102.11.4 _ 我最喜歡的 Google Doodles

10.9 烏干達國慶日

10.9 波蘭 音樂家誕辰紀念日

10.3 紀念柏林牆倒塌

9.29 奧地利選舉

9.18 阿塞拜疆音樂家 Uzeyir Hacibeyov 128週年誕辰

9.16 墨西哥國慶日

8.22 德彪西150週年誕辰

8.13 七夕節 --小遊戲,把鳥兒拖動到橋上、給情人搭橋

6.21 南半球冬至

6.10 童話作家 Maurice Sendak 85歲生日

5.23 Google Doodle US 比賽第一名--大兵回家

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102.7.28_Mid-night Reflections at Westerly, RI

It is a great weekend – though it’s only half way through. Everybody went to sleep, leaving me sitting by the dinner table, hearing the tides of Atlantic Ocean at this quiet house at Westerly, Rhode Island.

So far behind, can’t take more – starting today it’s gonna be a busy, productive, and well organized week.

0045 – 0300 Invasive Species paper, with prior to 0100 drafting the outlines

0900 – 1200 JUCCCE social space video discussion

when back to NYC – drafting the Policy paper

Mon. – meet Hydrology professor (lectures and readings required, discuss research topics), Climatology TA hopefully, and Toxicology TA (with prior email notice)

 

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Reflections on the Lost Interview with Steve Jobs, 1995

片子在這裡--約100分鐘,http://t.cn/zTlzdLy

四個驚人的看法,在1995年--一年後 Jobs 的 NeXT 被蘋果收購,又數年他重裝上陣,把這些理念貫徹到第二喬布斯的蘋果時代,於是產生了屬於21世紀第一個十年的偉大作品: iPod iPhone iPad 和 Apple Store

1、10 years later the trend shall fall onto Web – primary commercial channel that reshaped the way we do business – sadly yet luckily Microsoft didn’t realize this trend.

微軟的確,至今都沒有把握住互聯網時代和電子商務的精髓,無論是 「網上鄰居」、.Net 戰略 還是今天的 Office 365,都沒有 catch the exact pulse ⋯⋯人們想起微軟,覺得它最大的貢獻還是桌面單機版的 Office、還有 Windows 的資源管理器、「開始」按鈕、「桌面」和上邊孤零零的一個「回收站」。

2、Microsoft has no taste.

喬布斯這句話很傷人,但是的確他打心底看不上微軟對於品牌的塑造。從四色窗格的 Windows logo 改到淺藍色方塊版本的 Windows 8 logo 更說明了微軟手足無措、一味附庸「平面」、「簡約」設計之風雅,而從來沒有自己的設計觀。

對於產品概念的把握能力也是虎頭蛇尾。從軟件強行遷移 focus 到硬件,試圖通吃打造自己的生態系統,試圖抓住 iPad 輸入能力的瓶頸不適用於商務的弱點,打造了一款成品高、用起來不知道該拿鼠標還是拿手指、界面高度違和的 Surface 以及 Win 8 系統。

Apple 自己、還有一些硬件產商如羅技,開發了外配藍牙鍵盤、還能夠兼做 iPad 保護殼,這個問題就解決了。

2b、怎樣培養 taste?答案:Liberal Arts. 蘋果公司裡有詩人、音樂家、歷史學家、zoologist,他們恰好又懂得電腦。這就是 great minds,當這些 great minds 碰撞的時候,設計的東西不是 nerd 能靠公式、常識能推演出來的。計算機軟硬件都是藝術品,Jobs 很榮幸站到了一個樹立 defining principle 的時代--他甚至為人類後怕,就像小小向量、方向差之毫釐、延展下去失之千里,Jobs 覺得他通過蘋果定義了 「computing arts」 的方向。

3、It’s always Sales and Marketing who ultimately took the lead, it might work for PepsiCo, but in especially IT industry, Sales and Marketing won’t compete with product design. They expand business, but this is misleading. Great companies focus on product. (However pure ideas won’t work, transforming ideas into products are exposed to tech./econ. constraints)

就像建築師不能隨心所欲地繪圖而要考慮結構計算,IT 行業的想法也會在實踐中不斷地被折衷,Jobs 對此保持相當高的警惕性。他要的是完美的產品,但完美的 idea 並不一定每一個都能繁衍出其理想的完美性。

而產品設計是如此的重要,因為它們會讓消費者愛上這個產品,並成為忠誠的粉絲。這勝過 marketing,因為本質上 marketing 就是把一個東西的優點突出、通過障眼法讓你實現購買,它假設消費者不會不請自來,必須要被遊說、說到一下子耳根子軟了,方能 make a purchase。

Tim Cook 時代蘋果銷售增長但品牌價值的衰落,不正是這個原因嗎?蘋果地圖對蘋果產品的簡約完美之感覺傷害多大?--比如,你能想象下無印良品開始促銷、買100元送匯源果汁一盒嗎?

