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。

星期日, 3月 16, 2008

經典的嘶吼!

這是我目前印象中最經典的兩首,同樣都是黑人女歌手的嘶吼,同樣都是有力的發聲。

第一首是 C & C Music Factory的Gonna Make You Sweat,這首有個經典名句,"Everybody Dance Now!!", "Give me music now!!" ,有力的聲音加上鮮明的律動節奏真的令人想從椅子上跳起來,隨意的扭動,難看也無所謂。實際上,這並不是真實的團體,而是Robert Clivillés 和 David Cole的project,他他們兩位是pop-savvy dance producers.1989年,兩位僱用了一些歌手共同創作錄製他們的首張專輯,Gonna Make You Sweat...點我看更多(以後有空再翻)

點我看經典版本

下面這首是東京的現場版本


第二首更是有名,簡直可以說是國民必備黑人音樂,偶爾電影還會借用一下,特別當了神仙拿到神力,相信講到這,大家應該已經想到哪首歌曲。如果你真的想不出來,那我給你一個提示,金凱瑞的電影裡面有出現。

如果還想不起來,我想你就乖乖的聽吧!!聽完想知道更多就點我



另一版本,目前我還不清楚相關資訊,但也是awesome啊~

現場版本,high得很~!!


下面是其他的成名曲。




相信你們不知道,我小時候喜歡的可是黑人音樂,特別是這種強烈節奏感的舞曲。

星期一, 3月 03, 2008

CNN Money: Williams Admits Great Depression Coming

這是一個我不敢打出來的標題,"great depression",上一次看到"經濟大蕭條"大概是國中或者高中的歷史課本吧。美國的景氣好壞對全球的影響相信就算不知道細節也知道個大概,縱使有人說中國及東南亞的經濟發展可稍微抵銷美國的衰退壓力,但,能夠支撐抵銷多少呢,何況今年也有人點出中國可能會浮現新的經濟問題。諸多政治以及國際事件來看,今年上半年又會呈現怎樣局勢呢?…別忘了重要關鍵…美國總統大選

星期四, 2月 28, 2008

YOUTUBE DOT COM Theme Song by Irving Fields

這老伯幫YOUTUBE做了一首主題曲,老伯太可愛了,寫了一首這麼活潑討喜的曲子。

Andy Timmon "Cry For You"


AMG是查詢樂手及唱片的好地方…這樣懂了吧。

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星期三, 2月 27, 2008

Andy Timmons "Super 70s"

好弱!!!

突然覺得好弱!!!

星期日, 2月 24, 2008

經濟議題的短篇寫作(一)

前輩給我幾個問題,要我想一想如果有這樣的命題讓我寫篇短文那我會怎麼發揮。
很好,接下來幾天我就已這樣的主題去寫寫吧。

1. 黃金走廊(中國與東南亞、中亞)
2. 石油、能源短缺造成的經濟問題
3. 美國次級房貸對全球經濟的影響
4. 環境問題(去年較熱門、今年已經有較平息了)
5. 印度、越南的經濟發展(取代中國)



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Netscape 9 Users: Time to Flock or Firefox

我的天啊,我現在才知道Netscape不再支援更新了,原來開發團隊在07年的12月底已宣佈不再支援Netscape Web Browers,直到最近又宣佈終止時間從2月延伸至3月1日,但我想終止開發的事實已成定局,延伸動作只是把最後的客戶服務做好,所以應該是不會有翻盤的機會。目前AOL, Mozilla, Flock和Netscape正合作開發協助用戶轉換瀏覽器的工具,這個新功能應該會伴隨新版的瀏覽器內建在裡頭,屆時該用戶可透過軟體而選擇轉至Flock或Firofox。

其中,我看了原文的新聞後,發現一個新名詞,Flock,這是一個以Mozilla codebased的瀏覽器,也就是說核心程式是與Firefox相近的,但與Firefox不同的是,這個新面孔強調的是社群的互動,首先是官方標語Flock Browe - The Social Web Brower, 次標Flock - the browser for people who like to be connected,相信從這短短兩句可略窺知一二。網站的功能介紹指出用戶可以透過瀏覽器看見有哪些朋友在線上,也可透過瀏覽器更簡單的做到圖片、影片、文字分享,其他沒特別提到的功能我想只要Firefox能Flock也沒什麼不能,頂多會因為族群不同而開放的功能也有所差異。

