星期日, 4月 05, 2009

3/21台南聚餐-晃很大~


照片 489, originally uploaded by Stanley.Tsai.

有些朋友因工作不克前來很可惜,信文說下次要在女僕店辦聚餐,我相信到時候到場人數一定更多。

大家真的很久沒見面了,一見面就聊不盡,而且還有武軒一直開話題,讓場子持續熱鬧,多虧有你啊。

完整相簿請按我

星期六, 3月 21, 2009

連獅子都不知道說什麼﹍噗哧

最近不好

這一星期一直是很不愉快、很低潮的情緒,偏偏又是最複雜難解的狀況,雖然解決方法就是那幾個字,但那簡直是要兩個人的命,事件跟事件的關聯太深,想輕易跳脫似乎也非想像中容易?!

唉~

今天星期六,來到台南與軍中朋友見面,其中有些朋友自從退伍後再也沒見過,轉眼間就過了一年多,真的很期待,當然啦,也很期待美食的滋味,餐廳是我挑的,希望不要讓我"漏氣"。


星期二, 3月 10, 2009

世界棒球賽的簡單賽後討論

這一次台灣以創新紀錄二十一小時內被淘汰,這點我想光是討論三天兩夜大概也說不完,從球迷到球壇,甚至搬出政治來也不知道能不能救大家口中的"國球"。

其實有另一層面的問題也值得探討,我想電視台的廣告贊助商,應該跟我想的是一樣的。台灣隊提早出局後,節目收視率肯定如台股直直落,但是贊助費早已經投入,預期的廣告效益統統飛了,現在贊助商應該跳腳、陲心肝了。(以後贊助商應該會加一則條例:台灣代表隊出局後所有廣告贊助費立即終止)

但是又能如何?這就是職業運動商業化的結果,不意外,也熟悉了。延伸的問題是這些贊助商只想撿現成結果,平時漠不關心?還是願意長遠投資,從平時國內球賽就開始贊助?

同樣問題也可以套在體委會上,只是我個人不認為這事關國家政府,我相信國人很開心球隊把台灣帶到國際舞台,但相較其他運動競賽的贊助經費以及曝光度而言,棒球運動其實資源也很夠了,反觀其他運動選手因經費不足而無法出國比賽的遭遇才該值得更加注意。

稍離題了,簡單總結,台灣隊出局後,還會看球賽的請舉手。

越南小點心

這是我上星期六加班時,公司的越南員工請我吃的點心,看來不怎樣,但吃起來有點類似小時候奶奶炸蕃薯的那種滋味,雖然不比奶奶的功夫,但,現在也很少這樣的作法了。

越南人給我的印象就是愛吃辣、油,或者珍珠奶茶正常甜的特殊偏好口味,但這道點心令我留下不同印象。

很好,印象分加一分。

計畫永遠只是空談

每一次都是有空才回想起這裡。

每天的每天所累積的好點子、呢喃自語,每天的反省就這樣隨著時間流逝。

我工作得很晚才下班,洗個澡、回顧一天下來的新聞,
約一小時左右就上床睡覺,

日復一日,

這樣會成長嗎?

No Way,

So...很高興的、我要再度不要臉的說,這裡復活啦,
要再開始紀錄生活、認真生活~!!

讀不完的書

二月底,公司的美工人員離職了,為了舒緩等待補缺額的陣痛期,我買了一些美工軟體的書惡補,在逛書店的同時又順手買了幾本談工作效率的書,這一個月下來,買了近十本的書,買的時候很豪爽,現在呢....偶爾拿本書到咖啡廳裝裝文藝青年也是不錯的。

我想,我該計畫如何消化這些書才對得起亞馬遜河的原始人,就是像我這樣的文藝青年才導致亞馬遜河的天花板破洞,讓空照拍到你們....對不起。

Anyway, 張中謀也說在這不景氣時代要當個"π型人",就算不當個拍型人,也要裝一下跟上潮流啊~

星期一, 7月 14, 2008

Practicing Guitar: Self Discipline Or Fun?

author: tomhess date: 07/11/200 from: Ultimtae-Guitar.com

Do you find it difficult to fully enjoy the process of highly disciplined practicing? Most guitarists either have lots of fun practicing, but are not highly disciplined, or try to be very disciplined, but find it boring or unfulfilling when they do so. So most people make a (conscious or unconscious) choice to sacrifice "fun" for discipline, or discipline for fun. Making sacrifices with your guitar practice is not only unnecessary, but can be counterproductive to becoming the guitar player you want to be.

