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教行行寫字

Learning writing

哥哥自己教行行寫字,寫得好有一個貼紙。

2014.08.29 comments

 

New York Loves California

A Moveable Feast

I often heard how productive and how innovative California's agriculture producers are. Perhaps this is best illustrated in National Geographic's story on food import. The picture are fresh produce from four upscale markets in Manhattan. They traveled a long way from where they grown to the New York city. The origin with most varieties? California contributed 21 kinds of food out of the 60. This is more than 3 times the rest of United states. Actually California has produce more varieties than all other major region combined, with 6 from United States, 6 from Mexico, 5 from Italy and 3 from Costa Rica.

2014.08.04 comments

 

New York U-Lock

I'm shopping for a new bicycle U-lock. If a regular U-lock is not strong enough for you, there is a product line known as the Kryptonite New York U-Lock. These are extra heavy U-Lock made of hardened steel. Presumably people who need extra security would go for this. It also cost about double compare to a regular U-Lock.

I find it amusing that the product line is called New York U-Lock. Customers apparently know exactly what New York stands for, a high crime, dangerous kind place where you must heavily lock down your properties or it gets eaten alive. The mayor of New York must gets really offended by their branding :)

2014.07.10 comments

 

Automation and Safety

The National Transportation Safety Board release a draft report on the Asiana Airlines plane crash last year, which result in 3 death. Commenting on role of the autopilot auto throttle system, they said,

"in their efforts to compensate for the unreliability of human performance, the designers of automated control systems have unwittingly created opportunities for new error types that can be even more serious than those they were seeking to avoid."

I think this is a cautionary tale for the designers of self-driving car. When we have a system that is almost prefect but not completely infallible, it induce a new kind of risk because the operator becomes complacent and overly rely on automation.

2014.06.24 comments

 

我的六四回憶

六四已經過了二十五年了。一九八九年我十九歲,香港中大三年級生。回看昔日的激情,轉眼已經是一代人之前的事了。可悲的是傷痕還未痊癒,受害人的冤案還沒有平反。

我記得那一天是六四前五月左右的一天。那時學生在天安門駐紮了一段時間,政府突然變得強硬,晚上宣布戒嚴預備鎮壓。香港聽到消息又驚又怒,半夜有人立即跑到灣仔新華社抗議。我舊居就在新華社附近,媽媽早上告訴我半夜被吵鬧聲弄醒,我恨睡了不知道,不然定會跟他們跑去抗議。

當日是星期六,市面聽到許多不滿聲音,人們準備到維園聚集抗議。我相約了幾個同學加入,一齊步去維園,到場的人出人意表之多,把幾個球場都擠滿了。那天下午香港刮起八號風球,然而颱風和暴雨也阻擋不了熾熱的心,強風把雨傘吹翻了,我們索性不理,照樣在大雨之下集會,雙腳一直被球場的積水浸著。

然後我們成千上萬的上街去,擠到利舞台附近有人宣布政府退讓取消戒嚴了。我們都有種勝利的感覺,幾萬香港人冒雨上街遊行也有點功勞吧。回家後才知道全無此事,不知是誰散佈的謠言。這是我上的第一課,在亂局中人是太急切想知道訊息,謠言就應運而生。這種情況以後還會不斷遇到,像911即日流傳了不少謠言。上了一課,我以後對這些未經證實的消息就有所戒心。

我濕透的回家,母親問我跟人去「噓」嗎?我很不高興地說我們是去了抗議,不是去「噓」。一邊說一邊脫鞋,鞋子足足倒出一杯水來。不過無論我怎樣糾正母親,她始終也改變不了「噓」這個說法,跟她說話真沒趣。

這一天是香港上街回應北京民運的序幕,以後的遊行一次比一次大。不過我印象最深還是這一天,那次遊行是年青時浪漫的一幕。

2014.06.04 comments

 

日出日落

日出日落,月缺月圓,一數原來已經活了16305天。

年月匆匆,有幸的話繼續12921日。

潮漲潮退,暴雨天晴,礁石間眾多魚蟹浮虫和海藻。一代完末又換來另一代。

2014.05.26 comments

 

New Office

new office

We moved from a ghettoish office to a stylishly designed new office. Still need to get use to the surroundings.

2014.05.19 comments

 

Tatchee Photography

tatchee photography

Tatchee is using my camera to shot pictures. There are whole bunch of random pictures but also a few good ones. This big head shot of Hanghang is one I really like.

2014.05.18 comments

 

秘魯懷古徒步印加古道(2009)-下編

Arequipa

離開馬丘比丘,馬不停蹄乘夜車轉到Arequipa。這裡雖然是有百萬人口的秘魯第二大城市,但並不覺得擠迫繁囂。在舊城區內,美麗的歷史建築物圍繞著市中心廣場,市內的景點都可以從廣場步行到達。一會在廣場閒坐看遊人,一會到附近行人街購物喝咖啡,甚為寫意。在Arequipa見到的人是本地人為主,不像庫斯科滿是遊客,所以這城市亦更有實感。 [more...]

2014.05.16 [] - comments

 

 

Bye Bye Bay Bridge


Bay Bridge demolition

Bay Bridge demolition has started! [more...]

2014.05.07 comments

 

Bliss - the picture of dreamy green hill on every Windows XP

This is the familiar picture of a rolling green hill. Most of us have seen it because it is the default background image on Windows XP. It is such a dreamy picture that I always assume it is a computer generated image. [more...]

