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My philosophy of life (in seven peanut shells)…
1) Listen to your heart
2) Use your head
3) Choose courage at least ten times each day, playing with the fear
4) Enjoy the processes of life; take your major focus off the results
5) Live as if everyone is your playmate or potential playmate.
6) Take everything step by step (it’s all a process anyway)
7) Know that life is your playground
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Where and what is Kunming, China—the new place I call home…
Imagine living in a city of six million people with a latitude more southern than Miami, Florida but with an altitude a thousand feet higher than Denver, Colorado. I give you Kunming, China—at 25 degrees north latitude and 6200 feet (1890 meters).
Imagine living in a province (think “state”) of 45,000,000 people, with a low elevation of 76 meters (250 feet) to a high of 6740 meters (22,110 feet). I give you Yunnan Province in south west China.
China’s one billion, 335 million people are distributed over 22 provinces, four municipalities (of over ten million people each), and five autonomous regions.
6.08pm on Tuesday, March 2, 2010
2010年3月2日 星期四 下午6：08
The Internet invades hair salons in China…
Last night a friend accompanied me to a local hair salon to get my hair cut (5rm/75 cents). I noticed that most of the seats in the hair salon had a computer screen with Internet. I asked my friend about it. She said that this was common in Salons throughout Kunming. It helps the customers pass the time (checking email, watching videos, playing games) while they spend the long hours in the chair to get their hair done just the way they want!
Today I refined a technique to catch the attention of passer-bys on the street…
I was holding up my “Speak English Just for Fun” sign, holding out my “English Salon” information card while saying, “Ni hao (hello), Can you speak English,” as the pedestrians would pass by me on the sidewalk. This was fairly effective in getting someone, from time to time, who could speak English to stop and talk with me and learn about my Salon.
However, with one small change, I more than doubled the response rate. Instead of say, “Ni hao,” which basically means “Hello” or “How are you?” I started saying, “Xia wu hao,” which means, “Good Afternoon.” When people hear me say this, they pay attention very quickly. Maybe, as Elle says, people rarely use this phrase and, for a foreigner to be using it, is a bit surprising.
但是，我做了一下改进，就有事半功倍的效果了。“Ni hao”意思是“Hello” or “How are you?”， 我换成说“Xia wu hao”，意思是：“Good Afternoon.” 当人们听我说这，他们很快就被吸引了。也许，就想Elle说的，人们很少说下午好，而一个外国人说这个时，自然就让他们很好奇啦！
“The Little Prince”…
One of my Chinese friends lent me this book. She said it in both Chinese and English. I read the English version. Stimulating. Interesting.
6.56pm Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Faster and faster…you have no idea!
I will compare only one single technology (disk drives), using only one vector (disk drive capacity) within that technology. I will compare the year 1968 with 2010, a time-span of 42 years. In 1968 the IBM 2314 disk drive was near the top of the line in speed and capacity. As a computer software consultant, I relied on this disk for storage as I programmed and told the IBM System 360 Model 40 what I wanted done. The disk could store up to 14,000,000 characters of information. The drive cost $100,000. It stood about three feet high and about two feet across the top, each way. It required an air-conditioned room to operate properly.
我只举磁盘驱动器一个例子，只说它的容量。拿1968年和2010年来比吧，42年的时间跨度。68年，IBM2314磁盘驱动在速度和容量上都是最牛的。作为一个计算机软件顾问，我编程时靠这个磁盘储存资料，并靠IBM System 360 Model 40下达指令。这个磁盘可以存14百万个字节的信息。这个驱动花了我100美元。这玩意立起来有3英尺高两英尺宽，还需要放在空调房里运行。
Recently I bought an Iomega disk drive. The disk capacity is 1,000,000,000,000 characters of information. It has over 71,000 times the capacity of the IBM 2314 disk drive. It cost $100. The dimensions are 6.5 inches by 6.5 inches by 1.75 inches. If you allow for the inflationary change in value of money that has occurred over 42 years, then it would be more accurate to say the Iomega drive cost me $30.
The difference in price between the two drives is 3,333 times. Or, to simplifying it, multiplying 3,000 times 71,000 gives a 213,000,000 change in price performance over 42 years.
The Singularity is Near (as Ray Kurzweil would say).
The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology by Ray Kurzweil
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