2009/09/27

轉載:[外電翻譯][經濟學人]The trials of Ah-Bian 阿扁的審判

阿扁的審判 (http://www.economist.com/ world/asia/displaystory.cfm? story_id=14456921)
經濟學人 2009/09/17, 譯/笨笨



監禁時, 整部戲的發展到了最高潮。他殘障的妻子也被判處了無期徒刑。 但這不是事件的結束,長期的上訴程序將會繼續。誠然, 指控前總統犯罪在台灣是史無前例的。但這事件也是激勵人的, 這是在華人歷史上首次以法律而非以暴民逞罰被推翻的領導人。然而,至為可惜的是, 陳先生的案件凸顯出的司法系統的瑕疵令這個成就(譯注: 指法律之前人人平等的成就)沾上了污點。

簡短的回顧至今的一些歷史片段。吳淑珍,一個富裕家庭的大正妹, 在國民統專制統治台灣的時期,懷抱著理想主義,下嫁了貧農之子,阿扁;阿扁用他早熟的天才投身於律師事業中,為正義, 人權以及民主而奮鬥。吳淑珍為她的選擇付出了肉身作為代價;在一次的集會當中,她遭到農用車撞擊,並在她腿上前後碾了三次。 國民黨的打手可能需要為此負責(感謝R2D2糾正), 而吳淑珍則必須終身坐在輪椅上生活。

阿扁加倍的與獨裁和貪腐勢力進行戰鬥。 黨外反對的力量逐漸取得成果,民主終於降臨台灣。 2000年的時候阿扁本人擔任民進黨黨主席並贏得總統大選取得總 統職位,推翻了國民黨半世紀以來的統治。總是有所爭議的是,他進一步藉由重構政府的機關結構以及加強台灣人認圖以深化台灣的 民主。但這位一輩子與貪腐戰鬥的鬥士如今卻被證明為, 以任何標準衡量 - 除了國民黨過去的標準以外 - 他就是貪腐的標誌。

陳水扁的支持者必須面對這個人如何使他們失望, 自從三年前陳的醜聞就開始傳出。 民進黨在情感上以及選舉語言上皆受到了創傷。而陳先生的心裡也許覺得這是一個非常大的悲劇故事。朋友們說, 位高權重使得一個謙卑的人變得自大; 他們也強調他的家人掙扎痛苦。在真情流露的時刻陳坦言對吳淑珍的傷殘感到永恆的罪疚。 他的妻子似乎發揮了這一點; 難道她不該得到鵝卵石般大小的寶石作為獎賞嗎?老實說,這是陳水扁在少數公開道歉中為自己辯護的理由;因此, 陳的前支持者認為他的道歉是不足的。

然而,即使對陳水扁充滿厭惡, 對他的審判的處理程序也引起了關注。從好處想, 部分司法制度仍陷在昔日的泥淖之中;從壞處想, 司法制度再次受命於國民黨。

主要的憂慮是,審判前和審判時拘留陳水扁, 包括一個月的單人囚室。沒有人可合理解釋,為什麼法官在無保釋放陳水扁後(此舉遭到國民黨政客的大聲抗議) ,法官會被更換。新任法官蔡守訓馬上再次拘留陳水扁。蔡守訓之前正好審判過國民黨的馬英九-陳水扁總統的繼任者- 在擔任台北市長任內濫用特別費的案件,那時宣判馬英九無罪, 僅判助手(余文)1年刑期。

陳水扁的助理分別被判20年(馬永成)與16年(林德訓), 他們宣稱這是國民黨與馬英九合奏的政治仇殺交響曲。這難以維繫哈佛律師馬英九的清白形象, 也引出台灣距離法治民主有多遠的問題。 責難司法體系審判瑕疵更有理的說法是,從獨裁統治下貪贓枉法與順從(國民黨), 不完美地跳躍到司法獨立與正當程序。台灣法官─ 檢察官一體在6年前才被打破,取代的是公正的法官要聽完控訴與辯護雙方論點的體系。 蔡守訓審判期間對陳水扁公開的敵意, 讓人想到某些舊的態度難以被撼動。

檢察官擁有巨大的權力, 包括審問個人而不讓他們知道什麼被記錄了;這些仍是民主的污點。檢察官在年度晚會演出陳水扁抗議戴上手銬的諷刺劇,也讓人蒙羞; 政府則裝聾作啞。因陳水扁辯護律師鄭文龍質疑審判程序的公平性,法務部長遂威脅要取消其律師資格。馬英九老師、 現任紐約大學教授孔傑榮(Jerome Cohen)說,這些動作打了中國人權律師一巴掌。

