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Just yesterday, I had left the Starbucks not far from central Oxford and was headed to the town hall, apparently for “lunch”. Tracy got me into a room in the town hall, which was to be used in the afternoon for an event we would take part in. She asked me to come to the lectern for a photo opp. (You like doing that and giving speeches all the time!, she said, so on I went to “the set”. There was also virtually no-one else there, and it would be at least a full hour until the event would be underway, so we had plenty of time.)
I thought about using this pic (look at this great shot, my wife said to me) so to tell you all about a key shift in my life as I prepare for what’s next my end, career-wise. Now Tracy and I had just finished a few weeks where we consulted one other for solid plans. I myself am putting behind unpredictable times and have a fresh new vision, but also am true to that age-old adage — If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! I have to say she is far more optimistic than I dared imagine — and both of us were also realistic. ▶
David Feng to Host Hebei Photo Exhibition Launch Event at University of Westminster on 31 October 2015
I’m really happy to share with everyone that I’ve been confirmed as an event emcee of a photo exhibition about the province of Hebei. This will be held at 14:00 on 31 October 2015 as part of the opening ceremonies.
Hebei could be just any other random province out there, but since winning the rights to host the Beijing & Zhangjiakou 2022 Olympics, it has become the epicentre of a huge amount of publicity. Its close proximity to Beijing, plus a further regional integration project well underway to get Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei even closer, means that the province of Hebei is increasingly a Big in China.
With Hebei being as key as it is — hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics — it’s time the rest of the world in London knew what this place is all about. We’ll be having lots of pictures that will hopefully take your breath away. You’ll actually get to see the non-Beijing part of China that will host the games in 2022. And you’ll actually see some liquid stuff (Beijing is landlocked; but Hebei is right on the coast).
So join me as we start the show: 14:00 on 31 October 2015. This will be at Fyvie Hall at the University of Westminster’s Regent Street Campus (309 Regent Street). The entire exhibition will remain viewable to the public through to 06 November 2015.
▶ Get more info — and get tickets (free!)
See you there! ▶
It’s been a month of very hard work on this site. This is whilst nearly a hundred site elements get translated from English to simplified Chinese. It meant working up to 05:00 (in the morning hours here in London!… maybe even more!), but it was worth it.
This is the first time in the history of my site — in any form — that a non-English language version has been translated in full. Obviously, with simplified Chinese serving mostly the Chinese mainland market, it made sense to apply the extra tests to ensure that content was visible, and remained visible, from mainland China, which simply meant (a) translating it in a way that made sense and (b) ensuring it was compatible with Chinese law. Obviously, as this site remains largely apolitical, the latter was less a hurdle to clear than you think it might be.
Over three-quarters of all content have been translated; the rest should be ready before the weekend is over. During the first week, it will obviously be a case where you might encounter the odd dead link — or get a link that you click in Chinese, taking you to the English version of the page. Rest assured, there will be a full inspection of both languages of the site, and any minor errors you run into today will be gone. A general check in terms of grammar for the Chinese site will be up next, and then, part of the site will be integrated into my WeChat public presence. For now, huanying ni (欢迎你) — welcome — to the new site in simplified Chinese. It has been incredibly difficult to get stuff right at times, but the work more than paid off. Last but not least, all posts in simplified Chinese will migrate to the new page no later than 29 December 2015. ▶
You’ve seen them on just about every page I’ve done — three mysterious boxes. One grey, one red, one blue. Some think it’s a Microsoft theme thingy. Others think it’s elements of a test page gone bad. (In fact, I’d suppose immigration authorities would easily use this to mark “originals” (coloured boxes) from “copies” (all B&W)! Still others think it’s morse code. Or a semi-rip-off of the erstwhile Network SouthEast logo. Reality is: None of the above.
So just what are these three boxes? And just what meaning do they have? Here are what the colours mean today to me and my family:
▶ Grey: Individualism, accomplishments, identity
▶ Red: Family, passion, love
▶ Blue: The wider world, freedom, openness ▶
In September 1996 — I think if I remember it clearly, around 16 September 1996 — I started learning how to in essence hand code “raw” HTML and make that a site. It wasn’t easy, and even if it was done, it produced some pretty raw results. Not nice, obviously, but for 1996, it was a success anyway. But what worked in the past isn’t going to do quite as well today, especially on the Internet.
