面壁十年图破壁

(破例用中文写这一篇)

8月13日是我到美国十周年。很想写一点东西,但是乱七八糟地理不出头绪。感想实在是太多了,可都不成熟,而且也都是别人写过的。十年来,国家发生了天翻地覆的变化,美国从巅峰掉下来,中国飞快地赶上来。个人也发生了很大的变化,白发也开始出现了。学问上,越来越惶恐,似乎比十年前更不知道自己有什么用。

十年来,最大的变化是对中国过从失望变得有信心,对美国从仰慕变得失掉信心。有趣的是,在中国,很多人和我十年前心态一样。我理解他们,但是觉得他们真的来美国住几年(而不只是走马观花),大概会有不同的看法吧。

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Feel sick of Chinese "elites" on Weibo and Twitter

Can’t they do anything else than bitching?

Sure, the government is often dumb, stupid or oppressive (I believe Western readers will agree even more about this). But that does not mean EVERYTHING this government did are wrong.

And they are always ready to greet your female ancestors if you dare to post something they disagree.

These guys are not anti-government, they are simply anti-I-am-not-in-the-government.

Everyone is created equal, while they believe they are more equal than others.

 

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Run a Marathon

This is a sunny afternoon, I’m really tired of reading, writing or even thinking. So I begin wondering the purpose of my life — as I often do. I decide to go jogging and won’t stop until I find an answer. Well, sure I can’t solve the ultimate philosophical puzzle before overdehydrating, but at least I figure out one thing: start from small things.

Goal 1: loss 13 lbs this summer (this is 90% done)
Goal 2: run a Marathon in a year

The longest distance this year is 10km, so I’m 24% (10/42) complete to goal 2. I will keep posting my progress.

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Switch to English

This is temporary. Chinese fonts are uninstalled from my computer, at least before I moved to the next position.

I always hated writing personal stuffs in English: my writing is slow, painful, broken, and mediocre.

It’s simply ugly.

But it’s still better than not writing at all.

So let it be.

今天看完了白寿彝《中国通史》

白寿彝《中国通史》,断断续续花了5年(从2006年)。这套书12卷、22册、1400万字,基本上是在手机上看或者听完的(用语音电子书软件)。

感想很多,但是现在没有心思来写。只说几句最笼统的感受。

这部书,单以其篇幅,就应该作为对中国历史感兴趣的读者做必备之案头参考。其中典志和人物传记部分,串起来看,4000年大势可知。史料综述和研究现状的介绍,也对深入阅读颇有裨益。

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