據文匯報報導,「正義聯盟」召集人李偲嫣從一月四日起連續十四個星期天,於香港各區擺設街站,收集市民簽名, 促港府引入「辱警罪」。 該報導引述,「警方執法時受無理辱罵,以及各類型騷擾及侮辱,這是在片段及新聞報道上也能看到的,必定影響下一代。」李氏更認為, 「若設立『辱警罪』,警方便可依法執法,利用法律保護警隊尊嚴。」

由批鬥林慧思老師,到要求大學處置「佔中」教員,到現在倡設「辱警罪」,李偲嫣皆非孤軍作戰。 而李氏與其發起之活動到現時還有市場價值,就是香港人最大的不幸。

林老師以粗言穢語指罵警員不執法觸發了「林老師事件」,但是一個教書的女人下班後講粗口有甚麼好關注的? 事件的重點應該是警員當時有否依法辦事。市民自發「佔中」,成年參與者定必自負後果。若未成年學生受傷或被捕,家長要怪也只能怪自己沒有管好孩子。把「佔中」歸咎於所謂「佔中」教員乃推卸責任。

處理市民「辱警」個案,本來立法比現在依循「辱警」指引合理。可是問題的癥結不是市民「辱警」,而是市民為何「辱警」。根據警方現有的「辱警」指引,市民可因「辱警」入獄兩年。那麼,為甚麼有市民寧受「牢獄之苦」也要「辱警」? 是市民無理取鬧,還是警察公共關係科做得不夠好,還是警隊有缺失? 不去探究問題的根源,胡亂引入「辱警罪」,警民關係必會變得更惡劣。值得一提的是李氏曾多次表明反對性傾向歧視條例立法,如今他卻欲透過立法讓如慈母般保護老百姓的香港警察成為受保護動物,實在令人費解。

「正義聯盟」的理念是以理性態度推動香港政制,民生經濟和教育發展,並建立互相關懷的社會。然而,聯盟召集人李偲嫣不僅有股不正常的妄自尊大感;他的行為言論往往以感性態度出發,且具挑釁性;大大小小的社會問題他似乎皆不得要領,所以能提出的都只是些揚揚止沸的解決方案;令人不禁懷疑其理性分析事物和領導「正義聯盟」的能力。

儘管我們知道李偲嫣除了市場推廣的天賦外一無是處,每次他有動靜我們還是會評論。那怕我們都只是在臉書上罵罵他,他的市場價值便得以維持,同時我們亦變得更不幸。今天後我會徹底無視李偲嫣,倘若大家也無視他,他就自然會從報章雜誌新聞消失了。

Since navigation on my S3 stopped working a while ago, I got the G3 in August to tie me over, as I was going on  a hiking trip in Korea. The Note4 was released the day after I returned to the States, and I did a deferred JUMP for the “upgrade”. It is time I return the G3, and I’ve never been so sad about having to return a mobile device.

My biggest consideration in this round of phone purchase was the device’s suitability for me, stock. I’m not a power user, I’m not picky about lag and stutter. I just didn’t want to go through the trouble of rooting and then manually updating the device every time an update is released.

As I use traditional Hong Kong Chinese (as opposed to traditional Taiwan or simplified) to communicate with my family and friends daily, the availability of the right IME is always the first thing I check on a device. I prefer stock keyboard to third-party keyboards. Out of the box, the G3 offers region-specific Chinese, while the Note4 appears to have all Chinese lumped together.1 Either is good enough for me, but I would be a slower typist on the Note4.2

I’ve been using the Note4 for two weeks, I utilize it more than I did the G3.3 I did not touch QuickMemo on the G3 at all, but I use S Note with the stylus rather frequently (the slightly bigger screen doesn’t hurt); multi-window is helpful when it works.

Nevertheless, I find myself missing the simpler and more customizable UI on the G3. The notification panel on the Note4 alone is enough to drive me nuts.4 The Quick Circle on the G3 can be helpful, whereas S View is just disappointing.

I’ve also run into annoying problems on both devices that may be atypical. On the G3, Chrome would randomly stop responding. The easy solution to this was to reboot the phone, but that means rebooting the device several times on some days, which got old quickly. On the Note4, TouchWiz stops working throughout the day. I haven’t managed to narrow down the apps or widgets that might crash it,5 resetting the device didn’t remedy the problem. It is irritating.

