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Kelvin Lim, “the voice of the cello inside” — 2020

“I desire therein to be viewed as I appear in mine own genuine, simple, and ordinary manner [..]. If I had lived among those nations, which (they say) yet dwell under the sweet liberty of nature’s primitive laws, I assure thee I would most willingly have painted myself quite fully and quite naked.”

Montaigne, Essays, Advice to the Reader, March 1st 1580

How this one came up is probably hard to say. It might be just another of these desperate attempts to cling back on time. Latin phrase engraved on solar clocks is “tempus fugit”, which means times flies, literally…


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I have been #movemebering for 9 years now. I started the year after my father passed away. It seemed natural at the time to do something, just a little something, to prevent men to die too young. He was 61, and he died from health issues that were preventable — lots of them really bad habits. But there is a bad habit that is killing many more men than any other cause. Suicide.

I’m a very rational person — at least I want to believe I am. I’m an engineer, and try not to do things in vain. I think emotions, anecdotal evidence and soundbites have sadly recently taken precedence over rationality — Covid19 is making it all even worse. But I tend to get the numbers, the facts, and respond appropriately to challenges. Prioritize. Try to do what is right, not what looks right. So I dwelled into the numbers (eventually).

My main “goal” for #movember originally— a very “manly” one — was to contribute to testicular cancer prevention, as someone near…


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I am not a critic, I am not a writer, and I have very little expertise in photography. But I have feelings, and I felt I had to do something after I read the book from Marie Dailey about daily life in Singapore. So I wrote.

Being far away from your country, family, friends, in 2020, has been a complicated exercise. I recognize that 2020 has been stressful for mostly everyone in the world. But for those “abroad” or “far away from home”, it has also put us back again in front of what “distance” really means. Some — like Marie — had to see people pass without the chance of a last goodbye. A simple plane ride is off the cards. Traveling for business, for fun, or for life and death has become insurmountable. …


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Photo by Pixabay from Pexels

In these turbulent times, many of us, of you, are facing personal uncertainty, generating stress, doubt, fear. They will lose their job — a job that had become an identity. How to make sense of what is happening to you? How to build resilience? How to rebuild an identity?

“What the hell am I doing here?” Radiohead

I came across an HBR article by Jenna Koretz about burn out that immediately resonated a lot with me. This great piece deals with burn out in high-powered professional, and tells about “What Happens When Your Career Becomes Your Whole Identity”. How to…


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Photo by Jason Dent on Unsplash

I believe in prosperity, I believe in technology, I believe in free economy, I believe in democracy. I believe that growing inequities are endangering them all.

I was born in 1973, the beginning of the crisis (the oil shock). It was actually like the “last round” bell sounding across the western world, marking the end of the “glorious thirty”. The unprecedented surge in prosperity that followed the rebuilt of European nations was coming to an end. Generation living at that time saw their world totally change after 1945. There was virtually no unemployment, and anyone without a degree but with some aspiration to work could make a decent living. On top of it innovation (boosted by the war industries redeployment) was providing more and more changes…


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https://www.femalepleasure.org/

We went to an indie cinema last week in Singapore (the projector), that is hosting a film festival about inclusion, diversity and womanhood. #femalepleasure is a fantastic documentary following 5 characters, all women, whose life has been through traumas of different kinds. One flew a Jewish Hassidic community in Brooklyn, after a forced marriage. She tells about her fight. A German lady got raped in a catholic institution, where she was a nun, and tells her story. One fights to end what concerns 200 million of women in the world — and herself — FGM or female genital mutilation. Another…


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https://www.femalepleasure.org/

#femalepleasure is a documentary following 5 characters, all women, whose sexual and emotional life has been through traumas of different kinds. One flew a Jewish Hassidic community in Brooklyn, after a forced marriage. She tells about her fight. A German lady got raped in a catholic institution, where she was a nun, and tells her story. One fights to end what concerns 200 million of women in the world — and herself — FGM or female genital mutilation. Another one is fighting for love, and women, to be given an honest chance in India, where rape and misogynistic culture prevails…


Perhaps is this is already a recession, and a crisis, both, or at least it’s becoming one. We might also as well be ready for the fact that what we’ve been through so far in the last 2 to 3 months might only be the shock. And the full ramifications of its impact are still spreading out.

I was born in 1973, probably for the modern era the time when “crisis” became a sort of continuity in economic terms, a way to describe what I happened since. And 1973 “shock” is a great way to explain what we’re going through…


Let’s get this straight, right away. There is nothing good about Covid-19. I wish every morning that none of that has happened. We have to fight together as much as we can to put Sars-Cov2 back in its box. It’s killing tens of thousands, wiping out the most vulnerable, the more venerable, and will leave families in tears. Economically, we’re still falling, and we don’t even know yet when we will actually hit the ground

Even for those who have not fully or partially lost their income with lockdown and what’s a tremendous economic shock, even “working from home” is…


Cycyling manager: not for everyone.

Everyone has little guilty pleasures, one of mines is to watch endlessly the best stages of the Tour de France. From childhood, biking is one of the favorite things in my life, and in spite of the controversies around cycling in general and Le Tour in particular, my fascination remains indefectible. I love it all… The drama, the determination, the work that goes behind, the views of France from above. The winners. …

Hemka

Husband and dad. Engineering a better world. Putting things on paper.

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