A Professor’s Life Advice

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This went viral on Facebook. I liked it so thought I’d share it here…

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was. Continue reading “A Professor’s Life Advice” »

The Digital Piracy Debate: Why I Think It’s Wrong

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During a conversation with a friend, I was discussing the way movie distribution will likely change over the next few years to short out Hollywood from the system. I was particularly talking about MovieCloud. Being from Hong Kong, where they seemingly have no appreciation for intellectual copyrights whatsoever, he asked me, “Why would I buy it when I can download it for free?” Continue reading “The Digital Piracy Debate: Why I Think It’s Wrong” »

How To Watch US TV Shows Online Without Downloading Illegally

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Online TV is great. As usual the geeks got there first and the mainstream media was typically slow to catch up. But now in 2012, virtually every broadcasting TV network in the world makes their programs available online for viewers to watch at their own convenience. There’s only one catch: Have you ever thought of watching a US show when it airs in the US by logging on to Fox.com only to find that because you’re not geographically located in the US, the video won’t play back? Continue reading “How To Watch US TV Shows Online Without Downloading Illegally” »

If

“If” is a very famous poem and I know there are probably a hundred other websites out there where you can read it, but I still had to include it in mine. I have hand written this poem on the first double page spread of my journal and I read it almost every day.

IF you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise: Continue reading “If” »

The Kindle Dilema

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In my late teens I learned to love books. Being a writer since my very early years I already appreciated well written prose. But there’s more to a book than well written prose. There’s the beauty of the cover art; the texture and feel of the pages; the smell of books both new and old. And with old books, there’s the question of who has read the same copy before you. Whose life has this book changed?

On the other hand I’m also a fairly obsessed tech head. I love computers. I love gadgets. I like things that take batteries. And, if I’m honest, it never really crossed my mind that these two previously unconnected worlds would ever colide. I don’t think books should take batteries.

These reasons are why I find myself exceedingly conflicted at the idea of Amazon’s electronic book reader, The Kindle. eBook readers have been around for a while and have occupied a fairly insignificant backstreet of the literary world. Mostly manufactured by Sony, they have that typical electronic product feel to them. They look sleek and cool and electronic. And I think this is part of the reason why they just haven’t caught on.

But Amazon.com is the largest online retailer on the planet. They are a game changer. And if they want to change the face of the literary industry by popularising eBook readers, there’s a good chance they’ll get what they want. And I don’t know if I want them to. Continue reading “The Kindle Dilema” »