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“Contact” again

I would like to write here again that “Contact” is my most most favorite movies even after several years. Coz the main character Ellie Arroway, acted by Jodie Foster, had display a prefect person that I want to be in my life. Totally stubborn but very tough, And got a great passion on what she dream of. She is really my idol and what a real scientist should be in my mind.

Here is some quote from the movie and to every people who have ever dreaming for searching truth.


Drumlin: What’s wrong with science being practical, even profitable?

Palmer: Nothing, as long as your motive is the search for truth, which is exactly what the pursuit of science is.


Drumlin: I know you can’t see it now, but I’m doing you a favor.

Ellie: That’s great.

Drumlin: You’re far too promising a scientist to be wasting your gifts on this nonsense.

Ellie: Look, I don’t consider what could potentially be the most important discovery of the human race nonsense, ok? There’s 400 billion stars…

Drumlin: …And only two probabilities. One, there is intelligent life out there but it’s so far away you’ll never contact it in your lifetime, and two…

Ellie: You’re making a decision…

Drumlin: …Two, there’s nothing out there but noble gases and carbon compounds, and you’re wasting your time. In the meantime, you won’t be published, you won’t be taken seriously, and your career will be over before it’s begun.

Ellie: So what? It’s my life!


David Drumlin: I know you must think this is all very unfair. Maybe that’s an understatement. What you don’t know is I agree. I wish the world was a place where fair was the bottom line, where the kind of idealism you showed at the hearing was rewarded, not taken advantage of. Unfortunately, we don’t live in that world.

Ellie Arroway: Funny, I’ve always believed that the world is what we make of it.


Executive: We must confess that your proposal seems less like science and more like science fiction.

Ellie Arroway: Science fiction. You’re right, it’s crazy. In fact, it’s even worse than that, it’s nuts. You wanna hear something really nutty? I heard of a couple guys who wanna build something called an airplane, you know you get people to go in, and fly around like birds, it’s ridiculous, right? And what about breaking the sound barrier, or rockets to the moon? Atomic energy, or a mission to Mars? Science fiction, right? Look, all I’m asking is for you to just have the tiniest bit of vision. You know, to just sit back for one minute and look at the big picture. To take a chance on something that just might end up being the most profoundly impactful moment for humanity, for the history… of history.


Michael Kitz: Your having sent this announcement all over the world may well constitute a breach of national security.

Ellie Arroway: This isn’t a person-to-person call. You can’t possibly think that a civilization sending this kind of message would intend it just for Americans.

Michael Kitz: I’m saying you might have consulted us; obviously, the contents of this message could be extremely sensitive.

Ellie Arroway: You want to classify prime numbers?


Palmer Joss: What are you studying up there?

Ellie Arroway: Oh, the usual. Nebulae, quasars, pulsars, stuff like that. What are you writing?

Palmer Joss: The usual. Nouns, adverbs, adjective here and there.


[Ellie challenges Palmer to prove the existence of God]

Palmer Joss: Did you love your father?

Ellie Arroway: What?

Palmer Joss: Your dad. Did you love him?

Ellie Arroway: Yes, very much.

Palmer Joss: Prove it.


Ellie Arroway: Dad, do you think there’s people on other planets?

Ted Arroway: I don’t know, Sparks. But I guess I’d say if it is just us… seems like an awful waste of space.


Palmer Joss: By doing this, you’re willing to give your life, you’re willing to die for it. Why?

Ellie Arroway: For as long as I can remember, I’ve been searching for something, some reason why we’re here. What are we doing here? Who are we? If this is a chance to find out even just a little part of that answer… I don’t know, I think it’s worth a human life. Don’t you?


Alien: You’re an interesting species, an interesting mix. You’re capable of such beautiful dreams and such horrible nightmares. You feel so lost, so cut off, so alone, only you’re not. See, in all our searching, the only thing we’ve found that makes the emptiness bearable is each other.


Ellie Arroway: I had an experience, I can’t proof and can’t explain, but everything that I know as a human being, tells me that it was real. I was giving something wonderful, that changed me forever. A vision of the universe, that tells us undeniably, that we belong to something that is greater then ourselves, and that none of us are alone.


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Tears

Recently, I often want to cry during working lonely on the sleepless nights. And then I try to watch several sad movies to make my tear drop tonight. As many grow-up men, it is not easy to make yourself cry and you can only force yourself tearing drop by drop. However, I quite enjoy such a moment. It is not because of I enjoy sorrow as before. But because I feel the optimistic and tough behind the tears. I know what I want and what should I do clearly.


