“The way to master any craft, or art, or sport, or business, is through simplicity. The illustrator becomes an artist when he can communicate the same feeling with fewer brushstrokes; the writer, with fewer words; the mountain climber, with fewer equipment.”
— Yvon Chouinard, Founder, Patagonia


Rather than owning a car and using the same car for all your trips, you will have a car app. You’ll have access to a car (or a van or a convertible or whatever) wherever you happen to be. If the car is ever more than a short walk away, it can drive itself to you. You’ll pay for a car as a service, rather than as an asset to own.

This. This is the ticket. This, and transit:

We already have a really incredible technology for moving large numbers of people at scale that can also create large-scale economic growth: it’s called mass transit, and it’s the single best investment that we can make in our urban centers. It works at both long-haul and short-run scales.

Which leaves me thinking, what if mass transit was privately operated—especially in cities without a mass transit system. Why, because the government can’t always afford to run dependable, quality transportation services. Local governments aren’t exactly quick to adopt new and innovative technologies—if ever.

Imagine an Uber-like company (hell, or even a non-profit organization) running driverless electric city buses, Hyperloops, or even subway systems. I’m not always a fan of privatization (in particular, when some companies put profit and growth ahead of social and environmental responsibility), but when innovation is constantly limited by the size of the government’s budget or political will, privatization is often a better choice.


Read the summary, and read the brief.

It has begun.


yes, it is kinda necessary to keep repeating the anti-helmet stance, due to heavy societal pressure to wear helmets.

Sharing (or wrestling) road space from a never-ending stream of one-tonne metal vehicles can be very intimidating. Cars and trucks are constantly zipping around you and there is no metal cage around you to protect yourself. So a helmet provides a level of protection from this danger. It makes you feel safer.

But a broader look at the statistics show that cyclists’ fear of head trauma is irrational if we compare it to some other risks. Head injuries aren’t just dangerous when you’re biking—head injuries are dangerous when you’re doing pretty much anything else.

Let’s be clear. I am NOT trying to say that studies definitively show that cycling is safer than driving or walking. The studies that are out there give us mixed messages about the relative safety of the different modes of transport. What I am saying is that these statistics raise an interesting question: If we’re so concerned about head injuries, why don’t we wear helmets all the time? Why do places that have mandatory helmet laws for cyclists not have them for drivers or pedestrians? A 1996 Australian study suggests that a mandatory helmet law for motor vehicle occupants could save seventeen times more people from death and serious head injury than a similar law for cyclists.

…we insist that children wear bike helmets (in fact, in some places, it’s the law) despite data that shows kids are more likely to die of head injuries riding in a car than riding on a bike. 

read more: howiechong, 24.02.14.

Novelty: Something new
Creation: Something new and valuable
Invention: Something new, having potential value through utility
Innovation: Something new and uniquely useful

Vincent Laforet talking about HDDSLR filmmaking and photography. So incredibly glad I stumbled across this video.

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”
— Maya Angelou


Our motto, but one we hope most share.

A new and ever-expanding camera setup

Updated March 31, 2014

Although I have not yet purchased a Canon EOS 70D DSLR camera as planned, I have, in the meantime, recently purchased a Canon EOS M, which is not so much of a temporary compromise as it is a worthy addition to my new and expanding kit — for both photography AND videography.

The EOS M, Canon’s mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera, in my opinion, and in terms of image/video quality, is extremely comparable to any of Canon’s current EOS line of prosumer or even professional DSLR cameras. And it’s one hell of a step up from my old Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi (450D).

However, at some point I’ll likely end up needing a 70D, or preferably a full-frame 5D Mk III (or future Mk IV) with additional lenses and filmmaking equipment. Not to mention the need for a new MacBook Pro that can actually handle intense video editing in Final Cut Pro X, unlike what I have now, a slow 2010 MacBook Pro on its last leg. So if and when I upgrade it will probably be to the MacBook Pro 15” 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 Retina Display version.

Unfortunately, it’s not cheap being a photojournalism & documentary filmmaking student, but it’s an investment. Nevertheless, the following is what my kit is comprised of, so far: