From September 2006

Coup d’état

So last Tuesday (19th) I was chatting with a friend in Bangkok, around exactly the same time that Thai Army tanks rolled in and blocked off traffic to the government headquarters, thereby staging a coup, overthrowing the PM (who wasn’t even in the country). Anywhere else you might have expected at least moderate bloodshed but not here…

Bangkok Coup

…just another day out with the family! Funnily enough the ex-PM, Thaksin, was spotted later in the week shopping in London – I guess he wont be going home any time soon! I’m not going to even pretend to understand the politics of Thailand, I’ll leave it to the discerning reader to read up on if you’re so inclined πŸ˜‰

Renewable Linguistics

Solar Energy Generation

There is no doubt that life is the transformation of solar energy, at its core, but this could soon be taking on a new meaning if we (the world) don’t get our act together over climate change. Obviously finding an alternative clean form of energy is key to our future, of which there are many possibilities – solar, wind, tidal, etc. Back in 1999 I designed and built a prototype wind turbine for individual use as part of a project for one of the A-Levels I was studying for at the time. Whilst this was never intended to change the world (!) I learned quite a bit about the technologies involved and their limitations, mainly being around conversion efficiency. Now seven years down the line with the problem becoming more acute in the public eye perhaps finally people are starting to take note…

As the very cinematic ad. says 970 trillion kWh of energy falls from the sun every day, isn’t it about time we put it to use?

[via treehugger]

Did you know? I always imagined that the Korean alphabet (ν•œκΈ€, Hangul) contained thousands of crazy characters like Chinese and Japanese, making it nearly impossible for the simple western mind to understand! In fact it only has 24!

King Sejong and the scholars of the Chiphyonjon, creators of the Korean alphabet, considered human sounds as being more than mere physical phenomena. They assumed that an invisible yet more powerful principle was the controlling force behind these phenomena. They adhered to the principle that human sounds and all universal phenomena are all based on yin-yang (positive-negative) and ohaeng (the five primary elements: metal, wood, water, fire and earth). Hence, they thought it natural that there be a common link between sounds and the changing of the seasons and between sounds and music.”

이것은 μ‰¬μ›Œμš” – easy huh?!

And one last thing… The new version of iTunes which was released earlier this week is great! I especially love the Cover Flow view which allows you to visually browse through your music collection by its album art – very cool, very Apple!

Have a great weekend! 주말 잘 λ³΄λ‚΄μ„Έμš”!

To Hell (and back)

Creep

The past week has been exhausting to say the least. If there’s one thing you can guarantee about London is that when the tube is busy you’re in for trip which could probably likened with the journey to hell (NDE not required)! I even defined a condition people get from underground travel – ‘Tube Lung‘.

When you go to hell and back twice daily I’m sure everyone conditions their mind to automatically coil in on itself to try and block out the truly awful state of being jam packed in an airless coffin with a bunch of equally lifeless zombies all vying for their own cubic foot of real estate. Yes, another day in paradise.

When it all gets this bad what do you think we English do about it? Nothing. We just get on with it with minimal fuss and, like the weather, it’s always a favourite topic of conversation! Typical.

Oh well, better than missing the last train home

Curse of the Golden Flower

Curse of the Golden Flower

Hot on the heals of the wonderful Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), Hero (2002), House of Flying Daggers (2004) and Fearless (2006) comes Curse of the Golden Flower from director Yimou Zhang, which by the looks of things is another sumptuous period epic providing a glimpse into semi-faux Chinese history – currently in post production.

Curse of the Golden Flower

Staring the stunning Gong Li, it tells the story of an imperial family, which is slowly falling apart from the inside. Entailing “betrayal, deceit and passion, pitting King against Queen and father against sons” it looks set to draw both domestic and international appeal.

Curse of the Golden Flower

Drenched in myth and mystery, with cool looking Ninjas flying through the air, amazing panoramic shots of sprawling untouched landscapes, rich costumes and a haunting soundtrack what more could you ask for? I love this stuff!

Curse of the Golden Flower

Check out the trailer (available in HD for those who can cope with it!). Coming to a theatre near you at the end of the year.