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欣賞動畫和漫畫

上週日,和班中學同學去了其中一位的家裡吃火鍋。席間提出了很多話題,有時間可能可以在這裡提一提,不過我這次想提一提關於動漫畫的討論。

席間有人提起現在每逢週六晚播映的《人間交叉點》。說實,自高橋留美子的《人魚之森》和其短篇集後,我也沒有留意這個事段。仲使知道《人間交叉點》也是不錯的作品,但最終還是沒有看這套動畫。當晚眾人對這套動畫都有不錯的評價。其中一位中學時代畫畫方面在同級中頗出名亦不例外。然而這位老同學在好評之前卻不經意地加了句評語:「雖然畫功不是太美。」當時我聽了不期然輕笑了一下,大概席間沒有什麼人有留意到。

我輕笑的原因在於他的評語令我想起中學時代,我這班同學有不少都曾我相借過一兩套漫畫或要求介紹一些推薦日本漫畫。(我中學時代是一個不折不扣的日本動漫畫迷) 我記得我曾借出安達充《Touch》的頭幾期,最初他們立即表示不喜歡這類型的漫畫,但第二天又紛紛問我借閱往後的期數,更稱安達充為『鬼才』。另外我亦曾大力推薦手塚治虫的作品,不過大概因為我沒有借出有關漫畫,我這班同學當時好像沒有接受這位漫畫界真正巨匠。很記得那為美術派的同學對多套我推薦作品 (包括當時還未看過的《Touch》) 都以一句畫功不是太美而推掉不少我認為絕佳的作品。輕笑只因 - 他還是沒有大變。哈!

其實同一句對手塚老師畫功的批評似乎曾在多個channel都聽過,有時也不禁想究竟這班人是否懂得欣賞動漫畫?我本身對動漫畫的畫功要求一向不高,因為我一向認為動漫畫最重要是真正要表達的事和表達的技巧。我會為美樹本晴彦(Macross人物設計)、高田明美(Orange Road及相聚一刻動畫版最後期人物設計)和梅津泰臣(Megazone 23 第二輯人物設計) 的畫而讚嘆,亦會厭惡車田正美(聖鬥士星矢漫畫原作)和松本泉(Orange Road漫畫原作)的怪畫功,很勉強才接收柴門文(《同班同學》《東京愛的故事》漫畫原作) 的所謂畫。 (因為故事太吸引) 但故事真正要表達的事和另類世界觀一直都是我看動漫畫不二理由。正如美國 Pixer (Toystory, Finding Nemo等的製作商) 主張一樣,CG 只是工具,對其動畫師最重要的是創作的意念而非 CG 的美麗或像真度。

事實上大概只有香港人才一直愚昧地以為動漫畫永遠只是小童的玩兒,不會也不應該含有色情、暴力、常識或人生哲理。並一直將卡通定性為幼稚的代名詞。他們一直沒有留意動漫畫和電視、電影、話劇及小說一樣只是表達故事及意念的其中一個媒體。

很佩服手塚治虫老師,因為他不但創作出很多出色作品,更重要的是他幾十年來為日本動漫畫作出很多嘗試及引入極多題材,在作品中滲入了很多宏大的宇宙觀及原本很複雜的人生哲理,令動漫畫成為一直正多元化媒體,對日本社會及世界動漫畫壇都影深遠。

記得看過一篇香港日本足球外援的訪問,該日本外援認為日本近年在足球上的成就主因動漫畫《翼隊長》(港譯《足球小將》) 早年大熱的原故。去年日本在奧運男子體操方面大有重振七十年代時聲威之勢,我就曾和舍妹 討論是否與森末慎二和菊田洋之的《我要高飛》(ガンバ!Fly High)有關。


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Bush 連任宣言

昨晚我聽到電視新聞報導 Bush 上任宣言,真的有點震驚。

So it is the policy of the United States to seek and support the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture, with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world.

或者事實證明,所謂民主國家也只是披著羊的狼皮。想起了《銀英傳》中的特留尼西特, sigh…….


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God damn busy!!

Ho, I really god damn busy recently. Many things are on my TODO list.

  • Contact friends for HKLUG
  • Write PR of coming LinuxTalk (finished)
  • Organize DebianHK Cafe Meetup
  • Ask Foka or YPWong to upload new stardict 2.4.4-1 debian package
  • Port CJ3, Quick (速成), CantonHK(港式廣東話) and Stroke5 (筆順五碼) input method to SCIM 1.1.x (James Su have already give SCIM CVS access to me)
  • Patch debian scim-tables-zh to include the above 4 input method and submit to Osamu Aoki (青木修) and Ming Hua
  • SWP works

_< Dying!!!!


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Are you a nerd or loser?

I am nerdier than 87% of all people. Are you nerdier? Click here to find out! What is your weird quotient? Click to find out! I am 89% loser. What about you? Click here to find out!


