Imeem is rocking

Imeem is rocking.. Interesting. Agreeing with Imeem’s strategy of dealing with the big music labels. Very Chinese. “When facing stronger force, borrowing that force to aid oneself instead of fighting against it.” 借力打力。clever

The Wiggle

Yesterday morning, the fog was so thick in the city that i could barely see past half a block ahead. And today it was a sunny beautiful morning.

As i walked over to the shuttle stop, i was drenched in sweat. The normal shuttle waiting line was much shorter than usual, and we moved ourselves to behind a bus shelter, to get some shade.

Both guys in front of me were on bikes, they were amazed to see so much sweat pouring down my face. So i had to explain i walked over from 10 blocks away. They both pointed at their bikes, “That’s why you need one of these!”

“yeah, but then it is so hilly!”

Then i heard the magic word ‘The Wiggle”.

Turned out there is a special path to go from where we are to the market and stay flat! That secret path is called “The Wiggle” since it wiggles through three hills standing between us and downtown. Supposedly to be a top secret, but he found out there were even signs on the street that says ‘The Wiggle’ now.

At that moment the shuttle came. Another surprise, the wireless worked on shuttle! I did a quick search on Google, and found out the term “The Wiggle” even has its own special entry in wikipedia!

Map of The Wiggle made using Google Maps
A Comprehensive Bike Map for entire SF

It was great fun…

While i was writing the review on Bourne Ultimatum, i thought of this song, because the expression “It was great fun” jumped into my mind at the end…

The version i heard was sang by Billy Holiday. A Sinatra classic:

It was just one of those things,
just one of those crazy flings.
One of those bells that now and then rings,
just one of those things.

It was just one of those nights,
just one of those fabulous flights.
A trip to the moon on gossamer wings,
just one of those things.

If we´d thought of it,
´bout the end of it, when we started painting the town,
We´d have been aware that our love affair
was too hot not to cool down.

So goodbye, dear, and Amen,
here´s hoping we´ll meet now and then.
It was great fun but it was just one of those things.

It was just, just one of those nights,
just one of those fabulous flights.
A trip to the moon on gossamer wings,
just one of those things.

If we´d thought of it ´bout the end of it,
when we started painting that town.,
We´d have been aware that our love affair
was too hot not to cool down.

So goodbye, goodbye, bye-bye, goodbye, baby, and
Amen,here´s hoping we´ll meet nown and then.

It was great fun but it was just one of those things.

Spy: Old and New

1.
Was reading The Comedians by Graham Greene in the morning. I remembered his work being dark, superbly written, with marvelous insight, humorous, and cynical. But i didn’t remember him being THIS cynical.

Have been reading this on and off on shuttle rides. It almost never failed to put me to sleep. Not because it was dull, but because it was so heavy and depressing.

Naturally i end up having a good nap.

2.
In the afternoon we went to see the new Bourne movie. Bourne Ultimatum.

Oh, such great fun!

There was not one dull moment. The story kept rolling out in front of your eyes while Matt Damon being chased in London, in Madrid, in Morocco, and then back in New York. Cars flying and glass shattering, yet audience managed to keep up with all the little details of Jason when he was chased, why did he buy a cell phone first thing getting off the train at Waterloo station? why did he call the police in a Madrid apartment that he was about to leave? why did he pick up laundry pieces as he was jumping up and down the roof tops in Morocco? why did he set himself up in a seemingly trapped intersection of New York City? All those little questions had an answer within the immediate minute of the scene. Speaking of instant gratification.

The editing was perfect, the music was perfect, the rhythm of the movie was flawless. Paul Greengrass had his audiences exactly where he wanted them to be. And they were never bored, they could never relax, yet they were pampered with humorous moments sprinkled throughout the action packed movie. Even till the last scene.

I couldn’t help smiling again and again till the very end. It was like being treated to a feast in a grand restaurant, every detail was well thought out, not one moment of the evening was overlooked. When you left the restaurant, you not only remembered the great food, you also gained so much appreciation on how well a dinner party could be planned and executed.

This is how an entertainment is supposed to be.

3.
I wonder what Greene or Mauham would have written if they lived in today’s espionage world instead of their own?