Friday, October 30, 2009

Ted's talks - highly recommended

Click here for Ted's talks.

I listened to several and was hooked on it already. The following description is from my good friend Tom's blog.

It contains thumbnail summaries of each talk and a clickable link to the talk of yourself. Download TED TALKS.htm to your desktop where you can click on it to transport yourself into a room with some of the brightest and best the country has to offer giving talks, recitals, and presentations that formerly would have required a $6,000 membership to an exclusive group that most of us would not be able to enter for any price.

Some of these are mediocre. Others will have you in awe, in laughter, and even in tears. They are often gold mines. If a one-site per user rule were placed on the Internet, this site might well be my site of choice.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Buddhism and Tang Monk

Now, a little off topic.

Buddhism is the most respected religion to me. Compared to the ever-lasting religious wars between Christians and Muslims, Buddhism is pretty tame. However, we have conflicts in Tibet and at least two leaders (Canton and HK) live in rich folks’ style with drivers for their expensive cars. There must be some rules against this kind of life style.

I am reading a book on the historical event of the Tang Monk’s Journey to the West. It is written by a modern scholar commenting and with some educated guesses. It is fascinating. The book’s ISBN 978-986-6873-48-5 in traditional Chinese. I found the following.

* The ancient text was written about 1,400 years ago. We can still understand most of the text and almost 100% with the author’s comments and occasional educated guesses. The author needs to translate the modern terms for city names, nations, local terms at the time…

* Ancient language is short. It could be due to the expensive paper and ink (or bamboo and carving at earlier time). It must be more enjoyable at their time. I guess we only have modern way in writing in longer and easier to understand form in Qing time.

* Ancient China has record history over 2,000 years ago I guess but not so in many ancient civilizations like India. Tang monk translated the Hindi text to Chinese. Now, India translated back the same text to Indian language so they can understand the history, culture and geography at that time.

Thanks for our heritage!

* The facts and wisdom of Tang monk are quite different what were described in the popular friction, which is one of our top four literature classics.

* Ancient India is quite advanced. The Arabian numbers actually was invented in India. We call it Arabian as it is the country that passed the idea to Europe. If we do not progress, we let others pass us by and India is a good example.

* Most likely, most modern musical instruments were invented in Middle East and passed to Europe, India and China which have their own individual modifications. Just from the book.

—- thanks for reading my book report and I hope my teacher would give me a passing grade —– :)

Monday, October 26, 2009

熟透的香蕉. 產生攻擊異常細胞的物質 TNF

English summary: banana may be good for your flu.

原來熟透的香蕉. 產生攻擊異常細胞的物質 TNF

您可能會發現不久的將來香蕉會缺貨 !!

香蕉愈成熟即表皮上黑斑愈多,它的免疫活性也就愈高。日本人愛吃香蕉不是沒原因的,大、小朋友們都喜歡吃香蕉 ~真方便,每日五蔬果,疾病遠離我喔 .

根據日本科學家的研究發現,香蕉中具有抗癌作用的物質 TNF而且,香蕉愈成熟其抗癌效果愈高。

日本東京大學教授山崎正利利用動物試驗,比較了香蕉、葡萄、蘋果、西瓜、菠蘿、梨子、柿子等多種水果的免疫活性,結果證實其中以香蕉的效果最好,能夠增加白血球,改善免疫系統的功能,還會產生攻擊異常細胞的物質 TNF





Seems posted before, but it still looks great.




騎白馬的不一定是王子,可能是唐僧;帶翅膀的不一定 是天使,也可能是"鳥人"


就算是 Friend 最後還是會有個 end

就算是 Lover 最後還是會 over

就算是 forget 也要先get才行





前程四緊就是: 手頭緊 眉頭緊 衣服緊 時間緊


幸福 離我們很近 但我們都忘了靠近



Friday, October 23, 2009

Fishing trip

Four friends spend weeks planning the perfect backwoods camping and fishing trip.

Two days before their trip to start, Frank's wife puts her foot down and tells him not to go. Frank's friends are very upset but what can they do?

When the three get to the camping site, they find Frank sitting there with a tent set up, fire wood gathered, and fish cooking.
"Damn man. How long have you been here and how did your wife let you go?"
"Well, I've been here since yesterday. Yesterday evening, I was sitting in my chair and wife wife came up behind me and put her hands over my eyes and said: "Guess who?" I pulled her hands off and saw she was wearing a brand new see through nightie. She took my hand and took me to our bedroom where two dozen candles with rose pedals all over. She had on the bed handcuffs and ropes! She told me to tie and cuff her to the bed and I did. Then she said, "Do whatever you want."

So here I am.

H1N1 & Cold

This is such a helpful chart; pass it along to anyone you know!
Print it out and put it on the refrigerator!

