油麻地停車場大廈 Yau Ma Tei Carpark Building

too much obituary but then here is another one.

Yau Ma Tei Carpark Building, know for the Gascoigne Road Flyover passing through the building on the 3rd floor, will be permanently closed next year, in 2021. The top three floors of the car park will off limit starting 1st nov 2020. disappearing landscape aficionados in hong kong are congregating on the 7th and 8th floors to savour the hustle and bustle of yaumatei on this last full day of its operation.

2020實在寫得太多訃聞,不過還是越寫越有。預告你知十一月仲有我想寫但未寫嘅。油麻地停車場大廈要重建/改建了。我期待的是地下的讀書館會變得更乾淨、更大、提供更多元服務等等。今日我就跟其他香港人追逐那些虛無縹緲、似有似無嘅回憶。油蔴地係五湖四海、人流複雜的地方。出入停車場大廈地下公廁的,有時有點駭人、像是吸毒癮君子、亦有神志不清的人。如果說資源不公,這里的圖書館和公廁都可以算是我用過之中的最污糟。希望這社區奇景消失之餘,政府會改善此地的各項服務。

https://youtu.be/WR97jqinsQ0

此時此刻的地圖  library was marked in the middle of the proposed thoroughfareymt-library-oct2020

another video after my errands at the library 去完圖書館再拍過:

低啲再影過 a closer look further down :

marina arabamovic

je ne savais pas qui est marina arabamovic, grace à une rédiffusion de hep taxi sur l’antenne de tv5 monde, cela a changé récemment. le entretien encirle toujours la performance rhythm 0 en 1974.

the little glimpse of imagery and subsequent interviews/reporting can still rock our conscience to this day. what if some of the audience were not accompanied by their wives? what would they have done with the loaded pistol?

her brief reunion with her long time collaborator ulay in moma in 2010 was equally emotional. human interactions? sex? inquality? violence? women? men? i wonder if her performances challenged any long held beliefs we have? have things changed / progressed since the 1970s?

Scammers sin frontera 欺騙無疆界

scamming without borders.
was that someone / many people trying to steal my whatsapp conversations by claiming a change in phone number? amazingly, these scumbags collaborate across time zones but in a sequential and synchronized way to make you fall into their traps. technology is no free lunch. use at your own risk.

兩條友一先一後發短訊要求提升、加密安全云云。一不小心,也許已墮陷阱。不要對社交媒體太依賴,別焦急,再加一點常識,即王道也!

whatsapp icon on their numbers

preaching bilingually for their scam!

社交距離 distanciation physique

社交距離 / distanciation physique / social distancing or even

distanciamiento físico, distanciamiento personal, o distanciamiento social,

no matter how you call it, for three quarters of a year, it is tiring, frustrating or even sad for many. If this photo I dug up from my cell phone which I believed to have arrived at my possession in march 2020 could lift your spirit up just a little..

How would you title / caption it?

para mi, es “star wars vs. covid-19

無無聊聊講天氣


最近一年開始多從社交媒體接受消息,漫畫化圖案跟隨警告傳來手機。八月十九日晚上來得匆匆又兇兇的颱風海高斯夜半高掛九號風球。 炎熱、乾燥的夏天立秋才補甘露。

跳到九月尾,2020年過了四分三,大雨滂沱的黃、紅、黑暴雨警告把中秋前夕的晚飯生意大概也洗掉一半! 若不是新冠肺炎,今年目前為止的天氣除了全球暖化的酷熱之外(例如日本比香港還要熱),可是晴天普照的多!明月來臨前一大盤冷水潑下來,不知蒼天有甚麼寓意?

juliette gréco n’est plus

sous le ciel de paris, juliette gréco n’est plus. même si plusieurs personnes, dont zaz, yves montand, edith piaf etc. ont intéprétées cette chanson, madame gréco se trouve à la tête de ma liste de favoris. je tiens ma préférence grâce à son association avec saint-germain-de-près. on se trouvait là-bas également de beauvoir, sartre, prévert, godard et les autres bons vivants qui ont contriburé à la richesse de l’intellect et de la culture française.

