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It's been a few years since I wrote the Hindsights speech. During these years, a lot of water has gone under the bridge. I am married to the same woman. I have three kids with a fourth on the way. (My youngest is a girl we adopted from Guatemala, and any day now, we are adopting her biological brother.) I've written seven books and made about five hundred speeches. I've started three companies and done another tour of duty at Apple. Finally, I've racked up 1.5 million miles on United Airlines--it's a bad sign when immigration tells you, “There's no more space on your passport; you need to get a new one.”

You'd think that I would have learned something beyond the original ten hindsights, and indeed I have. To this end, here is Hindsights II. If you add these hindsights to the ones in my first speech, you'll have the big things that I've learned in life.

1. Things are never as good or as bad as they seem. When I was working at Apple from 1983 to 1987, the company experienced fantastic highs and dismal lows. Shipping Macintosh was one such high. Apple's first layoff a few years later was a dismal low. But I saw that when things were supposedly great, there were lots of problems that people chose to ignore. Then I saw that during the black days, things weren't that bad: Customers were still buying Macintoshes by the thousands; developers were fairly happy, and most employees weren't affected by the layoffs. (Some employees even thought the layoffs were a good method to clean house.) So I've learned to temper my optimism and my pessimism in my old age.
2. You can love an adopted child as much as a biological one. A man's contribution to a pregnancy lasts about ten seconds--five if he told the truth--three if you asked the mother. And yet I've met many men who who were skeptical about adoption because they didn't think they could “bond” with a child that didn't have their DNA--ie, the ten-second commitment. This is simply not true: when you hold your precious jewel for the first time, no one cares if none of those chromosomes came from you. Certainly not the baby. Certainly not your wife. So get over it. Your DNA isn't the Holy Grail--to mix several metaphors.
3. The key to child delivery is one word: “epidural.” We went to the delivery classes; we learned the relaxation techniques; we took the soothing music with us to the hospital. At the end of the day (or, more accurately twenty-six hours), we came to believe that if God wanted every delivery to be natural, She wouldn't have enabled doctors to invent the epidural shot.
4. People act like their last names sound. People may start to look like their dogs, but I think that they act like their last names sound. For example, I have a buddy named Will Mayall. He helps me with anything technical; for example, when I ask him if he can make my web site or blog do something, his initial response is, “I may be able to” and then two hours later he's done it “all.” Hence, “may all.” Similarly, there's Jean-Louis Gassée. He's a funny guy--always armed with a great (usually sexual) metaphor to explain anything. He is a “gas” for the things that he “says”--hence, “gas say”. Then there's Kawasaki--my high school football teammates told me that I was a “cow's ass sagging.”
5. If you think someone is an orifice, everyone else does too. When I met people that I didn't like, I wondered if it was me or the person. Perhaps I had gotten her all wrong, and other people liked her, respected her, adored her, whatever. After much investigation, I formulated the Rule of Perfect Information About Orifices; that is, if you think someone is an orifice, pretty much everyone thinks she's an orifice too. There is seldom disagreement about orifices. The same, however, is not true about good guys. If you think someone is a good guy, you should never assume most people agree with you.
6. Life is too short to deal with orifices. Continuing on the orifice track. I'm now fifty-one years old, so more than half my life is over. There's not enough time left to accommodate orifices--frankly, there's not enough time to take care of the people you like. Why should you waste time with people you don't? So no matter how great a customer, partner, or vendor someone could, or should, be, don't waste time with orifices. They not only waste your time, but they taint your soul for the time you spent with the people you like.
7. Entrepreneurs are always a year late and 90% high in their “conservative” forecast. I've worked with entrepreneurs who were so green they couldn't run a lemonade stand, and I've worked with entrepreneurs with great track records in brand-name companies. At the end of the day, experience, age, gender, educational background...nothing matters: entrepreneurs are usually a year late in delivering their product, and their financial results are 90% lower than their “conservative” forecast. This isn't necessarily bad--indeed it may be necessary for entrepreneurs to believe their own bull shitake, but it is how things work.
8. Judge others by their intentions and yourself by your results. If you want to be at peace with the world, here's what you should do. When you judge others, look at what they intended to do. When you judge yourself, look at what you've actually accomplished. This attitude is bound to keep you humble. By contrast, if you judge others by their accomplishments (which are usually shortfalls) and yourself by your intentions (which are usually lofty), you will be an angry, despised little man.
9. You don't have to answer every email. I am compulsive about answering email. Sometimes I simply can't answer email for weeks, and I feel like slitting my wrists. However, there have been a couple of times where I lost my inbox--copied the wrong file, file got corrupted, whatever--and I was terrified that hundreds of people wouldn't get a response and would be furious. They'd be thinking, “Guy thinks he's such a big shot that he doesn't need to answer email anymore.” I expected to get hatemail for weeks. Do you know what happened? Nothing. Not one pissed-off email. I was amazed. But I am still compulsive about email.
10. Always use the toilet in an airplane after a woman. This is getting a little vertical, or horizontal, depending on how you want to look at it. Simply put, men pee on the seat. Women don't. And if a woman follows a man who peed on the seat, then she will clean it up before she sits down. If you sit down after her, you're good to go--so to speak.
11. Never ask people to do something that you wouldn't do. This is the ultimate test for every sales promotion, marketing campaign, engineering design, and employee directive. If you won't do something, don't ask anyone else to do it. I don't care how great your nuclear powered mousetrap is: You wouldn't pay $500,000 for it, go back to school for a PhD in Physics to learn to set it, and drive to the middle of Utah to drop off the dead, toxic mouse. On the flip side, as my buddy Smittie told me, if you do the tough, dirty stuff then (a) employee can't complain; and (b) employees will follow you because they know you would do what you're asking them to do.

