Five for Friday | 五日(星期五)

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Five things that made my day this week:

Kudos to the Korean Film Archive who have put many of the most prominent works in Korean cinema on YouTube free for you to watch. Google has gone to the trouble of putting English sub-titles on all of the films. If you thought Korean culture was Old Boy and saccharin-sweet looking girl groups think again.

Science fiction has helped set new boundaries and helped engineers develop visions of the future. Look at the original Star Trek, subsequent Star Trek franchise installments and Minority Report to look at where our present came from. Writer Vernor Vinge came up with the concept of the singularity and recently gave a talk at Google. (The video is on YouTube so may not be available to all viewers).

I haven’t been doing much reading at the moment as I have been trying not doing very well at writing a paper. However I revisited Chunka Mui’s Unleashing the Killer App from 1998, which is still surprisingly fresh for a digital business book.

I am delighted to see that Amazon UK didn’t clean up all the iron-bombing in the reviews of Peter Andre and Katie Price’s album A Whole New World – reading them never fails to put a smile on my face.

I’ll leave the final words to Henry Rollins who recorded this interview on the downsides of online transparency with a particular eye to the US media landscape. (The video is on YouTube so may not be available to all readers).