3 Storyline

3 Storyline

3.1 In the beginning,
…3.1.1 in a sense, we are all time travellers

3.2 Now is the past of the future, the future of the past

3.3 You are nowhere but now-here

3.4 Living in now-here

3.5 Time messenger
…3.5.1 how to send messages to your past self
…3.5.2 how to receive messages from your future self
…………接收來自未來的訊息
…3.5.3 deja vu 似曾相識
…3.5.4 how to send messages to your future self
…3.5.5 regrets
…3.5.6 have no regrets
…3.5.7 palm
…3.5.8 preserve time

3.6 Now-here-I
…3.6.1 Foresight: prequel
…3.6.2 Where is your past-self? Where is your future-self?
…3.6.3 You are all of yourselves
…3.6.4 Now-here-I: the holographic universe
…3.6.5 Be always ready
…3.6.6 Nothing less
…3.6.7 No persistence needed
…3.6.8 Eliminate the passage of time 與時並進
…3.6.9 Event realism 事件實在論
…3.6.10 Lost in time

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2008.04.29 Tuesday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK

Chrono Trigger 3

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Masato Kato confirmed that Cross featured a central theme of parallel worlds, as well as the fate of Schala, which he was previously unable to expound upon in Chrono Trigger. Concerning the ending sequences showing Kid searching for someone in a modern city, he hoped to make players realize that alternate futures and possibilities may exist in their own lives, and that this realization would “not … stop with the game”.

— Wikipedia on Chrono Cross

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2011.05.02 Monday ACHK

Ra’s al Ghul

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Planned cast

Bale said he would return if Nolan did. Aaron Eckhart had expressed his enthusiasm to return for a sequel if asked, although he later stated Nolan verified that his character, Harvey Dent, is dead. Nolan confirmed that the ensemble cast from the first two films will be returning. Tom Hardy and Anne Hathaway have been cast as Bane and Selina Kyle. Juno Temple has been cast in a role described as a “street-smart Gotham girl”. Josh Pence was cast as a young Ra’s al Ghul, with his scenes to take place thirty years before the events of Batman Begins. Nestor Carbonell is in negotiations to reprise his role as Mayor Anthony Garcia. Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been cast as John Blake, “a Gotham City beat cop,” along with Marion Cotillard, who will be portraying Miranda Tate, “a Wayne Enterprises board member eager to help a still-grieving Bruce Wayne resume his father’s philanthropic endeavors for Gotham”.

— Wikipedia on The Dark Knight Rises

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2011.04.30 Saturday ACHK

Teachers 4

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I’m about to become a teacher. How can I be a good one?

The best teachers I remember from school had three things in common:

(1) They had high standards. Like three year olds testing their parents, students will test teachers to see if they can get away with low-quality work or bad behavior. They won’t respect the teachers who don’t call them on it.

(2) They liked us. Like dogs, kids can tell very accurately whether or not someone wishes them well. I think a lot of our teachers either never liked kids much, or got burned out and started not to like them. It’s hard to be a good teacher once that happens. I can’t think of one teacher in all the schools I went to who managed to be good despite disliking students.

(3) They were interested in the subject. Most of the public school teachers I had weren’t really interested in what they taught. Enthusiasm is contagious, and so is boredom.

— Paul Graham

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2011.04.05 Tuesday ACHK

PayPal

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No, because I think we didn’t know what we were doing. I think the hallmark of a really good entrepreneur is that you’re not really going to build one specific company. The goal — at least the way I think about entrepreneurship — is you realize one day that you can’t really work for anyone else. You have to start your own thing.

— Max Levchin

— Founders at Work

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2011.03.31 Thursday ACHK

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

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