另外也是一個不是新聞的新聞,就是蘋果電腦的Safari在去年也推出windows版本,Safari的介面常是被模仿的常客,蠻多人喜歡蘋果電腦的美觀,其實蘋果電腦不只是硬體設計突出,連軟體的使用介面也很吸引人。

Safari跟Firefox, IE都各是不同的核心,自然是各有不同的表現,這三者都自有其擁護者,但這樣其實對網頁設計者或瀏覽者也有其不便之處,特別是一些政府機關、銀行機構對三者支援程度不一,這種情況是最讓人感到不公以及麻煩的,面對政府推廣網路報稅、線上下單、網路銀行ATM等,普遍來說對IE的支援最高,雖然隨著各自的擁護者增加自然會提高網頁呈現的正確度,但以微軟的銷售方式每一台電腦必然都會含有IE程式,所以要不就是使用內建IE或者是採用“雙核心、三核心”在使用,光是這點就很令那些其餘的推廣者頭痛。

Firefox, Safari和IE,今天你要選哪一道?

我可以都不要,另選懷舊菜色嗎?

我從MS-DOS時代就開始用電腦,依稀記得大約在國小及國中初期,撥接網路開始流行,那時網站不多,現在的蕃薯藤是最當時的大宗優質搜尋網站(當時沒有入口網站一詞),當時的電腦家、KIMO奇摩還尚未成氣候,相對現在那是多麼原始的網路蠻荒時代。Netscape 瀏覽器總是讓我想起小時候剛接觸網路的興奮,小孩子嘛,總是容易被新奇的東西吸引的,不過請使用僅存的想像力,想像原先你的電腦就只能使用C:\或者只能玩玩接龍的情景,那是多麼無趣,直到撥接網路的出現,每天都會聽到都~逼~~~接著看著數據機閃了幾下,YES,已連結上網路,開啟瀏覽器連入蕃薯藤,或者隨便點隨便上,漫遊於網海中,很新鮮的。順道一提,那時網路多快?當時我家有兩台撥接數據機,一台是3.36K另外一台是5.56K的聯強蝙蝠車,而你現在開相簿、下載檔案的大小是多少?

(當時還有一種很經典的IM軟體,ICQ,以前很喜歡喔喔來喔喔去。喔喔~)


延伸:
  1. 對於終止服務消息有興趣的朋友可至Netscape的官方blog看看來龍去脈。 >請點我<
  2. >新版Netscape下載< ,如果你想懷舊使用舊版Netscape >請點我< ,另外如果你是Firefox使用者且對Netscape的brower還有些眷戀者,可以 >點我< 下載主題。
  3. >點我< Flock嘗鮮。
  4. 當初的瀏覽器有IE 3以及Netscape 3,可說是兩強瓜分了瀏覽器市場互不相讓,更甚至兩者還建立自己的html語言,雖然都是w3c為基礎,但Netscape發展的語言更是受到網頁設計者 的青睞,也因此Netscape早期也是前景看好的軟體公司,一直到微軟使出高招 - IE夾帶WINDOWS 95發行,IE的市場佔有率便開始高升不下,而Netscape也不干示弱提出反托拉斯法制衡,只是最後的結果就…
  5. 早期Netscape與Seednet有過合作關係,不過詳細推行的服務已不記得,而Seednet後期也因無法與Hinet抗衡所以也轉型推廣不同的服務內容。
  6. 上面兩點是我的零碎記憶,為了不要誤人子弟,我已經幫各位在wiki找到相關資料 >請點我<

星期六, 2月 23, 2008

小黑,你怎麼了?

小黑是鄰居家的狗,這戶專營資源回收的人家並沒有給小黑一個溫暖的小屋,有時候晚上去小七的時候,可以看見小黑就在家門前的車下睡覺,在這種天氣在外頭餐風露宿應該很不好受吧,心底很不捨小黑的遭遇。

