Thursday, the HCFA is holding a private screening of Japanese media artist Sachiko Kodama’s 8-minute film “Breathing Chaos” – definitely worth checking out if you are in the neighbourhood (closest tube: Bethnal Green).… Continue reading

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