Category Archives: Living

Thank You My Friend

This is not a hard story. In fact, this is not even a story.

This is actually a statement to declare that I (we) got a friend. A True Friend.

Don’t get me wrong when you read this (I mean you, yes, you). I am not saying that I have actually been ignoring this point until now. The reason why I only blog about it out loud now purely because my blog-pipeline has been way too long, and is not moving. In order to move this card to the front, I have to deliberately drag you from the “Next” column to the “Writing” column today.

On my draft, I was going to point out all the special things that you accidentally or mysteriously matching me or my wife’s respectively, or all the tricky theories that only you have the wisdom and patient to understand, or even all the secrets that only 3 of us in this world is holding.

But I guess I won’t.

I am simply gonna tell you this: Thank You. Thank you for being the first (and perhaps the only ever) true friend that we have here in this part of the world; someone we can deeply trust without hesitation and exception, someone we can show our relax faces to, and someone who let us to be ourselves honestly and still achieve something great together. Someone who completes our circle. Thank you.

New Year Resolution on a Train

Now it is time to talk about my New Year Resolution. Obviously I am not in a hurry to make one. After all, this is Jan 6 already and I am still thinking.

Not that I am not a planning person. Or perhaps I am, just that I have a planning partner that drives our train.

Snow Train

Hmm… I used the term “train” instead of “car” or “ship”. Strange. There must be some hidden agenda behind this object. Well, I really don’t know. Does it mean that I see “lives” as a fixed route that all you could change is the speed (to the end)?

Perhaps. But in a way that explains how I don’t need to have a New Year Resolution after all. Perhaps we are not even the train drivers. Me and my partner are just some little train passengers who only have one decision to make: to stay on or get off, if and only if the train stops at that moment. A very passive and boring decision.

Hmm… now I know what’s my New Year Resolution for this year should be: Get off the train and start driving my own car!

Easy.

(photo courtesy: Santa Fe)

The End of the World

I am now looking at the stars. I am pretty sure that the same set of stars was shining last year (as shown in the pic), the year before or 100 years ago. In their life spans, it won’t make a slight difference anyway. In fact, try to look back a million years later, most of these stars should be still shining at almost the same spots.

For some reason some people in our human life spans are worrying about the end of the world. The end of which world? Perhaps only in our little world. Oh, our “civilization” is collapsing? No problem, another one will emerge and replace ours. The earth is still turning normally. Just us, like the dusts on the surface, got “renewed” and “updated”. That’s not the end of the world. That’s just the end of us. Exactly like how Dinosaurs ended last time. And seriously the world doesn’t really care.

Or perhaps we could treat it like the way of how Matrix had its Multi-revolutions. In a way every “the end of the world” is just the reboot of another never ending loop. I would love to have the reboot eventually, but perhaps not tooooo soon, coz I still haven’t finished enjoying this round of the reincarnation cycle.

The Dilemma of the Story of Change

I have changed.

This statement by itself means nothing. People / lives / world is always changing. What’s the point to state the obvious? Except if this is not the obvious. Except if this is a story worth telling.

But here’s the dilemma: when I am so busy changing the world or got changed by the world, how on earth I’d have the time to tell a meaningful story? If I could have the time to tell a good story, obviously I am not that busy changing.

So that time has gone. The change is over. Was over. I am clam now. So that’s why I am typing.

“Do You Have Mobile?”

“Do You Have Mobile?”

Of course I do. I keep two smartphones and one dumb phone with me all the time. I also carry a tablet to work so that I can draw pictures (mostly infographics by the way) during meetings.

But most of the time that was not the real question I was being asked. When my colleagues asked for “mobile”, they meant “mobile marketing stuff”.

“What stuff?” you may ask. Exactly. Mobile Marketing could mean anything ranging from a SMS promotion blast, to a full blown m-commerce site, or anything in between.

To make the situation more confusing, we also have things like a responsive email design, a QR code printed on an outdoor billboard, or a click-to-call button placed on a website which provides a bit of mobile compatibility, but embedded in the traditional (relatively speaking) marketing vehicle.

To sum up, some of these items are referring to mobile as the channel that marketers reach out with, some of them are referring to the device characteristics that the end users are interacting with, and some of them are referring to the nature of geo-location.

This confusion continues as we move along with the mobile journey. This also explains why the one who holds the marketing budget is not embracing the concept of “mobile” yet: As long as people still treat this term as a buzzword to collect all the different kinds of “new” digital tools and features into one big basket, we can’t have a clear picture of what it really means.

Sounds familiar doesn’t it? We had this 10 years ago when everybody was asking how to put things “online”. Now, it is even silly to have a job title like “Online Manager”. I am waiting for my own time to come when my title “Mobile Manager” becomes obsolete, and my mission will then be accomplished. Until then, we still have a lot of education, sharing and exploration work to do, and I will still ask you back “What is Mobile?” if you ask me the question “Do you have mobile?”.

iA Writer

I would like to start writing. Just write. Don’t care about what. Just write. The same feeling of how a guy get a new pair of joggers and has to go out and run a few miles, just for the sake of using the shoes. For me, it is the type-writer’s feeling. The feeling that I could write the full set Lord of the Ring non-stop in one night. All it is missing is the chuck chuck cling cling sound of the machine.

This type-writer I am using is called “iA Writer”. An awesome app on Mac, iPad and iPhone. Supports Dropbox and iCloud. Has a “focus” mode by dimming all text except the current line.  The ultimate illustration of “simplicity”.

iA_Writer

自家製民主教育

我們不需要國民敎育去敎我們愛國。

首先,「國」是沒有得去愛的。我愛的是國家裏的人。使我「自豪」與「感動」的也是國家裏的人,而不是國家本身。國家只是一個繼「家庭」和「氏族」後再推外一個層次的組織,用來方便大家日常行政之集體運作。簡單來說即是用來將一群人分類,然後「載」在一起。打個比喻:一個發錢寒的人只會愛銀包內的錢,而不會太理會那載著錢的銀包吧?

而且,「愛」是沒有得教的。我們只會去愛我們有感情連繫的東西。難道老師們可以就憑要大家背誦十次「美麗河山」便可教曉我們如何去感嘆(還要在公開試答題時感嘆)嗎?

再者,就算是教,也不應是國家去教。現在的國即是黨,亦即是那「出坦克建渣樓毒奶粉禁諫言捉異己」的黨。由他們去教「國家大義」,與找捉走自己的拐子佬去問自己身世一樣搵笨!

我信奉的是存在主義。我相信每一個人都是平等地自然存在。我相信「民主」是要每一個人公平地獲得尊重,而不只是安於談談「投票權」或「反獨裁」便滿足。「領導人」只是一項工作而不是一個地位。而父母也只是孩子的家人而不是擁有人。正所謂「修身、齊家、治國、平天下」,有心要玩天下太平,首要幹的是從自身和自家開始。要對抗地產霸權,先要在家灌輸「家民主」,鏟除家長霸權。

講就易,做就唔知。要試,先引入投票制。有次(如圖)我們一家人決定去哪地方吃晚飯,歡迎大家提名(有去廣東舖吃羊腩煲、有去四川舖吃火鍋、也有在家吃冷飯),也歡迎大家隨意拉票,但真正投票時不可威迫利誘和看風駛艃,而且投票後大家要尊重結果。結果「在家吃冷飯」勝出,是孩子們贏了。我們守信留在家,儘管我們原本的計劃是想要外出。孩子往後也懂用同樣方法決定周末活動爭執減少之餘,參與感亦大大提升。我想,這也算是一點點成功的「民教」吧?