寫下正確的結語

你對未來台灣法治所下的結論, 取決於你是否相信對陳水扁的審判是出於政治動機或是沒有政治動機 。如果沒有政治動機 - 對陳水扁的審判和對他徹底的調查 - 這一切將會是個里程碑。而且,司法制度正回應其缺點,例如,感謝因為(邈雲漢更正)陳水扁的案件,檢察官堅持參與並記錄被告和其律師間的會面的行為,已經被判定違憲。

更進一步的,國民黨正在重新重組黑暗的政治獻金勢力, 改革者陳水扁曾將這些視為民主政治的毒瘤, 審判他顯示陳反而向下沈淪了。再進一步,中國官方對敵人 - 支持台灣獨立的陳水扁 - 垮台的反應。他們的反應近乎靜音,畢竟,歡呼台灣追捕貪腐的領導人,可能會鼓勵中國公民做出錯誤推斷, 而在他們領導人身上發生不應該發生的事。

(本翻譯文章部份參考網友修伯特。魚。所作的翻譯,特此感謝。)

出處:超克藍綠

Formosan Aboriginal Harvest Festival/臺灣原住民豐年祭

Formosan Aboriginal Harvest Festival/臺灣原住民豐年祭

September 26, 2009
那魯灣村部落 新竹市原住民聯合感恩祈福豐年祭

Normally, the harvest festival is held in August. This year's was postponed due to the flood.

原本豐年祭是在八月舉行,但今年因水災而延後。






The Hsin-Chu City Government claims the main credit for holding this event. However, as a friend called to inquire about this event, the bureaucrat answered the phone knew nothing. Thanks to their incompetency, the event was not crowded with guests. Hence more-than-we-could-stuff lunch for us.

新竹市政府號稱是主辦單位,但當我朋友去電詢問時,卻一問三不知。也幸虧他們的無能,才沒有人山人海擠死人。


There were only three food stands and two souvenir stands. Obviously, these folks are not here to make money, but to enjoy a big party. 只有三個烤肉攤跟兩攤紀念品。很明顯,這些原住民是來跑趴的,不是來賺錢的。   斑鳩、放山豬/turtledove, free range pork We paid for the above food. As a matter of fact, there is indeed free lunch. Though not filthy rich, these aboriginal folks are extremely generous. 慷慨好客的原住民提供免費午餐。 More free lunch 有酸菜鵝、炸鯖魚、酸筍豬肉、炒米粉等。 SMOKING!!!!! 辣死人不償命! I do not think this performance is aboriginal Taiwanese. On the other hand, I am not going to complain, either. 跳完後,有位阿桑拿著毛巾走過來,問我們需不需要擦鼻血? Sweeeet. For sure they will be very hot in near future. 現在是很甜,以後會很辣。 Hotter than the scorching sun, is the passion of these folks. 比烈日還熱的,是他們的熱情。
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2009/09/25

好人沒好報:消業障

緊接著山寨版的好人沒好報後,昨晚,正版的也上演了。

昨晚買鹽酥雞時,隔壁攤賣愛玉冰的老闆娘在跟人說:「那邊有個監視器,可能有拍到。」我好奇地問:「是不是車被偷了?」她說不是。是有個失業的人到她那兒去要綠豆湯。她也賣冰。做冰用的綠豆不需要湯。所以她就送人。但是那人居然恩將仇報,趁她轉身時,偷了她那天賺的全部錢。

我試著安慰她,說不是不報,是時候未到。看她的眉頭還是皺的,就再加上一句「就當作是消業障吧?」。她才笑顏逐開。

臺灣給國民黨叛亂集團糟蹋地也夠慘的了。去過一趟司馬庫斯,發現原來我們的祖先當年也是這樣糟蹋這片土地跟她的人民,才發現原來我們現在承受的是我們的報應,贖我們的原罪。

就當作是消業障吧!

唉!

2009/09/24

哪門子的好人?

是啊!馬皇的確是做了很多事:
白賊、作秀、喝喜酒;
無能、跳票、拒外援!


只要開一下金口,發佈緊急命令,或是命令國軍聽縣、市長指揮,或接受外援,就可以救下幾百條人命了!

因天候因素,無法出動國軍?這種屁話居然也有人說得出口!還有人吃得下去!

我當了志工,去了災區。看到的全是志工,就是沒看到國軍。國軍在哪裡?我們熱血的國軍弟兄們,奉命在基地待命!別告訴我中華民國的國軍已經遜到比我這個四體不勤、五穀不分、腦滿腸肥的死胖子還不如!自己見死不救就已經夠缺德了,還行文外館不讓外國人救!不但完全執政,連黨主席都兼了。他不負責,難道還叫阿扁負責?

這算哪門子的好人?殺敵之眾嗎?

不是不報,時候未到!

