Archive for ‘deep thoughts’

Friday, May 29, 2009

Welcome to the Club, Beijing…

… and greetings from Europe. You see, this is how it feels when your backyard is burning, and there is little you can do. This is how it felt when former Yugoslavia was burning, and the EU had to wait for the Americans to extinguish the fire.

If something like this should rise above your Eastern territorial border in the not-too-distant-future and you think it’s a sunrise, think again. No, I’m not talking about your embassy there…

Kim Jong very Il.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Chen Shuibian: Control your Wife

“Not even an execution can atone for my sins,” former Taiwanese president Chen Shuibian writes in his latest book, Voices that Can’t Be Locked Up (關不住的聲音).

He made eight mistakes during his presidency, writes Chen. From them, we learn this:

1. Control your wife.

2. Your enemies are never merciful to you. If you are benevolent to your enemy, you are cruel to yourself.

3. Be evil enough to claim your enemy’s stolen assets.

4. Being an exceptionally wise leader, don’t leave your succession to others.

5. Distrust your successor as party leader. Examine her bones. Especially if she happens to be a woman. Go back to rule one.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Learning Faster?

Learning to read and write took more time when I was a child. Nowadays, it happens faster. But students hardly ever reach the perfection we had to reach to achieve good marks in school.

Does that hurt? Not necessarily. Orthography in the 1970s and 1980s were probably not so different from Imperial exams for would-be officials to the Chinese Court. Every error counted against you, even though more perfection didn’t necessarily lead to more efficient or simply better communication.It isn’t only about efficiency. It’s true that one can make better use of ones lifetime when the choice of perfection or that-will-do lies with the individual. And maybe less perfection can also be more efficient.

But it starts looking both worrisome and funny when someone writes a text for a song which is full of flaws, as I’ve seen happening recently. Nice tune, not a bad message, but hilarious in the way it was put. People whose writing sucks have started thinking of themselves as poets. Some of my grandparents did better in writing than them (some of their old letters are really beautiful), after only four to six years of school education – but they weren’t even aware of their communicational skills.

Assessing the value of an essay written in English by students these days can become a real nuisance under such conditions – especially when they hold their own skills in such high esteem. I’m pretty sure that their options for expressing their views in English are becoming smaller, year after year. Good for them that they don’t realize this. After all, their ability to describe and understand abstract matters in German is becoming smaller, too.

That doesn’t matter if you want to become a financial analyst. A cabaret artist recently quoted one: There’s a lot of imagination in this share price. Yes, that was a few months before the crash.

For sure, there was more imagination in the chart and its backgrounds than in the guy’s description of it. But he was on TV anyway. Business economists will re-invent the world without much imagination, just with a lot of hot air which will lead to another Big Bang: We’ve got to expand!


Where is the border between perfectionism and reason? I’m wondering if we are teaching and learning the right things for our times’n places. I’m off to designing an imaginative curriculum now.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Skull Divertimento

skull divertimento

skull divertimento


Me was in an undemanding situation at skull for an hour or so. Had to pay too much attention to the situation to let real paperwork distract myself, but too little to do to do nothing by myself. So I watched the situation with my left eye, and did this little divertimento (see picture) with my right hand and my right eye.

What was going on inside my skull? I don’t remember. Maybe nothing.

Possibly related: Grammar »

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

The Invisible Line – Justrecently’s Mission Statement

The invisible line is the one I’d cross if I made Chinese issues my issues. Or where I would make Taiwanese issues my issues. I’m neither Chinese nor Taiwanese. That doesn’t mean that I don’t have opinions, and I believe that studying the language and the issues as thoroughly as I can is reason enough to me for blogging my opinions. After all, the one-party decisions in Beijing influence not only Chinese lives, but mine, too.

I’m not making American issues my issues either, although American decisions have a big impact on my country and my life, just as those in Beijing.

But there is that invisible line… I might fight for my opinions, but I don’t want to write like if I belonged to a foreign country. May I try to sum this down?

Here it is: Justrecently’s Mission Statement.

I’m not blogging for human rights. I believe in their global validity and their binding character, I’m making use of them myself in that I’m speaking out, and I’m supporting everyone’s human rights, but I’m not blogging for them.

I’m not blogging for China. I believe in China’s future and the contributions it has made to human development before, but I’m not blogging for China.

I’m not blogging for my country either.

I’m blogging for myself and for those who may care to read my posts and comments.

I’m blogging, because it’s fun.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

justrecently’s link tip (for women only)

If you are totally in love with Sarah‘s shoes, you will probably like Joyce‘s relentless women’s convention, too.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Can the White Rabbit be trusted?

No ordinary rabbit

No ordinary rabbit?

Nay, they never trusted China anyway – as this back issue concerning territorial disputes with China shows. But now, another pressing question is arising: can the White Rabbit be trusted? It says it’s full of creamy flavor and high in nutritive value.

If that’s no reason to be on my guard…

On the other hand, the creamy candies come at only 0.35 Rupees (if I got that right), and it does look yummy.

Then again, melamine was found in it in Singapore late on Sunday, reports The Australian.

Could it be worse than that one?

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

CCP Party Cell in Space – Three’s Company enough

The BBC’s James Reynolds: It’s been suggested that the three astronauts – all loyal soldiers – may form the first ever branch of the Chinese Communist Party in space (the party’s rules state that you need three members to form a new branch – these rules appear to apply even if you’ve left the planet).

This makes me wonder. First of all: is the CCP really still a Communist Party? Secondly: if Yang Liwei, the guy who’s been up there already, is not allowed to talk to foreign jouralists because he’s still in the army, what will the three guys who will be up there soon (and who are all soldiers, too) do if an alien there tries to communicate with them? Will there be time to report back to Planet Peking and get special approval, or will the opportunity for the first-ever human talk with aliens be missed?

Or are they allowed to talk to little green folks, and just not to foreign reporters?

What if an alien wants to join the space branch of the CCP? Is the CCP prepared for all eventualities?

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