Lately I determined to spend more time on worthwhile things. After successfully applied an ideal job, I feel more confident indeed. Although I clearly know a person cannot be valued by his/her job, I still need a good job to prove my ability to myself. That's not right, my brain said, but my heart loves this feeling yet. Anyway, it's no shame to admit one needs approval, only if I can balance my heart in adversity.
For this purpose, I applied for the writer of TEDtoChina.com and passed the trail writing. I will try to make it a long-term commitment. I believe sharing inspiring ideas with others would be an inspiring job, too. For myself, I can also learn a lot during the writing. The background of the speaker, the fascinating thing they have done, the art they created...those outstanding teammates might teach me something as well. I think it will be a funny and meaningful experience.
Living with Xingxing improves my dietary humongously. She's a good cook and very helpful. Although we barely have any time to talk with each other during the day, the first time we live together still worth to be remembered. She cooks noodles for me every morning. To a jobless person, keep waking up at 7:30 for someone else is not easy. I really appreciate it, especially I'm not sure if I can do the same thing for others.
She came here for ten days already. Her appearance really delights my life. Girl friend is entirely different from boys. Things we can share, feeling we have, topics we like to talk, everything is different. Especially we have been friends more than 10 years. The connection between us can never be replaced. We both know after moving to Shanghai, there only has small probability to keep living together. That makes recent days more precious.
I began writing English blog for nearly 2 weeks. Now my reading is speeding up obviously, but I still can't get used to write in English. I might think in English or translation other's talking from Chinese to English automatically. But every time when I'm going to write an English diary, my think way will switch back to Chinese. Every sentence in my brain is Chinese. It really upset me, but I will persistence.
When I typed down this title, it reminded me a blog I read yesterday. A blogger is reading a book named How Google Rules the World. One of his friends saw it, and said: Now we are talking about HOW does it rules the world already instead of WHETHER it can rule the world.
To me, I don't know if Google rules the world, but I know consumer electronics rule my world.
These days I talked with Wanda about buying a new MP4 player for watching video on TV. I was using Wii and XBOX to watch them before but when they can't support high bit rate files well. So when popular video format intends to use high bit rate more, it's harder to watch the latest movie, even anime on TV. The age of high definition needs a specialized player, or I will waste more time on transcoding or adjusting equipment.
Finally I brought a second-hand player from my colleague. He brought it last year, and collected almost all the accessories continually. But all these efforts can't let it escape from the fate of standing idle. When I asked him some matters needing attention of choosing a mp4 player. He said I can have his if I want. He sold for only 100, maybe only equal to the cost of accessories. Although it has some scratches on the screen, it still worth to buy. Its preceded owner said emotionally, it finally found by a good owner.
How many electronics I seldom use? PSP, in these two years it almost became a Patapon specialized player...XBOX360, because is doesn't add mod-chips and the only genuine copy I can borrow is Resident Evil 5. So it also became a specialized console...not to mention household electronics such as juicer, baker, and yogurt maker. Some of them seem necessary, some of them seem novel, but I won't use them frequently. So most of the time, they just stay on somewhere and wait. It's impossible for most people immune to all consumer electronics. "There must be one electronic fits you." Producers said, and that's definitely right. Electronic makes our live easier and more convenient, who can say no to convenient? One hundred years after, I believe no one can imagine a world without electricity, maybe it won't take so long.
She post the link of this documentary in the reply, but I have no courage to watch. I know life is unfair, but I can't stop hating the feeling of powerless. I don't know in English is there any similar saying like "Word is pale in the front of reality." All I know is I don't know what to say.
In the Europe Cup 2008, all the teams I supported went out one by one. I posted three blogs to record this tragedy. But this time in World Cup, it happened again. Whether some teams I like for years, nor some teams I just picked randomly to support. No one can escape from the curse. I find it both funny and annoying. I'm so lucky just as Nike's new advertisement "Write the future". Every player attended this ad was out of luck. Teams they belonged fell down one by one. Though Dunga was wise for hadn't selected Ronaldinho into the Brazile team, the effect still works. Brazil was beaten by Netherland yesterday.
Tonight, Spain will fight with Paraguay. It seems won't be a tough task, but after three players of Spain were performed in Write the Future. It's hard to predict who will be the winner.
This practice really works, though I only keep on three days. I know I made a lot stupid mistakes, but I still can feel my mind is turning to English thinking mode gradually. Moving on! I can make it!
Today I want to talk about the new High Speed Rails system, which starts operation yesterday. Though this service aimed to shorten the time spent on travelling, it also seems bring it also seems to bring more income for railway. If Suzhou to Nanjing’s ticket price rose rising from 67 to 105 is because it halved the travel time, then why did the ticket price of Suzhou to Shanghai also rose the price from 26 to 41? In this distance, the travel time is almost the same as before, but passengers have to pay more than 50% of the former price to buy a ticket.
In my opinion, railway system is one part of infrastructure, and can’t be replaced by any transportation. To promote High-Speed Rails, government cut off most of stopping trains, express, ( which already left a few after running CRH) even CRH which only have been put into use for three years. That increases people’s travel cost inevitably. Not all the people want to spend more money to save time, especially it’s not a small money amount. In my office, I heard my colleagues talked about a new word “to be high-speeded”. I can’t help to recall things happened three years ago, when CRH put into use, we had a similar dispute. I still remember I reposted an article discussed this topic from Nanfang Weekly, which already deleted from its official website. Last time I thought I can afford the price of CRH so I said nothing, but now? Will it get worse afterwards?
Yesterday I saw a blog recruited editors and part-time translators. I haven't taken any translation task since January. That makes me feel lazy, somehow. So I wrote a short letter to apply and attached my resume, hoping to get a chance. The reply came today. In the email, the relevant official wrote surprisingly. "Lili, Poor Richard, the book you translated before is our book!" Faint. What a coincident. I felt both embarrass and funny. Like who tries to get a mistress, but found out she's lawful wife in the end.
My best friend is coming to Suzhou, trying to find a job around. That's a brave step. I'm so glad she made this choice finally. It's not that easy to start a new live in a unfamiliar city, especially she already work in hometown for four years, has a certain circle of friends. I can't be sure, but I still believe that she definitely qualified for jobs in eastern city. All she needs is a bit of luck. I really look forward to the days we live together!
Into July, the temperature finally reached 36℃. Real summer is coming...
I took lixiaolai's advice to keep reading DailyOpEd everyday. Of course, reading for 2 hours a day is hard to insist persist. I only use spare time during work to read as much as I can. And it replaces the period I used to watch soaps at noon. Usually I don't use computer at home, but if the progress can't satisfy my expectation, I might also study at night.
Yesterday’s reading content was about cellphone recycling. The release of iPhone 4 leads a fever of obsolescence. So people wrote articles about this topic. It reminds me in China, we don’t have a trusted, simple way for recommerce. Though e-commerce is in a ascending period, customers still worried about the huge possibility to buy a fake or renewed machine（翻新机没有找到很合适的翻译，有人知道么）. In Japan, second hand market is very popular and assured, its business even influences the sales of products. A developed recommerce market not only give people a cheap, easier way to enjoy the latest technology, but also a good chance to reduce electric garbage, slow down the speed of obsolescence, restrain the consumption. I know it would be too difficult to build an improved recommerce in china I know building an perfect recommerce in China is an unattainable goal, because people are too SMART here and most people only care of price, not the products’ quantity they sole. How can you do business with them?
At last, I have to say writing argumentation argument is really a torture.