「他們不肯撤離。」

This Man認為「他們」該撤出「他們」的家。

我在想,會不會有一天This Man會叫人撤出臺灣?This Man有「自動失效」的綠卡,你呢?




佳暮四英雄。只有區區四人,就救了135人。馬皇一個命令,可以調動多少國軍?可以救幾條命?

「哼!好心沒好報!」?好像是惡有善報對某人比較有利吧?

Martin Niemöller的詩

NetBook Myth/小筆電的迷思

之前有位大老闆建議我不要買小筆電,因為太小,不好用。其他雜七雜八的配件加一加,結果反而比大筆電累贅。後來有死黨運用惡勢力,在Eee PC上市前,幫我跟華碩的測試工程師用內部價買了一臺。感覺超好用。那時經常拜訪客戶。不過就是記記筆記、放放屁屁踢而已。根本不需要出動大筆電。假日流浪時,更可以查電郵。

有一次在Intel的展會上,跟Sun的工程師聊起Eee PC,他那台更是操到趴。他買了張16G的SD卡,把記憶體換成一條2G的,然後用外接光碟機直接把OpenSolaris裝在SD卡上,完全不用傷筋動骨。我後來也就東施效顰,依樣畫葫蘆。不過我裝的是Ubuntu。本來那時替一家也生產Linux的美商幹活,試著裝過他們的Linux,但是他們的Linux更新沒Ubuntu快。驅動不了我那還沒上市的小白。就把外觀整成他們的Linux的樣矇人。先別罵我。這小筆電可是我私人的。還有那家公司的工程師在公司的筆電上裝Ubuntu的咧!

搬家時,小白給個朋友用友情價強買走了。那時玩過了頭,開始嫌小白有點小慢,就半推半就地歡送它上路了。回臺灣後,就買了臺工人舍。

由左至右分別是:Sony VAIO (2000), iBook G4 PPC (2006), 工人舍 (2009), HP DVD燒錄機(2009)

您覺不覺得工人舍很瞎?靠!電源供應器居然比iBook G4的還大!更白目的是,工人舍的電池居然只能撐兩小時!這就是說,出門時,還得帶著那個巨大電源供應器!我好懷念我的小白哦!人家小白的電源供應器不但比蘋果的還小,電池還能撐四小時咧!難怪劈兮鬨已經不賣這玩意兒了。

現在偶成天看著CULV流口水。電池真能撐那麼久的話,真的不用帶電源供應器出門了。口素倫家素硬體白癡,而倫家的硬體死黨曰:十月應該會有波降價,所以偶煮好繼續數饅頭了。

Allen and Michelle/阿輪與米血兒

Rating: Worth a Shot
評等:值得一嚐

黑輪/Fish Cake

The name of this restaurant appears to be the names of the hostess and the host. On the other hand, they are also puns of two dishes served here. Ah-lun sounds like the pronounciation of "black wheel" in Mandarin Chinese. Michelle "blood rice."






Nessun Dorma/周杰倫夜未眠

Nessun Dorma/周杰倫夜未眠

山寨版:


正版:




Italian Text

Nessun dorma! Nessun dorma!
Tu pure, o, Principessa,
nella tua fredda stanza,
guardi le stelle
che tremano d'amore
e di speranza.
Ma il mio mistero è chiuso in me,
il nome mio nessun saprà!
No, no, sulla tua bocca lo dirò
quando la luce splenderà!
Ed il mio bacio scioglierà il silenzio
che ti fa mia!
(Il nome suo nessun saprà!...
e noi dovrem, ahime, morir!)
Dilegua, o notte!
Tramontate, stelle!
Tramontate, stelle!
All'alba vincerò!
vincerò, vincerò!

English Translation of "Nessun Dorma"

Nobody shall sleep!...
Nobody shall sleep!
Even you, o Princess,
in your cold room,
watch the stars,
that tremble with love and with hope.
But my secret is hidden within me,
my name no one shall know...
No!...No!...
On your mouth I will tell it when the light shines.
And my kiss will dissolve the silence that makes you mine!...
(No one will know his name and we must, alas, die.)
Vanish, o night!
Set, stars! Set, stars!
At dawn, I will win! I will win! I will win!



From this song, I learned "alba" is "dawn". Hence it become a reasonable guss that Jessica Alba has some latin blood.



漢文

---王子---
誰也不許睡!誰也不許睡!
公主啊!妳也一樣,
在你冰冷的閨房,
妳將注視著
因為愛情和希望而顫抖的星星。

但是我的祕密深藏在我心中,
沒有人知道我的名字!
喔!不,我只能在妳的芳唇上說出它。
我的熱吻將打破沈默,
使妳成為我的人!”

---合唱---
無人得知他的名字,
我們將難逃一死。

---王子---
消失吧!黑夜!
星辰!落下!
天明時,我終將獲勝!
獲勝!

