2.30am local time, 24°C (75°F) hot and effing humid

British schooling comeback to American TV host

Relevant: Apply cold water to burnt area

(hat tip to MINI Microfone for image via Imgur)

Nearly all of my American friends have validated the truth of this, that their geography sucks.

The rest of us know THAT already:—

“War is God’s way of teaching Americans geography.” — Ambrose Bierce


America is a large, complicated place. Lots of states, and you have to remember at lot about each of those. Still, learn.”

But the truth is…

“I always thought Nicaragua was next to Sweden. Because. Everything. Is. Next. To. Sweden.

The absolute reality is even more terrifying…

“Liberals are only concerned with watching awful network programming, and Occupying Obama thinks there are 57 states.”


“They’re still figuring out how to work the cellphone…”
— the movie “Robodoc” (2008)


“Have you lost an eye or a testicle, or some other small but pricey part
of your body? Sue your doctor. Lost your brain? Accidental
lobotomy is not a defect — it’s an education system feature.”

— ‘MINI Microfone’ (a 100% regular American)

(Thanks, MINI Microfone, you’re a real stand-up guy…—Editor)


Please leave your opinion to make MINI Microfone’s day. Thank you.



© The Naked Listener’s Weblog, 2013. Image via Imgur. (B13151)


Continuing the explanation about the desperation to become lawyers…

limitless uk poster

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How to blow your cash and time on Earth (1)

Monday 6 May 2013, 6.40am HKT

Updated 07 MAY 2013 (typo fixes)

3.41am local time, 21°C (70°F), coolish with some drizzles


RECENTLY a discussion cropped up in my Facebook feed about the current pathways to becoming a lawyer in Hong Kong. Some people here just don’t seem to realise the consequences that those pathways entail in time, effort and money.

rosewood gavel

Hitting the nail on the head

Nailing the head, more like…

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The ‘Nero School’ of Education

Friday 3 May 2013, 5.45am HKT

12.10am local time, 18°C (64°F), cool with drizzles

SCHOOL life is going to the dogs in our modern world. Degraded education. Degraded academic standards. Degraded conduct. Degraded respect. Degraded teaching. Degraded materials. Degraded everything. Parents blame the teachers. Teachers blame the parents. Students blame both parents and teachers, and themselves. At least be thankful that they’re learning fingerpointing.

via 24parent.com (via wan chi lo) on Facebook

via 24parent.com (via wan chi lo) on Facebook

Perspectives in Education 21st Century vs 1950s

Parents’ Day: For when a student misbehaves:

21st Century (left):
“My apologies, Mrs Chan, it’s my fault for not teaching the child well.”

The Fifties:
“No problem, the child can be taught right over time, and no need to apologise for him”

(Image by HuoHaoYoung.com via — hat tip to WCL)

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Look around you, not just at your desires

Friday 12 October 2012, 9.28pm HKT

“Formal education will make you a living,
self-education will make you a fortune.”

Jim Rohn (1930–2009), American rags-to-riches entrepreneur,
author and motivation speaker

A FRIEND of mine has just started doing (more accurately, redoing) something that I’m pretty sure will end up blowing up in my friend’s face a few years down the line.

Let’s not mention what precisely that activity is. The details are irrelevant to our interests. We’ll get to read about it in yet-another fun-filled, award-winning ’10 things this week’ post at the end of this week. Promise.

Formal education is important. Even if it isn’t important, at any rate formal education is inescapable for 99% of us.

Money is important too. With money, they say it’s a better kind of misery than without.

At any rate 99% of us spend 99% of our waking hours trying to make 99% more moolah than we do now just to make ends meet. The remaining 1% of us spend 99% of the waking hours actually looking for more ways of making more moolah.

When a person is in his or her mid-20s, it’s high time and low hell to start at least thinking about setting up some plans for a career — or, at the very least, get a steady job.

People are hypnotised with the idea of scrounging getting money, and people in Asia (locals and expats alike) are sine qua non examples of this self-hypnotisation.

Entrepreneurship is STILL a buzzword. Schools teach it. Colleges teach it, especially for a right royal sum. Go to a job interview and chances are the word ‘entrepreneurship’ will be mentioned 15 minutes in. And 20 minutes in, you find yourself fibbing all over the place because you actually don’t have a clue about it in real life.

I don’t know how they (meaning formal education) can ‘teach’ entrepreneurship. If you want to learn to be an entrepreneur and bury your nose in books, that in itself spells a fundamental misunderstanding.

Read a book! Become an entrepreneur! Yeah, riiight…

Want to be an entrepreneur? Join a multilevel marketing (MLM) company and hope to learn the ropes there through being abused by colleagues because you aren’t abusing your clients hard enough or long enough.

The operative words here being ‘hope to learn the ropes’: MLM people are not terribly fond of revealing their tradecraft. Ever.


And they talk back more often than you can stand…

Here’s a galling fact: If you love money, you have to be an employer.

An employer in the sense of a business owner. Someone wet behind the ears or moist down the trouser legs with a job title like “manager” and some hire-and-fire authority doesn’t count.

In all my years as both a ‘salaryman’ (サラリーマン sararīman, salaried man) and a business owner in many different countries, I can now say to a moral certitude that the best way to becoming an entrepreneur is to just start a business, make a few mistakes in the early days, and make sure commonsensically that your mistakes never outnumber the right things done — and save some years wasted on learning theory.

Really. Your mistakes to right things ratio should be 1:4. It’s a proven fact in accounting. It’s certainly proven in my own personal experience.

Believe it or not, that philosophy of mine actually hits a raw nerve with most people and don’t exactly go down well with them. When crunch time comes to get down to brass tacks, fly or no fly? No fly!


