See above for an interview with Phillip Lim and Wen Zhou from a company called 3.1 Phillip Lim. I really don’t know anything about fashion, but it’s great that they are having success. I don’t know why Suzy Menkes asks them about ABC’s when neither of them are ABC’s, but it’s great that they’re putting culture into their brand.
If you want to see another interview with an Asian designer, see here:
Magnus Carlsen is officially the new World Champion in chess. After a few weeks of battling with Vishy Anand, he emerged victorious with three wins and no losses in total, after playing ten out of twelve games. I didn’t follow most of the games in real time, but I watched some of the coverage on YouTube. It was very exciting. Congrats to Magnus!
If you’re seeing this post, Byron is back in the house. You all are back in the house too. We now have a new web host provider, a new home for bigWOWO. Feel free to comment. Your work will now be saved for posterity. Cheers, and welcome to your new home.
It’s been a while since I’ve blogged about chess, but chess has been on my mind quite a bit. Old-timers may remember that I got my son involved in chess this year. I hadn’t been sure whether competition might be good for him, but he seemed to enjoy the mental challenge of trying to understand how to win. Anyway, he entered his first tournament just last month, and he tied for first place in a field of over twenty kids in his age division (Disclaimer: I don’t think he had to play any Russian kids in the course of his play).
My LinkedIn profile included this article: The Folly of Age as a Number: How We Can All Be Young. It’s written by a guy named Brian Wong, who is the founder and CEO of a company called Kiip. I read the description, and his company has something to do with mobile advertising. From his LinkedIn page:
I wanted to bring your attention to a film that looks really good.
Imagine a school where the cool kids
are the chess team… welcome to I.S. 318
You can find the story by watching Brooklyn Castle. From the trailer, it looks like it’s about a poor predominantly African American junior high school that has won more national chess championships than any other school in the country. As funding for schools is continuing to get cut, while entitlements continue to drain school coffers, it’s a great story about how children are persevering. As I’m personally invested in chess, I’d love to see this film with my son. It doesn’t look like it’s coming to Portland anytime soon, but when it is, I look forward to seeing it.
…and he told his followers on Facebook! God (metaphorically speaking, of course), this man is great! He wrote:
All the world’s major religions, with their emphasis on love, compassion, patience, tolerance, and forgiveness can and do promote inner values. But the reality of the world today is that grounding ethics in religion is no longer adequate. This is why I am increasingly convinced that the time has come to find a way of thinking about spirituality and ethics beyond religion altogether.
Check out Paul Krugman’s recent Times column on debt: Nobody Understands Debt. In the article, he makes the point that debt is misunderstood, that while excessive debt is a problem, it’s not nearly as bad as everyone is making it out to be.
Deficit-worriers portray a future in which we’re impoverished by the need to pay back money we’ve been borrowing. They see America as being like a family that took out too large a mortgage, and will have a hard time making the monthly payments.
This is, however, a really bad analogy in at least two ways.
“This season, Cindy Chiang (a 30-year-old Brand Manager from Chicago) will be racing with her fiance, Ernie Halvorsen.”
I saw the picture on the video screen, and I correctly guessed that they weren’t brother and sister. I’m so smart that I sometimes amaze myself. I was wrong about Victor and Tammy Jih in the other direction (after which I stopped watching).
I’ve made a decision after thinking about it last night. I’ve asked Asian of Reason not to post here. It’s a strange thing to do something for personal reasons, but this is a personal blog, and to a certain extent, people have to have the same values. He has not violated any rules, but he simply has different values. Attacking a guy’s family because you’re losing a debate or a fight or any other contest is a no-no in my culture. I don’t begrudge him that, but hey, as he mentioned, it’s my blog and I make the rules. As I hold myself to the same rules, I will not be going after him in his absence. I don’t mind if he reads, but I requested he not post here anymore. I truly have no anger towards him; I just find him disruptive based on a difference in values.