2014年5月30日 星期五

中国禁止国企使用美国咨询公司服务【顧問】

2014年05月26日 06:20 AM

中国禁止国企使用美国咨询公司服务


 
接近中国高层领导人的人士透露,中国已下令国有企业与麦肯锡(McKinsey)和波士顿咨询集团(Boston Consulting Group)等美国咨询公司断绝关系,担心后者代表美国政府从事间谍活动。

2014年5月29日 星期四

連Google大神也無法告訴的你16個電子報行銷技巧【edm】

edm主要功能是維繫舊會員

资本主义的空想与现实【資本主義】

2014年05月29日 06:25 AM

资本主义的空想与现实


——评皮凯蒂新书《21世纪的资本》
法国70后非马克思主义的经济学家托马斯•皮凯蒂(Thomas Piketty)所著的《21世纪的资本》(Capital in the Twenty-first Century),震撼了陷于大衰退中六年至今难以自拔的西方世界。诺奖经济学家克鲁格曼的评论称该书引发的是“皮凯蒂恐慌”,《纽约时报》评论的标题是 (皮凯蒂的书)“较劲斯密(和马克思)”,《商业周刊》作为惊呼“经济学的风暴要来了”!皮凯蒂的书揭露了三百年来资本主义贫富差距扩大的总趋势,犹如 《共产党宣言》的开头“一个幽灵在西方游荡”。不过这次的幽灵,不是共产主义,而是反思资本主义。诡异的是,《纽约时报》为何把“21世纪新版的资本 论”,说成是同时和亚当.斯密与马克思较劲呢?

西方媒体把严肃的经济科学研究政治化,已经不是第一次了。本文愿意从经济学和历史观察的角度,来分析皮凯蒂的新资本论。因为该书讨论的议题也涉及中 国的不平等增长。皮凯蒂批评的新古典经济学理论,例如库茨涅茨(Kuznets)收入不平等的钟形曲线和索罗(Solow)的内生增长论,正是中国新自由 主义经济学家鼓吹经济自由化,反对中国独立自主的产业政策,主张中国的结构调整要放弃中国特色,转向美英模式的理论依据。所以皮凯蒂对西方经济学的反思, 间接涉及中国国内关于坚持中国道路还是仿效美英模式的争论,值得中国学人和领导者认真思考。

2014年5月28日 星期三

特斯拉CEO:給年輕人的五個成功祕訣【創業】

特斯拉CEO:給年輕人的五個成功祕訣



2014-05-28 天下雜誌 548期 作者:吳怡靜
特斯拉CEO:給年輕人的五個成功祕訣 圖片來源:flickr.com/photos/oninnovation/ 他是發明家、創業家和億萬富豪;他是好萊塢賣座片《鋼鐵人》主角的靈感來源;他跟蘋果創辦人賈伯斯一樣,都被稱為「改變世界的科技狂人」。但是,四十二歲的馬斯克(Elon Musk),真正的野心更大、更瘋狂。
精采重點:

二十八歲推出PayPal,啟動線上付款革命;三十一歲創立航太科技公司SpaceX,啟動人類移民火星計劃;三十二歲成立特斯拉(Tesla),改變了外界對於電動車的負面印象。
去年,這位科技狂人又有驚人之舉,宣布要打造新一代交通工具:比高鐵快三倍,但成本只要十分之一的「超迴路列車」(Hyperloop)。已經有人預測,一場交通革命或許將臨。
從網際網路、太空科技,到電動車和可持續能源,馬斯克把發明尖端科技,當成「變魔法」,一再打破常規,挑戰極限,成為矽谷最新的創業傳奇。
今年四月底,他首度訪問中國,為特斯拉電動車展開大陸市場佈局。看來,馬斯克旋風也從美國吹到了亞洲。

Nobody Expected THIS To Happen When These Four Women Walked On Stage. Whoa!【音樂】


2014年5月27日 星期二

亚洲越发动荡?【國際政治】

2014年05月28日 06:14 AM

亚洲越发动荡?


印度有了一位新总理,今后亚洲四个最强大国家的领导人就全都是好斗的民族主义者了。战后秩序的多边主义构想正在让位于重新兴起的大国竞争。民族主义抬头,在崛起中的东方尤其明显。

表 面看来,纳伦德拉•莫迪(Narendra Modi)赢得印度大选跟地缘政治没什么关系。他的竞选造势面向对国大党(Congress party)的无能和腐败感到厌倦了的国民。他承诺带领印度实现更快的经济增长,同时提高民众生活水平。不过,他的雄心超越了国境,认为印度应该在国际舞台上与中国平起平坐。

《不毛地带》壹岐正原型——濑岛龙三【歷史】

《不毛地带》壹岐正原型——濑岛龙三

(2011-07-17 15:41:33)


常在战场——濑岛龙三的人生


  2007年9月4日,日本各传媒都在显要位置报道了这么一条新闻:“‘昭和的参谋’濑岛龙三于今晨零点老死于家中,享年95岁”。到了晚间各电视台更是配以照片和录像资料介绍了濑岛龙三的死去和简历。
  
濑岛龙三可能是最后一个死去的大本营参谋,因此在某种意义上他的死可以和1989年7月最后一名甲级战犯铃木贞一的死相似——都表示了一个时代的结束。然而两者不同的是:铃木贞一只属于过去,而“最后的大本营参谋”濑岛龙三却贯穿了过去和现在。

  传媒在报道濑岛龙三的死亡时使用的都是“昭和的参谋”这个字,其实实际上有更加褒美的一个称呼:“昭和三大名参谋”之一。在战史上名不见经传,战争结束时只是关东军作战参谋的濑岛龙三中佐究竟有何德何能,能名列“三大名参谋”?要知道另两位可是石原莞尔和辻政信。