Let me show you why…

There was a time many years ago when I was not enjoying practicing. My learning sessions were not fun and I began to think of them as an unpleasant chore. I tried to make practicing more enjoyable, but my efforts slowed down my progress more than they helped. I responded to this by becoming more self disciplined and practicing very hard every day hoping that bigger progress would come. Unfortunately that didn’t make me much better at playing, and only made the learning process feel even less fun. I talked about this to the teacher who I was studying with at that time, and he made me realize that practicing shouldn't be seen only from one perspective, such as all fun or all discipline. The key to success is the right balance of both elements in practicing. Once I understood this, he and I could start working on creating the appropriate practice schedule and improving my mental approach to practicing to finally get me on the right track to becoming the musician that I am today. In other words, I learned that there is a way to do serious practicing that produces real results while enjoying that process at the same time. This success comes partly from the practice routine itself and partly from your mindset and attitude during the process.

You will get more from the rest of this article, if you have a better understanding of how effective you are now at making serious practicing "fun" without reducing the results. To test yourself, take this short survey.

Let’s now take a closer look at each of the two components that you must balance in order to enjoy the process of practicing and see consistent progress. I will also share with you the common mistakes people make that lead to an imbalance of these two elements.

Serious/Purpose Driven Practicing (Self Discipline)

Many people assume that sheer self discipline and persistence will make them as good as they want to be. Unfortunately, most guitarists do not understand how to discover and sustain "the right kind" of discipline.

In order to sustain your motivation for a long time, your work must be "fulfilling". If you don't know the reason why doing something is in your very best interest, you will not be fulfilled, and will be unlikely to continue for long. On the other hand, if you do feel the reasons very strongly, you will be able to pull out the needed intensity and discipline from within yourself without trying very hard. Start looking at practicing as something you do in order to achieve a benefit (become a better player). This will automatically create a meaningful reason (beyond simply having fun) to be involved in the activity and not treat it as a chore that you dread doing every day. This may seem obvious and insignificant, but even a small change in thinking will bring about big changes in results!

Some people stereotype this kind of practice as boring or "requiring too much work". However, it is not the practice approach that is "boring", it is often your mental state during practice that makes the process seem tedious. Of course, sometimes the opposite problem can occur and your practice approach may cause you to mindlessly go through the motions of practice. It is very difficult to get yourself to enjoy such activity. In this case, your learning strategy would need to become more effective. For more information about this, read this article.

One of the biggest mistakes regarding focused practicing that I see regularly is excluding variety and fun from the learning process. This happens frequently, especially when you are not under the guidance of a teacher who fundamentally understands this issue. You may think you are doing all the things necessary for fast progress, but your practice approach could still be susceptible to improvement. One such change may be including more variety into your practice. This will help avoid mental burn out and frustration.

Incorporating variety into your practice does not mean a lack of focus, or doing things that are inconsistent with your goals. It simply means that you have multiple approaches for learning, applying and integrating musical skills. I call this "intelligent" variety. This is much different from "random" variety that involves mindless jumping from one item to another in your practice, with no sense of direction.

Another issue that makes it difficult to see discipline as "fulfilling" is that results usually do not occur immediately and the small gains made along the way might seem insignificant. This delayed gratification will make it hard for you to practice well on a consistent basis unless you learn to enjoy the process (more about this later).

Improper application of the idea of variety can also lead you to working on weaknesses that don’t really matter. For example, let's assume that your goal is to become a highly advanced metal player. Since this style doesn’t require you to fuse elements of other musical genres, it wouldn't be worth your time to work on finger picking or Segovia fingerings for scales (for example). This is because these skills are not necessary for you to reach your goal. So don't waste time on them! It will take you so much longer to reach your goal if you keep getting distracted by working on unnecessary playing elements.

Enjoying The Process (Having Fun While Practicing)

Many guitarists think (on some level) that one cannot have fun learning guitar and get results at the same time. This thinking arises from an idea that "having fun" means random, disorganized practicing with no clear direction and no goals. While it is true that such an approach will not produce significant results, it is still very possible to have fun while working on your playing. Having fun means being able to enjoy the process of practicing. There are many things that go into this, and here is a short list:

# Experiencing consistent, measurable results throughout the learning process
# Having confidence that you will reach all of your goals with time
# Avoiding boredom by knowing when to make adjustments in your practice schedule
# Fueling your desire to reach your goals by surrounding yourself by what inspires you
# Practicing application and integration of new skills (together with the old skills). The ways in which we practice mastery, application and integration are totally different and naturally provide a source of "intelligent variety" into your practice routine.

