Category: General (一般)

本地極其誇張的樓盤廣告

By admin, July 14, 2010 11:08

今天又見陶傑好文

西班牙贏得世界盃,香港有何「啟示」?有。看看本地的樓盤廣告,名字越來越誇,最新的一個,叫「帝峰.皇殿」,其他還有皇廷、御花園、君臨天下、皇府山、御林皇府。中國人在潛意識裏極度迷戀帝皇,但民居敢僭稱什麼帝峰、皇殿,若在三百年前,北京知道了,必定滿門抄斬。

古希臘的阿里士多德

By admin, June 22, 2010 12:32

陶傑今天的短文是關於哲學家的。

aristotle3[1]歐洲在中世紀,忽然重新發現了一個人,就是古希臘的阿里士多德。時值黑暗時代,羅馬教權壟斷了思想,民間許多知識份子,僧侶、貴族,紛紛從一千五百年前的阿里士多德論著裏找解悶的出路。

比起孔子,阿里士多德的論述更豐富。孔子的論語只一兩句話,不是失諸「阿媽係女人」之簡單,像「有朋自遠方來,不亦樂乎」之類,就是一個抽象空泛的「仁」。

阿里士多德不同,有邏輯學,形而上學,生物、心理,這一切,孔子都沒有什麼深入的探討。最重要的是,阿里士多德比孔子更 user-friendly,像一件貨,對消費者想要什麼,一切考慮周到。譬如,阿里士多德討論什麼是快樂─對於商人,快樂是財富;對於紳士,快樂是名氣,追求快樂,手段要崇高,這一點,比較像孔子說的「仁」。

但阿里士多德沒有把崇高往三十三重天的高處提昇,他回到地面:阿里士多德先承認人有各樣缺點,譬如物慾的揮霍或吝嗇,衝動和怯懦,但只要以理性衡量,取乎中庸,譬如,在奢侈和吝嗇之間,就是慈善的捐獻;在衝動和怯懦之間,就是勇敢,阿里士多德沒有叫人只許做那樣,禁忌那樣,只呼籲人在不一樣的處境,判斷正反兩極,作理性的結論。

阿里士多德的論說清晰,沒有像孔子一樣受後世曲解。真正的哲學,必是清晰而無從曲解的。”

 

Some of Aristotle’s famous quote:

“Happiness is the highest good, being a realization and perfect practice of virtue, which some can attain, while others have little or none of it…”

“All men by nature desire to know.”

“Anybody can become angry – that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way – that is not within everybody’s power and is not easy.”

“Change in all things is sweet.”

“For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.”

Friendship is a single soul living in two bodies.”

“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.”

“I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self.”

“If things do not turn out as we wish, we should wish for them as they turn out.”

“It is possible to fail in many ways…while to succeed is possible only in one way.”

“It is simplicity that makes the uneducated more effective than the educated when addressing popular audiences.”

“Man is by nature a political animal.”

“Man perfected by society is the best of all animals; he is the most terrible of all when he lives without law, and without justice.”

“Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting a particular way…you become just by performing just actions, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave actions.”

No great genius is without an admixture of madness.”

“Philosophy is the science which considers truth.”

“Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.”

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.”

“The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to avoid pain.”

“The goal of war is peace, of business, leisure.”

“The mathematical sciences particularly exhibit order, symmetry, and limitation; and these are the greatest forms of the beautiful.” 

“The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.”

“The soul never thinks without a picture.”

“We give up leisure in order that we may have leisure, just as we go to war in order that we may have peace.”

“We live in deeds, not years: In thoughts not breaths; In feelings, not in figures on a dial. We should count time by heart throbs. He most lives Who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best.”

“Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well.”

“We cannot learn without pain.”

“Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods.”

“You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.”

大陸網絡最近盛行的一種動物: 草x馬

By admin, May 8, 2010 17:22

“草x馬﹐它們真的好可愛噢”﹐這是很多人第一眼看到後的反應﹐當然x不能明言﹐只有懂得的人看了後才會會心微笑。還不明白﹐自己去找Google答案。

Hint:  草x馬 = Alpaca 羊駝 = Cao x Ma :)

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人生三件事

By admin, April 12, 2010 12:12

一個英文網頁上有一文,題為”This is beautiful 3 things”,讀後覺得很有意思,謹介紹一下。括號內是我加的按語。

※生命中三樣東西一旦去了就再也追不回來,它們是:時間;詞語;機會。(詞語的意思是說,一旦說出去的話就收不回來。這三樣東西都要好好把握。)

※生命中三樣東西是你永遠不會也不應失去的,它們是:和平;希望;誠實( Honesty)。(和平當然不是指世界和平,而是心境的和平;人不管處在如何困難的境地也不要失去希望;誠實所指也是個人修為。)

※生命中三樣東西是最有價值的,它們是:愛;自信;朋友。(愛和朋友指排除因功利而建立的愛與朋友關係。)

※生命中三樣東西是永遠不確定的,它們是:夢想;成功;運氣( Fortune)。(怎樣才算實現夢想?成功,運氣,又如何定義?)

