Feb 25 2014

coffice, anyone?

Urban Dictionary:
Coffice — A combination of a coffee shop and office.

According to trend watchers, the number of freelance workers — particularly “Knowledge workers” — will skyrocket in the coming decades. as such, more and more “coffices” are expected to sprout in urban areas, ostensibly to bring relief and much-needed support and opportunities to hapless freelancers.

coffice - a day at the cafe & office

a regular day at the office

in effect, a coffice is a place where — for a specific amount (hourly, daily, monthly, or maximum rate for unlimited stay) — you can work and have coffee at the same time, along with other freelancers.

as one of those knowledge workers, i must say that i have been anxiously waiting for this trend to take shape. i have been working from cafes (restaurants, shared workspaces, malls, etc.) these past few years, and at this stage a coffice would really be a great relief.

working cafe

all you need to bring is laptop, tablet or phone…

for me, a coffice offers several advantages in one fell swoop:
1. working space (all you need is a table & a comfortable chair)
2. reliable wi-fi connection
3. access to power outlets
4. ready access to coffee and food (a must!)
5. company of like-minded folks — you’re all busy and preoccupied with your own deadlines and priorities, so there is no overpowering need to connect except for the occasional blather about the weather, news, colleagues (if any), etc.

so, bring ‘em on please.

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Dec 04 2013

Frozen: A Cool Delightful Treat

i used to be an ardent fan of Disney animated films (i still am, in some ways) — years ago, i would wait for every film they churned out with bated breath and was rarely disappointed. in recent years though, Disney films have been something of a hit-or-miss affair for me.

Case in point — i couldn’t bring myself to watch The Princess and the Frog, Brave, Wreck-It Ralph, etc. but i loved Tangled and Monsters University. now, i’m glad i can add another title to the Plus side: Frozen, which frankly delighted me more than i had expected.

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the plot, based loosely on Hans Christian Andersen‘s The Snow Queen, is easy to relate to and despite the standard romantic angle, i’m glad Disney also made a strong emphasis on the touching filial bond between the two leads: Princess Anna (Kristin Bell) and Princess Elsa (Idina Menzel). Powered by a strong cast (which also includes Jonathan Groff and Santino Fontana), stunning visuals and several heart-tugging moments, Frozen is sure to stir your heart. And the songs! My favorite are “Let it Go” (Idina Menzel) and “Fixer Upper,” a droll, upbeat tune sung by the trolls (ha!).

as for the characters, the real stand-outs for me are the loquacious snowman, Olaf (Josh Gad), who comes with detachable body parts and ironic yearning for summer and warmth, and the reindeer, Sven. Sven doesn’t have any lines, but his expression/reactions and interactions with his best bud Kristoff (Groff) more than make up for it.

Frozen cast

basically i would say Frozen is THE Disney film consciously made and geared towards female moviegoers, although guys can obviously relate to it in some ways, too.

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Nov 18 2013

JFK Assassination: 50 Years Later

Published by under 2013,events,favorites,news

In remembrance of that fateful day (November 22, 1963, Dallas, TX), when time crawled to a standstill — a tiny sliver of time when millions of people marked what they did, thought and said in reaction to the unthinkable: the assassination of an American president.

JFK 1963

Moments before the youthful president was felled by an assassin's bullet

it is rather amazing that 50 years have passed and yet people around the world could still look back to that particular day as if it were a vital reference point of their lives. and the fact that it has remained one of the great unsolved mysteries of the 20th century and an unending source of speculation among conspiracy theorists has certainly added to its luster.

JFK's funeral

somehow it has become one of the defining moments of the century, even for us who were born years after the event had occurred.

pensive JFK

John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963, 35th US President)

Don’t let it be forgot
That once there was a spot
For one brief shining moment
That was known as Camelot



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Nov 15 2013

Typhoon Haiyan: Comicbook Creators and Superheroes to the Rescue!

Published by under 2013,disasters,events,news

the outpouring of support and surge of aid from all over the world to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan (known as Yolanda in the Philippines) has been nothing short of overwhelming and heartwarming. and i hope someday in some way we might be able to pay it back by helping others in their time of need.

still — amid all the bleak and disheartening reports that have battered us for days — there have been a few bright spots, like this poster created by various comic book creators/writers to highlight the fundraising drive for the benefit of the typhoon victims.

Haiyan aid comic book writers

i tend to think of superheroes as aesthetically pleasing, well-muscled figures in tight spandex suits and billowing capes, but i just love the way the comics writers/creators have presented them in this poster — in their chibi form! — to encourage others to contribute to the ongoing fund drive. it is an astute approach, if you ask me. it’s cute, and it carries an all-encompassing message of doing good for others the best way we can (which is what superheroes are supposed to do).

various local and international groups are still receiving donations (cash, food, clothing, medical supplies, etc.) for Typhoon Yolanda victims, so if you have the time, resources and inclination to do so, please donate. every little bit helps.

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