the eighth day of the Baha'i Fast
Pentax SMC A 70-210mm f4 macro, 30s, ISO100, f32, +0.3EV, 70mm

斋节第八天。昨晚咳嗽大为减弱,从之前的零星小雨变为间或有雨,嗯,这两个词说的好像是一个意思,反正好转就是了。另外也“纵容”T去做了一份晚餐,条件恶劣,原料缺乏,但仍能妙手生花,做出良好表率。将生活过得有趣味应是终极追求。早上真的不想起来,但想起有顿隔夜的晚餐需要消灭,也真的饿不起,两眼朦胧满含秋水地先向厕所示爱。这几天的“规律”作息测试,发现早上的时间显得特别宝贵,那是一段不因人的意志而转移的时间,那是一段不因别人的言语而变化的时间,那是一段见证太阳升起的时间,那也是一段可以不受干扰的时间。相对而言,晚上的时间则给各种各样的琐碎鸡肠事情占领。如需要提高效率,提升生活质量,压缩晚上的可有可无时间段能得到明显的效果。至于如何提高和提升,相信人民群众的创造力是无限的,人定能胜天的。同时也是高处不胜寒。

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上周六放工后赶到西部的裕廊东地铁站旁边的科学馆跟Mr.& Mrs. Liu, EELC和SCS一起看人体展,不是活人,而是被剥了皮的尸体。学术上来说那属于标本吧。在地铁上一路睡过去,钓的鱼送给了旁边好几个乘客。周六是最后一天,“开业”到晚上9点。虽不算是人生人海,排的长龙真的像条龙,来来回回十八弯,男女老少各路人色都有。在入口处一直放着几个幻灯片,演示了一个人从小到老的脸部变化,运用电脑技术将各个时期“无缝”链接起来。幻灯片后迎面而来的是一张图片,一男一女的交媾切片图,将注意力放在小鸡鸡上面以及它的周围,没有注意其它细节了,俳谐。然后是从几个星期大到快要临盆的婴儿标本,接着下来是关节、肌肉、心脏、肾脏、神经系统以及肺部的展示,还有少不了的篮球人、骑马、驾车、体操、下棋者和画家等等。借助对比,宣扬了健康生活的好处,如海报上面小小的”the Circle of Life”。虽然租借了讲解器,仍尤走马观花。新加坡的展览没有那么挑战尺度,不过我还是为那位爸爸担心:在出口处有生殖器官的展示,一个估计6岁的小女孩问她爸爸:“What’s this, Daddy?”那位父亲用动作来引开女儿的注意力,但不够成功,最后如何回答这个问题可惜不好意思一直站在旁边而未听到。你说呢?曾经看过一个关于这个人体展标本的短片,描述了设置在上海的工厂如何制作各种医学院以及展览用标本。由于展品看起来五颜六色,感觉不到陌生或者是恐惧,犹如两具行尸走肉相会。没有拿出笔来抄写相关的词汇是最大的遗憾,毕竟很快就会将相关的影像丢之脑后。谢谢Mr. Liu的慷慨车载。

以上及以下Body Worlds相关图片均来自网络

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“哎呀,冇睇到天气预报。” — 阿公

星期一晚上从Donna和Alvin手中接过Pentax K200D没有什么太多的感觉,因为是菜鸟还没有入门,因此跟我任何型号的也区别不出各自的功能。当时连要拍出第一张照片都困难,这个状况维持到当天睡觉。于是第二天就开始读手册,然后就知道那个转盘是做什么用的,光圈对焦感光度快门等等才有比较基础的认识,囧。所以就有了前两天的“先见楼梯响”。刚拿到的相机快门在8300+,不算新也不算旧的相机,据来自菲律宾的D和A说,是在家乡买的,不到一年的时间。随机没有什么附送,所谓随机附送的一排区区600mAh的电池还给一起来的充电器给充坏了,无语中。机身还是有些灰尘,看来并没有很好的保存。连手册和光盘也没有,给了个三脚架,而保修卡是“不知道塞到哪里去了,房间很乱”的情况,找到后会给我。所以550新币的价钱还是贵了一点点,但仍算合理,除了今天清理镜头是发现似乎上面有个点,怎么弄都不掉,还好有个UV镜,要不然在他俩的手上不敢想象。网上看了一通,发现三洋的eneloop 2000mAh充电器口碑不错,得,再要花几乎90新币才弄了个充电器和八个电池,比国内贵了一倍吧。

下面是清单:

– Pentax K200D
– Pentax K200D Kit Lens 18-55mm
– Pentax remote control
– Kengo UV filter
– Pentax Neck Strap
– Kingston 2GB SDHC
– USB Cable to PC + Cable to TV
– Pentax Bag
– Tripod
– 1 x Battery + Battery charger