I like the Note4, but it is not worth $150 more to me. I would return it if I could simply unJUMP and keep the G3 in my possession. However, I must send in the G3, and I don’t feel like setting up another device. So, going with the flow of the universe, I’ll be keeping the Note4, though I’m sad to bid farewell to the G3.

 

  1. Samsung has separate traditional Chinese IMEs for Hong Kong and Taiwan respectively; other region-specific IMEs are available to users everywhere Samsung smartphones are sold. Making all region-specific IMEs downloadable seems much more reasonable to me than limiting users to only those preinstalled on the devices.
  2. It turns out neither stock keyboard is good enough for me. I ended up using a third-party keyboard.
  3. It may be unfair to compare the devices. I do not consider G3 a phablet, therefore I do not believe it is made to address the same user needs as the Note4 is.
  4. I feel the Note4 should offer at least the same level of customization as the G3. Everywhere.
  5. It is possible every downloaded app I use crashes it.

無言

10/08/2012

有時候你不懂,
一個建議你離開的人,可能是最愛你的。
一個希望你放棄的人,可能是最關心你的。
一個渴求不再聯繫的人,可能是最掛念你的。
一個默默離開的人,可能是最捨不得你的。
我們的人生,就是在這樣矛盾而糾結裏渡過,愛並不是一場在一起的遊戲,愛恰恰是種掛念你而不得不離開的痛楚。

I missed the first hike at Carkeek Park for a mobile unconference two weeks ago. Twin Falls today marked the beginning of my 5th season with the LLS.

As most of you know, 4 miles out and back is nothing to write home about. What made the hike maybe a little impressive was that I was sore all over *before* I hiked. I made the mistake of restarting hot yoga on Thursday. Being the good yogi that I am, I went again yesterday. Boy, was my body sore this morning!

In every step I took I felt the tension in my thighs and bum, and my 30-pound pack and my very stiff back did not play nice with each other. It was just an unnecessarily miserable time for me to be out in the woods and rain. I shall never do anything rigorous in extreme condition(s) rrright before hike practice again!

For this season, I’m going to try to get one donation in everyday. If you can read this post, I’ll likely hit you up. If you were to decline my request, please let me know as soon as possible, so that I may ask somebody else and hopefully get the one donation in for that day.

If you’re feeling generous, head on over to http://c1.hk/25 to donate to support my fundraising effort. Remember, the LLS guarantees that 75% of your donation be spent on funding blood cancer research or patient care. So what’re you waiting for? Skip that coffee for a week and give LLS that $25!

By placing a barista like Rory “Rizzo” Baker in every store. 
 
Have you watched that credit report TV ad and wondered how you’re not just a number to the bureau? Are you ever tempted to switch your insurance to Nationwide because it is on your side? 
 
Businesses want to appeal to our craving for a sense of belonging. However, without a commitment to back their words with actions, most don’t do it well. I look at my credit report every month, and I’ve never felt like I’m more than a membership number that is worth $14.95 a month. Starbucks, with a store at just about every corner in Seattle, offers a familiar environment in which customers can feel at home. In fact, no matter where you are in the world, Starbucks stores look more or less the same. While the ambiance is relaxing, the service is still impersonal.
 
Starbucks baristas are usually friendly, but you know it is only because they are professional. I actually prefer to get my beverages at the little huts or indie cafés. Mostly I enjoy interacting with the people behind the counters, but I also like that these people often remember my beverage of choice after only a couple of visits. With the foot traffic at Starbucks, that level of personal touch might be too much to ask. My usual complaint, though, is that when a customer’s beverage is ready, the baristas call out his name like it’s nothing more than a delivery address.  
 
Not Rizzo!  
 
Rizzo had me at the cash register. Like other Starbucks baristas, he was smiley and perky. But somehow he also conveyed a genuine interest in his customers, which is a talent that can be acquired. I just knew even if he did not remember me the next day, he would have my name and my beverage down by the end of the week. Well, about twenty minutes after my initial order, when I returned to get a cup of water and a breakfast sandwich, Rizzo still remembered my name!  
 
In the one hour that I sat in that Starbucks, an old lady came in for coffee and had a seemingly personal conversation with Rizzo; and two groups of customers, who were on a first-name basis with Rizzo, walked over to chat with him after placing their orders with a different barista. 
 
