Videos

Am locked out of my office right now (because I didn’t make a copy of the key when I had the chance)… So here’s a compilation of videos that attracted my attention over the week.

CCTV Commercial

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Very nice advertisement for CCTV produced by Troublemakers.tv. Love the 水墨画 effect; it reminds me of the how Harry viewed captured memories in this year’s Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Favorite moments goes to all the animation of the human figures.

Single Ladies

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Great cover for Beyonce’s Single Ladies by Pomplamoose. Heh~ This apparently is known as a VideoSong, a new medium with 2 rules:

  1. What you see is what you hear (no lip-syncing for instruments or voice).
  2. If you hear it, at some point you see it (no hidden sounds).

Interesting~ But I was hoping that there were more variations in the VideoSong. Then again, it’s something that I could never accomplish and I am extremely impressed with what they achieved.

Courier

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Next is an update to the Microsoft Courier tablet. The user interface has become less futuristic (and more realistic?). For example, the URL bar now uses a GO button instead of a pen gesture to initiate loading of a webpage. Am quite curious to see how well the handwriting recognition works and how the user interface is going to present multiple search results when one searches through all his journal for a rather common keyword. Interesting to note that the pie-shaped menu design is once again used for the color palette.

This is still something that I look forward to its actual product launch.
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Forgiveness

I committed a horrible error on 20th September. The thought I had back then was if only I had kept in touch with you more often, then most probably you’d be able to sound out the alarm much earlier since you usually know my schedule much better than myself. However, the fact is I’ve been burying myself in many other stuffs but not been updating you. Therefore the clash in personal life and “work” came without me noticing, and I chose work. You’ve expressed your anger and disappointments. I kept my silence because I knew I was in the wrong (and I was stuck in a Catch-22).

我们星期五无意的碰面。看见你的时候,心里是紧张了一下。但,还好你微笑了。

It was amazing (to me) how quickly we discussed about the elephant in the room, killed it, and moved on to other topics. Not many other people could get me converse and explain my thoughts as easily as you. Especially when it comes to admitting my mistakes, or explaining my dilemma. I even had the guts to comment how you made things about you even though you were not the protagonist of the event.

我其实也很但心不能再与你如常的沟通。

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Grief

Saw the following on the returning episode of Grey’s Anatomy. The gems of each of Grey’s episodes are always found during the closing moments. Without fail, they bring perfect closures to the themes of the episodes. And the theme of the latest episode was about overcoming grief, with the episode aptly titled “Good Mourning”.

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Grief may be a thing we all have in common, but it looks different on everyone.  It isn’t just death we have to grieve, its life, its loss, its change.  And when we wonder why it has to suck so much some times, has to hurt so bad, the thing we have to remember is it can turn on a dime.  That’s how you stay alive, when it hurts so much you can’t breath, that’s how you survive.  I remember that one day, somehow, and possibly you won’t feel this way, it won’t hurt this much.  Grief comes in its own time for everyone, in its own way.  So the best we can do, best anyone can do, is try for honesty.  The really crappy thing, the very worst part of grief, is that you can’t control it.  The best we can do is to try to let ourselves feel it when it comes.  And let it go when we can.  The very worst part is the minute you think your past it, it starts all over again.  And always, everytime, it takes your breath away.

More quotes from the episode:

According to Elizabeth Kubler Ross, when we are dying or have suffered a catostrophic loss we all move through five distinct stages of grief. We go into denial because the loss is so unthinkable, we can’t imagine it’s true. We become angry with everyone, angry with survivors, angry with ourselves. Then we bargain. We beg, we plead, we offer everything we have. We offer up our souls in exchange for just one more day. When the bargaining has failed, and the anger is too hard to maintain we fall into depression, despair. Until finally we have to accept that we have done everything we can. We let go. We let go and move into acceptance.

