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

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

Nerd 4

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I thought it would be useful if I explained what a nerd was. What I came up with was: someone who doesn’t expend any effort on marketing himself.

A nerd, in other words, is someone who concentrates on substance. So what’s the connection between nerds and technology? Roughly that you can’t fool mother nature. In technical matters, you have to get the right answers.

— Paul Graham

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2011.02.09 Wednesday ACHK

Twelve Monkeys

Themes

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Memory, time, and technology

“Cole has been thrust from another world into ours and he’s confronted by the confusion we live in, which most people somehow accept as normal. So he appears abnormal, and what’s happening around him seems random and weird. Is he mad or are we?”

— Director Terry Gilliam

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12 Monkeys studies the subjective nature of memories and their effect upon perceptions of reality. Examples of false memories include:

* Cole’s recollection of the airport shooting which is altered each time he has a dream.
* A “mentally divergent” man at the asylum who has false memories.
* Railly telling Cole “I remember you like this” when a barely recognizable Cole and Railly are seen in disguise for the first time.

References to time, time travel, and monkeys are scattered throughout the film, including the Woody Woodpecker “Time Tunnel” cartoon playing on the TV in a hotel room, The Marx Brothers movie Monkey Business (1931) on TV in the asylum and the subplots of monkeys (drug testing, news stories and animal rights). The film is also a study of modern civilization’s declining efforts to communicate with each other due to the interference of technology.

— Wikipedia on 12 Monkeys

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2011.01.23 Sunday ACHK

Physics and French literature

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Q: I disagree with your generalization that physicists are smarter than professors of French Literature.

A: Try this thought experiment. A dictator takes over the US and sends all the professors to re-education camps. The physicists are told they have to learn how to write academic articles about French literature, and the French literature professors are told they have to learn how to write original physics papers. If they fail, they’ll be shot. Which group is more worried?

— Paul Graham

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2010.11.19 Friday ACHK

開山祖師牛 2

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* I believe there is no philosophical high-road in science, with epistemological signposts. No, we are in a jungle and find our way by trial and error, building our road behind us as we proceed. We do not find signposts at crossroads, but our own scouts erect them, to help the rest.

o Experiment and Theory in Physics (1943), p. 44

— Max Born

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If we knew what we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?

— Albert Einstein

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2010.11.08 Monday ACHK

Principles 4

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25 I started to be able to organize my information.

27 I started to be able to get rid of my OCD 80%.

28 I started to able to understand “principles”, i.e. “follow the natural laws”.

— Me@2010.02.23

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2010.11.01 Monday (c) ACHK

Annus mirabilis

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Annus mirabilis is a Latin phrase meaning “wonderful year” or “year of wonders” (or “year of miracles”). It was used originally to refer to the year 1666, but is today also used to refer to different years with events of major importance such as 1905 when Albert Einstein published his breakthrough four articles on Physics.

1666 – Isaac Newton

In the year 1666, Isaac Newton made revolutionary inventions and discoveries in calculus, motion, optics and gravitation. As such, it has later been called Isaac Newton’s “Annus Mirabilis.” It is this year when Isaac Newton observed an apple falling from a tree, and hit upon gravitation (Newton’s apple). He was afforded the time to work on his theories due to the closure of Cambridge University by an outbreak of plague. Going to his country home, he thought about many things that, in Cambridge, he did not have the opportunity to do with such devotion.

1905 – Albert Einstein

The year 1905 has very much been linked to the term “annus mirabilis,” as Albert Einstein made important discoveries concerning the photoelectric effect, Brownian motion and the special theory of relativity. These articles were published in Annalen der Physik.

— Wikipedia on Annus mirabilis

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2010.10.27 Wednesday ACHK

Noam Chomsky

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So when you go to graduate school in the natural sciences, you’re immediately brought into critical inquiry – and, in fact, what you’re learning is kind of a craft; you don’t really teach science, people sort of get the idea how to do it as apprentices, hopefully by working with good people. But the goal is to learn how to do creative work, and to challenge everything […] people have to be trained for creativity and disobedience – because there is no other way you can do science. But in the humanities and social sciences, and in fields like journalism and economics and so on […] people have to be trained to be managers, and controllers, and to accept things, and not to question too much.

* In Understanding Power, 2002

— Noam Chomsky

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2010.10.20 Wednesday ACHK

Total Perspective Vortex

The Total Perspective Vortex is allegedly the most horrible torture device to which a sentient being can be subjected.

When you are put into the Vortex you are given just one momentary glimpse of the entire unimaginable infinity of creation, and somewhere in it a tiny little mark, a microscopic dot on a microscopic dot, which says, “You are here.”

Located on Frogstar World B, the machine was originally invented by one Trin Tragula in order to annoy his wife. Because she was forever nagging him for having no sense of proportion, he decided to invent something that would show her what having a sense of proportion really meant. Unfortunately the shock of being placed in the Vortex destroyed her brain, but Trin Tragula’s grief was tempered by the knowledge that he had been right and she had been wrong. In Adams’s words, the Total Perspective Vortex illustrated that “In an infinite universe, the one thing sentient life cannot afford to have is a sense of proportion.”

— Wikipedia on Technology in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

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2010.10.17 Sunday ACHK

Don’t Panic

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In the series, DON’T PANIC (always upper-case) is a phrase written on the cover of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The novel explains that this was partly because the device “looked insanely complicated” to operate, and partly to keep intergalactic travelers from panicking. It is said that despite its many glaring (and occasionally fatal) inaccuracies, the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy itself has outsold the Encyclopedia Galactica because it is slightly cheaper, and because it has the words “Don’t Panic” in large, friendly letters on the cover.

Arthur C. Clarke said Douglas Adams’ use of “don’t panic” was perhaps the best advice that could be given to humanity.

— Wikipedia on Phrases from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

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2010.10.13 Wednesday ACHK

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

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In many of the more relaxed civilizations on the Outer Eastern Rim of the Galaxy, the Hitchhiker’s Guide has already supplanted the great Encyclopaedia Galactica as the standard repository of all knowledge and wisdom, for though it has many omissions and contains much that is apocryphal, or at least wildly inaccurate, it scores over the older, more pedestrian work in two important respects.

First, it is slightly cheaper; and second, it has the words “DON’T PANIC” inscribed in large friendly letters on its cover.

— Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

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2010.10.12 Tuesday ACHK

Futurama 3

Godfellas

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Bender: You know, I was God once.

God: Yes, I saw. You were doing good, until everyone died.

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God: Bender, being God isn’t easy. If you do too much, people get dependent on you, and if you do nothing, they lose hope. You have to use a light touch. Like a safecracker, or a pickpocket.

Bender: Or a guy who burns down a bar for the insurance money!

God: Yes, if you make it look like an electrical thing. When you do things right, people won’t be sure you’ve done anything at all.

— Futurama

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2010.10.11 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

Magic 3

迷離境界 4

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The real world is more magical than your magical world.

— Me@2010.09.27

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My way of joking is to tell the truth. It’s the funniest joke in the world.

— Act II

— George Bernard Shaw

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2010.10.04 Monday ACHK