Somehow I survived the week. No, I’m not going to bore you with the details. Instead, here’s a round-up of stuff that caught my eye over the past several days.
Next, from Failblog, this wonderful excerpt from a history book.
Yes, it does say, “walking out from his mother’s Patriotic and Revolutionary Vagina.” No, source isn’t noted, so no idea where this is from or if it’s for real.
How to opt out of Apple’s iAD data collection. If you’re using a mobile Apple device, you probably want to do this. It only works on devices running iOS 4.
How Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix grossed $938 million worldwide but Hollywood accounting practices show the film $167 million in the red.
From the SCMP, the China Institute of of City Competitiveness, a non-profit think tank based in Hong Kong that assesses various conditions in cities in the region puts Macau ahead of Hong Kong in government integrity – based on the fact that Hong Kong has “rowdy” protests. Taiwan ranks ahead of Hong Kong in terms of “competitiveness” (I’m sure it reads better in Chinese). And Hong Kong is behind both Shanghai and Shenzhen in terms of innovation. They also say that Hong Kong is not one of the “top ten harmonious cities” to live in – Jinghua, in Zhejiang province, is number 1. Yet I don’t think I’ll be moving there any time soon.
Speaking of competititititivity,Joyce Lau on her blog posts one of her recent IHT articles discussing how Hong Kong has become a major hub for art auctions yet is unable to produce any world class art locally. I could probably write an extremely long piece myself on why I think this is but I’ll save that for another time.
Back to Boing Boing, where they have this beautiful photo from JPL of a “Magic Dragon” constellation. You can see it pretty clearly in the infra-red version of the photo below. I think I know what my next tattoo is going to be.
Planning a trip to Miami any time soon? Then you’ll want to read Disco Rick’s Top Ten Strippers Under 40.
Prince declares the Internet is over. He’s shutting down his web sites and distributing his new CD as a free give away with a British newspaper. Yes, you can find it online via the usual suspects.
Got an Octopus card? Ever stop to wonder what they do with all that data they’ve collected about your spending habits? According to the SCMP, if you’re in the Octopus reward “scheme,” you can opt out of letting them share your data with their “partners.” This is wrong. The default should be opt out, not opt in.
A Hong Kong lawyer says it’s suspicious that all the people who bought flats at 39 Conduit Road and then backed out, helping Henderson to inflate the cost of luxury housing in Hong Kong, as if it’s not already high enough, all used the same law firm and all presented documents that used the same words and phrases. Oh really, Sherlock? Ya think? Meanwhile the government has asked Henderson to explain why they refunded deposits after the “sales” of these 20 flats fell through. Henderscum.
An online gallery of almost all the covers from the great magazine Omni.
Photos and info for the 5 top places for beef brisket noodles in Hong Kong, according to CNNGo.
Last for now, the American Society of Cinematographers polled their members on the best cinematography in film in the past 10 years. The top 5:
- Children of Men
- Saving Private Ryan
- There Will Be Blood
- No Country For Old Men
So how was your week?