In my ordinary course of business, a lot of people are what I called functional dyslexic or literate illiterate (識字文盲).
Literate illiterate are people who are socially functional human beings, which means they have no problems in day to day task. However, when it comes to reading, they perform very poorly.
In most cases, they have the following problems:
These problems can be solved by having a graphical representation.
In our modern day society, most of the individual I know are literate illiterate, they spend 15 years in school but they can’t perform basic reading tasks. So to take advantage of this situation and do good to the society. I believe a lot of academic material can be better conveyed if they are in graphical format. Due to academic inflation, I believe its much easier to provide graphical illustration to academic materials like HKSI, IIQE, CFA, FRM if they are in graphical format.
A study by the National Academy of Sciences also resonate my view, pictures are assuming more power in the learning process, especially with younger people. The dominance of visual media in everything from computer games to Instagram has given words a more subservient status.
The most successful illustrator I believe would be Tsai Chih Chung (Chinese: 蔡志忠), what he does was that he comicfy the Chinese classics teachings into a comical manner. Who the fuck wants to read “Kongzi” 孔子。
Do you know any comify artist
I was visiting the Algorithmic Trading Group (ATG) on 4/3/2015. ATG is a rarity in Hong Kong in a sense that they welcome new trades to join them and trade their house money. Traders are expected to build models which can trade stocks globally to generate profit for the firm and himself. Most financial shops in Hong Kong are looking for sales to increase their AUM rather than trading profitably.
The ATG office is a very hip and the trading floor is more like an internet cafe. Yet the atmosphere was tense like any trading floor, with the commander in chief – Tom Voute standing at the cockpit. They even have a pinball machine in the office, and dont be mistaken, its not for show and tell. It actually looks like a playground. If you are interested in seeing the trading floor, you can check out their website, they have a live camera showing you the actual trading floor.
They are currently planning to trade in
Basically, Tom is looking for programmers with
Interns and talented youngsters are also welcome, should you are interested to meet with Tom. They do not value financial abilities, rather they are looking for math majors or CS individuals.
They are currently running
They don’t conduct directional trades.
I met Tom Voute, the founder of ATF on Google+ https://plus.google.com/+TomVoute, Tom is quite a character with a cynical sense of humor. You should follow him if you like cynical jokes about Hong Kong and the Netherlands.
The following is a list of 10 things I don’t like but I am grateful grateful for, this is writing in response to Claudia Azula Altucher’s book “Become an Idea Machine”. She suggested we do a little exercise everyday to train our “idea muscle”, so I did it. This is a response to her first exercise “Solve 10 Hard Gratitude Problems”.
(Written by Justin Castro and Conrad Ko)
So you eye Aiah across the hall, your eyes interlocking every time they meet. You know you want it, you want it so bad. It’s not like it’s the first time you asked someone out (unless you’re really socially awkward, then all I can say is I’m so so verily sorry) but this time it’s different; this time, you’re in the office together. The little voice inside your head says it’s a bad idea; it’s going to create a conflict between your work life and your play/”real life” life, you won’t know how to interact with her: should you be professional because she’s your colleague or be flirty because you want her sooo bad.
Figure 1 Workplace Romances are generally like this, with less attractive people. Source: Thomas Northcut/Getty Images
Workplace romance is well, workplace romance. It’s when there’s romance in the workplace. I don’t think there’s any need to explain that further. There’s no specific account as to when it originated, but if I’d have to guess it started way way way back, with emperors falling in love with their slaves or concubines. I’m pretty sure there’s a dozen television shows out there with a subplot involving someone trying to conquer some country while having an affair, all the while their wife plots her spouse in secret while developing her own side romance with a conspirator. But I digress, in today’s hectic work environment where people are almost always expected to go overtime; it isn’t surprising to see workplace romances pop up. I’m pretty sure most water cooler discussions in the office revolve around who’s dating who in the office.
And don’t think it’s just the day-in day-out workforce that gets to have these romances. The leader of the free world, US President Barack Obama, met his other half while interning in his first law firm. Bill and Melinda gates met at a press event, and got married six years later with a marriage that involved a private jet, another philanthropist-billionaire (Warren Buffet) and probably the most expensive engagement ring of that time. And of course, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. They met while filming “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” and eventually ended up as Mr. and Mrs. Pitt.
Figure 2 Brangelina. There’s no other couple as beautiful as this. We should probably just give up. Source: fanpop.com
According to a Workplace Option survey, nearly 85% from those aged 18-29 would consider having a workplace romance. That percentage decreases as the age increases, but it would be wise to assume it’s because some of those past the age of 30 have already married and settled down. As to why people partake in office romances, there’s a good variety of reasons.
The first and foremost are personal, that is the office romances are born out of the characteristics and personality of the people involved. This might be because certain jobs tend to attract people with the same interests. Anyone working in a startup would be well acquainted with technology, which makes it easier to start a conversation, which would hopefully lead to the start of a relationship.
Figure 3 Neckties were invented for stupid, sexy reasons. Source: Jonathan Ross
This is basically the standard romance, with the only difference being that the romance takes place in the workplace. The positives of having a workplace romance isn’t really considered, but it helps that it feels good to go to the office every day to see her, doesn’t it?
Then there are those that seek a romance for work-related reasons. Having a workplace romance increases job performance, or to improve job satisfaction or to have another reason to go to work…aside from work. There are also those that seek to improve their career, using such relationships to get themselves up the corporate ladder faster. And there are those that have one for the thrill of it as some people get a sexual kick from having a workplace romance, not to mention one that is extramarital in nature.