喜歡juliette greco 因為是在學習法文後,我自己,而非經過別人推介發現她的。俗啲講句,唔喜歡佢嘅唱法會覺得佢唱到『屙屎唔出』咁,但我鍾意佢個種夜總會feel嘅表演!仲有佢活躍於巴黎嗰區啲人夠晒hea但又不失對社會、文化有貢獻。這是我對他們情有獨鍾的原因。

so that must have been sometime between 1995 and 2000, when i drove late afternoon to queens public library’s central branch in jamaica, queens in nyc. there i discovered a dual-cd collection of ms greco. french teachers jumped at introducting joe dassin or edith piaf, but i really liked what i found and what i heard. greco’s music soothed many stressful evening for me. rest in peace madame!

再見辰衝圖書 bye bye swindon

辰衝圖書關閉尖沙嘴樂道門市的消息來得很突然。雖然我讀過其中一間中學嘅開學書單由它負責,但這麼多年來都沒有幫襯過。行過時吱吱聲嘅柚木地板,二樓少人行,放滿超厚法律、醫科等教科書嘅部門,中間加插九十年代英國出版嘅gsce或a-level教科書,地下嗰層好多用英文寫東方、寫亞洲、寫神州大地、寫香港嘅書籍、林林總總嘅英文雜誌……這一切代表呢間唔識英文就唔會嚟嘅圖書公司,係一片相機閃光燈聲、講廣東話嘅稀客交頭接耳聲下落幕了。畢竟這不是長唔大、外來插旗嘅dymocks 或 page one 執笠。辰衝嗰種舊時代、“串串供”生意和顧客嘅退場,又少不免令到不中不西嘅香港文化買少見少。

the sad norm in hong kong these days must be the farewells that don’t go away. swindon / hong kong book centre announced the closure of their lock road, tsim sha tsui location at the end of july 2020. i got wind of this adios no more than 10 days before the end of month. my friend and i went there twice on the final two days. i didn’t buy anything on the first day while my friend picked up three books for hk$30 each. during the final hours of that brick and mortar branch many curious hongkongers came along with their usual cameras. even though i visited this bookstore many times over the years, this was the first and last time i bought something from the lock road location. technically i was freeloading on the offer of buy one get one of lesser value, since my pal again bought two picture intensive travelog publications. as for me, i got a (timely) regis philbin biography (dated time warner or the like published gossipy grand central commuter magazine kiosk type, just so you know), a collection of poetry, a historical account of san francisco earthquake, a dated primer on psychology/(machine) learning/(artificial) intelligence, etc. swindon had always been a stuck up business, with dictionary thick law and medical textbooks, even heavier and broad shouldered hardcover design and architectual books and it was the retail agent for a number of elite local schools. another marker of the bygone years’ final curtain call.

passing of tv personality and anchor

passing of tv personality and anchor

hugh downs and regis philbin both passed away in July 2020. i am writing this not because i m a tv junkie. i am writing this because they were on the small screen when i first set foot in the usa. one was in more serious reporting as anchor of a news magazine, with his pre- and post-retirement years venturing more into  issues relating to senior citizens and gerontology. the latter was a staple of morning tv for years, the 9am eastern time slot on wabc tv in nyc. if i had any acculturation into the so-called american society, these two personalities did play their part.  people who appear on tv look like they are immortalized, but they aren’t. next year with be the 30th anniversary of my first arrival in the usa. thank you for informing and entertaining me in those early years.

 

covid digital humanities

2020 走到一半,乜嘢係全世界人都在談論covid-19,華文圈就是武漢肺炎、新冠肺炎等等。一年多前首次聽到『數碼人文』digital humanities這詞,雖則其意思在變,但用電腦、資訊科技等來研究、來咬文嚼字的人士對於這半年來新創,或重現的字必定嘆為觀止!

j’ai entendu    digital humanities (humanidades digitales / humanités numériques / DH ) pour la première fois  en 2018. alors au plein milieu de 2020, les chercheurs de DH doivent d’avoir beaucoup de mots logiques et illogiques (comme social distancing, pourquoi pas physical distancing? quelle occasion ratée de régler les choses)

de toute façon, voici quelques mots qui ont fait leurs tours au monde:

隔離, 觀察, 檢疫, 防疫, 社交距離, covid, covid-19, corona, virus, coronavirus, quarentena,  cuarentena, quarantine, quarantaine, confinement, déconfinement, isolation, lockdown,  social distance, social distancing, physical distancing, distanciation sociale

did you know quarantine stems from forty days in one or those romance languages? whatever you think, i simple don’t want to deal with the messy, confusing orthography!

what are those words and neologisms in your own languages? let’s make a bigger pool for the DHers to play with!