Podsafe音樂特區#101 – 忙得要死,好趕…

今集做得實在趕喉趕命。不過在歌曲之外,總算喺節目嘅方向上作出一啲交代。期待一個月後嘅改革!

歌曲列表:
00:03 Black Lab – Living Too Fast
05:22 Ocean Street – Say My Name
08:52 Allison Crowe – Little Light
19:34 Ryan Calhoun – Slipping Away
23:02 Melanie Lewis – Every Day

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歌曲由Podsafe Music Network提供

幾則隨筆

1. 在紐約時報的網頁上看到這文章(要註冊或用bugmenot),內容提到沒有認可新聞機構的身份,國內民眾和組織不可在網上以電郵發佈評論或消息。另外,搜尋網頁不可發佈非官方的評論文章。雜誌報紙的網頁亦應優先報導官方發佈的新聞和評論。

以 網上媒體的角度,中共可以用這法例達至兩個目的:打壓網上消息傳播和壓制黨外言論。一直以來,網上言論因為較難防止,故中共向來用盡一切辦法收緊本來已 不多的言論空間,這一步只會是長遠步署的其中一步。自從中宣部今年要求網站登錄在案,加上被網民戲稱為《萬里防火牆》的監控,中國網民可用的言論空間再進 一步減少。

2. 一如以往,中共在思想監控的手段,始終如一地笨拙。相比之下,自由市場經濟的點子便高明而毒辣得多。聯合國WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization)正在審議的「保護廣播機構條約」(Treaty on the Protection of Broadcasting Organizations)提出如下的建議:一般廣播機構播放有版權的聲音、圖片或影片,可享有的商品專營和轉播權有效期應由二十年增至五十年。同時, webcasting organizations(其定義與一般廣播機構相同,只是媒介是互聯網而非大氣電波)應與一般廣播機構受同等條約「保護」。

只 從字面而言,這條約並無不太大殺傷力。可是,這裏要留意的是webcasting organizations的定義,以及條約對版權物品的影響。 我在上面提過,縱使媒介不同,但WIPO依然把webcasting organizations定位成為和電台電視台相同。問題是除了媒介外,互聯網上並無類似廣播機構的中央架構統籌以上物品的發放,故除了部分電台電視台 之外,一個以互聯網為媒介而運作模式有如電台電視台的機構並不成立。但WIPO把webcasting organizations等同電台電視台,能令小如一般webhosting公司亦可被視為webcaster,即時擁有其負責傳送的一切聲音、影像的 商品化及再發行權,為時五十年。商營傳媒亦可成為webcaster,所以經由傳媒在網上轉播/轉載以上物品,亦可享有同等權利。更恐怖的是,無論版權為 商業性質的或是Creative Commons的,條約一律有效,因為有關權利凌駕於版權之上。

上面說得比較煩複,舉個例:我制作一個 用Creative Commons licence的podcast,放在網上供人下載。如果這條約存在,則其他人要轉播不單要得到我的同意,更要得到負責檔案傳送至下載者的所有機構,由 ISP到hosting無一倖免。另外,商營傳媒如果轉播那podcast,該機構無論是否版權持有人,亦可擁有以上的權利。

這種事件,實在叫人懷疑:究竟這個世界是否由商界統治的?為什麼會有這樣的事情發生?這個條約,不但用錢和權利手續限制言語、創作自由,更讓傳媒機構無視版權,強搶個人的創作成果。

作為一個普通人,我們可以做什麼?其實不多。香港連WIPO的會員都不是,我們有什麼意見都無法表達。唉!

3. 我媽的情況一直在進步,雖然步行仍有不便,但已可自行處理日常事務,惟家務則仍未能勝任。她現在要做物理治療,每星期三次,每次兩小時。往後的日子,便只有靠她的努力和我們一家的造化了。

4. 早上在樹下等車時,竟然有小鳥空襲,正中頭獎,萬分狼狽。鳥兒,要證明這城市仍然充滿生機,可不需向我空襲吧…

延伸閱讀:

New York Times: China Tightens Its Restrictions for News Media on the Internet
CPTech.org’s site for WIPO Treaty on the Protection of Broadcasting Organizations

My mom is out of the hospital!

She got released last Thursday. It was a combination of her recovering well, as well as a lack of hospital beds. Anyway, she is now safe at home. Recovery has been extraordinarily well, she can now walk small distances without assistance, and basic balance is back. She is still adjusting to the fact that she cannot walk as fast as before, and had to slow her mind down in order to prevent falls.

Her out-patient physical therapy started yesterday. My family has been adjusting the house routines after her return, and things are quickly settling down. I guess I will have some time to catch up on blogs, news and writing. Stay tuned~

Several things on the past week&’s family events

Whew…. things are finally settling down in our home.My mom was recovering much faster than we expected. MRI was conducted on Monday (9/12), and her cerebellum has developed two lesions of about 1cm each. Besides, there are some other traces of previous lesions that has recovered. So, while usually such damages are slow in recovering, we are optimistic that she will recover, as she seemed to have suffer and recovered from similar problems before.

