Groundhog Day

電影與現實 4 | 偷天情緣 | 月黑高飛 | The Shawshank Redemption 

Murray plays Phil Connors, an egocentric Pittsburgh TV weatherman who, during a hated assignment covering the annual Groundhog Day event in Punxsutawney, finds himself repeating the same day over and over again.

— Wikipedia on Groundhog Day (film)

The day is not repeated if you know that it is repeated. If you know that it is repeated, you are already different. You can keep improving yourself until the time loop is broken.

— Me@2010.10.31

Phil wakes up the next morning and finds the time loop is broken; it is now February 3 and Rita is still with him. Phil is a different person than he was on February 1 and, after going outside, Phil and Rita talk about living in Punxsutawney together.

— Wikipedia on Groundhog Day (film)

2010.10.31 Sunday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK

心理火警演習

這段改篇自 2010 年 4 月 8 日的對話。

我時常叫你在平日「按年份、計時間、計分數」做 past paper(歷屆試題)。其中一個主要目的,是要預演考試時候的心理狀態。

除非你以前有案例,曾經試過在考試時,因為自己「恐懼」而導致做不到任何題目,否則,你毋須為自己的「恐懼」而擔憂。

考試時你可以「恐懼」。但是,不要「恐懼」自己的「恐懼」。知不知個微妙之處?

(CN:我知。)

如果你考試時介意自己的「恐懼」,而企圖迫自己「不要恐懼」的話,你會更加「恐懼」。相反,如果你知道「考試時會恐懼」是人之常情,而接受自己的「恐懼」的話,你反而不會過份「恐懼」。你的「恐懼」會在一個可控制的範圍內,不會對你的考試表現,有明顯的實質影響。

有很多時候,「解決問題」的最好方法,未必是「直接解決」,而是「把問題 transcend 掉」,令到原本的問題不再重要。換句話說,有很多時候,「解決問題」的最好方法,是令到自己毋須再解決那個「問題」。

現在的重點,並不是研究如何令到自己「在考試期間不要恐懼」,而是令到自己不再需要「沒有恐懼」。換言之,你要 transcend 了「恐懼」,令到自己無論在有沒有「恐懼」的情況下,都可以達到最佳成績。

所以,你要在平日時常「按年份、計時間、計分數」做 past paper,以作大量的考試心理演習。

— Me@2010.10.30

2010.10.30 Saturday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK

C, Lisp, and Smalltalk

Design and Research 2

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You can see the same thing in programming languages. C, Lisp, and Smalltalk were created for their own designers to use. Cobol, Ada, and Java, were created for other people to use.

If you think you’re designing something for idiots, the odds are that you’re not designing something good, even for idiots.

— Paul Graham

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2010.10.29 Friday ACHK