Archive | 八月 2016

As the regime tries to destroy the opposition’s medical system, health workers pursue a novel and desperate effort to provide aid.

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/06/27/syrias-war-on-doctors

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進入文學的世界

中四的時候, 小弟上的第一堂文學課. 老師跟大家講: 我們學文學不是為了拿A, 而是為了進入"文學的世界". 大概老師已看了死詩會, 才有這樣的MISSION STATEMENT. 大概老師沒有細心嘴饞死詩會羅賓威廉士那段文學的功用的教導, 所以她沒有多解釋"文學的世界"是咩意思. 大概我當時跟大夥同學都沒有看過死詩會, 只看過阿SIR早晨, 也不大明白"文學的世界"是咩意思. 所以老師定下的MISSION STATEMENT: 我拿不了A, 完成了前半; 我領略不到"文學的世界", 更別說進入, 完成不了後半.

但看見我的兒子, 我知道原來要進入這樣的一個世界. 有些人是天生 a piece of cake的.

差不多開學, 那小學要把欣賞古詩作為考試範圍, 並要求父母學前跟孩子討論古詩的詞義, 詩境, 背後的故事, 作者生平等等.

第一課: 李白 靜夜思

以下是我的對白:

“幻想一下咁的圖畫, 或鏡頭. 一個好老的男人住酒店. 酒店靚不靚? 靚到不得了. 六星級, 雪白的bedding. 大玻璃窗, 窗前一個大月亮. 夜晚. 但點解那男人要酒店. 冇屋企. 因為一D原因回不了家. 住酒店過唔過癮? 過癮. 但住十年呢? 見唔到屋企人, 見唔到妹妹, 見唔到爸爸媽媽. 唔開心係咪? 所以他低頭. 點解低頭? 因為他喊, 想起屋企個個一樣的月亮. 喊"

那個六歲的小孩子. 突然雙眼盈框, 突然嚎啕大哭. He got it! He got the dope! He got the feel! 他完全投入了那個李白當時的內心. 我忍唔住笑. 笑他傻. 點會有人因為靜夜思喊的. 亦笑自己慧根不行, 從來沒想過靜夜思是慘絕人寰的韓劇情節. 我們讀精讀, 上維基, 刨粵音韻滙, 都進不了那個所謂的"文學世界", 偏偏一個小朋友, 就咁店行店過的走入去行番出來. just a piece of cake.

但當然 cake 唔一定好味. cake 可能有毒. 我害怕佢行唔番出來. 下次都是同佢研究TOY STORY FINDING DORY好D.

I’ve read Tolkien’s letters before, but as with most reading, each reading is different because I know, think, and believe different things. Tolkien’s occasional crankiness stands out in this reading. He doesn’t like cars (or “motor-cars” in his words) or most industrial / mechanical processes. To him the future often seems grimly industrial, and passages […]

透過 Thoughts on Tolkien’s Letters and ossification by age — The Story’s Story

Thursday Nite Live ft. Aaron Rimbui, Sept. 1 2016 @ Choices – Baricho Road — Nairobi Now :: arts, culture and events

Date: September 1, 2016 Venue: Choices, Baricho Road Time: 8-11 pm No Cover Charge About Aaron Rimbui is a jazz keyboardist, composer and performing artiste whose music is best described as colorful rhythmic melodies with African infusions served on a funky contemporary jazz platter. Aaron’s ear for music was spotted while still a toddler. Aaron […]

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Di-dar — JanAgora

我最喜歡的王菲專輯只會是《di-dar》。很完整的故事,具畫面的歌詞,起承轉合,是王菲版的《愛戀二千小時》。 可惜那個故事並沒很多人在意。

透過 Di-dar — JanAgora

Number 4 — Phil Kneen Photography

All images made using an Olympus MjuII compact film camera. The film used is Fuji Superia 400 and Natura 1600. Phil Kneen on – Instagram

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Rage: TVs and Film

Many long nights have I been through. Five, to four, to three, and sometimes fucking two.

So yeah. I have watched some TVs.

Fleabag- is definitely one of the best this year. Honestly, men lie. All men lie. We always say we hate bitches. We always say it’s deeper than hell to have a bitch as your mate (even she is as beautiful as Emma Watson). On the other hand, we love to watch a bitch as a bystander. We bravo Marvel bedeviled bewildered by how well a Diva plays a bitch. In this sense, Olivia Coleman definitely deserves one more BAFTA!  Yeah….the line “she is not an evil stepmother. Just a bit of a cunt" was flinchingly amazing. But the stepmother whom Fleabag described should perform as one to validate this line, or it would be anticlimax. But Olivia did it. Episodes 5 and 6 she just stole the show. What a bitch. What a cunt.

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2016/aug/29/fleabag-tv-needs-far-more-seething-devastating-women

Straight Outta Compton – Confess. I don’t like NWA. I don’t even know who Dr Dre is. watching the movie was the first time ever I know how Dre should be pronounced (“dray").  I remembered when I did review A Bridge of Spy I mentioned this film as a reference. Sorry Gen, in fact I did it again, bragging a bravado about a movie I haven’t even watched. Well…I still haven’t finished it. But A bit disappointment. Straight Outta Compton is totally what I was expecting it. I know why it’s not a prize winner in Oscar.  It’s because of this conformity with everyone’s expectation. It plays how you expect a Black group to be treated, to be described, striving, comin outta nowhere, shooting to stardom, being stop and searched without warrant, their fate, their finale (making a shit brand “BEAT"). But it’s good to watch something about rage when you feel enraged.

For one thing, I don’t know why this song was not even nominated as the Academy Song of the Movie:

https://youtu.be/NFBW3xwIJpU

親子有別

又一個不情不願的傍晚,看無線七點時段的一個節目。叫望子成材美國篇。但整個節目支離破碎,第一鏡影了美國史丹福大學校園幾個shot,就無厘頭的剪回訪問名人環節,梁錦松,影著他們母校英華,細數梁先生考獲三優的威風,及如何放下三千萬年薪福利社會的感動世人。再剪下校園打波的學生。整個節目就是學生級數剪接,學生級的訪問質素,學生級的timing, 主持接唔到對白的,和幾個無厘頭的美國境。而是prime time 播映。

我同老婆講。我是監制,會問套野我除了親子王之外,我pitch到咩廣告?仲要prime time? 就要俾面你一個梁錦松,一個吳錫耀?

或許,就是因為咁啦。

梁生學貫中西,才黑板寫上他對世界潮流的驚人發現。第一點竟是全球化。。。。去到好像第三點,是民主令國家債台高築。果然是梁錦松,果然是新自由主義者,果然是親子王,果然是校園電台,果然是無線。

這果世界並不陌生,但一點也不過癮。話香港唔悶,話做人唔悶的,恭喜你。你是幸福的。

以下是講yuval Noah harari 的新書,講全球新趨勢的一篇文章,未必夠真,但至少有點新。

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/aug/28/ideology-liberal-democracy-technology-bioscience-yuval-harari-artificial-intelligence?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Q and A

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/video/2016/aug/30/qa-more-people-want-to-work-than-collect-welfare-panellists-say-video