How UN cultural treasures helped set the stage for Game of Thrones

From King’s Landing to the Iron Bank, so many of the breath-taking backdrops seen on the smash hit Game of Thrones television series are available for future generations to enjoy,  thanks to a key, but little-known role played by the United Nations cultural agency. source

Hong Kong man spoils “Avengers: Endgame” outside of theater, gets swiftly beaten up for it

Is this closer to Captain America-style justice, or Hulk-style smashing? Fans have been waiting over a year since the release of Avengers: Infinity War (and its anime-trailer version too!) for the release of the recent Avengers: Endgame. The film is the culmination of over a decade of plots, characters, and arcs in one final battle. […]

Offline Productivity

When in doubt, disconnect. What if by spending more time offline, you could actually become MORE productive? Airplane mode lifestyle Live more in airplane mode. This is my takeaway after 2-3 years of not owning a phone: Phones are the ultimate productivity tool, but it seems to have constant internet connectivity is a “net negative”. […]

No Faults

A thought: There is no such thing as a “fault”. All different character traits of ours can be used however so, and the interpretation of our actions or behaviors being “good” or “bad” is socialized. For example, let’s say you’re characterized as “aggressive”. Now, perhaps others say this is a bad thing — but in […]

‘We must carry on’: Chinese government critic and liberal icon Xu Zhangrun vows to keep saying ‘what needs to be said’

A Chinese law professor who has become an icon of China’s liberal intellectuals remains in high spirits despite facing an internal investigation and being barred from leaving the country, friends close to him have said.Xu Zhangrun, a normally low-profile academic at Tsinghua University, attracted global attention last year after he published several essays on social […]

Does China’s lead in the global premiere of ‘Avengers: Endgame’ herald a new global distribution strategy for Hollywood blockbusters?

Until recently, every major studio picture would be widely released in the United States first, before rolling out to Europe, and then on to Asia, often weeks later.These “territorial release windows” were sequenced in that order because foreign sales of Hollywood movies were significantly influenced by how well the film sold in America first.Those days […]

In Pictures: 130,000 protest looming China extradition law, say organisers, after Hong Kong jails Umbrella Movement leaders

Thousands took to the streets on Sunday to oppose Hong Kong’s looming extradition law amendments, in one of the biggest demonstrations since the 2014 Umbrella Movement. Photo: The rally, which kicked off in Causeway Bay, came days after four leaders of the 79-day pro-democracy demonstrations were jailed. Photo: Jennifer Creery/HKFP. Organisers put the turnout […]

10 Sunday Reads

My easy like Sunday morning reads: • States Tempt Recent College Graduates With Student-Loan Payoffs (Wall Street Journal) • Inside the Quietly Lucrative Business of Donating Human Eggs (Wired) • Your love of Bed Bath & Beyond coupons could be killing the retailer (Washington Post) • This Banking Fraud Shows How Shady China’s Economy Remains… […]

Ocean Park’s six-year-old dolphin Cleo dies of unknown illness, as park mourns the loss of one of its ‘key animal ambassadors’

Ocean Park’s six-year-old dolphin, Cleo, died on Sunday of unknown health problems that lasted more than a week, the park announced.The female Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin had no health problems before the illness, but was placed under veterinary care after she started to display a reduced appetite and high body temperature on April 18, a spokeswoman […]

Hong Kong courts set to start going paperless this year, after a long period of deliberation

Hong Kong’s judiciary will start moving towards being paperless at District Court and Magistrates’ Court levels as early as this year, following seven years of discussions.The long-awaited transition, which was first floated in consultation with the legal profession in 2012, could boost Hong Kong courts’ efficiency and competitiveness against regional competitor Singapore, which has had […]

Chinese doctor dragged away in handcuffs after fight with patient’s husband

Video footage of a Shanghai doctor being handcuffed and taken for questioning by police after a dispute with a patient has reignited a debate about the often fiery relationship between medical professionals and the public in China.In the film, Zhao Xiaojing, a 48-year-old thoracic surgeon at Renji Hospital, can be seen tussling with officers before […]

Of life and death: Xiao Yang, former head of China’s Supreme People’s Court, dies at 80

Legal scholars and lawyers have been mourning the death of Xiao Yang, the former president of China’s Supreme People’s Court who is best remembered for his reforms on capital punishment and efforts to increase transparency within the judiciary.The country’s top judge for a decade until 2008, Xiao died on April 19 at the age of […]