Meanwhile, she was transfered on Wednesday (9/14) to a local hospital (東華東院) specialized, among other things, stroke rehabiliation. She is now on a physical/occupational therapy regime, and is faring very well. She can now stand without assistance, and can walk (albeit slowly) with a clutch.

Her condition is well enough that the hospital has release her for three full days during the weekend. This allows her to spend the Mid-Autumn Festival holiday at home with us, before returning next Monday to continue her rehabilitation.

Is this over? Not by an inch. While she had recovered immensely, she is still trying to re-train herself to a quasi-normal level of movement control, and she need assistance as she can get tired with the simplest task. However, it takes time for anyone to recover from such malady, and she is no different. That said, it is most fortunate in this unfortunate situation that she has suffered relatively low damage and disability, and is recovering rapidly. And she is being very upbeat in getting well, which is good for her as well as us.

Here, I would like to say thank you here to all the people that had expressed concern, offered assistance and support. It gives us support through the uncertainty and turmoil.

Thank you.

Family trouble and an announcement

My mom is in hospital. She has suffered serious vertigo and dizzyness, and was admitted last Thursday. So far, not much improvement, and the doctors are suspecting a minor stroke in the cerebelum. We need to schedule a MRI soon, but the public hospital facility is now having waiting lists for months at hand, so we are going to go for private hospital for the test real soon.While she came clean on all other tests, we are not very comfortable about the situation. The MRI is going to tell whether she has suffered any brain damage at all, and what will be the medium/long term effects of any stroke applicable. Fingers are crossed firmly on all of the members of my family.

In the meantime, I will most likely be busy on running the household, hospital visits, and work. I might not have as much time to update this blog or do much of anything else. So please accept my apologies if you haven’t see me updating for a while.

Wish my family luck, will ya?

完成了!

終於成功了!

上周同學來電,謂我們碩士科最後一科的成績已在網上公佈。上網一查,果然成功過關,將於今年十一月畢業。

一年零五個月的碩士課程雖在五月最後一科考試後結束,但成績未公佈前大家都不敢造次,始終心知自己考試的表現只是一般。可是,從試場步出的一剎那,一切可以做的便已結束,可以進一步做的便只有抱持平常心地等待。可幸的是大家都過關了~

(雜談) 短休過後

自從五月中考完最後一科之後,原本應該在寫作上加把勁;過去一年多的碩士課程已把大部份的工餘時間吃得一乾二淨。可是,這亦令我放鬆得有點過了頭。再者,一直以來我都是先定了題才寫,用手寫又比較慢,慢工出貨自然無可避免。休息了三個星期,是時侯提起筆了。
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剛剛更新了sidebar上的連結,加入了不少我喜愛的blog。可是,在上面少了港燦筆記實在叫人茫然若失。港燦兄,希望你會在自省期重出江湖吧,blog人們都很掛念著你呀。
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民陣在本星期終於決定繼續讓同志團體在今年七一遊行帶頭。我一方面為民陣堅持宗旨感到安慰,一方面則為他們竟然用如此多的時間來決定一個如此基本的原則問題:同志沒有權爭取民主、自由、公義嗎?為什麼他們不可以領頭?

只是因為明光社 – 一個從未參與七一遊行、從未參與民陣的組織動員的原教旨組織的說三道四舉棋不定。先不論民陣最初的決定是否最佳安排,民陣全名「民間人權陣線」,同性戀者既是人民一份子,便有權爭取人權,七一作為一個多元和平抗爭的平台,不應排拒。民陣對明光社的歪理有所顧慮,已經是愧對他們的宗旨,實應好好反省。

Some thoughts (originally posted on 26/1/2005 0:24:00)

Talked with one of my old collegues from my first job. I was mentioning that there were quite a bit of people that are not in logistics field studying the masters program that I was in. I then elaborated that there might be a lot of competition down the road, if those people decided to step into the logistics field. Facing such challenge, I proposed, we should equip ourselves with the best qualifications possible.

He replied, “That should not be a concern, as the field is currently in need of entry to middle grade people to do the job, instead of manager grade people that had experience. You see, in this field, the experienced never really leave, they stay in companies for relative long periods. Only the junior people hop from company to company in relative short period of time. Having too high a qualification will only hinders you, as management usually look for people with experience more than qualification.”

Come to think of it… it seems like a valid point, especially when he works in air freight and I work in sea freight, and we saw pretty much the same kind of environment. Yet, that gets me thinking: if I got myself a doctorate, will I be over-qualified yet under-experienced? Should I go for the doctorate right after my masters or should I wait?

This is very confusing. I think I need to consider further options.