邈雲漢根據公主夜未眠網頁修訂。

由這首歌,我學到「黎明」的義大利文是"alba". 同時猜想潔西卡艾笆大概有拉丁血統。

延伸閱讀:
杜蘭朵
公主徹夜未眠



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2009/09/19

The Kite Runner

Rating: ****
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0419887/
Viewed: September 12, 2009 on HBO

"For you, a thousand times over." Pay attention to that expression, and tears shall flood your eyes. Hope araises from despair. The story of an Afganistanian going through Russisans, Taliban, and end up happily after in the states. Sweet, not cheesy, yet still practicle and convincing. The plot could flow smoother. A bit more subtly would also be nice.

2009/09/18

Taiji Treaties: blueKnows Translation

As I do not completely agree with others' translation and explanation of Master Wang Zongyue's Taiji Treaties, I hereby offering my two cents. Comments and discussions are welcome.


太極拳論 王宗岳
Taiji Treaties by Wang Zongyue
Translated and explained by blueKnows study under Master Chen Yimin
  1. 太極者無極而生,陰陽之母也;
    Taiji was given birth by Wuji. It is the mother of Yin and Yang;


    Wuji is referred to the state that a Taiji form is about to be performed. You have stood tall, ajusted your posture, and regulated your breathing according to the requirement, yet no movent has been made. From this state, comes Taiji. From Taiji, comes Yin and Yang. I would explain what Ying and Yang are really soon.

  2. 動之則分,靜之則合,無過不及,隨曲就伸。
    (Yin and Yang) are seperated in motion, and (re)united in stillness. It is always just. Never excess nor insufficient. No matter in bending or stretching, it always follows.


    In terms of physics, Taiji movements are vectors that constantly change its direction. The arrow tip of the vector is Yang, the other tip Yin. Hence, Yin and Yang is always in perfect balance, no matter whether you are bending or stretching.
    無極動則陰陽分,兩儀成,太極生;靜,則陰陽合而歸無極。無論伸、曲,陰、陽都在動、靜間分、合,無過不及。

  3. 人剛我柔謂之走,我順人背謂之黏;
    When the opponent apply the technique of Gang, and I Rou, this is called Zou; As I follow the the opponent's back as he retreats, this is called Nian.


    Gang is force, Rou is gentleness. Zou in Chinese means "walk away." Retreat as the opponent's force approaching is the the application of Zou technique. The other way around is called Nian. Nian in Chinese is "adhering."
    對手勁來,我柔化退讓,這叫「走」;對手勁退,我緊跟,這叫「黏」。

  4. 動急則急應,動緩則緩隨,雖變化萬端,而理為一貫。
    If your opponent moves fast, you response with the same fast movement and vice versa as he moves slow. Although there are tens of thousands of variations, the principal remains the same.


    Syncronize your speed with your opponent.
    與敵速同步。

  5. 由著熟而漸悟懂勁,由懂勁而階及神明;
    From the famility of the form, you gradually understand Jin; Through understanding of Jin, you step on the stairs towards enlightnment.


    Jin is the sum of all forces of entire body in one move. The resulting Jin depends more on coordination of the movement rather than brute force.

  6. 然非用力之久,不能豁然貫通焉。
    However, no one can grasp this concept unless you have practised for a long time.


  7. 虛靈頂勁,氣沈丹田,不偏不倚,忽隱忽現;
    (When facing opponent) tuck in your chin and gentlely lift the top of your head, and sink your energy underneath your belly button. The center of your gravaty should be well centreed. Reveal and hide your Jin from times to times.


  8. 左重則左虛,右重則右杳,仰之則彌深,進之則愈長,退之則愈促,一羽不能加,蠅虫不能落,人不知我,我獨知人,英雄所向無敵,蓋皆由此而及也。
    If you detect your opponent's Jin on your left, you should empty and yield your left side, and vice versa to the right. When he attacks from high, you go low. As he advances, you guide him to stretch even further. When he retreats, you advance. It is impossible to apply the force of the weight of a feather on you. Nor can a fly land on you. Others cannot know my Jin, only I understand others'. This is the path to become invincible.


    Try to use your body to simulate a baloon charged with statics. Play a mime being at the centre of it, and the surface of the baloon is the contact point of your limes and your opponent. This baloon is stucked onto your opponent due to the static charge. Remember to maintain the gentle pressure is to keep the baloon in shape, not to over power the opponent.
    想像您在一個帶靜電的氣球中間,黏著敵人,不能扁掉。

  9. 斯技旁門甚多,雖勢有區別,概不外乎壯欺弱、慢讓快耳!
    There are many other systems of martial arts. Although there are many variations in style, most of them cannot get out of the mentality of the strong over powering the weak, the slow giving ways to the quick!


