Saturday, February 28, 2009

少數族裔在實驗室。


忽然之間想起了,一個比較敏感的話題,就是實驗室各色人種相處之道。以我以前讀博士的實驗室來說,因為除了小弟之外,全是當地白人(全是根正苗紅的加拿大人。連美國人英國人都沒有),所以大家相處時,是比其他聯合國般的實驗室來得簡單。這當然是極端;多數其他的實驗室,是來自五湖四海之能人異士。由於實驗室地方淺窄,加上習俗言語不同,衝突便隨之而來。

有一些美加的實驗室,也很有趣,是全由外國人當博士後,尤其是來自中國或中東的。教授通常都是來自外國,但也不一定,也有當地白人的。或者有人會認為這很好啊,他們也會欣賞少數族裔的才能。但是我可以很老實的說,這通常代表那教授是很會剝削壓搾。因為他們知道,這些歷盡千辛萬苦拿到工作簽證的外國少數族裔,是不會因任何不公平而發聲的。如果教授也屬同一族裔便尤甚。這些博士後會有一種異常的感恩心態,認為能來到外國已屬萬幸。"少許"苦頭是沒所謂的。也因為人生地不熟的關係,在當地沒朋友沒娛樂,當然只好日以繼夜的守在實驗室.....

因為我的舊老闆是整個學系的Vice Dean,所以這類個案我時有所聞。舊老闆甚至很疑惑的問我,為何也是來自中國的教授,會特別壓搾同國來的博士後(走法律罅削薪資)。她說:I thought he would give them special treatment。我只有苦笑回道:well, yeah, it is special indeed。

埋嚟睇啦埋嚟揀。。

The EC Niche 更新了。遲些我可能考慮二blog合一。要管兩個地方都好煩。

Thursday, February 26, 2009

最怕改壞名

From BBC news..it is quite funny

'Most unfortunate names' revealed

Imagine growing up as Annette Curtain or Tim Burr
What do you call some of the most unlucky people in Britain?

Justin Case, Barb Dwyer and Stan Still.

It sounds like a bad joke, but a study has revealed that there really are unfortunate people with those names in the UK.

Joining them on the list are Terry Bull, Paige Turner, Mary Christmas and Anna Sasin.

And just imagine having to introduce yourself to a crowd as Doug Hole or Hazel Nutt.

The names were uncovered by researchers from parenting group TheBabyWebsite.com after trawling through online telephone records.

Retired airman Stan Still, 76, from Cirencester, Gloucestershire, said his name had been "a blooming millstone around my neck my entire life".

"When I was in the RAF my commanding officer used to shout, 'Stan Still, get a move on' and roll about laughing," he said.

"It got hugely boring after a while."

But 51-year-old Rose Bush, from Coventry, West Midlands, said she loved her name.

MORE UNFORTUNATE NAMES
Pearl Button
Jo King
Barry Cade
Carrie Oakey
Priti Manek
Tim Burr

"I always get comments about it but they are always very positive," she said.

Implications

Researchers also scoured phone records in the US and found some unlikely names there too.

Spare a thought for Anna Prentice, Annette Curtain and Bill Board the next time you sign your name.

A string of Americans also have very job-specific names, including Dr Leslie Doctor, Dr Thoulton Surgeon and Les Plack - a dentist in San Francisco.

A spokesman for TheBabyWebsite.com said: "When the parents of some of those people mentioned named their children, many probably didn't even realise the implications at the time.

"Parents really do need to think carefully though when choosing names for their children.

"Their name will be with them for life and what may be quirky and fun for a toddler might be regretted terribly when that person becomes older or even a grandparent perhaps."

Monday, February 23, 2009

萬物有時。

遍地花開。

白花勝雪。

Friday, February 20, 2009

名字的玫瑰。

看了這個,又無聊的試了。(我的BLOG標題有點誤導呵哈哈)

內在想法

男生
*想法非常主觀,很有自己的看法及意見
*頭腦冷靜,判斷力及敏銳度比一般人深遠
*喜歡新鮮事,討厭一成不變 <----這個很對。
*只相信自己的判斷,常常不信邪,屬鐵齒一族
*有時太過好高騖遠,讓人覺得有點自大狂妄 <----太誇張吧!

