Democracy 3

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A democracy that lives within its means is a democracy. A democracy that spends more than it takes in in tax revenue is a nation of beggar and debtors.

Only countries that live within their means can be democracies. A country that lives on borrowed money like the U.S. cannot control its own destiny. That is in the hands of the worldwide bond market.

— John T. Reed

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2011.03.07 Monday ACHK

大時代

地球轉捩點

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利比亞局勢急轉直下,一批軍官發表聲明,呼籲手下士兵「加入人民」,幫助推翻領導人卡扎菲,並敦促其餘利比亞軍隊向首都的黎波里進發,聲援反政府人士。

— 明報 2011年2月23日 星期三 05:05

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2011 比 1989 還要利害.

— Me@2011.02.20

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2011.02.24 Thursday ACHK

The Man of Steel, 3

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During story discussions for The Dark Knight Rises in 2008, David S. Goyer, aware that Warner Bros. was planning a Superman reboot, told Christopher Nolan his idea on how to present Superman in a modern context. Impressed with Goyer’s concept, Nolan pitched the idea to the studio in February 2010, who hired Nolan to produce and Goyer to write based on the financial and critical success of The Dark Knight. Nolan admired Singer’s work on Superman Returns for its connection to Richard Donner’s version, and previously used the 1978 film as casting inspiration for Batman Begins. “They had [Marlon] Brando and Glenn Ford and Ned Beatty and all these fantastic actors in even small parts,” Nolan continued, “which was an exotic idea for a superhero movie at the time.”

— Wikipedia on Superman (film series)

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2011.02.03 Thursday ACHK

The Man of Steel, 2

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On February 24, 2010, it was announced that David S. Goyer is writing the script for a Superman film called The Man of Steel.

On March 10, 2010, Christopher Nolan himself confirmed that he and Goyer have been working on an idea for a Superman film. Nolan says, “He basically told me, ‘I have this thought about how you would approach Superman.’ I immediately got it, loved it and thought: That is a way of approaching the story I’ve never seen before that makes it incredibly exciting. I wanted to get Emma [Thomas] and I involved in shepherding the project right away and getting it to the studio and getting it going in an exciting way… A lot of people have approached Superman in a lot of different ways. I only know the way that has worked for us that’s what I know how to do.”

— Wikipedia on Superman (film series)

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2011.02.02 Wednesday ACHK

The Man of Steel

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Reboot

With the financial and critical success of The Dark Knight, Warners said of the reboot Superman film, “We’re going to try to go dark to the extent that the character allows it.” Legendary Pictures president Thomas Tull added that “Superman needs a powerful antagonist, a worthy opponent,” wanting to evoke Superman as an “angry God”.

Paul Levitz stated in an interview that Batman holds the key to the Superman reboot. He elaborated, “Everyone is waiting for Nolan to sign on for another Batman, once that happens, the release date for Superman and all other future projects will follow.”

— Wikipedia on Superman (film series)

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2011.01.31 Monday ACHK

Peter Norvig

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# Norvig talks about the job interview process at Google and says that the best signal is if somebody has worked with one of their employees and they can vouch for the candidate. He also talks about “resume predictor” that takes resume attributes such as experience, winning a programming contest, working on open source project etc and predicts fit. He also mentions assigning of scores 1 to 4 by interviewers and generally turning down candidates who get a 1 by any of the interviewers unless someone at Google fights for hiring them.

— Wikipedia on Coders at Work

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2010.10.21 Thursday ACHK

尼采的哲學思想

理想的社會制度

尼采曾在《反基督》一書中,粗略的道出他所認為理想的社會制度。

他把社會階級分成三等:

第一等是最有精神力量的菁英份子,創造價值,由他們擔任統治者的角色。

第二等人是意志或性格堅強的人,他們聽命於第一階級,負責維護社會秩序及執法。

等三等人是最多數的平庸大眾,滿足於他們平凡的生活。

尼采也強調對於建立一個理想的社會而言這三種階級都是不可或缺的。他也不贊成以強凌弱,他認為高等人善待比他低等的人是應該的。「事實上,如果要有例外的人,平凡的人是首先就需要的必然:高等文化依存於其上。例外的人應該對待平凡者比他自己和同等級者更溫柔,這不是出自內心的禮貌 — 這根本是他的義務。」,這種「例外的人」甚至可以用「具有基督心靈的羅馬凱撒」來形容。

至於如何實行這種社會制度?尼采對於這個問題則沒有答覆。

— 尼采的哲學思想, 維基百科

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2010.10.18 Monday ACHK

Jamie Hyneman

Early life, education, and early career

Hyneman was born in Marshall, Michigan and raised in Columbus, Indiana. Describing his early life, Hyneman said “I was a problematic kid, to be sure. I left home when I was 14 and hitchhiked all over the country.”