2014.04.17 comments

 

 

Walk To Work Day 2014

Today is the Walk to Work Day! Usually I go to work by bike, which takes about 15 minutes. But sure I could walk too. This is my 6 km journey to my work place in downtown. It is an 1 hour 24 minutes long walk, during which I spending plenty of time taking pictures. See my slide show here. [more...]

2014.04.11 [] - comments

 

Bill Gates was 30 years old

Here is a great interview with Bill Gates in 1986. He was 30 years old then. Microsoft was making software for personal computer, still a fairly small company and somewhat of a rebel compare to big corporate computer makers. [more...]

2014.04.03 comments

 

In Support of Brendan Eich

I am disappointed about Eich's support of prop 8 in 2008 and I disagree with his view. But what is truly appalling is his critics is pushing for ousting him as Mozilla's CEO base on his view. Isn't people allowed to have different value? This is not even a fringe idea. Majority of votes has voted for prop 8. What is the moral to deny people the job base on their political believe? What sort of world is this when we do background check to bar 52% of voters who has supported prop 8 from employment? This is far more chilling than prop 8 itself. [more...]

2014.03.29 comments

 

 

Minimum Wage Raise and Gentrification

A poll has shown that there is a strong support for raising the minimum wage in San Francisco by 40% to $15 per hour. I feel mixed about this proposal. On the one hand I like to see most people making more money. They need it to survive in this expensive city. On the other hand, these kind of direct intervention of economic often causes unintended consequences like lower employment, or business exiting to lower cost locations. Strangely in this case I side with conservative Ron Unz's idea that higher minimum wage is a preferred alternative to the reliance on public assistance. Although it is remain to be seem how public assistance can be reduced. [more...]

2014.03.16 comments

 

Paul Graham on Cities and Ambition

I was rereading Paul Graham's article on Cities and Ambition. His idea is each city project a specific message to the people. The message attracts and motivates people to a specific kind of enterprise. New York is about making more money. Boston is about becoming smarter. Silicon Valley is about to become more powerful (by means of innovation). Paris was a about intellectual but today it is more about arts. This is fairly consistent with Richard Florida's thesis that location has great influence on what people do and what they could achieve. [more...]

2014.02.27 comments

 

Mathematical Intuitions

During my online course study, sometimes the instructor would say, intuitively, the reason go such as such. We spend a lot of time doing proofs that are the primary insight and knowledge. But the instructors also speak of developing an intuition on the subject. [more...]

2014.02.25 comments

 

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BBC News

 

Scotland votes 'No' to independence (19 Sep 2014)

 

French launch first strikes on IS (19 Sep 2014)

 

Google and Apple to force encryption (19 Sep 2014)

 

GSK fined by China for bribery (19 Sep 2014)

 

Sierra Leone begins Ebola lockdown (19 Sep 2014)

 

Catalan leader praises Scotland vote (19 Sep 2014)

 

Pro-gay mosque opens in Cape Town (19 Sep 2014)

 

Iran Happy dancers ordered lashed (19 Sep 2014)

 

Eight dead in Florida house shooting (19 Sep 2014)

 

Australia boosts parliament security (19 Sep 2014)

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Slashdot News for nerds, stuff that matters

 

Dealership Commentator: Tesla's Going To Win In Every State (2014-09-19T00:18:00Z)

 

Microsoft Lays Off 2,100, Axes Silicon Valley Research (2014-09-19T00:06:00Z)

 

Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died (2014-09-18T23:34:00Z)

 

Mystery Signal Could Be Dark Matter Hint In ISS Detector (2014-09-18T22:51:00Z)

 

Dremel Releases 3D Printer (2014-09-18T22:08:00Z)

 

A Beginner's Guide To Programming With Swift (2014-09-18T21:46:00Z)

 

Next Android To Enable Local Encryption By Default Too, Says Google (2014-09-18T21:25:00Z)

 

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison Steps Down (2014-09-18T20:41:00Z)

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TechPsychic Tech Rumors and Invented News

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SF Gate

 

Bay Area News (7 Jan 2012)

 

City Insider (11 Feb 2012)

 

Crime Scene (13 Feb 2012)

 

C.W Newius Column (10 Jan 2012)

 

C.W. Nevius Blog (11 Feb 2012)

 

Education News (10 Jan 2012)

 

KALW (11 Feb 2012)

 

Matier and Ross Blog (11 Feb 2012)

 

Where have all the entrepreneurs gone? (18 Sep 2014)

 

Holiday hiring will be up sharply this year (18 Sep 2014)

 

Larry Ellison is stepping down as Oracle CEO (18 Sep 2014)

 

Devices, apps act as one under iOS 8 (18 Sep 2014)

 

Family Dollar’s board rejects Dollar General’s latest offer (18 Sep 2014)

 

Fed to keep interest rates at record low (18 Sep 2014)

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Asia Times Online

 

Last sunrise for the UK? (Thu 18 Sep 2014 11:00:00 GMT)

 

Old imperial habits die hard (Thu 18 Sep 2014 11:00:00 GMT)

 

THE ROVING EYE Obama's 'stupid stuff' turned upside down (Thu 18 Sep 2014 11:00:00 GMT)

 

IS gives US its 'Suez Crisis' moment (Thu 18 Sep 2014 11:00:00 GMT)

 

Tibetan railway signals border imbalance (Thu 18 Sep 2014 11:00:00 GMT)

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