2015年7月24日星期五

Idiot Professional

Being a professional in a special field 
has many privileges.
For example,
he has a say in the special field
while other non-professionals cannot; or   
he has a say for the special field
while other non-professionals cannot.  
 
And among the many privileges, 
a certain professional treasures very much
one particular privilege he has, namely, 
the excuse for being an idiot in all other fields.

When such a professional is approached 
for holistic advice / work output / or whatever
in his workplace or in his private social circles,
he cannot have the capability to do so
as the real reason is that
he may have good professional knowledge in his field,
but has little or none in others, 
and without common sense.
But he has the strong excuse for
being an idiot in all other fields by claiming that 
he is a professional only in a special field,
but he is not a professional in all other fields.

The best he can do is
to simply pass the buck to others,
 or other professionals in other fields!


*  *  *

Leon the Professional (1994)
(Sting - Shape of My Heart)


"Shape Of My Heart"

He deals the cards as a meditation
And those he plays never suspect
He doesn't play for the money he wins
He don't play for respect

He deals the cards to find the answer
The sacred geometry of chance
[Studio version:] The hidden law of a probable outcome [Live version:] The hidden laws of a probable outcome
The numbers lead a dance

I know that the spades are the swords of a soldier
I know that the clubs are weapons of war
I know that diamonds mean money for this art
But that's not the shape of my heart

He may play the Jack of diamonds
He may lay the Queen of spades
He may conceal a King in his hand
While the memory of it fades

I know that the spades are the swords of a soldier
I know that the clubs are weapons of war
I know that diamonds mean money for this art
But that's not the shape of my heart
That's not the shape, the shape of my heart

And if I told you that I loved you
You'd maybe think there's something wrong
I'm not a man of too many faces
The mask I wear is one

But those who speak know nothing
And find out to their cost
Like those who curse their luck in too many places
And those who fear a loss

I know that the spades are the swords of a soldier
I know that the clubs are weapons of war
I know that diamonds mean money for this art
But that's not the shape of my heart
That's not the shape of my heart
That's not the shape, the shape of my heart






2015年7月18日星期六

Who will Rock the Boat?

When we are on a boat,
We normally will not rock the boat.

To rock the boat will put ourselves at risk because
the rocking boat may shake or turn upside down or sink!
Everyone on the rocking boat will surely
suffer from the rocking of the boat!

Who will rock the boat?
Yes, still there may be someone 
who chooses to rock the boat!

This someone must be able to get
some benefits and survive better than others 
by rocking the boat.

Or the someone wants to commit suicide 
together with all others on the same boat!
Cantonese translation is “攬住一齊死”.

Who is rocking the boat is easily discovered
but he is not stopped.
It is because all others on the boat are busy self-rescuing!

*  *  *

Queen - We will rock you 




Chinese Version 


當我們都在同一隻船上,
沒有多少人會想搭沉船的!
在船上搗亂,
船有可能因而搖晃或翻轉或下沉!
其實也同時把自己致於危難之中。
× × ×
誰會想搭沉船?
還是有的!
× × ×
那麼,誰會選擇搭沉船?
此人必然能夠從中得到一些好處!
或者到船難來時,
他因早有脫難的準備而能比別人更易脫險!
又或有此人根本想自殺,
都想和在同一條船上的其他人“攬住一齊死”!
× × ×
誰在“搗亂檔”,大家其實很容易發現,
但沒有人阻止此人這樣做,
因為在船難中,人人都忙於自救!
 


2015年7月14日星期二

I Was Once Streets Ahead of My Competitors

When I was young,
I liked to win.
I liked to win a lot.
And luckily I always won in a game or other!

Might be when I was young,
I could choose to compete with others
only in those games in which
I had competitive advantages over others!

If I could not choose the game I like,
I did not at all compete with them
in those games I would most probably lose! 


Whenever I could win others, and always, in a game or whatever,
I liked to say " I am streets ahead of my competitors!"
Its Chinese translation is "我拋甩他們幾條街!"

* * *

When I have got older, I found that
I could not always win, in a game or other!

In a world of adults,
I cannot always only choose
to compete with others in a game in which
I had competitive advantages over others! !

I am forced to compete with others
in many games not chosen by me,
in my life, in my workplace, in my various social circles...

* * *

I find that I have not said  
"I am streets ahead of my competitors!"
for quite a long time!

__________


Rodriguez, Sixto Diaz. - Street Boy 


Street boy
You've been out too long
Street boy
Ain't you got enough sense to go home
Street boy
You're gonna end up alone
You need some love and understanding
Not that dead-end life you're planning
Street boy
You go home but you can't stay
Because something's always pulling you away
Your fast hellos and quick goodbyes
You're just a street boy
With the streetlights in your eyes
You better get yourself together
Look for something better
Street boy
You've been out too long
Street boy
Ain't you got enough sense to go home
Street boy
You're gonna end up alone
You need some love and understanding
Not that dead-end life you're planning
Street boy
Your sister says that every week
You just come home to eat and go to sleep
And you make plans you never keep
Because your mind is always in the streets
You better get yourself together
Look for something better
Street boy
You've been out too long
Street boy
Ain't you got enough sense to go home
Street boy
You're gonna end up alone
You need some love and understanding
Not that dead-end life you're planning
Street boy
There's one last word then I'll conclude
Before you pick up and put on your attitude
Bet you'll never find or ever meet
Any street boy who's ever beat the streets
Street boy...

2015年7月7日星期二

Selective Forgetfulness vs Forced Forgetfulness

Some say that it is lucky to be able to forget!
Who says so must refer to the ability
to selectively forget those sad memories only, 
but not the happy ones~


But it is not so happy if one is 
forced to forget due to age or disease:

When one gets old, 
one tends to lose memories 
due to aging brain functions; or 

When one gets disease 
such as Alzheimer's Disease,  
one tends to lose memories 
due to damaging brain functions 
caused by the disease. 

It is sad that one will lose memories of 
both happy and sad memories.

It is even more sad to be self aware that 
memories are losing, and all attempts 
to retain them are in vain.
  

The author of "Still Alice" on why she writes this book

 

Still Alice - OST 


Still Alice - Film clips