  10. 有力打無力,手慢讓手快,是皆先天自然之能,非關學力而有為也。
    The strong overpowering the weak, and the slow yield to the fast. These senarios are natural instincts, and have nothing to do with learning and training.


  11. 察四兩撥千斤之句,顯非力勝;
    Consider the expression "Four taels parries one thousand pounds", it is obvious that brute force is not the winning factor.


  12. 觀耄耋能禦眾之形,快何能為?
    Observe the situation that one senior can defeat a gang, how possiblely can speed do the job?


  13. 立如平準,活似車輪;
    Stand like a leveling rod, and be agile as a wheel;


    Maintain a well balanced stance. Keep spine straight perpendicular to the ground. Imagine your spine is the axis of a wheel, and arms two of the spokes.

    平準是工匠用的工具,用來量水平。想像脊柱為車軸,而雙臂如車輻,支著個看不見的車輪。

  14. 偏沈則隨,雙重則滯。
    Wherever you feel the weight of a force, let it be. Double-Weight causes inert movements.


    Double-Weight means both parties exert forces. According to Newton's Law, action causes reaction. In other words, if reaction is eliminated, action cannot exist alone. If we always give ways to the force of our opponents, then the power of their strength becomes useless. Your opponent cannot push you over with bare hands from 10 meters away. The trick is to provide your opponent the illusion that he has got you by maintaining the contact, yet yield to his force in time.

  15. 每見數年純功,不能運化者,率自為人制,雙重之病未悟耳。
    Often we see people with years of training cannot deflect their opponents' force, and allow themselves to be controlled. This is the sympton of not understanding Double Weight.


  16. 欲避此病。須知陰陽。粘即是走。走即是粘。
    In order to avoid this fault, one must know Yin and Yang. Respond Nian with Zou, Zou with Nian.


    Please refer to 2. and 3. for definitions for Yin, Yang, Zou, and Nian.
    陰、陽、粘、走請參閱2., 3.及下方圖解。

  17. 陰不離陽。陽不離陰。陰陽相濟方為懂勁。
    Never part your Yin with your opponent's Yang, Yang with Yin. Knowing how to balance Yin and Yang is to understand Jin.


  18. 懂勁後。愈練愈精。默識揣摩。漸至從心所欲。
    After understanding Jin, practice would ensure progress. Meditate and simulate fights in your mind. Eventually, all movements would be excuted to the desire of your heart.


  19. 本是舍己從人。多誤舍近求遠。
    The principle (of Taiji) is to give up one's own way to suit others' desire. However, many make the mistake of giving up this simple principle and look for something far fetch.


  20. 所謂差之毫厘。謬之千里。學者不可不詳辨焉。是為論。
    This is so called "taking the wrong path at a fork, and you would end up thousands of miles away from your target destination." Disciples cannot afford to begin their journey on the wrong path. Such is the treaties.

Opponent/人:
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I/我:
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Double Weight/雙重:
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Yin/Zou/陰/走:
=====》----》

Yang/Nian/陽/粘:
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If You Prefer Absinth ala Bohemia/如果您喜歡波希米雅風格的艾碧斯

Introducing... Kong.



Ingredients:
Absinth, cold water, Taiwanese Winter Melon Drink (Dangguide/Dongguacha), ice.

Theory:
Replacing some water and caramelized sugar with Taiwanese Winter Melon drink.

Advantage: Adding the refreshing taste of Winter Melon.

Disadvantage: Like French against Bohemian, it destroyed the purity of Absinth taste.

Naming:
Taiwanese Winter Melon Drink is pronounced as Dongguacha in Mandarin Chinese. Hence Don-sinth => Don't think. "I think, therefore, I am." I don't think, hence I don't exist. Void, or Kong, ala Zen Buddhism.


成份:
艾碧斯、冰水、冰、冬瓜茶。

理論:
用冬瓜茶代替焦糖。

優點:冬瓜茶有焦糖味,但是沒有燒方糖的火氣,更有冬瓜香。

缺點:如法國派反對波希米雅派:破壞了艾碧斯的原味。

命名:
冬瓜茶+Absinth=冬sinth=Don't think
「我思,故我在。」不思便成「空」。

2009/09/17

注意安全,別再被聰明誤了

最近發生兩件事:
夫比V拍照 妻面前墜崖亡
陳紀宗遺體尋獲 將追晉少將

要命!登帆罩未穿救生衣 沒綁安全索一文指出:「這件意外其實可以避免發生,因為依據美軍規定,任何潛艦官兵只要是登上帆罩站在指揮槽內,一定要穿上救生衣、繫上安全索,但根據他在潛艦部隊任職的經驗,潛艦官兵從未重視此事,這起不幸的意外,可說是海軍內部官僚文化所導致。」在此一方面為死者默哀;另一方面,也 希望「聰明」的臺灣人能從這兩件事學到教訓,得到警惕,別再被「聰明」誤了。要知道臺灣人有多「聰明」,得先看看英國人有多「笨」。