Know the Difference between Cold and H1N1 Flu Symptoms
Symptom Cold H1N1 Flu
Fever Fever is rare with a cold. Fever is usually present with the flu in up to 80% of all flu cases.=2 0A temperature of 100°F or higher for 3 to 4 days is associated with the flu.
Coughing A hacking, productive (mucus- producing) cough is often present with a cold. A non-productive (non-mucus producing) cough is usually present with the flu (sometimes referred to as dry cough).
Aches Slight body aches and pains can be part of a cold. Severe aches and pains are common with the flu.
Stuffy Nose Stuffy nose is commonly present with a cold and typically resolves spontaneously within a week. Stuffy nose is not commonly present with the flu.
Chills Chills are uncommon with a cold. 60% of people who have the flu experience chills.
Tiredness Tiredness is fairly mild with a cold. Tiredness is moderate to severe with the flu.
Sneezing Sneezing is commonly present with a cold. Sneezing is not common with the flu.
Sudden Symptoms Cold symptoms tend to develop over a few days. The flu has a rapid onset within 3-6 hours. The flu hits hard and includes sudden symptoms like high fever, aches and pains.
Headache A headache is fairly uncommon with a cold. A headache is very common with the flu, present in 80% of flu cases.
Sore Throat Sore throat is commonly present with a cold. Sore throat is not commonly present with the flu.
Chest Discomfort Chest discomfort is mild to moderate with a cold. Chest discomfort is often severe with the flu.

The only way to stop the spread of the epidemic is to spread the awareness.


Click here for some fun,

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Jokes from Silicon Valley

A butcher watching over his shop is really surprised when he sees a dog coming inside the shop. He shoos him away.

But later, the dog is back again. So, he goes over to the dog and notices it has a note in its mouth.


He takes the note and
it reads "Can I have 12 sausages and a leg of lamb, please? The dog has money in its mouth, as well."

他拿起紙條,紙條上寫著"麻 煩給我12條香腸和一條羊腿,錢就放在狗嘴裡"

The butcher looks
inside and there is a ten dollar note there. So he takes the money and puts the sausages and lamb in a bag, placing it in the dog's mouth.

The butcher is so impressed, and since it's about closing time, he decides to shut the shop and follow the dog.


So off he goes. The dog is walking down the street, when it
comes to a level crossing; the dog puts down the bag, jumps up and presses the button.

Then it waits patiently, bag in mouth, for the lights to turn. They do,
and it walks across the road, with the butcher following
him all the way.

他們沿著路走,來到十字路口的時候這條狗就把袋子放下,跳起來按了行人通行鈕,再叼起袋子耐心地等綠 燈亮起,再行通過這個路口,當然肉販還是緊緊跟著它。

The dog then
comes to a bus stop, and starts looking at the timetable. The butcher is in awe as the dog stops a bus by pulling its left leg up and gets in it. The butcher follows the dog into the bus. The dog then shows a ticket which is tied to its belt to the bus conductor. The butcher is nearly fainting at this sight, so are the other passengers in the bus.

The dog then sits near the driver's seat looking outside. As soon as the stop is in sight, the dog stands and wags its tail to inform the conductor. Then, without waiting for the bus to stop completely, it jumps out of the bus and runs to a house very close to the stop.

接 下來這條狗來到公車站,開始盯著時刻表瞧。 肉販很震驚這條狗居然懂得舉起左腳來攔車,然後搭上了這台公車!肉販跟著上了車,狗把綁在項圈上的車票秀給車掌看,看到這一幕,肉販就像其他的乘客一樣簡 直要暈倒了。狗狗接著坐在司機旁看著窗外,當下一個站牌出現,它就站起來跑去車掌那兒搖尾巴示意他要下車

It opens the big
Iron Gate and rushes inside towards the door. As it approaches the wooden door, the dog suddenly changes its mind and heads towards the garden. It goes to the window, and beats its head against it several times, walks back, jumps off, and waits at the door.

The butcher watches as a big guy opens the door, and starts abusing the dog, kicking him and punching him, and swearing at him. The butcher surp rised with this, runs up, and stops the guy.


"What in heaven's name are you doing? The dog is a
genius. He could be on TV, for the life of me!"

To which the guy responds: "You call this clever? This is the second time this week that this stupid dog's forgotten his key."

"你它馬的再幹什麼!? 這是一條天才狗耶!我用我的性命擔保它絕對可以上電視!"

Moral of the story.....

You may continue to exceed onlookers expectations but shall
always fall short of the boss' expectations.

It's a dog's life after


Optical illusion

Click here for optical illusion


This is similar to the HaloCam security camera carried by Ratel...


(拍摄位置在北京贵宾楼饭店 华社记者 杨光 赵宸制作)

Elvis is alive!

