2013 November

Recent Hearings: New Album from Dan Bao 蛋堡的新專輯:杜振熙

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蛋堡 AKA Soft Lipa released a new album a few months ago that has my ear buds listening in heavy rotation. I was surprised to see songs like 我們都有問題 (“We’ve All Got Problems”) in KTV – not just because they’re pretty difficult to pull off in karaoke, but also because just a year ago it seemed like none of his music was available in KTV.

Have a listen – here are a few of my other select tracks form the album 杜振熙:

雨沒停過

梅雨記

當我來到這裡

Getting into the Instagram Game

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I’ve long been reluctant to join Instagram – I hate the fact that all photos have to be square proportions, creating a uniformity that prohibits the creative possibilities of vertical and horizontal crops. Nonetheless, I found my friends increasingly migrating to the social media network and decided to give it a spin.

After just a couple of months, I have to admit I really am enjoying it, possibly even more so than Facebook. Visual sharing of moments in life create a rich, focused multimedia experience that Facebook has seemingly waved in with ad dilution. In fact, Facebook recently announced it’s reducing ads, recognizing this sentiment.

For a food fanatic like myself, the mobile-first platform is simply a must, and the Instagram community is as supportive of my culinary obsessions as Yelpers. After just a couple of months, here are some of my Instagram highlights:

Late night snacking was a big hit

San Francisco is an Instragram paradise

My first time celebrating mid-autumn festival (中秋節) with Instagram

Finally getting a hang of Instagram’s hashtags

Like what you see? Don’t be shy! Follow me!

One problem I need to work out is when to post to Instagram, when to post to Facebook, and when to post to both. I’ve noticed that Facebook exposure typically cannibalizes my Instagram likes, with many people seeing the same image twice via both networks. Hopefully I’ll get a hang of it before kids start calling me Instagrampa.

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