If I told you that you would get to experience all of the above (and much more) by creating an intelligent, relevant and flexible practicing program, wouldn't you suddenly feel motivated to practice longer and harder in order to see these results? If you answered yes, then you must understand everything I wrote above about how discipline naturally develops from fulfillment!

Summary: 7 Steps To Effective Balancing Of Discipline And Fun

01. Make your practice fulfilling! Without the feeling of accomplishment, your motivation and desire will fade. If are having trouble achieving fulfillment, try the following:

# Soak yourself in inspiration - think back to what made you want to play guitar. Relive the excitement you felt when you got your first instrument. Finally, look ahead to the day when you will have the skills you desire! Focus your mind on the satisfaction of reaching your goals instead of obstacles!

# Become self-reliant - even if you are working with the very best teacher, you are still practicing on your own most of the time. You must make sure that whatever instructions your teacher gives you (or that you assign yourself) get carried out correctly and consistently!

# Never give up! Remember You can learn to play guitar as well as you want to, if you have all of your fingers, a strong desire to improve and follow an effective approach to practicing! Never give up!

02. Have specific goals. You have to be absolutely clear about what level of playing you want to achieve and what you plan to do with these skills once you have them! This is not only critical for guitar playing, but also for everything in life. You need to identify where you want to arrive before you can get there. This means keeping the goal in the Forefront of your mind in order to enable yourself to harness the power of your intentions and desire. Set goals for your practicing, find out how to reach them, and take consistent action to get yourself there.

03. Incorporate intelligent variety into your practicing. Doing this will help you prevent boredom and burn out. At the same time, by "structuring" your variety in an intelligent way, you will be able to make consistent and measurable progress. Both things can be achieved if your practice schedule is efficient and effective (and proper mindset is applied).

04. Find an effective way to measure your progress. This is useful for many reasons. First, it is fun to compare your current skill level to your playing from several weeks, months or years ago, and second, it will help to keep you on track toward reaching your goals. Few people do this consistently; most wander aimlessly with no clear sense of direction. This leads to inability to make significant progress.

05. Keep your mind focused on the item you are practicing until you go on to the next thing on your practice schedule. Don’t switch between different things at random. If you understand the reason why practicing a specific item is important for your goals, this becomes easy to do.

06. Design an effective and flexible practice schedule. You need to organize all the things you want to learn in a system that is effective enough to bring results and also one that can be adjusted to introduce variety. If you cannot do this well on your own, there is help for you here.

07. Find ways to apply your musical tools.

The easiest way to have fun while practicing is through application of skills to real music. This sounds obvious, but far too many students think that practicing should be all about "learning new things". Because of this, they don’t schedule time for application, integration and mastery of what they already know. As a result, many end up with lots of isolated things "they can do", but no ability to actually use their skills. Learning more things is important but it shouldn't be your top priority all of the time. It is also not much fun to practice things that you can not really integrate with your other musical skills in a real musical context. Great players aren’t great because they "know more", it’s usually because they can integrate and apply more than the common player.

Above all else, remember to keep at it! Use the advice from this article to make your practicing both fun and focused in order to decrease the time needed to reach your goals! If you haven’t yet taken the survey mentioned at the beginning of the article, you can do so here.

About the author: Tom Hess is a professional touring guitarist and recording artist. He teaches, trains and mentors musicians from around the world. Visit tomhess.net to discover highly effective music learning resources, lessons and tools including free online assessments, surveys, mini courses and more.

