DS9

33 INT. HOLDING AREA

Quark and Sakonna are sharing the same cell.

QUARK
I hope you’re happy.

SAKONNA
I am a Vulcan. My emotional state is irrelevant.

QUARK
Well I’m a Ferengi. And my emotional state is very relevant. And right now, I’m miserable. And it’s all your fault.

SAKONNA
You were well paid for your assistance.

QUARK
Not well enough. Look, why don’t you just tell them what they want to know?

Sakonna just stares at him.

DEEP SPACE: “The Maquis, II” – 02/17/94 – ACT FOUR 42.

33 CONTINUED:

QUARK
(continuing, talking confidentially) I know the Cardassians can’t be trusted. I know that the Central Command would like nothing better than to destroy the Federation colonies in the Demilitarized Zone.

SAKONNA
Then you agree with our position?

QUARK
Not for a second.

SAKONNA
Why not?

QUARK
Because your position is… (searching for the right word) Illogical.

This takes Sakonna off guard.

SAKONNA
Do you propose to lecture me on logic?

QUARK
I don’t want to, but you leave me no choice. It all comes down to the third Rule of Acquisition.

(off her blank reaction)

You don’t know that one, do you?

SAKONNA
I am not well versed in Ferengi philosophy.

QUARK
Remind me to get you a copy of the Rules. You never know when they’ll come in handy. Now, the third rule clearly states,

Never pay more for an acquisition than you have to.

SAKONNA
Logical. But I fail to see how that applies to my situation.

DEEP SPACE: “The Maquis, II” – 02/17/94 – ACT FOUR 43.

33 CONTINUED: (2)

QUARK
You want to acquire peace. Fine.

Peace is good. But how much are you
willing to pay for it?

SAKONNA
Whatever it costs.

QUARK
That’s the kind of irresponsible spending that causes so many business ventures to fail.

You’re forgetting the third rule. Right now peace could be bought at a bargain price and you don’t even realize it.

SAKONNA
I find this very confusing.

QUARK
Then I’ll make it so simple that even a Vulcan can understand. The Central Command has been caught red-handed smuggling weapons to their settlers. So from now on, every ship approaching the Demilitarized Zone will be searched. Without the support of the Central Command, the Cardassian settlers won’t be so eager to fight.

SAKONNA
You forget the weapons they already have.

QUARK
They have weapons… you have weapons… everyone has weapons. But right now, no one has a clear advantage. So the price of peace is at an all-time low. This is the perfect time to sit down and hammer out an agreement. Don’t you get it… attacking the Cardassians now will only escalate the conflict and make peace more expensive in the long run. Now I ask you, is that logical?

Quark sits down, pleased with his performance.

— Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

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2018.03.16 Friday ACHK

深淵 2

與魔鬼戰鬥的人,應當小心自己不要成為魔鬼。當你遠遠凝視深淵時,深淵也在凝視你。

— 尼采

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勇者鬥惡龍,小心勇者變惡龍。

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As soon as men decide that all means are permitted to fight an evil, then their good becomes indistinguishable from the evil that they set out to destroy.

— Christopher Dawson

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2018.02.16 Friday ACHK

War and Peace

Is peace better than war?

Peace is acceptance of the status quo

You cannot answer the question of whether peace is better than war without reference to the status quo. Preserve peace is another way of saying accept the status quo. Accepting the status quo is OK only if the status quo is acceptable. Sometimes, it is not.

Diplomacy is meaningless unless it is backed by potential use of force.

Nations negotiate diplomatically to prevent war. Were there no threat of war behind international negotiations, each side could just say “No” to the other forever

Objecting to all wars is not an option for anyone unless the objector is protected by someone who does not object to all wars. No one should be willing to risk his life for such people.

https://web.archive.org/web/20180130120844/https://johntreed.com/blogs/john-t-reed-s-blog-about-military-matters/68514755-is-peace-better-than-war

— Is peace better than war?

— John Reed

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2018.01.30 Tuesday ACHK

Utopia

何有之鄉
 
 
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So why bother with all this pessimism?

