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What is your favorite Disney song?

5. You’ll be in my heart – Tarzan

A fun 90s pop song by Phil Collins, if you like 90s pop songs like I do, then this one is definitely fun and is a good song to end out Disney’s amazing 90s run of hits

4. Why should I worry – Oliver and Company

I gotta tell ya, when I was a kid, I heard this song and immediately I was hooked. It’s just full of that ‘urban New York city’ attitude and Dodger is the coolest dog ever. The fact that its sung by Billy Joel, its perfect.

3. I won’t say I’m in Love – Hercules

A doo-wop gospel backed ballad sung by Susan Egan, I like the uniqueness of this song, it’s not a traditional Disney type song at all, and yet it works. It’s catchy and fits the character well.

2. Beauty and the Beast

Celine Dion did an excellent version of this song and along with A Whole New World, this is probably the most popular Disney duet song. I like this one better though, the melody is instantly recognizable and the ballad is definitely one that will make your girlfriend or boyfriend swoon from its sweetness.

Colors of the Wind – Pocahontas
This song is lyrical perfection. There’s so much imagery, the melody is instantly recognizable like a lot of other Disney songs (A whole new world, When you wish upon a star, Beauty and the beast, Part of your world, Reflections, Go the Distance, Let it go are a few others I can instantly recognize as well), but lines like “If you follow in the footsteps of a stranger, you’ll see things you never knew you never knew” is all the more important today with all the politics going on. What a powerful song, on all levels.

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Tech

Analog vs Digital; gradual replacement of daily devices by digital products

As things become more and more digitized these days, we find more and more of our daily devices being replaced by new digitized mediums. Please note that when I use ‘analog’ I mean the original medium.

Vinyl vs CD:
An example is music players. Back in the old days, we used a device called the record player to listen to music. This device used a medium called vinyl which is an exact copy of the soundwaves pressed into it. What you hear from each LP is the exact reproduction of the music; there are no compressed bits of audio, no 16-bit compression, 320kbps streaming, or whatever. This is as close as music gets to a live performance (which is pure analog because you hear it with your ears at the time it plays). It has since been replaced by CDs and MP3s, which basically takes samples of the sound and compresses them. Whether or not it sounds worse depends on different people. Which would you choose? Vinyl (analog) or CD/MP3 (digital)?

Vinyl and MP3
Vinyl and MP3

Film vs Digital photos:
Back in the old days, we used a film camera to take pictures and record movies. film is available in different mm (35mm, 16mm, 8mm) which represents what kind of film format is used. Similarly, movie projectors depends on the size of the reel and the film its using. Film has been superseded by Digital Cameras, DSLRs, Camcorders, and even phones(!) today. But some still say that old film cannot be replaced. It’s the ‘analog’ medium. There is no sense of megapixels or size of movie in gigabytes of whatever. Light is focused and captured onto photographic films which is developed in a dark room. There is no concept of dark rooms or film negatives in the digital age today. Instead, there is only how many megapixels, what is the storage size, aperture size, lens size, HD quality, etc. In addition, digital photos cannot be physically shared unless they are printed, which may not result in the same feeling as film. Which would you choose? Film Camera (analog) or Digital Camera (digital)?

Film vs Digital
Film vs Digital

Other trends
Although Cameras and Music players are the most prominent, digital products have been replacing almost every product that we produced in the 20th century. Radio has been replaced by Spotify, Last.fm and Pandora. TV is gradually getting replaced by Netflix, Hulu and Youtube. Ebooks using Amazon’s Kindle and Nook readers have been replacing traditional books. iPhones and Android devices have been replacing landline (old school) telephones. How often do you see pay phones nowadays? What about painting a picture using oil or watercolor? Now you can do that on a tablet! What happened to board games? Now we play Angry Birds on the phone. An entire drawer of documents can now be fit onto a small USB key. Shopping no longer needs to be done at brick and mortar stores, just go to Ebay and Amazon. Who needs Encyclopedia Britannica when you have Wikipedia and Google? Asking friends for reviews has been replaced by Yelp. Nobody uses Maps anymore when you have Google Maps. No need to hire expensive stock advisors when you have Google Finance. Who uses typewriters when you have Google Docs? No need to cut out coupons when you have Groupon. Who reads newspapers when you can just go to CNN? What used to be handwritten letters sent across the world to an eager penpal months later has now been replaced by email, typed in an instant and received in an instant. And face to face contact is gradually being replaced by Skype, texting, instant messaging, and Facebook. Heck, I”m even writing a blog post that only two decades ago would have warranted a small diary! (blogging never existed back then, unless you count newspaper articles).

