Fixed stars

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* Writers may be classified as meteors, planets, and fixed stars. A meteor makes a striking effect for a moment. You look up and cry “There!” and it is gone forever. Planets and wandering stars last a much longer time. They often outshine the fixed stars and are confounded by them by the inexperienced; but this only because they are near. It is not long before they must yield their place; nay, the light they give is reflected only, and the sphere of their influence is confined to their orbit — their contemporaries. Their path is one of change and movement, and with the circuit of a few years their tale is told. Fixed stars are the only ones that are constant; their position in the firmament is secure; they shine with a light of their own; their effect today is the same as it was yesterday, because, having no parallax, their appearance does not alter with a difference in our standpoint. They belong not to one system, one nation only, but to the universe. And just because they are so very far away, it is usually many years before their light is visible to the inhabitants of this earth.

o Vol. 2 “The Art of Literature” as translated in Essays and Aphorisms (1970), as translated by R. J. Hollingdale

— Arthur Schopenhauer

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2010.06.06 Sunday ACHK

Inception

Christopher Nolan 3

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Nolan worked on the script for nine to ten years. When he first started thinking about making the film, the director was influenced by “that era of movies where you had The Matrix, you had Dark City, you had The Thirteenth Floor and, to a certain extent, you had Memento too. They were based in the principles that the world around you might not be real“.

— Wikipedia on Inception (film)

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2010.04.21 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

Live forever!

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He attributes his lifelong habit of writing every day to an incident in 1932 when a carnival entertainer, Mr. Electrico, touched him on the nose with an electrified sword, made his hair stand on end, and shouted, “Live forever!” It was from then that Bradbury wanted to live forever and decided his career as an author in order to do what he was told: live forever. It was at that age that Bradbury first started to do magic. Magic was his first great love. If he had not discovered writing, he would have become a magician.

— Wikipedia on Ray Bradbury

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2010.03.23 Tuesday ACHK

Memento

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Memento is a 2000 psychological thriller film written and directed by Christopher Nolan, adapted from his younger brother Jonathan’s short story “Memento Mori”. It stars Guy Pearce as Leonard Shelby, a man with anterograde amnesia which renders his brain unable to store new memories.

This film is often used to show the distinction between plot and story. The film’s events unfold in two separate, alternating narratives—one in color, and the other in black and white. The black and white sections are told in chronological order, showing Leonard conversing with an anonymous phone caller in a motel room. Leonard’s investigation is depicted in color sequences that are in reverse chronological order. As each sequence begins, the spectator is unaware of the preceding events, just like Leonard, thereby giving the viewer a sense of his confusion. By the film’s end when the two narratives converge we understand the investigation and the events that lead up to the death of Teddy.

— Wikipedia on Memento (film)

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2010.03.20 Saturday ACHK

Publish! 2

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Anything you do not publish,

will disappear with with you.

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Anything you do not publish,

will disappear in this world after your life.

— Me@2010.03.08

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2010.03.10 Wednesday copyright ACHK

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The web is turning writing into a conversation. Twenty years ago, writers wrote and readers read. The web lets readers respond, and increasingly they do — in comment threads, on forums, and in their own blog posts.

— Paul Graham

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2010.02.16 Tuesday ACHK

The Open Cage

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Have you ever noticed that when animals are let out of cages, they don’t always realize at first that the door’s open? Often they have to be poked with a stick to get them out. Something similar happened with blogs. People could have been publishing online in 1995, and yet blogging has only really taken off in the last couple years. … it just took eight years for everyone to realize the cage was open.

— Paul Graham

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2010.02.11 Thursday ACHK

Blog

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10. If you forget the first nine suggestions, just focus on genuinely helping people, and the rest will take care of itself.

— How to Build a High-Traffic Web Site (or Blog), by Steve Pavlina

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2009.12.20 Sunday ACHK

The third impromptu

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Fourth presentation (The third impromptu), about dreams

1. “Ah” from 14 (in Project one) to zero (the pauses do not count)

2. The evaluator did not understand my speech

3. My overall appearance was too serious (?)

— Me@2009.11.26

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2009.11.28 Saturday copyright ACHK

IELTS 5

Score

9.0   39 – 40
8.5   37 – 38
8.0   35 – 36
7.5   32 – 34
7.0   29 – 31
6.5   26 – 28
6.0   22 – 25

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7.5   Overall

8.0   Listening
7.5   Reading
6.5   Writing
8.0   Speaking

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三十年來, 第一次 English Speaking 考得好.

— Me@2009.11.20

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2009.11.21 Saturday copyright ACHK

IELTS 4

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I have forced myself to think in English since October.

I have just found that my Cantonese is less fluent.

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That’s amazing.

— Me@2009.11.05

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2009.11.12 Thursday copyright ACHK