星期日, 7月 13, 2008

10 THINGS TO DO form Kundalini Yoga Yogi

1.Be by yourself: We should make some time for time alone. One should try to just be alone without stimulation. Be quiet and be awake. Listen to the breath. Listen to the quiet. Listen to the noise. Listen to all that is part of your world. Do not criticize or judge or even identify, just listen. This is essential.
2.Be outdoors, in nature: Connect with the physical world. Smell the air, feel the earth. See the animals. Listen to the rustle of the leaves. We are of the material world and so we should fully grasp it’s beauty.
3.Daily Meditation: Most important! (See #’s1, & 7) If you master meditation, you master yourself. Your mind becomes your servant and your soul becomes your master. Wake Up!
Meditate! Do not sleep.
Meditate! Do not dream.
Meditate. Do not worry.
Meditate!
4.Daily, Account for yourself: What did you do today? Reflect back on your day before you sleep, from the time you woke up to bedtime. See how you acted, what have you said, how have you said it, what effect have you had on others, what are your thoughts, honestly. Reflect on the challenges and your emotional reactions. Did you respond too quickly, did you really listen, were you honest in response? It will balance your life; prevent emotions from invading your subconscious mind and disturbing your sleep.
5.Do Something Hard: Go outside your comfort zone. Take a deep breath and risk an act that is difficult, nearly impossible for you. Have the courage to do those things that you know you need to do, but have been able to avoid. Call the person you have not spoken to in years. Clean up a disgusting mess left by a stranger. Relate to the crazy person who is alone in their madness.
6.Do what needs to be done: Don’t delay. Now, this moment is a challenge to you! Meet it and life begins, expands, blooms, BEGINS. If you hesitate, it blocks you, and stops you from moving on. Listen to the inner voice that prompts you, it is your intuition and if you are doing a daily sadhana it is always right, always.
7.Get up EARLY: the amrit vehla, the hours before dawn, are the best if not the only time for a daily sadhana e.g. meditation, yoga or other spiritual practice.
8.Laugh: This, along with #10 is essential to a happy life. Relax and enjoy yourself daily. Endlessly pursuing pleasure is exhausting and pointless. You must really be able to laugh and be happy. Be content and grateful, this is happiness. Be full of joy and humor but do not go overboard. Spend time in healthy entertainment everyday. It is important.
9.Serve Someone: Everyday do something good for someone else. Serve the humblest person you know. Put yourself at their feet and do something that will make them feel better. They are the first consideration. You are the last. Do something good that no one knows about, no one.
10.Sweat Everyday: Get some form of exercise that forces you to exert yourself –it will keep the body in good shape. Yopu are not your body, but your body is the vehicle through which you live, so treat it like a temple, take care of it.

星期二, 3月 25, 2008

某個世代

在我記憶裡一直有個年代是無法抹滅取代,不論對日本文化、美國文化及台灣本土文化都一樣,這些國家的某個年代與我的記憶有條隧道,隧道裡有人、有戲劇、電影以及音樂等等,總之我過了隧道的那頭,我的情感就會切換到另一個世界。

我喜歡部份的舊電影,因為那時代有太多的跨世紀概念開始產生,並不是這世代不如過去,而是這是代太的虛無與混沌,純真的感覺就像不會說謊的政治人物一樣幾乎為零,而且,活在當下的時間只能看見一個點,而不像回顧世代是一個整個平面的概念。

最近又看了一次回到未來,又一次被馬蒂和博士的冒險之旅給感動,回到未來沒有史詩般的磅礡、也沒駭客任務般的特效,但對我來說相對於現在的粗糙特效反而才是最精緻,也是當時吸引人的特點。這部電影開起了我小時候的天馬行空的開端,也是那時代一同建立我對美國想像的來源之一,當時還有飛越比佛利、兩小無猜、新虎膽妙算和馬蓋仙等,那時天真無邪的我對西方文化有些憧憬,而還沒有網路之前,電視台便是我們取得新知的來源,所以,我邊看著這些好萊塢影集邊想像美國人的文化。

看著兩小無猜我便會猜想,是不是這個年紀的美國小還都會自言自語,一堆內心戲,看著馬蓋仙我會想是不是美國人身上都會帶把瑞士刀,而且只要有把瑞士刀就可以開始拯救社會,然後笑一下說“帥阿!老皮”,看到黑色的轎車都會忍不就叫它“夥計”。

接著是對美國音樂的接觸,從瑪丹娜到麥克傑克森,從槍與玫瑰到邦喬飛,從喬治麥可到芭比布朗,或者從TLC到All Four in One,總之,小時候不懂得英文但也深深地被這些音樂吸引著,特別是MTV登入台灣後,外國的開放態度逐漸打開我的眼界,看見更多元的世界,譬如說黑人辮子頭、清涼的比基尼,曼妙身材的外國人。當然我也因為這樣錯過台灣的音樂發展。

我相信有人被影響的程度是更大的,甚至影響了一生。這是我短短的開頭,你呢?

某個世代雖然以成為過去,但也以其他形式活在這世界上,我的心裡。