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旅行對迷糊蛋最大的壞處,就是隨時隨地掉東西,
而且大部分時候都找不回來。

我曾經在馬來西亞機場的過夜旅館掉過一件非常喜愛的紅色軟外套;
尼斯海灘掉過相機、太陽眼鏡;
馬賽掉了一隻隱形眼鏡;
日本遊覽車上掉了剛配的新眼鏡(明明是重度近視者,居然把眼鏡給丟了);
瑞士掉了兩件心愛的AIESEC T-shirt;
一整套的圍巾手套帽子,分別掉在西班牙機場、德國某火車站,現在只剩一頂毛帽…

以上東西都沒有找到過。

我雖然自己旅行的時候,都已經很謹慎了,但這種事還是防不勝防。我媽常說,好險我的頭長在脖子上,不然早就丟了,我也不置可否加很慶幸自己護照「還沒」掉過。

公司同事現在也全都知道我是迷糊蛋,就源自這一紙迷糊證據。



海中天一景

馬來西亞的員工旅遊到了要上飛機回台前一天,我才發現我的褲子忘在第一二天的海中天旅館。過了這麼多天都沒發現,也只是直到因為上飛機要穿長褲才發現-_-?

我自行打電話去海中天旅館lost and found辦公室,對方聲稱有找到。我才再拜託當地導遊協助領回給下一團的台灣團領隊。

等到過了兩個月,褲子終於經歷千辛萬苦回到我身邊時,

令我驚訝到下巴掉下來的是,袋子裡面居然不只褲子,

居然還有我超喜愛的班尼頓金黃色襯衫以及手機電池!

貼心的旅館清清楚楚寫出在我房間找到:一件H2O卡其褲子、一件Benetton襯衫、一塊電池。

我居然過那麼久都沒有發現,還在到處尋找電池…

有沒有一整個有賺到的感覺?

但這件事要我同事忘掉,可能還要有一陣子吧.....

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謝謝Ellen,我的最大明信片贊助商
有你到處出差,還貼心寄明信片真好!
sent on 2006/12/07

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這張威尼斯明信片是尼斯快定居的漂亮寶貝Jennifer寄的
算是一個甜蜜的交換吧!
sent on 5/7/2006

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中國時報  2007.03.26
工作玩MSN 讀書聽iPod 一心多用易出錯 別當「多工族」

楊明暐/紐約時報廿五日報導


在忙碌的現代社會,許多人成了一心多用的「多工人員」(multitasker),工作時往往要接電話、收發電子郵件和上網即時通訊。科學家研究發現,工作或念書時,還要聽音樂、收發即時通訊或做其他事情,效率會大打折扣,邊開車邊講電話更是危險。

神經學家、心理學家和管理學教授最近分別在各自的領域內研究「多工」習慣,結果發現人腦有其限制。念書時,放點輕鬆的背景音樂能讓人注意力更集中,但大部分帶有歌詞的曲子、即時通訊或電視節目反而會構成妨礙。

科學證明 干擾和中斷是壞事

密西根大學認知科學專家大衛.麥耶爾說:「多工會放慢你的速度,增加出錯機會。就我們處理資訊能力的角度來看,干擾和中斷是件壞事。」

范德堡大學神經學家瑞尼.馬洛伊斯指出,人腦有數千億個神經元細胞,其突觸連接更多達幾百兆,但有一項根本限制,就是人腦無法同時集中注意力在兩件事上。

馬洛伊斯和三名同僚去年十二月在科學期刊《神經元》發表研究報告。他們用磁振造影儀器觀察一個人同時處理兩件事時,腦中出現的「瓶頸」(bottleneck),並測量在此一情況下會流失多少效率。

參加實驗者被要求同時做兩件事:聽到八種不同聲音中的一種時,按下電腦正確鍵;看見八種不同圖像時,說出正確的發音。

研究顯示,受測者若一次從事一件工作,不會出現遲延,但同時做兩件事,對第二件事的反應便會出現耽擱,有時達一秒。

開車反應慢一秒 可能出人命

馬洛伊斯說,許多日常工作慢一秒無所謂,但在時速六十英里(九十六公里)的情況下邊講手機邊開車,反應慢一秒可能會出人命。

另外,人們多以為年輕人最擅長多工作業方式,青少年和二十來歲的年輕員工不就常常同時收發電子郵件和進行網路即時通訊,還邊聽iPod?

