Zoom your pics

We all now have cameras with over 10 million pixels, but when you posted the resized version to the web you will lost all the details of the picture. One possible solution is to zoomify it, such that you can see all the details (pretty much like Google Map).

Following is the grand hall ceiling of the Venetian Hotel Macao. Give it a try.

http://www.michaelyung.com/image/macau/zoomifyViewer.swf

Change the world

Back in 1997, Apple ran a TV commercial with a slogan – “Think Different”. The last line in this famous ad was …

… the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do …

In 2000, a team of professionals thought they could change the world and they got together, developed one of the most sophisticated Internet-based e-Government infrastructure at that time in Asia. And the rest is history. There were many naysayers in the industry all along, and they were just all talk and no action. But we are the one who really delivered the system, who spent countless days and nights to make it work, to maintain it and to serve 7 millions people in the city …

It’s really a great experience to work with you all in the last 8 years and I would like to thank every single one of you. You know who you are. As a token of thanks, following is one video captures all the beautiful moments I have …

http://static.animoto.com/swf/w.swf?w=swf/vp1&e=1294739649&f=Pm7qBJT7F3UcDAErvBDSGA&d=55&m=b&r=f&i=w&options=

We changed the world around us, but it’s time for me to move on. Thank you again and see you all around …

Made to stick

Finished the book Presentation Zen (see below) some time ago but still I was puzzled by one thing. That is, even we can create the most eye-catching slides with today’s advance graphic software, but how can we make the message we send across stick in the audiences’ minds ? It’s the reason we do the presentation, isn’t it ?

That’s why I bought the book Made To Stick (again, see below) and I am glad to tell you all that it’s a very good read. This book outlines a very practical approach to increase a message’s “stickiness”, and it’s called SUCCESs:

  • Simple — find the core of any idea
  • Unexpected — grab people’s attention by surprising them
  • Concrete — make sure an idea can be grasped and remembered later
  • Credibility — give an idea believability
  • Emotion — help people see the importance of an idea
  • Stories — empower people to use an idea through narrative

Except some minor irrelevant sections in the last chapter, the book is very well written and included many good references and case studies. So if you want to improve your presentation, don’t miss these two books !!

90 seconds of luxury

It’s really a luxurious thing, not the products that the LVMH ad promotes but one can enjoy 90 seconds of good music (by Gustavo Santaolalla) and wonderfully made video in the midst of lousy and noisy TV shows. The beautiful message from the first ever TV ad of Louis Vuitton

What is a journey ?
A journey is not a trip.
It’s not a vacation.
It’s a process, a discovery.
It’s a process of self-discovery.
A journey brings us face to face with ourselves.
A journey shows us not only the world, but how we fit in it.
Does the person create the journey, or does the journey creat the person ?
The journey is life itself.
Where will life take you ?