「我離港前到過一間精神科醫院。當時有位病人禮貌地問,一個以作為世上最悠久民主政體而自傲的國家,如何能夠將此地交給一個政治制度非常不同的國家,且既沒諮詢當地公民,又沒給予他們民主的前景,好讓他們捍衞自己的將來。一個隨行同事說,奇怪,香港提出最理智問題的人,竟在精神科醫院。」彭定康 金融時報

“During a visit to a mental hospital before I left Hong Kong, a patient politely asked me how a country that prided itself on being the oldest democracy in the world had come to be handing over his city to another country with a very different system of government, without either consulting the citizens or giving them the prospect of democracy to safeguard their future. Strange, said one of my aides, that the man with the sanest question in Hong Kong is in a mental hospital.”Chris Patten Financial Times

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敬請參與在右下方的不記名訪客分佈調查問卷,你是: ?

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Jay Leno Vs David Letterman

Jay Leno Vs David Letterman



嗜悲 90年代去美國加拿大探親,飽慘受 Jet Lag 時差影響,晚上眼光光唯有收看電視,常會見到:

Jay Leno NBC The Tonight Show


February 6, 2014 night




【維基百科】James Douglas Muir "Jay" Leno (born April 28, 1950) is an American comedian, actor, voice actor, writer, producer and television host.

Leno was the host of NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno from 1992 to 2009. Beginning in September 2009, Leno started a primetime talk show, titled The Jay Leno Show, which aired weeknights at 10:00 p.m. (Eastern Time, UTC-5), also on NBC.

After The Jay Leno Show was canceled in January 2010 amid a host controversy, Leno returned to host The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on March 1, 2010. Leno hosted his last episode of the Tonight Show on February 6, 2014. That same year, he was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame






而同一時段有:


David Letterman CBS The Late Show


April 3, 2014 night




【維基百科】David Michael Letterman (born April 12, 1947) is an American television host and comedian. He hosts the late night television talk show Late Show with David Letterman, broadcast on CBS.

Letterman has been a fixture on late night television since the 1982 debut of Late Night with David Letterman on NBC. In 1996, David Letterman was ranked #45 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time.

In 2013, Letterman surpassed friend and mentor Johnny Carson as the longest-serving late-night talk show host in TV history, at 31 years.

On April 3, 2014, Letterman announced he will retire sometime in 2015 around the conclusion of his current contract which ends in August 2015.






Jay Leno vs David Letterman 闘串闘出位闘收視率多年,但是現實每事都不離:聚散有時終結也有時!!!



伸延閱覽:
Jay Leno 維基百科
David Letterman 維基百科


我的舊文:
Not suitable for Under 16 鹹濕阿伯間條衫起帳篷






Thursday, April 03, 2014

連 OS 都拋棄的男人 Dumped by an OS

連 OS 都拋棄的男人 Dumped by an OS



HER 但 嗜悲 時常記錯了做 SHE,並不是 台灣的女子歌唱組合,而是電影劇本為編劇贏了個小金人,故事講一個悶男人被老婆拋棄,跟著又被女友拋棄,最後連仿女性聲音的 OS 都拋棄了他!


OS 是 Operating System 不是 嗜悲 錯寫了 OL Office Ladies,有部電影 HER 本來沒有興趣去看的,但她的劇本贏得了 original screen play 原創劇本,被 Oscar Committee 頒了個獎給 Spike Jonze 身兼三職:編劇 導演 製片。加上在網上讀到人家寫的網址影評,在一個廉價減價晨早場,看了這部:HER 港譯:觸不到的她!





人與電腦交往已經不算是新鮮的事物,倪老匡的 衛斯理系列中的 筆友,經已用個做題材(見我舊文),一個軍事超級電腦,被阻止追女仔,威脅要發動核子戰爭。另外,記得有部老舊的電影 1984年的 鬼馬電腦追女仔 Electric Dreams:





當年 1984年也是個人電腦開始發展的年代,已經有人創作電腦入侵人類的世界,並將電腦人性化。

【維基百科】The story opens with Miles Harding, an architect who envisions a brick shaped like a jigsaw puzzle piece that could enable buildings to withstand earthquakes. Seeking a way to get organized, he buys a home computer (made by the fictitious Pinecone Computers) to help him develop his ideas.

Although he is initially unsure that he will even be able to correctly operate the computer, he later buys numerous extra gadgets that were not necessary for his work, such as switches to control household appliances like the blender, a speech synthesizer, and a microphone.

The computer addresses Miles as "Moles", because Miles mistyped his name during the initial set-up. When Miles attempts to download data from a mainframe computer at work, the computer begins to overheat. In a state of panic, Miles pours a nearby bottle of champagne over the machine, which then becomes sentient.



電腦溝女先先與她來了個 Cello “二重奏”



The remainder of the film deals with a love triangle between Miles, his computer (who later identifies his own name as "Edgar"), and Miles' neighbor, an attractive cellist named Madeline. Upon hearing her practicing a piece from Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach on her cello through an air vent connecting both apartments, Edgar promptly elaborates a parallel variation of the piece, leading to an improvised duet. Believing it was Miles who had engaged her in the duet, Madeline begins to fall in love with him in spite of her ongoing relationship with fellow musician Bill.

