Sunday, September 28, 2014

孔子誕辰現在不是國定假日,我們還需要管它嗎?臺灣教育最重要的任務,早已經不是甚麼增強國力啦、栽培人才啦、訓練思考能力啦、培養人格啦、德育群育體育美育智育這些老套,我們講白一點,好不好?臺灣教育最重要的任務,是討好家長、讓她們不要投訴。萬世師表下臺鞠躬。
嗚呼~~~~~~~
Today is Confucius’s Birthday; in the ROC, it used to also be a national holiday, Teacher’s Day, until politics was deemed more important than education.
No matter what, take a moment to day to consider what you have learned since last Confucius’s Birthday. Mentally thank your teachers. You may not have been standing on the shoulders of giants, but even standing on the shoulders of a midget, you can see further than you could just standing on the ground.
Now get off that midget, find some great books to read, keep learning, and keep growing.
教師節放假,一個重要意義,是讓學生知道教育是崇高的:放假不是為了哪個部隊殺死了哪個部隊、不是為了某些人認為天上有哪些神明不高興就可以讓我們下地獄、不是為了哪個政治人物爬到了別人頭上,而是為了提醒我們,人是個能思考的動物,是這個世界上唯一能夠思深慮邃的動物:我們能思考,我們的思考可以進步,如果有老師開導,可以少走千年百歲的冤枉路。我們可以訓練我們的腦筋、可以突破現狀、可以發揮潛力。而自古啟迪我們的,是夫子,從小領導我們的,是老師。這還不夠我們放假嗎?
有人說,假期太多,只好刪,以免影響臺灣的競爭力。學生天天上課,但是倘若教育不受重視、家長對老師頤指氣使,再上多少課也不會增強臺灣,卻讓臺灣每下愈況。如果學生知道教育地位崇高、受社會重視,是傳遞經驗、陶冶人格最重要的過程,即使多放一天假,利遠遠多于弊。
北魏‧崔浩曰,「為國計者,惟社稷是利。」我管你甚麼政治利益、爭權籌碼的假日,有比「尊師重道」更能利社稷的嗎?

Friday, September 26, 2014

Pearls of Chinese wisdom
中文:心無旁鶩
英譯:He has no duck beside his heart.

按:說文:、亂馳也,从馬敄聲。兦遇切
說文:、舒鳧也,从鳥務聲。莫卜切

心無旁騖,多訛為心無旁敄鳥,非也。除非要強調心邊沒有鴨子。

Thursday, September 25, 2014

A primary goal of education is to teach you how to think: how to concentrate on the subject at hand to reach a solution. This requires… well, what do you know? concentration requires concentration, that you focus on your object and ignore extraneous data.
It should come as no surprise to anyone that what you do regularly influences your thinking and thus your mind. If you keep your mind active, your mind is active; if you live on soap operas and singing shows, you probably think Dubya was a great president.
Studies in Britain show that second screening, or watching tv while surfing the internet and facebook, may alter the brain, cause brain damage, and even cause depression and emotional problems.
LINK a very interesting article, worth reading.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

資治通鑑記南燕王慕容超侵信其大臣公孫五樓
公孫五樓(活躍于西元400年前後),南燕左衛將軍、武衛將軍、征虜將軍、屯騎校尉、侍中、尚書。
外傳:公孫氏,其父有庶長子,名曰公孫地下室;公孫五樓之後裔,于今為第二十八代,名為公孫電梯大廈。

說有多無聊~~~~哈。

Monday, September 22, 2014

I should have become a surgeon. LINK This guy sent in a bill for US$117,000 for just standing by the operating table. Heck, I don’t even have to become a surgeon, I’ll just stand there for US$20,000. You get the same results, and what a bargain!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

九二一地震已經十五年了
紀念一下、珍惜平安的日子。

Saturday, September 20, 2014

My mother lived on a farm in Baca County, Kansas, and yup, they were right there when the Dust Bowl hit.
But they had some good years before that. Everybody worked hard, and  everybody had chores to do. Mom’s included feeding the animals, during harvest waking the hired help, helping with the cooking, and so on.
For help with the harvest, they hired big strong young men who worked hard for their pay. They would start the morning’s work, eat breakfast, do more work, eat lunch, work more, eat supper, work more, eat dinner, work more, and drop into a dead sleep. They were usually too tired to even change clothes before they went to bed, or rather, dropped onto the bed. They were probably asleep even before they reached the mattress. It wasn’t always easy to wake them in the morning.
One evening, Mom realized her kitty cat was missing. She searched everywhere for it, but couldn’t find it. Finally, it was getting late, so she decided she’d just have to go to bed and worry about it the next day.
Early the next morning, she went to wake up the hired hand. He was dead to the world, but she shook him for a while, and he managed to sit up in bed. 
When he sat up, Mom found her kitty cat: apparently it had been snoozing on the man’s nice warm bed when he hit the sack. The cat was flattened out, like a pancake. The hired hand saw Mom’s expression and then saw the cat. He had been so tired that he slept on top of the cat the whole night without even noticing it.
As they watched, the cat slowly pulled itself back into a three dimensional shape, shook itself a few times, and wandered off, a bit unsteadily.
Mom said it was like something you’d expect to see in a cartoon. She said, he was a good worker, but you could tell he was no princess.