Fast forward to the present day — just a few months shy of 2016, and next year will mark the 20th year I’m online with a website. I’ve decided to take this opportunity to undertake and complete the largest revamp ever — and to completely redo it, so that it is ready for at least the next five years.
I hope you like this new edition; I put in the best part of a full month into it. This new site will make much more sense for wider screens, mobile devices, and tablets. And I hope you love this new, redone site as much as I enjoyed making it. ▶
I, David Feng, do recognise that I may very well have made decisions, or said things, that have, in the past, irritated people — to whatever extent, be it a temporary or long-term grudge. Whilst appreciating it is quite hard to satisfy everywhere, I do still hope, however, that there be a chance where I can say to those whom I might have crossed paths and hurt in any way, a public, honest and sincere SORRY from the bottom of my heart.
I’d like to take this chance to “drop my load” of negative, unpleasant experiences in the past with this sincere apology. I’d like to move on from this point forward, and serve my family, place of work, and society as a whole. I’m not a fan of polemical criticism or attacks; I’d much prefer that there were real, tangible, doable solutions. There’s a lot of issues in this world, and I’d like to solve as many of them as I can. ▶
Tuesday, 25 August 2015… we’re not yet fully out of the summer, and yet I’ve a lot of work being readied my end. This includes a complete refresh of my site, davidfeng.com. This is probably the biggest refresh ever — that’s right, ever. It’s all part of a plan to mark my 20th year on the Internet with a Web presence.
By 20 September 2016, the site you’re visiting will be ready with upwards of 8 languages. The English language version will be first, with its own English info pages ready by 20 September 2015. Then, all English-language blog posts, as well as a basic version in simplified Chinese, will follow by 22 December 2015.
The new version of the site is fully ready for the Internet of the 21st century. I’ve picked a mobile-ready, retina-savvy version of the site that looks great on mobiles as it does on desktops and laptops, and also makes much more use of wider screens. The result is a site that is rich in graphics, is uncluttered, and multilingual. ▶
The year 2015 is upon us whether we’re in London or in Beijing. Here’s a briefer into what’s to like about the new year — as in what you might see from David…
- The launch of an all-new China-centric site network. This is going live later today (01 January 2015) and will be called Street Level China.
- More China media. David’s new focus will now be on telling the China story, and part of this includes the China media story.
- More of the world. David is now based in London, in a unique line-up of great metropolises a la New York, Paris, Zürich, Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. Expect more of his involvements in the wider world. A few of David’s (day)dreams for the year: more public speaking, a book or two, and travel to up to six more countries and territories, thus bringing his grand total up to 30.
- A better personal domain. Finally, David’s own personal domain here on davidfeng.com will beget a Chinese version in 2015. ▶
You have to love London’s Tube station names. For a split second, I thought the dashes made the place name look more like one you’d find in France — than in the UK.
But settled-on-the-hill we indeed are, after finding a nice flat which is in one of the best parts of Harrow — a mere two bus stops away from the heart of central Harrow (the high street with the pedestrianised zone, wifi cafés no less!) and just about the same distance from two key transit hubs — Harrow-on-the-Hill and Harrow & Wealdstone stations. Transit options are absolutely fabulous: at the Hill station, Chiltern Railways runs every 30 minutes, making a 12-minute sprint to London Marylebone (not too far away from either the Swiss embassy or parts nearby), or you can get the Metropolitan line to other stations, including the key stations of London Euston, King’s Cross, and St Pancras. There is also the fantastically designed Finchley Road interchange available for all Metropolitan line trains going into central London, so you can just hop across the platform to a Jubilee line train for very easy access to central London (Westminster, Waterloo, and even Canary Wharf on the same line!).
The usual suspects are also around the corner: we are being spoilt by two Costas and a Starbucks (and the best thing that can happen — did: there is a Costa just by the Harrow-on-the-Hill station (north entrance), which I take as a “pay lounge with wifi access”. Like any good establishment, you collect enough points so that you’ll get a free cuppa something down the line. The Starbucks, in the meantime, offers you this super-cool option to pay via your iPhone. Never mind Beijing’s CBD flagship store is ace: details matter, and I’d take “iPayment” as a personal fave over anything else — any day. ▶