二十一年

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年年難過年年過。春夏之交、一年一度的六四燭光晚會,今晚又再於維園舉行。

二十一年,很多事都變了。在香港,要悼念六四,越見困難。亦正因如此,我們更應該去為已死的先人、為不能發聲的內地人,做一點事。

今晚,維園見。

延伸閱讀:
Behind the Scenes: A New Angle on History By PATRICK WITTY


抗戰二十年


「六四」是怎樣一回事?

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PPHK4後記

PPHK4結束了。今次應該是參與PPHK以來最辛苦的一次。公事忙,私事亦忙,情緒繃得緊緊的。再加上今次自薦成為講員,雖然在去年的PPHK Lite已經擔任過一次,但因為今次觀眾多達二百人,故心情更為緊張。

是次表現中規中舉,成功於七分鐘內完成,最後播Geoff Smith的Hello Hello雖然並未算反應理想,但以完全未聽過的英文歌而言,觀眾並未有完全drift off,已是好的結果。

至於身為籌委,大部份工作在開始前已完成,自己的短講亦在上半場完成,所以在中場時和在場的音樂人交流。現場氣氛不俗,但參加者「傾偈」的聲音較大,這個其他blogger已有大量討論,在此不多講。

總體而言,PPHK4是成功的。而我嘛,總算可以稍為鬆一口氣。

廣東道聖誕Street Party後記

蒙海港城邀請,昨晚參加了在廣東道舉行的聖誕Street Party。當場拍了不多的相片,都已上載到我的Flickr户口去。

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由於是第一次參加,總覺得是一個新鮮的體驗,雖然我不大喜歡擠迫的環境和震耳欲聾的音樂。全場最喜歡Michael Jackson模仿比賽,參賽者表現一個比一個好。庾澄慶的表演亦不俗,只是稍嫌比較短。其他嘛⋯只能說是我聽不了多少電台節目,那些新進明星我可不認識多少。

和大學同學一起去參加,感覺很好,同場還和MobileRadio的一眾朋友們一起,部份人更間接上了電視新聞呢。是一個盡興的平安夜晚上。

CMP.ly 利益申報: CMP.ly level 2

我看blogger利益申報

在今年的香港博客年會,最末的討論是有關blogger收取不同情度的商業利益時,是否需要申報利益的問題。當在現場的我,亦有為此發表了一點意見。其實一直對這有點既定的立場,再加上近日終於有需要做產品測試,所以今日希望和大家談一下。

寫博的目的,人人都不同。在外國有所謂職業blogger,主要為大型blog network的寫手,題材以tech、政治和資訊類為主。個人認為,要成為職業blogger,寫產品測試和介紹的文章,在所難免。而申報利益是他們工作的一部份,所以並不是本文的討論目標。我等普通blogger申報利益的需要與否,和如何處理在文章中的批評力度,才是我希望探討的。

當日我在討論中的意見,和我現在開始做產品測試時所持的立場,是一樣的:一切以透明度為先,因為關乎你個人的公信力。因為,只要產品不是你自己購入,你寫的文章便是「鱔稿」,所以無需否認了。要分辨「鱔稿」容易得很,如果還不明言來源,讀者流失只是時間問題。

好,要寫「鱔稿」,那力度該如何調節?力度太少,稿會太「鱔」,沒有交易亦會分令人有所懷疑。力度太大,會怕接頭人交不出「功課」,亦怕廠家、商家接受不了,以後類似的機會不再有。這些都是可能發生的。可是,如果寫blog的目的是寫自己想寫的人和事,那本來便不應該賣人家的帳。除此以外,唯一可以做的便是相信商家們的容人之量吧。西諺有云,誠實是最佳的策略,人家要不要與你合作,還是隨緣吧。

註:我將會使用CMP.LY為有關產品測試、商業blogger meeting等報導作出申報,希望大家多多包涵。

[舊歌分享]What A Wonderful World

剛回到家。過去兩、三星期的忙碌,在今日總算告一段落。為了上載香港網誌年會表演的片段,打開了YouTube。在Recommended for you的欄目上,竟看見了這個:

在風雨漂搖的此刻,可能很多人會因為生活壓力而迷失方向。Louis Armstrong告訴我們,世間美好的事雖然「買少見少」,但它們的存在,不會因為我們面對的難題而消失。只要靜心觀察,便會發覺。

坐言起行,努力事成

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Lunar New Year is coming up, and people are already greeting each other with goodwill proverbs like “Be healthy” (身體健康), “Be lucky and had windfall” (橫財就手), Kung Hei Fat Choi, i.e. get rich (恭喜發財) or “get what you wish for” (心想事成).

