《我是那女子》

二月 15, 2007

我是那女子
行走于街道上,公车还有火车上
你想和她一起度过亲密时刻
然后将她抛弃,像丢掉一只抽完的香烟盒
当你坐在装饰花朵的汽车上呼啸而去
庄重地举行你那幸运的婚礼时
她却独自伫立在着魔的暮色中

我是那女子
连诸神也不宽恕,神的傲慢与力量
在她的子宫下种下处女的耻辱。。。。。。
我是那女子
是家人唯一的希望,坏年头里母亲的医药费
并以我额外的微薄收入替弟弟买书
如同那黑色的雨伞,我湿漉漉的身体抵挡雨水
在这把雨伞下,全家得以安身。。。。。。

摘自苏波 达斯古塔(Subho Dasgupta)
《我是那女子》(Ami Shei Meye)

Clues tend to be small and inconspicuous, but may actually be nothing at all. For Silver Blaze, a race horse stolen from his stable at night in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, it was nothing that gave the game away:

“Is there any other point to which you would wish to draw my attention?”
“To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time.”
“The dog did nothing in the night-time.”
“That was the curious incident,” remarked Sherlock Holmes.

Appreciating a clue depends on its context, either in time and place or within a theory. In the pockets of the Silver Blaze suspect were found a collection of seemingly ordinary objects. Which of these were clues for finding out who was the Silver Blaze villain?some of them were hard to accept as significant without the context of a theory. At first, only an ivory-handled knife with a adelicate, inflexible blade stood out as significant, as it was an unusual object. It was an important clue, but so too were some ordinary matches and a candle. On Holmes’ working theory, they pointed to the villain nobbling the horse, with a delicate operation that was practised in the dark on nearby sheep.

For events, or non-events, to be clues, knowledge and imagination are needed. If someone is said to be ‘clueless’, this does not mean there are no clues, but that the knowledge and imagination to appreciate them are lacking. We see this in the contrasting character of the police officer, Inspector Gregory (no relation!).

The inspector had checked the surrounding ground for tracks of the horse but found none. Holmes and Watson checked again, and Holmes soon found what they sought:

The track of a horse was plainly outlined in the soft earth in front of him, and the shoe which he took from his pocket exactly fitted the impression. “See the value of imagination,” said Holmes. “It is the one quality which Gregory lacks. We imagined what might have happened, and acted upon the supposition, and find ourselves to be justified. Let us proceed.”

Holmes’ imagination was effective, being based on knowledge.

From Nature vol 445, 11 January 2007, by Richard Gregory.

不如雪中送炭

二月 8, 2007

蔡智忠先生在《漫画菜根谭》有这么一段字:

// 即便以千金赠人,也很难获得别人的欢心;有时一碗饭的恩惠,也能使人终身感激。因为过分的宠爱反而容易变成仇恨;而一点点的恩惠反而会使人感激不已。

爱并不是建立在物质条件上,而是给予适时的关心。锦上添花,何如雪中送炭来得实在?//

(菜根谭之原文:千金难结一时之欢,一饭竟至终身之感。盖爱重反为仇,薄极翻成喜也。)

我这生中做了太多锦上添花之事,如今懊悔不已。只怪自己不曾冷眼察世,浪费许多无谓精力心神。该去伸援扶助的没去扶助,一味趋炎附势——感叹五色令人盲。落得今日单亲力薄,愧对释氏先祖,实是羞愧难过。

如今唯有谨记:与其锦上添花,不如雪中送炭。

P-ISM :A Pen-style Personal Networking Gadget Package
It seems that information terminals are infinitely getting smaller. However, we will continue to manipulate them with our hands for now. We have visualized the connection between the latest technology and the human, in a form of a pen. P-ISM is a gadget package including five functions: a pen-style cellular phone with a handwriting data input function, virtual keyboard, a very small projector, camera scanner, and personal ID key with cashless pass function. P-ISMs are connected with one another through short-range wireless technology. The whole set is also connected to the Internet through the cellular phone function. This personal gadget in a minimalistic pen style enables the ultimate ubiquitous computing.

 duo-pc: A mobile PC with dual displays.
We use our favorite notebook on the desk and in a mobile environment. Then, why do we have to have more than one PC? Using short-range wireless connection and COG technology, a laptop PC will have more flexibility just like paper. This mobile PC has a multiple-layer hinge structure that allows users to open it as one large display on the desk and to use it as a tablet PC and a book browser for mobile use. It adapts to users’ environments and situations.

duo-phone: A cellular phone with dual displays.
“duo-phone” is installed with a detachable display, which enables users to enjoy a videophone in a more natural manner, and a photo sensor adapting the next-generation barcode. It is a next-generation cellular telephone that can be also used as a “duo-pc” mouse and remote control.

Thanks to the development of ubiquitous technology, hardware is becoming smaller, thinner, and less visible than ever before. On the other hand, the volume of information we handle is expanding at an accelerated rate. In the near future, IT devices will go beyond the conventional framework of efficiency and convenience. NEC designers have created design possibilities with near future paradigms in mind: the world where humans and machines resonate with one another. We propose devices that judge situations to meet user’s needs, and interfaces that let users access unlimited information as naturally as breathing.

(These are concept models and not planned to be commercialized at this point.)

tag:  Soft-shell mobile phone.
“tag” is a new, malleable, casual communicator. It is not only soft but also flexible, for example, it can be hung from a belt or wrapped around the user’s arm. Shape-memorizing material and multiple pressure sensors allow the phone to change its shape according to the mode. The user can also alternate the mode by changing the shape.

 

flacon: Virtual storage bottle.
We already have the means to store a massive amount of images in our various devices, so many that we cannot possibly see them all in a lifetime. “flacon” offers the ways to casually enjoy such a volume of visuals. The images emerge on an inorganic electroluminescent display. Among them, images selected according to anniversaries and the user’s emotions are projected outward through a projector.

gumi: Ubiquitous media chip.
In this service proposal, RFID chips hold the usage rights to images and music available on the network. The chips are covered in a gummy capsule, and are edible after use. When the play unit is connected to the container, the basic unit, it can be used as an audio player. By setting it in the cradle connected to the display through wireless LAN, users can also enjoy visual contents. The chips are sold in packages just like candies. Blank chips on which users can allocate data will also be available.

wacca: Visual Memory in a Bracelet.
Just like our memories come alive when we take our favorite objects in our hands, visual memories and their tools should be more closely related. The performance of visual memory devices, such as resolution and memory, will eventually reach their usability saturation points. However, just like wearing wristwatches, they will be worn like accessories rather than highly functional tools. Looking into the landscape through an opening, this bracelet will capture visual images in the angles adapting to the distance from the viewers’ faces through distance sensors installed in the device. Furthermore, users can browse through the visual images on its viewer and also display them just like a picture frame.

接着一步

二月 6, 2007

一位接近七十岁的老人,从纽约市步行到佛罗里达州的迈阿密市,经过长途跋涉,克服了重重困难,终于到达迈阿密市。有位记者采访他,记者问:“你年纪那么大了,哪来的勇气和毅力走完这趟旅程?” 老人回答说:“走一步路是不需要勇气,也不需要毅力。我只是先走一步,然后再走一步,又一步,就这样我就到这里了,我哪里需要很大的毅力和勇气呢? ”

阅自《经典》杂志