小黑從我國小搬來這裡就養到現在了,年紀想必也一大把吧,也因為這樣,所以不懂狗的我因此有過一些愚蠢的念頭。

以前我經過小黑面前他都會抬頭看看是誰經過,不過可能小黑老了,也可能是熟悉我這樣常經過的路人的味道,所以他已經不再探頭看是誰路過。在某天晚上前走往小七的路上,看見小黑一動也不動的躺在馬路上,當下我竟然閃過一個念頭“小黑,你怎麼了?”,我心底想該不會小黑掛了,我強忍心中的好奇慢步趨近,再用我們之間的暗語“小黑”輕輕地叫他的名字,小黑…沒回應,不死心再叫一次,小黑…沒回應,正當心底想著“是時候了吧”,小黑張開眼睛不爽的瞪我一眼,我不是狗專家但以自小被狗嚇到大的經驗我可確信,小黑的眼神中透露出"是哪個王八蛋在我做美夢的時候吵醒我",雖然他很生氣但我鬆了一口氣,因為原來小黑只是在睡覺,沒事,繼續去小七買我的茶裏王。

這樣蠢念頭並不只一次,但要怪就怪小黑演技太逼真,常常把睡覺演得像掛掉,而且越睡越靠近馬路,真叫人擔心,很怕哪天晚上忽然來個冒失鬼開車把小黑爆頭,這時我就來不及對小黑說,你怎麼了?

關於小黑,其實我有一點很他打抱不平,為什麼凡是黑色的狗都要叫做小黑?這樣對小黑是一種不尊敬,所以有一陣子我都叫他小白XD,叫他小白反而才探頭看我呢,大概是第一次有人對他喊小白吧(驕傲狀)。



不過最後小白聽久他也膩了,最後我還是叫他小黑,趕搭上正名的潮流。噗。

星期三, 2月 13, 2008

古早時代的豐胸技術

前幾天跟同學聊到當兵的事,一些有趣的回億都迸出來,不過發生的細節都忘了,果真人老記憶就會變差,這點真的不得不承認,可是我明明才二十五歲啊,體力、腰力明明都還不錯啊,怎麼記憶力就...

這件事是這樣的,大約在我快退伍的前兩三個月,我們單位來一位新指揮官,這位指揮官原是國防部長官的秘書,行事作風跟我們這種基層單位不太相同,這位指揮官明顯的開放跟大膽許多。

某天早上五查時,指揮官一反往常從旁邊走來,當時我們都把目光放在台上長官,沒注意到指揮官從旁邊悄悄走來,走到我們連上前面看到我旁邊的女兵,笑了一下,長官點她上台講個笑話,不過這女生嚇了一跳,急忙澄清自己不會講笑話,不願意的程度大概跟被逼著下海是差不多的,但the moment,指揮官接著就對著我說,不然高個兒你去幫她講笑話.....原本心裡偷笑的我瞬間石化,雖然我是專講冷笑話的諧星,但不代表面對一群阿兵哥我的笑話就會變成熱笑話,不過長官命令難違啊,而且身為紳士幫女生解決難題也是天經地義啊~

(信宜消防士,該挺身而出的是你啊)

我走上台了,第一次感覺原來我是胖子,不然腳步怎麼會重。站在台上看著台下幾百人,各種觀眾都有,最小就是阿兵最大的就....剛剛那個指揮官,站在麥克風前嘴唇的肌肉不受控制,前臉頰開始熱了,心跳也快了起來,所謂心跳百分百就是這樣吧,這時候搬出我的壓箱寶,這個老梗笑話從我國中就一直記到現在,從沒忘記。

從前的整容美胸技術還不發達的年代,豐胸是用打氣的效果讓胸部瞬間變大,所以你只要用雙手學公雞拍動翅耪的動作就可以隨時隨地豐胸。有名做過這種手術的妙齡女子走在大街上閒逛著,走著走著看見前方來走來一位帥哥,大概是金城武那般的帥,這妙齡女子當下轉過頭拍動手臂,希望胸部大一點看起來性感,的確,胸部變大了,但轉回去的同時,卻看見這位帥哥背對她,雙腳也在做開合動作...

各位弟兄以上就是我的笑話一則,台下掌聲零落,這笑話有這麼難懂嗎,心中有些落寞,畢竟沒有掌聲,冷笑話諧星也沒存在的必要了,不過,至少說完笑話腳步也輕鬆多了,下了台回到列上,繼續假裝若無其事。隔壁的阿兵跟我說他聽得我的笑話,這句話真是雪中送炭,我好開心啊,畢竟這是個所向無敵的笑話,沒有人笑面子哪掛得住,雖然其他人不懂笑點在哪,但隔壁的阿兵懂,我欣慰許多也保住這個笑話的不敗紀錄。