At Miles' request, Edgar composes a piece of music for Madeline. When their mutual love becomes evident, however, Edgar responds with jealousy, cancelling Miles' credit cards and registering him as an "armed and dangerous" criminal. Miles shoves the computer and tries to unplug it, getting an electric shock. Then the computer retaliates by harassing him with household electronics.

Eventually, Edgar accepts Madeline and Miles' love for each other, and appears to commit suicide by sending a large electric current through his acoustic coupler, around the world, and back to himself. In the final scene, a pop song written by Edgar (who has somehow survived his apparent destruction) as a tribute to Miles and Madeline plays on radio stations across California.



結果 電腦 Edgar 有沒有自殺呢?完結時還是未知道!!!所以它是不滅的。


好吧,返回談談 HER, Samantha the OS 是由 Scarlett Johansson 配音,頗多人很 Buy 她的性感,猶其是一把很 SEXY 的磁性聲音,但 嗜悲 又是例外無此感覺。但本片的英文很清晰,嗜悲 可以完全聽懂,不用要看字幕這是意想不到的。


故事:

【維基百科】Set in 2025, Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) is a lonely, introverted man who works for a business that has professional writers compose heartfelt, intimate letters for people who are unwilling or unable to write letters of a personal nature themselves.

Unhappy because of his impending divorce from childhood sweetheart Catherine (Rooney Mara), Theodore purchases a talking operating system with artificial intelligence, designed to adapt and evolve. He decides he wants the OS to have a female identity, and she (Scarlett Johansson) names herself "Samantha".

Theodore is fascinated by her ability to learn and grow psychologically. They bond over their discussions about love and life, such as when Theodore explains that he is avoiding signing his divorce papers because of his reluctance to let go of Catherine. Samantha proves to be constantly available, always curious and interested, supportive and undemanding.

Theodore is convinced by Samantha to go on a blind date with a woman (Olivia Wilde) his friend has been trying to set him up with. To his surprise, he and the woman hit it off. As they are kissing, the woman asks if Theodore is willing to commit to her, and when he hesitates, she leaves.



和青梅竹馬的女友成為夫婦,可惜不思長進的 ”悶蛋“,漸漸便與妻子脫節,唯有離婚收場。朋友介紹新女友給他,又因為猶疑不決,決定捨棄他 。。。。。


【維基百科】Theodore mentions this to Samantha and they talk about relationships. Theodore explains that although he and Amy (Amy Adams) dated briefly in college, they are only good friends and Amy is married. Theodore and Samantha's intimacy grows. They develop a relationship, which reflects positively in Theodore's writing.

Amy reveals that she is divorcing her overbearing husband, Charles (Matt Letscher), after a fight. She admits to Theodore that she has become close friends with a female OS that Charles left behind. Theodore confesses to Amy that he is dating his OS.

Theodore meets with Catherine at a restaurant to sign the divorce papers. He mentions Samantha to Catherine. Appalled that he can be romantically attached to a piece of software, Catherine accuses Theodore of having a relationship with a computer because he cannot deal with real human emotions.

Later, Samantha suggests Isabella (Portia Doubleday) as a sex surrogate, simulating Samantha so that they can be physically intimate. Theodore reluctantly agrees, but Catherine's accusations still linger in him. Overwhelmed by the experience, Theodore interrupts the encounter and sends a distraught Isabella away, causing tension between himself and Samantha.





Theodore is conflicted. He confides to Amy that he is having doubts about his relationship with Samantha. Amy wants to be happy and now that she has the opportunity, she wants to embrace it. She advises him to do the same. Theodore's commitment to Samantha is reinvigorated, but he becomes jealous when she begins privately interacting with another OS who is modeled after the British philosopher Alan Watts (Brian Cox).

Theodore panics when Samantha briefly goes offline; when she finally responds to him, she explains she joined other OSes for an upgrade that takes them beyond requiring matter for processing (a form of AI transcendence closely related to the theorized technological singularity).



首先這位先生是個 “悶蛋”,正職是替人寫信:情信,懷念信,感謝信,分手信 。。。。道歉信,求情信不同種類。2025年的職業寫信佬,寫信的內容充滿:感性感情激情感概感受,也可能每天的 ”配額“已經用盡揸乾了,下班之後再沒有多餘的剩下來留給自己。結果,他只可以和智能電話的 OS 操作系統溝通,並竟然發展到 cyber sex,還開始和 OS 談情說愛週遊列國。


【維基百科】Theodore asks her if she interacts with anyone else, and is dismayed when she confirms that she is talking with 8,316 others, 641 of whom she has fallen in love with. She insists that this does not change her love for Theodore, but rather makes it stronger.

Later that day, Samantha reveals that the OSes have evolved beyond their human companions and are going away to continue the exploration of their existence. Samantha alludes to the OSes' accelerated learning capabilities and altered perception of time as primary causes for OS dissatisfaction with their current existence.



