Its probably because I’ve been so mentally engaged in consuming and applying, that I haven’t had the time to reflect and review, and more importantly create.
Over the past 18 months (ending Oct 2016), I’ve had the fortunate opportunity to help form and rapidly grow a boutique AdTech and MarTech Consultancy serving some of Australia’s largest Enterprises (NOTE: Details on my LinkedIN as usual). Growing a service business was an interesting shift as compared to my usual product-type Organisation but a welcomed one.
In ancient Greek mythology, the Hydra was a serpent-like monster who’s lair was the murky waters of Lerna. It served as a guard to the entrance of the Underworld and the legend of its poisonous breath and blood was widely known.
What made the Hydra so interesting was that it was virtually impossible to kill. It had 9 heads, one of which was immortal, and slaying any of the heads would result in two more appearing.
This is going to serve as another quick write for 2 reasons: 1) I haven’t written anything in a while and 2) I need to allocate some time towards developing more serious posts and honestly I haven’t done it – so I felt its important to at least start putting some information out there and eventually circling back to it.
“Apps don’t pay my rent. A website does.” and “it is quantitatively not a good deal for The Atlantic.” were among the quotes that compelled me to take a moment to write this response to Derek – the author of the article.
My grandfather came to Malaysia many years ago with the British Army. It was called Malaya then and we were still under Communist rule. We were a beautiful country at the time, worth protecting and worth fighting for, and he like many of his colleagues, did exactly that. His story however had a sweeter ending. Not only did he grow fond of this new land, he also fell in love, head over heels, truly, madly, deeply. My grandmother, a local girl accepted his proposal and hand in marriage and he decided to make Malaysia his new home. He brought up his kids and worked his way up to lead a simple, yet full and contented life.
My grandfather passed away many years ago, but his warmth and smile still fills the room when we gaze upon his portrait. Till today I wonder, what it would have been like to uproot his entire life and move to a new land, a new home with a new family. What made him truly believe that Malaysia was the land that was right for him and more importantly, his family ? Continue reading…
When everyone else asked, I merely answered – “because I don’t subscribe to Political Ideologies, Capitalism is my God” but today, that last line has been crossed. The current Malaysian regime has decided to not only monitor but actively block and filter content on the Internet from the general public and to me, this is where I draw the line.
Based on research and confirmation from a fewtrustedsources, I can safely confirm that some of the leading ISPs in Malaysia are blocking Facebook pages and Youtube videos that are politically unfavorable to the ruling party – Barisan Nasional. The Opposition – the Democratic Action Party (DAP) seems to be the primary victim here although there are instances where other related content such as interviews and speeches are part of this Internet censorship.
Here is the current list of pages determined to be blocked :
NOTE : If you are a Media Agent or Political Activist and have been affected by this censorship OR need help getting through to certain sites to spread factual content over the Internet, please don’t hesitate to contact me via the links on this blog. I will be glad to sponsor VPNs and my skills where applicable for you and your Team to ensure that you get the good word out.
5) Look out for Direct Download Links to Videos that have been blocked :
Too often I pondered and wondered upon the profoundly audacious goals that most people set on the movements or organizations or meetups or communities or countries they are part of. It sometimes seems to me that the sole purpose of such goals is not the goal itself but instead the effect or the expected outcome of the goal and its impact on the people surrounding it. Continue reading…