Pee Addendum: Hindsights IIa: Many men have written to me that their spouses pee while standing up. Thus, my belief that women pee sitting down is false. And maybe WAY false because a woman peeing standing up is likely to be “less accurate” for reasons of plumbing. All this said, someone once told me that pee is sterile anyway, but I digress.

Written at: Anderson School of Management, UCLA, Los Angeles, California.

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這篇文章,和下篇,是從我閱讀的其中一個blog,一個多產又幽默的作家講者Guy Kawasaki中節錄出來的
第一篇大概是在幾年前寫的下面貼的是一篇講稿,但其實也有同名的書,最近他寫了第二篇,都值得看看。

p.s. 他的blog http://blog.guykawasaki.com/


I've been blogging for a whole ten days now, and all my topics have been business stuff: venture capital, entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, evangelism, etc. Now I want to throw you a total curve ball.

About fourteen years ago my wife and I separated for a time. As part of my search for what the hell was going on in our lives, I looked for a book about people's hindsights in life--what they did right, what they did wrong, and what their advice would be.

To my surprise, I could find no such book. So, like a fool, I decided to write the book. After all, how hard could it be to turn on a record their hindsights ala Studs Terkel?

Let me tell you, it was hard. Very hard. Every step of the process was hard: figuring out who to interview, getting the interviews, doing the interviews, and editing the interviews. It was much harder than writing a book where you just sit there and make things up. :-)

I also wrote a speech based on the book, and I have given it six times at commencements, graduations and baccalaureates: Palo Alto High (three times), DeAnza College, High Tech High, and Harker School. Giving these speeches brought me some of the greatest moments of joy in my life. And, unlike the Kurt Vonnegut hoax, these were for real.

Yesterday at Macworld Expo someone came up to me and told me how much the speech meant to his family. Memories of these speeches and the book came flooding back, so today's blog is the full text of my Hindsights speech.

Nota bene: read and forward this at your own risk because hindsight #10 has cost parents thousands of dollars!
Hindsights

Speaking to you today marks a milestone in my life. I am fifty years old. Thirty-two or years ago, when I was in your seat, I never, ever thought I would be fifty years old.

The implications of being your speaker frightens me. For one thing, when a fifty year old geezer spoke at my baccalaureate ceremony, he was about the last person I'd believe. I have no intention of giving you the boring speech that you are dreading. This speech will be short, sweet, and not boring.

I am going to talk about hindsights today. Hindsights that I've accumulated in the thirty-two years from where you are to where I am. Don't blindly believe me. Don't take what I say as “truth.” Just listen. Perhaps my experience can help you out a tiny bit.

I will present them ala David Letterman. Yes, fifty year old people can still stay up past 11:00 pm.

#10: Live off your parents as long as possible.

I was a diligent Oriental in high school and college. I took college-level classes and earned college-level credits. I rushed through college in 3 1/2 years. I never traveled or took time off because I thought it wouldn't prepare me for work and it would delay my graduation.

Frankly, I blew it.

You are going to work the rest of your lives, so don't be in a rush to start. Stretch out your college education. Now is the time to suck life into your lungs-before you have a mortgage, kids, and car payments.

Take whole semesters off to travel overseas. Take jobs and internships that pay less money or no money. Investigate your passions on your parent's nickel. Or dime. Or quarter. Or dollar. Your goal should be to extend college to at least six years.

