近日因圣诞节，像中国双十一样，澳洲各商家线上线下也打折优惠。也正值我来澳洲不到两周的时节，反正要采购很多物资，赶个正巧。 Continue reading
漪漪在半岁前想找妈妈时只知道左右前后找。半岁之后会侧着小脑袋，斜弓着身子朝我经常出没的地方找。后来要明确指定爷爷抱着找，有时我不在，她会要求来搜罗我房间。再后来她哭着要妈妈时，边竖着耳朵听脚步声，若侦测到脚步声近了就迅速降低哭声。那天我走到一半听见哭声停了就返回了，她发现后立马加倍使劲哭闹。前几天，我被招唤去后因为没有及时理她，她就气急败坏地大喊大叫，直到我表现诚心抱她为止。 Continue reading
傍晚时，我和妈妈徒步回来。穿过所住旅馆楼下的广场时我为自己拍了一张照片， 照片上的我戴着深色兔子帽坐在广场环形坐位的一角，一脸忧伤。抬头看 照片左 上方，发现所有坐在这里的人都戴着深色兔子帽，表情忧虑又绝望，似乎暗示了这 个村庄有着永无止境的灾难，一切没有希望 。
While I was busy nursing my one-month old daughter Zoë, my husband ZHANG Weiwu showed up in Gnome Asia 2014 and talked about usable design – he is perhaps happy to get noticed once or twice:)
The following is his guest writing, since he does not have a blog of his own:
GNOME Asia 2014 is again phenomenal: women leadership (was there, now better), a gender-balanced audience, warm local media coverage, diverse topics, and live golden fish under the smoking area’s floor – of which I should have taken an photo;)
If you didn’t present, you should watch this music-video mini-documentary and get thrilled – probably one of the best ever produced about opensource conferences:
You would certainly notice the great choice of music. The key frames are matched to the beats, a creative use of Mickey Mousing technique.
The music and lyrics stirs up passion about excitement to grow, about change, diversity and youth, which fits GNOME quite well. Unsurprisingly, this happen to be exactly the message Microsoft marketing guys prepared for public reception of Windows 8 too. It was chosen and licenced for the theme music of an official Windows 8 TV Ad. In fact, the music made a global name thanks to its wide used in Windows 8 Ads, and a rapt audience associates the two. You would hear people talking about this piece as “Windows 8 music”, forgoing its original title “Everything at Once”:
The music was written and produced by Australian singer Lenka, whose debute piece “The Show”, with a distinct personal touch, compares the world to a stage. My favourate.
Where the music fades, the debates go on. But not much about Windows 8, instead, it is about copyright. The use of this music is unlicenced.
In modern days China, copyright is so neglected, that if you try to licence that song for this conference, you walk into the copyright owner’s branch office and they would not believe what they heard. A dilemma between doing the stupid thing of actually go and licencing it, and, doing the wrong thing of going without licencing.
But I am not to join the debate. I am writing to offer a new idea.
Since we will have to use a different piece of music for the next Gnome Asia. There is one that just fits.
It’s Woody Guthrie’s “Howdi Do”. I have not counted, but there should be at least twenty times “Howdi Do”, “How do you do”, “Howdy” in the song. The music is a warm picture of people shaking hands, greeting each other.
This is how we are going to do it:
GNOME had been presented by a robot before:
We arange someone to play the role of our cameo robot, and ask every guest to shake hands with it – and video it:
Then we match the hand-shaking to the lyrics: “Howdi Do”, “How do you do”,”Howdi”. We could do the Mickey Mousing again.
Why Woody? Because his music is quite old, a lot of them produced as early as 1930, under which time copyright has to be declared to be valid.
But also, I chose Woody because he made a strong stance against copyright. On the typescript submitted for copyright of “This Land Is Your Land”, Guthrie wrote:
“This song is Copyrighted in U.S., under Seal of Copyright # 154085, for a period of 28 years, and anybody caught singin it without our permission, will be mighty good friends of ourn, cause we don’t give a dern. Publish it. Write it. Sing it. Swing to it. Yodel it. We wrote it, that’s all we wanted to do.”
– source: http://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/4101
I jumped out of my chair cheering him when I first learned this. An opensource pioneer in 1945? A free spirit he is.
I hope our next show attracts so much attention that someone coming to us claiming copyright, then we could make a good piece of news about it. EFF did act once to defend a Woody song against copyright claims.