年紀大了




長假
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnn5ms2z4TU&t=16m20s

不毛地帶
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDietIdDx3g

2014年5月26日 星期一

让员工正常下班【工作】

英国《金融时报》不久前刊登的一封来信令人拍手称快,写信 者是曾执掌嘉诚(Cazenove)的罗伯特•皮克林(Robert Pickering)。皮克林在信中对巴克莱(Barclays)的老大安东尼•詹金斯(Antony Jenkins)意外发难,原因是后者随手拎出“死亡螺旋”的老套说法,来为给银行家发放高额奖金辩护。皮克林指出,通过支付越来越高的薪酬来预防投资银 行家离职,是完全没有必要的——从来没有哪家银行因为员工被挖而破产。银行家们来来去去,世界依然在运转。
这封信之所以令人高兴,原因有三点,一是它说得没错,二是写信者知道自己在说什么,三是当银行家开始互相攻击时,总是有好戏看。

互联网加剧西方社会分化【全球化】

全球GDP 72兆美元

然而自2007年起,全球出现了两大突出变化。第一大变化是,由于金融危机后风声鹤唳的银行在放贷上变得更为谨慎,金融全球化进程出现了倒退。据 MGI估计,跨境金融流动规模比2007年低了70%。第二大变化则是,数字通信的急剧扩张,提振了从电商到咨询等诸多其他服务的贸易。

Excel表格公式大全【工作法】

Excel表格公式大全~~這太有用了~大推

發表於: 2014/05/06 10:16 pm (20天前)

1、查找重複內容公式:=IF(COUNTIF(A:A,A2)>1,"重複","")。

2、用出生年月來計算年齡公式:=TRUNC((DAYS360(H6,"2009/8/30",FALSE))/360,0)。

3、從輸入的18位身份證號的出生年月計算公式:=CONCATENATE(MID(E2,7,4),"/",MID(E2,11,2),"/",MID(E2, 13,2))。

2014年5月25日 星期日

男人要的不是「我愛你」,而是「謝謝你」!【戀愛】

男人要的是一份感激,只有當女人對他說「謝謝你」時,他拚死拚活做的一切才有了意義,這句「謝謝」讓男人相信自己有能力帶給女人幸福。女人時時刻刻都想從男人口中套出「我愛妳」三個字;但對男人來說,最動聽的情話不是「我愛你」,而是「謝謝你」。

2014年5月24日 星期六

專訪中研院陳昇瑋談「如何培養資料科學家」【數據分析】

必要條件:熱情、熱情、熱情
加分條作:
-Solid stats background (familiar with various descriptive data analysis tools and hypothesis testing methods)
扎實的統計背景 (至少熟悉各式敘述統計及統計檢定方法)
-Experience studying online user behavior (on top of exploratory/descriptive data analysis)
曾有線上使用者行為資料的統計分析經驗
-Familiar with R language (capable of writing custom R functions when there is no built-in support in R)
熟悉 R 語言 (R 不支援的繪圖函式,也可以自己撰寫)
-Familiar with Python, PHP, or any other scripting language (our goal is to standardize our data analysis toolchain)
熟悉 Python、PHP,或任一種 scripting langauge (我們的目標是要標準化我們的資料分析流程)
-Familiar with NoSQL system
熟悉 NoSQL 語言

想挖出 Big Data 的秘密, 這 10 個程式語言你不能不懂【大數據】

想挖出 Big Data 的秘密, 這 10 個程式語言你不能不懂

[ 爆橘 ]
於 2014-05-22 11:03:02 發布

隨著 Big Data 熱潮持續延燒,幾乎每個產業都有如洪水般傾瀉的資訊,面對上萬筆的顧客瀏覽紀錄、購買行為資料,如果要用 Excel 來進行資料處理真是太不切實際了,Excel 相較於其他統計軟體的功能已相去甚遠;但如果只會操作統計軟體而不會用邏輯分析 Data 背後的涵義與事實現況相應證的話,那也不過只能做資料處理,替代性很高的工作,而無法深入規劃策略的核心。

中国是印度选举最大的输家【國際經濟】

中国是印度选举最大的输家

2014年05月21日
上周五,印度选举委员会(India’s Election Commission)宣布,印度人民党(Bharatiya Janata Party)在为期五周的人民院,即印度下议院的选举中大获全胜。人民党的选举胜利超过了此前已然很高的外界预期,获得543个席位中的282席,赢得绝 对多数席位。加上联盟党派的席位,人民党将能够控制下议院的337个席位。

从1947年印度独立以来,印度国大党(Indian National Congress)长期在这个全球最大民主国家主导着国家政治,但是在此次选举中遭遇惨痛失败,最终仅获得了44个席位。印度总理曼莫汉·辛格(Manmohan Singh)在上周六宣布辞职。

在印度政坛,此次选举最大的输家是拉胡尔·甘地(Rahul Gandhi),如果国大党在这次大选中获胜,他原本将取代辛格成为总理。然而,他的心思显然并没有放在延续家族政治权利上。拉胡尔·甘地的竞选活动平淡 无奇,也算是从政治角度诠释了“富不过三代”这条世间哲理。他未来能否作为这个传奇政党的舵手?现在值得怀疑。

然而全局来看,甘地并不是最大的输家。这项殊荣属于中国,因为可以肯定的是,在未来几年中,外国直接投资将涌向印度,而不是中国。对于需要外部资金的中国经济而言,这种“改道”的出现得真不是时候。

在印度,人民党抓住了再好不过的时机。这是人民院选举自1984年以来最具决定性的胜利,当时取得那场大胜的,是拉吉夫·甘地(Rajiv Gandhi)领导下的国大党。此前他的母亲、拉胡尔的祖母、印度总理英迪拉·甘地(Indira Gandhi)遇刺身亡。

