2018.05.14 Lean Management

1 year of streamlining the operations for the company I co-founded, I can totally related to what Mike talked in this 45-mins video.

Business process improvement isn’t just about putting the “best” process in your organisation, trust me more often than not it won’t work.

It is also about understanding your staff, coaching them, designing new process so that its benefits are visible and the slope of change is not too steep, and the most importantly, leading by example.

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2018.05.11 《1Q84》

网上挺多人都提到,《1Q84》不太适合第一次接触村上春树的读者。严格说来我不能算在此类读者中(很多年前随大流读过《挪威森林》,感觉不是太喜欢),但时隔多年后,阅读他的新书也可算是我为尝试认识村上重新做出的努力。

《1Q84》共3本1000多页(英文版),从厚度来讲可算是鸿篇巨著,但整个故事其实很简单,而且直到结尾这个故事还没讲清楚。细腻的心理描写是村上的风格之一,但这次确实做的有点太过了,连我这种沉迷于 George R. R. Martin 拖拉风的人都有点受不了。另一方面来说,事无巨细的描写可能会让有些读者产生更多共鸣,因为在阅读过程中对主人公命运的的疑惑和担忧基本都会在后文中得到确认或澄清,我虽然喜欢这种 ‘See! I just knew it!’ 感觉,但同时又急迫的想让故事进展快点。如果说村上春树在日本出名是因为本国读者接受这样的风格的话,那《1Q84》在国际读者中不温不火的反应也同样是摆它所赐。

《1Q84》的 ‘Q’ 代表 Question Mark,故事发生在一个平行世界里的东京,只有为数不多的几个人察觉到了这个世界的怪异,但到最后都无法理解,或许这就是书名的由来吧。由于村上固执的不阐述任何逻辑,每位读者都有足够的自由对主人公,对清洁,对书中描述的世界有着自己的理解,就这样看来,村上春树算是成功的。

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2018.04.10 Tear Down the Wall!

If we’ve learnt one thing from the Chinese history, it is that you can’t believe a single word from the Communists. You have to look at what they will actually do.

China’s trade barrier and protectionism are bad for the US economy, but it’s even worse for the Chinese in the long run. I am not a fan of Trump, yet this time I hope he wins.

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2018.02.22 这个冬天有点暗

2007年的冬季的某个早晨,我躺在刚从宜家买来的床垫上,对着在北方晨光照耀下无力漂浮着的灰尘发呆。其实每天我都门窗紧闭,只开厨房窗户的一小条缝。但事实上,对着镜子清扫头发上的灰尘也无奈的与洗脸漱口成为起床日常的一部分。

当时我在北京生活还不到半年,却早已反感这个毫不宜居的城市。污染严重,交通绝望,整个城市满是各地来京混生活的低素质人口。当时离春节还有一段时间,2000多万人就这样在这个充满灰尘的大城市奋斗和苟且着。我一边咬牙为手上的工作收尾,一遍期待将要在成都度过新年。

10年前的成都,还没有高架,也没有地铁,我甚至在那儿连一个属于自己的窝都没有。但那时成都有的,是不怎么拥堵的马路,还算干净的空气,和老成都和成都人特有的生活感。

时间回到2018年的这个冬天,我呆坐在成都家里,在电散热旁边瑟瑟发抖,开始回味当初的“幸福生活”:如今的成都就如当时的北京,污染严重,交通拥堵,生活品质一路向南,甚至可能还比不了后者,因为北京至少还有给力的中央供暖。

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2018.01.29 Severed

The best way to describe the game Severed is probably – “Fruit Ninja in the hard mode, with brilliantly designed puzzles and an average storyline”.

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Though I personally did not like Fruit Ninja (as a matter of fact, I don’t appreciate any mobile game), this by no means should be interpreted as I am giving a bad review to this title.

To say Severed is action-packed game is an understatement. This game is hard, frustratingly hard. But hey, anyone knowingly picks up a game made by Drinkbox Studio should prepare to be physically and mentally challenged. “Physically” as in this game fully utilises all aspects of touch screen slicing techniques: long, short, angled, long-press, and many more that are not so easy to describe in a blog (no, I am just being lazy). The game control was so intense that I had to break the 7 hours campaign into 3 days so that I would not risk cramping my hand. “Mentally” comes from the fact that some battles in the main story were so disgustingly challenging that it took me 10 attempts plus some youtubing to finally move on from it.

Slicing aside, puzzle design is where this game truly shines. They are not so easy, but not too ridiculous either. I enjoyed the feeling that when confronted with a new puzzle, I knew that somehow I could solve it in a few minutes, or that I would receive an ability upgrade at later stage to overcome it. To some degree, it reminds me about the Zelda series, and you know it’s likely to be a decent game when someone tries to associate it with the legendary Zelda.

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2018.01.18 Nintendo Labo

任天堂每次的新产品发布都会让我这个大孩子热泪盈眶,踏踏实实的做创意十足的产品。

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折只索尼小松鼠向伟大的任天堂致敬。

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2017.12.31 the Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask

当微信朋友圈被18岁照片刷屏时,我在小黑屋里通关了Majora’s Mask,也算是重活了一回18岁。

Majora’s Mask 最初于2000年发售在N64上,我玩的3DS欧版都不知道是第几次复刻了。但这些都不重要,只需要知道这是老任第一方出品的3A大作,随便玩,绝不会是坑。特别是塞尔达系列,在我玩过的6作中,除了一部因为德语的缘故影响流畅度被我打了一个4分,其他的都是满分。

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Majora’s Mask 和“主流”塞尔达还有那么一点不一样,游戏方式尤其独特,在开始的一段时间很难上手。渐渐熟悉后又被隐晦的剧情(特别是某些支线)搞得很摸不着头脑。迷宫的设计也可以算作我玩过6作里面难度最大的。严重不建议12岁以下的小朋友尝试该作。

基本没看攻略,前前后后花了我50多个小时才通关,好像还有两个面具没有收集到。毋庸置疑的满分神作。

(Left Image Credit: Nintendo)

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