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Archive for September, 2007

Franken Barbie USB Doll Memory Stick

Saturday, September 29th, 2007

If you’ve always wanted to stick a Barbie into the USB slot of a PC, here’s your chance. The bizarre Barbie USB doll together with 256 megabytes of memory to store your many possible pictures of Barbie USB silliness. This Barbie USB stick will work only if you rip off her head and stick it into the computer’s USB slot (you read right, you decapitate and then insert), I wonder if the 8 Gigabyte version features an expanded chest?

Maybe they thought it was a way to sell different Barbies and exchange their heads so one day I can have Barbie be blond, the other day brown.

Spread the word about what is happening in Myanmar massacre

Friday, September 28th, 2007

A really excellent blog from ko htike of people posting regular updates from camera phones and so on has pictures of the horrible bloodshed that is happening once again in Myanmar. Military is cracking down, shooting and killing monks and protesters who are largely peaceful, from the AP:

YANGON, Myanmar (AP)—Soldiers fired warning shots Thursday above an estimated crowd of 70,000 anti-government demonstrators defying a crackdown that has drawn international appeals for restraint by Myanmar’s ruling junta.

Some protesters shouted “Give us freedom, give us freedom!” at the soldiers.

Witnesses said at least one man had been shot, though the weapons fire did not appear to be aimed directly at the crowd that had gathered at Sule Pagoda.

The demonstration followed early morning raids on Buddhist monasteries during which soldiers reportedly beat up monks and arrested more than 100.

There is a duty for those who have influence to write about it, link about it, and most importantly to try and get the the message posted so that it’s on the frontpage of the most important news sites and social networks out there. I was expecting to see it on the top of Digg but was surprised to find that it wasn’t digged high, do people not care? There are some things that certain site shave a responsibility to help push/promote, this should be one of those causes! On the frontpage of MSNBC there is no mention of this either, the headline of MSNBC today is the below:

RUNNING DRY: How Americans use scarce global water supply, while people are being shot for a call to freedom elsewhere in the World? Sure, environment is important but isn’t this a story you can push for another day? Seriously.

Spread the word, talk about it, digg up any news related to Myanmar and this massacre, make the world know about it, because apparently the news sites and the social news sites are not doing it!

Taken from the Website of Ko, some recent pictures and images on the situation:

An email message from burma

Today, the people’s uprising lead by the monks, NLD members, students and citizens of Burma are entering the battle with their lives and blood.

In the aftermath of 8888 (18 Aug 1988) pro-democracy uprising, the Burmese democracy activists were forced to leave the country in exile. They tried achieving democracy from abroad. Both the exile oppositions organizations and the international community share the similar opinion to bring about a change in the country from force within. We also believe in a change by standing up against the regime from within with a united force. Today is the tenth day that the monks have led the protest in the streets with the students and citizens to defy the junta.

In this revolution, 15 monks and people including a Japanese citizen have sacrificed their lives in this cause. In Burma, the only path to oppose the military junta is to demonstrate peacefully. The military junta repressed the peaceful demonstration brutally by hiding truth. The longer the military junta represses the people we are bound to loos more lives.

Would the Burmese community in exile and the institutions like the UN and EU wait till the situation in Burma gets worse like Darfur in Sudan?

The neighbouring countries like China, and so called democratic countries like India and ASEAN countries selfishly avoiding the problems in Burma by brushing pass as our internal problems. It does not matter how many people the military kills, we woe to struggle and scarify our lives to restore democracy for our future generation.

On behalf of the Burmese people I salute the courage of Mr Kenji Nagai, a Japanese journalist employed by the APF Tsushin based in Tokyo, who scarified his life whilst recording media footage of gun shots to educate the global citizens.

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival in Hello Kitty Style

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival to everyone, I made a quick video of all the different kinds of moon cakes I could find featuring Hello Kitty, enjoy and happy celebrations!

Hello Kitty Moon Cakes

Hello Kitty Mooncake

One is traditional Hello Kitty mooncakes done in the traditional method, the other one is more a chocolate variety!

Myanmar’s call for Democracy (and why China must help)

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

So now 100,000 people flood the streets and finally the masses in Yangon join the buddhists, and while the Generals threaten action they still have not moved like they did in the 8888 Uprising in 1988. There the military fired against monks and civilians alike and it was mercilessly crushed while the World just watched.