However, I kinda not like the last one. From what I experienced last year, I realized one thing: You can wish for whatever you want, but wishing doesn’t make things happen, doing things does.

Let me give you an example. I took up pottery last year, and had been continuously churning up pottery pieces every month or so. It is fascinating, all the things you can create with just clay balls and slabs, with just a few tools and your hands. Now, I love pottery pieces in the past, but never really considered to learn how to make it myself. That I got the idea and opportunity is really by chance.

That said, the thing I realized from my classes is: no matter how much you like pottery pieces, if you want the piece to be exactly what you want it to be, you have got to roll up your sleeves, don an apron, and get your hands dirty by shaping the clay yourself. And even then, there is no guarantee whether the piece will turn out the way you want it to be, there are so many factors, be it heat and moisture, the clay itself, how you handle it, that affect the final product.

But there is no reason to not doing it, even though there is a limit in what we can influence the way things go.

So, I won’t greet you with “get what you wish for”. Instead, I wish you “start doing what you wish for, and get it” (坐言起行,努力事成).

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年終YouTube – Miniature Earth

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今年除夕,似乎大家都貼年終YouTube。我也來一個!

John Lennon的Imagine,相信很多人都喜歡。當配上Miniature Earth Project的presentation之後,歌詞的意義便更進一步地展現。

對大部份人而言,來年不會太好。可是,在憂慮、不安的同時,請嘗試用另一個角度思考:在這個都市的大部份人,比起受戰亂貧窮的人都幸福得多。短片中的事實,雖然有點過時,但都仍是事實,並可能比零一年時1更差。如果還有餘力的,無論是金錢或時間,請你為社會出一分力。

祝各位零九年快樂、平安、健康。

Imagine
Written and Performed by John Lennon

Imagine there’s no Heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world

You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one

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  1. Miniature Earth Project是在零一年時發表的。 []

靜觀


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今日在家吃午飯,吃罷便開始洗碗碟。

自從母親在三年前中風復元之後,我便不時幫忙做家務,以求減輕她的工作量。做呀做的,卻慢慢地對洗碗碟有了新的了解,亦喜歡上這項家務。今日在洗碗碟的時候,便發覺一股禪味在其中。

我感覺到水的冷。碗碟上剩下的油脂,洗乾淨的碗上滴油不沾的爽快感。擦拭碗碟時抹布的觸感,抹乾了的筷子的清爽。抹布抹在菜刀上,有如刀鋒出鞘的聲音。不銹鋼鍋子的金屬氣味。每一種氣味、感觸,在不慌不忙之中,能完全地感受。把所有食具、廚具放好之後,有點「呀,完了啦?還想再做一點呢…」的感覺。

十多年來,出國、就業、生活,高高低低,生活慢慢變成生存。今日的感覺,我不知道有多少年沒有感受過。

一行禪師1曾說,洗碗碟要是只為趕快做完,然後再去做別的,並不算真正領會如何洗碗碟。用生活中的一切事代入「洗碗碟」的概念,大概都一樣。用心地做每一件事,放開懷抱感受,人才會快樂。

我很喜歡跑者/podcaster Steve Runner2經常說的一句話: Life is short. But it should be long enough. (人生苦短,但總算有足夠時間。) 快去感受一下你的生活吧,其中一定有點什麼可以令你活得快樂一點。

祝你來年活得平安、快樂,無論環境、際遇如何。

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nhat_Hanh []
  2. http://steverunner.com []

I am not a Mac, and I am not a PC.

I am not a Mac, and I am not a PC. I am just me. I do not become the computer I use, I use the computer.

I use a Mac, a PC or two, and an iPhone. They are my tools for productivity and information, my toys, and my connection to the world. They do not shape how I am, do not define who I am.

Stop bickering about what computer you should use to be cool. Computers are just tools, like our hands and feet, eyes and ears, nose and mouth, an extension of our existence. We will be cool, if we want to, no matter what tools we use. Make the tools we want to use, and we will use them. And, make them simple to use, stupid.

I am not a Mac, and I am not a PC. I am just me. Get a grip, people.

p.s. Apparently, this is a response to the new Microsoft “I am a PC” ad on people loving the PC, and the Apple “Get a Mac” ads making fun on PC users. While I like both set of ads initially, I loath them both now. Who is to say whether anyone is a dork, or anyone is a hypocrite, just because she use a different OS? I hate this kind of thinking.