In The Arms Of An Angel

Once again the movie “City of Angles” is shown on cable TV, not a particular movie I like as I am not a big fan of Nicolas Cage (Meg Ryan is good though). However, in this movie there is a very very very beautiful song by Sarah McLachlan – Angel.

A heavenly voice, no kidding …

In the arms of an angel
fly away from here
from this dark cold hotel room
and the endlessness that you fear
you are pulled from the wreckage
of your silent reverie
you’re in the arms of the angel
may you find some comfort there
you’re in the arms of the angel
may you find some comfort here

Dopod C730

I waited for the Samsung SGH-i600 / BlackJack for over 6 months and I don’t think I can wait any longer. First, Dopod introduced the C730 (i.e. the HTC Cavalier) in town with a very attractive price and secondly, unlike the BlackJack, the C730 is pre-installed with the latest WM6.  So … how’s it ?

Here is the picture of the C730 with my previous phone Nokia N80. The theme I installed with the C730 is the Razor-TXW from Cuago Designworks.

C730 and N80

Check out how thin it is …

Thinness of C730

But one point to note though … the manual and the software come with the device / CD are all in Chinese (?!)

The Last Waltz – La Dernière Valse

One of my friends once said if you found a TV ad that you don’t understand what the fuzz all about … then it’s probably an ad of a new housing estate or apartment. All these ads are full of beautiful cars, scenery, women and men – i.e. nothing really matter with the housing estate. Another trick they used to do is to have someone sing a very beautiful song in the ad.

Recently there is another such hard-to-understand TV ad. Again there is a very good song in the ad with a very familiar tune, but this time it is a French song. So what’s that song ? Let’s do some Internet searches.

I first went to Google and search the name of the new housing estate – “XXXXX”. Quite some results popped up and it seems many are asking the same question from one popular forum. So I searched again in Google but skipping all the links from that forum site – “XXXXX -site:YYY.com”. Soon I found the answer, as someone in one music forum know the answer – the song is The Last Waltz. Ah … that’s why the tune is so familiar, it’s the famous song by Engelbert Humperdinck.

So what’s next ? I searched again in Google – “Last Waltz French version”. Yes … that’s it – the result returns “La Dernière Valse by Petula Clark”. So “The Last Waltz” in French is “La Dernière Valse” and sang by one French singer Petula Clark. There is even a site with a part of the song as well. And you can buy her CD in Amazon.com.

Of course, the next stop is Youtube, and then I found the whole song / video by the famous Japanese singer Lisa Ono (sorry for the extra click, as the video is set to view only in Youtube, but not in other places).

Lastly, the original song by Engelbert Humperdinck, 40 years ago. Enjoy !!

Cocktail Party in Museum

There was a news on TV couple of days ago concerning the museums in our city. Basically, it was reported that the local government wants to pass the responsibility of running museums to the private sector; such that they can draw in more citizens to visit the various attractions. One of the new ideas is to run cocktail parties in the museums.

Geez … exactly 10 years ago this week, I was in one museum cocktail party in Prague … exchanging business cards with some Eastern Europe computer software companies. You see, our city has not developed a bit in art scene for the whole 10 years, and still we keep kidding ourselves that we are in the best time of recent 20 years. Looks like we all have to pray …

Virgin Column in Lapidarium

And when talking about Prague, of course every one shall visit the old Town Square and the Charles Bridge Tower.

Old Town Square

Old Charles Bridge Tower

The First 112 Pages

I’ve told myself many times not to buy this book – The World Is Flat. Not because the book was poorly written, but probably because I didn’t believe we need another book about how Internet changed the world.

But just before the trip to Thailand, I decided to give it a try – after all, being a book-addict, I could not leave a bookstore empty-handed 😎

So after 112 pages, what did I find ? I found that if you’re living in Asia, and if you’re working in IT / Internet industry … then, don’t buy this book, it’s probably a waste of time. In these pages, the author wrote about outsourcing industry in India and China; and then how the fall of Berlin Wall changed the world; and then same to the Internet, fiber optic cables, Netscape browser, open-source software etc. etc..

All these topics were no doubt written in a lucidly clear fashion, and the author did research a lot for the book … but hey, all these topic are old news … so old that everyone should already knew it – unless you don’t know what’s going on in Asia and Internet.

Then you will probably ask, why it’s such a hot book in U.S.A ? My view is, excuse me, many American just don’t know much about what’s going on in Asia, outsourcing, Internet and globalization … Of course, I will read the rest of the book (another 400 pages) and I may change my view of this rather well-written book. In the meantime, stay tuned.