作为选举大获全胜的结果,印度人民党能力超群的纳伦德拉·莫迪(Narendra Modi)将在周三正式就任第14任印度总理。

莫迪在竞选过中是以实施根本性的经济改革作为纲领,承诺在印度全国范围实现他在担任古吉拉特邦首席部长期间获得的成就,他在当地推行的开放政策促进了经济 繁荣。德里大学(Delhi University)的退休政治学教授苏布拉塔·慕克吉(Subrata Mukherjee)说:“他为古吉拉特邦创造了印度第一个真正的自由市场经济,带来了新的基础设施,创造了就业机会。”
正如《华尔街日报》的吉塔·阿南德(Geeta Anand)和戈登·费尔克拉夫(Gordon Fairclough)报道的那样,选民喜欢国大党的补贴和福利政策,却把票投给了莫迪,因为他们希望印度成为更大的古吉拉特邦。因此人民党胜利的气象标 志着这个国家的一种心态变化,是对其国家缔造者所主张的社会主义路线的明确否定。

刚刚下台的辛格,在20世纪90年代担任财政部长期间赢得了改革先锋的声望,在担任总理的第一个任期内也因为促进经济繁荣而深受好评。然而,他的第二个任期却令人失望。辛格领导的执政联盟摇摇欲坠,妨碍了必要的改革,这期间印度经济增长速度放缓,引发全国民众的不满。

与此同时,外国投资者发现他们的经营受到限制。也许最引人注目的改革失败,就是在他任期的最后几年对超市零售行业的改革,沃尔玛(Walmart)高度曝光的经营纠纷吓退了众多跨国公司。许多其他外国公司也感受到印度政治制造的痛楚。

然而,过往的种种失望并没有伤害到印度经济未来的前景。在选举结果揭晓前,外国投资者就已经迫不及待地把资金投入印度。印度孟买敏感指数(Sensex) 从去年8月以来上涨了29.5%,一定程度上就与外界对莫迪大选获胜的期望有关。过去半年的时间里,外国投资者购买了价值超过160亿美元的印度股票和债 券,他们现在持有超过22%的孟买证券交易所上市股票。此外,卢比兑美元汇率在近期也有所回升。

现在,谁不喜欢这个印度故事呢?莫迪高于预期的胜选意味着他在政坛将拥有绝对多数优势,至少在下议院是如此,完成他的前任梦寐以求的目标。这位即将履新的 领导人将手握重新打造印度经济的权力,可以肯定的是,他一定会这么做。此前,外界把他叫做“超人莫迪”和“印度的撒切尔”。印度人都在谈论“莫迪热”。

莫迪本人也在给这场声势浩大的宣传提供佐料。他不仅谈到“闪亮的印度”这句人民党过去的口号,而且还宣告我们这个时代是“印度世纪”。

这个世纪本来应该属于中国,但是这种说法现在并不是经常听到。中国经济是中国崛起的动力,现在增长放缓,处于历史性失败的边缘。与此同时,中国正在加紧对 跨国公司的歧视性调查。比如说,上周中国当局指控葛兰素史克公司中国业务的前主管马克锐(Mark Reilly)行贿,同时在很大程度上助长了国内企业的不良行为。

在经济恶化的时候,中国“将矛头对外”的政策或许是不错的政治技巧,但却是非常糟糕的经济策略,尤其是从长远来看。不幸的是,中国正在遗忘当初启动改革的邓小平的智慧。

曼莫汉·辛格曾被称为“印度的邓小平”,但是却以改革失败告终,现在辞去了总理职务。在他的施政中存在不少缺点,当中就包括没能对外开放印度的经济。目 前,外国公司在中国的经营环境依然远远好于印度次大陆。然而,对于外国投资资金流来说,重要的是在于趋势。在中国,外国公司的经营环境正在恶化,而在印度 的情况则会取得极大进步。现在被称为“莫迪经济学”的核心要领在于,依靠大企业来创造就业机会,带动经济繁荣,建设更美好的社会。
你只要问沃尔玛就会知道。莫迪在竞选纲领申明了将外国公司排斥在印度零售市场外的现行规定,这是印度急需进行现代化改造的一个行业。但是这个纲领在很大程 度上被看做是服从于政治的权宜之计。无论如何,印度没有阻止全世界最大的零售商扩大其印度业务。由于预计莫迪大选获胜,这家总部位于阿肯色州本顿维尔的企 业巨头上个月宣布,计划在印度开设50家新的批发卖场,并且要在印度开展电子商务业务。可以肯定的是,如果说沃尔玛预期自己永远进入不了价值5,000亿 美元的印度消费市场的话,它就不会制定这样的计划。

分析师指出,莫迪是中国的一位“老朋友”,不过在很长一段时间里,他可能是中国最麻烦的对手。在中国经济摇摇欲坠的时候,莫迪正在间接推动中国走上错误的方向。你很快就会听到“巨大的吮吸声”,此前涌入中国沿海地区的资金,正在流向印度的途中。

译 孟洁冰 校 李其奇
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2014年美国薪酬对比:当医生挣大钱,做餐饮没前途【薪資】

對應本文整理如下

第一名(30,200名,萬分之一人口)
麻醉师,再次以235,070,台幣700萬 | 還原台幣280萬(20)
各科醫師平均20萬美元,台幣600萬 | 還原台幣240萬(17)
首席執行長   178,400,台幣540萬 | 還原台幣220萬(16)

新闻人物:印度新总理莫迪【印度】

2014年05月20日 06:15 AM

新闻人物:印度新总理莫迪


 
莫迪无疑是杰出的演说家和政客。正如一位印度企业领袖上周所说,如果能像竞选活动那样管理得当,莫迪政府将极为高效。

过去,莫迪以暴脾气闻名——尤其是在被问到2002年暴乱时。他曾经在电视访谈中暴怒离场。当两位企业领袖问及古吉拉特邦的安全问题时,他的反应是发起抵制印度工业联合会(Confederation of Indian Industry)的活动。

但另一方面,莫迪工作勤勉、滴酒不沾,据称他既不腐败,也不需要腐败利益——虽然他17岁时有过一段短命的包办婚姻,但膝下没有子女。近期他将自己包装为一位忠于宪法的政治家,而不是批评者所称的危险的印度教煽动分子。

