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Sunday, May 29, 2005
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TITLE: Technological culture
DATE: 05/18/2005 09:20:21 上午

A piece of technology news bursted out last night informing of the revelation of Playstation 3 console link and Xbox's new plan of more games link , a fierce battle of gaining profit in such entertainment scope is made more obvious.

Video games, computer games, online games, and even the desire of pursueing newly released high technic product have been constructing a large scale of young people's leisure life. Many of my generation, and the generation next, even largely rely on these means to spend our spare time. Despite of the high technic features they have, the cultural phenomena they have made is another feature they have in common. Like film and other media related culture industries, the digital entertainment is initiated by technological development, and is generally been aestheticised and theorised. Moreover, same to other culture industries, traces of repetitive formula and imitative images can be easily detected in digital products. Hierachical comsuption, too, can be found, although mediums like internet (together with cheap online retails such as ebay etc.) are often argued to be liberal. The purchase of devices, in particular, is perfectly merged into the concept of pseudo-individuality, so that the digital product buyers know where their places are, and may set their aims as to pursue a higher rank of digital products. To analyse the digital market (or shall I say cultural phenomena) in this way is certainly shallow, and maybe even too conventional and doctrinairism. The point I try to make here is, digital consumption fits the concept of culture industry well, and worth further/more studies in the frame of cultural studies.

sorry I am still not awake from my cultural studies exam…


AUTHOR: Chelon YauEMAIL: URL: 05/21/2005 11:01:54 上午

The point I try to make here is, digital consumption fits the concept of culture industry well, and worth further/more studies in the frame of cultural studies.

I completely agree… (actually I don't have the faintest idea what you just said – but I want a PS3 after drooling over the specs!)

----- COMMENT:AUTHOR: Hamid SirhanEMAIL: URL: 05/21/2005 07:54:20 下午

X-Box 2's where the actions at. Buy a few of these cheapass babies and make a few modifications and you've got one kickass server/computer on your hands. Yay.

PS - I'm not a geek.

----- COMMENT:AUTHOR: Hamid SirhanEMAIL: URL: 05/21/2005 07:54:32 下午 Doh – Action's. ----- COMMENT:AUTHOR: Chelon YauEMAIL: URL: 05/21/2005 11:18:52 下午

Well of course – since an xbox360 is basically a PC in a small box and lacking all the funky ports.

Then again the new PS3, can almost be classified as a super computer weighing in at… 2TFLOPS which is like woah.

However it remains to be seen if the developers will be able to make good use of this hardware – there is going to be one hell of a software hardware gap to bridge.

----- COMMENT:AUTHOR: Peng ZouEMAIL: URL: 05/22/2005 07:16:18 上午

haha, Hamid
you are not a geek…

I quite like ps2 tho, I think there will be a lot of cheap ones now… maybe I should buy one next year ;)

----- COMMENT:AUTHOR: Chelon YauEMAIL: URL: 05/22/2005 09:38:28 上午 You can buy mine if you like!! Perfect working order…. (ok it is actually broken – hence I want the PS3 asap!!!)----- --------

TITLE: 盛况当前
DATE: 05/12/2005 09:20:10 下午

Music front cover
Here Come The Tears
The Tears
Not rated
很难想象当初DOG MAN STAR发行的时候,我脚下的这片土地是怎样的一番景象。因为我,已经是COMING UP时代的人了。SUEDE对以前的旋律一再的回收重组再利用,进取精神不再。本来我觉得BUTLER还是好的,但听过几张或单飞或再与别人合作的专集以后,他都是在重复自己,那个不肯妥协却也不知道怎么再前进的自己。这样的景象一直延续到了今天的the tears。1990的流行音乐与艺术探索共进的景象,至少在这重组的怀旧乐队上未能重现。一样的歌词,一样的旋律,一样的他们,一样的我。这样的怀旧,只是一再提醒在听的人所处的泥沼而已。都是一群走进死胡同又不想走回头路的人。

TITLE: A hunting in the book shop
DATE: 05/07/2005 03:44:04 下午

Iris Chang (1997) the Rape of Nanking: the Forgotten Holocaust of World War II Penguin Group : England

Iris Chang is an American born Chinese, she didn't write and read in Chinese, but she had never lost her concern in this piece of land. The Rape in Nanking is a response to the western world's blindness towards one of the most brutal event in human civilisation – the Nanking Massacre the Japanese troops carried out in 1937 Nanking (Nanjing), China. Lamentedly, Chang suffered from serious depression and committed suicide at her 36. Although picked up Nanking Massacre as a particular case to write, Chang's writing can not be read as a Chinese nationalist's thunder to the Japnese. According to an interview after the writing of this book, Chang's concern was always on the human conscience rather any particular nation.

