大屿山, Hong Kong
Cultish underground iPhones. Wait, what?
China on Saturday sentenced two members of a banned religious cult - a father and daughter - to death for the murder in a McDonald's restaurant of a woman who refused an apparent attempt by the group to recruit her, state media said.
To put in perspective, this trial has been a slightly smaller equivalent to the American OJ Simpson trial, in that there have been constant TV updates and most everyone has been following the trial's progress. The basics? A family of cult members beat to death a young woman in a McDonald's when she refused to give them her contact information. Read here for a roundup of the sad details. The first time I saw the footage of the murder on TV I pointed out to the colleague next to me, "Hmm, seems there were plenty of customers in the McDonalds willing to video tape the murder but no one willing to try and help the poor woman, am I right?" And she said, "You would have? He had a huge metal bar and would have killed you too." Guess its impossible to know how you'd act as a bystander in a given situation unless you actually live it.
Last time we checked in, Tencent had reported four million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus unofficial reservations had been recorded. In an update today, the site now says that combined preorders (which began on Friday) from sales channels have exceeded 20 million.
How many iPhones is Apple seriously going to sell this quarter? 60 million? I haven't even ordered a Space Gray 6 Plus yet.
Ultimately, Kim concludes, living underground is a reasonable option for people who have recently relocated to the city and need affordable housing. She suggests that the units work well for people who will live there for just a few years while finding their feet in Beijing, before moving on to a more stable living situation. Kim also thinks these units are a reasonable solution for temporary workers or students in the city who need inexpensive places to stay.
Some interesting conclusions.
Every time I view this photo of the Apple Watch, taken by Hodinkee, I get a retro-futuristic 60's NASA moon landing vibe. It's the combination of the lunar watch face, stainless steel body, and milanese band. It's what Neil would wear walking down Eagle's ladder 20 years from now.
"With more than 480 fan-made segments culled from over 1,500 submissions, The Empire Strikes Back Uncut (also known as ESB Uncut) features a stunning mash-up of styles and filmmaking techniques, including live action, animation, and stop-motion. The project launched in 2013, with fans claiming 15-second scenes to reimagine as they saw fit – resulting in sequences created with everything from action figures to cardboard props to stunning visual effects."
What a wonderful love letter. Good on Lucas Arts and Disney for supporting this project.
My favorite scene so far? Wampa Lager at 10:24.
Update: The 'Assembly instructions' scene at 19:58 is also pretty clever. People can be so smart.
Double Update: 25:15
Triple Update: Chinese Opera at 32:12
Quadruple Update: Dance Party at 41:34.
Rest In Peace.
Coastal City, Shenzhen
F Sport edition.
96th Floor, KK100. Typhoon Luis. Luohu, Shenzhen.
A "BYD" Ford Escape. 海岸城 Coastal City, Shenzhen.
Filmed by Billy Boyd Cape. Not exactly what I was expecting it to be.