For those of you that didn't see the show, Celine Dion appeared to

walk out and stand next to Elvis as the two sang a duet of the classic

"If I can Dream." It was like he was raised from the dead.

A hologram. Totally amazing what they can do now. Estimated cost of this was said to have cost $100,000 and it is said it took a long time to create.

Celine Dion in front of a LIVE Studio Audience.
This is absolutely unbelievable how they have done this... It really, really does look for all the world that Elvis is actually standing there live on stage singing along side Celine Dion in front of the live American Idol audience. Watch and listen to the audience going berserk, as they themselves think they are actually seeing Elvis right there in front of them... A truly amazing use of modern day technology brings Elvis Presley back to life in front of you.

Check this out - Click below! -

Women and God

A middle aged woman had a heart attack and was taken to the hospital.

While on the operating table she had a near death experience.

Seeing God She asked "Is my time up?" God said, "No, you have another 43 years, 2 months and 8 days to live"

Upon recovery,the woman decided to stay in the hospital and have a Facelift, liposuction, and a tummy tuck. She even had someone come in and change her hair color.

Since she had so much more time to live, she figured she might as well make the most of it.

After her last operation, she was released from the hospital. While crossing the street on her way home,she was killed by an ambulance.

Arriving in front of God, she demanded, "I thought you said I had another 40 years? Why didn't you pull me from out of the path of the ambulance?"

(You'll love this!!!)

God replied,

"I didn't recognize you"


Warning: do not click before or during dinner.

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Unbelievable rope dance

Click here for unbelievable rope dance.

True globalization

What is the truest definition of Globalization?


How come?

Answer :

English princess

with an
Egyptian boyfriend

in a French tunnel,

riding in a


with a
Dutch engine,

by a Belgian

who was

Scottish whisky,

(check the bottle before you
change the spelling),

closely by


Japanese motorcycles,

by an American doctor,



This is
sent to you by



Bill Gates' technology,

you're probably reading
this on your computer,

uses Taiwanese chips,





Bangladeshi or



in a
Singapore plant,

by Indian

truck drivers,

by Indonesians,

unloaded by
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trucked to you by Mexican illegals.... ..

That, my friends,
Globalization !




Tuesday, October 20, 2009

四庫全書(電子版 )


  經部 春秋左傳 大學 爾雅 論語 孟子 尚書 詩經 孝經 儀禮 中庸 周易

Monday, October 19, 2009

Nobel 'Peace' Prize

Gladly we accept Nobel Prize for Obama.
For nothing he did during his nomination.

Potentially he holds the key for peace -
By not pressing the button to destroy the world with our nuclear weapons,
Or not sending the nuclear carrier to enforce his kingdom,
Or for buying peace with money like no tomorrow.

Practically Deng saved a million from starving every year.
Not a nomination nod for this short guy.

Not destroying is more important than saving life.
Or Black is a better color than Yellow.

Wake up, you idiot committee.


According to Nobel's will, the Peace Prize should be awarded to the person who:

during the preceding year [...] shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.[1]


The Norwegians use 'Peace' Prize as a political tool to influence world affairs. Their yardstick is based on a rich country like Norway, so they oppose developing countries like China. The Prize should be given to where the credit is due. Period.


Why China will have more Nobel science winners.

(Some stat from Joe)

* Education. 6 million college grade a year. 1.5 million kids studying aboard. 10 times. US science graduates including science PhDs.


Why China will not have Nobel science winners soon.

* Education stressed on taking tests, not creative thinking (good and bad).

We do not have the space/guidance to do experiment when we're young. The most we did could be a simple radio. As a middle class, we never have to do any house work or use any machine/tool - the most I used is a screw driver once.

* Research facilities and faculties are just enhancing to the world standard.

* Effect of losing a generation of education due to Cultural Revolution is still with us, but hopefully disappears for ever.

Most top scientists are well-rounded and have good guidance from their family. Most are good in music, arts...

* Like Japan, pure research is too costly. Concentrate the effort on commercial products.

* Judging from the age of science recipients, it takes about 15 more years for China's scientists to be in the frontier stage of research.


Interesting but arguable facts.

* Dali Lama is the only one born and educated in China to receive a Nobel prize if he is considered a Chinese citizen.

* The Chinese writer winner is a French citizen and his works are censored in China.

(The above two are most likely political as the committee wants to give prizes to the enemies of China.)

* The current Nobel winner is from Hong Kong. He is not educated for early education in China then and a Chinese citizen by takeover.

* The Chinese winners who are citizens of foreign countries should be counted as 50% Chinese at most - I estimate about 70% of science PhDs in US were born in foreign countries.

* The second generation of Chinese winners who were born in a foreign country should be counted as 25% Chinese - just for the family education from their Chinese parents.