Because at their heart, dystopias
are cautionary tales,

not about some particular government
or technology,

but the very idea that humanity can be
molded into an ideal shape.

Think back to the perfect world
you imagined.

Did you also imagine what it would
take to achieve?

How would you make people cooperate?

And how would you make sure it lasted?

Now take another look.

Does that world still seem perfect?

— How to recognize a dystopia

— Alex Gendler

— animation by TED-Ed
 
 
The road to hell is paved with good intentions.


 
 
 
2018.01.23 Tuesday ACHK

PhD

Holodny: Yeah, I noticed you don’t have a Ph.D. Are you not into the Ph.D. system?

Dyson: Oh, very much against it. I’ve been fighting it unsuccessfully all my life.

Holodny: Any reason in particular?

Dyson: Well, I think it actually is very destructive. I’m now retired, but when I was a professor here, my real job was to be a psychiatric nurse. There were all these young people who came to the institute, and my job was to be there so they could cry on my shoulder and tell me what a hard time they were having. And it was a very tough situation for these young people. They come here. They have one or two years and they’re supposed to do something brilliant. They’re under terrible pressure – not from us, but from them.

So, actually, I’ve had three of them who I would say were just casualties who I’m responsible for. One of them killed himself, and two of them ended up in mental institutions. And I should’ve been able to take care of them, but I didn’t. I blame the Ph.D. system for these tragedies. And it really does destroy people. If they weren’t under that kind of pressure, they could all have been happy people doing useful stuff. Anyhow, so that’s my diatribe. But I really have seen that happen.

— Legendary physicist Freeman Dyson talks about math, nuclear rockets, and astounding things about the universe

— Elena Holodny Sep. 9, 2016, 9:15 AM

— Business Insider

當年「大導修課」時,李生講過:

我有好多朋友,當年去(外國/美國)讀博士,摧毁了他們自己一生。

(當然,在他們面前,我就不好意思,直接那樣説啦。)

他們本來性格好好,但是,回來之後,思想變得古靈精怪。試問世間上,有多少事情,比損失良好性格,更加悲慘呢?

所以,李生向阿熹提議:

你可以考慮一下,在香港,先完成了碩士。然後,才去外國升博士。

那時,事隔兩年,你個人成熟一點,『出事』的機會,自然細一點。

還有,剛才同你傾計,發覺你思想都幾周到;會顧慮很多東西,才下一個決定。

反而,讀博士的過程中,有時,你必須有一種『即管試,錯就錯啦』的心態。

— Me@2016.02.24

— Me@2016.06.12

— Me@2017.06.19

2017.07.05 Wednesday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK

The Dunning–Kruger effect

想不出來 1.2.2

The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which low-ability individuals suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly assessing their ability as much higher than it really is. Dunning and Kruger attributed this bias to a metacognitive incapacity, on the part of those with low ability, to recognize their ineptitude and evaluate their competence accurately. Their research also suggests corollaries: high-ability individuals may underestimate their relative competence and may erroneously assume that tasks which are easy for them are also easy for others.

Dunning and Kruger have postulated that the effect is the result of internal illusion in those of low ability, and external misperception in those of high ability: “The miscalibration of the incompetent stems from an error about the self, whereas the miscalibration of the highly competent stems from an error about others.”

— Wikipedia on Dunning–Kruger effect

I’ve found that people who are great at something are not so much convinced of their own greatness as mystified at why everyone else seems so incompetent.

— Paul Graham

2017.02.17 Friday ACHK

天空堤壩 5

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友情方面,你可以選擇,只要對方的優點;
愛情方面,你不可以選擇,不要對方的缺點。

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友情方面,你可以選擇,只要對方最好的優點;
愛情方面,你不可以選擇,不要對方最差的缺點。

— Me@2010.06.01

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2010.06.03 Thursday (c) ACHK

天空堤壩

Talent at its best and character at its worst

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Lord Acton said we should judge talent at its best and character at its worst. For example, if you write one great book and ten bad ones, you still count as a great writer — or at least, a better writer than someone who wrote eleven that were merely good. Whereas if you’re a quiet, law-abiding citizen most of the time but occasionally cut someone up and bury them in your backyard, you’re a bad guy.