可能改变世界的大选【政治】

可能改变世界的大选


印度经济学家苏尔吉特•巴拉(Surjit Bhalla)给我写信称,此次印度大选是“世界历史上最重大的一次选举”。我不同意,我认为亚伯拉罕•林肯(Abraham Lincoln)和富兰克林•德兰诺•罗斯福(Franklin Delano Roosevelt)当选美国总统的意义更重大。但他的观点并不荒谬。印度有12.7亿人口,不久后将超过中国成为全球第一人口大国。如果纳伦德拉•莫迪 (Narendra Modi)的当选将改变印度,也将改变全世界。

2014年5月23日 星期五

刪除 死刑的稻草人論證【創作】

我不忍心苛責廢死聯盟,我不忍心苛責善良的人。
但理性是最殘忍的君王,理性要求正義。
而,報復與慈悲 都是正義的面容。
本文提醒  報復

2014年5月20日 星期二

人人都該學寫程式的反思:也許我們更該學習的是「電腦思維」【自我學習】

人人都該學寫程式的反思:我們更該學習的是「電腦思維」

angela 五月 20, 2014

近年來,程式設計在全球帶起一股風潮,寫程式不再是男性專屬,而是不分男女老幼的全民運動。讀者是否也發現身邊越來越多朋友加入寫程式的行列,甚至開始自學寫程式呢?
Yipit 創辦人曾說:「coding 不是工程師的專利,每個人都要學習程式語言」,例如在全球各地舉辦的 Rails Girls 工作坊,就幫助許多女性進入 Ruby 以及 Rails 的程式世界。除了擺脫過去寫程式是男性專屬的既定印象,寫程式的年齡層也有年輕化的趨勢,像是 Rails Girls 創辦人推出教小朋友寫程式的繪本英國小學生使用 iPad 學習寫程式等新聞屢見不鮮。

2014年5月19日 星期一

中越之争会演变为战争? 【南海】

但南海则不然。南海之于中国,犹如加勒比海之于美国,犹如地中海之于欧洲。如果加勒比海始终受制 于英国、法国或西班牙,如果地中海仍然受制于阿拉伯帝国或北非,美国能够是如今的美国,欧洲能够是如今的欧洲吗?

从南海向西,是印度洋。21世纪,印度洋 将成为所有的海洋中最引人注目的地方。这里连接着中国和非洲、中东、南亚、中亚和欧洲,即将成为人口第一的印度虎视眈眈,这里又是穆斯林的贸易世界。打通印度洋,中国才能有自由呼吸的空间,而南海则是通向印度洋的前站。

2014年5月18日 星期日

1号店于刚:我看未来5年电商的10大趋势【電商】

移动购物、
平台化、
电子商务将向三四五线城市渗透、
物联网、
社交购物、
O2O、
云服务和电子商务解决方案、
大数据的应用、
精准化营销和个性化服务、
互联网金融

Kensho:让华尔街人神公愤的“叛徒”【大數據】

Kensho:让华尔街人神公愤的“叛徒”

2014年05月15日

当你想要颠覆华尔街时,数学、诗歌和希腊哲学都会带来帮助:丹尼尔·纳德勒在哈佛广场附近的肯硕公司办公室里。
当你想要颠覆华尔街时,数学、诗歌和希腊哲学都会带来帮助:丹尼尔·纳德勒在哈佛广场附近的肯硕公司办公室里。
自2012年1月24日起,来自对冲基金的电话就不断响起,纷纷要找丹尼尔·纳德勒(Daniel Nadler)。就在那一天,这位时年28岁的哈佛大学经济学博士在彭博社(Bloomberg)上与人合著了一篇文章,文中介绍了如何通过美元的走强来 预测标普500指数每周的走低情况。在当时,交易员们正利用美元与标普指数之间的这种关系大赚特赚。纳德勒说:“他们的电话就像是说,‘你是个叛徒!如果 你发现了这种关系,那你就利用这种关系来交易——不要公开它啊,导致大家无法进行套利交易。’”这是一位快人快语的加拿大人,深色的卷发在前额上垂落下 来。

皮凯蒂在美国人气爆棚【書訊】

2014年05月15日 06:12 AM

皮凯蒂在美国人气爆棚


最近,我在纽约市立大学(City University of New York)研究生中心(Graduate Center)的一个报告厅看到了十分奇特的一幕。一群一脸严肃的美国经济学家汇集一堂,探讨一份长达577页的有关不平等和税收政策的协议。这份协议出 自现年42岁、来自巴黎的经济学教授托马斯•皮凯蒂(Thomas Piketty)之手。

2014年5月15日 星期四

卓越的经理每天要做的五件事【領導力】

直接、1對1、人盡其才、禁止抱怨、管理衝突

關於還沒到的夏天【創作】

【關於還沒到的夏天】
因為,夏天而厭世、流汗而倦生;無疑可笑且愚蠢。
我,可笑且愚蠢。

我寧願網路消失,也不要書店消失;我寧願書店消失,也不要冷氣消失。

流汗總比流血好。想出這口號的人是豬嗎? 你知道一頭豬每天睡覺和起床都是汗的感覺嗎?

我精算過,如果沒有夏天,我願意折壽兩年。現在回想,這應該是冬天的事,我不記得我夏天有思考過。

我對西醫的不信任,倒不是傅柯式對於知識和權力的共媾互持的觀察,更不是美70年代醫界和法界在醫療糾紛話語權的菁英競逐,只是因為以下的事實。
醫生。我很會流汗,這造成我生活上^#%&#%...
很好啊。流汗很健康。

你剛剛洗完澡?
嗯!
你身上那些是水?還是汗!!
汗。

你脾氣好好。
現在是冬天。

你汗流那麼多,不會難受嗎?
(沉默)

你瘦一點會不會比較不會流汗?
(欲言又止)

你!!!(驚訝狀)
嗯...

2014年5月12日 星期一

如何巩固脆弱的全球中产? 【中產階級】

2014年05月12日 06:43 AM

如何巩固脆弱的全球中产?


