Archive for the ‘News’ Category
Jeremy Lin frenzy has swept not just basketball fans but the whole world. He is such a captivating story because he touches so many demographics: Asian-Americans, New Yorkers, Christians, basketball fans, Asia as a whole, anybody who enjoys rooting for a good underdog, anybody who has ever felt underappreciated or undervalued.
I have been following Jeremy Lin since the record-breaking 2009-2010 Harvard season — my brother is a student at Harvard University and as a Taiwanese-American myself, I read many Taiwanese blogs that jumped on Jeremy early — but I in my wildest expectations did not see this level of a breakout performance coming.
Writers have been scrambling to discover new unique angles to cover Jeremy Lin, so by now he has been dissected fairly thoroughly and videos from his past are all over the place.
I recently came across a couple interesting videos that nobody in the Western media has seen yet. Even before the Jeremy craze, I regularly browse through Youtube Taiwan to stay on top of news and funny videos from Taiwan. A Taiwanese celebrity was visiting New York a few weeks ago for vacation and happened to sit courtside at Jeremy Lin’s very first game at Madison Square Garden on January 31st. In that game, he was still an unknown player and only played garbage time, the last few minutes when the score is so lopsided that the game is essentially over and all the star players have already sat down.
Jeremy Lin’s first game at Madison Square Garden, before the Linsanity
This first video shows courtside footage of Jeremy’s first game at MSG, filmed by the celebrity. In 5 minutes, he scores 4 points and has 4 assists. What’s also interesting is the celebrity’s discussion with his wife. Chen Chien-chou (陳建州) is a former professional basketball player in Taiwan and shows a lot of insight talking about Jeremy’s game, how he would fit in well with Coach D’Antoni’s system, and how he just needs one good chance to prove himself.
Talking to Jeremy Lin post-game in lounge
Second video shows the celebrity visiting Jeremy Lin after the game in the New York Knicks players’ family lounge. He also chats to Tyson Chandler and Carmelo Anthony briefly to ask what they think about Jeremy. Jeremy’s parents are also here.
One last video for the road: a couple of Taiwan news reporters demonstrate the Jeremy Lin / Landry Fields handshake. I crack up every time I watch this.
This news story has been racing around the Taiwanese blogosphere so I wanted to share with a different audience. Yang Ya-ching (楊雅晴) is a 27 year old music student studying abroad in Paris. She is apparently done with her degree and wanted a memorable parting gift, so she launched a project to kiss 100 strangers in Paris. At the end of all this, she’s planning on writing a book about her experience so she has a photographer tag along to capture the kisses. This is her photo album so far, she’s up to 54 kisses!
I liked the fiery color in this one. Perhaps not too surprising that the guys she kisses are all fairly good looking. She doesn’t look 100% Taiwanese though, and I’m fairly certain she’s mixed although I couldn’t confirm it.
I have some readers who read my site through RSS so I wanted to take this opportunity to plug my Twitter feed. People use Twitter in various ways — I use the micro-blogging service predominantly as a links dispensary. That way I can avoid writing low-content posts like this one on my site and still conveniently share interesting videos and articles. I’ve been using Twitter more and more so consider following me if you read my site!
After a half year break, I am glad to be finally back. How do you like the new design? I’m working on a couple minor formatting tweaks but for the most part this is the final look.
The sliding header with the five images solved a couple problems for me. First, my old blog was minimalist to a fault with a very bland black and white color palette. For my new site, I definitely wanted something colorful at the top. Initially, I was planning on creating a banner image based on the title Protocol Snow, but that would have involved a lot of work and creative/Photoshop skills that I don’t have. The sliding header allows me to keep “Protocol Snow” as a plain text title and to rely on pre-existing images to bring the color.
A second problem is that at first glance, it was very difficult for new visitors to figure out what my blog is about. “Protocol Snow” is gibberish nonsense that is meaningless to everybody but me. Additionally, my posts don’t have a consistent focus, unlike a games-dedicated blog or an Asian drama-dedicated review site. My sliding header helps this problem by highlighting several of the categories that constitute the bulk of my content.
I’ve thought about ways to increase traffic, and it seems like most successful blogs I read are dedicated to one specific topic and attract a consistent, devoted readership. However, I like to write about all sorts of random things and ultimately, this is simply my personal blog — my goals aren’t to become famous or rich from blogging. So for better or for worse, the content of my blog will not be changing in any way. I hope that whatever attracted you here in the first place keeps you coming back.
I finally have my own domain! =) I am re-launching my blog with a new design based on the Sliding Doors theme, officially sometime in June. In the meantime, I’ll be fiddling around with the site and making small adjustments whenever I get a break, but I wanted to get this site out to the public early so Google can start indexing. Consider this a soft launch.
ProtocolSnow.com will be my future home and has all the contents of my wordpress.com blog (which is now discontinued). I did a straight export-import from within Wordpress and haven’t done much else, so if some links aren’t working, please bear with me. See you in a few weeks for the grand opening!
As you probably noticed, I’m trying out a different Wordpress theme. The switch was precipitated by my desire to post images larger than 400 pixels wide, which was possible with the old theme but looked awkward because the image would spill over the sides of the allocated column width. If I wanted to widen that layout, I needed to pay for an upgrade so I’m switching to an entirely new theme. The downside is that color is virtually non-existent, which I’ll have to disguise by posting more pictures!
For prosperity’s sake, here’s my former header image:
If you were ever curious about the meaning of “Protocol Snow”, I briefly discussed its origin before. The header image itself was inspired both by that name and by my fondness for bicycling in the snow/ice, which I still maintain is a lot easier than slipping all over the place on foot. I snapped the photo outside my university’s main library with my bike covered in snow.
The long-awaited Google Street View has finally come to Japan! I could have used this a couple months ago when I was planning my trip to Tokyo. I always do a ton of research to prepare for my trips abroad, but being able to virtually travel along my routes and find all the stores and landmarks in advance is so helpful.
It’s fun to check out familiar places.
Being a Bathing Ape aficionado, I thought it was hilarious that the Bape store in Aoyama had a crowd lining up waiting for the store to open. Something must have dropped that day.
The service is available in Tokyo/Yokohama, Osaka/Kobe/Kyoto, Sendai, Hakodate, Otaru, and Sapporo. Now I’m waiting for Street View in Taiwan!
It was announced today that the Burj Dubai skyscraper in Dubai, currently in construction, is now the world’s tallest building. That means Taipei 101 in Taipei, Taiwan has been stripped of that honor, which it held for several years.
Oh well, Taipei 101 had a good run. It’s too bad I just got back from Taiwan, since it would have been interesting to see what people thought about this news. Maybe I’ll watch the Chinese news channel tonight.
I snapped this photo outside the Taipei World Trade Center, where I was attending the 2007 Taipei Digital Audio & Video Expo. I have more photos to come when I finish organizing everything. In total, I took almost 5,000 photos in the last month on vacation.