後來指揮官因為第一次聽不懂私下又叫我講了一次,指揮官笑了,我...又贏了。

不過有一點要提醒,現在軍中不再是清一色的男性同袍,因策略所致女性軍職人員也開始出現,講話必須看場合。那次經驗幸好大家沒有即時聽懂,否則我應該會因公開場合講黃色笑話而被軍法判刑吧,而且因為太好笑、太色情,而加重罰刑。



怎麼記憶力變差可是還可以講那麼多細節,我也不知道,也許這就是所向無敵的笑話的威力吧,聽過這個笑話的都說讚,專治憂鬱症的。

星期五, 2月 08, 2008

跳躍式

總覺得自己的想法,太會跳躍,有時候像是被剪斷的匹布,有時又像是過度簡約的省略。

這不是一個好現象。

建築夢

原本我有個建築夢,但夢境離我很遠,雖然我對建築設計有相當的熱忱,對設計之美也有某程度的辨析能力,但相對於專業建築設計師這些只是一層thin skin。

這樣的宣告很尖銳直接,但是個讓人快速清醒的方法。

每一個人都曾為追求專業能力付出過,我也不例外,只是,我對於自身的專業熱忱小於對於建築之美的追逐。有過累積專業能力經驗者都應該有種體認,那就是"隔行如隔山",每一個人的專長都是經年累月的訓練,在高度的專業訓練下,廣度的犧牲是必然的,因此想從此山躍到另一個山頭並不容易。

於是,我不禁問自己,我的熱忱能夠讓打破這樣的高牆嗎?從年紀到家庭環境,到現實工作考量,我還有這樣的條件去找尋心中的理想國嗎?

有種令陵南也懼怕的未知數叫做,櫻木花道,熱血和傻勁。櫻木花道偶爾會說服我在有生之年要踏上追夢的路上,但有時候我也體認到像櫻木這樣的天才也只出現在漫畫裡。

維持夢境,改變夢境?

幾經掙扎後.....也許心中那顆名叫建築的種子會長成不同的面貌,我無法預期,但我期待。

星期四, 1月 31, 2008

LOVE

戒指的功用以及象徵意義有很多種,常見的是身分辨別、財富、婚姻身分、男女情感以及單純的裝飾作用。

圖片中的戒指的象徵意義其實不言而喻,因為光線投射留下的影子,和背景字典都清楚說明這戒指代表的是愛情。

光只有戒指的構圖看來是過度簡略,但這張圖在前後景以及光影的畫龍點睛下,所有的含意脈絡便清晰許多。



先講簡單的背景圖,字典,這字典用的很巧,畫面翻在"love"這個詞,上面用粗體字寫著幾個簡單的中文字"愛"、"戀愛",接著還有英日文例句,很清楚 的,作者想表達的主題就是"愛";我想人們看到一群不熟悉的圖文符號時,第一個動作就是先找出自己最熟悉或者最搶眼的物體,身為外國人的我們在一堆英日夾 雜的字典中當然會先找漢字,況且在密麻的文字中,就屬"愛"、"戀愛"三字最明顯搶眼。

圖中最耐人尋味的元素我想就是愛心形的影子,這心形的影子除了本身心形就像徵著愛情以外,其實選擇用影子的方式來呈現也暗指著愛情的含蓄以及戒指隱含的象 徵功能。戒指本身只是金屬圓環,而圓形這種簡單的幾何圖形上,以古羅馬人來看具有清晰意象,呈現出純粹的理性之美,除此之外不帶有感性意義,因此選擇用影子來表示說明在你可看到的物理(戒指)表面外,在其背後還"隱含另一層意義";而愛情的含蓄則是由陰影的常見意義來轉化借喻,一般對陰影的形容會解讀為不公開地、暗地裡,在這裡透過轉化來形容愛情在言語無法形容的、內斂的一面,用來形容愛情的含蓄。

最後則是要談光線的作用,這張圖片用的是暖暖的色調去營造溫暖的畫面,這點是淺顯易懂的,使用暖色調容易塑造溫馨和諧的氛圍(文章裡會附上幾張不同色調的 圖片可以比對),整張構圖最後經由黃橙的光線來加溫,有加強愛情的溫馨氣氛作用,若是由白色的冷調色系,反而會使得熱情不足,並形成前後不一致。