 
一直以来,全球化就是一个极为矛盾的过程,坚决拥护它的人和诋毁它的人都没有充分认识到它的特征。

10 Crazy Huge Gambling Wins【博弈】

10 Crazy Huge Gambling Wins

Jake Vigliotti
Professional Gambler Phil Ivey banked $9 million in April 2014, but his was hardly the first or largest major win. Though the house has a substantial edge, a few gamblers have been able to strike it big.

10The Tragedy Of The Big Megabucks Hit

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Cynthia Jay was a cocktail waitress at the Monte Carlo casino in Las Vegas. On January 26, 2000, while celebrating her future mother-in-law’s birthday, Jay took a shot at the Megabucks slot machine, a state-wide lottery jackpot that had rolled over for quite a while. On her ninth pull, she won $34,959,458.56—at the time the largest Megabucks jackpot in history.
She married her boyfriend Terry Brennan two weeks later. Seven weeks after that, she’d never walk again.
A drunk driver with 16 prior arrests slammed into Cynthia’s Camaro while it sat at a stoplight. The accident killed her sister and paralyzed Cynthia from the chest down. Instead of traveling the world with her new husband, she found herself confined to a wheelchair, unable to even feed herself or comb her own hair.
The drunk driver, Clark Morse, received a minimum of 28 years in prison for his crime. Cynthia says she’d give all her winnings back if she could only walk again or get her sister back.

9The Beginner’s Luck Craps Roll

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Craps looks mighty intimidating to non-players. It’s a fast-paced game with many betting options, and if you don’t know what you’re doing, you can drop money fast. Then again, you could just pick up the dice, throw them randomly for four hours, and win big anyway.
In 2009, grandmother Patricia Demauro approached a craps table at the Borgata in Atlantic City for only the second time in her life. Her friend played briefly, and then Demauro took the dice in her hands. She won 154 consecutive throws. She never revealed how much she won, but she bought in for $10, and even the most conservative of betting strategies would have returned 50 times that amount.

8The MIT Students Who Beat The System

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The 2008 movie 21 is a fictionalized tale of college students who use math to devise a formula to win in blackjack. The true story didn’t play out exactly like in the film, but the basic message is accurate: The geeks beat Vegas.
The team used card counting, a technique that reveals whether upcoming cards are primarily high or low. When players expect high cards, they should raise their bets. Despite what movies like Rain Man suggest, you don’t have to be a genius to count cards, and counting a dozen decks is no harder than counting one. But if you raise and lower your bets correctly and win a lot of money, the dealer may notice, and the casino may ask you to leave.
The MIT gamblers got around this problem by working as a team. A few members would count cards and signal the counts to a third member, who’d bet big exclusively at high count tables. Then other members would simply distract the dealers with huge bets of their own, ignoring the count and roughly breaking even.
The team won big. Over their years of play, they pulled in millions. They even formed an investment company just to handle their bankroll.

7The One-Man Blackjack Master


A single man, gambler Don Johnson, performed even better than the MIT team during a six-month period in 2011. He didn’t count cards. Instead he negotiated special rules with the casino to get an edge, so he would simply grab more winnings the more he played.
First, he sought out casinos with favorable house rules. He played at tables with an optimal number of decks. His tables let him spilt any favorable hand into up to four separate hands—many casinos allow only one split and may ban splitting aces at all. He picked dealers who stopped drawing when their hand totaled 17 but included an Ace—this increased the chance that his hand would beat theirs. And he stuck to tables where he could, on any hand, double his bet; some casinos restrict this to when your hand totals 9, 10, or 11.
But the big factor that gave Johnson the edge was a guaranteed payback. Paybacks refund part of your bet when you lose. Some casinos offer high-rollers 10-percent paybacks to lure them in. Johnson negotiated a massive 20-percent payback. This meant that if he won $500,000, he’d get to keep everything, and if he lost that amount, he’d still get $100,000 back. On top of this, he negotiated the right to bet up to $25,000 a hand—which doesn’t help a player at all under normal circumstances but helped him a great deal because he had an edge over the house.
As a result of all this, Don won $15 million from three casinos in half a year. Johnson claims that his money is no longer welcome in Atlantic City or in most casinos in Las Vegas.

6Granddad Bets Big On Toddler

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Most grandparents think the world of their grandchildren, but not many are willing to put their money where their mouths are. Peter Edwards must have seen something in the way his three-year-old grandson drooled because he thought the wee one would be a football star.
Edwards bet £50 ($80) that his grandson Harry Wilson would play for the Welsh National Football team. The wagering house gave him 2500:1 odds.
In October 2013, the Wales National team played Belgium in a World Cup Qualifier. The Welsh surprised Belgium with a 1–1 tie, but no one was more stunned than the bookmakers. Late in the second half, 16-year-old Harry Wilson made his debut. He was the youngest person to represent Wales in national play.
His appearance on the field turned his grandfather’s £50 investment into a £125,000 ($200,000) windfall.

5Betting On The Moon

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In 1964, David Threlfall wrote to respected British wagering company William Hill, asking for odds that a man would walk on the Moon within seven years. Representatives offered him astonishing odds—1,000:1.
Looking back on that, we’d all wish we had a time machine and could bet a billion or so, but back then, it seemed a risky wager indeed. Just a few people had been into space, and hitting a rock and walking on it still seemed farfetched. Threlfall put £10 on the bet.
The exact wager was: ” . . . a man, woman, or child from any nation on Earth being on the Moon or any other planet, star, or heavenly body of comparable distance from the Earth before January 1971.” As time went by, the space race progressed, and success seemed increasingly likely. Folks flocked to William Hill to get in on the action. Offers also rolled in to buy Threlfall’s ticket for a fraction of the payoff, but he never sold early. He trusted in JFK’s promise that man would walk on the Moon by the decade’s end.
We did land on the Moon. Threlfall was in a television studio watching Armstrong live as the astronaut planted his footprint all those miles away. He received his £10,000 check on the spot.