Many things have changed however, the architect and coup orchestrator Ne Win died 5 years ago and the present General hardliners may not be as bloodthirsty or as bold. Also, the figure of Aung San Suu Kyi has emerged in a significant as well as international way, the call for democracy and symbol of repression has lingered on for many years not unlike Mandela in South Africa. Myanmar as a Country may be unknown but the world is much smaller today, maybe you can’t find it on a map but you will know that it is a repressed country. This time if there is a massacre, Myanmar’s Junta will suffer more isolation, not only from the west but from its Asean “friends”.

Much more significantly however is that Myanmar depends on aid, trade and development to the only powerful Country that has been able and willing to support it in the past; China. Although China is not democratic, China does not need revolution and military crackdown in its neighboring country anymore than North Korea and its nuclear bombs. Its economic growth requires stability, stability does not come from unrest and suppression and just a year before the Beijing Olympics which is China’s call to the World as a true power to be reckoned with does not need this smear on its “clean vest”. If the Junta in Myanmar were to strike, China will condemn Myanmar along with the rest of the World and this could spell true disaster to the Junta.

China may not desire democracy, but it does need stability and it knows that a totally totaliarian state like Myanmar cannot sustain itself. China has grown by offering more freedoms, bit by bit starting with the economy and moving very slowly on other parts of freedom but it is many giant leaps forward in comparison to Myanmar.

I truly hope this will come to pass in the freeing of a Land that has suffered for too long and I hope China will play its role as a leader to the region.

New comment: So obviously I was being too optimistic, yesterday they cracked down.  The world cannot watch on, it must do something.

Story details below and also elsewhere.

Up to 100,000 people flooded the streets of Myanmar’s biggest city yesterday, joining Buddhist monks in the strongest show of dissent against the ruling generals in nearly two decades.
The enormous show of strength drew a swift threat from the military government to “take action” against the monks. World leaders urged the junta to show restraint.

Led by robed monks chanting prayers of peace and compassion, marchers snaked their way through the nation’s commercial capital, Yangon, witnesses said. Some held a banner reading: “This is a peaceful mass movement.” Others had tears in their eyes. Protests in Yangon began last week, but their size has grown exponentially since Saturday.

Dissidents based in Thailand said big protests also took place in Myanmar’s second city, Mandalay, the western oil town of Sittwe and the religious centre of Pakokku, but the reports were difficult to confirm.

In the first official reaction to a week of escalating protests led by the monks, state media reported that the minister for religion, Brigadier General Thura Myint Maung, had issued a warning to senior clergy.

“If the monks go against the rules and regulations in the authority of the Buddhist teachings, we will take action under the existing law,” state television quoted the minister as saying.

On the eve of the opening of the UN General Assembly in New York, where world leaders are expected to push the generals to adopt democratic reforms, the international community urged the junta to exercise restraint.

“We are consulting with allies and friends in the region on ways to encourage dialogue between the regime and those seeking freedom,” said US national security spokesman Gordon Johndroe.

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner warned that the junta would be held accountable if there was a crackdown on the streets.

Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, offered his support to the monks and urged the military government not to react with violence.

Yesterday’s march in Yangon began when 20,000 monks gathered at the country’s most sacred shrine.

The marchers passed the offices of the Defence Ministry and the residence of Senior General Than Shwe, head of the ruling junta.

For most of the 20km, five-hour march, there was no sign of police or troops. At the end, 1,400 marchers went to where police blocked access to the home of democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, who lives under house arrest. Monks were allowed to march past her home on Saturday.

Making no effort to push through police lines, the marchers yesterday chanted, “May there be peace.”

An international aid agency official with employees monitoring the crowd estimated well over 50,000 and close to 100,000 had marched.

Protests began on August 19 as a movement against economic hardship, after the government sharply raised fuel prices. But they have their basis in long-standing dissatisfaction with the repressive military regime.

The British ambassador in Yangon, Mark Canning, said the country’s leaders were now in uncharted territory. “The demonstrations could subside … [but] that’s looking less and less likely by the day,” he told the BBC.

Sweet Valerian

Sunday, September 23rd, 2007

This is a really bizarre yet funny and cute anime, it has sort of a power puff style going for it, but it’s only 3 minutes per episode and the stories all relate to modern day ills in a cute and typically japanese kawaii style. I recommend watching it.

High Pollution in Hong Kong forces schools to cancel activities

Friday, September 21st, 2007

At least one other school has cancelled an outdoor sports event because of fears that poor air quality could harm students’ health.