英國牛津大學「未來智力研究所」認為,這個廣為人們接受的想法有待商榷。該所對一群十八至廿一歲的青年,和一群卅五至卅九歲的成年人進行實驗。兩組人皆有九十秒時間,使用一種簡單代碼將一批圖像轉譯成數字。

在未受干擾情況下,年輕人組的表現優於成年人一○%,可是當兩組人都受到電話、手機簡訊或即時通訊干擾時,成年人組無論在速度和正確率方面,皆與年輕人旗鼓相當。

該所副所長馬丁.威斯特維爾指出,年紀大的人思考較緩慢,但他們具備更快的「流動智力」(fluid intelligence),較能防堵干擾,決定該專注的是什麼。

工作中斷 要十五分鐘才回復

最近一項針對微軟員工進行的研究發現,他們進行撰寫報告或寫程式這類智力工作時,若為了回覆電子郵件、即時通訊或上網看新聞、找樂子而中斷工作,平均要十五分鐘才能回復到原先認真工作的狀態。

商業研究咨詢公司Basex首席分析家約拿單.史皮拉估計,過度多工造成的干擾,每年對美國經濟造成近六千五百億美元(約二一.五兆台幣)損失。

史皮拉說,只是粗略估計,而且工作中遇到的干擾絕不會、也不應被消除,因為工作通常就是在這種集思廣議的情況下完成的。畢竟,對某個人構成的干擾,對其他人來說卻是協調合作的表現。

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洪蘭:讀書、立志,老而不悔
天下雜誌群 vol.20061201, Tue, 28 Nov, 2006
整理:林玉珮

我家有六個姊妹,母親從小就告訴我們,「女孩子一定要念書,才不會受制於人」。父親也說,「教育,是你們以後唯一的嫁妝。」
我們姊妹大學讀的都是父親的第一志願。父親看我喜歡強辯,就說我應該去念法律系。

到美讀大學後才懂讀書
考進台大法律系後,我覺得那不是興趣所在,尤其看到司法不獨立,我的個性根本不能接受,不想繼續走這一行。父親覺得我可以留德學法,然後回來教書,但我心裡想「我怎麼可能教學生一個連自己都無法認同的東西?」
那時也不能和父親爭辯,除了學德文、日文,我還認真學了英語,想要到一個天高皇帝遠的地方,畢業後就跑到美國。
我很希望年輕人能出國念書,因為我懂得念書是到美國念大學以後,外面世界真的很不一樣。出國以前,我上圖書館是為了讀教科書,出國後才懂得知識只有分有用和沒有用,沒有分課內和課外。我在美國大學圖書館第一次感覺到閱讀的樂趣。看書看累了,瞇一下,起來後又繼續看書,真希望可以一直看下去,近視眼也因而從兩百五十度增加到九百度。
出國念書帶給我最大的好處就是打開視野,讓我有了閱讀的習慣。那時台灣的大學教學其實跟高中差不多,都是老師講,學生抄筆記。美國大學強調啟發性,老師在課堂上最重要的是引導學生的學習動機,教科書只是給一個架構,很多知識反而是從參考書來的。
到美國第一天上課,老師開了二十本參考書,我那時「好笨」,以為讀教科書就可以了。結果上課時老師一提問,美國同學都很有意見,而且可以從參考書裡引經據典。大家紛紛舉手發言,就只有自己還沒有舉手。
書看得愈多,知識愈豐富,興趣就出來了。如果能廣泛接觸很多書,總會有碰到想要讀下去的書,就可以找到自己的興趣。我到美國第二年決定轉讀心理學領域。
我回國後到大學教書,我不喜歡做一個常常考試的老師。我喜歡啟發式教學,例如以說故事或看影片引發學生的閱讀動機,但最後如果我不考,許多學生還真的不看書。

