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Hooked on Pretty Pet Salon!

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Hooked on this right now! Pretty Pet Salon! I saw some postings and they looked soooooo familiar lol

What Goods on China? Google vs. China but is it right?

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

In this article Huffpost writes about that Google is attempting to loosen China’s policies or else China may be comdemned in the court of public opinion. The web is also buzzing about it.

Are you serious? China is going to “bow” to a foreign company, it doesn’t even bow to the most powerful country in the world, much less a company that has anywhere between 15-30% search market share that was mostly censored?

By leaving China Google is not trying to work from within and will henceforth attempt to drive its agenda (and perhaps change) from the outside. Google deserves praise for its stand but is it too little too late or is it merely lipservice?

How well is enforcing change on the outside going to work?

CNN, BBC, Voice of America anyone? Who has enabled more change and freedom inside China? The advent of Alibaba, Sina, Sohu, Netease or QQ or the external forces of the BBC, CNN, Yahoo, Facebook or NBC?

What Google is telling the world outside of China is that it wants to open up all information, to create really an information revolution.

How do you enact a revolution? From the inside or from the outside? Let’s learn from history.

Remembering Tiananmen in 2009

Friday, June 5th, 2009

A record 150,000 people poured into Victoria Park last night to pay homage to those who died in and around Beijing’s Tiananmen Square 20 years ago.

The turnout claimed by organizers for the June 4 candlelight vigil would therefore equal the 150,000 who turned up for the first anniversary of the crackdown in 1990. Police, however, put last night’s attendance at 62,800 - the second highest turnout, as they estimated the 1990 figure at 80,000.

By contrast, only about 300 attended a similar ceremony in neighboring Macau last night.

Szeto Wah, chairman of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China which organized the event, said he was more than happy as the attendance exceeded all expectations.

Because of the huge turnout, the 8pm start of the vigil was put back 30 minutes since all six football fields were packed with more people streaming in.

Around 8.20pm, the organizer opened a basketball court and an adjoining lawn to accommodate the overflow.

Veteran democrat Martin Lee Chu- ming said he was proud of those who had turned up. "Those who showed up tonight represent the views of the Chinese populations all over the world. It also shows young people have not forgotten June 4," Lee said.

Before the one-minute silence, Szeto led a group of young students who were born in 1989 to lay a wreath while the names of known victims of the crackdown were read

out. The crowd then sang and lit candles while calling for a vindication of those who lost their lives.

One of the highlights of the vigil was the broadcast of an audio clip recorded by the late premier Zhao Ziyang while he was under house arrest.

In it, Zhao reaffirmed claims the students at Tiananmen Square in 1989 had been law abiding.

Also present was Xiong Yan, the first Tiananmen student leader to take part in the Alliance’s activity in Hong Kong. "Hong Kong is the pride of China and even the whole world because the Hong Kong people uphold freedom. The world will treasure Hong Kong and her people," said Xiong, adding he was happy to be back on Chinese soil.

Before the vigil ended at 10pm, legislator Lee Cheuk-yan called on all people to join the upcoming July 1 rally.

According to a declaration at the vigil, "June 4 was the dark age of contemporary Chinese history. We again light the candle as we have lit it for the past 20 years."

Though the declaration does not accuse Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen by name, it condemns those who "buried their conscience."

The declaration read: "Regrettably, 20 years on, people who have buried their conscience express mistaken ideas, saying that 20 years of successful development will help people to arrive at an `objective evaluation’ of June 4. Does this mean that economic development can legalize and legitimize the June 4 massacre?

"Does it mean Hong Kong should cover up the crime of those in power for the sake of economic interests? Let us hold our candles, hold our dignity and conscience high, to light up Hong Kong, light up China, and not to allow ignorant leaders riding on the heads of the people to continue their arrogant ways. Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, can you hear us?"

Tsang’s remarks last month sparked public outrage as he glossed over the June 4 crackdown by speaking of the mainland’s economic development over the years. He also said his views represented Hong Kong people in general.

Among those who showed up were Lasse Markus Galschiot and Kasper Markus, sons of the Danish sculptor Jens Galschiot who made the Pillar of Shame to commemorate the 1989 crackdown.