筆者有位朋友在九一一後不久到英國去工作。她在地鐵站裡吃早餐。早餐的內容是一包餅乾跟一瓶透明塑膠瓶裝的礦泉水。當她吃完餅乾後,礦泉水還剩半瓶。這時,安全人員走向她,告訴她已經在地鐵站裡停留超過規定時間,因此,依規定,他們必須檢查她手裡的那半瓶礦泉水。而檢查的方法竟然是照X光!拿用透明的瓶子裝的透明的水去 照X光!不是做化學分析哦!我朋友說要是安全人員晚出現幾秒鐘,她早就把那瓶水喝光了。但是安全人員必須按規定行事。

夠瞎了吧?看看這麼瞎的笨英國人能成得了啥氣候?答案你我都清楚:殖民地遍佈全球。曾號稱日不落國,打敗過西班牙的無敵艦隊。這些要是太古早,離我們太遠,那就看看臺灣多少人擠破頭想進去的郵局。因為是英國人建立的體制,所以有效率,升遷管道暢通。

不只「海軍內部」有「官僚文化」,這種現象其實滿大街都是。陳艦長沒穿救生衣、繫安全索;那滿街跑的騎士有多少人沒戴安全帽?多少汽車駕駛、乘客不繫安全帶?因為人坐在車裡,人、車之間的相對速度為零,那些把物理還給老師的人就不知道自己其實是以時速幾十公里的地面速度在運動,認為萬一出事可以用手扶。衝量的公式是:質量x速度。筆者計算過,時速四十公里撞牆,就相當於從三樓跌到地面。那種威力遠大於任何重量級拳擊手的重拳。您要擋得住,那請上擂台,為國爭光。您要還不信,想體驗一下,請繫好安全帶後,在時速五公里時猛踩煞車就知道厲害了。沒有煞車的汽車您敢不敢坐?不繫安全帶,就算不撞車,也等於把緊急煞車給廢了。而根據莫非定律,夜路走多了,肯定有碰到「好兄弟」的一天!網路上流傳一則經典笑話:識別華人的88個方法其中第26條就是「因為『不舒服』而不想繫安全帶」。

死有輕於鴻毛、重於泰山。如果您愛享受刺激,那您可能認為冒那種險很值得。但是對正常人來說,往往是趨吉避凶的。因此,看不到危險的地方更加需要號誌警告。就是看不到大浪,才需要有瘋狗浪的警告。忽視號誌,拍到照片,對您有啥好處?日後是要拿來自己欣賞還是炫耀給別人看?別人看到您做那種事會佩服您的勇氣嗎?

有個反煙人士曾勸人不要抽煙,問人知不知道抽煙有害健康?人家回答說:「知道,但是我就是沒辦法。」他說:「有人到火星上,看到火星人都拿著棍子不停地敲自己的頭。地球人問:『你知道你這樣是在傷害自己嗎?』火星人答:『知道,可是我就是沒辦法。』」

有人知道我對安全帶的看法,但在山東跟他同搭計程車時,他卻故意問計程車司機:「你們這裡是不是都不繫安全帶?」司機答道:「法律是規定要繫,但是我們通常不繫。」他說:「那我也不繫。」這讓我想到:有人到土星,發現土星人每天中午都玩一下俄羅斯輪盤於是他就問:「你們這裡的人是不是都這樣玩?」土星人答:「法律禁止,但是我們照玩。」他說:「那我也要玩!」。

這種以風俗習慣凌駕法律、物理及自身安全的價值觀,也變成了一種讓我開眼界的景點。

老子曰:「上士聞道,勤而行之;中士聞道,若存若亡;下士聞道,大笑之──不笑,不足以為道。」跟安全帶有關的物理是已經就被發現數百年的牛頓力學。知道死活的人不用人教,自己早就把安全帶繫好了。「聞道有先後,術業有專攻。」您要不懂幾百年前就已經被發現,國中學過後再還給老師的物理也就算了,起碼法律也有規定。要是這樣您自己都要對自己的死活一「笑」置之,那我也只好客隨主便,陪您哈哈傻笑兩聲,以達爾文獎來自我安慰了。



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不帶護目鏡而變成真瞎的裝瞎還可以靠腰;
不繫安全帶的白目大概掛點靠不出腰了?

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2009/09/15

Baked Trout

Got this recipe from a Dutch friend. In case you insist, his name is Bart.