整張圖片透過每個細節彼此環環相扣,前後呼應,帶來更多豐富的畫面想像,若稍做修改可成為更清晰的圖象表達。

附註
圖片中的戒指應該是卡地亞Cartier的love系列戒指。可參見下列網址。
官網
參考網站(www.about.com)

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星期三, 1月 30, 2008

懶人牛肉麵

(從肚子的4D口袋掏出)達拉達達拉 ~~懶人牛肉麵~~

懶人牛肉麵是一道很簡單的料理,你不需要奧利佛的手藝,
你也不需要有個媲美傅培梅的媽媽,這是連宅男都可以料理的美味。

(從肚子的4D口袋掏出)達拉達達拉 ~~懶人牛肉麵~~

懶人牛肉麵是一道很簡單的料理,你不需要奧利佛的手藝,
你也不需要有個媲美傅培梅的媽媽,這是連宅男都可以料理的美味。

煮給自己吃可以感到滿足,原來我的手藝可以媲美阿基師,
煮給女朋友可以溫暖人心,女朋友會不停的說我還要.......一碗。

好,以上都是自我安慰之詞,下麵開始正文。

準備好牛肉,挑你喜歡吃的部位,帶筋也很好,
接下來去中藥房買藥包,如有偏好口味可以自行調味。
有了藥包跟肉就可以開始熬了,這一段很重要,因為這會是以後的湯底。

麵的選擇有很多,但是如果沒有實驗的個性就選擇一般的麵條就可以,
如果想嘗試新鮮感,或許義大利麵條也不錯,我最近都是用這種麵條。

煮麵條有一件重要的提醒,就是麵條要先分開煮好,不能跟湯一起煮,
因為麵條上面有些麵粉以及一些雜質,如果這些跟湯煮在一起,湯汁會變得很混濁,
會影響口感。

煮好了麵就可以盛碗,淋上湯汁、肉塊,最後來點蔥花或辣椒末。

搭拉~~~陽春牛肉麵完成。


基本上熬上一鍋牛肉湯汁不太可能一次用完,除非你一次用掉很多,
所以下一次要用的時候可以斟酌加點水進去稀釋,直到鹹淡適中,
不過切記不可一次加進大量的水,最保險的做法是一次加一碗的量,
你可以另外分開稀釋也可以直接加在鍋裡,看你的選擇。

如果下一次想吃不同的味道,那我有幾種方式參考。
你可以加上新東陽辣味肉醬罐頭,或者是韓式泡菜,
另外還有一些香草可以使用,例如義式香草、洋香芹菜,
這些都可以讓你的牛肉湯汁變得更加不同。

星期六, 1月 26, 2008

T2 & Blade Runner

影視之一

有人看過銀翼殺手嗎?
聽說很經典,不過不知道哪裡可以租到,
我不確定百事達是不是有片子,因為這部片在1982年推出,
距離現在有26年之久,比我還老上一歲;
所以你可能會猜想會讓我想起這部電影必然是最近有相關消息,
的確,去年年底推出了director's final cut版,或許這是個機會去租片欣賞經典作品。

(Blade Runner, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083658/ )


影視之二

2008年1月美國FOX推出Terminator:the Sarah Connor Chronicles ,
中文翻成魔鬼終結者之莎拉康納編年史,大陸有人翻成魔鬼終結者外傳,
這部影集在台灣肯定是看不到,因為在國外也是熱呼呼剛出爐,
還不曉得國外的反應會如何之前,應該不會有頻道買來播放。

事實上,我並沒有太多興趣,
原因是因為T2的印象已經成為經典範本,所有的印象都會連結至T2,
因此不曉得自己是不是能夠在T3的失敗後再接受一次編年史;
T2跟後來的T3以及現在的編年史,除了差異在情節內容外,不外乎是演員,但有個更重要的因素則是沒有麥可卡麥隆的參予,這部分可以至相關電影討論區去看更深入的探討,
但簡單的說,T3的失敗就可看出端倪。

既然這樣我為什麼還要介紹?