While I do like how there are new, more convenient ways of living, sometimes I long for the more meaningful ways that life used to be lived. Living without a phone for a few weeks has taught me to enjoy the simpler things in life rather than commenting on someone’s Facebook wall (like for example, actually going up to the person to wish them a happy birthday). And I kind of miss that, now that digital products have replaced everything. What do you think about this topic? please leave your comment.

I also took the opportunity to take some pictures with Instagram. I wonder if Ansel Adams would be proud of me. Would he have thought that one day, a miniature sized phone in my pocket would be able to take a picture of this quality? and share it without actually handing it physically to anyone?

Sunset at SF's Ocean Beach
Sunset at SF's Ocean Beach
Sakura at Golden Gate Park
Sakura at Golden Gate Park
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Business General School/Work Tech

Hunger games, Korean grammar, and Mobile Computing

Hunger Games

I just finished watching the Hunger Games in theaters. You probably all heard of it by now. I’ve never read the book, so after watching it here’s my thoughts. I think the story seemed like it jumped a long too fast, a common problem when adapting books to movies. Some characters are not fleshed out at all. There’s gore in the movie even though its PG-13. but overall it was an okay movie. If you’ve watched Twilight and Harry Potter, there’s more of the same teenage fiction here, though somewhat more mature. I still can’t help thinking the book should have been written with an Asian American or Hispanic American lead. The movie felt like it was out of the 1950s. I mean, mostly Caucasian crowd with some scattering of African Americans. If this takes place in the future United States, wouldn’t white people be a minority by then? But I’m sure even if the book did have Asians, Hollywood would never cast an Asian American actor for a blockbuster film, of course not. Though I might add that the Asian American community is really looking for a rolemodel right now. What Jeremy Lin has demonstrated is that Asians are underrepresented, and overlooked by media, and we should strive to have more Asians out there doing creative arts like acting and performing, and being athletes, rather than being the usual business people / scientists / engineers / etc that are not prominent in the media.

Korean Grammer

Still some outstanding questions about Korean grammar.

-what does adding -ㄴ to a verb do? ie. 한다vs하다, 가다vs간다

-what does adding -긴 do?

-difference between 이야 and 이니?

-내가 vs 나는?

-겠다 vs 거야 vs 야지 for future tense (will do)

-what does adding -지 do? like 하는지,하지서 vs 하면,하지면

-what does adding -나 and -까 do?

-무슨 vs 뭐?

I’m studying Korean.
‎1. 난 한국어를 공부해.
2. 난 한국어를 공부하고 있어.
3. 난 한국어를 공부하지.
4. 난 한국어를 공부한다. (more for writing).

I’ll study Korean.
1. 난 한국어를 공부해야지.
2. 난 한국어를 공부할 거에요.
3. 난 한국어를 공부할거야.
4. 난 한국어를 공부할게.
5. 난 한국어를 공부할래.
6. 난 한국어를 공부하겠어.

I should study Korean
1. 난 한국어를 공부해야 돼.

I studied Korean.
1. 난 한국어를 공부했어.

나는 사과를 먹었어.
나는 사과를 먹었는데.
나는 사과를 먹었잖아.
나는 사과를 먹었지.
나는 사과를 먹었다고.

Mobile Computing Trends

There’s a good article on mobile computing right here:

http://www.businessinsider.com/the-future-of-mobile-deck-2012-3?op=1

Basically it talks about the future of mobile computing. We know that mobile apps and mobile web content will continue to grow at a rate faster than PCs did. But I think this article draws its results primarily from research done in the US. The USA is not a proxy for the rest of the world. We are the richest country in the world, and that explains part of the reason why mobile penetration and mobile content consumption is so high here. The key to get from this is that feature phones are still widely used in developing nations in Asia, Latin America and Africa. Those emerging markets are where most of the growth is going to be. Thus to make smartphones more popular, we should focus on making them more affordable to everyone. Once that happens, I can imagine many more apps designed and interpreted with multilingual use, and locale-specific implementations. Right now China is one of Apple’s biggest consumers, and they will only get bigger. In fact, the mindset we have to adopt for the future is not only to cater to US consumers (where the majority of smartphone users live) but to the rest of the world as well. In time, I believe this is what will happen.

On a side note, ever wonder why Chinese sites look so different than American sites? Look at www.netease.com or www.sohu.com and you can see that its very cluttered and alot of information on once page. Contrast this with the simpler web 2.0-style interfaces that American sites use, a la Twitter or Foursquare. I wonder what would happen if we take some American apps (most of which deliver content through the cloud) and port it over to China? How would sites like www.mint.com or www.foursquare.com or www.groupon.com be perceived if we make a chinese version and locale specific? That would be interesting to find out, and a good opportunity as well.