走自己要走的路
  我們從小看書只是為了考試,為了別人念書,上了大學還沒有真的學會讀書。我這些年很積極到小學推廣閱讀,就是想讓孩子從小培養閱讀的習慣,如果讀書不能讓學生有樂趣,對讀書倒盡胃口,等上了大學才要培養就顯得回天乏術。

  當年我會覺得台大法律系四年,好像浪費時間,但後來就不覺得。因為人生沒有白走的路,今天你所念的、所學的東西,你不會知道在將來會用在什麼地方。在法律系受到的邏輯與推論的訓練,讓我比較容易看到漏洞,例如和我先生曾志朗吵架時就用上了。

  在台大念書時,有一位剛從哥倫比亞大學回來的左煥源老師,我記得他有一次上課時拿著一根火柴,「人生是不能回頭的,你們要走自己要走的路,否則當你取悅的人不在了,人生就會失去目標。」左老師的話影響我很深。

  我在大學儘量教大學部,就是想要早一點影響學生。除了讀書很重要,我也希望讓他們了解「人為什麼要立志?」
  我的學生有很多不覺得應該要立志,有學生說,「我明天可能就被摩托車撞死了啊!」我都還在計劃六十歲以後的事,這些年輕人卻一副沒有明天!
  我喜歡帶學生去服務別人,像到老人院、育幼院做砂眼保健等。讓學生內心有感動,而且知道、看到自己對別人有影響、有用,他們的志向就會出來了。
  我很鼓勵學生參與社團、服務別人,從體驗團體生活中,學做人、學做事,還可以增加適應能力,看起來好像是在付出幫助別人,其實自己的獲得和成長才是最多。
  現在很多大學生打工兼差,但很多是為了買名牌。賺錢以後機會多的是,與其花時間去打工,還不如趁在學時沒有家累、沒有負擔,好好讀書,去幫助別人,或者去自助旅行、環遊世界都好。

做個頂天立地的人
  人生有很多經驗是要自己走過才會有感受,別人跟他講沒有用。如果我告訴大學生說,「時間最寶貴。」他們會笑死,因為他們現在最多的就是時間,多到還要逛街、上網聊天殺時間。

  我會希望大學生在年輕的時候要讀很多書,立下遠大志向,不要去做些讓自己年紀大了後會後悔的事。我會期許從我手上出去的學生,懂得求知,做一個正直的好人,一個能夠頂天立地的人。

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人家去墾丁是參加音樂祭或salsa party,那我是要去水母漂嗎???


2007第八屆全民奧林匹克恆春海上長泳實施辦法


一、宗 旨: 為推展全民運動,提倡正當休閒活動,鍛鍊強健體魄,培養堅強毅力,讓泳者接觸自然生態海域,親近海洋拓展海上運動,將游泳與休閒渡假結合,提升生活品質,同時展現南台灣山水之美,藉以擴展觀光、旅遊、休閒、渡假、活動,帶動地方繁榮促進國民身心健康。