选择宾得没有什么理由,自己不是哪一个牌子的死忠,差点买了Seb的Nikon D60,他说新手不妨试试宾得的K10D,所以才转到宾得,发现二手的价钱比较低,所以才淘到这款K200D。机子来的时候一开机就是有振动,询问过Farish后才知道这是自己除尘功能,他建议要默认开着,要不然到时候送去清理机身更加破费。遇到的这两位“机友”都不错,虽然没有见面。那句“要他破产,就让他玩单反”确实印证在我身上,现在在寻找18-200+的镜头,估计要等下个月粮出了才真正有点入手的可能性。现在水平的认知就是希望弄个“全焦段”的镜头和一个适合拍人像的定焦大光圈镜头,比如说小痰盂。

English Corner at James & Carole’s

Aug 28, 2009
Bruce and the Spider

A long time ago there lived a King of Scotland named Robert Bruce. He was a greatly troubled man because his country was at war with England and the English were winning. In battle after battle they drove back the Scottish army until at last the King himself had to retreat to the mountains to save his life.

Wandering desperately through the mountain forests, could and hungry and exhausted, at last the King found a miserable little wooden hut empty and deserted. Glad of any kind of shelter, he lay down on the floor of the hut in deep despair.

‘There is no use in going on,’ he thought. ‘The enemy has thrown back our armies six times. We can never repulse them. I have failed my people. I might as well give up.’

At that moment the King noticed a little gay spider spinning a long thread from one of the rafters. The spider swung along on the thread in an effort to attach the other end to another rafter so he could start spinning his web. But the thread broke and the spider fell to the floor of the hut.

A little dazed perhaps, but with no hesitation at all, the spider climbed up the wall and began spinning again. He kept patiently at it until the thread was long enough. Then he again swung himself to the end of it and tried once more to attach it to the rafter across the corner. But again the spider fell to the floor.

And once more he climbed up and began again.

Six times the spider’s thread broke. Six times he fell to the ground. Six times he began. Six times he failed.

Robert Bruce, the King of Scotland, watched in fascination. He became so absorbed in the little spider’s efforts that for a time he forgot his own troubles.

The spider did not give up even when he failed for the sixth time. He just tried again, and this time, on the seventh try, he was successful. The end of the thread held! The spider attached it to the far rafter and began spinning this web.

Robert Bruce arose and bowed low to the tiny gray creature. ‘O little spider!’ he cried.

‘You have taught me a wonderful lesson in patience and persistence. You were not ready to give up, as I was. No matter how often you failed, you were always willing to try again. Perhaps I too shall win if I keep on trying.’

And so, though he was still cold and hungry and weary, he was no longer disheartened. Watching the spider had given him new strength and courage. He buckled on his sword, gathered together his scattered armies and, with the example of the courageous spider to inspire him, King Robert Bruce led his men, on the seventh try, to victory.

For discussion:
1. Can any worthwhile goal ever be achieved without patience? Give an example of a goal that obviously needs patience to achieve.
2. Give an example of patient & impatient behavior in the following situations: waiting for the bus, dealing with a difficult customer, teaching a student who is a slow learner.
3. Think of some of the advantages of being patient. What are some disadvantages to being impatient?
4. Can you think of a situation where you showed patience and your patience was rewarded? Now try to think of a situation where impatience led you to trouble or difficulty.
5. Think about how patience is helpful in the following areas of life: schooling, raising children, working at your job. Give examples.
6. Would you rather be friends with a patient or an impatient person?

Beyond – 海阔天空

这两天晚上声东击西、指鹿为马、一叶障目拍出的片子。这些照片只是经过尺寸裁剪和加水印,没有进行过任何额外处理。时间都是在晚上,周末才有空出去转转看看白天的色彩。多图杀猫。


Camera: PENTAX K200D ISO: 1600 Exposure: 1/60 sec Aperture: 8.0 Focal Length: 55mm Flash Used: Yes
暂时感觉这相机物超所值。


Camera: PENTAX K200D ISO: 1600 Exposure: 1/60 sec Aperture: 8.0 Focal Length: 55mm Flash Used: Yes
在购买之前东家比西家比北家再比南家比中發白。上面两张就是所谓的层次感。这张可以感觉到后面的补光不好,因此计算器很模糊。


Camera: PENTAX K200D ISO: 800 Exposure: 1/3 sec Aperture: 5.6 Focal Length: 55mm Flash Used: No
提醒自己这本书很久没有碰了,其他的也是。
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近来没有消停过。TCH的电脑要换个硬盘,是因为我要将电脑的内存升级,最后发现DDR 333MHz几乎绝货,所以附的定金用来升级他的硬盘了,问题是,他的电脑刚买不到3个月而已。既然升级硬盘,那么就要装上系统,在电脑没有光驱的情况下安装XP被证明是一项折磨人的活动。从以前熟悉的老毛桃winpe不停试错,到最后没有办法拉下一个U盘维护工具解决了用U盘安装系统的问题。然后就处于跟无线网络的艰苦斗争之中。每次搞定该无线网络就忘记了是如何设置才能够导通,或许试了太多次的情况下感动了上苍,然后下一次仍旧走回老路。