Delay, as long as possible, the inevitable entry into the workplace and a lifetime of servitude to bozos who know less than you do, but who make more money. Your parents and grand parents worked very hard to get you and your family to this point. Do not deprive them of the pleasure of supporting you.

#9 Pursue joy, not happiness.

This is probably the hardest lesson of all to learn. It probably seems to you that the goal in life is to be “happy.” Oh, you maybe have to sacrifice and study and work hard, but, by and large, happiness should be predictable.

Nice house. Nice car. Nice material things.

Take my word for it, happiness is temporary and fleeting. Joy, by contrast, is unpredictable. It comes from pursuing interests and passions that do not obviously result in happiness.

Pursuing joy, not happiness will translate into one thing over the next few years for you: Study what you love. This may also not be popular with parents. When I went to college, I was “marketing driven.” It's also an Oriental thing.

I looked at what fields had the greatest job opportunities and prepared myself for them. This was stupid. There are so many ways to make a living in the world, it doesn't matter that you've taken all the “right” courses. I don't think one person on the original Macintosh team had a classic “computer science” degree.

You parents have a responsibility in this area. Don't force your kids to follow in your footsteps or to live your dreams. My father was a senator in Hawaii. His dream was to be a lawyer, but he only had a high school education. He wanted me to be a lawyer.

For him, I went to law school. For me, I quit after two weeks. I view this a terrific validation of my inherent intelligence. And when I quit, neither of my parents were angry. They loved me all just the same.

#8: Challenge the known and embrace the unknown.

One of the biggest mistakes you can make in life is to accept the known and resist the unknown. You should, in fact, do exactly the opposite: challenge the known and embrace the unknown.

Let me tell you a short story about ice. In the late 1800s there was a thriving ice industry in the Northeast. Companies would cut blocks of ice from frozen lakes and ponds and sell them around the world. The largest single shipment was 200 tons that was shipped to India. 100 tons got there unmelted, but this was enough to make a profit.

These ice harvesters, however, were put out of business by companies that invented mechanical ice makers. It was no longer necessary to cut and ship ice because companies could make it in any city during any season.

These ice makers, however, were put out of business by refrigerator companies. If it was convenient to make ice at a manufacturing plant, imagine how much better it was to make ice and create cold storage in everyone's home.

You would think that the ice harvesters would see the advantages of ice making and adopt this technology. However, all they could think about was the known: better saws, better storage, better transportation.

Then you would think that the ice makers would see the advantages of refrigerators and adopt this technology. The truth is that the ice harvesters couldn't embrace the unknown and jump their curve to the next curve.

Challenge the known and embrace the unknown, or you'll be like the ice harvester and ice makers.

#7: Learn to speak a foreign language, play a musical instrument, and play non-contact sports.

Learn a foreign language. I studied Latin in high school because I thought it would help me increase my vocabulary. It did, but trust me when I tell you it's very difficult to have a conversation in Latin today other than at the Vatican. And despite all my efforts, the Pope has yet to call for my advice. Latin has proven to be very valuable, but a “live” language would be nice too.

Learn to play a musical instrument. My only connection to music today is that I was named after Guy Lombardo. Trust me: it's better than being named after Guy's brother, Carmen. Playing a musical instrument could be with me now and stay with me forever. Instead, I have to buy CDs at Tower.

I played football. I loved football. Football is macho. I was a middle linebacker--arguably, one of the most macho position in a macho game. But you should also learn to play a sport like hockey, basketball, or tennis. That is, a sport you can play when you're over the hill.

It will be as difficult when you're 50 to get twenty-two guys together in a stadium to play football as it is to have a conversation in Latin, but all the people who wore cute, white tennis outfits can still play tennis. And all the macho football players are sitting around watching television and drinking beer.

#6: Continue to learn.

Learning is a process not an event. I thought learning would be over when I got my degree. It's not true. You should never stop learning. Indeed, it gets easier to learn once you're out of school because it's easier to see the relevance of why you need to learn.

You're learning in a structured, dedicated environment right now. On your parents' nickel. But don't confuse school and learning. You can go to school and not learn a thing. You can also learn a tremendous amount without school.

#5: Learn to like yourself or change yourself until you can like yourself.

I know a forty year old woman who was a drug addict. She is a mother of three. She traced the start of her drug addiction to smoking dope in high school.

I'm not going to lecture you about not taking drugs. Hey, I smoked dope in high school. Unlike Bill Clinton, I inhaled. Also unlike Bill Clinton, I exhaled.

This woman told me that she started taking drugs because she hated herself when she was sober. She did not like drugs so much as much as she hated herself. Drugs were not the cause though she thought they were the solution.

