Month: June 2019

Concerto for philodendron and pothos

It’s official. On top of my infamous role as a cat lady, I am also a plant lady. After various unpleasant experience with having succulents (they never lived!) and literally looking online using the keywords “indoor plants that communicate what they want”, I decided to get not one, not two, but three pothos. My home […]

More than biases

When I first enrolled in grad school to read Science and Technology Studies (STS), I learned about how machine intelligence picked up data loaded and generated by humans which are filled with our stereotypes and decisions internalised by our own ignorance (whether we are racists, xenophobic, homophobic etc. etc.) — essentially our own human imprints […]

Robots are not coming for your job

I had been watching this anime series on Netflix called Aggretsuko, which tells of Retsuko, a seemingly timid office worker (anthromorphised by a character of a red panda) who goes to karaoke after work to belt out metal songs out to her heart’s content whenever she’s stressed. She briefly dated a tech mogul (anthromorphised by […]

Strange thing you British play

The fifth and final installment of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Mostly Harmless, was touted to have the most disappointing end out of all books — but you have to trust Douglas Adams to come up with gems such as this.

Bring out your blogs

A very short one tonight, on the month that is the 20th anniversary of the word “blog”, and as we all know “anniversaries are welcome opportunities to renew vows, to rejuvenate traditions, and to build on foundations”, so this is yet another call to action to bring out your blogs, because: Some of those above […]

When technology ceased to be local

If there is one form of technology which I still fail to understand despite numerous readings, it has to be the concept of cryptocurrency. Not only understanding how it works is still vague to me, I do not quite understand what good it does — people keep telling me “because it’s decentralised!” — I still […]

On 2019 Hong Kong Protest

As a political sociology doctoral candidate within the concentration of social movements, leadership, and technology, I have definitely been following the development of the current protest movement in Hong Kong with great interest. Five years after the pro-democracy Umbrella Movement of 2014, in which protesters marched against the proposed reforms to the Hong Kong electoral […]

Get a plant to water often

I’m 3 years away of turning 40. Forty! What an absolute joke, I keep telling myself. I felt like my life skipped the whole 20s entirely and I turned 30 before I knew it. I remember about 10 years ago, talking about turning 38 in 2020 with a partner at the time, planning that we’d […]