Temporarily out of order

Having technical difficulties. Will try to be up and posting again in the next few days. In the meantime, there’s plenty in the archives.

Sorry, but the technical difficulties (and some other stuff) have left me too busy to add new topics. I will try to get back to posting as soon as I can.

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An all around great guy

According to the Shanghaiist, Hong Kong actor Chow Yun-fat is extremely wealthy but lives very frugally and plans to give his money to charity. Whether or not this story is all true or a bit of hyperbole, you’ll have to research and see if you can find out more details. But the message of the story is unusual and hopeful in this era of extreme income and wealth inequality.

Here he is using public transportation:

He is quoted as saying, “I feel that the money does not really belong to me. I am just in charge of keeping it temporarily!ā€

Chow Yun-fat lives on just $100 a month, will leave entire $714 million fortune to charity

You may have seen him in some movies, like “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” (the Japanese title was “Green Destiny”). Browse his IMDb page and see if you recognize any.

This may be more evidence that he seems to be “an all around great guy”:

Canine ambassadors

The world should be run by dogs. I’m sure they’d do a much better job.

And of course there’s the Twitter account that should be the ambassador to Twitter: Thoughts of Dog. If you’re having a bad day, scroll through this feed, including the replies šŸ¶.

Enhancing national prestige

Interesting article from the NYT about compulsory military service in South Korea and how athletes may be exempted but K-pop stars aren’t — yet.

As South Korean Athletes Avoid the Draft, Some Ask: Why Not K-Pop Stars?

South Korean men are required to serve in the military for at least 21 months. But if they “enhance national prestige” they can

BTS is certainly enhancing national prestige.

They’re huge in the US now, gave a speech at the UN, and recently made the rounds of the late night talk shows in the US and the UK. I watched them on Jimmy Fallon and Graham Norton, and the fans in the audience were deafening.