She turned her life around only after she realized that she was in a downward spiral. Fix your problem. Fix your life. Then you won't need to take drugs. Drugs are neither the solution nor the problem.

Frankly, smoking, drugs, alcohol--and using an IBM PC--are signs of stupidity. End of discussion.

#4: Don't get married too soon.

I got married when I was thirty two. That's about the right age. Until you're about that age, you may not know who you are. You also may not know who you're marrying.

I don't know one person who got married too late. I know many people who got married too young. If you do decide to get married, just keep in mind that you need to accept the person for what he or she is right now.

#3: Play to win and win to play.

Playing to win is one of the finest things you can do. It enables you to fulfill your potential. It enables you to improve the world and, conveniently, develop high expectations for everyone else too.

And what if you lose? Just make sure you lose while trying something grand. Avinash Dixit, an economics professor at Princeton, and Barry Nalebuff, an economics and management professor at the Yale School of Organization and Management, say it this way:

“If you are going to fail, you might as well fail at a difficult task. Failure causes others to downgrade their expectations of you in the future. The seriousness of this problem depends on what you attempt.”

In its purest form, winning becomes a means, not an end, to improve yourself and your competition.

Winning is also a means to play again. The unexamined life may not be worth living, but the unlived life is not worth examining. The rewards of winning--money, power, satisfaction, and self-confidence--should not be squandered.

Thus, in addition to playing to win, you have a second, more important obligation: To compete again to the depth and breadth and height that your soul can reach. Ultimately, your greatest competition is yourself.

#2: Obey the absolutes.

Playing to win, however, does not mean playing dirty. As you grow older and older, you will find that things change from absolute to relative. When you were very young, it was absolutely wrong to lie, cheat, or steal. As you get older, and particularly when you enter the workforce, you will be tempted by the “system” to think in relative terms. “I made more money.” “I have a nicer car.” “I went on a better vacation.”

Worse, “I didn't cheat as much on my taxes as my partner.” “I just have a few drinks. I don't take cocaine.” “I don't pad my expense reports as much as others.”

This is completely wrong. Preserve and obey the absolutes as much as you can. If you never lie, cheat, or steal, you will never have to remember who you lied to, how you cheated, and what you stole.

There absolutely are absolute rights and wrongs.

#1: Enjoy your family and friends before they are gone.

This is the most important hindsight. It doesn't need much explanation. I'll just repeat it: Enjoy your family and friends before they are gone. Nothing-not money, power, or fame-can replace your family and friends or bring them back once they are gone. Our greatest joy has been our baby, and I predict that children will bring you the greatest joy in your lives--especially if they graduate from college in four years.

And now, I'm going to give you one extra hindsight because I've probably cost your parents thousands of dollars today. It's something that I hate to admit too.

By and large, the older you get, the more you're going to realize that your parents were right. More and more-until finally, you become your parents. I know you're all saying, “Yeah, right.” Mark my words.

Remember these ten things: if just one of them helps you helps just one of you, this speech will have been a success:
#10: Live off your parents as long as possible.
#9: Pursue joy, not happiness.
#8: Challenge the known and embrace the unknown.
#7: Learn to speak a foreign language, play a musical instrument, and play non-contact sports.
#6: Continue to learn.
#5: Learn to like yourself or change yourself until you can like yourself. #4: Don't get married too soon.
#3: Play to win and win to play.
#2: Obey the absolutes.
#1: Enjoy your family and friends before they are gone.

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公司電腦每兩個月會自動要求使用者更換login密碼,以防資料外洩吧。
密碼設定規定很多:

一要滿八碼
二不得與自己的使用者帳號開頭相同。也就是說我的帳號是huang的話,密碼不得為huangxxx
三不得與自己之前「六」次設定密碼「開頭」重複
四密碼組成必須包括三種不同的組成:大寫、小寫、數字、或者符號(C4取3)

第三則規定苦了我,我腦中的密碼組合早已在第一次設定用完,
之後都一直在創造密碼,而且由於是強制更換密碼,
我昨天就坐在座位上玩試密碼遊戲。試了一打的奇怪密碼都不給我過。
當最後更換新密碼成功後,

我卻發現

我忘了我設定什麼。


今天我的任務則是填auftrag zur Passwortänderung單子為IT部門我自己的密碼是啥…
等待的時候,只好來寫blog啦!

我在想,如果在這家公司工作五年,等於必須更換30組新密碼,
不知道他們是不是偷偷寫在小紙條上?

