Sunday, June 28, 2009

咖哩味屎。

說起吸煙與禁煙法,想到多年前在「問到底」看到的這一篇。(手抄下來的,可能有出入。在部落找不出。)

"咖哩味屎" 與 "屎味咖哩" 有什麼分別?

這是流行兒童笑話: 如果必須選擇,你會選擇吃咖哩味的屎,還是屎味的咖哩?

中等智力的兒童,是不會答錯的。考慮十幾秒, 答案一定是寧願吃屎味的咖哩。因為,味道雖然不佳,但到底仍是咖哩而不是屎。

不過,這問題另有深一層的答案。到底大多數人,真正抉擇是哪一樣? 對於上等智力的成年人,這問題不會答錯: 大多數人的選擇,必定是屎,而不是咖哩。因為這是人性。而人性是有軟弱一面的。

所以,健康食物會虧本,而多數人寧願選擇垃圾食物。明知會致癌,明知是垃圾,但因為味道好,所以不拒絕。追求食味的流行口頭禪是: 吃少少不妨事。

吃少少的屎,是無妨的。

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

謬論。

在某部落看到了這個:

"偽善的潮流,還見於「為你好為你好為你好」的規則上,例如食肆全面禁煙。請問還有比這更霸道的法規嗎?我在香港從不抽煙。香港沒有抽煙的情調。可是,只要食肆的環境能讓我免受二手煙的影響,我絕對尊重別人吸煙的權利。政府的責任是教育市民吸煙的害處,然後由市民自己選擇。
Well,也許有人會天真到以為把最後一個煙民都剷除了,香港就會變得很美好。中學的通識課肯定沒教過學生,你以為好的東西,很多時都只是閣下的一廂情願,想想你和你老公或你老婆的關係,就明白了。說到底,誰有資格包辦所有人的幸福?正如你也有你偽善的自由。"


可能這位部落主人出入的地方都是高尚大酒店之類吧。她或許不知道一間細小的茶餐廳或者酒樓的非吸煙區是有等如無的。最主要的是,在餐廳工作的人是毫無選擇餘地的。退一萬步說,她只是用禁煙為例,來說明她所謂的"偽善"。這例有點兒無關係吧。吸煙的禍害是有客觀科學根據的,和主觀的偽善有很大差異。

最好笑的是,在這謬論之前她說:

"Scott Fitzgerald寫The Great Gatsby,開宗明義就說:“Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone, just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.”
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我們常常以為理所當然的事,對某些人來說,可能是天方夜譚。譬如說,我們晚晚高床軟枕,就以為能夠睡在床上是天經地義的事。"


這豈不是自打嘴巴。
By the way,(我又無啦啦講句英文先),這位部主所鍾情的倫敦,也全面禁煙了。倫敦也沒有"抽煙的情調"的。

當然啦,我點講也沒有用的,她最後當然會說:

"我寫這篇文章只為娛樂大家。對抗偽善潮流的重任,就交由知識份子去辦。與其跟一班偽君子辯論,我覺得去Mandarin做spa還比較實際。"

所有的討論也給她打了一個偽君子的印。這種寫作技倆真低下。還自稱是律師呢。

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Oban一日遊(2)。

看完仿鬥獸場,回到海邊,沿着海堤吃着雪糕一路走下去。
陽光猛烈,海水又藍,真的像在地中海一般。到盡頭處,有一無名荒廢城堡。是完全沒有標誌的,在山路入口只有一塊木板手寫To Castle。爬了一點山路,又是另一番風景。堡壘中心是這樣荒蕪的。可能剛看了angels and demons,我和S就開始四處找有關這堡壘的秘密,至少名字也要知道罷。可惜花了大半天也毫無頭緒。

或許是隱沒在這百年藤蔓之後呢。

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Oban一日遊(1)。

S想去吹吹風,問我有沒有興趣一起去。隨意點了一個離市中心三小時車程的小城,就一早的出發。公路是沿著大大小小的Loch,一路上的風景是有山有水有小綿羊。Oban是在蘇格蘭西岸海邊。有不少的船是從Oban碼頭去Hebride群島,有一些例如Isle of Mull是水清沙幼的,但是要一個鐘頭船,惟有等下一回。
最遠方的山乃Isle of Mull。

那個在山上仿照鬥獸場的建築,原是一位商人捐贈的博物館,可惜他英年早逝,因而只建了一半。內裏是一個小花園。
裏面沒有其他人,只得鳥聲啁啾。往拱門外望可以俯瞰整個海灣。

Friday, June 12, 2009

轉貼:Snagging a sugar mama?

哈哈,原來還有下文,今次喺點樣搵富婆!不過冇提一樣好重要嘅,就喺要識風水!

想睇個講師喺乜樣可以睇下條片。
Snagging a sugar mama?

http://business.blogs.cnn.com/2009/06/12/snagging-a-sugar-mama/

HONG KONG, China —

It appears Lisa Johnson Mandell has struck a chord.

The number of reader responses to my original post has nearly matched the 100 paid participants to her recent workshop in Hong Kong on “How to Snare a Millionaire.”

The overwhelming response online – which makes for fascinating reading — has been akin to this from “Dee”: “I’d hate to be desperate enough to chain myself to a millionaire through marriage, in a hope of finding security other than one I could just as easily provide for myself.”

But a few of the writers – and some of my male colleagues – have wondered about the reverse. “The recession has caused more men to lose their jobs than women,” Mandell told me. “I anticipate a lot more men looking for sugar mamas.”