Others said they attended the vigil to show Tsang he could not speak for them.

Hello Kitty Online has shook the gaming industry!

Sunday, December 14th, 2008

Hello Kitty Online has shook the gaming industry with a Hype Rating of 8.34 and claimed the TOP SEAT for Most popular mmorpg. Best thing is, ITS NOT EVEN OUT YET. Reposted from here.

"HKO doesn’t have PvP it has PvCS. This makes all PvP, especially using internet spaceships, all pink and fluffy."
"im sorry but i don’t understand the obsession behind this game. Im not trying to troll but i really want to know how this game appeals to you and why does this have such a high hype rating. i can’t understand it when there many other cool games coming out such as chronicles of spellborn etc. is there something im missing please tell me why you like this game so much maybe im wrong and this game does have something really cool to offer…"

"i rather play hello kitty then age of conan thats for damn sure."

"I also would rather play HKO than AoC, I tried AoC actually, nice but run of the mill"

"Don’t you ever insult Hello Kitty Online.

"I remember checking Hello Kitty Online out when some people were saying "Hello Kitty Online —->" on the EVE forums, and I have to say, I think it looks like a damn good game!"

"Perhaps, but Warhammer was supposed to be the "WoW-killer" for the past year or so. Having not succeeded in that mission despite the the number of rave hype reviews, I say HKO has the next best chance…which isn’t saying much at all. Nevertheless, it’ll be interesting to tap into HKO and fiddle with the game to see how it is different."

Such responses, how can a game with such loyal fans not be GREAT?

I agree!

Amazing Ping Pong Kung Fu

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

Bruce Lee playing Ping Pong, but with a nunchuk! Amazing old footage (used in a commercial thereafter, but still great to see, and at those times there were no special F/X like we know them today)

Rather be Naked than wear fur, an animal rights message!

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

In a protest against Giorgio Armani’s continued use of fur in its latest collection, animal rights group Peta yesterday deployed two "angels" to rally the crowd outside the fashion house’s flagship store in Central.

"Armani promised us it would stop using fur last year," said Rebecca Chui Shin-ping, a spokeswoman for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which is known for its aggressive campaigning. "But in his new collection he is using rabbit fur even for children’s clothes."

Armani said yesterday: "As a luxury fashion house, which has always been attentive to this issue, we feel we are being unfairly targeted in comparison to our competitors. In September we gave our commitment to Peta to refrain from future use of any animal furs other than humanely sourced rabbit fur."

However, Peta said its investigations found mainland farms that supplied fur to Armani were torturing rabbits. "Workers at the farm pull rabbits from cages by their ears and shoot them in the head with electric stun guns," its statement said.

Dressed in lingerie with wings and a halo, the protesters held up signs and attracted a small crowd of onlookers as they walked outside the store in Alexandra House. They stayed for about an hour.

Ms Chui said Peta started targeting the fashion house this year after it "broke its promise". Giorgio Armani had said he was convinced by Peta "not to use fur", according to a report on in July last year.

To press Armani to stop using fur, Peta planned to organise similar protests in the United States, Taiwan and the Philippines, Ms Chui said.

Ashley Fruno has been frequently used as a model for animal protection rights not just for PETA but has been active in Australia! It is pretty effective I’d say!

Who is Tuzki?

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

Hong Kong votes for Democracy

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

Hong Kong voters chose a new legislature, with pro-democracy parties retaining a law-blocking veto and the pro-business Liberal Party losing its top two leaders in surprise defeats.

Democrats held onto more than a third of the 60 council seats, potentially giving them power to alter bills that will shape the political future of the southern Chinese city, according to final results from the Hong Kong Election Commission. Liberal Party Chairman James Tien and Vice Chairwoman Selina Chow both lost their seats. Turnout was about 45 percent, compared with 55.6 percent in the 2004 election.

“The biggest loser would definitely be the Liberals, the so-called pro-business party,” Andrew Shuen, co-founder and research director at Hong Kong-based Lion Rock Institute, said in an interview today. “The people of Hong Kong want change. They voted for candidates who didn’t seem to have a chance to win.”

