Anti de Sitter space

Some of the differences between the familiar Newtonian equation of gravity and the predictions of general relativity flow from the fact that gravity in general relativity bends both time and space, not just space. In normal circumstances, gravity bends time so slightly that the difference between Newtonian gravity and general relativity that results is so slight that it is impossible to detect without scientific instruments.

— Wikipedia on Anti de Sitter space

2010.06.26 Saturday ACHK

魔間傳奇 3

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I’m the last survivor of a dead culture. And I don’t really belong in the world anymore. And in some ways I feel I ought to be dead. I have certainly wished I had killed myself when I was born.

In terms of effect on the world, it’s very good that I’ve lived. And so I guess, if I could go back in time and prevent my birth, I wouldn’t do it. But I sure wish I hadn’t had so much pain.

— Richard Stallman, inventor of the Copyleft

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2010.06.26 Saturday ACHK

傳世之作

網誌時代 4

簡言之,即使兩者的文章完全相同,「閱讀網誌」和「閱讀書本」的感覺不同,引致有不同的效果。

而且,如果真的把網誌化成書本的話,很少作者會真的把自己網誌的所有文章,也原封不動地列印成書。作者通常也會只選擇網誌中,較滿意的文章,然後再稍作整理,才把它們輯錄成書。「稍作整理」的工作量是十分驚人的。即使不作任何整理,單單是「選擇文章」時要取捨得好,已經需要相當的功力。

選擇文章後,除了要為被選文章「稍作整理」外,還要為它們「排次序」。「排次序」本身,並不是次要的工作,因為即使是同一堆文章,不同的次序,可以帶出不同的意境。

換言之,要把網誌文章輯錄成書,而又有機會成為「傳世之作」的話,起碼要過 4 關,即是要 文章好、取捨好、整理好 和 次序好。

— Me@2010.06.25

Words differently arranged have a different meaning, and meanings differently arranged have a different effect.

— Blaise Pascal

2010.06.26 Saturday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK