The All-Thing

All stick and no carrot, since ought-three.

各位能夠讀中文得來賓您好。小的這還在學中文中,恐怕中文寫得不太好,希望你們還看得懂。


破山寺後禪院 (常建)

清晨入古寺,初日照高林。
曲徑通幽處,禪房花木深。
山光悅鳥性,潭影空人心。
萬籟此俱寂,惟聞鐘磬音。

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Thu, 11 Dec 2003

搬家

我常常想,搬家到一個天氣好、風景美麗的地方並有點危險。 因為我想人們住在這樣的地方,不會因情形太好、日子過地太舒服就沒靈感或沒力氣做重要的事情嗎?假如我自己的周圍太好,恐怕時間都花在欣賞欣賞,不會覺得世界有任何必須被我進步或修改的。 Well, 當然頭腦裡會了解世界有那種事,不過心裡大概不會明白。

話說回來呢,人家整個背子真的都需要花在進步世界嗎?我一個人住在一個好的地方,不傷害別人,這樣行不行?我想搬家時,就想到這個問題。於是到目前為止還沒搬加到Hawaii....

Posted at 19:45 | /chinese | 1 comment | permalink

To the recluse, Wei Pa

I would really like to find the original of the following:

Often in this life of ours we resemble, in our failure to meet, the Shen and Shang constellations, one of which rises as the other one sets. What lucky chance is it, then, that brings us together this evening under the light of this same lamp? Youth and vigor last but a little time. — Each of us now has greying temples. Half of the friends we ask each other about are dead, and our shocked cries sear the heart. Who could have guessed that it would be twenty years before I sat once more beneath your roof? Last time we parted you were still unmarried, but now here suddenly is a row of boys and girls who smilingly pay their respects to their father's old friend. They ask me where I have come from; but before I have finished dealing with their questions, the children are hurried off to fetch us wine. Spring chives are cut in the rainy dark, and there is freshly steamed rice mixed with yellow millet. `Come, we don't meet often!' you hospitably urge, pouring out ten cupfuls in rapid succession. That I am still not drunk after ten cups of wine is due to the strength of the emotion which your unchanging friendship inspires. Tomorrow the peak will lie between us, and each will be lost to the other, swallowed up in the world's affairs.

        Tu Fu (tr. Hawkes)

"Who could have guessed that it would be twenty years before I sat, once more, beneath your roof?". I like that. Tomorrow the peak will lie between us...

UPDATE: found it.

杜甫:贈衛八處士

人生不相見,動如參與商。
今夕復何夕,共此燈燭光。
少壯能幾時,鬢髮各已蒼。
訪舊半為鬼,驚呼熱中腸。
焉知二十載,重上君子堂。
昔別君未婚,兒女忽成行。
怡然敬父執,問我來何方。
問答乃未已,驅兒羅酒漿。
夜雨剪春韭,新炊間黃粱。
主稱會面難,一舉累十觴。
十觴亦不醉,感子故意長。
明日隔山嶽,世事兩茫茫。

Posted at 19:24 | /chinese | (leave a comment) | permalink

One good thing about music

When it hits you feel no pain.

Posted at 19:22 | /media/music/lyrics | (leave a comment) | permalink

Rain

Must be the four years of Pittsburgh living, but now, I really like the rain. Good for sitting inside and drinking tea, looking out the window.

Man, wish I had a garden.

Posted at 16:26 | /mortal/weather | (leave a comment) | permalink

Michael Moore

Do people still take Michael Moore seriously? I thought everyone had heard about the creative editing in Bowling for Columbine, but it seems like I still, with a fair frequency, encounter people who seem to think he's a reliable, factual source of information. Is it just my hyperliberal Cantabridgian surroundings, or what?

On that note, I found this comment, made today by David Bernstein, interesting:

It's no coincidence that the five more liberal Justices voted yesterday to uphold rather draconian restrictions on freedom of expression, while the four more conservative Justices dissented. My just-published Texas Law Review article, Lochner's Legacy's Legacy, has a salient footnote:

One of the great turnabouts of recent constitutional history has been that
Supreme Court decisions broadly protecting freedom of speech from
government interference are now considered conservative. [...] For
discussions of this phenomenon, see Kathleen M. Sullivan, Discrimination,
Distribution and Free Speech, 37 Ariz. L. Rev. 439, 439-42 (1995), [who]
notes that left-liberal solicitude for free speech arose in part because
the great free speech cases for most of the twentieth century involved
left-wing constituencies under assault from the government. Anarchists,
communists, labor organizers, socialists, syndicalists, pacifists, and
civil rights activists all benefited from the First Amendment. Sullivan,
supra, at 439.
Today, by contrast, the left believes "speech cases are often won by
corporations, the media, and other powerful insiders....  Powerful private
actors, such as pornographers and the media, are free to control, suppress,
and distort the speech of others, and when they do, political processes
cannot redress it." Mary Becker, The Legitimacy of Judicial Review in
Speech Cases, in The Price We Pay: The Case Against Racist Speech, Hate
Propaganda, and Pornography 208 (Laura J. Lederer & Richard Delgado eds.,
1995).

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