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Jan. 尼斯


 Feb. Antibes


Mar. 巴黎 

 
Apr. 聖瑪格莉特島

 
May. 威尼斯

 
Jun. 坎城影展


Jul. 蔚藍海岸

 
Aug. Pamukkale, 土耳其

 
Sep. 摩那哥

 
Oct. 柏林

 
Nov. 慕尼黑

 
Dec. 新天鵝堡

不會用photoshop的阿觀用表格插圖法自製美女月曆一幅,並不可放大觀賞

祝福大家 新年快樂!


2005一年:

A. 28趟旅行:

8次巴黎、1次土耳其、1次瑞士、2次義大利,3次摩納哥,其他均在德法。

2次坎城及2次Aix en Provence、1次馬賽、1次土魯斯。法國僅限東南岸,其他沒去過。
上巴黎鐵塔兩次(一次是跟詹姆士精靈)、到德國南部新天鵝堡兩次。
兩次米蘭轉火車、一次轉機,就是沒有逛過米蘭
沒去過西班牙、荷蘭、比利時、丹麥、北歐、英國、奧地利、波蘭、捷克。

B. 訪客:何康妮兩次(尼斯、波昂)、卡洛琳兩次(尼斯、波昂)、Noriko、山豬、舉重隊、H(8次尼斯,4次波昂)

C. 所學:不當好人沒關係(雖然我是個好人); 找到自己喜歡的旅行方式。

D. 成就:完成論文、即將拿到學位。此blog近140篇生活記錄。

E. 新奇:參加四場婚禮,兩場在土耳其,兩場法國

F. 驚奇:
坎城影展奇遇記、
從未計畫到德國,學德文、
土耳其簽證一個禮拜寄回、德國申根簽證一天辦好、法國長期居留國籍打錯、
誤打誤撞復活傑節當天旅行至梵諦岡,沒有辦法參觀教堂,但是參加了彌撒。

G. 難過:
離家一年四個月,非常想家、
手四次燙傷。自己蠢、
楊明璧老師過世、
論文口試當天。

H. 感謝:
家人全力支持,
媽媽郵購服務、
爸爸信用卡協助、
妹妹代買跑腿傳話、
H代書以及熱線服務。

I. 丟臉:
被請出LV,
至今仍過著寅吃卯糧的廉價勞工生活。

2006新年新希望:
工作步上軌道(但是要繼續可以玩)。
旅行:希望今年可以去的西班牙、捷克、奧地利、以及荷蘭還有Lego land。
德文/法文擇一開口說。
敢上路開車,敢溜直排輪。

也祝福大家用努力達成自己的新年願望喔!

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公司在聖誕party的布置

好吧,最近都搞這種"先上文字,文字隨後到"的遊戲,實在很丟臉.不過在我補這篇文章之前,我必須跟大家解釋一下,為什麼我的文章會文字和圖片不同進出

我的文章出現一般有三個處理階段:
第一個階段,我都是先在word裡面寫好文章, 用一般編輯器貼上後,
再來第二個階段, 必須先選取上傳那些照片,最後用進階編輯器貼照片,作最後的編排,

好啦,因為現在住的地方沒有網路,問題就在這邊了...
laptop只有我需要用skype打電話時才需要帶到公司wifi連上網,不然都是用公司的電腦..
有時候寫好了文章,存在memory key裡,第二天在公司電腦貼文,時常照片都還在laptop中沒有上傳好
有時候帶了laptop上班,卻沒有寫好文字...只好先上傳照片
有時候則是相機laptop都在辦公室了,卻沒有帶cable...)%&$"€@/(§
好險我沒有在另外編輯照片,弄些新花樣....

我實在對一些blog卻時常花俏更新的上班族的工作內容感到好奇....
對我來說,邊上班邊寫blog,實在不容易啦...

好吧,言歸正傳,把這場公司的Christmas Party寫一寫,說出真相,免得有尾牙委屈要上台表演的人覺得太羨慕...

Party前一週,我突然成為眾多trainee羨慕的焦點,(平常majority是DPWN的兩打trainee,約見面都以他們說得算)
因為大家都聽說Robbie Williams會出現在我們公司.還謠傳我可以帶人進去.忽然之間大家都變得跟我很熟
我倒挺鎮靜的, 一來我是走私進party的(見第一篇),沒拿到票前,我只確定我有報名但不確定我可不可以換到票
會不會被認出是小小intern而被指著鼻子趕出去,也因此我能進去就偷笑了,還帶人ㄌㄟ....

二來同事之間也開玩笑說,他們也都是從電視廣播得知Robbie會在Bonn (也不知道會不會出現在我們公司),公司方面相當保密,並沒有公開Robbie會出現的消息
所以,我也不知道旁人在high什麼, 他會不會出現根本跟謎一樣....

