无言斋由xell进行随机更新,他是Einstein意义上的无神论者,Hayek意义上的自由主义者,Popper意义上的理性主义者,目前正在从事不赚钱的跨学科研究,最喜欢吃白切鸡,不看电视,认为一首歌的词和曲同样重要,坚决主张人权高于宠物权,擅长使用计算机、看书和睡觉,不擅长经商以及成为公务员。虽然他是Google的拥护者,但他愿意公布的电邮地址是(同这个页面风格一样简单的)xell@w.cn
Our Pale Bule Dot
2008-08-13|20:13:34| ‼ [0] | √ [0] 
Carl Sagan 的一段非常棒的论述,非常令人感动。这个视频的文字来自他的名著 Pale Bule Dot 第一章最后几段;没看过此书的,快去电驴拉一本吧,绝对会有所收获。
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From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of any particular interest.
But for us, it's different. Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, ever king and peasant, every young couple in love, every moth and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar,” every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there—on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.
Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.
The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.
It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.
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中文维基
2008-08-04|14:50:58| ‼ [0] | √ [0] 

  奥运我不关心,但奥运带来的影响我很关心——例如网络封锁问题。中国政府迫于颜面,最近终于开放了一大批网站,其中就包括中文维基。于是,在从维基上得到了许多东西之后,我终于也能够以方便的方式来贡献一些东西(要知道,以前要翻墙的情形下,由于维基不允许匿名代理的编辑权,根本无法写文章,而不用匿名代理的话,zh.wikipedia.org 不一会就被拦截了,看都看不成)。我今天第一次提交了一篇长文模糊数学,有兴趣的朋友可以去看看,顺便改改。刚刚接触这个领域,错漏肯定是很多的了。
  向维基提交文章,就意味着你打算将你的文字放到公共领域,并放弃几乎一切权利。特别是当你“自认为辛辛苦苦地”写了复杂的纲要、公式、表格之后,突然意识到这些东西都不再属于你,甚至连冠名权都不属于你,任何人只要遵循相同协议,都可以拥有、传播、复制、修改甚至删除你的文字,这是一种很奇特的感觉。维基正是建立在这样的思想上的,这是人类思想领域最重大的革命之一。它颠覆的不仅是版权,而且是自由主义和资本主义拼死捍卫的私权。在这个意义上,维基就是共产主义。而现在,一个在宪法中明确指明要坚持共产主义教育的政府(2004年宪法,第二十四条),终于允许我们亲身参与这场革命,真不知是要谢主隆恩,还是无言相笑?
  中共新闻发言人承诺网络开放将持续到奥运之后,OK,等着瞧吧。

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上海流水帐
2008-07-10|13:20:14| ‼ [3] | √ [0] 

  4号到的上海,本来是兴冲冲地去看什么鸟另类小众地下电影节,结果跑到下河迷仓那里一看,该组织已被英勇的上海“有关部门”(活在中国的都知道,世界上最神秘、最强大的部门也即“有关部门”)查封了。想想也是,我们身为80新一代,怎么能做些与奥运大好局面有碍的事呢,哈哈。
  于是只好灯红酒绿、纸醉金迷了。加之白天热浪滚滚,不敢外出,只能待夜幕降临再去蠢动。泡吧、喝酒、吃肉、吹牛、跳舞,不亦乐乎。遇到成群结队的国际友人,猛男靓妞若干,通通干杯。十里洋场啊,果然迷乱。
  8号,老友与其老公不远万里从中欧高福利富裕发达国家而来,我作为第三世界无产阶级知识分子的优秀代表,与他们进行了热烈而友好的交流,双方就国际局势、人生理想等一系列问题深入而坦诚地交换了意见,取得了许多共识。其间吃香喝辣,宾主两欢,可谓举杯共襄和谐盛世也。
  这次在上海逗留一周,住在夜猪同学家中,沙发很宽大,床褥很舒坦,空调很有劲,更免费提供IBM高级笔记本以及信号优良的无线网络让我这种死硬网民不至于有与世隔绝之感,室友也分外友好,例如某日中午见我熟睡不起,购包子若干让我吃到撑死,凡此种种,无处不洋溢着上海草根白领阶级的兄弟姐妹之谊。
  OK,该启程了。目标:家。

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