外在行為

男生
*粗中帶細、具有感性的心
*個性活躍、不怕壓力,而且很有膽量 <----我很膽小的。
*敢衝、敢拼,容易帶動週遭的人跟著你行動,對群體的影響力很高
*第六感強,眼光獨到精準 <----我都想喎!
*有時會有我行我素,不顧別人的感受 <----肯定不是!

我媽當年是翻了很多姓名學的書,左計右計的。結果當然是我的名字常常被中/小學同學拿來開玩笑。

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

蘭花拂穴手。


三點半與同事下午茶。吃完三個柑嘆完杯紅茶之後,順勢檢查一下手指甲有沒有因為剝柑皮而塞滿纖維之類。女同事M見狀道:「好,你喺屈起手指,而唔喺伸直嚟睇。夠MAN。」我平常沒有為留意有甚麼其他看手指方式,只是認為屈起手指才能仔細看。男同事A插嘴說:「伸直嚟睇好女人型喎。」我望了茶杯一眼:「點女人型都唔及得男人老狗起個蘭花手嚟拎茶杯啦。」不料同事A及M兩人齊呼:「梗喺唔喺啦! 好正常㗎喎。」同事M解說:「喺aristocrat, blue blood個啲就會橇起個尾指嚟飲茶㗎。」

「吓,喺其他地方會俾人陰陰咀笑㗎喎。喺high school會俾人dup㗎。」

「哈哈,喺你哋啲北美嘅人粗野未見過世面嗟。(同事A及M均來自歐洲G國)你哋大大個牛飲用嘅MUG就當然要用晒所有手指啦。人哋上流用嘅,好精細嘅骨瓷,細細個杯耳,點擺得落所有手指,個尾指咪自自然會突出嚟囉。」

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Valentine

Valentine (by Wendy Cope)

My heart has made its mind up
And I'm afraid it's you.
Whatever you've got lined up,
My heart has made its mind up
And if you can't be signed up
This year, next year will do.
My heart has made its mind up
And I'm afraid it's you.

****

Happy Valentine to all of you.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

十六擊。

自由行的TAG,小弟也湊乎湊乎:

一個人住。我需要很大的私人空間。

沒有電視機,也沒有電玩。用電腦看電視(如有空閒的話)。

也沒有車。以前在加拿大也沒有。

離港超過十年。

除了美式鄉謠之外,我什麼音樂都會嘗試欣賞。不過最愛仍然是古典。

郊遊是我的一大嗜好。

小時候的夢想是做花農。我很希望有一個溫室。

比較喜歡貓。

喜歡茶多於咖啡。

很羨慕每天能早起的人。

和陌生人第一次見面,會特別留意手和眼。

幾乎每晚都會做飯。連續數晚在外吃,會消化不良。

對運動提不起興趣。

我相信冥冥中是有主宰。

我很慶幸我能夠每天在工作裏,都有新的發現。

單身。但不怕寂寞。

Monday, February 9, 2009

EEEEEEE (Tag from 小瓶子)

鵝嘅英門唔好,不過都試吓啦。。。

小瓶子 said...
Tag U:

20 things I can think of within 5 minutes using my first name's initial.

Rules:
It's harder than it looks! Copy to your own note, erase my answers, enter yours, and tag twenty people.
Use the first letter of your name to answer each of the following questions. They have to be real...nothing made up! If the person before you had the same first initial, you must use different answers. You cannot use any word twice and you can't use your name for the boy/girl name question.

