An alley in Causeway Bay

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Photos of and through an alley gate in Causeway Bay (April 2021).

Poster seen in an elevator (“No excuse, Carrie Lam”)

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We spotted this poster on the wall of the elevator that takes concertgoers from street level to the This Town Needs live music venue in Yau Tong when we were there for last night’s ALVVAYS show.

Today’s pre-soldering photo

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The seller included the pin headers but yours truly had to stump up the 2P screw terminals. Today’s recreational soldering: some breakouts for Si4599 MOSFETs and a couple more for LTC2944 battery-monitoring ICs. The photo was taken through the lens of a flex-arm-mounted magnifier removed from a set of “helping hands” and remounted in a […]

“They Live”, but WeLend

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A Hong Kong company is running a an ad campaign in which a loan is anthropomorphized as a cute woman in shiny knee-high boots and a really short cheerleader skirt, who hugs borrowers. The fact that an advertisement like this passes raises no eyebrows in Hong Kong tells you quite a bit, and none of […]

Note that the spikes point outwards and downwards

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At the very least, the spikes ought to be sandblasted and repainted periodically. And stainless steel barbed wire exists. The orientation of the spikes (I was waiting outside the gate when I snapped this photo) suggests that they’re intended to prevent unauthorized ingress rather than escape. If I really put my mind to it, I’m […]

But imagine it actually worked — wouldn’t that be swell?

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Racked up along a checkout line at a Hong Kong CitySuper with all of the other impulse-buy junk: “Keep Memory Gum”: a Japanese chewing gum (from Lotte, a Korean company) that claims to somehow boost one’s memory. A geek.com article about this gum describes it as minty and says that it contains ginkgo biloba. An […]

Bedhead systems

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From left: call button receptacle, call button plugged in (button itself dangling) with red reset button overhead, and a red triangular emergency-pull knob with its own reset button above it. I’ve spent a couple of days in and out of Hong Kong’s Prince of Wales Hospital, not ill myself, but advocating for and looking after […]

When Goop goes bad

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It had been a year or more since I’d needed the cleaning power of Goop, but need it I recently did, so I dug out my mostly-full 14-ounce container of orange-scented Goop-with-pumice. To my surprise, I found that the lid had cracked and its top had separated from its rim. Of course, it would’ve been […]

You Need Cry, Dear

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You Need Cry, Dear sort of, very loosely, sounds like the characters printed in Chinese beneath the nonsensical English. The Chinese translates to something close to “Have your express delivery.” Once you start down this path, making the mascot a bowtie-sporting cartoon deer is the obvious next step.

Look closer

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See anything interesting in this photo? Neither of us did at first, either, when we were having a gander at the original scene a few months back, but I paused our walk for a moment, to her minor exasperation, to give the spot a quick once-over. Here’s a closeup. That vase-like object is a potter […]

“It’s a plastic bag,” she said. “No,” I said, “it was a big white bird.”

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Returning to the bedroom and looking out towards the sea settled the matter, at least to our satisfaction. The white, bird-shaped splotch was no longer perched near the crown of that tree. Almost surely a bird. The odd cast to the photo above can probably be attributed to my having taken it at maximum-zoom with […]

“Infinite LIGO Dreams”

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Yesterday, we finally got our print of Penelope Rose Crowley’s phenomenal Infinite LIGO Dreams (Artwork inspired by gravitational wave discovery) back from the framing shop. This work and many others (including many original works in addition to prints) are available at Crowley’s site.