Internet Memes

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Clint Eastwood talks to an empty chair during the final day of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. Photo: AFP

Mister chair man

Wednesday, 7 November, 2012, 4:47am

'Anonymous' member arrested for hack threats

Police arrested a 21-year-old man for posting comments on the internet saying he would hack several government websites.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:03pm

Hatsune Miku (Concert)

Big news, my fellow otaku. Mega virtual J-pop idol, Miku Hatsune, will be coming to Hong Kong for a special live concert.

The Hatsune Miku Hong Kong & Taiwan First Concert 'MIKUPA' will take place in Hong Kong on October 2.

8 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

If you could add a single word to the English language, what would it be?

Zareen Chiba, 18, Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong

8 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

What new emoticons does the world need?

Jocelyn Chan, 15, St Paul's Co-educational College

8 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Uncut and unkind

Considering the word is normally associated with disease, it's interesting how 'viral' has become a positive term in the internet age. Today, a viral video can turn a nobody - or, when used for marketing purposes, a company - into a phenomenon.

3 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

In the end you'll get the message

Older readers and purists do not much like the shorthand that is creeping into English thanks to internet chat rooms and messaging services. To them, LOL, meaning 'laugh out loud', will never replace merely laugh, nor is it likely that they will say 'BTW' instead of 'by the way'.

3 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Virtual idol: Miku Hatsune

Hong Kong otaku are in for a rare treat as the most famous Japanese virtual idol Miku Hatsune's live concert in Sapporo, Japan, will be shown via satellite link in two local cinemas.

14 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Defiant supporters turn up for activist's feast of river crabs

The crab feast was supposed to have been cancelled but the diners came anyway, and they were not denied the chance to crack some claws.

Artist and activist Ai Weiwei may have been placed under house arrest, but the feast he threw to mock the authorities' censorship rules went ahead regardless.

8 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

A win for netizens and red faces for the censors

What started off as an apparently harmless column discussing the historical origin of a trendy phrase turned into a huge embarrassment for censors last week, when it drew public attention to the phrase's politically incorrect meaning and permitted a rare win for mainland netizens.

9 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

'Innocent' ditty pokes fun at Net crackdown

In the harsh but beautiful desert of Ma Le Go Bi, a special herd of alpaca sheep known as caonima (grass-mud horse), lived happily. But their happiness is fading.

Their habitat has come under threat lately because of a sudden migration of river crabs. But the brave caonima are resilient and intelligent, and they are fighting back - through the mainland internet.

6 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

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Remember the Macarena? Based on the song of the same name from Spanish duo Los del Rio, the dance took the world by storm during the mid-1990s. Now another craze, called the Papaya Dance, is gaining momentum, thanks to YouTube (keywords: 'papaya dance'). It is based on the upbeat 70s song Papaya, by Polish jazz vocalist Urszula Dudziak.

13 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Your name in bytes

Some internet exhibitionists have talent, others just crave attention, and for many, YouTube, the Google-owned video-sharing site, has become the online showcase of choice.

18 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Gauge approach to introductions

Hone your office language skills

In my last article, I looked at ways of opening a presentation and introducing yourself. In today's article, I am going to focus on introducing the topic and leading into the main part of the presentation.

17 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

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It's a beautiful day at a provincial jail on the Philippine island of Cebu and the inmates are ready for their morning exercise. Cue the music and hundreds of prisoners in bright orange jumpsuits show off their zombie-inspired dance routine from Michael Jackson's hit music video Thriller.

12 Aug 2007 - 12:00am