On the Resistance of Europeans and Americans to Face Covering

"On the Resistance of Europeans and Americans to Face Covering"

Many of my friends in Asia wonder why people in European countries and North America are not embracing the idea of face covering during such a pandemic. My observation is that basically ten reasons lie behind their reluctance to wear PPE. Some are just asinine, and others are even illogical. But this is what a “free” community is like: everyone is allowed to make their own decisions and think independently 1. ⇢ Read more

Ontario vs. Tianjin during COVID-19

"Ontario vs. Tianjin during COVID-19"

Province of Ontario, Canada — pop. 13.45 million — 16,608 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of May 1st, 2020

City of Tianjin, China — pop. 15.62 million — 190 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of May 1st, 2020

The similar size of population made me want to probe into the cause of the huge difference between the numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases. ⇢ Read more

Flat Sheets or Cards: Some Thoughts on Timeline Design

"Flat Sheets or Cards: Some Thoughts on Timeline Design"

Which is the best timeline design? Different designers have different answers. My observation is that the flat sheet style, which means all information runs continuously on the same page with a horizontal line between two pieces, is a better choice for a multiple-user timeline. For an individual’s timeline, just like this site, the card style serves better. ⇢ Read more

“Resuscitation” of the Water Boiler

"“Resuscitation” of the Water Boiler"

UPDATE: Ta-dah! The Tiger VE water boiler & warmer is here! Definitely not the best model in the market, but it looks beautiful and works like a charm. Thank you, Amazon and Intelcom!

And I have written to Best Buy the third or fourth time to ask for a refund. Not a single reply has ever been received so far.


UPDATE: Ordered a Tiger VE Mincom alternative from Amazon, as Amazon delivers to the doorstep perfectly. Just hope this order won’t be fulfilled by #CanadaPost again.


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From FruityLoops 3 to FL Studio 20

"From FruityLoops 3 to FL Studio 20"

Today I happened to know that Image-Line had rolled out FL Studio 20 for macOS, skipping versions 13 to 19 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the enterprise.

I started to use FL Studio from 2001, which was then known as FruityLoops 3. It was the first digital audio workstation I came into contact with. It later became so deeply a part of my creations that the way I made music radically changed.

I was too young to own a credit card way back when. As such, I relied on a few cracked versions of the software to support my hobby until I switched to macOS years later. As much as I had expected a macOS version, Image-Line did not unveil it until May 22, 2018, when I had been away from Windows for almost a decade.

It was a serendipitous and wonderful encounter with Image-Line’s FruityLoops. Today I showed my belated support by purchasing my own license (Producer Edition + Signature Bundle).
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It probably means that I could be prolific songwriting-wise again.

Wear a face mask, ma’am!

"Wear a face mask, ma’am!"

How misinformation from health professionals misleads the public:

— Wear a face mask, ma’am.

— No. You gotta leave them to public health workers.

— You admit a mask can protect healthcare workers. Why do you think you don’t need one to protect yourself?

— I’m exposed to low risks compared to them.

— First, “low risk“ is not “zero risk.” To keep the virus contained we need to make sure it’s zero risk. Second, community spread has begun since long time ago. Roughly 25% of the virus carriers are asymptomatic. When a group of guys walks past you in the street or into the elevator with you, how would you know if the risk is low or not? Third, you don’t have to wear the same type of face mask as healthcare workers do. You are not competing for resources.

— Well I just trust my doctor. Give me a break.

They just don’t know since January, supermarkets and stores in affected Asian countries have denied maskless patrons access. Even today, without a mask they are not allowed to step out of their condo buildings. Health professionals in Europe and Americas just lack cosmopolitan views of this issue. Even if all the people in North America started to wear masks from today, it would be very very late.

A face mask is a protective accessory, a viral filter that works the same way as a condom. If someone thinks condoms are only for those already diagnosed with STDs and STD specialists, I’m not responsible for their miseducation.

Why does the West fail to “learn from China”?

"Why does the West fail to “learn from China”?"

1. Different mindsets.

The pursuit of longevity is an important part of the Chinese culture, so it is foreseeably easier for authorities to take measures in line with public interest to combat the pandemic. However, though also the pursuit of many people, longevity is not as deeply rooted in Western culture. Millions want to live longer; thousands want to live life to the full, regardless of the approaching death — as some millennials put it, “if I get corona(virus), I get corona. I’ve got to make full use of it till I can’t.” ⇢ Read more