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又讀射鵰

當然是全三部: 射鵰,神鵰俠侶,倚天屠龍記. 上次讀金庸,有數十年了. 當年,好得武俠是在報紙上連載的.作家的習慣是一次寫一周. 其他武俠,也都是論字記酬. 因此寫越長稿費越多. 當年看得過癮.今天讀來, 自然感覺故事的拖延. 當年看的是武功. 現在人物和情節反而是重點了. 金庸能在當年寫人物,今天尤感清新,個個性格鮮明,躍躍欲生,活在腦裏. 以前遇到歷史詩詞都跳過,現在心靜了點,能欣賞多些了. 當年讀小龍女,日思夜想,恨不得飛到書裏見她一面. 今天反覺得郭襄寫的最好. 從小說的角度,人物的重點是他們的缺陷. 情節的重點是不落成套. 射鵰的郭靖黃蓉,神鵰的楊過小龍女,都有他們的性格缺陷,讀者能有共鳴. 倚天的張無忌,唯一的問題就是對”好看女人”抵擋不住. 殷素素死前說的,其實就是重點. 這個”共鳴點”不夠深. 趙敏,及其她女角,也描畫粗淺. 好在倚天情節寫得最好,全書還是好看. 我極少重讀書,下次看射鵰,大概不會了.

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Sea of iPads

I was expecting the standard and boring rows-of-seats at the gate for my flight. Instead, this Minneapolis-St. Paul gate area is a news stand, bar, fast-food, and a Internet café all rolled into one. Seriously, there are hundreds of iPads … Continue reading

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Olympic Penisula

Few people realized that Seattle is probably more than 100 miles from the Pacific Ocean. On her west is the magnificent Olympic Mountain that, on clear days, I can see from my balcony. The snow capped shines brightly in the … Continue reading

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Caramelized Onion

First time, I sautéed and “blonded” them. Second time, it worked and they are delicious. I like onion, whichever way to eat them. I eat them raw, mixed in with salad, onion soup, or whatever. Last time I had a … Continue reading

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A Beijing Traffic Experiment

When T3 came alive before the 2008 Olympics, going to Beijing International Airport was a breeze. Hop onto the Airport Expressway, zip through sparsely occupied lanes, and you arrive at the majestic Terminal 3 in about 30 minutes. The most … Continue reading

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SiMaTai: the Sequel

Edit on Mar 16, 2015. Original post on Oct 2nd, 2008. Must be due to the popularity of my original post :-), this section of the Great Wall has become more popular. For unknown reasons, the official has blocked the … Continue reading

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Man Salad

A salad feast that fill an 8″ bowl and satisfying as a meal. (Insert animalistic, Tim “the tool man” Taylor grunt.) Of course, man prepares man salads for men. First get one of those Costco sorted mixed green box. There … Continue reading

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A moment of panic

I stood on the curb side cursing myself. “You moron!” Thirty minutes earlier, I got into the taxi and noticed the driver is a woman, a rare event in Beijing. My phone chirped. I replied to several WeChat messages and … Continue reading

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Stepper’s Foot

That’s when your foot goes numb while using a stepper, stair master, elliptical machine, or even stationary bicycle. I paid no attention to that about a month ago, thinking I pinched a nerve sitting too long on the stationary bike. … Continue reading

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My 2014

Facebook has “my year” automatic services. This is the same 2014 retrospective, the hard (manual) way. This year saw many new babies and firmly established my “grand uncle” status. I tried to train every grand nephews/nieces to call me “Xiao … Continue reading

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