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davidlian is an ultra-geeky chinese dude that works for a technology PR agency. He loves fiddling with techno-toys, plays Warhammer 40K, and shoots pictures wherever he goes. Here, he rants about PR, Technology and anything else. Don't expect balance and un-biased, he ain't no journalist. Anything said on this blog are solely davidlian's personal views. Don't confuse them with company mantra, client's views or views of any organisation he may be part of.


Friday, June 29, 2007

Rehearsal Pics

Louis has posted pictures of my wedding rehearsal yesterday up on his newly setup blog. Welcome to the world of blogging, Louis!

So, to give him a bit more traffic, instead of posting the pics up here on my blog, I'm gonna link you to his site: http://louisphotography.blogspot.com

Here's one preview pic:

Eight more days...

Today was my wedding rehearsal. Standing in front, by the aisle evokes the most introspective feeling ever. I'm getting married.

There's just a rush of joy in the room - close friends clapping, mother beaming, father a bit flustered, Lydia's dad being a bit shy, brothers playing a fool and Lydia, of course, can't stop smiling. Everyone's happy.

I had to say the words today: "For better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health- till death do us part." Those came out surprisingly easy, but don't be misled. Each word was weighty in its own right, and each one a bottomless wellspring of thought.

This is what getting married feels like - perhaps the purest few moments of bliss you'd get here on earth. And I'm thankful for that. I didn't get a chance to whip out my camera to take a picture, but Louis took loads. If I have time, I'll ask him for some tomorrow and post them up, but until then, here's one picture from our wedding collection to share:

Can't wait for the real day.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

If you could make a phone of any shape or size, what shape or size would it be?

So I'm down in Singapore to manage some media for Nokia Connection 2007.

It's an interesting event, and I must say, though I had little time to mingle around the showcase, hearing the designers speak was a mind-blowing experience.

Jan Chipchase's job at Nokia revolves around roaming the world, prying through people's pockets and discovering where they keep their phones. He's a behaviour research specialist and anthropologist, and he's tasked with discovering what you and I need for our daily lives. And it's not just the phone, but other features and functions like a calendar or a mapping tool.

But Jan point's out some interesting points: in a world where we're obsessed with features and powerful technology, where does the other 80% of phone users who still just need the basic function of calling their loved ones fit in? How do we make a device that's better for them?

I guess that explains why the Nokia 1110 with it's thick plastic exterior, large rubberised key pads and monochrome screen still sells.

In countries like Uganda, deployment of copper lines are so expensive that wireless becomes the best option. But people are so poor, they actually share the same, most basic of phones. I guess this is where the need for a rugged, low-cost device comes in. No one's going to be bothered to personalise a communal phone. They just need it to last fairly long, have a good reception, and be able to make calls and send SMSes.

Ultimately, we can't forget that phones are for humans.

So Jan ended on a very interesting note that's got me thinking: if a phone could be any shape or size (and with today's technology, it can!), what shape or size should it be?

The answer: it should be the shape or size that fits YOU!

Monday, June 18, 2007

Now, real time on Flickr!

Okay, I'm really behind on this blogging thing now. But, never fear, I've found a new way to ensure I get to keep in touch with you people - Flickr!

As you can see, on the right, I've got a brand new panel with pictures in it. Clicking there will take you my Flickr page where you can see pictures I recently took. Sorta like a live commentary of daily happenings.

Update - today I'm down in Singapore getting ready for Nokia Connection 2007 which is tomorrow. Or should I say, today.

There are some big announcements to be made, and it's going to be quite exciting. I'm looking forward to it. Hopefully, I'll have some pics to share tomorrow.