4Amarillo Slim’s Big Ping-Pong Bet

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Thomas Austin Preston, called “Amarillo Slim” for his hometown and waistline, never saw a bet he wouldn’t take—if he thought he had an edge.
He learned pool hustling from Rudolf “Minnesota Fats” Wanderone and started hustling unsuspecting folks around Texas. He moved on to Las Vegas and became a card shark, winning the World Series of Poker in 1974. His real claim to fame, though, was his unorthodox bets. As with a lot of gamblers, some are tales that are a bit tall, much like Slim himself, but there is one undeniable wager: his ping-pong battle with Bobby Riggs.
Bobby Riggs was the 1939 Wimbledon Champion, but he may be more known for his “Battle of the Sexes” matches in the 1970s. Riggs, at age 55, defeated the leading female player Margaret Court and then lost to lower-ranked Billie Jean King. Some suspect that he threw the second match, noting that he for some reason chose not to bet on himself—and Riggs was undeniably a gambler.
Enter Amarillo Slim. Slim arranged for a ping-pong match against Riggs with a caveat: Amarillo would supply the paddles. He’d bring two paddles, and Riggs could take either of them, but Slim would be the one choosing and supplying the pair. The wager was for $10,000.
The day after Riggs agreed to the wager, Amarillo Slim showed up at the Bel Air Country Club with his chosen paddles: cooking skillets. Amarillo had practiced for months with skillets in preparation.
The final score: 21–8, Slim.

3The Man Who Broke The Bank At Monte Carlo


“Breaking the bank” at a casino doesn’t mean bankrupting the house, but it does mean winning every chip on the table, an amazing feat. Charles Deville Wells managed to break the bank at Monte Carlo in 1891, winning a cool million francs ($500,000 in today’s dollars) in one evening at a game of pure luck.
Wells was first and foremost a cheater. He took investors for £400, claiming to fund a musical jump rope, but he used that money for a fabulous time in Monte Carlo. While there, Charlie took a crack at roulette. Somehow, Wells managed to play the game clean and remarkably won over a million francs during an 11-hour marathon.
The man gained worldwide fame from his gambling exploits. He was so well known that his breaking of the bank inspired a popular song of the time.
Despite his unbelievable ability to hit on roulette, Wells’s luck ran out. First, he lost all the money back in Monte Carlo. Then he was arrested in England for one of his confidence schemes. He served eight years for fraud, was arrested twice more, and died penniless. But oh, what a run he’d had.

2From $50 All The Way To $40 Million

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The dream is to roll into Vegas with pennies and turn that into a fortune. Somehow, Archie Karas did the impossible, hitting the greatest hot streak in the history of gambling. Karas drove into Las Vegas in 1992 with $50 in his pocket. After that, he simply didn’t lose.
Karas was fresh off a colossal loss—$2 million in a Los Angeles high-stakes poker game—which was why he had just $50 when he got to Vegas. At Binion’s Horseshoe casino, he ran into a friend who spotted him $10,000 so he could play high-stakes Razz. In this unusual poker variant, the lowest hand wins. Given Karas’s recent luck, he figured this was the perfect game for him. And it was: Three hours after his $10,000 loan, he repaid the debt with 50 percent interest and had plenty more to keep playing.
His streak continued—for three years. He amassed $40 million.
How he got there is amazing. He turned $7 million to $17 million by beating the best poker players in seven-card stud. He netted a little over a million playing nine-ball pool. He won every game he tried. Sure, he ran into the occasional losing streak, but he always came back and won more than he’d lost.
Until, of course, his luck finally went cold. His major downfall was craps, which, as we mentioned earlier, can cost you a lot if you aren’t careful. Karas wasn’t careful. He dropped $11 million in craps in three weeks. He tried to win that back in baccarat, but he lost another $17 million. Then he dropped $2 million in poker, which added up to $30 million in less than a month. After taking some time off and flying back to his native Greece, he returned to Vegas and said goodbye to the remaining $10 million.
If you think that’s the lesson to gambling, you’re right. Except, three weeks later, Karas borrowed $40,000 and won $1 million.
That sums up the life of Archie Karas—hot streaks and cold streaks of amazing proportions, but it was the initial run that made him a legend.

1Sean Connery’s Roulette Run

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Sean Connery grew up around gambling, even going with his father on gambling runs in his youth. That itch never really left him, and as he grew into an actor, he kept betting.
In 1963, Connery was in Italy at a casino in the Alps. He stepped up to the roulette wheel and placed his money on 17. It missed. He tried it again, and it missed again. On the third roll, 17 came in.

He left his winnings there, and the 35–1 wager hit again. After hitting twice in a row, he still left the winnings in place. Incredibly, 17 came in for the third time in a row, against odds of some 50,000 to 1. Mr. Bond cleared over 17 million Lire, which was over £10,000 (roughly £163,000 in today’s market). After the third 17, Connery collected his winnings and left.
If you ask a roulette croupier for the most commonly played number, there was a time when the answer was always “17.” Connery hit on it in ’63, and he did so again in 1971, this time playing James Bond in Diamonds Are Forever.

Jake wrote a trivia e-book filled with crazy stuff like the kind you just read in this list. You can follow him on Twitter for more useless facts.

2014年5月11日 星期日

The 10 Kinkiest Authors On Your College Reading List【閱讀】

The 10 Kinkiest Authors On Your College Reading List

Chris Jenkins
Fifty Shades of Gray ignited discussions around the world about deviant sexuality when it took bookshelves and bedrooms by storm, leaving readers wondering just how kinky its anonymous author really was. However, a bit of kink in a famous writer is hardly out of place. In fact, you’d be surprised just how many authors of required reading from your high school and college days had fetishes of one shade or another.

