初次考察悉尼小学(Primary School)的体验

对居住区域没有限制的家长,研究的课题要广些。

以我和大狗的案例,我们对居住区的前提条件是:需要离骑马俱乐部(Pony Club)近,以便大狗每天清晨带ZOE骑马蹓跶完后可以接着去学校。因此,第一件苦力活就是把悉尼周边的PonyClub都在地图上一一标识成蓝点—一共有两百来个,我筛选了没有遥远到离谱的几十个。第二件苦力活是把从排行榜上筛选出来(筛选过程如下)中意的学校在地图上标识成数字。最后在地图上找任意相邻的蓝点和数字。
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回忆2015年移民后的一些感受

三年前写了我不想再生活在中国了博文的我,能不能预知三年之后我在写文章介绍出国之后发展的实用知识?

在我做老本行区块链之前,我在2015年试过其它三个项目,效果不好。我家小鱼花了一年时间找到了另外一个州一份简单的工作,在机场国际区免税店推广红酒。

小鱼找到了工作时,我写了一下总结。但是当时忙,今日有朋友问起来找工作的经历,才整理出来发表。

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关于鱼

鱼是网站设计师,她有多年网站设计,建设及维护经验。早期她也曾在书画廊工作过多年,这些经历都和艺术相关。她也爱好开源软件(如GNOME),开源知识领域(如AdaCamp),曾参与GNOME的视觉设计等设计项目。

生活中,鱼喜欢大自然及善于发现大自然赐予的一切美,她也喜欢绘画作品,音乐,舞蹈(flamenco),旅游,或和朋友们一起谈天泡茶。

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各种布艺

漪漪找妈妈招术大全

漪漪现在7个月了,但就在近一个月里,她心眼是越来越多,心情也随天气,人物,事物而变化多端。

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

漪漪用“规划”的办法找妈妈

前几天漪漪晚上睡前总哭闹找妈妈(因为她不睡我房间了),爷爷不忍娃娃哭就抱来给我,之后漪漪一到晚上想要睡觉就闹着爷爷抱,因为她知道爷爷会带她去找妈妈,但奶奶不会,所以只要爷爷抱。

据说爷爷开始还美坏了,宝宝自动愿意让他抱是有史以来第一次。但很快他就发现不对劲了,宝宝一个劲闹着要爷爷往她眼神所示的方向去。爷爷这才明白宝宝为何要他抱——要抱着找妈妈去。爷爷当时那个伤心啦。

奶奶说宝宝很贼。

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食人熊

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 。
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你好吗?是否适应妈妈的角色

朋友写信问我说“你好吗?是否适应妈妈这个角色?”

我回复说就我现在是个妈妈而言,我已经很好了。对于妈妈这个角色,起先我每天醒来根本没工夫去思考这个问题,只曾恍惚间反复向自己确认“真不可思议,我已是个妈妈了吗?”

不过lilo满月之后,我就渐渐适应妈妈这个角色了,我发现lilo似乎和我心有灵犀,我在房间为她布置的东西(墙上的彩色挂件,画)她看完一遍后就记着,以后一进房间目光就寻找起来,有时候看着看着就会心地笑。我还发现自己有多心疼lilo,第一次是她出生10多天后我们才发现她一直在空吸我的奶,因为乳腺不通。我当时嚎啕大哭,心疼小小的她受这么多天委屈。第二次是就在几天前lilo在我的监管下从床上滚了下来,当我听到她摔在地上的声音时心都碎了。(幸好经爷爷24小时监视后确认一切正常)

有时候停下来观察她,会发现很多有意思的细节令你遐思。就是这样,有了宝宝,你会放慢脚步就地营造乐园,没有宝宝,你会继续前行,在途中发现乐园。

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Music to the ears – about GNOME Asia 2014 and an idea for the next one

Zoë, our new born. The inconspicuous man behind her is Zhang Weiwu

Zoë, our new born. The inconspicuous man behind her is ZHANG Weiwu

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:


Lenka Kripac for this Gnome Asia

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.

Woody Guthrie for the next show

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:

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We arange someone to play the role of our cameo robot, and ask every guest to shake hands with it – and video it:

Robot shaking hands with people. We don’t have to use a real robot – you know, it’s cheaper to let human does the robot’s work.

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.