Candidates from parties supporting Chief Executive Donald Tsang had been expected to benefit from warmer ties with China and a surge of patriotism following the Olympics, political analyst Joseph Cheng said before the election.

China still picks the city’s chief executive. Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule in 1997, and the Chinese government has said it won’t allow direct elections for Tsang’s successor in 2012 or before 2020 for lawmakers.

Democrats’ Luck

“The democrats have been lucky,” Ivan Choy, a political science professor at Hong Kong’s Chinese University, said late yesterday.

The result may lead to gridlock in the 60-seat legislature, Shuen said. While the result gives the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong and its pro-government allies a majority in the Legislative Council, they fell short of the two-thirds it needs to push through bills.

“There are no winners in this election,” Shuen said. “The DAB has a mandate but not enough seats, while the democrats have enough seats but not a mandate.”

The other 30 seats in the legislature are drawn from so- called functional constituencies that represent special interests and industries, which usually support pro-China parties loyal to the city’s Chief Executive.

“We have to apologize to our supporters for doing badly,” Tien said today at a press conference broadcast on local television stations. Selina Chow resigned from the executive council and as vice chairman of the Liberal party, government- backed Radio Television Hong Kong reported. Tien also quit.

Democrats fought this election without two of their star figures: Martin Lee, the veteran legislator who helped found the Democratic Party, and Anson Chan, the former deputy leader of the government, who both decided not to seek re-election.

Liu Xiang = Achilles?

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

So is super star Athlete Liu Xiang like the Greek Warrior Achilles, invincible but for his heel, his only weakness that would make him fall?

What an incredible PR bonanza, isn’t this a lot better than racing and ensuring multi millions of dollars of endorsement! Like everybody else I was looking forward to the hurdles, but not only was it disappointing, it was impossible to believe! If he was already in pain prior to the race, why did he even bother to try, he cannot use drugs to dull out the pain.

I am not the only one who is suspicious and the forums are lively on debate on this topic.

The conspiracy saga rages on from Corporate intent (Nike is involved) to just personal failure. Somehow, I hope I never find out because it would be too much to bear for a Nation who has had its biggest glory moment. Liu Xiang statistically did not have much of a chance to win Gold, infact some question if he would even qualify! The Nike argument comes largely because of the profit share that is made between Athlete, Coach and the association and Liu Xiang is certainly a gravy train right now in sponsorship. Now that he will be likened with Achilles, it may look even better, or so it might be hoped.

As quoted:

The question buzzing around online forums is: If Liu has had this injury for six or seven years, why did he deny it just 13 days before the start of the Beijing Olympic Games?

Liu had not mentioned his injury until August 18.

Xi Jiang, a reporter for the Secret China website wrote, “On July 30, a message posted by ‘JCCG’ on a China online forum said, ‘Liu Xiang is going to quit the competition because of his injuries.’”

The message continued: “The day before yesterday, I searched the Yahoo Olympics ‘Life Service’ page, and I found someone was reselling a ticket for the 110 meter hurdles. I was so happy. I spent 1500 yuan and got the ticket! Liu Xiang, you are my idol and I am willing to pay a fortune for it.

“However, today (July 30), when I showed it off to a friend of mine, he said that he knew the inside story. Liu Xiang is going to miss the 110m hurdles and that is the reason why someone is willing to resell the ticket. He seems quite sure about it so I’m starting to feel suspicious about the whole thing.”

He has not raced in 2008 and only trained in seclusion, is it because of the injury or part of a bigger plan? Let’s hope we never find out.

China leads medal tally in Olympics!

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

What a day! Even if it won’t last for that long…China leads not only in Gold medals by a stretch, but also it leads the total tally of medals ahead of the United States!

China Olympics Score

If there is ever a chance that China could beat the US as the country with the most decorated athletes, this is the one on home ground! Unfortunately for China, the US in their last olympics went home with 102 medals, 36 of them gold vs. China with 32 gold but only 63 overall medals. The surprise is that this year Russia looks like it is no longer as a Federation, so its medal count evaporated from pervious years.