10James Joyce

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Joyce is considered by many to be the ultimate modern writer. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is a powerful blend of autobiography and fiction that is discussed in undergraduate classes throughout the world. Meanwhile, his epic Ulysses is still pored over by the professors of those classes who find themselves still trying to unpack its meaning nearly a century later.
While Joyce was living in Dublin apart from his wife, Nora, he relished writing her letters that would make E.L. James gasp. In these missives, Joyce interrogates Nora about previous lovers, expresses his fondness for mutual oral sex, affectionately calls her his “whore,” fantasizes about anal sex, requests that she flog him, and so on. The real head-turner, though, is Joyce’s fascination with the act of defecation—specifically, watching Nora do it, pouncing on her soon after she had done it, and wanting to see evidence she had recently done it on her sexy underwear.

9F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Fitzgerald has experienced a resurgence in recent years, with audiences flocking to the Bah Luhrmann adaptation of his greatest work, The Great Gatsby. It is undeniable that Fitzgerald most fully embodied in his works an America in transition, a land of unthinkable highs and unspeakable lows.
Fitzgerald’s romantic life was very similar. On one memorable occasion, Fitzgerald’s unstable wife, Zelda, accused Fitzgerald of a homosexual affair with Ernest Hemingway, so he visited a prostitute to prove his heterosexuality. It went over about as well as you would expect. Fitzgerald’s sexual hijinks didn’t stop there: According to Jeffrey Meyers, Fitzgerald had a foot fetish, though he never showed his own feet. While there’s no way of knowing if these rumors are true, the foot fetish might explain why he was attracted to Hemingway: Fitzgerald, too, had said farewell to arms.

8Plato

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Culturally, we owe much to Plato: conceptions of love and friendship, knowledge of Socrates, and his parable of the cave, which told of the difference between perceived and actual reality long before Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne donned sunglasses and leather in The Matrix.
We also owe to Plato the phrase “Platonic love.” Because of its explicitly non-romantic definition, many assumed Plato himself was sexually neutral. However, at different points in Plato’s life, the modern world would consider him quite kinky. In his Symposium, he advocates the benefits of men taking teenage boys as lovers. These boys would receive quite the cultural education and social connections, a kind of naked networking that Plato contended had enough power to topple tyrants. While this surprising attitude may seem like a relic of ancient times, Plato’s logic from the Symposium was later invoked by Oscar Wilde when he was on trial.

7Friedrich Nietzsche

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This brooding German philosopher brought us the notion that God was dead and invented the idea of a Superman long before anyone drew an alien in a red cape. Some of the nihilistic posturings of Nietzsche were recently echoed by godless Rust Cohle in HBO’s hit show True Detective.
However, Nietzsche was unlucky with the ladies, striking out on two marriage proposals to two different women. It is quite possible that this helped prompt the famously misogynistic attitude he has in some of his later writings. Perhaps because of either his rotten luck in love or charming attitude about women, Nietzsche was no stranger to visiting brothels. Unfortunately, one of these visits left Nietzsche with a parting gift: the syphilis that eventually led to his mental breakdown and death following over a decade of madness. On the upside, Nietzsche may have finally escaped those pesky women: According to a biography written in 2002, it was a male brothel and not a female one that led to his doom. Either way, he didn’t have to live long enough to see the trailer for God’s Not Dead.

6Ayn Rand

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Ayn Rand is a conservative hero whose ideas about Objectivism have motivated many people to reexamine the role of the individual within a healthy, prosperous society. A large part of this role is motivated self-interest: By letting everyone do what is right for themselves, Rand believed society would prosper. Her views still resonate in the 21st century: They were satirized in the plot of the original Bioshock game and continue to be celebrated with everything from coffee mugs to graffiti asking “Who is John Galt?”
If Rand’s views on individualism and capitalism were ahead of her time, her views on sex and rape were far behind it. In The Fountainhead, Roark effectively forces himself on Dominique, but that’s not as disturbing as Rand’s defense of the scene. She stated that if that scene was rape, it was “rape by engraved invitation.” Put simply, Rand claims Dominique wanted to be taken against her will. Along with her idea that sex is an indicator of character, you might wonder why the invisible hand of the market didn’t scrub this scene.

5Jean Jacques Rousseau

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Rousseau was hugely influential in both his native France and the United States, which he barely lived to see formed. He wrote about the importance of citizens to both their government and community and greatly influenced our notions of private property, representative democracy, and the relationship between freedom and security within society.
He also helped to popularize the autobiography via his seminal Confessions. He honestly documented his highs and lows, thoughts and feelings, and on occasion, shameful arousal. The latter mostly came from the childhood spankings he received from an attractive caretaker in her early thirties. He got such a kick out of it that he spent his life chasing the dragon of old arousal by trying “to be at the knees of an imperious mistress” and “obey her orders and beg for her pardon.” While he famously wrote that “man is born free and everywhere he is in chains,” his own life helped illustrate that not all of them necessarily minded their punishment.

4Ernest Hemingway

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Hemingway is known for his spare prose and hypermasculine characters. Some of them are haunted by war, some are haunted by women, and some are haunted by both. The classics he penned included high school English staples The Old Man and the Sea and Farewell to Arms.
His own rugged masculinity did not keep him from having his own kinks and quirks. In addition to the aforementioned allegation by Zelda Fitzgerald that Hemingway had an affair with F. Scott, he flirted with actress Marlene Dietrich for decades, despite—or perhaps because of—the fact that they never physically hooked up.
This flirtation culminated with a long letter from Hemingway in which he imagines the actress being shot onto a stage and stripped, foaming at the mouth while Hemingway’s tank crushes people outside. On a more sentimental note, he says he is thankful that they never had enough “whore blood” to consummate their flirtation before promptly assuring her that he knows plenty of whores and doesn’t hate them.

3Oscar Wilde

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Wilde’s wit is legendary, and you have probably heard his words from the lips of your drunker and more literary friends. He is perhaps most known for The Importance of Being Earnest, a play that ruminates upon a man who is quite literally leading two lives.
Unfortunately, Wilde knew about double lives all too well. As a homosexual in a very homophobic England, he walked a fine line between blending in and being himself. However, when he seduced the wrong man—the son of the Marquess of Queensberry—it kicked off the first of three trials that revealed much of Wilde’s sordid life. This life included brothels, prostitutes, and several underage sexual partners. Wilde’s defense, in which he cited Plato, was less convincing than he had hoped, and the writer was ultimately sentenced to two years of hard labor.

