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Top Posts of the Year 2012

Another year, and a rather busy year, and the world hasn’t ended. So time permitting, PaulLau.com can continue. I haven’t quite managed to post once a day, but somehow I think reality is going to put a damper on that idea either way. There were as many views in 2012 as there have been since this blog started in October 2009. We also had the best day so far with nearly 2,000 views January Here’s a look back at the top posts of 2012.

1. WUDC 2012 Tab and [RESULTS]
Once the prize of WSDC related posts, it seems that WUDC has managed to claim the first position this year. A lot of interest in this post, particularly at the end of 2012 with WUDC 2013 Berlin happening at the same time.

2. WUDC 2012 [MOTIONS]
I’ve stopped posting event details, but I still think motions are incredibly useful both for recording purposes and for other people to use as a reference.

3. WSDC 2012 Team Tab by Speaks [RESULTS]
WSDC sneaking back into the picture here. An interesting post given the unconventional nature of the way of sorting teams. Some interesting ingishts could nevertheless be gleaned though.

4. WUDC 2012 Grand Final Video
A very strong Grand Final performance by all the teams involved. Well recomended!

5. WSDC 2012 Top 10 Speakers
6. WSDC 2012 [MOTIONS]
7. WSDC 2012 Round-up [RESULTS]
8. WSDC 2012 Final Team Rankings
9. WSDC 2012 Grand Final [RESULTS]
10. Exams
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PaulLau.com in 2011

I’m Posting at least once every week in 2011!

I’ve decided I want to blog regularly. So rather than just thinking about doing it, I’m starting right now. I will be posting on this blog at least once a week for all of 2011.

I know it won’t be easy, but it might be fun, inspiring, awesome and wonderful. Therefore I’m promising to make use of The DailyPost, and the community of other bloggers with similiar goals, to help me along the way, including asking for help when I need it and encouraging others when I can.

If you already read my blog, I hope you’ll encourage me with comments and likes, and good will along the way.

Signed,
Paul Lau
Dec 2010

Blog Action Day 2010: Bottled Water

This post is written in support of Blog Action Day 2010, the 4th year where bloggers around the world join together to debate, brainstorm and raise awareness around an international issue. This year’s issue is Clean Water.

I’ve been at AC now for nearly 2 full months. And one of the weirdest things about living in the UK is that its tap water can be drunk. Having come from Hong Kong, I was used to the daily toil of having to boil water, clean out old water bottles and the pour the boiled water into containers to use for the day. Now in the UK, people could just as well have drunk straight from the tap. I am still not exactly used to this. But that’s beside the point. Despite the ease of finding drinkable water here at AC, even in the middle of nowhere, I still see people walking around with plastic water bottles that they’ve brought from our nearby town, Llantwit Major.

Currently 3.6 million people die each year because they don’t have clean water to drink and every day 4,000 children younger than 5 die from preventable, water-borne diseases. At the same time, in the last 10 years, per-capita consumption of bottled water in the U.S. has doubled to an average of 200 bottles per person each year.
In Hong Kong, I know for a fact that the majority of people are still perfectly fine with buying Watsons or Vita water. There’s nothing wrong with that per-say. But as amongst the most financially conscious cities in the world, it would seem to be amongst the most stupid financial decisions we make.

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More Blogs!

Since I last featured blogs, a number of other people have decided to take the plunge and start their own blogs.

In Hong Kong, WEUer, who HAD KennethChan.org and subsequently deleted it, decided to set up another blog to his passion, this time using a very canadian centric ‘Literature Eh!’ to focus on the English language, which as far as I understand doesn’t come from Canada and hasn’t been particularly helped by Canadians. Nevertheless, Kenneth took the name and even went as far as to set up an extra twitter account. He seems to be doing quite well despite having to toy around with blogger, wordpress and multiple twitter accounts.

Also in Hong Kong, the boys from Sha Tin have also picked up their pens (or rather keyboard) and started their own little bit of blogging. Also known as Annette’s minions, both Irving Teng and Justin Wong has got their own blogs, both on wordpress at http://irvingteng.wordpress.com/ and http://jasonwongstc.wordpress.com/ respectively. At least someone will be able to take over debating reporting once I fly out.

Another debater has dabbled his feet in blogging, albeit using Google Blogger. Hubrack, our beloved Qatari debater who hails from Jordan, has started his blog at http://hubrack.blogspot.com/.

The only other blogsphere related news is that HKSDC’s wordpress website/blog is now up and running. It was launched a while back, but with exams soon to be over and a long summer before us, me and Heather hope to inject a few major improvements to the website in time for the next academic year. So keep checking at http://hksdc.wordpress.com because the website will be undergoing furious development come July. If you have any suggestions on how to improve the site, feel free to drop us a word.

WordPress Craze

Ever since I first started blogging on WordPress way back in October last year, we have seen wordpress begin to snake its way through the community with WEUer on KennethChan.com and Heather Pickerell joining the blogsphere.

More recently however, I have seen what I can only describe as a ‘WordPress Craze’

First there was fellow debater and SISer Tiffany Chung’s new blog titled ‘Tiffany Chung’s Blog’. She’s known to have a lot to say and way too many opinions, so maybe this may spare our ears.

Then there came another debater, this time from Queens College Hong Kong, as Benjamin So launched his blog ‘Put into Perspective’. The self described

epitome of the typical Asian student – Chinese, bookish, arrogant, ignorant and career-minded.

During WSDC itself, I helped the gaffe loving ‘funny’ guy to set up a blog of his own after he saw mine. Micheal.com from Michael Nauta himself provides a Namibian perspective that looks to shake things up and provide a good humorous time.

Happy Blogging Guys! Best of Luck!

KennethChan.org

I was initially inspired to start PaulLau.WordPress.com and this blog by the million of other personal websites and blogs out there in “the internets”. Since I started, you can even find this website on “the google

I’m please and glad to be able to see that my own blog has inspired others; KennethChan.org.

For those of you who like Fanfiction or English writing, KennethChan.org may be the place to go for those who like Fanfiction, IGCSE example essays and more. At least that’s what the site promises. Up till now however, despite having started

this blog to make sure I practice my writing.

there has only been 1 blog post and no essays. Despite this, he has linked to KennethChan.org from twitter for a while.

Best of luck to weuer aka Kenneth in the future.