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Steve Jobs

中學時代, Steve Jobs 就以一座全黑正立方體的 NeXT Cube 令我迷醉。我甚至習慣把他稱為 Computer Artist ,因為他的產品不但有高膽的技術,外型亦必定精心設計,無論軟硬體都是絕佳的藝術品。相比 Richard Stallman 和朱邦復先生,他是最早我在電腦界佩服的人。

當他回歸 Apple 時,曾想過這會否影響這個「藝術家」的作品,但事實上 Apple 在 Steve Jobs 領導下展示了一件件藝術、技術和銷售上完美的結晶品。他一直都比 Bill Gates 更成功。


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I’m Back

有說射手座的人處事猶如射箭一樣,一確定及對準目標,就射出去,不達目標,勢不罷休。我是射手座的,剛剛尋回自己的理想和自信。大家今年留意 HKLUG


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電影《功夫》

上了超過三星期,我直到昨天才上電影院去看。老實說,我事前對此片沒有太大期望。第一原因是 trailer 並不吸引,除了踢足球一 trailer 頗有趣,其他都有點悶。第二就是全港電影業大讓路並哭訴給BT趕上絕路令我厭煩不已,亦令對一切對電影的好評都有點懷疑。然而,沒有期望很多時反而有驚喜。在眾多周星馳的電影中,我最喜愛的一直是《國產零零漆》。其風格化、格調、人物刻劃和很多反諷都令我印們深刻。不過這次《功夫》在很多方面很好的效果,亦顯示周星馳在導戲方面又更上一層樓。

全片都有很統一的風格,有多個場面有明顯模仿 Matrix ,不過在動作設計及CG 方面都比 Matrix 好,加上作為喜劇,效果反而很好。很多動作場面設計不錯,頗喜歡五郎八卦棍大戰琴魔一幕。很多卡通化場面,但處理得不落俗套,效果很好。全片另一特色是用很多電影言語去描述及凝造做每一個場面,密度大得簡直刻意有點 over 。但反而加強了全片的卡通感,亦令全片節奏明快,減少無謂的筆足,效果奇佳。

似乎 2004 年金像獎最佳導演應已是周星馳的囊中物。


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全球首宗 BT 檢控

早幾天,香港各大傳媒都大事報導香港成為了全球首宗成功檢控 BT 盗版行為。這件事多少我為點哭笑不得。當然,報導亦提及 BT 為香港電影業帶來致命的打擊。亦當然,很多香港人都深知真正打擊香港電影業的是什麼?而令我感慨的是有沒有想過為什麼香港會成為全球首宗成功檢控 BT 盗版行為的地方。

記得上年差不多間傳出了微軟洩漏了 windoze 原碼的消息。網上有位人兄用了標題 “Kernel Source Here” 起了一個 Linux 2.6.2 原碼的 BT ,結果第二天他的連線就給 ISP 切斷了。


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宋體 vs 明體

早幾天和 zunix 閒談間,他提及華康投香港政府Linux ISO10646 字體的標時沒有『明體』,所以只有把『宋體』轉成『明體』。當時令我有點疑惑,因為記憶中,『宋體』和『明體』一向都是指同一種字體。印像中,『宋體』源於宋代,在明朝時傳入日本,所以日本稱為『明朝體』。後來台灣由日本引入文字技術,改稱『明體』,大陸則沿用『宋體』這稱呼。而香港因用繁體中文,所以一直跟台灣稱作『明體』。字體重點都是「橫細豎粗撇如刀,點如瓜子捺如掃」。

當然,我也很難確定這份記憶有多正確,或者做字型的美工師會對『宋體』和『明體』有不同定義。所以也用 Google 做了些功課。網上的文件自然說法不一,但大體上和我所知的差不多。可以修正是『宋體』應是明代人根據宋代創出來的,而在清末傳入日本,被日本稱為『明朝體』。當然『宋體』和『明體』在這幾百年間都有不少改變,但一般人對它們的定義仍沒有太大分別。或者認為它們有分別的人主要在意於兩岸在一些字形狀標準的不同。


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Return of The King Extended Edition

Finally, the full sets of Lord of The Ring Extended Edition (12 DVDs) was arrived! Wow! ^O^ And I have just finished the Extended Edition (EE) of Return of The King. After compared the price of the local edition and the amazon’s region 1 edition, I decided to order it from amazon before X’mas.

As many know, the EE of Return of The King add 50 mins more on the theatre edition. Many very short new scene have been added. The first long new scene I saw is the death of Saruman. While Peter Jackson don’t play the chapter of The Scouring of the Shire in the original novel, Saruman need to be died in Isengard. It’s hard to describe how amazing when I first saw the Minas Tirith in the theatre. The EE also add few more amazing shot of the great white city. ) Many shot are added to describe the thought of few characters, likes the self-abasement of Theoden, the guilt of Gandalf on sending Frodo to an impossible journal and the adamantine of Aragorn.

The one I would like to complain is the scene of the conversation between Eowyn and Merry. Eowyn was tried to take Merry to Gondor and hide in the Rohan army. However, she took off her helm during the conversation which let every body know a girl was in the army. Besides, the EE never explain why Denethor is so insane and even don’t mention that he also own a Palantíri. Another big bug is that it didn’t mention why all the horses disappear and the number of soldier drop a lot suddenly during Aragon fight in front of the Black Gate.


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