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    不才前日惊闻美国文学巨匠级人物厄普代克(John Updike)先生仙逝,惋惜之情难抑而草七绝一首,以悼厄公:



    厄公西游慢慢行

    一代师开一代风,

    小镇人物竞枯荣;

    了忆妙笔纵横日,

    珠玑字字尽厄翁。



    英文译稿:

    A True l...

  • Accept differences.

    Be kind.

    Count your blessings.

    Dream. 

    Express thanks.

    Forgive.

    Give freely Harm no one. 

    Imagine more.

    Jettison anger. &n...


  • I've been reading on and off Native American writer Louise Erdrich's alluringly lyrical novel Four Souls.

    I admit it's not a fast read,  partly because the lyricism that abounds in the work takes time to savor and partly bec...
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    I admire this seagull's roguish attitude.

    Too often I wish I'd be a bit more agressive, and bold, and daring just like him...

     

     

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    Here is a picture of a bunch of Nigerian soccer fans cheering at a game between Nigerian Olympic soccer team and Belgian soccer team on 19th August in Beijing.

     The words on the sign read something like," we ...
  • There are many ways of putting "加油",the most frequently used cheer phrase in China, into English.

    加 means to “add.” 油 means “oil” or “fuel.” (And technically gas stations are often called 加油站, or...
  •  Sham Fen Qing 伪愤青

     

    According to a new yorker magazine article by Evan Osnos, there has emerged here in China a "self-styled vanguard in defense of China’s honor, a patriotic swath of society that the Chinese...
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    from left to right: National Stadium(aka :"the Birds' Nest"); National Aquatics Centre(aka "the water cube")

     

    According to New Yorker Magazine's Sky Line columnist Paul Golderger,
    ...
  •  The baby



    When they found her, she was already dead. To their bewilderment, she seemed to have adopted a very strange posture to brace for the fatal impact. Deep under rubble, on her hands and knees, She looks like she was k...


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    This little girl gazes at the whole world through the main page of new york times with her sorrowful and wearied eyes.



    Barely a few days ago did she ever imagine that she would be helpful in drawing ...
  • 2008 turns out to be a phenomenal year for China.

    The upcoming Bejing Olympic games thrusts China to world's center stage. A lot of people are visiting China, a lot of people are re-examining China, a lot of people are heckling China fo...
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    I must admit,It's kinda ironic to follow my last post about the unquenchable power of serenity with a post about a phenomenon that occured lately all over China- massive( and in some cases violent) BOYCOTT of French Goo...
  •  Emperor Xiao Zong of Ming Dynasty

    I was reading Ming Dynasty history recently and occasionally saddened by the fact that all the "leading roles",likable or not,heroes or villains,had all faded into oblivion,swept mercile...
  • 2008-03-27

    When I grow up...

    When I grow up I want to be a little boy.



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    I stumbled upon this terrific dating profile online,which was set by this one lady based in Shandong,China.

    I find it kinda cool...

    "When the door of happiness closes,another opens.
    If you enjoy c...
  • 2008-02-28

    unrequited love

    True Love,I always think and believe,shall be pure,shall never be tainted with selfish agendas, or driven by any non-spiritual impulses.I mean if you truly love someone, you must love him or her with all your heart,you must love his/her flaws as well a...
  • 2008-02-25

    Owen,be happy!

     

    I never thought a guy like Owen Wilson would ever,even in movies,try to kill himself...

    The sparkling fun in his eyes  just never fails to connect with the audience through the big screen,denoting a lovingly cheek...
  • This is one of my favorite tunes,straight from the classic TV series "a journey to the west"西游记,entitled "womanly affection"女儿情.It's very melodic and if you know the background story, also very heartbreaking...

    This ...
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    Today's new york times ran an article entitled "Dumb and Dumber: Are Americans Hostile to Knowledge?",which cites the following hilarious incident:

    A popular video on YouTube shows Kellie Pickler, the adorable pla...


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    Here are a few pictures of my nephew,which is just about the cutest little thing I ever saw in the whole world...

    A picture is worth one thousand words,as they say.I guess they are right,I can'...
  • 2008-02-03

    poetic appreciation

     

    Well,poem again.It's a little piece from the New Yorker Magazine,entitled "seeing whales",by Michael Dickman,which I so much enjoy savoring.

    I find the highlighted part especially poetic and lovable and beaut...
  • 2008-01-31

    Poetic translation

    The following are the chinese translations for two poems,one is the well-known "When you are old" by W.B.Yeats,the other the lyrics of the song "Donde Voy".

    I hope my translations have more or less done the two marvelous ...
  • Southern weekend/weekly (南方周末) has always been one of my very favorite and most-read chinese newspapers.It is known for its refreshing candor,journalist integrity and courage to tackle untouchable,hypersensitive issues in China society.It may sound lik...
  • Heavy snow strike all over China,especially in areas that least expect them in a season that is supposed to be jovial.My friend,for your information, here are a few pictures that will give you a rare glimpse into how serious the situatio...
  • 2008-01-26

    My regret 恨憾

      蒹葭苍苍,白露为霜。所谓伊人,在水一方。 溯洄从之,道阻且长;溯游从之,宛在水中央...

     ...we never know how long we have to spend with the people we care about, so we should tell them, while we have the time, that we love them. If we should ever miss the chance, we woul...
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    I find myself exceptionally attracted,even entranced by a Japanese movie series(the longest-running movie series in the film history actually),"Tora-san",also known as "it's tough being a man".寅次郎的故事(男人真辛苦)....
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    我在一年前阅读了纽约时报畅销书"The long tail- why the future of business is selling less of more"(长尾理论).大受启迪,受益非浅.

    前几日我给此书作者美国"wired"杂志总编辑,美国作家Mr Chris Anderson先生写了一封信,信里谈到了他的书在中国被广泛盗版和传播的情况.我在信里特别指出"Do you know,M...
  • I am now reading back-to-back oscar-winning screenwriter Paul Haggis("crash","million dollar baby","letters from Iwo Jima")'s latest screenplay "in the valley of Elah".

    And somewhere near the middle of...
  • Well, a few things about screenwriters and  a few screenplays.

    On a whim I decided to find out who is the highest-paid screenwriter in Hollywood the other day(well,I must confess,it's not entirely curiosity-driven.There's also some peer...