Archive for 四月, 2009

我的天你可不可以暫時讓我睡

2009/04/29

明晚是死線。

個多星期,每晚(或每日)睡眠都是斷斷續續的,三四小時就醒,也好像很久沒有一睡到天光。

查實要寫、甚麼都要試的,都一早試好寫好。

就是覺得有壓力有壓力有壓力未解決未解決未解決。

阿老細說其實都九九十十了。但我還是覺得不太妥。

對上一篇文,我還有野要講的,不過要等一下,讓我死線後小休回一回氣。

尚有多少工作失眠亦有罪。

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Outliers·異數·出類拔萃

2009/04/26

More about Outliers

(這本書,台灣中譯本名為《異數》,林行止先譯為《表表者之勤有功》,後改為《出類拔萃》。三個名字都不太喜歡。第一個使人想起天剎地球反擊戰;第二個太過三字經千字文;第三個是基於對自己母校的情意結,唔太歡喜對面山那間出名串咀的學校)

跟一位高傲的友人逛書店,走至個人成長的書櫃,拿起一本大概叫做「在兩星期內告別失敗」的書,鄙視地翻了翻,然後高聲說「真不明白為甚麼有人會看這些無聊書,他們注定一世做失敗者!」說畢,才發覺身邊有三五個人正在那行書櫃裏選書,只好面帶歉意地急步離開,走至書店的英文部。

友人跟我這等自命有識之士,當然不會愛看畫公仔畫得太過出腸的勵志書籍。一向認為如果我們讀的,連阿貓阿狗也看得懂,豈非跟他們一樣?但是,我們失落的時候,也需要精神上的支持。一向依靠的書籍,多來自財經報章的推介。才發覺它們其實都隱含著這些勵志的道理,只是外邊多了一層包裝而已。

Outliers的副題為The Story of Success,顧名思義,這本書介紹不同行業裏成功人士的故事,包括軟件大亨、運動員、律師、飛機師等等,從中歸納成功的元素。它指天賦條件(如智商)雖然是必需,但超越某門檻後,這些條件就沒有明顯的影嚮。反而後天的種種因素卻是成敗的關鍵,包括「一萬小時法則」、獨立程度、適應力、反抗權力的能力(Power Distance)。

一邊讀,總不免一邊把自己的處境跟書裏描述的成功人士比較。筆者經歷過不少淘汰性的考試,智商應低不到哪裏去;花在本行的時間沒有一萬小時也至少有七八千,成長於人均適應力高的香港,現身處在Power Distance很短的美國,這通通都是書裏描述成功的關鍵因素,理論上我應該是個出類拔萃的成功人仕。不過為甚麼我還自覺高不成低不就?

這本書提供了很好的答案。成功與否,其實也取決於投胎時的運氣,亦即關係於世界的大潮流。七十年代電腦價格下降,個人電腦開始流行,Bill Gates就是於七十年代輟學並創立微軟,趁著這空檔佔領個人電腦軟件的世界。若果他早幾年出生,當他畢業時只有大機構才能負擔電腦設備,可能他只會是個出色的軟件工程師;若他晚幾年出生,到他上大學時大概整個市場已被瓜分,沒有讓他創立微軟的空隙。

說穿了,就是個好好的安慰。一方面,我擁有書裏所列成功的必要條件,可視自己為成功人仕;另一方面在現實上,我是生不逢時罷了。Outliers之所以流行,於作者敏銳的觀察力外,我覺得,還在於它安撫了許多外表高傲自信,但內裏鬱鬱不得志的心靈。

(同刊於同日《香港經濟日報》)

成龍揚威國際

2009/04/23

NYT: Jackie Chan Strikes a Chinese Nerve

As far as i remember, the last time that Hong Kong stars appear on NYT was more than a year ago. It was the story between Edison and Gillian.

Taxing cyclists

2009/04/22

Wong wrote about the newly proposed bicycle path in northern NT. He argues that the path is mostly for leisure purpose but not for daily commute, and urges the government to promulgate a bike policy in the city area.

I don’t think the government has much incentive to do this. Taxes on vehicles are high, while it is difficult to tax a bicyclist. Couple of weeks ago there was a discussion on the freakonomics blog, some in US are complaining that the bicyclists are free rider on the road system as only motor vehicles are paying tax, a lawmaker (possibly he doesn’t have a bike) proposed a law to tax cyclists.

馬料水大學出戰瑞典

2009/04/21

acm2009

這是一年一度的寫程式世界賽,今年在瑞典舉行,三個人五個鐘一部電腦十條題目,做得正確做得多做得快者勝。Google很喜歡請玩這個比賽的人。

圖中的四位,每一位寫程式都比我強很多很多。

比賽剛剛開始,祝幾位玩得開心!

Dirty tricks…

2009/04/20

Despite of how much I like eason chan, I really hate these dirty tricks by the record company. DAMN IT!

In U87, Eason did a similar performance (but a larger scale) for every song in the album before they publish it, and the live DVD was included in the album. I was wondering why don’t they do the same thing this time. Now I know it. This is dirty.

It is no way that I am going to get another copy of the album.

I am going to get a harddisk copy.

Some updates…

2009/04/17

write a few words to show that i am still alive.

damn busy. hv a paper deadline in Apr30, the largest conference in my community. if i were lucky enough, will go to Portugal in Sept ( probably will spend a week in London afterwards… haha!). Writing a good and easy-to-comprehend paper is not easy though.

hvn’t been writing anything other than program or papers for more than a week. sometimes i write a lot and not publish all to leave me some buffers for my busy time. obviously my buffer is almost emptied.

hvn’t completed any single book for 2 months. although i keep reading lots of book review and ordering 2-3 books from amazon biweekly, not including those chinese books from Lui. hv started 小團圓, but Zhang’s book is not a bedtime novel, find it hard to follow the story after an exhausted day. there is a big pile of unread books on my desk now. feel pretty bad about this, coz w/o reading, i dun hv new idea.

one great thing in the that i wrote > 18000 lines of c++ code within 4 weeks (include a couple of days in hawaii), the performance is pretty good, i am happy with that.

more importantly, CY Kong has updated his page about the Eason’s HHHM album too. pretty interesting. also interesting to compare what he mentioned a month ago with the current page.

hopefully life will become better after the paper deadline.

Madness and Civilization

2009/04/12

或者讀一讀這本書,簡直係創見。雖則呢位法國人講野好難明,曾經花了九個鐘,都睇唔完三版reading。

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