In China, when we were young, there was a profession called popcorn workers. They make popcorn for kids.
We provide rice or corn, pay worker processing fees (usually a few cents in the 1980-90’s).
Worker put rice into a sealed metal pot, mix rice with sweetener then heat. When the pressure reaches a value, the worker kicked the pot open, with a loud bang, the air is full of yummy flavor, done.
Mythbusters also have a episode of this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhTdAMWiYeo, but they did not use a sack when the pot was opened.
It is so delicious and cheap, the joy of all kids. We often line up.
Of course this popcorn is very rare now.
When I was in primary school, I had a master named “HaiLong”. We lost contact for years.
I called him “master”, not because he taught me Kung Fu, but he is older than we are, he lead us play also to protect us.
His father is a popcorn worker, sometimes to our district to work, I can see him.
Dirty soil and face, because of this, he looked very embarrassed to see me.
But, maybe he did not know that,
in fact, in the hearts of kids, he is a magic hero.
Just that I will write in English in the future.
This blog has been hosting to wordpress.com, part of it can not be accessed in China, so I can escape out from the government’s control, and focus on writing.
I know that has not been updated for a long time. Because there are more meaningful things out of the Internet. I just did not have time to blogging, and will not give the blog to a closed protocol, such as WeChat. I always insist rss full-text output for free browsing.
Insist on reading, insisted independent thinking.
The heart of Love freedom, democracy never stops. God loves me. Courage is with me.
The object of this experiment is myself.
The last time disconnected the Internet was go to Beijing in 2001. There was no smart phones and mobile Internet, so disconnected with the world as long as two weeks, when I got home, typing hands are stiff.
Recently move to a new house, I suddenly realized that all these years has not been real quiet, so I thought: why not try life without the Internet? Gmail also blocked completely by China’s goverment (of course I can access it), I do not learn some fools seclusion, just think in these took too much time.
Well, I will spend more time to join parties underline, cooking, watching movies, reading, writing articles, playing consoles, sleeping.
As an IT and Internet practitioner, disconnect is not an easy thing. My plans are:
- Not to install fiber-optic, broadband or telephone. (Completed)
- Log off / stop all social services except FB. (Completed)
- The only connection that can be used is a mobile phone network and Wechat app.
- I can watch news every day, to search information, WOW time is also free, but all operations are taking cellular network traffic.
- I can go to Internet cafes three hours each weekend, finish browsing pages one week, playing WOW, take back information for next week.
- Never do matters above through company or others’ computer, which is not allowed to cheat.
- Tentative experimental period of six months, up to 2G limited traffic.
Today is January 1, this plan will begin today.
Wish you all a Happy New Year, wish I could be successfully completed.
The experiment lasted for a short time.
The first afternoon I was not used to Internet cafes.
The third day I called to the ISP, so I have resumed the Internet in a week.
Kindle has purchased 1 entire year.
Although at that time I spent a Bitcoin (later a Bitcoin can buy 5-10 units), I still think it is worth. Because kindle changed my lifestyle and thinking habits, these are priceless.
Initially expected to be read 20 books, and now it’s more.
This is the best electronic device I have in recent years, satisfaction over Xbox and any Nexus phone.
Anytime, anywhere, simple, pure, extreme.
Sum up this year’s book list: (* for recommended personally):
His name is Kongrong, 4yrs old. He has five big brothers and a young brother.
One day they eating pears at home, brothers let Kongrong take it first, but he chose the smallest one. His father was surprised and asked,”Why did you take the smallest one?” Kongrong answered “Because I am the youngest, the biggest one should be for the elder.” His father asked again,”But you have a younger brother, you are older than him.” Kongrong replied, “I am older than him, so I should leave the bigger one for my young brother.”
On hearing these words, his father was satisfied with his answer and smiled happily. What a good boy Kongrong. Children should learn from Kongrong.
This is a well-known story in China. Everyone was educated in this story when he was a child. Because I have no independent thinking at that time, so the teacher said Kongrong is a good boy, then he is.
Now I think that Kongrong has inconsistent, confused values.
And he denied the right to choose of others.
Unfortunately, there is “standard answers” in Chinese education. If I give the words above as my answer, the teacher will judged it as error.
Lies are made in such ways.
Recently discussed this topic with a friend, we have a consensus:
Pears on the table, who likes to eat takes their own.
He’s the guy who’s the talk of the town with the restless gun
don’t shoot broad out to fool him around
keeps the varmints on the run, boy, keeps the varmints on the run
You may think he’s a sleepy tired guy always takes his time
sure I know you’ll be changing your mind
when you’ve seen him use a gun, boy, when you’ve seen him use a gun
He’s the top of the West
always cool, he’s the best
he keeps alive with his colt 45
Who’s the guy who’s riding into town in the prairie sun
You weren’t glad at your fooling him around
when you’ve seen him use a gun
- 在意大利西部片中，姜戈是個家喻戶曉的名字。1966年電影《姜戈》的主演Franco Nero在本片中飾演了一個和卡文鬥奴隷的人，所以有新老姜戈對話一說。
昆汀的文筆還不錯，哈氣寫成creating clouds in the air，奴隷寫成black skinned cargo（黑皮貨物）、human live stock（活人股票）、inventory（庫存），換成我就是大流水帳直接slave了。
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