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下雨

September 2, 2012

今晚电闪雷鸣。被堵在图书馆门口。寻思着该不该跑到office拿伞。脑子里闪过被闪电劈死的画面。寻思了下闪电和雷鸣隔蛮久,放电位置离我挺远。放心地跑到系里。

下了公车,黄叶满地。暑末初秋总是模糊。想起匹兹堡的半年,第一场秋雨,十月底的大雪。那半年想起来,总是凉。

如果足够用心就不会孤单。

 

 

Life

September 1, 2012

Sleeping problems nearly drive me mad these days.

I can sleep for five or six hours or even more each night. But waking up feel heavy and haven’t sleep for months.  So I need to enhance the quality of my sleep instead of sleeping longer.  I have been exercising regularly. I eat fit.

Since I believe that my young body could figure out itself. I would try to ignore the problems, try to work as hard as I can.  Let is see.

what do you feel when you feel lonely?

March 3, 2012

Everyone experiences some kinds of loneliness. What do we actually feel when we feel lonely? Can we reduce it to other feelings? They are many lines that attempt to capture this particular feeling of human kind. Do animal feel lonely?

You feel lonely when you are in need of the company of certain ones who are not available. So Loneliness is a kind of unsatisfaction. Loneliness is with sense of failure, not loved. In a more abstract sense, the feeling of loneliness is generated by lack of self esteem, looking this way. …

 

My country and my people( ii, caring for the old)

January 19, 2012

Parents tend to like these traditional holidays much more than we do.  As to my knowledge, no young people enjoy the traditions that endue the spring  festival, which include visisting relatives, Bringing them gifts, Sending  Children  red envelops with money inside if you are a married adult. (You are entitled to ask for the red envelop if you are not. Chinese people take marriage as a transitional point in life. People step into a more mature period of life after that, and are to  obtain a better understanding of life, responsibility, etc. They should care for the less mature ones, giving them money as sorts of encouragement.)

Why should we do so?

I once asked my Mama. Mama said people were too busy to get together all year. The holiday was the time to visit each other and maintain the tie inbetween. The older generation will be really iratated if any of the young generation they expect do not turn up.

Old people in China, no longer productive , are easily ignored. They need  attention from the young.  One thing puzzling me for some time is that we Chinese are known for caring for the old.  I would feel pressured if I do not give up my seat to an old on a bus. Generally old people are not happy. In the states, there is no special inclination toward the old.  I have seen lots of old people who are very happy. ( How nice to see an old lady smiling like one in her twenties. ) Seems like a paradox.

Do we really care the old? Or the old actually do not need special attention? Or We care for them but in the wrong way?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Question Pool

January 12, 2012

I always have more questions than I can solve.  Some of them are discussed by other in philosophy, science etc. Some are not. I tend to provide my own answers without reference to existent ones if there are some. To sharpen my own mind.

1 why bad money drive out good? Is for something, the bad one drive out good, does that mean that variance of the quality is of little significance ? Or what kind of human nature motivates the trend?

The principle was proposed by Gresham, so  called Gresham’s law. It reflects the psychology that human tend to get what they want with the least possible price paid. If two sorts of money are used on market which are compulsury of same face value. One is undervalued , good money as we say.  People will try to use the other sort as far as they can. If the money is undervalued so that the face value does not reflect its material value, people tend to destroy it to get the  material.

The principle is often used as a metaphor, meaning high quality products are driven out by lower quality ones of a same type.

When can such driven out  happen?

Suppose it is noticeble that something can be obtained with less efforts than people are actually paying. As they realize it, they would pay less than they do.

The driven out occurs when it is realized on a general level, that the benefits can be obtained with less cost .  It is has something to do with the evaluation method. Usually, there is always space to save efforts if they are evaluated according to a standard method.  Because the latter usually goes this way.

The Standard tests illustrate nicely.

Take the GRE test for instance.  Ideally, we expect the result of the test to say something about the test taker’s capacity of analogically reasoning, qualitative reasoning.  We are interested in the relative ranking among different test takers.  Test-takers take the test for a high score.  Not evaluation for their own capacity.  They would focus on the items that most probably been tested. So a high score indicates high capacity over the item tested, nothing else.

If we evaluate according to a standard method, it is necessary that we will drive out good things that have invovled more efforts?

 

My country and my people (I)

January 4, 2012

China is definitely rising, both the good and bad side of it.

There are lots of things in China to say about or critize. Lots of people are engaging in the business.  Some are oversimplifying. I wanna speak out. I am one of the free spirits from mainland China. Non party member. Not always against my government. Be proud of my culture and people.

Where shall I start?

No way better than randomly picking up a topic that occurs to me this moment.

I just watched an investigative news report about street food vendors. Let me say something about the thing.