二、指導單位: 行政院體育委員會 、中華民國奧林匹克委員會。

三、主辦單位: 屏東縣政府、恆春鎮公所、內政部墾丁國家公園管理處、中華民國成人游泳協會。

四、承辦單位: 高雄市成人游泳會

五、協辦單位: 台電公司第三核能發電廠 屏東縣警察局恆春分局 屏東縣消防局

三軍聯訓基地指揮部 墾丁派出所 墾丁國家公園警察隊
行政院海岸巡防署海岸巡防總局南部地區巡防局第六三岸巡大隊
海巡署海巡局14海巡隊 墾丁森林遊樂區管理所  馬爾地夫大飯店
中華民國水中運動協會 高雄縣水上救生協會   恆春鎮農會
台南縣新希望教育公益基金會 救國團墾丁青年活動中心 恆春鎮漁會
佳冬鄉體育會游泳委員會 屏東縣屏東市晨泳會 屏東縣萬丹游泳協會
屏東縣海神宮游泳協會 屏東縣林邊游泳會 屏東縣潮洲游泳會
屏東縣東港游泳會 屏東縣枋寮游泳會 屏東縣內埔晨泳會
紅十字會屏東支會恆春救難大隊 恆春鎮威鯨救難大隊 南灣社區發展協會
高雄市小港區松金社區無線電 恆春衛生所 恆春基督教醫院
維他露食品股份有限公司 恆春南門醫院 金沙灣渡假旅店
五綸織造股份有限公司 盛香堂化工廠有限公司 歐都納股份有限公司
悠活大飯店 墾丁福華大飯店 凱撒大飯店
中信大飯店 寶美泛舟有限公司

六、活動日期: 96年4月22日(星期日)

06:00於海泳現場開始報到領取紀念品及泳帽。

07:00集合完畢。 07:30開幕典禮。

07:50熱 身 操。 08:00鳴槍選手開始出發下水。

七、活動地點: 墾丁南灣遊憩活動中心前海域,游泳距離約3000公尺。

八、報名資格: 凡愛好游泳者年滿十歲以上(未成年者由參加單位負責全程安全),身體健康具長泳能

力,均可以社團、機關團體五人以上組隊報名,(為安全起見恕不受理以個人名義報

名),有心臟病、高血壓、羊癲癇、蜂窩組織炎等疾病者,請勿報名。

九、報名時間:即日起至3月31日止(以郵戳為憑),逾期、現場、傳真報名均不受理。

十、報名辦法:

(一)詳細填寫:1.『恆春海上長泳報名表』(附表一)。

2.『恆春海上長泳能力及健康保證書』(附表二)。

3.『恆春海上長泳繳費明細表』(附表三)。

4.『參加者如申請公假者請填具申請表』(附表四)。

◎報名時應附自行投保200萬元以上平安險,影印本貼於長泳能力及健康保證書下方。

(二)報名費用:1.中華民國成人游泳協會會員每人 350元

2.非中華民國成人游泳協會會員每人 700元

【無中華民國成人游泳協會註冊號碼者以非會員收費】

3.身心殘障選手(需附影印證明)每人 250元

4.歡迎各級學校以校名組隊參加每人(特別優待) 350元

5.隨行眷屬午餐便當每份(請於報名時加購) 60元

◎報名費已含【紀念衫】、【下水泳帽】、【午餐便當】、【礦泉水】、【游完全程證書】等

◎便當品牌:墾丁青年活動中心、凱撒大飯店、福華大飯店、悠活大飯店、中信飯店。

(三)繳費方式:郵政劃撥:帳號42174277 戶名:【高雄市成人游泳會】。

◎請於劃撥單留言欄書寫隊名並連同(附表一)、(附表二)、(附表三)