4、You may actually redefine the trend by doing small 

這是 Jobs 第一桶金--通過鑽研 AT&T 的空子,發明了「藍盒子」(Blue Box)讓消費者可以模仿撥號音直接接入信道、免除國際通話費用的「外掛」機。那麼大的一個公司的弱點、就這麼被找到了,突破了,成為一個另其可以損失(或消費者可以受益)billion 級的 business。還有什麼做不成的呢?

當 Apple I 開始流水線生產,蘋果公司初具規模了,Jobs 發現我為啥不能準確地瞭解生產成本了?他勇於質疑 accounting 的方法--不要 guess 再 modify,而是通過提升物流和倉儲的管控直接精確瞭解成本並核算受益。

He said, “people stick to this way because that’s what they do yesterday, and the day before it." 而我們要做效用主義者,開動大腦來做 business,而不僅僅是 follow the practice.

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電影 1-白俄羅斯火車站-蘇聯(Andrei Smirnov),1970

和萌去東內使館區的俄羅斯文化中心看了這部電影。影片通過對四位二戰老兵參加一位戰友的葬禮、和之後一天的刻畫,表現了老兵的戰友深情和對軍營的懷念、對於社會公義的嚮往、對於昨日取勝和今日國家和平年景的自豪。

(1)對於社會公義的嚮往:

如今的老兵今天做了會計師以補貼家用,卻要被年輕人斥責不會做假賬。當年輕人歇斯底里時他態度依然平和:你們不過是要找一個按你們的想法做帳的人罷了⋯⋯大風大浪走來,受夠了壓榨、重獲自由,難道他們最期許的不是公義嗎?

路見不平則拔刀相助。幾個人在酒吧喝完酒,本說去一人家繼續吃飯聊天,途中聞到似泄露的煤氣井,互相配合、下井還救出了人。而攔下一輛年輕人開的車,他卻死活不願伸出援手、將傷者送醫,出現一番爭執打鬥,老兵終於將昏迷的人送到醫院、轉危為安。

(2)戰友深情和對軍營的懷念:

年輕人報警,老兵們被抓到警局。在一間上鎖的屋子、就著溫和的午後光線等候審問時,他們回憶起軍營,而當時的領導如今仍然習慣發號施令。在鉗工瓦洛尼琢磨著怎麼打開門的時候,他大吼你們瘋了嗎?就不能按照規矩來嗎⋯⋯剩下三人哄堂大笑,1945到1957年,沒變的是戰友間的這種感覺。

瓦洛尼回家告訴他那難纏的妻子今天戰友聚會、請她理解的時候,她妻子抱怨,你戰後落魄的那兩年寫信給他們求援、他們去哪兒了?而瓦洛尼根本就沒向兄弟張過口,因為他知道,大家過得都不容易。而回憶起這些,兄弟反斥責他,你這個傻瓜,為什麼不把你的窘境當初告訴我們!窮幫窮,總是基於共同人生體驗所產生的共通的情義。

去逝去上校的妻子家,當她驚曉了這個事實,卻很快打理好情緒,給他們重新彈唱「我們十營最喜愛的歌」,老兵們或激動而急促地抽煙、或老淚縱橫靠在老上司的肩膀、或默默不言眼角不住流下熱淚⋯⋯

(3)對於昨日取勝和今日國家和平年景的自豪:

國家好了,我就開心,因為我曾經浴血、參與創造了這份和平,我自己生境落魄點也不要緊--這是老兵共有的精神價值。老兵們從警察局出來後、在公共汽車上不禁向乘客打招呼問好,弄得人家莫名其妙,自己卻覺得很有主人翁的感覺。躺下了,睡夢中仍然是白俄羅斯明斯克火車站、他們從戰線歸來、被人民夾道歡迎的場景。睡夢中他們在微笑,在自豪於他們的付出,盡到了一個俄羅斯男兒的價值,無怨無悔。那強大的氣場、把同在一屋搭鋪的年輕女孩兒都感染了。電影在睡夢中這段黑白但卻無盡光輝的白俄羅斯火車站前結束⋯⋯

想起了前些日子看得動畫短片《木搖椅》,木搖椅見證了主人家的繁華年景,後又因房舍廢棄而被丟棄到垃圾場,被新修的美術館所招募的管理員偶然看見,稍微整理、復成搖椅--每到晚上,搖椅總是回想起原先的繁華年代、party時光,整個美術館天旋地轉如萬花筒般在它的「睡夢」中展開。Oh the good old time, the best of the times!