好啦,Party當天,我並沒有先回住處換裝,反而在公司加班,到了晚上五點半,跟著同事進場...就穿著牛仔褲帶著眼鏡,倒是真的有很多辣妹是回家一趟打扮過,穿更少的布料來的.

一樓原本是星巴克以及reception desk的lobby,把隔間打開變成三倍大,
天花板上加裝了特殊燈光以及音響設備,變成大型disco pub.
原本明亮整潔的cafeteria則掛上大螢幕以及小燈泡裝飾,仍然供餐,點心以及德國傳統點心全部免費,

飲料吧台則設有五六個,是使用coupon購買,仍然是預付一歐押杯費,這樣大家才會乖乖帶空杯子回飲料吧台.

cafeteria                                                                      二樓的燈現在還掛著

到了預定Party正式開始,大家人手一瓶啤酒往大廳移動,我只擠到了會場中間.大家這麼high,不是為了看總部以及德國分公司的CEO,也不是看那個生嫩的VJ主持,明知道他想講一些笑話,但沒人捧場,雖然我全部聽不懂.
大家等的,就是廣播電視說會搭直昇機來Bonn,但是千叮嚀萬交代絕對不要來堵的Robbie Williams.


那張模糊的臉是傳說中的CEO...                         大樓之間也布置了假的愛斯基模冰屋


總之,他出現了.大家不約而同手伸高高用手機/相機照相.我根本啥都看不見,也都是從大螢幕上看到他的影像,這就是為什麼我不去Rock concert的原因了,因為你還不是在大螢幕上看你的偶像,那還不如在家舒舒服服看電視轉播...



這些都是一個身高大概有2米的一個長人幫我拍的,所有照片都有前面那女人血紅色指甲..我的正前方有無數個身高超過一米八的人也在照像,這時候就會很幹德國人幹麻沒事都長這麼高啊

anyway,他開了金口,祝大家聖誕節快樂.也很盡責的拿出手機美言幾句,接著他就準備下台了
只聞其聲(因為不夠高),他聽起來挺幽默可親的,一點也不像我想像中"壞小子"的酷樣,
不過現在大家知道了吧,他是公司簽約的合作夥伴,並非請他來開演唱會....

因為他的合約聲明他不能在這邊唱,所以他擺明了就是跟大家say hello而已....(反正我也是聽說,不知道是哪門子的合約內容). 大家拼命哎哎哎叫,才把他叫出來, 就在那迅雷不及掩耳的當下,他開始清唱五六句,在我來得及撥到攝影功能時,他已經往後台走去,並且一去不回頭.我也只拍到他離去的話面.

就醬就醬,大家不要再羨慕了,從他出現到消失,不到5分鐘吧....
真是咻~~一下就過去了.接下來大家就開始跳舞了,一切就像是沒發生過一樣.


                                                        星巴克前的遊戲機,是滑雪的喔~~~~~

不過話說回來,能有機會看看大公司豪邁辦party的機會也是不錯.
反正有錢好辦事,也不需要逼臨時員工上台表演跳舞是吧!

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雖然最近我迷上馬上計劃馬上出發的旅行方式,但是想要參與重大event可還是要事先計畫計畫,
尤其對於身為一個去哪都需要簽證的台灣護照使用者而言.
下面是聯合晚報翻譯人家的報導當成一篇報導,我沒有找到原文,
倒是在芝加哥論壇報找到一篇更詳盡的2006世界上主要的大型慶典/嘉年華等,當然就沒有第一篇的十大那麼驚彩,也包括許多美國國內的(我標上藍色的)
但是喜歡凑熱烈的人可以挑自己喜歡的,現在開始計劃計劃....


華郵推薦 2006全球10大看點
【2006/01/02 聯合晚報】記者王慧美/綜合報導

2006年你計畫到國外旅行嗎?美國華盛頓郵報推薦全球十大看點和值得一去的理由。

一、德國世界杯足球賽:今年6月9日到7月9日,來自世界各地的32支足球隊將在德國的12個城市爭奪世界杯獎杯。
去的理由:足球讓世界瘋狂。官方網站:fifaworld-cup.yahoo.com/06/en/index.html

二、莫札特誕辰250周年:1月27日是莫札特誕辰250周年紀念日。維也納從1月27日到11月到處都聽得到莫札特的音樂。
去的理由:去維也納,莫札特是理由。官方網站:www.wienmozart2006.at

三、富蘭克林誕辰300周年:1月17日是富蘭克林誕辰300周年紀念日,費城從1月17日到4月將舉辦125場慶祝活動。
去的理由:每次有雷擊的時候,你都應該感謝富蘭克林為你提供了保護。官方網站:www.benfranklin300.org