If you have been to China,  you would have noticed these people selling food on street. Usually simple take-away breakfast. They are mostly farmers migrated to cities seeking a future but had no other way to earn their living than serving street food which required almost no training, education.

In the morning rushing hour, office ladies or men take their breakfast from these vendors, which saves them the trouble of cooking in early morning. Thinking of a great amount of people working in Beijing or Shanghai, spend more than two hours on their way to work. These people can not afford another half an hour to cook for themselves in mornign. The street food is daily necessity for them.

The problem is these vendors are not licensed. The food they serve  is usually dirty, not eatable.  people in the rush driven by hunger do not think before they take it.  They would stop doing so until one day it caused them sick, the probability is relatively low.  Therefore the industry flourishes.

Another negative side is that these vendors easily worsen the traffic in large city like beijing 0r Shanghai. They usually occupy the bicycle lane, won’t move unless forced by police. Besides, they creates a messy street, which is contradictory with the clean and harmoniouos city some people expected.

To get rid of these negative things. A special industry emerges. Let me call the people in it, street watchdogs, with nice intention. (Watchdog is highly postive in journalism my former major.). These people are hired by the government. They are formal employees, which means they are paid by the central government, enjoying health insurance etc, which are previlege of the few in China. They aim to drive away the vendors if they  take up area that they are supposed not to, if their food looks terrible,etc. These are vague conditions. Actually it is hard to decide when should these watchdogs act. Consequentially, some street watchdogs taking advantage of their position plunder street food vendors. The image was casted on TV often. People in uniforms were driving people in rags on street. The image was impressive. ” That was how poor people are treated by their government”.

There are  stories untold. The street watchdogs are themselves poor people in China. I mentioned they enjoy all kinds of insurances privileged by few in China. However Their salary is low, about 2000 Rmb yuan , for a street watch dog working in most prosperious area in Beijing. If they are not local, for instance in Beijing,rent of one room in even the relatively remote area will take up more than half of their salary. The people who creat their jobs, the street vendors, earn at least twice as much. But they had no health insurance as self-employed people.

There are some facts.

Food served by the street vendors is terrible. A restaurant serving food of a same quality should without any doubt be shut down. All will agree with that.

They are people trying to improve their lives, coming to cities. But have no other way than serving food on street.

A question arises.

Should poor people subject to same laws as the average?

Yes. That is what a law is supposed to be. But in that case, we should clear all these people from the street, to require them according to the hydrien criteria that regualting restaurants.  They could be dangerous jobless in cities. It seems to have hurt no one loosening the law. Let them stay with their business, meanwhile to avoid healthy risks they posed to the public.

The government tell people not to take food on street. It is impossible to track the food served there.

How we are supposed to be regulated to do justice to all? The question is hard to answer, impossible in a society like China. An ideal legal system should put all of us in a balance. The benefits we receive from others should balance that we are to offer. For these street vendeors, they are disadvantaged for long. The price of agricultural products are extremely low in China. Their Children are disadvantaged in education. The result of these is poor people get poor offsprings, if they stay where they are born.  Can we require such people to pay as much obligation to the society as we do?  I am not saying that poor people could do whatever they want. There are some univeral moral standard that all should live on. I just want to bring out one instance of the complexity of China, which is not recognizable from the media of the states.

Then why not raise the price of agricultural products, so that the farmers can have better living?

feminism is an easy fashion

January 3, 2012

Feminism is an easy fashion.

A couple of weeks ago, On my way toward CMU, I met a Jewish American. She is interested in Chinese, the culture and the people,although her knowledge of both are  zero, if misperception is not regarded as negative knowledge.  She said ” some time ago, I met a Chinese woman, surprisingly, she was pursing a degree in business. These areas are open to women in China.”  She considered it a miracle for places like China to have women participating in business world.

I did not point to her that we had a vice prime minister who is female.

I did not understand her surprise, which was based on a untendable belief, that all parts of a culture evolve at a same speed. A country has backward politics, is backward in everything else. That is definitely not sure.

Let me remind you things we quickly learn from the western world.

To dress in modern suit when necessary. To chew gum. To advertise products. These kinds of culture  or habbits are easily imported circulated. They are easy fashions. Of which feminism is another.

My great grandma ever had bounded feet, which was fashion in her time. The logic is this. Women with bound feet can not work in field. Only well off families had their daughters’ feet bound. Bound feet became  a sign of upper-class. Emulating people  in higher status is always a source of fashion for the average. Hence comes the fashion of bound feet.

China began its feminist movement after the 1910 civilization. The spirit was to learn  the west. Feminism was imported then. It is fared well in China. It was an easily fashion. The same logic with the bound feet applies here.It is from the then regarded advanced culture. It has very little to do with the most powerful part of a culture, politics, is not blocked by the latter hence.