昨日午前去亦莊同仁醫院探訪了爺爺。作為一個朝鮮戰爭的後勤醫療兵,他躺在病床上,待我們進來便坐起來、固然高興、但不覺傷懷自己「成了一個廢人」,什麼也做不了了。唯獨講話的時候神彩奕奕、手勢一個都不會少,頗有領導範兒,全家、連著我和我的萌丫頭、哪天不知都該有第四代了,就前前後後坐著、圍著、看著他,幫他重建那個黃金歲月的感受。探訪結束,我們一一握他的手,他很用力,很有那種接見、慰勞下屬的感覺。有的時候,我雖仍不能苟同貫穿共產黨造反取勝所信仰的價值,但這個為它奔命的軍隊之軍人,是有血有肉的--就好比一場戰爭如果我們非要找總能找出一方對一方錯,但是兩方的軍人之個體都是光榮的、為他們的篤信、懷著對未來的和平之憧憬,為國家兌現自己作為男兒的勇氣、力量和價值。我突然想起 Sheldon 在《生活大爆炸》裡的一句話,「(Papua New Guinea tribes aim to obtain enemy’s power through cannibalism –) superstition of course, but one can sense their spirit.」

所以,對於紅二代如今之跋扈我是理解的,這是一種走極端的「江山我打下來的、我感到自豪;我是主人翁、祝願國家人民萬世安好」之感覺,變成了「江山我打下來的、我為之驕傲也因此有權統治與享受;若你覺不平、有種你重新打來一遍⋯⋯」

因此,像台灣、韓國等國家,由於男性絕對數目相對少、國家施行強制兵役,而非像中國這樣的志願兵役,之前我覺得在男孩20~25歲最黃金的時代掏出一兩年來從軍實在是荒廢時間,但是現在感受到,軍旅生活能賦予人很多,認同感、使命感和責任心,且能培養一個牢固的畢生的 network。而中國的男孩子,不用強制從軍不說,更大多是獨生子女,且中國的文化講究家裡要為子女成長支付開銷,而不是鼓勵他們18歲後立即起飛--年輕人多尚誇誇其談、無責任心、不成熟亦不理性、甚至難能自立,原因也就昭然若揭了。

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Words of the Day – 0427 – Eternity by William Blake

He who binds to himself a joy,

Does a winged life destroy;

But he who kisses the joy as it flies,

Lives in eternity’s sun rise.

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Words of the Day – 0424 – Rudyard Kipling: If

 

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream–and not make dreams your master,
If you can think–and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ‘em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings–nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And–which is more–you’ll be a Man, my son!

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The Art of Manliness – Day 12 – Create a Bucket List

This is in response to “30-day to be a better man" project Day-12 mission of Creating a Bucket List. http://www.artofmanliness.com/2009/06/11/30-days-to-a-better-man-day-12-create-your-bucket-list/

Family:

Bring mum to the States one day, and hopefully bring dad to Europe. Three kids, ideally two boys and one girl. Two of them ought to attend a brilliant liberal arts college, studying humanity subjects, and wish to exert a lasting impact in Chinese social transformation. An artist, or a real engineer thinking in a mathematician way can definitely add flavor into the family.

Travel:

Tripoints and quadripoints on earth are of my great interests – beyond a common wish of traveling to all of world’s countries and regions, I hope to gain a genuine understanding of peripheral cultures. Those cultures may not be popular, economies may not be strong, but they have indeed achieved connections and inspired great migrations that significantly redirect our history. Hindu Kush, Kashmir, Altay, Caucasus, the Balkans, Alsace-Lorraine, Kurdistan… to name a few.

Specifically I would love to explore the target areas in different means, flight, ferry, railway, motorbike, bicycle, automobiles, and on foot. Each grants a fresh understanding of distances and level of difficulty for cultures to spread and merge.

Career:

Ideally I could focus on environmental preservation (sustainable development and aspiration to human-nature harmony) and education, especially liberal arts and civil rights education, in China. Skill set, essential network, and a strong financial background are to be established, hopefully before age of 35.

Life-long learning:

Of my significant interest are subjects – (1) Gateway to nature and universe: mathematics (esp.  chaos and topology), quantum theory, system theory, cybernetics and information theory. (2) Looking physically into ourselves: biology, ecology (earth natural habitats and the careful balance) (3) Looking mentally into ourselves: philosophy, history, religions, linguistics and acquisition of various languages, sociology, and developmental psychology (esp. its biological evidences and chemistry connections). Besides those non-fictional disciplines, great books, performing arts of all kinds (esp. music, theater plays and arts design) will also fulfill to a very significant portion of my inner self.

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