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Books community Hong Kong Projects I like

Read More Hong Kong

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Spotted in Pacific Coffee this morning: a corner shelf full of preloved books. The books are part of a city–wide sharing initiative, known also a ‘book floating‘.

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Communications Technology Writing

Writing About Writing

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Recently, I’ve been working on a few different writing projects. Only 15 days in to October, I’ve written more than 60,000 words this month. That’s six times the length of my dissertation. Wowza.

In writing so much I have come across a couple of tools that have transformed the way I work and the way I edit my work. These are Writer Pro and Poetica.

Beginning with Writer Pro, this professional writing software is genius. Firstly, it offers a full screen mode that’s hard to exit. This keeps all kinds of Buzzfeed/Twitter/Pinterest procrastinating at bay. There’s only a single blank screen in front of you. That is all.

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Charity Projects I like Technology

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Many pressing socio-economic problems need rethinking. Homelessness is one of these. There have been a slew of amazing projects, stories and organisations emerging with new ideas to solve homelessness, a problem that exists everywhere.

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Communications Hong Kong Technology

WhatsApp, WeChat and More

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Two days into my Hong Kong experience I kept receiving messages from people in the form of voice memos sent over WhatsApp. My first reaction was that this was an incredibly lazy way of texting. And now it’s pretty much all I do. It’s efficient, quick and kind of like a better way of leaving a voicemail. One that doesn’t ask you to dial into a system and push buttons to hear the message.

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healthcare London Social Innovation Technology

Show Andiamo Some Love

Andiamo needs your help. The tiny London based social venture is running a campaign on Indiegogo to raise the money needed to prototype their idea.

Andiamo’s mission is to make 3D printed orthotics for children in a matter of days. In the current healthcare system it takes weeks, if not months for this. And during this time circumstances may change – diseases may have progressed, disabilities may have changed.

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Charity community Food Hong Kong

A Social Enterprise of Sorts

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This is my grandma. At 84 years young, she spends her days running a little restaurant in Kwun Tong called TH Vegetarian.

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Design Music Projects I like Technology

Introducing the AlphaSphere

Today I had the privilege of meeting Adam Place, founder and inventor of the AlphaSphere, a new type of instrument. Rather than explain what the AlphaSphere is, just watch this video. It will blow your mind and make you want to demo, if not own one.

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Friday finds Inspiration

Friday Finds

Here’s a random selection of things I’ve come across this week.

1. A player powered football pitch. The first of its kind, the pitch is based in Brazil and harnesses player’s energy whilst they play, lighting the pitch at night. The inaugural match was played this week.

 2. New York Standards Manual. A project on Kickstart created by Pentagrammers Jesse Reed and Hamish Smyth that aims to reprint the Massimo Vignelli designed 1970. Back it.

3. The ‘slash’ career types. I’m definitely one of these. 

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Food Travel

Random Observations About Hong Kong

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1) Because space is hard to come by and many people live in incredibly small flats, there’s a strong culture of dining out for most meals. There are more than 10,000 restaurants – which means even if you ate a different one everyday it would take you nearly 10 years to try them all. And that’s assuming that none closed down or any new ones opened.

2) Pineapple buns in Hong Kong are just like tiger bread in the UK. Neither contain their namesake.

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Travel

A Change of Scenery

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For the next few months I’m taking a break from London and will be working in Hong Kong. It sounds insane to say that I’m taking a break from London only to move to a city just as populous, however, Wikipedia has informed me that London is the 23rd biggest city in the world whereas Hong Kong ranks 30th. So I guess that’s something. A few less people.