Xah Belles-lettres Blog 2013-07
today's words: somber, requiem
Hooker is the look, somber is the music. Requiem for a Dream Theme Song
Angry Birds on the Plane
there's a dude sitting besides me on the airplane, playing Angry Birds on iPad. All of a sudden, he shouts: “i've got 2 bombs, go to hell you stupid pigs”. I jumped, and all the passengers wet their pants.
飞机上有个二逼坐我旁边用iPad玩愤怒的小鸟，玩着玩着突然激动地大吼一声：“我有两个炸弹！都他妈死吧蠢猪们！”当时吓了我一大跳…… 那天飞机上的其他乘客也都吓尿了...... (from xie107)
Google Translate Funnies
Google translated this:
Oxytocin Molecule Necklace. 有诗为证：科学符号缀乳沟，莽汉上弓书呆瞪。Even as the poet doth indite: science symbols on cleavage, jockeys mount and nerds stare. Oxytocin Molecule Necklace
poetry. 王菲 — 彼岸花 (Flower of Paradise) 🎶
Strange Phenomenon in Chinese Microblogs: Images Instead of Text
There's a curious phenomenon in Chinese Weibo (microblog). That is, normally the character limit is to make user's post dense and focused. However, Chinese people started to use image instead for long Chinese articles. The transmission size of a image is a thousand times greater than text, and it can't be searched, nor resized clearly. Strangely, English microblogs such as twitter haven't developed this phenomenon.
中文 Weibo 有个奇妙的现象。本来限制字数，基其让人话简语重。但，用户开始把长篇大轮以图发出。这一下，一张图是文子码数位大小的百倍，又不能搜索，又不能清楚的字体放大。美国英语 Twitter 类比较没有这现象。奥妙。
Google's software quality's been downhill in recent years, and their “don't be evil” isn't what it used to be. There's massive exodus among geeks of Google products.
Jack London's famous short fiction, To Build a Fire, By Jack London, 1908. 杰克·伦敦，著名的短篇小说《生火》
etymology of gorgeous
Rage Comics 暴走漫画
what a curious world. The Rage Comics, from US's 4chan.org went to China, and now the Chinese version developed its own Chinese cultural and linguistic elements mixed in.
世界真有趣。暴走漫画 (Rage Comics) 从美国 http://4chan.org/ 这种网站传到中国，且加入了中国风味。— #王尼玛#！
His wife, Dana Reeve, headed the Christopher Reeve Foundation after his death. She was diagnosed with lung cancer on August 9, 2005, and died on March 6, 2006.
They are survived by their son, William, and Reeve's son Matthew and daughter Alexandra, both from his relationship with Gae Exton. Christopher is also survived by his parents and Dana is survived by her father. Matthew and Alexandra now serve on the board of directors for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.
from Christopher Reeve