Figure 4 He’s definitely married. Just look at that grin. Source: askmen.com
However, don’t think it’s the same across the world. People in Asia tend to avoid such relationships as there is too much reverence between the boss and the worker. Singapore has around half of its workforce against workplaces romances, according to an online survey. This seems to be common amongst the Asian societies as they tend to be more collectivist in nature, as having workplace romances might damage the image of the company as one that isn’t serious about its work.
But if you’re not part of that statistic, then you should be able to reap in the rewards of having one. People who have a workplace romance are generally more outgoing, have better productivity, have higher job satisfaction scores and are just better people to be around with overall (that’s the power of dopamine, strong stuff that is). But it’s not always rainbows and butterflies. As our early school lives have taught us, not all loves are meant to last. Once a relationship ends, animosity might develop and how the other officemates might see the couple might change. There’s also the threat of getting fired, if the relationship was a vertical one (that is, between someone in authority and someone who is a subordinate).
Figure 5All these photos have white people. Where we asians at? Source: Huffingtonpost.com
So after all these pros and cons, you’ve decided to get a workplace romance. How, do you ask? Well, just go get one. It’s no different from asking else out, just be prepared for whatever consequences that might entail, be that from straight on rejection to, gasp, a potential partner for marriage. There’s also culture to consider. People in Hong Kong are generally more cosmopolitan and globalized but those that come from more conservative countries might not like the idea of it. Still, it wouldn’t hurt to try. The worst that could happen is she slaps you in front of the office for daring to suggest a thing. But hey, you don’t get to be Michelle Obama if you don’t take any risk in dating that odd guy who just asked you out. Just be sure that you’re prepared for the fallout if things go south, which might probably happens depending on how bad of a human being you are.
Oh, and if you do get married because of this piece, please do invite me. Weddings are nice, besides the happy bride and groom there’s usually the open bar for all of us cynical people who just want to drink our problems out.
Figure 6 to be honest, I just made this post so I can show this picture
Since 2010s, the start-up scene in Hong Kong has grown substantially, however, the phrase start-up is common used as an excuse for failure. I have always criticized people for saying “it has failed because this is a start up.” “we failed because we are in Hong Kong”, in my opinion, the only reason you fail is that your business is not fit for the environment, no one is interested in your product for the price you are charging, period.
When I was searching for start up failures in Hong Kong out of curiosity, I come across Startup Postmortem (Postmortem.hk) when it was over. Startup Postmortem is a gathering and sharing event dedicated for failed start-up founders and owners alike, or what they called a start-up failure conference
Startup Postmortem has come up with a list of Youtube Videos and I think anyone interested in the subject should take a look at.
This video is a demonstration of world famous penile artist- Tim Patch (a.k.a Pricasso). We bought his paint in Dec 2013. I took this video back in the adult expo in Macau in 2013. I posted this video on Youtube in Aug 2014, and after half a year, this suddenly popups and went viral. Amazing Youtube, you should never give up.
You never know when your video will become viral, probably a week, a month or a year. This is the internet, you will never know.
I bought this book on 10Feb2015 and finish it the night I bought it.
“Steal Like an Artist” by Austin Kleon.
I must confess I bought the book solely because of the Title. Since I was fasinated by the idea of stealing and the status symbol of being an artist, I bought it without second thought.
Steal Like an artist is a short and easy read, I finished the whole book in less than 2 hours and did some notes in the process. Anyone with reasonable reading skills should be able to finish the book in less than an afternoon.
The primary objective of the book is to persuade you to reverse engineer the work of others and improvised it into your own model. Start a Phony and become a real artist is the premise of the whole book. Austin defines copying as the act to absorb and reverse engineer the word of others and immersing oneself into a space where one can blend multiple ideas into a complete set of idea and create something out of it, be it a piece of art, a product or a business.
Austin Kleon also suggest the readers to find out who to copy, what to copy and the reason of copying, since the world is a GIGO (Garbage In and Garbage Out).
Another interesting point he point out is that humans are more able to create content on paper or by physical actions rather than hitting the keypad. He believe that is because the muscle actions will stimulate the brain more thoroughly, thus unleashing the power of creativity. This view resonante by another book I read “The Anti Education Era” written by James Paul Gee. In this book, James Paul Gee also recommends the use of multi sensory input. The more sense involve, the better the memory will register. So I guess as a writer, I will try to include more sensory input to entice the audience to a higher level of engagement.
As of now I am pretty obscure, that could be an Advantage according to Austin Kleon. Because I am in obscurity, I can afford to experiment and be focused on doing good work instead of handling social task. And the readers can feel more engaged in my works since its imperfect. The readers can discover and find the bits and piece by themselves, by filling the gaps between it, the audience can feel more engaged. That’s why incubation and obscure artist always sells better than a fully developed piece and a highly recognized artist.
In the book Austin also stresses the ability to remain stably euphoric. He suggest any artist to keep some praises from readers and audiences and reviewing them when one is having a struggle.
Last but not least, Creativity is subtraction, and creativity is the struggle against limitation. That’s why when you are facing a writer block, entrepreneur block or artist block, try to slash some elements and create something out of a lot of restrictions.
He validated this idea by actions quite well by finishing a poem book called “Newspaper Blackout”.
You can check it out on this link