推荐笑来的新书「新生——七年就是一辈子」

2016年02月13日

笑来是对我影响挺大的一个人。之前他的博客我每篇都会读,有时候还会留言,「把时间当作朋友」读过两三遍。他给我带来的最大改变是,让我真诚的相信人是可以通过不断的自省和努力达成自我进化和改变的。有时候想,为什么像李笑来和罗永浩这样的新东方老师,居然可以不断的跨界在这么多的领域取得成就。这恐怕其中很重要的原因是他们掌握了「元」技能。英语和计算机知识是元技能,正确客观、符合现实、不自欺欺人的观念也是元技能。

笑来最近出了一本新书。同他所倡导的人可以不断升级一样,这本书也是不断在更新的,现在可以在http://b.xinshengdaxue.com/index.html读到。大部分文章已经在笑来的公众号里发过了,但不妨多读几遍,特别是如果对其中的观念还感到陌生的话。

如今的时代,知识已经是按需分配。除了极少数受到管制的如「如何制造氢弹」的知识,其他绝大部分都可以免费在互联网上得到。例如现在我正在Coursera上看普林斯顿大学教授所讲授的算法。而知识的贫富差距,与财富的贫富差距一样越来越大。以前一般民众如果不读书的话,获得信息最多的渠道是电视和报纸杂志。而如今,人们读的最多的是微信里谣言和伪科学比例高的惊人的垃圾信息。这些信息在质量上恐怕是比不上一份地方性报纸的后几个版面。

新的一年里我也列出了几个要努力自我改变的领域:

  1. 工作上比之前至少投入多一倍精力,努力能带团队,进行技术革新;
  2. 业余时间尽可能多的陪女儿,给她唱歌、讲故事、说英文,给她换衣服、洗澡、换尿布,学习一切她需要我为她做的事情;
  3. 健身和锻炼。每天都要进行力量训练,深蹲、俯卧撑、引体向上、卷腹,在公司里也要做。一周至少划3个五千米。
  4. 读书。之前说的100本书太多,每个月读4本吧,列出计划,而且每本书都尽量能谈些感想,哪怕只是在这私人的日记里。多做深度阅读,学而不思则罔,这大概是我之前读书最大的毛病;
  5. 编程。每天都要check in代码到GiHub里,看streak能维持多久;
  6. 写作。每天写日记。这个习惯到目前为止保持的还可以,已经坚持了1个半月。公众号「无尽的探索」自从开张之后只写了一篇文章,博客也荒废好久了。看能不能一周写一篇博客吧。

Install El Capitan + Windows 10 on Mid-2010 Macbook Pro (MC374)

2015年10月12日

I’ve spent two days to finally successfully installed El Capitan + Windows 10 on my old Mid-2010 Macbook Pro (Model MC374).

  1. The key point  to install Windows 10 on MC374 is that you have to boot the installation under traditional mode instead of EFI, otherwise graphical card driver will crash. Have been struggling with this problem for a whole day before I came across this discussion on Apple forum;
  2. In order to boot the traditional way, I had to use DVD. USB stick doesn’t work because it can only boot EFI mode, or maybe I don’t know how to do it. The SuperDrive hasn’t been used for several years I guess, and it simply didn’t work at first, complaining ” error burning disk image: the disk drive didn’t respond properly and can’t recover or retry”. I’d done some housework by following this with alcohol and dishcloth, and it did work!
  3. El Capitan’s BootCamp assistant supports USB-less Windows installation, which means it can use an ISO file instead of physical USB stick or DVD. But… old model Mac are not supported. And because the Windows to install is 10 instead of 7, the assistant won’t even do the partition work, so have to do it manually;

After so many years in IT industry, and installing OS is still one of my major work. So pathetic.

 

Ada

2015年10月10日

Born on Sep 27, 2015, Chinese Mid-autumn day. It’s a girl, weighed 3.9 kilograms. We call her Ada, and give her the Chinese name Miumiu(缪缪).

I would not say my life has been changed dramatically, because it’s not. Anyway, now it’s three of us together try harder to live a more significant and interesting life.

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2015年09月17日

Several months passed since I last wrote here. The connectivity condition between China and US went so awful recently, and I have to buy another cheap server in Hong Kong dedicated for shadowsocks.

I’ve been doing exorcises regularly, mostly rowing, and muscle practices sometimes. Of course physically I feel much better now, and occasionally I do regret looking down upon those who spend time on body exercises. How stupid is that?

I lost some significant amount of money on stock market, yeah… Chinese stock market. I guess I’ll need some time to earn that loss back. I’ve just opened US stock market account on TigerBroker, which is a brand new agency funded by lots of famous investors including Xiaomi. I’d been thinking about getting out of investing at all, but I just can’t. Investing is a very good way to justify your personal philosophy views, and if they are correct, can make you rich. I haven’t been able to make any money in the market now, but I do have some thoughts on how the world and market should work. So I should spend more time learning finance market and investing, it could be a life-long endeavor.

The biggest change to my life is on the way, perhaps only two weeks away. Currently I still haven’t figured out the exact meaning. Nervous, of course, but I just believe I can do it well, at least better than my other aspects in life.

Code School is a great website to learn programming. I’ve purchased one month long premium membership, and finished several courses there. Alas, better than read book and do nothing in practical, huh?

Caught a cold, and I must hold it.

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2015年02月15日

我是个感官并不敏锐的人,不如干脆说是相当迟钝。不怎么怕冷也不怎么怕热,不怎么喝水也不怎么怕饿。干出几件诸如:两只脚穿不一样的鞋出门;秋裤和牛仔裤一起脱穿的时候却没能一起穿秋裤一直蜷在臀部这类晃神的事之后,我只好自嘲的说自己离科学怪人只差科学两个字了。

不过我逐渐开始觉得,感官恐怕还是锻炼的更敏锐的为好。大致已经有了不偏不倚的看待事物的心态和决意,若由于输入设备的精度不佳而导致视线模糊(不用说,1000度的近视,已经是字面上的一片模糊了)、浑浑噩噩,漠然不觉,可是无法达致所谓的mindfulness喔。

对面有一家「重庆肥肠面馆」,我是最近才首次尝试,的确不错,至少是比周遭的几家好。热干面、炸酱面、肥肠面,统统都不错。去年的冬天,有一段时间我饱受肠胃不佳之苦,整日以红薯、菜苔和白粥果腹。想不到如今这个冬天可以吃加了辣椒的肥肠面,真是一个惊喜。当然,能突然发现更为美味的面食,也是不小的确幸。

 

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