四、世界上最大的遊艇下水:6月4日「自由海洋」號超級大遊艇將在加勒比海下水。
去的理由:有時遊艇就是海裡最大的魚。「自由海洋」號排水量16萬噸,長約400米,有15層甲板,7層建築,看起來就像羅馬皇宮一樣,一次可搭載3600名乘客,太大了,全球大多數港口無法容納這艘大船。官方網站:www.royalcaribbean.com

五、舊金山大地震100周年紀念:1906年4月18日,舊金山大地震,引起四天大火。
去的理由:回顧北加州這一災難時刻。官方網站:1906centennial.org

六、歐洲文化首都佩特雷:希臘港市佩特雷在2006年將戴上歐洲文化首都的桂冠。
去的理由:希臘本身就是文化的代名詞。官方網站:patras2006.gr/en

七、美國第一個殖民地建立400年紀念:詹姆斯敦1607年建立,但是性急的美國佬決定從2006年就開始400年的紀念活動。
去的理由:如果沒有維古尼亞州詹姆斯敦的早期殖民者,美國人可能還是英國查理王子和卡蜜拉的子民。官方網站:http://www.jamestown2007.org

八、杜林冬季奧運會:2月10日到26日,第20屆冬季奧運會將在義大利杜林舉行。
去的理由:領略義大利的冬季風采,壯麗的開幕和閉幕儀式很值得一看。官方網站:www.torino2006.org

九、日全食:3月29日將有日全食,土耳其、格魯吉亞、俄羅斯和哈薩克等國家的人都看得到。
看的理由:月亮奪去了太陽的光輝,當然值得一看。美國太空總署專題網站:sunearth.gsfc.nasa.gov/e-clipse/eclipse.html

十、荷蘭畫家林布蘭特誕辰400年:林布蘭特的出生地萊頓和生活的阿姆斯特丹將聯手舉辦紀念活動,向世人展示這位藝術家是如何利用明暗法創造了一個神奇的藝術世界。
去的理由:歷史並未公平地對待這位偉大的藝術家。官方網站:www.rembrandt400.com



A traveler's mix for 2006
原文章刊登於此
By Margaret Backenheimer
Special to the Tribune
Published January 1, 2006

JANUARY
1: London--New Year's Day Parade. March of 10,000, from Parliament to Piccadilly.這已經來不及了!!
13-17: Philadelphia--Benjamin Franklin's 300th Birthday Weekend. Fete for a Founding Father.
21-23: Patras, Greece--"Angels From the Sky." Masked acrobats inaugurate Europe's Cultural Capital 2006.
21-29: Eatonville, Fla.--Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities. Author's hometown celebrates African-American arts.
21-Feb. 12: San Francisco--Chinese New Year Festival. Year of the Dog scampers in.這也變成美國一個節日了阿?

FEBRUARY
2-5: Detroit--Motown Winter Blast. Downtown fest precedes Super Bowl XL.
10-26: Turin, Italy--Games of the XX Winter Olympiad. 2,500 athletes turn snow to gold.
11-28: Nice, France--Nice Carnival. Floats and flowers on the French Riviera.
23-25: Cable to Hayward, Wis.--American Birkebeiner. Cross-country skiers by the thousands.
28-March 26: Fairbanks, Alaska--World Ice Art Championships. 180 block-busters.

MARCH
3-5: Yuma, Ariz.--Midnight at the Oasis. Hot rods and bebop.
7-12: Valley City, N.D.--North Dakota Winter Show. "World's Largest Crop Show."
11-19: Regina, Saskatchewan--2006 Tim Hortons Brier. Canadian Men's Curling Championship.
15-26: Melbourne, Australia--Commonwealth Games. An Olympian showdown for athletes of the former British Empire.
31-April 2: Norman, Okla.--Medieval Fair. Feasts and follies fit for a king.

APRIL
8: Seattle--Taste Washington. State's premier wine event, also pouring June 11 in Spokane.
21: Lewes, Del.--375th Anniversary of Lewes. Rededication of the "First Settlement of the First State."
22-29: Virginia, statewide--Historic Garden Week. 250 horticultural landmarks open their gates.
26-30: Laughlin, Nev.--Laughlin River Run. Motorcycles meet casino headliners.
30-May 6: Benton Harbor and St. Joseph, Mich.--Blossomtime Festival. Floral celebration on Lake Michigan turns 100.