1. What is your name : Eric
2. A four Letter Word : Etch
3. A boy's Name : Edward
4. A girl's Name : Emily
5. An occupation : Engineer
6. A color : Ebony
7. Something you'll wear : Ear muffs
8. Something you'll do : Ejaculate
9. A food : Egg
10. Something found in the bathroom : Eau de Cologne
11. A place : England
12. A reason for being late : Eat too slowly
13. Something you'd shout : Ewwwww!
14. A movie title : Elizabeth
15. Something you drink : Earl Grey
16. A musical group : Evanescence
17. An animal : Eagle
18. A street name : Elgin Street
19. A type of car : Escape (Ford)
20. The title of a song : Everybody knows (Leonard Cohen)



Everybody knows that the dice are loaded
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed
Everybody knows that the war is over
Everybody knows the good guys lost
Everybody knows the fight was fixed
The poor stay poor, the rich get richer
That's how it goes
Everybody knows

Everybody knows that the boat is leaking
Everybody knows that the captain lied
Everybody got this broken feeling
Like their father or their dog just died

Everybody talking to their pockets
Everybody wants a box of chocolates
And a long stem rose
Everybody knows

Everybody knows that you love me baby
Everybody knows that you really do
Everybody knows that youve been faithful
Ah give or take a night or two
Everybody knows youve been discreet
But there were so many people you just had to meet
Without your clothes
And everybody knows

Everybody knows, everybody knows
Thats how it goes
Everybody knows

And everybody knows that its now or never
Everybody knows that it's me or you
And everybody knows that you live forever
Ah when you've done a line or two
Everybody knows the deal is rotten
Old black joes still pickin' cotton
For your ribbons and bows
And everybody knows

And everybody knows that the plague is coming
Everybody knows that it's moving fast
Everybody knows that the naked man and woman
Are just a shining artifact of the past
Everybody knows the scene is dead
But there's gonna be a meter on your bed
That will disclose
What everybody knows

And everybody knows that you're in trouble
Everybody knows what you've been through
From the bloody cross on top of calvary
To the beach of malibu
Everybody knows it's coming apart
Take one last look at this sacred heart
Before it blows
And everybody knows

Friday, February 6, 2009

Leonard Cohen

閒談間,有歐洲來的同事問到加國有何出色的歌手,不知如何當時腦內便響起了這位仁兄的聲音。
聽說他最近投資失敗(海嘯之前),也好像被人騙財之類,所以上年開演唱會撲水。他這也老老實實承認了的。其實也沒有甚麼大不了,我倒欣賞他的直接老實。起碼他沒有說什麼「捨不得他的FANS」之類的肉麻說話。

Leonard Cohen: Ain't no cure for love



I loved you for a long, long time
I know this love is real
It don't matter how it all went wrong
That don't change the way I feel
And I can't believe that time's
Gonna heal this wound I'm speaking of
There ain't no cure,There ain't no cure,
There ain't no cure for love.

I'm aching for you baby
I can't pretend I'm not
I need to see you naked
In your body and your thought
I've got you like a habit
And I'll never get enough
There ain't no cure, There ain't no cure,
There ain't no cure for love

There ain't no cure for love
There ain't no cure for love
All the rocket ships are climbing through the sky
The holy books are open wide
The doctors working day and night
But they'll never ever find that cure for love
There ain't no drink no drug
(ah tell them, angels)
There's nothing pure enough to be a cure for love

I see you in the subway and I see you on the bus
I see you lying down with me, I see you waking up
I see your hand, I see your hair
Your bracelets and your brush
And I call to you, I call to you
But I don't call soft enough
There ain't no cure, There ain't no cure,
There ain't no cure for love

I walked into this empty church I had no place else to go
When the sweetest voice I ever heard, whispered to my soul
I don't need to be forgiven for loving you so much
It's written in the scriptures
It's written there in blood
I even heard the angels declare it from above
There ain't no cure,
There ain't no cure,
There ain't no cure for love

There ain't no cure for love
There ain't no cure for love
All the rocket ships are climbing through the sky
The holy books are open wide
The doctors working day and night
But they'll never ever find that cure,
That cure for love

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

網上求簽。

無意中碰到這個網站。雖則小弟不信這類東西,但也好奇試了。會不會好像某某求了一支"有家鬼"的下簽呢。



好!是上簽!
溫公好像是司馬光,反對王安石變法的那位。「溫公入相除新法」,是不是認為應該要穩重保守一點呢?不要太急於改變現狀,而忽略了舊有的模式及現實的限制?

Monday, February 2, 2009

彷若加國。


因此多了一天假期。
其實也不是很大雪。聽聞這裏沒有人換雪呔的。。。呵呵呵!