Chang has an interesting point in marriage as well, she said getting married at an early age was helpful for her career that saved her time of building up a relation thus she could devote more to her writing. She described her husband as her best friend, her finance manager, her psychaitrist, and her massagist. She hoped to have three kids with him. Sounded a very happy marriage, pity she made the final decision.

Ali Smith and Toby Litt eds. 2005 New Writing: No. 13 Picador : London

New Writing No. 12 was quite good, so that I bought No. 13, too. Interestingly, I think the bookshop has put wrong tag on it, so it's only 5,99 pound, nearly the same price as Amazon old books.

Virginia Woolf A Room of One's Own Penguin Books Great Ideas

She's a feminist, she's the best English female writer in modern history, she wrote about the independence of women in this essay, what else should I add?


UTHOR: Hamid SirhanEMAIL: IP: URL: DATE: 05/08/2005 10:10:55 上午 I read the Chang book back in my first year when I was studying Chinese history and I loved it. There are a few minor inaccuracies but, aside from that, it's a wonderful read and essential for any western reader. The crimes of the Japanese are almost completely forgetten by the West who focus on the crimes of the Nazis and Soviets. And she highlights "The Living Buddha of Nanjing", Rabe, who was one of the greatest and bravest men I have read aboutI really wish those who wonder why the Chinese get so angry about the Japanese revisionism would first take a gander at this book.

----- COMMENT:AUTHOR: Red ChanEMAIL: URL: DATE: 05/08/2005 06:58:21 下午

Sadly Iris Chang killed herself last Novemeber: link

----- COMMENT:AUTHOR: Hamid SirhanEMAIL: URL: 05/11/2005 04:14:49 下午 I am so sad to hear that. She really helped bring Japanese war crimes to western attention…

----- COMMENT:AUTHOR: Junjun ChenEMAIL: URL: 05/27/2005 05:26:48 下午

The first time I met this book was in BFSU, a pirate one though. An unforgetable impression, especially the illustrations in the middle.

Yeah, you are right, NW12 is good book. I also got a copy. NW13, is that cheap? Still?

TITLE: 又是柳絮纷飞时
DATE: 05/04/2005 03:28:49 下午


TITLE: 我人生的特征
DATE: 04/28/2005 12:36:54 上午




TITLE: Me leg
DATE: 04/27/2005 01:46:29 上午

Just now when I had a long stare at me right leg, I found out that

It's only a leg...

Even after a few streches I made it doing, I still can't feel its sentiment of belonging to me. Why should I call her my right leg then? Is she really mine?


AUTHOR: Hamid SirhanEMAIL: URL: 04/27/2005 03:47:56 上午

Often we can't appreciate what we have, we don't even recognise its importance to us… and hten when we lose it we realise its true virtues.

Imagine if your leg was cut off. You would suddenly feel incomplete. You would look at yourself and think that you looked incomplete. You would no longer feel the pain and gentle sensations you used to feel. You would no longer feel anything there. You would not be able to walk or run or sit or bathe like you once did.

So what is only a leg is an essential part of you and one part that you would sorely miss!

----- COMMENT:AUTHOR: felixEMAIL: IP: URL: DATE: 04/27/2005 10:52:01 上午 well, why do you feel other things belong to you and your leg doesnt?-

---- COMMENT:AUTHOR: LuluEMAIL: IP: URL: DATE: 05/02/2005 12:29:28 上午 Why is it even a SHE?

----- COMMENT:AUTHOR: Peng ZouEMAIL: URL: 05/02/2005 08:48:22 上午 me leg's sex should be coherent to me… moreover, it's a right leg, so it MUST be SHE?

TITLE: the music talks
DATE: 04/27/2005 12:29:12 上午

Music used to be the big topic when we sought acquaintance on the first few meetings.
Its importance dminishes by the time we get to know each other's taste and not surprised by the coinsidence of same favorites anymore.
Good friends can develop a system of music critiques together.
Tonight I hope your playlist will keep me awake and inspired.
And I realised that I agree to your music more and more.
Should I mourn for my loss of insistence or enjoy the integrity between you and me?
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