Cixin Liu’s Three Body Problem is a highly imaginative modern science fiction story that spans multiple generations (or civilizations, once you start to get into it). The story starts rather graphically during the Cultural Revolution, the violent youth revolutionary movement that swept through China during the waning years of Mao Zedong. There, the callous actions of a group of overzealous youths of the Red Guard planted a seed in the heart of Ye Wenjie that would eventually grow into a lifelong resentment of the barbaric nature of humanity.
** spoiler alert ** Wow. My brain is fried from reading this.
I’ve been following the 1MDB scandal closely ever since it was raised by Sarawak Report. And I have talked to innocent acquaintances who had worked there as well. But nothing could have prepared me for the scale and scope of the 1MDB scandal that has been vividly retold in this grippingly well researched book.Continue reading “Book Review: Billion Dollar Whale”
I recalled the excitement that I had the first time I held the box that contained the iPhone. It wasn’t my first smartphone (that was the Palm Treo). It wasn’t my first iPod (I probably had 3 then). It wasn’t my first PDA (that was the Compaq iPAQ). But it was the first that artfully blended all of them together into a seamless amalgamation of software and hardware Continue reading “Happy 10th Birthday iPhone!”
Chip is a friend. Chip is a what we would normally describe in colloquial Malaysian parlance, a “kiam siap Chinaman”. The term carries with it an equal amount of affection (as it is generally not considered as a racial epithet) and derision (as it describes a Scrooge-like behavior). But Chip wears the label proudly.
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…Star Wars changed the way how movies were made, how they were marketed and how they can fuel cultural discourse. Which is why I took 3 months to pen my thoughts on Star Wars The Force Awakens so that I can be freed from its ubiquitous, suffocating and lingering hype that was cranked into full force by Disney months before the movie was released.
It wasn’t so long ago for me that using Windows as a daily computer was such as an abhorrent idea. I have been using Macs for a long time now. I even got into passionate fights with my enterprise IT teams due to my persistence in insisting that my MacOS devices be allowed to log into the corporate network. But recent innovative developments in Microsoft have given me pause to rethink my attitude towards the company and its products.