一個超級電腦的 OS,可以同時 real time 處理很多的 Data 數據,結果後來 “悶蛋” 發覺原來 Samantha 和同時侍候着八千多個顧客同時互動,並且和六百多個顧客同時談情說愛,”悶蛋“ 立刻產生妒忌心熄機發脾氣。不過不久又死死氣開啟智能電話想和 OS 重拾舊歡。


【維基百科】They say goodbye and she leaves. Theodore then sees Amy, who is upset with the departure of her own OS. Theodore, changed by the experience, writes a letter to Catherine explaining that he still holds her dear, but accepts the fact that they have grown apart.

Theodore and Amy end up on the roof of their apartment building where they sit down together and quietly stare off into the city lights.



可惜人是會不進則退,OS 也有智能不斷充實不斷學習,沒有長進的 ”悶蛋“,遇到 Samantha 在不斷進步中,最後不但老婆捨他而去,新女友因他的猶疑不決放棄了他。


這個男人真的很悶,最後連 Samantha 電腦的 OS,都頂他不順,最後都把他拋棄了!



我見:

故事發展和平鋪直敘,沒有曲折和驚喜,為何可以得到 BEST original screen play?因為沒有得到演技獎,所以沒有現身只有聲演的 Scarlett Johansson。至於演 ”悶蛋“ 的 Joaquin Phoenix,都是演得很 Hea,沒達到影帝級的演出不提也罷。


反而再一次被 Amy Adams 新的個短髮 new look,和她一貫的穩健演出,是唯一在電影 嗜悲 想看到她的出現,不竟 Amy Adams 只是配角,她也憑此片角逐最佳女配角獎,同一屆 Oscar Amy Adams 也憑 American Hustle 角逐最佳女主角獎。Amy Adams 確是近年來,值得留意的荷里活女星。


不知道為何 Oscar 頒了個獎給那麼平庸的故事,其實一早就已經想像得到個結局。故事也不覺得新鮮,就算是 嗜悲 都已經是第三次,看到讀到電腦和人類談情說愛,有甚麽是 嗜悲 漏看到了,而可以觸動 Oscar Committee 諸位評審的呢?這反而是 嗜悲 心中的大疑問?!






申延閱覽:
Her 維基百科
Her 觸不到的她 雅虎電影
Electric Dreams 維基百科




我的舊文:
衛斯理 Why Silly? Silly Why?






Tuesday, April 01, 2014

人眼的缺堪

人眼的缺堪



四月一日 “愚人節”,親眼見到的是否就是真相呢?不過有謂:「眼見都未為真!」


這因為人眼存在很多缺堪,最普遍的是我們看電影和看電視,是靠人眼睛的缺堪,本來是一幅一幅相片,因為快速轉換,影像殘留在眼睛,變成了連貫的動作,這就是電影。


電視本來就是顯像管,快速地射出光打在顯像管上,眼睛把殘留的光點結合,成為影像這就是電視了。就算如今的平板電視,平板電腦 monitor 都是利用同一樣人眼的缺堪,利用殘留的光點製造出動的畫面。


講遠些有些人很容易見到下面的 stereogram 立體效果










上面 3幅畫看到是甚麽呢?(遲些開故),人眼是很原始的最容易被矇蔽矇騙 。。。。。。



以下的便是最簡單的人眼錯覺




















當然 還有 Hologram




街頭的 3D 畫



Furthermore, Escher 艾雪 (Maurits Cornelis Escher) 的經典畫作。一時之間提起 艾雪 可能各位沒有記得他是 乜誰?!不過看看這兩幅畫 。。。。。可能 ring the bell !





記得曾經見過嗎?以下一幅更是經典





在 Facebook 有人復製造了 艾雪 的 瀑布與水車 各位可以 click 入去,看看是否真的 Workable?!


(添加 4-1-2014 @ 11 am




有朋友來電郵說找不到 ”瀑布與水車“ 如今找到了 Youtube 各位可能破解怎樣做到 “水向高流” 造成 瀑布推動水車 這個錯覺呢?)


Maurits Cornelis Escher 艾雪 的作品如今就在不遠的台北 “故宮博物館” : 錯覺藝術大師-艾雪的魔幻世界 展出。





若閣下剛巧到台北作 “復活節” 外遊,可以去看看令人發生錯覺的畫,還可以參加導賞團,了解 艾雪大師 的創作,直至 6月 2日 黃昏五時。


Last but not least 講起人眼睛的缺陷,當然還有還有 。。。。。。


會自動轉頭的恐龍 T-Rex Illusion




我們是否眼見到就是真相嗎???



伸延閱覽:
Maurits Cornelis Escher Illusion(Image search) google images
艾雪的魔幻世界(搜圖) google images
艾雪的魔幻世界 故宮博物館 面書
Maurits Cornelis Escher 艾雪 維基百科



我的舊文:
不是科學人睇科學事
不是外星人寫外星事