Great Idea 4

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If so, this is good news indeed. Good ideas always tend to win eventually. The problem is, it can take a very long time. It took decades for relativity to be accepted, and the greater part of a century to establish that central planning didn’t work. So even a small increase in the rate at which good ideas win would be a momentous change — big enough, probably, to justify a name like the “new economy.”

— Paul Graham

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2011.03.29 Tuesday ACHK

Point of view

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“Point of view” is that quintessentially human solution to information overload, an intuitive process of reducing things to an essential relevant and manageable minimum.

— Paul Saffo

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2011.03.21 Monday ACHK

Write 2

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Don’t write the essay readers expect; one learns nothing from what one expects. And don’t write the way they taught you to in school.

— Paul Graham

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2011.03.19 Saturday ACHK

The Stockdale Paradox

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When Collins asked who didn’t make it out of Vietnam, Stockdale replied:

“Oh, that’s easy, the optimists. Oh, they were the ones who said, ‘We’re going to be out by Christmas.’ And Christmas would come, and Christmas would go. Then they’d say, ‘We’re going to be out by Easter.’ And Easter would come, and Easter would go. And then Thanksgiving, and then it would be Christmas again. And they died of a broken heart.”

Stockdale then added:

“This is a very important lesson. You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end — which you can never afford to lose — with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.”

Witnessing this philosophy of duality, Collins went on to describe it as the Stockdale Paradox.

— Wikipedia on James Stockdale

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2011.03.17 Thursday ACHK

History 4

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History seems to me so important that it’s misleading to treat it as a mere field of study. Another way to describe it is all the data we have so far.

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Among other things, studying history gives one confidence that there are good ideas waiting to be discovered right under our noses.

— Paul Graham

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2011.03.15 Tuesday ACHK

ANSI Common LISP

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ANSI Common LISP (by Paul Graham) was the book I borrowed for a Machine Intelligence course project in 2000. My memory was that the author was called “Paul something”. I thought that Paul was the one who had invented LISP.

No. It should be John McCarthy.

Later on, during my teaching-in-high-school period, by a Wikipedia biography, I realized that that Paul was not as great as I thought, because he was not the one who had invented LISP.

However, now, I regard him as one of my five most important teachers.

— Me@2010.03.08

— Me@2011.03.14

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2011.03.14 Monday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK

The Country of the Blind

魔間傳奇 4

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Major themes

H. G. Wells addresses the following themes in “The Country of the Blind”:

* An isolated community will generally overcome any disability like blindness after a few generations.
* Having adapted to cope with such disabilities, an isolated community will believe that its modified behaviour is normal.
* An isolated community will tend to be closed-minded and xenophobic, and will persecute and (if necessary) maim anyone who is different and/or non-conformist.
* The maxim, “In the Country of the Blind the One-Eyed Man is King”, from Desiderius Erasmus, is not necessarily always true.
* The story may be seen as an allegory of society’s treatment of those with ability or intellect beyond the understanding of the many. The fear of the ‘barbarian’ or at least unenlightened masses is a recurrent theme in Wells’s writing.

— Wikipedia on The Country of the Blind

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2011.03.11 Friday ACHK

Time stops

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“Time stops” mean things other than yourself stop.

If “time stops” mean all the things, including you, stop,

then you cannot feel the stopping of time.

— Me@2010.03.08

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2011.03.09 Wednesday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK

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

Me

My self-summary

I am a physicist by nature, an educator by miracle, and a writer by destiny. — Me@2010.09.21

What I’m doing with my life

Transforming myself by transforming other people’s lives. — Me@2010.09.21

I’m really good at

… being amazing. — Me@2010.09.21

The first things people usually notice about me

I am always with my Palm computer. — Me@2010.09.21

Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food

Contact(超時空接觸)

Life is Beautiful(一個快樂的傳說)

Back to the Future(回到未來)

— Me@2000

I spend a lot of time thinking about

Physics and Love

Dear Mrs. Chown,

Ignore your son’s attempts to teach you physics. Physics isn’t the most important thing. Love is.

Best wishes,
Richard Feynman

— Me@2010.09.21

The most private thing I’m willing to admit

The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.

— Albert Einstein

You should message me if

… you are curious about the world and you value joy, truth, beauty and justice more than “success”.

— Me@2010.09.21, Based on Richard Stallman

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2011.03.05 Saturday (c) ACHK

Startup, go ahead!

Startup 6

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In an essay I wrote a couple years ago I advised graduating seniors to work for a couple years for another company before starting their own. I’d modify that now. Work for another company if you want to, but only for a small one, and if you want to start your own startup, go ahead.

— Paul Graham

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2011.03.04 Friday ACHK

Chrono Cross

Chrono Trigger 2

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An Ancient Fort-
Chasing phantoms in one’s dreams…

Arni Village –
Where the tides start to turn…

Opassa Beach –
A calling from beyond time…

Arni Village –
Nothing has changed but everything!

Cape Howl –
A reminder of one’s former self…

Heading North –
In search of some answers…

The Port Town of Termina –
The pride of the Acacia Dragoons…

Viper Manor –
Where lies the key to the past…

Guldove –
Where ripples become waves…

Hermit’s Hideaway –
Meeting with the ‘other’ swordsman…

From Pirate Ship to Ghost Ship –
A mariner’s worst nightmare…

On to Water Dragon Isle –
In search of the dragon blue…

Fort Dragonia –
Ancient dragons’ dream in ruins…

Temporal Vortex –
Where lost souls wander…

The Lost Portal –
Isolation of people from the world…

Termina –
Knight or day…?

Marbule –
The village of the demi-humans…

The Masamune –
The blood-stained sword of evil…

The Dead Sea –
A place forsaken by the gods…

A Portal Reopened –
And the planet began to shake…

Back to Viper Manor –
A captive audience awaits…

Surprise Attack!!! –
Pursuers with heavy-hearts…

To the Sea of Eden –
Through the hidden holes in time…

The Arbiter of Time –
On whom the three Fates smile…

Terra Tower –
Caught in an echo of time…

Chrono Cross –
The point where destinies meet…

For all the Dreamers –
Our planet’s dream is not over yet…

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– Chrono Compendium

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2011.02.26 Saturday ACHK

Startup 5

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There are two types of startup ideas: those that grow organically out of your own life, and those that you decide, from afar, are going to be necessary to some class of users other than you.

There are ideas that obvious lying around now. The reason you’re overlooking them is the same reason you’d have overlooked the idea of building Facebook in 2004: organic startup ideas usually don’t seem like startup ideas at first.

— Paul Graham

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2011.02.25 Friday 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

Foreknowledge

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Cassandra in Greek legend, you recall, was condemned to know the future but to be disbelieved when she foretold it. Hence the agony of foreknowledge combined with the impotence to do anything about it.

— Dr. Kathryn Railly

— Twelve Monkeys

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2011.02.23 Wednesday ACHK

Extremists

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And founders and early employees of startups, meanwhile, are like the Birkenstock-wearing weirdos of Berkeley: though a tiny minority of the population, they’re the ones living as humans are meant to. In an artificial world, only extremists live naturally.

— Paul Graham

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2011.02.20 Sunday ACHK