MAY
1-31: Memphis--Memphis in May International Festival. Blues and barbecue.
5-7: Decatur, Ala.--North Alabama Birding Festival. New birding trail takes wing.
12-14: Houston--Art Car Weekend. Rolling canvases on parade.
14: Ypres, Belgium--Cat Festival. A triennial tribute to felines of the world.
26-28: Charleston, W.Va.--Vandalia Gathering. Appalachian antics at the Capitol Complex.

JUNE
9-July 9: 12 cities in Germany--2006 FIFA Soccer World Cup. 32 teams seek the ultimate goal.
10: Strong City, Kan.--Symphony in the Flint Hills. Paul Winter Consort and the Kansas Symphony serenade the tallgrass prairie.
19-Sept. 30: Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island--Charlottetown Festival. A salute to "Anne of Green Gables."
29-July 2: Near Cortez, Colo.--Centennial of Mesa Verde National Park. Ancient cliff dwellings take a bow.
30-July 29: Savonlinna, Finland--Savonlinna Opera Festival. "Carmen" in a castle.

JULY
3-4: Keystone, S.D.--Mt. Rushmore Independence Day Celebration. Patriotic homage at America's "Shrine of Democracy."
4: Bristol, R.I. Fourth of July Parade. "Oldest Fourth of July Parade in the country."
21-Aug. 31: Salzburg, Austria--Salzburg Festival. All 22 of Mozart's works for the music stage get a hearing.
22-25: Billings, Mont.--Clark on the Yellowstone. Lewis and Clark 200th anniversary celebration at Pompeys Pillar.
31-Aug. 6: Stockholm--Stockholm Pride Festival. A gay old time in Sweden.

AUGUST
1-15: Caraquet, New Brunswick--Festival Acadien. Acadia remembered, with noisy "Tintamarre" parade on Aug. 15.
4-7: Gimli, Manitoba--Icelandic Festival of Manitoba. Viking encampment recalls seafaring pioneers.
24-Sept. 10: Oslo--International Ibsen Festival. Theatrical treats honor the father of modern drama.
24-Oct. 21: Hawaii, statewide--Aloha Festivals. 60th anniversary focuses on the Hawaiian cowboy.
31-Sept. 3: Rockford, Ill.--On the Waterfront. Nine shoreline stages, 150 performers.

SEPTEMBER
1-3: Interlaken, Switzerland--Unspunnen. Yodeling and stone-tossing for Alpine cowherds.
22-24: 26 towns in Nebraska--Junk Jaunt. 220-mile antique sale.
23-24: Devils Tower, Wyo.--Devils Tower 100th Anniversary Celebration. Close encounters at America's first national monument.
28-Oct. 1: Ketchum, Idaho--Ernest Hemingway Festival. Tours and seminars where Papa hung out.
29-Oct. 1: Near Montevideo, Minn. -- Meander: Upper Minnesota River Art Crawl. Gallery openings across five counties.

OCTOBER
4-8: Newport, Ky., and Cincinnati--Tall Stacks Music, Arts & Heritage Festival. Steamboat era returns to the banks of the Ohio.
7-15: Zaragoza, Spain--Fiestas del Pilar. Patron saint presides over parades and fireworks.
15-Dec. 31: Amsterdam--"Rembrandt's Documents." Archival papers are part of artist's 400th birthday celebration.
21: Keene, N.H.--Keene Pumpkin Festival. 25,000 jack-o-lanterns illuminate Main Street.
26-27: Near Cairo--Finale of Ibsen Year 2006. Sphinx plays second fiddle to concert version of "Peer Gynt."

NOVEMBER
3-12: Kailua-Kona, Hawaii--Kona Coffee Cultural Festival. Cups of java in the land of lava.
10-12: Wickenburg, Ariz.--Four Corner States Bluegrass Festival. The string's the thing, with fiddle and banjo contests.
18-22: Luxembourg City--Expogast. Culinary World Cup with 700 chefs.
19: El Cajon, Calif.--Mother Goose Parade. 60th edition of fairy-tale procession.
23: Plymouth, Mass.--Thanksgiving Celebration at Plimoth Plantation. The "Colonists" do the cooking.

DECEMBER
1-15: Doha, Qatar--15th Asian Games. 20,000 athletes meet by the Persian Gulf.
2: Natchitoches, La.--Christmas Festival. Since 1927, a Santa spectacular.
9-10: Franklin, Tenn.--Dickens of a Christmas. Downtown gets "A Christmas Carol" makeover.
10: Boston--Re-enactment of the Boston Tea Party. "Patriots" brew high-treason tea.
16: Ft. Lauderdale--Winterfest Boat Parade. Yachts light up the Intracoastal Waterway.

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