The truth is… “It’s all becuz of the Certificate” LOL

Certs only useful for jobs (i.e. making a living).

As a financial printer, I get to see these people on a daily basis. The guys running businesses good to go for public listing, they’re ALL self-taught (or at least not many of them have the mainstream run of ‘certs’). The bankers, lawyers, etc, supposedly helping them to list, all the certs … but none of the real money. QED.


Employers in [name your favourite locale] require certs.

I know, man. So’s 90% of the world. As an employer myself, I too look at certs, you know.

But have a look at the employers themselves first.

The way your employers ‘got there,’ the hows and whys of your employers becoming employers, the things they do (with, for and possibly to you) to remain employers — these facets still speak volumes about employers, and about becoming one.


Well, who cares about the employers as long as
they are employers already.

Well, who cares, right?

Who cares about employers as long as you’re out to grab as much moolah as possible?

Who cares about employers — even though becoming a business owner remains the only practical way of getting maximum moolah since the Industrial Revolution.

You don’t get it.

Those who hanker to get more money don’t pay enough attention to look for ways to become employers — because they often got mighty distracted by the dried-up crap in their commerce studies textbooks.

They don’t pay enough attention to their employers and their needs and expectation of employees like yourself — because they got distracted by the dried-up crap from books.

They don’t pay enough attention to why employers do whatever they do whilst employing employees like yourself — because they got distracted by dried-up theoretical case studies couched in feel-good, dynamic-sounding language.


Come on, that’s WORLD.

Captain Obvious is obvious…

My beef is that the people are not looking where they should be looking … and not closely enough if they did look.

I mean, we all have to operate on some realistic level, don’t we?

The certs are needed, fine.

The employers want stuff they themselves mostly don’t have, true.

But people seem to be living in their own little bubbles thinking they could hit the grand parade because of some dried-up crap says this or that is the path to personal fame, fortune and security. Like I said, we all have to operate on some realistic level…



I spend my days (and nights) in the company of moneymakers and market-makers. I can’t say I’m raking in it myself, but I do know what makes or breaks The Money Machine in people.

Forget about those Top 10 Traits of a Successful Entrepreneur we read about all the time. They don’t work, and they can’t ever work. Rum tale and good entertainment for a couple of minutes, that’s all they’re worth.

Read this instead — it’s got it down pat the 10 traits you can’t afford to have as an entrepreneur:—

Ten Traits To Reject If You Want To Become A Successful Entrepreneur


My friend needs to do this … and stop fantasizing about the future



© The Naked Listener’s Weblog, 2012. (B12353)

Images: Pile of books via Ray Garton’s Blog at Goodreads.com | Mover Shaker Risk Taker via BreakingOut.net | Books Don’t Work Here via booksdontworkhere | Brian Tracy via GoAfterDreams.

Knickers in a twist: Americano in China (2/2)

Tuesday 25 September 2012, 12.57pm HKT


LET’S CONTINUE with our story from four days ago about Mr Chicken Chowmein Fajita mulling over the ins and outs of studying in China for his second degree.


Asking the right people the right questions early

via Advice Doctor

ASKING the right question is the right answer, they say.

My version is right questions + right people + early = half the battle won (or lost).


The right people

It’s only common sense to have immediate and serious discussions with your ‘academic enforcement/parole officers‘ before committing to anything:—

a. plenty of M.A. admissions officers — to see if the subject discipline and Chinese qualifications are officially or legally admissible (as every law student knows the legal retort “We recognise the evidence to be inadmissible”) and viable for employment

b. lots of graduate placement officers — even more important because they’re the front line sweating profusely to place unplaceable graduates with weird, ivory-tower academic degrees (like comparative palaeoanthropolinguistics!) that the normal outside world can’t even spell, let alone heard of

c. some loan officers — to see the average length of time of loan repayment (especially frequency of repayment deferments) for people in your chosen academic discipline: if this doesn’t clue you in on the employability or ‘earnability’ of your intended calling, I don’t know what will

No need to give people a hard time and ambush them with journalistic-style questioning. Be frank and tell them upfront and early what you want to ask, what you need to know, why you want to know, and what the picture is several years down the line for your academic choices. Simple as that.

In law, this a–b–c thing is the process called ‘discovery’ used in civil litigation.


The right questions

via New Life on the Road

Sample questions to ask:—

  • is the subject itself formally admissible here for M.A. admission?
  • is the China qualification formally admissible or articulated here for the M.A.?
  • is admissibility without preparatory study?
  • if I were to do this or that instead, will it admissible?
  • what’s the job picture like four years down the road with this thing?
  • what should I do to make the job picture better or more manageable for myself?

Trenchant questions:—

  • will your department hire someone with this qualification for a teaching post?
  • have you ever hired one before?
  • have you been asked this before?

Ouch! Kick the goolies there.

They know you’re UFO extraterrestrial anal-probing them. They’ll hum and har, fudge answers, hedge bets, and quickly show you the door. Then you’ll know your choices are shite.

If you should get the standard-issue brush-off reply — “We’ve no need for such a teaching post because of no course demand” — then you’ll know the true value of your faggoty subject discipline and toilet-ash China qualification.

Seeing that you didn’t come up with those questions and I did, maybe law school for me wasn’t useless after all. Pretty sure International Racist Relations minoring in Business Gouging Studies might be too challenging for you already. Stick to Comparative Paleoanthropolinguistics — less damage to yourself (and us).

Ask questions, but remember not to be an askhole too.

I rest my case.

via CDX Online eTextbook

WOFTAM 4 (no change)
Practicality 1½ (change +½ point)


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