The American and French coverage of the 2019 Hong-Kong protests fawning over the protesters’ ingenuity and solidarity reminds me that I loathe when Occidentals (it’s always Occidentals) praise Asians (it’s always Asians) for examples of efficiency (clean subways, on-time trains, public apologies, etc…) without addressing the massive cultural difference that enables this efficiency: a focus on community rather than individuality.
But this isn’t magic or free, I expect this focus to come at certain personal costs that Occidentals don’t otherwise have to bear. This is why individualism is easy to sell: everyone can see the benefits for themselves and easily overlook the fuzzy incurred costs for the community.
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Avengers: Infinity War focuses on the character of the super-villain Thanos as far as making him achieve his horrific genocidal plan. This time the villain wins, and it isn’t pretty.
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The video streaming platform Twitch has a culture of its own with its codes, slang, memes that can be confusing for the casual viewer. Especially when he woke up at 2 AM and launched a random stream.
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The Devil’s Advocate uses Christian mythological images to convey very conservative opinions that must have been way less conspicuous when it was released 21 years ago in 1997.
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On last Sunday evening, I went to see Skydyed perform at Brooklyn Bowl in New York. The last-minute booking on an odd day for a concert in a bowling alley reduced the actual attendance to just me.
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I bought Master of Orion: Conquer the Stars (2016) in a recent deal that included the 3 original games in the franchise started in 1993. After pulling an all-nighter on it, it feels like an old game: unreadable fights, tedious planet management with a stupid autobuild feature.
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As it is a personal tradition in long flights, I’ve been watching low-investment movies, here’s my watch list on my Summer 2018 round-trip between New York and Paris.
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RBG is a well-made documentary about an extraordinary woman who still fights for women’s rights to this day, and her matching and supporting husband of lesser fame but no lesser merit. Unfortunately the current US political landscape tainted my reception of this movie without having to do with its quality.
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Enforcing user’s privacy from their decentralized social network node admin isn’t an easy task. I explore two potential solutions, the compromising lightweight “Paranoid Mode” and the full-featured “Third-party client”.
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Blade Runner 2049, like many modern reboots or sequel to popular 80-90’s movies, misses the mark spectacularly by failing to identify what made the original great, and ends up being all form and no substance.
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