Hahah, typical. Journal #1. Diary #1. To-do list #1. Random Quotes #1. Translation #1. Paragraph #1. Item #1. Thesis #1. This problem is probably responsible for 90% of all the paper, lead, ink, ideas, and trains of thought I’ve ever wasted. I probably won’t have a Journal #2. You can bet on it. Or, if I do, it must mean something big is happening.
Walking down the street yesterday was like wading through a sauna. Then I got home. My sister’s arms were all grimy with sweat, even in the air-conditioned hotel room. The AC in my room is broken. I slept on the couch at night. Transcribed some of Screamer and read some of Lolita before I tucked in. Today I got a new cellphone number. Skipped breakfast. Learned how to jailbreak an iPhone. Talked about free will and determinism with a friend. Argued with my father during lunch. Figured out how to dial a Bangkok number. Listened to a seminar on How Music can Relieve Stress from Work. Discovered how deprived a lot of Chinese people are of good music. Read a synopsis of The Forest. Wiki’d double entendres, cross-cultural onomatopoeia, and Kopi-Luwak coffee. Took another trip to philosophy-land; half an hour, no shortcuts. And now I’m on Tumblr. It’s 6:30, a time when a good number of people are watching movies at work. And some are working, of course. I should probably go soon.
Philosophical question of the day (haha, there it is again… I probably won’t have a philosophical question tomorrow): Do we have free will or are all events predetermined? Do we doubt our free will because we are daunted by the size and complexity of the universe?
I hate you.
Sorry… But I seriously hate all these random people getting tumblrs and all they post is stupid shit. Now everyone is easily connected to mine and I don’t like posting anymore.
Honestly, why would you want to link tumblr to facebook anyways? Stupidest feature ever.
OMG I SWEAR i justtt posted about this. =]
”I seriously hate all these random people getting tumblrs adn all they post is stupid shit…” I’m not in a position to say this myself, but I totally agree with you.
Oh, I know this is mean…. but whatever.
“Are you old enough to watch New Moon over there?” - one of my Chinese colleagues somewhere in her 20s. I nearly sprayed out a mouthful of water.
“Are you allowed to drink over there?” - my team leader.
“No. The drinking age in California is 21.” - me.
“Wow, that’s a long ways off from 18. Have you ever secretly drank any alcohol?”
“Wow, you’re disciplined.”
“What’s the age limit over here?”
“There is none. When we were little, our parents dabbed booze on their chopsticks and put it into our mouths.”
My posts must be taking up a lot of space on people’s tumblr update pages. It must be pissing people off. Maybe some people will even stop following me! Who knows :)
Blaming the average citizen for being nostalgic about the good old days seems unfair, especially given the widespread corruption and inequality in present-day society.
To equate such hopeful reminiscence with a desire to reutrn to an egalitarian past, or posit that as animosity to teh present, may be somewhat narrow-minded.
Ordinary citizens seek a just society where the bureaucrats are upright and governance is a picture of probity and fairness. This is the reason why, once in a while, society turns nostalgic for an idealized past, even if the people then were more impoverished than today’s generation.
Yet no one wants to actually live miserably. Which explains why this “essentially retrogressive trend of thoughts” - as a professor at the Communist Party of China’s Central Party School observed - is not the norm, but the exception.
Nostalgia for a perfect past is fine as long as it can act as a counter-weight to the passive acceptance of the corruption-ridden and imbalanced nature of society today. But, to call such thinking a subversive trend is simply going over the top.
Instead of nailing perfectly normal thought with an intimidating ideological sticker, scholars must focus more on the ills of present-day life.
Nostalgia is a sign that the present is not as flawless as it is touted to be. Moreover, it is nothing to fear. Trial and error is an inevitable part of reform, and correcting the wrongs shoudl become a natural part of that process of remediation.