Recipe for the trout: (You could use it for any kind of (fresh or frozen) fish I'm sure, filet or whole -> make sure it's cleaned in the case of whole fish, otherwise do that yourself, ask salesperson how, I wouldn't know...)

Fish (we used cleaned and seasoned (acc to Julie) trout, approx 120 g pp.)

lemon juice (of 2 lemons, or 100 ml)
pepper, salt
sour cream (100 ml)
fresh dill, cut in small pieces (whole bunch for 15 people, 0.5-1 tbsp pp)
mix those ingr. together to make sauce.
butter (real butter; no margarin. saulted/unsalted up to you, i used salted) (100 g)

butter flat oven tray, put fish in, add sauce over it, make sure dill is evenly distributed, and cut remainder of butter in small pieces to put on top of fish. 40 min in oven at 325 F.

extra luxurous: add another 100 ml of white wine (dry) to sauce.

Bayern/Bavarian Dishes

SCHWEINEBRATEN

ingredients:
  • pork shoulder (with bone and skin)
  • 1 onion
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 pieces of garlic
  • flour
  • salt and pepper

  1. cut little squares into the skin of the pork
  2. put all the ingredients into a casserole, add vegetable oil and cook itin the oven at 220 C or 425 F.
  3. add water after one hour and add a little bit more water later
  4. leave the whole thing in the oven for about 2 and a half hours
  5. take it out and add a little bit of flour to the juice (to make the gravy thicker)


This is one of my favourite dishes. Extremely fattening. Instead of adding water on step 3, I experimented with different cold liquid such as beer. I was warned not to tell Bayerns that I tried coke and root beer, as they might get offended.



BLAUKRAUT

ingredients:
  • 1 red cabbage
  • 1 onion
  • 1 apple
  • 4 cloves
  • salt and pepper
  • vineger


  1. shred the red cabbage, dice the onion and the apple
  2. fry the onion in a big pot in vegetable oil (just a little bit, don't let it get brown), add the shredded red cabbage, add 2 cups of water, add salt, pepper, vineger, a bit sugar and 4 cloves, add the apple and boil everything for a short time
  3. lower the heat and leave the pot on the stove for about 2 hours (low heat)





SERVIETTENKNOEDEL

ingredients:
  • 6 bread buns (one day old)
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/8l milk
  • 1 small onion
  • a little bit parsley
  • salt and pepper
  • 80g butter
  • 50 g flour
  • nutmeg
  • a clean dish towel


  1. dice the bread buns; separate the eggs; mix the egg yolks with the milk, add salt and pour the mixture over the buns
  2. dice the onion and the parsley; heat one table spoon butter in a pan and fry the onion (don't let it get brown); add the flour and parsley and mix it with the buns
  3. beat the eggwhites (add a little salt) and mix with the bun-mixture; add salt, pepper, nutmeg and form a roll (tube)
  4. boil water in a big pot (add salt); heat the remaining butter and pour it over the dish towel; wrap the dish towel around the bun-tube and tie the ends with a string
  5. cook for about 40 minutes at medium heat; cut the finished roll into slices


Street Steak

Rating: Pilgrimage

Warning: This recommendation is in term of adventure. Potential food poisoning for weak stomachs.

As Chiang Kai-shek got to occupy Taiwan under US command, his government had always been kissing the United States of A. Hence anything related to the US is considered trendy. As most Taiwanese used to be too poor to afford steak, street venders came up this reverse engineered version. Do not come here to look for cure of homesick. A good piece of meat, a pile of noodle, an egg, plus all you can drink corn soup and iced tea, the entire set costs less than US$4. Look, and you shall be able to find this sort of street vendors all over Taiwan. The vendor would ask you whether you would like your steak well done or 80% cooked. So called 80% is like medium rare by North American standard. Since I have survived, and consider the number of returned customers, this vendor should be clean enough. Even though I did witness a dump truck drove by half way through my meal.

I dare you to try it and live to tell.

This particular vendor is located at the west end of this temporary night market. That night market along has at least 3 street steak vendors. I have not yet sampled the others.


意大利肉丸麵

材料:

碎牛肉一包,有閒夫自己剁更好
新鮮番茄
青椒
洋菇
Tomato Paste(意大利麵用番茄醬,越陽春越好。)
Parmesan Cheese
黑胡椒

牛油
橄欖油
洋蔥
意大利麵(能自己做或買新鮮的更好)

廚具:
平底鍋
湯鍋

做法:

肉丸:
  1. 洋蔥切小丁,拌入碎牛肉、鹽、黑胡椒,揉成丸。
  2. 熱鍋,加植物油
  3. 加牛油入鍋:牛油煙點低,但味香。故以植物油提溫;以牛油提味。
  4. 小火翻炒(sautee)碎洋蔥
  5. 將所有牛肉丸煎至外熟以封住肉汁

醬:
  1. 將蘑菇、肉丸放入番茄醬中燉煮
  2. 二十分鐘後再放入所有蔬菜,再燉五分鐘

麵:
  1. 水中加牛油、鹽,鹽為水重的5%
  2. 水沸後放入麵煮七分45秒
  3. 將麵起鍋,改放入醬中,拌炒一分15秒

裝盤後,依個人喜好撒上Parmesan Cheese.