等以掛號郵寄報名地點。

(四)報名地點:(813)高雄市左營區高鐵路188號 劉育修 收

TEL:(07)3432361 手 機:0911602358 傳 真:(07)3432360

十一、報到時間:1.時間:96年4月22日上午06:00-09:00報到同時領取泳帽及紀念品。

2.地點:墾丁南灣遊憩中心廣場。

十二、活動方式:1.以禮讓遠途隊伍優先下水為原則(東區、北區、桃竹苗區、中區、南區)。

2.下水前請妥為編組,三人一組互相照應,並自備哨子以供緊急時使用。

3.下水時必戴大會提供之泳帽,並自備救生器材。

◎請注意【為維護安全未帶救生器材者不准下水】

4.本活動非競賽性質,請以休閒、健康、快樂輕鬆心情游完全程親近海洋。

5.各隊選手全部上岸、請各領隊清點人數,向報到處確定並領取游畢證書。

十三、注意事項:1. 海泳中途如感身體不適請勿慌張,可以自備個人浮具歇息,並脫帽揮手示意,或吹哨子以便大會救生員及時救援。

2. 活動當天11:00開始清場,人員應全部上岸。

3. 南灣路為快速道路全線禁止停車,車輛請依大會規定地點停放。

【遊覽車】請停核三廠前停車場或天鵝湖飯店正對面道路兩旁。

【小型車】請停於墾丁國家公園管理處停車場,改乘大會接駁車到會場。

接駁時間:22日早上06:00開始(墾管處停車場)→(海泳現場)。

海泳上岸時(海泳現場)→(墾管處停車場)。

4. 活動當天若遇颱風警報時,活動順延,日期另行通知。

十四、獎勵辦法:1.報名海泳夫妻檔合計年齡120歲以上者,贈送伉儷合影照片及相框乙份

(請附身份證影印本)

◎夫妻檔合計年齡未滿120歲以上,要合照留念者(含錶框每份250元)。

2.報名人數最多前十名頒紀念獎牌。

3.為鼓勵報名參加,凡報名20人以上的隊伍,大會贈送蓮霧、洋蔥各一盒

十五、本辦法如有未盡事宜得隨時修正公佈之。

十六、附 件: 1. 恆春海泳報名表(附表一)

2. 恆春海泳能力及健康保證書(附表二)

3. 恆春海泳繳費明細表(附表三)

4. 公假申請表、節目報名表(附表四)(附表五)

5. 鄰近旅社及價目表(附表六)

6. 停車場路線圖(附表七)


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About one year ago, I discovered that the Taiwanese National Science Council (NSC) was awarding scholars to foreign students, for them to study in Taiwan. It really interested me, as I may be an IT consultant, I don't have 20 000 Euros in my savings to afford the living cost of 2 years of study in Taiwan.

After thinking about it for a long time, experiencing a shitty IT mission, missing Gwen a lot and seriously considering working in Asia, I decided to apply this year to the English MBA program at NTU, and asked for a NSC scholar.

I'm not the best applicant ever to this program. During my studies in France, my grades were not exceptionnal. I couldn't take GMAT exam in Paris, as all the test centers were booked. But my English is good, and I have interesting professional records. I also hope my projects for a future career in Asia will retain the attention of the application jury .

I'm now waiting for the answer to come in 2 months. I just want it to be positive. It has to be positive. For Gwen and I. Gwen helped me so much in this application. I wouldn't have done it on time without her. I wanted to thank you so much, dear. With all my heart. I wanted everybody to know what a wonderful person you are. Thank you again. Heartfully.

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I wasn't planning to do shopping
but seems it's final sales here, 
i hesitate immediately once i saw that.
what should i do now?
shopping or not to sha...
such a difficult question.

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Hi there! It's been such a long time since I haven't posted.  Dear public, I'm sorry, as I know you are impatiently awaiting my next adventures ;-)
Why did I take so long? Well, let's say my last project at work wasn't easy at all, and left me without free time at all. I'm now collaborating to short projects only, but a new big project may start soon. Anyway, I now have some free time again to tell you about France.

The big topical subject in these days is the presidential campaign, with the elections coming at the end of April.

You may not be very familiar to the French political system, so let me explain you briefly. France has a semi-presidential system. It means that the president, retains all the power when the parliament majority belongs to the same political party as him/her (presidential system).  When the president and the parliament are of different political party, the French political system turns into a parliamentary system, as the president has to negociate his/her law projects with the parliament. 
This is for the theory. Practically, the parliament and the president are elected every 5 years, and since 2002, they are elected the same year. So the winner of the elections takes all, as it is highly unlikely for the French people to elect in a very short time a president and a new parliament from two different political parties.

