2016年1月14日 星期四

趣圖趣聞︰2015-12-14 至 2016-01-14


15 Images That Show Why Letter-Spacing Is Important(via Digital Synopsis,2015-12-03)

為甚麼貓咪愛「搗亂檔」?因為悶﹗ (真的嗎?)
Why Do Cats Knock Things Over? by Rebecca OConnell(via Mental Floss,2015-12-03)

        “One possible reason for your kitty acting up is boredom. Cats need stimulation just like you do, but they're probably not up for binge-watching HGTV with you. Knocking something over also earns them attention (a.k.a. you running into the room after hearing a crash).... Your cat's instincts tell her that paperweight or knickknack could turn out to be a mouse."

        The strange psychology of pain relief medicine by Camila Ruz & Kemi Alemoru︰“In a recent study, researchers gave people with frequent headaches a dummy pill. Some of these placebos were packaged as branded painkillers and some weren't. The branded ones were reported to be more effective at pain relief by those in the study and were associated with fewer side effects than the placebos packaged as generic medication. "Trust is a very important aspect in terms of our health," says Isabelle Szmigin, professor of marketing at the University of Birmingham. "People are generally much more cautious when buying medicine."... Colours also have an effect on how people feel about the medicine they are taking. Red pills have been reported to be more effective for treating pain than blue, green or white pills. But blue pills make more effective tranquilisers than red ones, except for Italian men. It's been suggested this could be because blue is associated with their national football team."(via BBC News Magazine,2015-12-15)

          Why job interviews are pointless by Richard Nisbett︰“Most people regard this as a reasonable sort of decision. But it isn’t. Countless studies show that the unstructured 30-minute interview is virtually worthless as a predictor of long-term performance by any criteria that have been examined. You have only slightly more chance of choosing the better of two employees after a half-hour interview as you would by flipping a coin. In both of these cases, predictions based on references – school reports, prior performance, letters of recommendation – give a 65-75% chance of choosing the better of the two.... Extroverts in general do better in interviews than introverts, but for many if not most jobs, extroversion is not what we’re looking for."(via The Guardian,2015-11-12)

         哈哈哈哈哈。某才女朋友表示︰「原來有個咁嘅 page,hahahahahahaha。又唔講下九個 average guys 入面八個半都係想要 top 10% 的靚女。」

        一、十中有九是 average(左方女性圖表更無優次),那何謂 average 呢?

        二、此圖可與今天【輔仁網】高教授〈幾多男人俾「上進心」呢三個字呃咗〉一文並讀。

        三、也可參考 Facebook 專頁【慈雲山鄭列瓊 King Jer】評今日《東方日報》〈80 後趕「標尾會」 極速約會尋伴侶〉新聞短片一 post 。

        嘩哈哈哈哈,講真,以下有些高登賜稱真係夾硬黎、亂咁噏,但確係好笑,或許也道出了不少觀眾的觀感,尤其是以下排首三數個類比,笑到我呢︰

王晶︰羅湖商業城 Seth Macfarlane;雲翔︰九龍塘艾慕杜華
陳果︰荔枝角 Lars von Trier;黃精甫︰石硤尾沙也馬蘭
陳木勝︰中環 Michael Bay;杜琪峰︰觀塘黑澤明
王家衛︰銅鑼灣高達;許鞍華︰天水圍華妲
邱禮濤︰慈雲山希治閣;徐克:橫頭磡馬田史高西斯

        (具體數字可參考此網站,資料截至 2016-01-03)2015 年最好的電影《山河故人》,上畫已逾兩個多月,至今仍不足 60 萬票房;2015 年香港最重要的電影《十年》,拒絕說謊,直面時代,有口皆碑,對照香港現況,更是刺痛地犀銳,票房卻還未到 120 萬之數。旺角活地亞倫(請記得這是諷刺,不是讚譽﹗)新片《紀念日》,上畫不過數天,竟收近 1200 萬,10 倍之於《十年》,還瞬間超越了《哪一天我們會飛》,難免教人感歎。票房多寡,固然與片商的排片策略有關(縱使《十年》一票難求,每日場次不多,票房再高也有限,可幸最近上映的戲院漸多起來),但社會氛圍(有戲院最近將《十年》落畫,也許是為騰出時間放映新片,但也未知是否與近日有書商突然停售禁書,同一考慮)、觀眾反應(始終許多人只視電影為娛樂)肯定才是關鍵。無論比故事內容、導演技巧、演員表現、奇思新意,《紀念日》都不可能與《山河故人》或《十年》媲美,而且葉氏早享爛名,卻長拍長有,香港觀眾的電影口味,有時候真的難以理解。還有一部《杜拉拉追婚記》,有多少人知道原來正在香港上畫?識者不多,無人談論,竟也有近 170 萬票房,暫時成績仍勝過電影人、文化界、社運圈、各大報刊紛紛討論的《十年》,我想這也是令人心傷的現象吧。還未看《十年》的朋友,趕快去看吧,誰知道,他朝看《十年》會否也成罪名?(2016-01-10)

        (無聊中,發牢騷)星期六留在家吃飯,假如沒有足球賽直播,家人多半在看無線,前陣子看《12 道鋒味》,今晚看的是《報告﹗ 教練》,對我來說,這些(包括無線最近常見的所謂旅遊體驗節目)都是很無聊的節目,倘若全盤接收,看多了只會越來越蠢。邀請幾位藝人,挑幾項技藝讓他們嘗試、挑戰,不難想像,一切其實都依劇本進行,先是輕鬆玩樂,然後遭遇困難、失敗落寞、痛定思痛、齊心合作、努力奮鬥,結果成功過關、感動歡喜,非常公式。公式其實沒有問題,難頂的是每到五至十分鐘,就穿插藝人們對鏡頭「反思」的片段——真的有那麼多值得反思的東西嗎?做人要知足、要感恩、要努力啊,要注意細節、堅持到底、三省吾身啊,要體諒別人、彼此欣賞、包容不足啊,這些當然都是很正面的操守與精神,值得提倡、學習、內化,然而時時掛在嘴邊,這又「反思」那又「反省」,會不會太累人太做作了?在中小學,學生參與技能訓練、義工活動,又或大學生玩 O'camp 後,由老師、社工或「老鬼」領頭作 debriefing,當然有其必要,也是學習/交流的重要過程,但這類「反思」、「分享」倘若太多太濫,大家習以為常,說幾句只為交貨,實在沒有甚麼意思,至於看電視節目,觀眾沒有親身體驗,隔幾分鐘就看藝人「深情」反思,就更覺疏離、虛偽了。當然,一般觀眾看這類節目,多半只為看心儀的藝人,大抵也沒有所謂,但我寧願看真正的廚師或運動員的紀錄片,也不想看這些千篇一律的正向思維節目。是的,我就是個不知反省時常重覆犯錯的混蛋,平日最討厭就是聽甚麼講話、報告,做檢討、反思,看到這些節目,總是莫名動氣,反應過敏。這段文字,各位大可不必理會。另,若不談製作規模,我相信許多香港的中小學老師和社工都懂得製作同類的影片(這根本就是日常工作的一部分了),除了現場拍攝的 coverage 和後期的剪輯和加工技術有所不及,整個創作思維和敘事結構,中學生也做得到,有多了不起呢?好了,廢話說過,繼續工作。(2015-12-19)

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