• When someone you know got ‘Harveyed’

    Posted October 12 by Jack Yan

    ‘Repugnant’ is a very good word, used by the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences to describe producer Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment and assaults. It’s a small world when someone you know was ‘Harveyed’, and it all follows a very familiar script.&nb...

  • Modern stills

    Posted October 7 by Jack Yan

    A couple of these grabs from movies are on my hard drive, done in 2014. I can’t recall why, but they must have been significant to me at the time and I would have wanted to make a point about them. Most likely it related to design.   The first is from Maurice Binder’s titles fr...

  • Political things happening in places I love

    Posted September 25 by paikea

    I have Hugo the ReiseBunny here, because you need to see Berlin in the evening at sunset.  Berlin is one of my most favorite cities in the world. I always say that it is my Paris. Next to Prague, Los Angeles, Zurich (Switzerland), Vancouver (BC), and Wellington (NZ), it's right up there.&nbs...

  • YouTube insensitivity—even after all these years

    Posted September 18 by Jack Yan

    This can’t be right: YouTube’s advertising algorithm planting a video of my friend right next to the obit I wrote about him. Thanks for commercializing my friend after his death, Google. Tim would have understood it, and tolerated it, but not approved of it.

  • Black Mirror’s shared universe

    Posted September 12 by Jack Yan

    An interesting video on the shared universe between most Black Mirror episodes. Seems like I’ve barely scratched the surface with the few references I’ve spotted. Season 4 returns in December, on Netflix. I hope it’s better than season 3, which I felt lacked the cleverness of the f...

  • First world problems: new computer stuff always breaks down

    Posted September 12 by Jack Yan

    A very good tech subcontractor, Manfred (got to be good, he has a German name), sorted out my new modem and router, though we never managed to get the promised speeds of 700–900 Mbit/s. The best we saw was in the 600s. If I used Firefox, it would drop to 80 Mbit/s, which vindicated my decision...

  • Redoing JY&A Fonts’ website

    Posted September 9 by Jack Yan

    Finally, after eight years, we updated our font business’s website from this: to this:   You can tell how the philosophy has changed in the last decade: people don’t mind scrolling any more, so the page is tall. Back in 2009, we were still trying to cram as much into the first...

  • Deputy Prime Monster

    Posted August 28 by Jack Yan

    One thing (out of many) that I like about New Zealand: we have a General Election on in the second half of September and it’s only getting more heated now. Unlike the US, we don’t have an election cycle that seems to begin somewhere between 18 and 24 months out from the election. And her...

  • Some books

    Posted August 23 by Jonathan

    I’ve been making some good progress on my 2017 Reader’s Challengs - I’m 2 ahead of my goal of 35 books read (24 so far this year). Here’s a couple recent updates: ​ What Makes Sammy Run? by Budd Schulberg My rating: 3 of 5 stars You know, it's strange. I kept thinking I...

  • Auckland’s contribution to Abbott & Costello routines

    Posted August 16 by Jack Yan

    I had to take a photo of this gift shop in Auckland when Amanda and I walked past.   ‘What was that Auckland gift shop called?’    ‘It’s OK.’    ‘Yeah, I know it’s OK, but what was it called?’    ‘It’...

  • Maybe still okay

    Posted July 27 by Liv

    Let me ramble.  I am being very hard on myself right now, but it's hard to admit that.  I'm in the middle of renovations. I bought a studio house in December of last year (it's huge, it's a hundred year old bank, but it had no bedrooms, so technically a studio). I have put in new basemen...

  • Nine and Thirteen on stage together

    Posted July 21 by Jack Yan

    Doctor Whos no. 9 and 13 act alongside each other. Great seeing Christopher Eccleston and Jodie Whittaker here, in Antigone (an interesting version set in the 1970s).

  • What a disappointing version of The Saint

    Posted July 20 by Jack Yan

    What a disappointing remake of The Saint—shame this will probably be Sir Roger Moore’s last screen credit. Too many establishing shots (worse than the old ITC series showing a city name in big letters when everything that followed was at Elstree), very evident where extra sequences were ...


    Posted July 20 by Leila

       Last Tuesday was Laith's 8th Birthday. Time sure flies.. I could still remember his smell when I first held him in my arm. Now he is a big boy. He is over protective like his dad. I remember when we were on the ferry to Pangkor. He was sitting beside me then he told me he wanted to sit...