June Updates

Two blog posts in as many days, I know, such a treat.

Let's get into it, what did I do. Aside from the podcasts, which have been held back by scheduling arrangements, I did pump out a few down below for both podcasts.

Second, I've started doing little things on my YouTube channel (link in the top corner). I'm trying to make shorter videos for a secondary audience. Shorter means edited of course and I hope it pans out. It does slow my periscoping down somewhat because of the need to record almost all the scopes I make.

JPG Podcast (Subscribe here).

These are all Game of Throne related I'm afraid. There are three episodes, 49-51.

Hello From Hong Kong (Subscribe here).

The two highlighted here were made back at the end of April, episode #8 is with Nate Wong, a local jazz artist living and working in Hong Kong, the podcast features live music as well. The video of the same podcast episode is here and as a bonus, a video of the private scope chat is here.

#9 of HFHK is part of a larger project looking at the homeless situation in Hong Kong. I chat with Jodie in what was a private scope and then made into this podcast episode. The video of this interview is here.

YouTube Videos

From a bunch of videos I've made an ever expanding set of playlists for easy grouping.

A collection of interviews from this year alone on Periscope. This includes Sam's Tailors, Jeremy Monteiro and with Eugene Po and also Mikee discussing Transgenderism.

Tours of Hong Kong. There is only one, but soon an expanded list of edited Periscopes that streamline what was a live video.

A new fun playlist 'Trolls & Roasts' where I hit back at the trolls who live under our scopes ready to pounce, This playlist works in conjunction with 'Periscope Highlights' where I edited only the funniest and incidental of events from my live streaming. I can't expect you all to watch ALL my scopes from end to end now can I?

Going back further in Time to May, did you forget John Ho and myself went to Taiwan 2016? There is a whole album of videos that not only discuss the planning of this trip, but also all the great scopes from my half of the trip.

Finally we end with a reminder of what I've done to bring awareness to the Homeless in Hong Kong. More coming soon on this topic!

Podcasting in April

April, I hardly knew you.

JPG Podcast - Subscribe Here

32 - I Love Me Stannis. The only Game of Thrones Episode this month. Here we discuss episodes 5 and 6 of the fourth series.

33 - Talking about... 'Contact' (in two parts). A new segment in the show where I sit down with a new co-host called Chris and together we discuss a movie of worth. Our first is Jodie Foster's 'Contact'.

Prick Me - Subscribe Here (New Sound Cloud home here)

17 - Dating with... Matty. Only one episode this month due to time considerations. Probably the same for the next month until Hong Kong People Podcast reaches 50 episodes. At the same time, because of unnecessary credit card charges and my shoe string budget, I'm moving 'Prick Me' to Sound Cloud under their free tier. Episode 17 onwards will be being uploaded there for the foreseeable future.

Hong Kong People Podcast - Subscribe Here

Technically 5 episodes for the month of April, one of them being a duplicate as it's an extended version. In April I have four people sit down with me and discuss Hong Kong's past, present and future. I speak to a chemical engineer, an accountant and mother, a business sustainability consultant and an expat who has been living in Hong Kong since the 1970s.

Other Podcasts - The newest ones I'm listening to is Dan Carlin's Hardcore History. What a voice Carlin has, what a way of presenting information and providing context to important events in human history. Then there is the length of these episodes, many of them go into the three hour territory and it never suffers for it. Once you listen you're gripped. Proof podcasts can be listenable beyond the one hour mark.

Dan Carlin also does a second podcast called Dan Carlin's Common Sense. An american centric podcast discussing the contemporary events happening in the US. Dan Carlin takes a truer, level-headed, critical approach with whatever Dan decides to comment on.

I recently realised I must get the majority of my news from podcasts these days and I feel happier for it. The news podcasts I listen to tend to be more positive in their presentation than big news networks. Yes they are less up to the minute compared the 24 hour news cycle, but really, I don't believe we've benefitted from that as a society. Podcasts go into greater detail, they accept their position as a delayed source of information because they don't need to be first, creating a different experience as priorities shift to story telling, episode arcs and getting into greater detail. Don't forget the whole passivity of the medium.

When You're Not On the Bang Wagon

Many episodes ago on the JPG Podcast, I stated to Adam I won't be watching the Avengers 2 trailer before watching the new Avengers 2 movie. You can guess the timeframe with that.

At first not watching the trailer was super easy. I just avoided Apple trailers dot com. For months after the trailer landed everything was fine.

The downside now with living in an advanced major city though is when you try to avoid the electronic billboards and TV screens. Before giving up on trailers, quickly viewing these on the MTR was great. These were first signs things would be difficult to live a no spoilers lifestyle.

I've now in the last month I've lost count how many times I've had to avert my eyes every time I've travelled around the Hong Kong MTR system. The city's infrastructure is trying to constantly show me snippets of most likely one of the biggest movies of the year. I've seen bits of Thor throwing his hammer (I think in a graveyard, I don't really know) and a bit of the Hulk doing his smashing.

What do I know so far? As somebody who is avoiding any news on this important topic.

Well, I read about the Avengers all hanging out together (with Rhodey) trying to pick up Thor's Hammer. This was from Empire Online film news before the first trailer dropped. I know there is some robot that goes crazy that Tony Stark built and everybody comes together to fight it, plus Magneto's kids from the end of The Winter Soldier are in on it somehow.

But, Hong Kong loves their marketing, the second wave of potential spoilers came in the form of giant size temporary statue displays. Franchises love creating photo opportunities to generate buzz in Hong Kong. There is never a mall without one.

This means there are life size replicas of whatever is next for us consumers to be aware of, currently outside of the biggest malls are somethings called a 'Hulk Buster' (I got the name from the damn headline of a The Verge article) fighting the Hulk, not only that, there are two of them, one of them just so happens to have Tony Stark already wearing his existing suit inside it.

So now I know that the Hulk Buster isn't an automated creation and it's probably designed to exclusively fight the Hulk (hence the name). As a side note, doesn't that mean the Hulk's strength can be measured now as It's coming up against an artificial device which Tony built.

Surprised The Hulk Buster wasn't pictured like this below as the marketing has been insane for Avengers 2; making sure we all know who is in the movies incase we can't read the poster's credits.

Who is playing Iron Man? I'm not sure, email me with spoilers.

Who is playing Iron Man? I'm not sure, email me with spoilers.

I'd rather see Iron Man in all the posters, not Downey, I'd rather see Captain America, not Chris Evans sans helmet, Thor btw has never worn his helmet since his first film. I understand contracts and stuff, but this kind of placement of actors takes some people like me out of the illusion. That's just annoying, not really spoiler stuff (but not worth a separate post).

That besides, there's season 5 of Game of Thrones which I also haven't seen. I'm waiting for Charmaine to get back from the States. I received a cryptic tweet on Twitter and I don't think anything was spoiled, but I did ask every body else on my feed to not post just in case. Will it help, probably not, but I'll try to be careful. Game of Thrones is easier to not get spoiled since it's HBO and I'm in a foreign country anyway.*

Bottom line, it's hard work not trying to stay up to date and everything is setup for you to watch, to engage and consume with whatever should be in the public sphere, Everything seemed easier before the Internet was so ingrained in into our lives.

Spare a thought for those who watch movies and TV series still years after without getting things spoiled for them.

*Side note, one channel over here decided to show someone get pushed through a moon door. Annoying.