※生命中三樣東西足以成就一個男人/女人( that make a man/ woman):勤奮;真誠( Sincerity);承擔( Commitment)。(也許這是做人的基本要求,少了這三樣,很難說是一個真正的人。)

※生命中三樣東西足以毀掉一個男人/女人:酗酒;傲慢;憤怒。(酗酒的人不常見,但傲慢與憤怒則是許多人常有的毛病。至於吸毒,濫性,嗜賭成癮,則已超出正常人生之外,不屬「人生三件事」的討論範圍了。)

※生命中三樣東西一旦失去就難以再建立:尊重;信任;友誼。(三者中以信任最重要,尊重和友誼都由信任建立。)

※生命中三樣東西若擁有就不會失敗:真正的愛;果斷;信念。(真正的愛,應不是單指男女之愛吧,儘管那是人生的重要部分。)

這是值得記住的人生之三。

李怡

Miss You Much

By admin, April 1, 2010 18:06

每年的今天﹐大家都會不約而同地去文華獻一束白玫瑰給您﹐整整七年了﹐原來大家還是這麼深深地掛念著您﹐loving you always…

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可愛的大小熊貓

By admin, March 15, 2010 10:15

from Ocean Park.

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Farewell to a 20 years old friend 依依不捨…

By admin, March 14, 2010 14:30

It was 20 years ago, I met this old friend of mine in Brompton Road, London.

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The Magical Box of Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1!

By admin, March 9, 2010 23:14

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For the past whole week, I was thinking turning my 3 year old Dell notebook into a media center, but the build-in soundcard (SimTel) is just too crappy and cannot produce the sound I wanted. It’s not until I found IT today, the magically Creative X-Fi SoundBlaster Surround 5.1 (USB)! It’s so perfect as it even comes with optical out to my EX-A15 amplifier.

For about HK$500, it immediately turned my notebook into a powerful media center, USB output from the notebook connects to SB X-Fi DAC, then either using digital (optical) or analog output to JVC EX-A15.  

I can play all the un-compressed source like FLAC, APE now on my JVC woodcore speaker, and all my RMVB or MKV HD sound quality became so much better, it’s just absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!

Together with a Logitech wireless keyboard and mouse, I’ve finally completed the project of my digital media center that I always dreamt about!

Thank you so much Creative! You made my day!

General Specifications 

High Definition Audio Quality
  • High Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR) exceeding 100 dB using high linearity, low distortion 24-bit converters with resolutions of up to 96 kHz.
  • 24-bit Digital-to-Analog conversion of digital sources during playback in 24-bit with sampling rate of up to 96 kHz in 5.1 mode without audio monitoring.
     
  • 24-bit Analog-to-Digital conversion of analog sources during recording in 24-bit with sampling rates up to 96 kHz without audio monitoring. 
  • X-Fi Crystalizer
  • Enhances musical dynamics by emphasizing sharp percussive sounds and transients 
  • X-Fi CMSS-3D
  • X-Fi CMSS-3D Surround: Upmixes stereo sources to 4, 4.1 or 5.1 channels
  • X-Fi CMSS-3D Headphone: Provides a multichannel playback experience over headphones for all types of content
  • X-Fi CMSS-3D Virtual: Provides a multichannel playback experience over two loudspeakers for all types of content
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    Update:  Nov 24, 2011

    I just found out JVC EX-A15 doesn’t support 96Khz Optical input, so the maximum is 48Khz 24Bits for Optical input. However the strange thing is Analog at 96Khz and 24 Bits is fine.

    I also notice Creative released the updated version of its magical box which supports HD now, after all it’s still around HK$8xx and much cheaper than other DACs in the market. 

    In additiona, I found Creative has also released two upgrade version called X-Fi Surround 5.1 Pro and X-Fi Surround 5.1 HD.

    Finally, I am going to add a 8″ sub-woofer to my JVC EX-A15 shortly, this will definitely enhance my mini Hi-Fi sysem to another level.

    LOST Season 6 Finale

    By admin, March 4, 2010 18:02

    It’s finally here after waiting for so long, I am really getting lost in one of my favorite TV series LOST.

    (Updated to Episode 6 as of today)

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    My Dream Car: Aston Martin DB9 Coupe

    By admin, February 20, 2010 00:11

    Could someone sponsor me please? :)

    2009′ Aston Martin DB9 Coupe

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    Tungsten Silver with an Phantom Grey on Sandstorm interior and Walnut Veneer dash.

    All alloy, quad overhead camshaft, 48 valve, 6.0 litre V12, Touchtronic  2 Automatic.

    Ventilated, grooved disc brakes with ABS, Electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD), Dynamic stability control (DSC), Emergency brake assist (EBA), Dual stage driver and passenger front airbags, Front occupant side airbags, Tyre pressure monitoring, HID projector headlamps, Powerfold mirrors, Rear parking sensors, Rear LED lamps, 19″ alloy wheels, Full leather interior, Electrically adjustable heated front seats, Memory seats and exterior mirrors, 700W Premium Audio w/Dolby Pro Logic II, 6 CD autochanger with MP3 device audio connection, Satellite navigation system, Bluetooth telephone preparation, Trip computer, Alarm and immobiliser, Cruise control, Umbrella and holder, 19 alloy wheels – 20-spoke diamond-turned, Front parking sensors, Right hand drive.

    Price: 天文數字

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