hi, my name is ethan. i post here my random thought of the day.
New York Times had a piece on on-demand delivery today, and one quote stroke me at the end of the article:
"On-demand delivery could create a two-tier economy — the people who can afford to hire others to do their errands and the people who do them."
It’s not just on-demand delivery. I think the entire sharing economy is pushing us to the two-tier economy trend.
You must learn her.
You must know the reason why she is silent. You must trace her weakest spots. You must write to her. You must remind her that you are there. You must know how long it takes for her to give up. You must be there to hold her when she is about to.
You must love her because many have tried and failed. And she wants to know that she is worthy to be loved, that she is worthy to be kept.
And, this is how you keep her. Junot Díaz, This Is How You Lose Her (via ratsoff)
That’s why, when you find someone you want to keep around, you do something about it. How I Met Your Mother (via hull-94)
Sunday, 19 June 1836
MY BELOVED ANGEL,
I am nearly mad about you, as much as one can be mad: I cannot bring together two ideas that you do not interpose yourself between them. I can no longer think of nothing but you. In spite of myself, my imagination carries me to you. I grasp you, I kiss you, I caress you, a thousand of the most amorous caresses take possession of me. As for my heart, there you will always be — very much so. I have a delicious sense of you there. But my God, what is to become of me, if you have deprived me of my reason? This is a monomania which, this morning, terrifies me. I rise up every moment say to myself, ‘Come, I am going there!’ Then I sit down again, moved by the sense of my obligations. There is a frightful conflict. This is not a life. I have never before been like that. You have devoured everything. I feel foolish and happy as soon as I let myself think of you. I whirl round in a delicious dream in which in one instant I live a thousand years. What a horrible situation! Overcome with love, feeling love in every pore, living only for love, and seeing oneself consumed by griefs, and caught in a thousand spiders’ threads. O, my darling Eva, you did not know it. I picked up your card. It is there before me, and I talked to you as if you were here. I see you, as I did yesterday, beautiful, astonishingly beautiful. Yesterday, during the whole evening, I said to myself ‘She is mine!’ Ah! The angels are not as happy in Paradise as I was yesterday! Farnam Street Blog
One resolution: write more letters. Hopefully the pen and paper type.
One goal: make kimchi at least once.
And a list of things to keep in mind, and to check back in 360 days:
- Spend more time to remember; and more effort to forget.
- Spend more time away from technology and read, stare, or be bored.
- Cook a bit more.
- Exercise a little.
- Hope. Because God will open another door somewhere.
China Blocks Google, Again
While the domains play.google.com and plus.google.com aren’t specifically mentioned, it seems that the Google Play Store and Google+, as well as pretty much any other service hosted on Google.com are also being blocked.
As the once-every-five-year 18th Party Congress is under way, Google gets the block treatment. Not good news when for Google when its market share in China has just dipped below 5%.
Now, more bad news for Google: imagine if you are trying to sell a Android smartphone. You can:
- Sell a stock Android device, and risk your users not being able to access search, app store, and most basic functions of a modern smartphone for the foreseeable future
- Port Android. Like Xiaomi, Lenovo, etc. Sell tons of cheap phones and hope developers jump on the bandwagon.
The second option is clearly the safer choice. Still think Google will take off on mobile in China?