So, in the interest of fair play, here is her advice for finding a female white knight. Men, she says, need to follow similar rules:

Be eye candy. “Cougar is a popular term,” she explains. “Sometimes you know they have had their starter husband and they’re tired of the guy on the same footing who wants the younger hotter woman. They want somebody who is young and hot themselves.”

Be a good listener. Apparently, women like to air their grievances. “It’s called ‘baggage dumping’,” she says.

Be her caretaker. “He needs to be the one who can do things for her that she can’t do herself,” Lisa says. “Those things are different for men and women.”

Don’t talk about money or children. Don’t discuss problems, period, she says. Not until the sixth date — or the sixth month if you can wait.

Don’t talk about ex-lovers. “SUCH a no no,” Lisa says. Otherwise, she explains, you might be inadvertently sending the message that you are not yet over your previous (possibly plebian) honey.

Trying to snare a millionaire is a practical tactic to survive the recession, Lisa told me, for both men and women. In addition, she believes the financial strategy could just save your marriage. “Fifty percent of all marriages break up because of financial issues,” she reasons. “I see nothing wrong with starting a marriage without that particular hurdle. I mean, you are starting out with better odds.”

That is, unless the couple starts to bicker over how to spend those millions. As “Kennedy” writes: “Okay, well after the marriage, what are the do’s and don’t’s for keeping and/or maintaining the millionaire?”

That’s the million-dollar question for all couples.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

轉貼:Alternative Investment: Marrying a Millionaire

source: http://business.blogs.cnn.com/2009/06/09/alternative-investment-marrying-a-millionaire/

Posted: 308 GMT

HONG KONG, China – My colleague Ali Velshi likes to say that there are three ways to secure your financial future – by winning the lottery, marrying a millionaire, or managing your finances. Managing your finances would appear to be most practical – unless, of course, you are a student of Ms. Lisa Johnson Mandell.

Lisa Johnson Mandell says she’s received 50 marriage proposal; a dozen from millionaires.

Lisa is an American dating guru. She recently held a class in Hong Kong giving tips based on her book “How To Snare A Millionaire.” Snagging a sugar daddy is one of the best investment decisions you can make, she assured me. She should know, she said, because she is married to one. She has had 50 marriage proposals – at least a dozen of the men came with seven-figure salaries, she told the room of aspiring spouses.

So how do you snare a millionaire?

This is the advice she gave to the 98 women and two men in attendance. (Well, more like one man – the other fled the meeting during the first break. The poor guy didn’t know what he had signed up for.)

Do’s

Be the prize. Lisa suggests women wear bright-colored dresses and walk around in “power” (read: stiletto) heels. Men were programmed to hunt, she says.

Be approachable. While walking, make eye contact and smile. When interested in someone sitting across a room, think (but don’t say aloud), “Oh, baby, oh, baby, you are the hottest thing I have ever seen, and we need each other bad.” If you can do that (without snorting your drink with laughter), supposedly like a tractor beam, your target will wander over and ask, “Excuse me, did we just have a moment?”

Be at the right place, at the right time. To Lisa, that means hang out where the rich boys are — cigar bars, full-service apartments, bar areas at expensive steak restaurants, posh hotel lobbies.

Don’t’s

Don’t talk too much. On the first date, no mention of children, former lovers, emotional hang-ups, the state of your finances or his. Don’t prattle on about the finer details of your overqualified resume – he might be inclined to hire you, rather than date you.

Don’t be nervous. Exude confidence. If you don’t know what to talk about — don’t. Ask him more questions about himself, Lisa says. He’ll think you understand him even more.

Don’t jump in the sack. She says most women would want to sleep with a millionaire right away. So you need to play hard to get.

Lisa cannot quantify how successful her advice is and admits that it could sound mercenary. However, she blames the stigma on society’s double standards.

Men and women were wired, she believes, to behave this way. “From the cave man days way back when, we had to mate with the men who were the most successful.” Those would be the best hunters, she explained to me. “These days that kind of success often equates to wealth.” She says men, in turn, are engineered to pursue beautiful women because beauty indicates good health.

“Nobody looks askance at men because they want a beautiful wife,” she points out. “But if you say, ‘Go out and find a rich husband’, it sounds awful.”

What she preaches, she says, is different from gold-digging.

Gold-diggers are women who “want to separate the man from his money,” Lisa explains. “Someone who wants to marry a successful man is just normal.”

True, perhaps, though not all women define success in terms of dollars.

Friday, June 5, 2009

舞動奇跡。

又一個有趣的科學研究。

稱得上為萬物之靈的人類,當然比其他生物有特別之處;例如節奏感。一般認為只有人類才可以隨着拍子起舞或演奏音樂。最近在Current Biology有兩篇報告,打破了這個理論:原來鸚鵡也有節奏感的。

在影片中,這叫作snowball的鳳頭鸚鵡能夠跟隨歌曲的快慢而調整「舞步」。(歌曲是backstreet boys的everybody...相信是主人的至愛吧)。雖然snowball有時會停下來或走了拍子,但大部分時間是非常準確。

第二篇則利用了youtube,將所有有關動物和跳舞的影片集中起來,再研究片中動物是否真的能跟隨拍子。結果是只有鸚鵡科的(例外是一隻大象)才會。其他的大熱門例如狗及靈長類例如黑猩猩竟然不能。當然用youtube來收集資料會有不足,但也可能是因為只有能摹擬聲音的動物才能夠有節奏感。最重要的是,這些動物能夠用來研究節奏感是如何進化而來,以及腦神經怎樣控制節奏感。

Ref:
Patel et al. Current Biology 19, 827-30 (2009)
Schachner et al. Current Biology 19, 831-36 (2009)
Fitch Current Biology 19, R403 (2009)

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

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