What is at stake in this campaign? The main point is the liberalization of French economic. As you may (not) know, the French economics is currently prettty much state-driven, due to its inheritance from the Reconstruction after World War II, when all the important industries were owned and directed by the French Republic. With globalization and all, there are lots of people who think the French public authorities should withdraw definitely from the economic field (as the withdrawal has been partial only so far). All the political parties are pretty divided on the point, and debated a lot about the subject during the primary elections (a big innovation in this 2007 campaign). (Note: For those who learnt English in the US, when I use the word "liberal", I'll be refering to "economics liberal" and not to the traditionnal use, which refers to individual liberty and other values associated to the US political left. )
So far, the other points at stake in the campaign are the control of immigration (a rather controversial issue), greenhouse gases control and unemployment, but pretty little about Europe or foreign politics.

So in these days, there are several candidates facing each other.
Let's review them according to their popularity in the polls.

There is Nicolas Sarkozy, current Ministry of Internal Affairs. He is part of the conservatives-right (UMP). Quite young, he was elected candidate for presidential election (primary elections) after a rather controversial campaign inside his party where he was in the end the only one to be candidate. His ideas are economically liberal, and he is in favor of a "choosen immigration" (France being the one chosing), meaning a very very little immigration. Quite short, he is definitely not popular in the poor district of the suburbs of the big cities, as he is considered as the one who contributed a lot, through provocative speeches, to the ignition of the Autumn 2005 riots .
You can find more accurate and unpartial information here.

The second one in the polls is Segolène Royal. She is part of the socialists-left (PS). Quite young too, she is the first lady choosen by one of the main French political parties to be candidate for the presidential election. She was elected after a long primary campaign inside the PS. Quite charismatic, she wants to keep the economic mix that has worked so far in France, between state control and liberalism. She recently included into her campaign staff the guys she was opposed to during the primary campaign. She is thinks the problem is not immigration, but integration of the foreign people. Her image so far is associated to traditionnal family values, and social equity.
You can find more accurate and unpartial information here.

The "third man", as he is nicknamed in the polls and the media, is François Bayrou. Quite young, candidate for the UDF (center), he has the project of making a cross-party team, uniting left and right parties. Rather popular, he is so far the surprise of these 2007 elections. He has an economic program rather similar to Segolène Royal's.
You can find more accurate and unpartial information here.

The fourth man in the poll is Jean-Marie Le Pen. Candidate for the extreme-right - nationalists (FN), he was the surprise of the last elections in 2002, where he reached the second ballot vote against Jacques Chirac. Rather old (78), he is against Europe and immigration, and his economic program is a paradoxical mix of ultra-liberalism and ultra-state-control.

The other candidates are unfortunately so low in the polls that they are simply not visible so far in the media. They all have 3% or less of vote intentions. It includes the communists (soviet way), communists (revolution way), ecologists, revolutionary-ecologists, royalists (yes, they want the king of France to come back), ultra-liberalists, and I think that's all.

All the candidates in the election have to gather 500 recommendations from already elected people representatives (mayors, district MPs, MPs, etc...) before March 22nd. Several of the candidates listed in the polls haven't gathered these recommandations so far. It's difficult to tell who exactly will be officially accepted by the authorities to be candidate for the election during the official campaing (from March 22nd to April 22nd).

The campaign is also quite darkened by scandals regularly bursting out in the media. Due to the very special elite system in France (the (few) best schools lead to the best functions in the best companies and the administration), it quite famous that the member of the elite are all exchanging priviledges, like helping this or that person to get a better job as a good friend in the administration, for instance. It's not corruption, but it's more ambiguoug than simple social networking. Examples of these "service exchanges" are weekly published in the media, the last one behing about Nicolas Sarkozy supposedly discounted flat...

So far, I must say the campaign is getting more and more disappointing day by day. If you don't spend hours on the Internet trying to gather some information, you really feel like the media are only reporting the most schocking or controversial speeches of each candidate. The excessive caution in the political communication of the candidates also leads them not to make any declaration which could be too ideological, as they have to gather as many votes as they could. If I were Milan Kundera (a Czech writer), I would say it's the campaign of kitsch, as kitsch is the last thing you remember of someone before this persons dies. It's a kind of caricature, or, as Kundera said, it's the last stop before forgetting. Maybe things will change when the official campaign starts, in 3 weeks. I'll then keep you informed ;-)

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