Video Premiere: Kowloon Forest – a virtual reality film follows five strangers finding intimacy in a changing Hong Kong

The trailer for Kowloon Forest premieres exclusively on HKFP: The unique eight-minute Virtual Reality (VR) film strings together the stories of four unlikely characters as they navigate the ins and outs of a city in flux. “Set in Hong Kong, it is a film about finding intimacy in a city of density,” director Alexey Marfin told […]

Off the hook

Off the hook is idiom with two, distinct meanings. An idiom is a word, group of words or phrase that has a figurative meaning that is not easily deduced from its literal definition. Often using descriptive imagery, common idioms are words and phrases used in the English language in order to convey a concise idea, […]

Today I Love Fridays

Today I love Fridays and the sudden realization that the week is about to screech to a halt and make way for the weekend. I love that there is rain and even possibly snow because I’m hoping the ground will stay moist enough for me to try rolling the lawn on Monday because I’ve decided […]

Setting Sail

While driving the Scotland Highlands near Portknockie on the north-eastern coast of Scotland, wedding photographer Manuel Ortega stopped at Bow Fiddle Rock when he noticed a trail leading to a bluff on a cliff’s edge. “I asked my friend and super talented photographer Andrea Calvery, who was also part of a Parker Pfister workshop we […]

Half Of The Country’s 6 Million Shelter Animals May Be Euthanized This Year. Here’s What You Can Do To Change That

There are between 30 and 40 million “community cats” in the United States, and only about 2% are spayed or neutered. The harsh reality is, unless many of them are euthanized every year, that number would skyrocket even further out of control. A single unspayed female cat could give birth to 1,000 kittens in her […]

Beijing is not tightening grip on Hong Kong but has had to spell out jurisdiction because of constant separatist noises, former official Xu Ze says

Beijing is not tightening its grip on Hong Kong but needs to “say out loud” it has overall jurisdiction because of the constant noise from those who want to separate the city from China, a former senior official says.Xu Ze, former deputy director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office under the State Council, […]

Occupy ringleaders to be sent to maximum security prisons, as scholars call on University of Hong Kong to delay disciplinary proceedings against Benny Tai

Four jailed leaders of the Occupy movement are expected to be sent to different penal institutions on Saturday, with at least three likely to be sent to maximum security prisons, according to law enforcement sources.News of their removal came as two top legal scholars urged the University of Hong Kong not to launch disciplinary proceedings […]

Hong Kong customs officers seize US$30 million worth of cocaine and arrest two suspects in third major bust in two months

Hong Kong customs officers have seized HK$240 million (US$30.5 million) worth of cocaine in a series of raids on a four-star hotel room and two flats that led to the arrest of two male foreigners, law enforcement sources said on Friday.The amount of cocaine captured on Thursday night – which said to be at least […]

6 Settings When Ready-Aim-Fire May Doom Your Startup

Image via Flickr by Shawn Wolfe  I know entrepreneurs who have suffered from premature execution often associated with the ready-fire-aim quick-to-market approach. Yet I believe that many more have benefited from this approach, especially in early startup stages. If your product is highly innovative, and speed to market is critical, you won’t get it right the […]

China and Russia to forge stronger Eurasian economic ties

The leaders of China and Russia called their countries “good friends” and vowed to work together for greater economic integration in Eurasia amid growing economic and military rivalries with the United States.On the sidelines of the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on Friday, Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin pledged […]

Chinese President Xi Jinping tries to stem rising chorus of doubts over Belt and Road Initiative

President Xi Jinping sought to allay mounting scepticism and fears over his global infrastructure and trade plans on Friday, promising to prevent debt risk, promote sustainable growth and make the Belt and Road Initiative more transparent and inclusive.In a speech to almost 40 world leaders in Beijing, the Chinese leader also made a series of […]

Belt and road delegates welcome Xi Jinping’s pledges, but now they want action to back them up

Xi Jinping’s latest promises of partnership and fair treatment for foreign companies received a cautious welcome from diplomats and delegates at the Belt and Road Forum on Friday, but they also called for concrete action to back them up.The Chinese president promised in his speech that China will further open up, lower tariffs, increase imports, […]

Red-neck phalarope: A migratory divide towards the Pacific Ocean and Arabian Sea When winter comes, populations of red-neck phalarope from the Western Palearctic migrate to two different destinations — the Pacific Ocean or the Arabian Sea — following an exceptional migratory divide strategy which has never been described in this geographical area. Vía Latest Science News — ScienceDaily

Improving the lifetime of bioelectrodes for solar energy conversion The use of proteins involved in the photosynthetic process enables the development of affordable and efficient devices for energy conversion. However, although proteins such as photosystem I are robust in nature, the use of isolated protein complexes incorporated in semi-artificial electrodes is associated with a considerably short long-term stability. Thus, technological application is still […]

10 Friday AM Reads

My end of week morning train reads: • ‘It’s not play if you’re making money’: how Instagram and YouTube disrupted child labor laws (The Guardian) • This Question Will Change Your (Reading) Life (Human Parts) • The Tech Industry Is Remaking New York City — Even Without Amazon’s HQ2 (New York Magazine) • What lies… […]