在这些事情的间隙中,不知为何在将移动硬盘连接的情况下,将电脑地带的硬盘盘符改了一个,这样的结果导致了不能够启动移动硬盘中的Ubuntu,出现这样的错误信息:

GRUB loading, please wait…
Error 15

老样子,去股沟,上百度,过长江,渡黄河,在离要狠下心来用live cd重新过一遍安装时发现了这篇文章,犹如东方出了个毛主席,稍微根据自己的情况改了下“参数”,实现了所谓的“重新安装Grub”,顺利启动到移动硬盘上的Ubuntu记录下这次过程:

Ubuntu how to re-install grub using chroot

First make your life easier by getting into a full root session

ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo su

now mount your ubuntu install

root@ubuntu:/home/ubuntu# mount /dev/hda5 /mnt

## 在重新安装Grub之前,用fdisk -l命令看看现有的分区情况,移动硬盘上的boot是在/dev/sdb6上面,因此将上面的/dev/hda5改成实际情况下的
Next bind your real devices so that the grub command can work

root@ubuntu:/home/ubuntu# mount -o bind /dev /mnt/dev
root@ubuntu:/home/ubuntu# mount -o bind /proc /mnt/proc

## 不知为何告知没有 ‘ -o ’ 这个命令,只是照画葫芦打下这两行命令,如果到第二行不能输入/字符,好像可以免去
Enter the chroot session

root@ubuntu:/home/ubuntu# chroot /mnt
root@ubuntu:/# grub
grub> find /boot/grub/stage1
find /boot/grub/stage1
(hd0,1)
(hd0,4)

## 虽然上面fdisk -l显示了/dev/sdb6,不过find出来的地点却是(hd1,5)一个选项而已
My root disk was installed on partition 5 so now set that as root

grub> root (hd0,4) root (hd0,4)

## 根据上一步,将(hde0,4)改成(hd1,5)即可
install grub

grub> setup (hd0)
setup (hd0)
Checking if “/boot/grub/stage1” exists… yes
Checking if “/boot/grub/stage2” exists… yes
Checking if “/boot/grub/e2fs_stage1_5” exists… yes
Running “embed /boot/grub/e2fs_stage1_5 (hd0)”… 16 sectors are embedded.
succeeded
Running “install /boot/grub/stage1 (hd0) (hd0)1+16 p (hd0,4)/boot/grub/stage2 /boot/grub/menu.lst”… succeeded
Done.

## 同样,这里的(hd0)改成(hd1)
Now quit and restart your machine

grub> quit
exit
reboot

## 我reboot了两次还没有反应,只好用鼠标点点重启菜单

就这样,搞定了。

Sri Lanka Sigiriya

关于无线网络的问题,在路由器控制面板重新设置了WPA登录方式,就TMD的可以连接上了。跟上面的过程一样,我不知道为什么会这样。我只知道是寂寞造成的。

给出的版本是以《超人前传》中的场景为背景。某天看到TCH推荐的电视剧,发现这个MV的主人翁竟然是超人来的。今天晚上再次听到电视剧里面的背景音乐,不过不是超人与女朋友要死要活的情景,而是他与那个可以读心术的小男孩在坐热气球的桥段。其实不会去看这部电视剧,主要是太长的缘故,把很简单的事情拌开揉碎重复的说,每集不同的是播放日期随着日期前进而前进。

DishwallaAngels or Devils

this is the last time
that I’m ever gonna come here tonight
this is the last time – I will fall
into a place that fails us all – inside

I can see the pain in you
I can see the love in you
but fighting all the demons will take time
it will take time

the angels they burn inside for us
are we ever
are we ever gonna learn to fly
the devils they burn inside of us
are we ever gonna come back down
come around
I’m always gonna worry about the things that could make us cold

this is the last time
that I’m ever gonna give in tonight
are there angels or devils crawling here?
I just want to know what blurs and what is clear – to see

still I can see the pain in you
and I can see the love in you
and fighting all the demons will take time
it will take time

the angels they burn inside for us
are we ever
are we ever gonna learn to fly
the devils they burn inside of us
are we ever gonna come back down – come around
I’m always gonna worry about the things that could break us

if I was to give in – give it up
– and then
take a breath – make it deep
cause it might be the last one you get
be the last one
that could make us cold
you know that they could make us cold
I’m always gonna worry about the things that could make us cold

花了长长的时间整理硬盘的资料,正在处理照片中,压缩,重命名,删除源文件,预示着时间的秒针永远比时针走的快。现在的计划好像是处于某种真空状态,“前无古人,后无来者”,鸡犬不相闻,何去何从将不是the last time,坚持现有的计划保持现状,努力寻求突破,认真学习“三要”和“六不”以及“八项”等理论,为带领大家迈进共产社会而奋斗。

天使与魔鬼只是一线之差,一念之间,一臂之长。
LRT or MRT, this is a question.