Monday, August 04, 2014

Preparing for My Neighbour Totoro

Further down the page, beneath some more preparatory thoughts, Miyazaki wrote down three phrases, each one describing something he wanted cinema-goers to see in his film: ‘what we have forgotten’, ‘what we don’t notice’ and ‘what we are convinced we have lost’.

Thursday, February 06, 2014

keeping a note to self

This is from an Amazon review on Switch

 All that said, "Switch" contains some reasonable, if sometimes common-sense, approaches to effecting change. To summarize, and paraphrase heavily, their main points:

 Engage the rational mind by (1) seeking out examples of where change is working and emulating those successes in other quarters; (2) providing specific, well-defined statements of the initial steps that need to be taken in the change process; (3) clearly identifying the intended end-state and the reasons that that end-state is valuable.

 Engage the emotions by (1) instilling a positive disposition in the people who must implement the changes: focus on hope and optimism, not fear; (2) "shrinking the change", i.e., show people that they're already partway to the goal; (3) capitalizing on people's sense of identity by showing them how certain behaviors align with the kind of person they naturally want to be; and (4) blocking the common belief that people are defined by inherent personality characteristics, and instead affirming that people can change and grow. 

Facilitate the change by (1) tweaking the environment so that the newly desired behavior is inevitable, or at least easy; (2) similarly, creating a situation in which good habits are natural (and making use of one interesting approach to this, namely preloading decisions, i.e., setting up triggers for desired actions);and (3) using peer pressure.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Ode to Zeck II

元日 作者:王安石 爆竹声中一岁除, 春风送暖入屠苏, 千门万户曈曈日, 总把新桃换旧符。

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Beauty of Diverse Possibilities in Love Rain

In the Korean Drama Love Rain, it is a tale of a suspended loving relationship, restored after decades.  But unfortunately, the man's son and the women's daughter fell in love with one another.  How would this complicated situation end?

This is where I really want to commend the composer of two of the theme songs of this drama.  Listen carefully if you can spot the beauty of it.

My reflection: They both start the same but transformed differently in the middle, though with consistent chord progressions.  It is a reflection of the subject matter of the drama, and I think that's a brilliant touch.  It speaks of the diverse possibilities of life and life's beauty can indeed progress (and end) in many ways.

After much Googling, I think the composer is the same for both:  류원광  Ryu Won Hwang @cakeryu

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Ted's Lines

Reminder to self: Don't ever forget them.

Another Reminder on Speechwriting (I)

Our chief criterion was always audience comprehension and comfort, and this meant: (1) short speeches, short clauses and short words, wherever possible; (2) a series of points or propositions in numbered or logical sequence wherever appropriate; and (3) the construction of sentences, phrases and paragraphs in such a manner as to simplify, clarify and emphasize. - Ted Sorensen