81 Cantonese Proverbs

It’s hard to believe, but Cantonese is a dying language. In our streamlining civilizational mentality, everything is converging and/or merging. Big businesses are getting bigger by gobbling up other big businesses. Governments are unionizing. Everything is on a global scale now. Telecoms, technologies, governments, culture and, yes, languages are all seemingly on a path of convergence.

This is neither good nor bad. It’s just is. In the case of Cantonese, however, there is a personal element for me. Here to do my small part in an effort of preservation, I want to share the following from the Cantonese Resources blog:


On Fear

“Do one thing every day that scares you,” said Eleanor Roosevelt.

That is one of the best advice I’ve heard. I have tried to do that, although inconsistently. Usually it’s something small and rather trivial. But practice does usually make perfect, and after awhile the fear dissipates and you realize there was nothing to be afraid of to begin with.

Not only that: fear can turn habitual. Because it’s easy. Because it’s convenient. Because it’s safe. Conversely, courage can be practiced, too. It’s more difficult, because there is accountability, unlike succumbing to fear. There is such a thing as debilitating fear, but that’s where taking small steps can help.

“Do one thing every day that scares you.”

Start small and, maybe, something trivial. Make it a habit. Eventually you won’t even think about it.

Two years ago, I quit a job of almost 14 years. It was a frightful decision. The few months following that decision, I had moments of doubt, as anyone would, I think. However, at some point, I realized I had stopped thinking “what if.” By then I had new tasks in front of me. By then I had jumped into something new. I was too busy paving the road in front to look at the receding path behind.

Now I can’t even imagined not making that decision. I had to. I needed to. Whether I’m better off financially or otherwise is a matter of perceptive, of course. All I know is I am not done with what I need to do now. Chances are I will probably be doing something new not too far into the distant. By then I won’t be looking back at right now either.

Alan Moore Letter Circa 1987

Alan Moore Handwritten Interview Questionnaire Response

In 1987, Watchmen was the talk of the comics world. It was a stunning examination of contemporary anxieties and an honest critique of the superhero concept. Watchmen was a commercial success, receiving critical acclaim in both the comics and mainstream press. It is frequently considered the greatest comic series and graphic novels of all time and is part of Time Magazine’s 100 Best All-Time Novels (since 1923 when Time began and to 2005 when the list was compiled).

Alan Moore had solidified his place in the comics world by the time Watchmen was published. With such works as V for Vendetta and Swamp Thing, Watchmen further established Moore as one of the greatest writers ever in the comics medium.

To put things in context, 1987 was a time before the Internet became an indispensable part of our world. The editor of Film Threat Magazine, Chris Gore, routinely sent interview questions to intended celebrities, requesting that they provide written answers to curated questions. Such a form was sent to Alan Moore and the questions were catered to topics relating to Watchmen. For his part, Moore responded with well-thought out answers, often using all of the space provided, meticulously hand-printed in all capitalized letters. Moore went into much details about his writing process and pontificated on his preference for comics over film. His philosophies have remained much the same over the years, but this letter represents perhaps Moore’s earliest expression of his esoteric, occultist and anarchist views. The tone of the letter is humorous, candid and even gregarious, with Moore densely packing in his views, to the point that he apparently ran out of blue ink and switched to red on the final page, which he signed, along with his address. The notoriously private Moore adds, regarding his address: “Keep it to yourself, please. Thanks!”

This is a fascinating early letter handwritten by Alan Moore about his views on comics, films and politics. It provides a nascent window into the mind of one of comics’ greatest writers and hints at the eccentricity and profoundness of a man whose reputation was only just getting started in 1987.

Boarding Passes

The key take away:

… The solution isn’t the most important part of this project. It is the thinking: it is the willingness to question what is otherwise accepted in order to strive for better, more useable and useful. This applies to paper passes, e-tickets, check-in and every part of airline experience. The solution is only a small part of the story. It is the ability to question the status quo—the notion that we can strive to create better experiences for people—that has caught the attention of hundreds of thousands of people around the world.

It’s seriously beyond due for a re-make of the traditional boarding passes. However, this is the airlines we are talking about. Is there an industry that’s more stubborn?


The World Premiere of Dr. Shocker’s Vault of Horror

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We packed the house on Wednesday evening, in spite of the rain and LA traffic, which was heavier than normal thanks to the Mexican Billboard Awards at the Dolby Theater. It started slow, as almost all Hollywood events go, but once it began, we had a nice steady stream of attendees. Viewers were treated to a fantastic documentary about monster collecting, an incredible balloon artist, and an appearance by the Alien Warrior Comedian, who braved intergalactic traffic to get the the TCL Chinese Theatre. Speaking of our host, the TCL Chinese Theatre was gracious in their accommodations and hospitality. All in all, Daniel Roebuck put on a great and extremely informative film and we were happy to do the rest.

(Photo: Erica in front of the step-and-repeat we created that feature images of Dr. Shocker and Igor.)

UPDATE: More photos are viewable at DStar Photography’s Facebook Page.

Zeng Fanzhi’s The Last Supper


Oil on canvas, 220 x 395 cm, 2001.

The painting sold for US$23.3 million at a Sotheby’s auction on Saturday night in Hong Kong, setting a new record price for a work by an Asian contemporary artist.

The play on Leonardo’s painting is a referendum on capitalism and its influence on China. The “Judas” character is the one wearing the yellow tie, which represents money, and in essence, Western capitalism.