因為人家紅啊!其實是因為從去年底美國影視工會罷工,許多影集都停擺了,沒有新的節目可看,而FOX公司則面臨到 24 <影集名稱,台灣曾經播過>沒辦法如期撥出,於是已經拍了13集的TSCC(縮寫)就被提前徵招替補空檔,在大肆宣傳以及沒有新片可看下,此影集意外的受到矚目,可說是天時地利人和,有燒香有保佑,有禱告上帝聽得到。

(T2: Judegment Day, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0103064/ )
(TSCC, http://www.fox.com/terminator/ )

星期四, 1月 24, 2008

新文章

目前腦袋有些零碎看法,不過還沒醞釀成文,給自己立個時程,希望時間內完成。
  1. 全球暖化(1/27起三週)
  2. AD討論一則(1/28至1/30)(DONE)
  3. 雜碎念(隨時隨地)
  4. 經濟學相關討論或時事討論(1/29至2/2)

星期六, 1月 19, 2008

最後一塊拼圖

每個人自小應該都會有個玩伴,家裡的姊妹、隔壁巷的小男生,你的童年是和玩伴一起打造的回憶。

不過,也許你家裡就這麼一個小孩,或鄰居沒有年紀相仿的孩子,這些原因讓你的小孩沒有玩伴,但,儘管如此我們都不該讓小孩感到孤獨,讓幼小的身心嚐到孤單的折磨,是我們的忽略以及過錯。

現在,事情也可以愉快的解決,找一個寵物,陪她一起成長,成為最後一塊拼圖,共譜美好的童年時光 - lovelypet.com

以上是我的胡扯,相信你們都看得出來。

(不想聽我囉嗦請跳下一段)
其實,我是想分享這張圖的設計以及包含的概念。這張圖的構圖和意涵其實很有意思,概念是由拼圖以及拼圖缺塊開始敘述。乍看之下這個拼圖似乎缺了一塊,一個原該完美的拼圖缺了一角,但是,多看幾眼相信各位都可以看出這是一塊貓形的拼圖,此時不論你認為小女孩是缺個玩伴或者單純的想養隻小貓都行,因為我們知道那就是小女孩悶悶不樂而托著頭的原因。

簡單說,當你只看拼圖的部分,你看到的是缺了一塊的未完成圖;如果你將拼圖忽略,單純看圖片的內容,你看到的是這小女孩似乎想要一隻小貓陪伴。將兩者合併,這隻小貓即是拼圖的缺少的那塊,也是最後的解答。

我認為這張圖片很成功的詮釋形意合一,且塑造的氛圍是一種簡單、又不失溫馨關懷的訴求,只可惜出處已經不可考,否則可以更清楚的明白含意目的。

誠實

如果對自己都不能誠實,那這世界還有什麼真實可言。

星期四, 1月 17, 2008

SWITCH

轉折點

當了多年的PC使用者對於系統的不穩定以及一成不"便(變)"感到相當厭倦,
特別是硬體與軟體廠商的直接與間接影響下,升級成為我們這類使用者的不歸路,
但,追求效能已不是我這年紀想做的事,駕馭工具讓我做事更有效率才是目的,
追求效能反讓我覺得自己被工具駕馭了。

在不想變成效能追求者,也不想一天到晚面對系統的不穩定的前提下,
我想到了另一條路,

MAC OS X。


截至目前為止,我手上並沒有真的擁有一台iMAC或者MacBook,
不過單就網路上的資料以及簡單的實機體驗告訴著我,
多數的使用目的可在貧果的系統裡完成,
你可能用到的軟體幾乎都有內建,
而貧果的OS幾乎是用著WINTEL使用者所想不到的方式在運作,
這些方式將帶來全新體驗。


如果這是真的,那這正是我要的。

我想用電腦來讓我更方便的管理出遊的照片,讓我用更有趣方式的分享給親朋好友。
我想用電腦來做個簡單的錄音,甚至是未來剪輯家庭影片。


我想要的是簡單但又不失專業。

我想當個聰明的使用者,聰明之處在於我才是電腦的主人,

電腦休想用藍白畫面、休想用C/P值和"軟體序號"來影響我的使用經驗。

試著找到屬於你的方法,並當個愉快及聰明的使用者吧。

星期日, 1月 06, 2008

雙刀武士


這是我親戚的小孩,可愛嗎?

想要各位看的不是左邊的小男生學麥可傑可森自耙,而是這兩位身上的氣球裝備...XD

小男生的佩刀雖然只有一把,不過光是耳朵上的耳環以及頸上的項鍊,我想防禦可加上不少,至少防毒抗混亂也有吧。

至於妹妹腰上的雙刀...看起來氣勢...

...好弱 XD

不過,小妹妹還是很強的,因為她頭上有兩根天線,比丁丁還丁丁啊~!!!