— Paul Graham

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才能方面,如果一個人的最高點是可以接受的話,你就可以錄用他,即使他有其他任何才能缺點;

品德方面,如果一個人的最低點是不可接受的話,你就千萬不要錄用他,即使他有其他任何品德優點。

— Me@2010.03.06

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才能方面,一個太陽可以照亮整個天空;

品德方面,一條裂縫可以摧毀整個堤壩。

— Me@2010.03.06

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2010.03.07 Sunday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK

反白論起點 2.2

這段改編自 2010 年 4 月 10 日的對話。

無錯。上司時常無故出現的公司,不會是效率高的公司。那正正就是老子講法的一個反例。

最佳的領袖,就是那些人民不覺其存在的領袖,因為最佳的領袖,會令到這個社會,無災無難。既然是無災無難,人民就自然不會察覺,其領袖的存在,亦不會察覺,其領袖需要存在。所以,人民反而會以為,這個領袖好像無所作業,可有可無。

正如壞醫生沒有能力,或者沒有意願,一次過醫好你,令你時常要去光顧他。換句話說,他會時常在你的世界出現。但是,好醫生有能力,亦有意願,一次過醫好你,令你短期內,也毋須再去光顧他。換而言之,他極少會在你的世界出現。那樣,你就自然不會察覺,他的重要性;甚至,你直情忘記了,他的存在。

一般人也以為,「無災無難」是自然現象。他們以為,萬事不作,就自動萬事大吉。實情是,這個世界,因為天災人禍,是一個地獄。「有災有難」,才是自然現象,才是預設狀態。

如果你不覺得這世界是個地獄,那是因為有很多人,包括你自己,為你提供了一些保護罩。例如,「上班」就是「滅災滅難」的工序之一。雖然,上班十分辛苦,但是,如果不上班,你就要捱餓,更加辛苦。

「無事發生」,就即是「無災無難」。「無災無難」,近乎是一個奇蹟。所以,單單是「無事發生」本身,就要領袖,以至是全體的大部分人民,十分刻意、十分艱苦的經營。

— Me@2014.08.03

2014.08.03 Sunday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK

I Am Legend

Fair use rationale for I Am Legend

No free equivalent exists that would effectively identify the article’s subject.
The image does not in any way limit the ability of the copyright owners to market or sell their product.
The image is only used once and is rendered in low resolution to avoid piracy.

I Am Legend is a 2007 British-American post-apocalyptic science fiction horror film directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Will Smith. It is the third feature film adaptation of Richard Matheson’s 1954 novel of the same name, following 1964’s The Last Man on Earth and 1971’s The Omega Man. Smith plays virologist Robert Neville, who is immune to a man-made virus originally created to cure cancer. He works to create a remedy while defending himself against mutants created by the virus.

— Wikipedia on I Am Legend (film)

2014.07.16 Wednesday ACHK

Open Source MindOS, 2.3

朋友同事 5.3 | 已婚單身 2.3 | Singles 2.3

這段改編自 2010 年 4 月 10 日的對話。

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拍拖(談戀愛),是一個「互相改變」的過程。

無傷大雅的缺點,你可以選擇不改,因為更改太快太多,會十分煩厭。但對於事關重大的缺點,你不敢不改。

要發現和改正自己的缺點,往往需要一個,十分瞭解你的人,加以提醒和指導。而拍拖,就正正是那個「互相修正」和「互相創造」的過程。

M. C. Escher

Though this image is subject to copyright, its use is covered by the U.S. fair use laws because

1. It illustrates an educational article …
2. It is a low resolution image.
3. It is not replaceable with an uncopyrighted or freely copyrighted image of comparable educational value.

「不斷修正」和「不斷創造」的後果是,雙方各自也不斷重生成,新版本的自己。二人對於對方來說,也會不斷帶來新鮮感。那樣,愛情方能長久。

— Me@2014.07.14

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2014.07.14 Monday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK