Tuesday, January 31, 2023
‘It was all for nothing’: Chinese count cost of Xi’s snap decision to let Covid rip
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Tuesday, January 17, 2023
Global firms help Myanmar's military make weapons, says report
Global firms help Myanmar's military make weapons, says report
Firms in Europe, US helping Myanmar manufacture arms, report says
Sunday, January 15, 2023
Another bereavement in larger Burma democracy community overseas.
Sun, Jan 15 at 9:00 AM
Tad Sargent, husband of Inge Sargent, former Mahadevi (Queen) of Hsipaw in Shan States in Burma, passed away.
I don't know exactly when or other details. I just found out today from mutual friends.
I stayed with her a total of 4 times while attending conferences in CO.
3 were talking about Burma and reading poetry at annual Conferences on World Affairs in Boulder, and one was while attending a conference on Trafficking of Women in Denver.
Interviewed her 2 times--
1. about her memoir Twilight over Burma
2. When Aung San Suu Kyi's husband Dr Michael Aris died.
I will write more about these 2 interviews.
Both times she told me:
"I am a Buddhist now. My mind is calmer."
She told me this in Burmese and her Burmese was still good.
"seik tway aye thwa pyee --all those thoughts are all calmed," she said.
I painstakingly took out all the silent gaps when she was searching for the right Burmese word (after nearly 40 years not speaking it on a regular basis) so the interview was at normal speed.
The jerk Burmese section head Nga Xoe Dinn (slightly changed name) made me cut portions saying the suspected perpetrator who killed her first husband Hsipaw Sawbwa Sao Kya Seng, Col. KM still alive in MD and
"would sue RFA."
My view was The Victim also has Rights.
Tad Sargent was a good person who loved his wife.
I last saw them both in 2004 and 2016.
Need to spend some time crying and praying and writing.
Portrait I painted and gave her--it's a little pink, but she liked it. I painted it at night as I was to catch a flight the next morning. It dried fast as it was acrylic.
Saturday, January 14, 2023
Friday, January 13, 2023
Functionality and features
Mastodon servers run social networking software that is capable of communicating using W3C's ActivityPub standard, which has been implemented since version 1.6. A Mastodon user can therefore interact with users on any other server in the Fediverse that supports ActivityPub.
Since version 2.9.0 Mastodon has offered a single column mode for new users by default. In advanced mode Mastodon approximates the microblogging user experience of TweetDeck. Users post short-form status messages, historically known as "toots", for others to see. On a standard Mastodon instance, these messages can include up to 500 text-based characters, greater than Twitter's 280 character limit, although numerous Mastodon servers have forked the source code to allow a larger character limit.
Users join a specific Mastodon server, rather than a single centralized website or application. The servers are connected as nodes in a network, and each server can administrate its own rules, account privileges, and whether to share messages to and from other servers. Many servers have a theme based on a specific interest. It is also common for servers to be based around a particular locality, region, or country.
Mastodon includes a number of specific privacy features. Each message has a variety of privacy options available, and users can choose whether the message is public or private. Public messages display on a global feed, known as a timeline, and private messages are only shared on the timelines of the user's followers. Messages can also be marked as unlisted from timelines or direct between users. Users can also mark their accounts as completely private. In the timeline, messages can display with an optional content warning feature, which requires readers to click on the hidden main body of the message to reveal it. Mastodon servers have used this feature to hide spoilers, trigger warnings, and not safe for work (NSFW) content, though some accounts use the feature to hide links and thoughts others might not want to read.
Mastodon aggregates messages in local and federated timelines in real-time. The local timeline shows messages from users on a singular server, while the federated timeline shows messages across all participating Mastodon servers. Users can communicate across connected Mastodon servers with usernames similar in format to full email addresses.
In early 2017, journalists like Sarah Jeong distinguished Mastodon from Twitter for its approach to combatting harassment. Mastodon uses community-based moderation, in which each server can limit or filter out undesirable types of content. For example, mastodon.social and several other servers ban content that is illegal in Germany or France, including Nazi symbolism, Holocaust denial, and incitement of violence against Jews. Servers can also choose to limit or filter out messages with disparaging content. The main author of the Mastodon software, Eugen Rochko, believes that small, closely related communities deal with unwanted behaviour more effectively than a large company's small safety team. Users can also block and report others to administrators, much like on Twitter.
Administrators of servers can block other servers from interacting with their own, an action called "defederation".
Thursday, January 12, 2023
Remains of villagers burned alive by junta forces. from Myanmar Now 2021
Wednesday, January 11, 2023
Tuesday, January 10, 2023
C-drama review of The King’s Woman set in (fictional) Qin Dynasty.
I totally agree with this reviewer.
This series can't decide whether it wants to be
a kung fu flick
a psycho drama --
a murder mystery
an alpha-female story.
and it flung out all these names off stage/off screen which we are supposed to know already. I just watched the documentary and the Qin Dynasty Epic and I still had trouble recalling who they all were.
I think it's depending on Dilraba's star power,
but no happy ending either.
Too modernized, I think.
Yes, too many cliches and the usual tropes, too much kung fu,
appealing enough romantic leads
but I wish the bodyguard Han Shen got to live. He was the only cool character who addressed emperor by his first name and looked him in the eye--now that's not possible even in Burma in the 19th century.
Convoluted plot and yes, severed deer head straight out of Godfather.
But I liked Ying Zheng's mother going crazy and himself on a murderous killing spree on a Handan Street where he had been bullied as a hostage prince, as a child.
He then ends up slumped against a column surrounded by corpses.
The rest is all concubines and harem intrigue, but for that you would do better watching
Ruyi's Royal Love in the Palace--very depressing.
I can understand why the movie-makers had minority princess/concubine in plot
or maybe it was in the original novel, as a show-piece role for Dilraba.
However, why not then make it just some usual "old China piece"
if not going to include any of Qin Shi Huang Di's major achievements, then why not just make it a generic historical/kung fu plot?
I think by trying to make it so many different things, the story-line gets confused.
I'm considering if I should watch this to the end.
K. M. Kaung
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