Saturday, October 17, 2009





修饈美味,觥籌交錯間如果掩飾的是爾虞我詐,則遠不如“三五知己坐,淡茶話家常”來得可心。如果高官厚褥卻于心智,惶 于 任途,就遠不如“采菊東籬下,悠然見南山”活的逍遙。





Thursday, October 15, 2009

Pi Pa Beauty

Chocolate song

One day, I had a date with friends for lunch. Mae, a little old "blue hair" about 80 years old, came along with them---all i n all, a pleasant bunch.
When the menus were presented, we o rdered salads, sandwiches, and soups, except for Mae who said, "Ice Cream, please. Two scoops, chocolate."

I wasn't sure my ears heard right, and the others were aghast. "Along with heated apple pie," Mae added, completely unabashed.
We tried to act quite nonchalant, as if people did this all the t ime. But when our orders were brought out, I didn't enjoy mine.
I couldn't take my eyes off Mae as her pie a-la-mode went down. The other ladies showed dismay. They ate their lunches silently and frowned.

The next time I went out to eat, I called and invited Mae. I lunched on white meat tuna. She ordered a parfait...
I smiled. She asked if she amused me.
I answered, "Yes, you do, but also you confuse me...

How come you order rich desserts, while I feel I must be sensible? She laughed and said, with wanton mirth, "I'm tasting all that is Possible.

I try to eat the food I need, and do the things I should. But life's so short, my friend, I hate missing out on something good.
This year I realized how old I was.. (She grinned) I haven't been this old before."
"So, before I die, I've got to try those things that for years I had ignored.
I haven't smelled all the flowers yet.. There are too many books I haven't read. There's more fudge sundaes to wolf down and kites to be flown overhead.

There are many malls I haven't shopped. I've not laughed at all the jokes. I've missed a lot of Broadway hits and potato chips and cokes.
I want to wade again in water and feel ocean spray on my face. I want to sit in a country church once more and thank God for His grace.
I want peanut butter every day spread on my morning toast. I want untimed long distance calls to the folks I love the most.

I haven't cried at all the movies yet, or walked in the morning rain. I need to feel wind in my hair. I want to fall in love again..
So, if I choose to have dessert, instead of having dinner, then should I die before night fall, I'd say I died a winner, because I missed out on nothing. I filled my heart's desire. I had that final chocolate mousse before my life expired..."

With that, I called the waitress over.. "I've changed my mind, " I said. "I want what she is having, only add some more whipped cream!"

This is my gift to you - We need an annual Friends Day! If you get this twice, then you have more than one friend. Live well, love much & laugh often - Be happy.

SHARE THIS WITH YOUR FRIENDS including me if I'm lucky enough to be counted among them.

Be mindful that happiness isn't based on possessions, power, or prestige, but on relationships with people we love and respect. Remember that while money talks, CHOCOLATE SINGS!

Amazing woman



多數人(大約60%)在他們的睡眠期間心臟病發作,因而沒有醒來。 然而,胸口痛也許會讓您從您的熟睡中醒來。
如果這樣,立刻咬碎二阿斯匹靈在您的嘴中並且與水吞下他們。 之後,給鄰居或 住非常近的家庭成員打電話 -說; " 心臟病發作! 已吞了2顆阿斯匹靈。"


心臟科醫師聲明,如果每個人,在收到這電子郵件以後,送給10個人,大概會有一個人的生命能被保存! 我已經分享了這份資訊-- 你怎麼樣?

Wrong e-mail address

A Minneapolis couple decided t o go to Florida to thaw out during a
> particularly icy winter. They planned to stay at the same hotel where
> they spent their honeymoon 20 years earlier. Because of hectic schedules,
> it was difficult to coordinate their travel schedules. So, the husband
> left Minnesota and flew to Florida on Thursday, with his wife flying down
> the following day. The husband checked into the hotel.. There was a
> computer in his room, so he decided to send an email to his wife.
> However, he accidentally left out one letter in her email address, and
> without realizing his error, sent the email.
> Meanwhile, somewhere in Houston , a widow had just returned home from
> her husband's funeral. He was a minister who was called home to glory
> following a heart attack. The widow decided to check her email expecting
> messages from relatives and friends. After reading the first message, she
> screamed and fainted. The widow's son rushed into the room, found his
> mother on the floor, and saw the computer screen which read:
> To: My Loving Wife
> Subject: I've Arrived
> Date: October 16, 2005
> I know you're surprised to hear from me. They have computers here now and
> you are allowed to send emails to your loved ones. I've just arrived and
> have been checked in. I've seen that everything has been prepared for your
> arrival tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing y ou then! Hope your journey is
> as uneventful as mine was.
> P. S. Sure is freaking hot down here!