麵的做法是從國興衛視:老師沒教的事學來的。不知道水中放的鹽的比例有沒有記錯?一般臺灣口味吃麵較軟,而義大利麵講究al Dente,就是要彈牙。應該煮到剛剛熟就好。最後把麵放在醬中再煮一小會兒是為了要入味。

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Leonard Cohen: Take This Waltz



Now in Vienna theres ten pretty women
Theres a shoulder where death comes to cry
Theres a lobby with nine hundred windows
Theres a tree where the doves go to die
Theres a piece that was torn from the morning
And it hangs in the gallery of frost
Ay, ay, ay, ay
Take this waltz, take this waltz
Take this waltz with the clamp on its jaws

Oh I want you, I want you, I want you
On a chair with a dead magazine
In the cave at the tip of the lily
In some hallways where loves never been
On a bed where the moon has been sweating
In a cry filled with footsteps and sand
Ay, ay, ay, ay
Take this waltz, take this waltz
Take its broken waist in your hand

This waltz, this waltz, this waltz, this waltz
With its very own breath of brandy and death
Dragging its tail in the sea

Theres a concert hall in vienna
Where your mouth had a thousand reviews
Theres a bar where the boys have stopped talking
Theyve been sentenced to death by the blues
Ah, but who is it climbs to your picture
With a garland of freshly cut tears?
Ay, ay, ay, ay
Take this waltz, take this waltz
Take this waltz its been dying for years

Theres an attic where children are playing
Where Ive got to lie down with you soon
In a dream of hungarian lanterns
In the mist of some sweet afternoon
And Ill see what youve chained to your sorrow
All your sheep and your lilies of snow
Ay, ay, ay, ay
Take this waltz, take this waltz
With its Ill never forget you, you know!

This waltz, this waltz, this waltz, this waltz ...

And Ill dance with you in vienna
Ill be wearing a rivers disguise
The hyacinth wild on my shoulder,
My mouth on the dew of your thighs
And Ill bury my soul in a scrapbook,
With the photographs there, and the moss
And Ill yield to the flood of your beauty
My cheap violin and my cross
And youll carry me down on your dancing
To the pools that you lift on your wrist
Oh my love, oh my love
Take this waltz, take this waltz
Its yours now. its all that there is.


Leonard Cohen是加拿大的著名詩人。總理Pierre Trudeau出殯時他是抬棺人之一。篤信佛教。加拿大拍西藏度亡經時,是他旁白的。

Leonard Cohen is a famous Canadian poet. He was one of the pallbearer in the funel for the Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. He is a Buddhist and also the narrator of the Canadian production of the film Tibetan Book of the Dead.

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2009/09/14

Taiwan Cai Deboned Milk Fish/臺灣蔡無刺虱目魚專賣

Out of Business
已結束營業

Rating: Pilgrimage
評等:朝聖


號稱全程使用逆滲透水,不用味精。「臺」到爆的菜單內容。

老蔡虱目魚相比,這家的口味比較清淡;與阿得肉燥飯相較,這家的魚肚粥貴30元。

This restaurant cliams they use only RO filtered water and no MSG. Their menu is loaded with traditional Taiwanese dishes. Consult a staff for daily veggies.

Compared with Old Cai's, this place has lighter taste; compared with Ah De, the fish belly congee is about US$1 pricier. The dish I sampled here was House Milk Fish Congee (Zhaopaishimuyuzhou).






招牌虱目魚粥/House Milk Fish Congee (Zhaopaishimuyuzhou)


煎蚵仔蛋/Oyster Omlette (Jianezaidan)


招牌麵線、乾煎魚肚/House Think Noodle (Zhaopaimianxian), Fried Milk Fish Belly (Ganjianyudu)

外酥裡嫩。完美。

Crispy on the outside and juicy in the inside. Perfect.


老闆娘很誠實。有次我要了蛤仔湯,但是老闆娘勸我不要。她說那天的蛤仔不肥,勸我改點蚵仔湯。果然肥美。
The hostess is quite honest. Once I ordered clam broth. She advised me to take oyster broth instead, as the clam was tiny that day. Taiwanese oysters are all small. The ones shown in the picture are considered huge.


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