He earned a degree in Russian linguistics from Indiana University. A variety of careers fill his resume, including scuba diver, wilderness survival expert, boat captain, linguist, pet shop owner, animal wrangler, machinist, concrete inspector, and chef. He apparently has a mild case of acrophobia (fear of heights), as mentioned in the “Hammer Drop” episode segment of Mythbusters (This is also shown in “Duct Tape Special 2”).

— Wikipedia on Jamie Hyneman

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2010.10.07 Thursday ACHK

Bo Peep

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Bo Peep does not appear in Toy Story 3. It is implied that sometime between the events of Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3, Bo was sold in a yard sale with her Sheep. The only toy to mention her was Rex when the remaining toys remember their friends who are no longer with them. When Rex says her name, it is apparent that Woody is still saddened and hurt over her loss. However, she appears only as a background toy in archive footage at the beginning of the film during a home video montage of Andy as a child.

— Wikipedia on List of Toy Story characters

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2010.07.24 Saturday ACHK

Paul (octopus)

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Paul (hatched January 2006) is a common octopus living in a tank at a Sea Life Centre in Oberhausen, Germany, who is an animal oracle and now retired predictor of football matches, usually international matches in which Germany was playing. He came to worldwide attention with his accurate predictions in the 2010 World Cup.

2010 FIFA World Cup

Paul’s accurate choices for the 2010 World Cup, broadcast live by German news channel NTV, endowed him with celebrity status.  Paul predicted the winners of each of the seven 2010 FIFA World Cup matches that the German team played, against Australia, Serbia, Ghana, England, Argentina, Spain, and Uruguay.

Paul correctly predicted the outcome of the semi-final, by choosing the food in the box marked with the Spanish flag. German supporters drew hope from his incorrect choice for the Germany versus Spain match in the UEFA Euro 2008 but were disappointed.

Paul maintained a 100% accurate record during the tournament by correctly predicting Spain’s victory over the Netherlands in the final.

— Wikipedia on Paul (octopus)

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2010.07.13 Tuesday ACHK

Rinus Michels

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Marinus (“Rinus”) Jacobus Hendricus Michels (9 February 1928 – 3 March 2005) was a Dutch football player and coach who was named “coach of the century” by FIFA in 1999. He played his entire career for the club Ajax Amsterdam, whom he later coached, and was a member of the Netherlands national team both as a player and as manager.

Michels became most notable for his coaching achievements, having won the European Cup with Ajax and the Spanish league with Barcelona, and having had four tenures as coach of the Netherlands national team, whom he led to reach the final match of the 1974 World Cup and to win the 1988 European Championship. He is credited with the invention of a major football tactic known as “Total Football” in the 1970s.

— Wikipedia on Rinus Michels

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2010.07.01 Thursday ACHK

鄭大世

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鄭大世(1984 年 3 月 2 日-),出生於日本的朝鮮民主主義人民共和國大韓民國特殊雙重國籍的足球運動員,現效力於日本 J 聯賽的川崎前鋒隊,是一名前鋒。

— 維基百科

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2010.06.23 Wednesday ACHK

筆墨

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刀槍能夠殺人,筆墨可以救人,人類的社會因為有了傳媒人類才真正溝通成為一個體系。試想過去人類的歷史社會在未有傳媒的時期,人類的社會是多麼的黑暗,人類的認知是如何單薄。各位傳媒朋友,請繼續你們有建設性的工作,只要你秉承良知,人類的社會就會因傳媒而進步。我懷念你,我會在另一個世界向你揮手。

— 梁幗馨

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2010.04.02 Friday ACHK

Grigori Perelman

Known for

Riemannian geometry and geometric topology

Notable awards

Fields Medal (2006), declined
Millennium Prize (2010), declined

Sir John Ball, president of the International Mathematical Union, approached Perelman in Saint Petersburg in June 2006 to persuade him to accept the prize. After 10 hours of persuasion over two days, he gave up. Two weeks later, Perelman summed up the conversation as: “He proposed to me three alternatives: accept and come; accept and don’t come, and we will send you the medal later; third, I don’t accept the prize. From the very beginning, I told him I have chosen the third one… [the prize] was completely irrelevant for me. Everybody understood that if the proof is correct then no other recognition is needed.

— Wikipedia on Grigori Perelman

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2010.03.24 Wednesday ACHK