I have no doubt Rizzo is responsible for the customer loyalty at his particular Starbucks. If there were a Rizzo in every Starbucks store, many little huts and indie cafés would go out of business. I, for one, would not go anywhere else for my beverages.  
 
Rizzo works at the Starbucks location at 874 Commonwealth Avenue. Pay him a visit if you’re in Boston!

In 2009, I was told a cure for blood cancer could be available in as few as five years. I wanted to survive blood cancer if I should ever get it, so I signed up to hike and raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I had a job at the time, and fundraising more or less consisted of bullying my coworkers into donating. That season, I was one of the top fundraisers at my event.

That was not a glorious time in my life. I had been in a rut for 18 months prior to my re-employment in late 2008, and my new job involved watching a great deal of pornography. Hiking and fundraising for the LLS was the only thing that allowed me to feel like a contributing member of society. It was tough for my body but good for my soul.

Looking back, I realize I was hooked on that torture from the get-go because my coaches and teammates were so phenomenal. They taught me that watching porn for a living was cool, not shameful. They helped me see that my quirkiness could be adorable to some. One of our teammates, Brenda, was a Leukemia survivor who had only finished treatment not five months before our hike training began! I was very fortunate to have met these people. As a team, we share many memorable moments, and the bond among teammates grew  stronger over time.

Last week, I signed up for my fourth season with the LLS. What that means is that between now and October 29, I am committed to strength training on Mondays, cardio training on Tuesdays and Thursdays, stair-climbing on Wednesdays, and hiking on Saturdays, rain or snow or shine.

I could raise money and awareness for other illnesses, but I don’t want to move on to a new illness without first eradicating the illness at hand. It’s like project management. Secondly, unlike Livestrong and Komen, the LLS does not receive much media attention. (I root for the little guys!) Lastly, but most importantly, my friend and teammate Todd, who is very sick with cancer in multiple vital organs and is undergoing chemotherapy, insists on hiking and raising money alongside us for a third time. If Todd can do it, what’s my excuse?

What’s your excuse?

Please support my effort by donating here. All donations over $25 are tax deductible. If your employer (e.g. Microsoft) has a matching gift program, please inform your personnel department of your donation and request for match.

Fundraising has gotten very challenging in this economic weather. Unfortunately blood cancer will not take a time-out while we are broke. So don’t wait till you have a connection to blood cancer to wish that you had cared enough to help find a cure. Donate now!

I am a frequent Expedia user. I don’t love it – I think it has much room for improvement – but I often book my travel through it because 1) I get cash back on my credit card for shopping with Expedia, and 2) earning many points at one place is far more useful to me than having a few points each with this airline, that hotel chain, and the other car rental company.

I like the concept of TripAssist, Expedia’s iPhone app. The real-time flight status updates via SMS, easy access to itineraries, and mobile-optimized environment where I can shop and book travel even when I am riding the bus are all very useful features to me. But I don’t have an iPhone, so I don’t have an iPhone.

I have been eagerly awaiting an Android version of TripAssist. When Expedia released its first Android app on May 10, I was among the first to download it. Between then and now, I have booked two trips through Expedia. Regrettably, neither of them was booked using the app.

The app is called Expedia Hotels, so all it does is let users shop for and book hotels. Since I almost always fly to my destinations, I have to book my flights on the Expedia website anyway. I have no reason to turn to the app for hotel reservations. Using the app to shop for a Portland hotel for when my parents visit next month, I noticed it did not allow me to make reservations for more than four adults. Unlike the website, it also did not allow me to narrow down to specific areas in Portland and star ratings. The other thing that really bothers me is that I cannot access TripAdvisor reviews from the app. Lastly, the app does not seem to sync with my Expedia account. I cannot be sure, because I have not followed through with the app, but I’d rather not risk it.

However, just because the app is no good for me doesn’t mean it is no good at all. Other than the petty complaints above, the app actually does quite well what it says it does. It is very straightforward. It finds my location almost immediately and displays hotels nearby. Many road warriors who travel extensively by car don’t arrange for lodging ahead of time, they stop whenever they are tired, and I imagine they could find the app useful.

Expedia Hotels is an excellent start. I’m looking forward to new features. But TripAssist it is not. Uninstalled.

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