Humans of HKUST – Life and everything within the campus

 

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(my personal request to everyone reading this blog)

 

Why you should visit this website: I, and four other friends studying in this university widely known for the ‘stress and tension’ it carries over, are making this project, modeled on Brandon Stanton’s Humans of New York, to give everyone an elementary understanding about life, ideas, opinions, experiences, and stories that HKUST students, staff, or whoever contributing to this great university, want to share to the public. There may be sad stories, there may be mind-provoking ones, but there are also silly, quirky, and inspiring ones. Every person has different perspectives about life, and of course there are no ways we can enforce our own towards theirs. Therefore, as a sign of appreciation towards diverse mindsets, we create this platform to let everyone know more about what really is happening in this campus.

Link: http://humansofhkust.tumblr.com/

FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/humansofhkust

Selfies at funerals?

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Selfies, as most Instagram users have helped popularize, are increasingly – and notoriously, often – taking place in nearly all facets of our lives. We have seen people self-posing themselves with oftentimes farcical, and mostly ridiculous, expressions, all the more bizarre with unrecognizable body-language patterns. We have also seen an increasing number of people taking selfies on historical sites (someone even curates all those pictures into his Tumblr blog). But then, who can imagine if people are self-imposing themselves on cellphone cameras while listening to eulogies?

Some of them may probably create an argument under the rationale that ‘they are taking such pictures out of final respect they want to show for their deceased beloved ones’, but still, either you take pictures on Anne Frank Museum or a nuclear-contaminated ghost town, or that you pose your smiling face together with your beloved’s coffin, when moments supposed to be solemn for contemplation lose their credence for such phenomenon, what does ‘being solemn’ mean, anyway?

Read the full articles on Internet Meme Database and Business Insider.

And get prepared for full outrage on Selfies at Funeral.

Kim Jong Un looking at Tumblr and…

kim jong un looks at floor plank

 

A former technology blogger had a screw loose by diverting his attention to a new hobby: knowing what The Supreme Leader observes at almost everyday. From magnus opus like national monuments, operational plans for North Korea’s million-troop military, to even minutiae stuff of infinitesimal importance (ping pong table, floor planks, cockpit ceiling, male swimmers, or a beautiful pianist). It can be assumed that nothing is left unseen by The Great Leader, and your privacy may be ‘unsafe’.

 

Visit the Tumblr page here.

 

Exemplification:

 

looking at a medical monitor

 

Kim Jong Un looking at a medical monitor

 

looking at women soldiers

 

Kim Jong Un looking at women soldiers

 

looking at a kitchen cabinet

 

Kim Jong Un looking at kitchen cabinet

Javin Lau – Hong Kong is Home

Hong Kong is Home.

I remember when I first arrived in Hong Kong almost a decade ago, I felt like I had walked into an actual movie set. It was a place that I had only seen on TV as a kid, with its strange red taxi’s, odd stop lights and driving on the other side of the road.

My intent with this project was to illustrate the grandeur of Hong Kong that most people would never get to see. When I had recently watched the movie Oblivion, it had somehow starkly reminded me of Hong Kong, with the feeling of being so insignificantly small — almost irrelevant to my surroundings. Hong Kong is an unbelievably dense city, where much of the world can be accessed at your fingertips. But in a city where you can access the material world in a matter of seconds, it also has the ability to isolate you from the 8 million people around you as well.

With this piece, I hope that you are able to engage in this contradiction. – Javin Lau, creator of this video.

Well done, Javin! I can’t help describe more about my fondness of your breath-taking, hyper-realistic depiction of the world’s most vertical metropolis. I am sure everybody will love peeping into these microcosms that you piece, that make this place a vibrantly living ‘organism’.

Please visit his website for more over-the-edge, picturesque depictions of skyline over the world’s metropolises.