An inter-house cross-country event by South Island School, scheduled for yesterday afternoon, had to be postponed to October 5.

The secondary school in Southern District, run by the English Schools Foundation, attributed the postponement to poor air quality.

A message on the school’s website read: "Today’s [September 21] inter-house cross-country is postponed due to the high pollution."

Hong Kong has been veiled behind thick smog this week, with the Air Pollution Index at high levels.

On Wednesday the Chinese International School cancelled its annual swimming gala in Victoria Park because of smog. The event was relocated from the public swimming pool to the school’s indoor pool, making it impossible for hundreds of students to attend


The pollution index at the Causeway Bay roadside station on that day remained around the "very high" level of 110 throughout the morning and early afternoon.

On Monday primary pupils at the Kennedy School in Pok Fu Lam were asked to stay indoors to have lunch, also because of poor air quality and high temperatures. And the West Island School in Pok Fu Lam relocated a physical education class to the school’s indoor sports ground.

There was no sign of significant improvement in air quality yesterday. The pollution index at the Central roadside station hit the "very high" level of 106 at 7am and only dropped to "high" at 96 by 7pm.

But the Canadian International School’s cross-country run was given the go-ahead yesterday.

A spokesman for the school said it was satisfied with the air quality in the area and had decided to run the race in Aberdeen Country Park.

"The event went ahead as scheduled. We have taken into consideration the air pollution and the sky was clear," the spokesman said.

"The pollution levels on this side of the island are very different from those in Central, partly because there is not so much traffic."

He also said the secondary school had received no complaints from students or parents.

In June the Council for Sustainable Development released a report on possible solutions to air pollution in Hong Kong. Among the key proposals were adopting road pricing and letting schools suspend classes on heavily polluted days.

The consultation is expected to end on October 15.

An Education Bureau circular issued in 1998 advised that sports days or swimming galas in affected areas be cancelled when the air pollution index reached 201.

Cute Sheep Exhibit in Times Square

Thursday, September 20th, 2007

This is pretty neat, I walked around and saw this, so decided to take a picture of this exhibit in Times Square by a HK Designer.

Amazing Human Dance

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

It is amazing how hundreds of people are dancing at the same time in such a coordinated fashion. This is for some kind of Soccer event hosted by Samsung it seems.

Hello Kitty Mouse part 2

Monday, September 17th, 2007

Going for 8.85 USD a new Hello Kitty Optical Mouse, really cute, some of the features are:

- Lovely design
- Compatible with MS Windows 95/98/2000/ME/XP/NT4.0, and Mac OS9 or above
- Resolution: 1200dpi
- Three buttons including one scroll wheel
- Best choice for desktop and laptop computers

Shock resignation of Japanese Prime Minister

Friday, September 14th, 2007

A good chronology can be found on CNN.

Abe, diagnosed with abdominal problems caused by stress and fatigue, will continue to hold the post until his successor is named. But his hospitalization — expected to last three or four days — deepened the sense of confusion that his departure has fomented.

"Some may perhaps call my decision irresponsible," Abe said in an e-mail posted after he was admitted to a Tokyo hospital. "However, I made up my mind that it would be in the very best interests of the nation, and of the people of Japan, for me to step down from my position."

This was a shock for everyone and he is not nearly as strong as Koizumi was but to depart so early and there were a lot of hopes on him as well as Japan’s youngest Prime Minister. What worries me most is that despite the local scandals, his regional position against China and Korea was more moderate than expected despite his initial conservative stance and that infact he contributed to regional stability, a more radical right-wing crazy may not do as well and the ultra-conservatives may have been the real reason he is no longer where he is today, in other words, secretary-general Taro Aso who were not as reform minded as Abe or Koizumi and may well reverse policies.

Japanese Press statements were as follows:

Even so, "the timing of Prime Minister Abe’s resignation announcement was very surprising. Literally, he threw away power. It was unprecedented", the Asahi Shimbun said in an editorial.

"He had just reshuffled the cabinet, made his policy speech and spoken to the people of his determination" to stay in the job, the liberal daily said. "As the leader of the nation, it was unthinkably irresponsible."

The Yomiuri Shimbun also said in an editorial: "The timing is so bad that it is difficult not to criticise the prime minister as irresponsible."

"This is dereliction of power. It can’t be helped but to say it’s a totally irresponsible attitude," the Mainichi Shimbun said in an editorial.

"It is a shame that such a prime minister led the nation."