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蔡健雅 —《若你碰到他》

地球上住着很多人,
有些人我们认识,有些人我们不认识,
『有几个共同朋友』 『要不要加为好友』
熟悉了,亲密了,
然後,等到爱情终结了,
双方又将回到… 陌生的初始状态。
如果就像六度分隔理论说的,
『我与世界上任何一个陌生人的中间距离不会超过六个人!』
真的是这样吗?
穿梭在人群中的你 我 他
没有人能预知,我们明天 还会遇见 谁。

蔡健雅又出新专辑咯~!主打歌之一也是专辑的名称 —《若你碰到他》。

《若你碰到他》

词曲 演唱 制作:蔡健雅

我的脆弱坚强 互相作战
理性与感性失 去平衡感
不想让自己活在过去的遗憾
问宇宙 他是否还爱我吗
这问题 早就有答案

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若你碰到了 替我问候他
告诉他 我过得很美满
已忘记他 已把泪水全部擦干

若你碰到了 替我问候他
祝福他和他的另一半
不在乎他 不再爱也不再等待

就这样吧 若你碰到他
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我的自私慷慨 互相挑战
黑夜白天颠倒 造成困扰
常在最乐观时突然跌进沮丧
为何失恋后想恢复那么困难
只好找些催眠的话

爱 没有绝对
虽曾经以为  我终於体会
爱 不能倒退
该让它颓废 收起心碎

Courier

Seems like more companies are willing to take the Apple route, where they design and control the user experience at every level…

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Welcome to Microsoft take to tablet computing, take two.

Courier is reported by Gizmodo to be in the “late prototype” stage of development. More:

The dual 7-inch (or so) screens are multitouch, and designed for writing, flicking and drawing with a stylus, in addition to fingers. They’re connected by a hinge that holds a single iPhone-esque home button. Statuses, like wireless signal and battery life, are displayed along the rim of one of the screens. On the back cover is a camera, and it might charge through an inductive pad, like the Palm Touchstone charging dock for Pre.

Technical details seemed rather boring and uninspiring. Take a look at the product video on the different ways you may use Courier.

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“The Lovely Bones”

It’s been a while since I’ve the time to sit down and watch trailers. I’m finally not slacking today, just that there are so many one-hour incubation periods that I can do some other stuffs while I wait for my sample to be ready.

This is an adaptation of a 2002 novel by Alice Sebold with the same name. It is the story of a teenage girl who, after being brutally raped and murdered, watches from heaven as her family and friends go on with their lives, while she herself comes to terms with her own death.

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Flight to Mauritius

Here are some thoughts that ran through my mind as I looked at all those photos taken on the day that we flew to Mauritius.

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I think it was quite hardcore of us for all the dancers who went down for the Dance Reflections 2009 combined preview and danced  just three hours before our flight. That was some true professionalism and our dedication~!

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I slept throughout the flight to Kuala Lumpur. Didn’t even know that our flight was stuck in queue at Changi Airport for take off for an hour and even made a random loop in its flight.

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First proper meal that I took for the day was the in-flight meal provided by Air Mauritius when we were flying from KL to Mauritius. I didn’t have time to eat breakfast and only ate some snacks that Kit bought at KL International Airport. The meal was abysmal. :S The lump of fish was tougher and dryer than overcooked chicken breast. Imagine that. Then again, I shouldn’t expect too much from Air Mauritius, should I?

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Mauritius Trip

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我回来了~

This trip started off just as a mini-project when everything seemed rather uncertain. Then it became more and more painful as the admin work piled up (including the cover page of the programme booklet you see up there). So much so that I was very much drained by the time I was on the flight. Then excitement and nervousness came as we saw profiles of ourselves published in the center fold of a local newspaper.

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我们真的有那么大牌吗…

Threw all my concerns away and just focused on dancing and having fun. And I got much more than that. I got to know so many more people better; Talked to some of the dancers more in the seven days than the total amount accumulated since I first met them. And there was quite an amazing good mix of “chakras” — Minimal friction and maximum chemistry. It didn’t matter that we were seeing each other almost everyday before and during the trip.

每个人回来了都在问“下一站去哪里?”

Guess that’s quite a good indication of how we enjoyed each other’s presence. 🙂

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