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Well, I'm still alive...

Apr. 28th, 2007 | 10:02 am
mood: tired tired
music: some BGM in PS

...but tired, dreadfully tired. And worried about all these deadlines.

I suddenly find LJ accessible again today, but unfortunately I have already been blogging elsewhere for a whole month, and am unlikely to switch back. Not that LiveJournal is any harder to use, or the friends here are in any way less lovely than my new friends there, but I'm just lazy and am tired of all these moving around.

So that's the way of life.

The biggest problem of LaTeX...

Mar. 15th, 2007 | 06:31 pm
music: 过去 - ruby

...is that you spend too much time gloating over (NOT doing) the formatting that the actual content of your paper gets neglected.
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LJ blocked :(

Mar. 4th, 2007 | 07:23 pm
mood: sad sad
music: DP theme

Livejournal has been inaccessible for two days. Traceroute shows that the route is broken at it is, again, likely due to sabotage. How ironic it is, that exactly the same thing that had sent me here from MSN nearly a year ago is now forcing me to leave this lovely place?

Anyway, a big thanks to all my friends here (including but not limited to those on my friends list). I hope I'll have a chance to be back again.

(Note: I'm posting this through anonymouse)


Feb. 26th, 2007 | 02:00 pm
mood: moody moody
music: Elise

Last night I spent 2.5 hours browsing through this TV series for the nobody-knows-how-many time. It had been one of the first few romantic stories I came across, and I was quite crazy about it during 2001-2003. Later I got to watch the original (1986 version), and even though it was simply gorgeous and in many ways better (fewer silly fights and no artificial-looking war scenes--and of course, it is hardly possible to act better than Liu Xuehua), the remake is by no means overshadowed. After all, it was the first time (and by some standards, the only time yet) that I had grown so attached to a fictional person. I wanted to read other people's reviews of the show, yet the many negative comments about her hurt me so much, as if they were accusing me of being selfish, manipulative, and "having the heart of a snake". Oh, how much did I wish that natural language processing technologies had been advanced enough to group the reviews by opinion, so that I could read only the ones I like to read!

Ah, a classic is a classic. There is always some reason why something becomes immensely popular, while others don't.

I wonder...

Feb. 25th, 2007 | 10:31 pm
mood: thoughtful thoughtful
music: SoC closing

...if there are enough wealth in this world to allow everybody to get reasonably good food, clothes, a place to live in, essential medicine, books and televisions and computers, and in general all sorts of mass-produced modern conveniences, without having to constantly worry about losing everything in case someone falls ill or loses a job. After all, we do have huge factories churning out these necessities at an incredible speed and much, much lower cost than before. And the hard-working people can get more interesting jobs with more free time, while the lazy ones just get to do the boring stuff nine hours a day and 28 days a week for six months. This lack of freedom should be enough disincentive for them.

I can't believe that I haven't read this article...

Feb. 18th, 2007 | 04:06 pm

Is Your Son a Computer Hacker

Apart from the excessive number of links, some of which pointing to inappropriate places, this article is a priceless piece of gem.

Happy Chinese New Year

Feb. 18th, 2007 | 11:57 am

Though I don't feel as excited about fireworks as I once did, it is still nice to have a holiday once in a while.

Ah, change...

Feb. 16th, 2007 | 12:29 pm
mood: pensive pensive
music: PP1 opening

I saw PP1 shown on TV again today. I used to be such a fan of it, having watched it around four times since 1999, but now I find myself unable to like it as much as I once did. The plot seems much too dramatic, and the actor's looks are hard to get used to. Have I changed? Or maybe the actors and actresses have changed more? But no matter what, it isn't a comfortable feeling!

(And no, money and principle are not the main reasons.)

* * *

I dreamed about LMA's John Brooke (or could he be Demi?) today. He was about forty or fifty when I saw him, not really handsome, but not too unacceptable either. For some reason I could not recall his last name in the dream or afterwards, even though I remembered John and Meg and Daisy and Demi just fine.

BTW, what did John Brooke die from? In my dream he was sick with some kind of leukemia and could not afford the expensive treatment, but of course that doesn't agree with LMA's stories.

The surest way to feel old...

Feb. 12th, 2007 | 01:00 am
mood: nostalgic nostalgic
music: QLE Opening

...is to read the stuff I wrote over ten years ago, which had spent some time on six different hard drives and had, as of ten minutes ago, a single surviving copy left in this world. And to find that my programming and English skills have not improved that much in ten years--at least, not as much as I thought. As one grows up, experience is gained, yet much of the spunk is gone.


Feb. 11th, 2007 | 12:15 pm
mood: tired tired
music: SF opening

When I got the network problems fixed, I told mom that she could surf the Internet on her laptop. "Just be careful. Don't go to strange websites or download strange software."

It had been a year or so since her Windows box--and the anti-virus and anti-spyware programs on it--were last updated. But I thought it would not matter as long as she was careful. Well, network security is no joke. Within three hours, her laptop was pwn3d by spammers.

So I spent the whole of yesterday doing the exhausting and unenviable job of spyware-cleaning. Quite a number of tools were tried, but ultimately it was again the good old Knoppix live CD that saved me, for Google and /bin/rm still appear to work better than any "automatic" tool. The system refused to boot after I removed the suspicious files, but thankfully the Windows installation disc could repair it without a full reinstall.

I really don't know what to say now...

BTW, during the repairing work I tried to add an administrator password but ended up locking myself out of the system. The solution was ntpasswd, which allows the passwords to be reset (the encrypted files are, of course, lost; but there aren't any on that laptop).