Escape from Paradise, – A Best Selling Book!

The book’s sensational reviews!

It took me two and a half evenings to complete your un-put-downable book…it is a unique contribution to the appreciation of a life in Singapore. Thank you for having written it.” C. V. Devan Nair, former President of Singapore.

Bought the book from Select this weekend and can’t put it down! It’s a great read! And so nostalgic for me—the good old days! Glen Goei, writer and director of the Miramax film That’s the Way I Like It and who played the title role opposite Anthony Hopkins in the London production of M. Butterfly. Mr. Goei’s latest film is The Blue Mansion – Click for the trailer!

It is a remarkable story and so full of intrigue that it reads at times like fiction.Jonathan Burnham, Editor in Chief & President, Talk Miramax Books.

“It’s quite a story The legendary Alice Mayhew, Vice-President & Editorial Director, Simon & Schuster.

This book out-Dallas, Dallas. No one has written so well of the other side of paradise,Francis T. Seow, former Solicitor General of Singapore

ThunderBall Films is successfully putting together the movie production of Escape from Paradise and has received a new LOI (Letter of Intent) from actress Bai Ling who starred with Richard Gere in the film Red Cross.

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Escape from Paradise – the Promotional Trailer

Mary Bancroft – Master Spy

“I can’t understand what the f–k you are saying.” The voice came from an elderly lady in the back row of my computer class. It was from Mary Bancroft, a part owner of The Wall Street Journal. She is the author of Autobiography of a Spy and was the woman behind the plot to kill Hitler, the lover of CIA chief, Allen Dulles, the lady who invited me to dinner to meet Woody Allen and, yes, Mary Bancroft was my computer student.

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The geeks, not the hackers, exposed the Jennifer Lawrence crowd

Explicit digital-video clips of dozens of naked celebrities, including Jennifer Lawrence, the 24-year-old Academy Award–winning star of Silver Linings Playbook, the Hunger Games franchise, and many other films, have been made public— forever. The photos were posted anonymously to image boards such as 4chan and Gamehonk.

The current blame game has shed no light on the basic facts of what occurred.

Many, perhaps all, of the leaked photos were reportedly stored on the cloud and allegedly stolen from the cloud.

Nothing, but nothing, that is stored on the cloud can be considered “safe,” not just from hacking but safe in general. Not your credit card information, your photos, your passwords, nothing—nada.

The basic technical fact that allowed for the exposure is inseparable from the business model of social-media and cloud-data-storage companies.

Don’t blame the cloud. The problem starts with the cell phone and its settings. The vendors of cellphones, tablets, phablets and the like allow the automatic sharing of what is on the cellphone to all the devices the user may have, including the cloud.

They call this “connectivity” and its impressive tools have many of us hooked. These tools gives users access to live in streams of information about other people’s lives—no hackers needed. In exchange for these tools, users allow the tech giants to handle and inspect all the stuff we show, and all the stuff we look at, and to keep copies of it—forever, on computer servers that we do not control, do not understand and never will.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella - one scary geek

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella – one scary geek

Actually, the problem begins not with the hackers but in the complex settings of the user’s own cellphone. Have your cellphone set in the wrong way, on sharing, and the whole world may have access to everything in your cellphone.

The tech companies sometimes make statements about the security of all this material in their very complex Terms of Service. And who reads the Terms of Service and who can cope with all the settings in their beloved cellphone – only the geeks.

The systems designed by the Apples, Googles and Microsoft of this world are designed by their cadres of geeks, based to geek standards and for the geeks geeky enjoyment. Who has not suffered through the difficult transition to Windows 8—a very buggy system, full of settings that only a geeks could love—or understand.

Today geeks risen to the top and tech companies are run by scary guys like Microsoft’s CEO, geeky space-alien-like Satya Nadella. Just check out his photo and you will see what we mean.

Nadella is so out of touch with the real world that he doesn’t mind bragging openly that he is a big fan of the anti-Semitic writings of Friedrich Nietzsche.

Geeks—the new world order.

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