2Charles Bukowski

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Even among sexual deviants, Bukowski is an author who stands out. A Los Angeles writer, Bukowski had to claw his way to respectability in Europe before finding a critical audience for his work. This work included blunt thoughts on sex and the importance of drinking, both of which the author took quite seriously in his own life.
In 1978, Bukowski published a book of poetry and prose called Women. In this book, a thinly veiled stand-in for Bukowski named Henry Chinaski vents his frustrated thoughts and feelings about all of the women he has slept with, almost all of whom are based on actual women from Bukowski’s life. It takes a special kind of misogynist to turn a series of sexual encounters into research for a book about how terrible women are.

1William Shakespeare

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According to your old English teacher, Shakespeare is the greatest writer of all time. His plays have ruminated on life, love, and death, and his sonnets are crystalline structures of dense words and denser feeling.
When it comes to Shakespeare’s sex life, much of what we know is more likely rumor than fact. One of the juicier morsels comes from something written by John Manningham, a student of law who claimed that Shakespeare once overheard a prostitute making an arrangement for some later action with Richard Burbage. Sensing an opportunity, the Bard went immediately to the woman and made his own arrangement for right then and there. With the bad timing of one of his own tragedies, though, Shakespeare was allegedly in the middle of the act when Richard came back.
Furthermore, many have suggested that the “dark lady” about whom Shakespeare had written several sonnets may have represented a mistress, while others contend that some of those same sonnets (and the plethora of plays about cross-dressing) are evidence that he was at least bisexual, if not completely gay. As he lived apart from his wife and children for over two decades, it’s entirely possible that he spent his time making these alleged midsummer nights’ dreams a reality.
Chris Jenkins is an English professor who reads these pornographic publications for the articles. If you would like to see him get confused by young people, follow him on Twitter

10 Great Writers Who Died Young【閱讀】

10 Great Writers Who Died Young

Jamie Frater
Many great writers have lived for only a short time – but have left behind them a great legacy in literature. This is a list of ten of the great writers who have died before their time. For the sake of keeping order in the list, I am only including writers that died under the age of 40.
10. Stephen Crane Died aged 29
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Crane was an American novelist, poet, and short-story writer, best known for his novels Maggie: A Girl of the Streets (1893), The Red Badge of Courage (1895), the short stories “The Open Boat,” “The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky,” and “The Blue Hotel.” Stephen’s father, Jonathan Crane, was a Methodist minister who died in 1880, leaving Stephen, the youngest of 14 children, to be reared by his devout, strong-minded mother. After attending preparatory school at the Claverack College (1888–90), Crane spent less than two years at college and then went to New York City to live in a medical students’ boardinghouse while freelancing his way to a literary career. While alternating bohemian student life and explorations of the Bowery slums with visits to genteel relatives in the country near Port Jervis, N.Y., Crane wrote his first book, Maggie: A Girl of the Streets (1893), a sympathetic study of an innocent and abused slum girl’s descent into prostitution and her eventual suicide.
9. Anne Brontë Died aged 29
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Anne Brontë was an English poet and novelist, sister of Charlotte and Emily Brontë and author of Agnes Grey (1847) and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848). The youngest of six children of Patrick and Marie Brontë, Anne was taught in the family’s Haworth home and at Roe Head School. With her sister Emily, she invented the imaginary kingdom of Gondal, about which they wrote verse and prose (the latter now lost) from the early 1830s until 1845. She took a position as governess briefly in 1839 and then again for four years, 1841–45, with the Robinsons, the family of a clergyman, at Thorpe Green, near York. There her irresponsible brother, Branwell, joined her in 1843, intending to serve as a tutor. Like her sisters, she fell ill with tuberculosis toward the end of 1848 and died the following May.
8. Denton Welch Died aged 33
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Denton Welch was an English painter and novelist chiefly remembered for two imaginative novels of adolescence, Maiden Voyage (1943) and In Youth Is Pleasure (1944). Welch was educated at Repton School in Derbyshire. After a visit to China he studied painting at the Goldsmith School of Art. In 1935, while still at school, he was severely injured in a cycling accident that left him an invalid for the rest of his life; but he continued painting, exhibiting frequently at the Leicester galleries, and writing. He died of spinal tuberculosis.
7. Raymond Radiguet Died aged 20
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Radiguet was a precocious French novelist and poet who wrote at 17 a masterpiece of astonishing insight and stylistic excellence, Le Diable au corps (1923; The Devil in the Flesh), which remains a unique expression of the poetry and perversity of an adolescent boy’s love. At 16 Radiguet took Paris by storm and joined the frenzied life of the leading post-World War I figures in the Dadaist and Cubist circles, including Guillaume Apollinaire, Max Jacob, Erik Satie, and, especially, Jean Cocteau, whose protégé (and alleged lover) he became. Radiguet died of typhoid, his body wasted by dissipation and alcoholism. In reaction to his death, Francis Poulenc wrote, “For two days I was unable to do anything, I was so stunned” (Ivry 1996).
6. John Kennedy Toole Died aged 31
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John Kennedy Toole (December 17, 1937 – March 26, 1969) was an American novelist from New Orleans, Louisiana, best known for his novel A Confederacy of Dunces. Toole’s novels remained unpublished during his lifetime. Some years after his death by suicide, Toole’s mother brought the manuscript of A Confederacy of Dunces to the attention of the novelist Walker Percy, who ushered the book into print. In 1981 Toole was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Toole committed suicide on March 26, 1969, after disappearing from New Orleans, by putting one end of a garden hose into the exhaust pipe of his car and the other into the window of the car in which he was sitting. The suicide note he left was destroyed by his mother, who made conflicting statements as to its general contents. He was buried at Greenwood Cemetery in New Orleans.
5. Thomas Chatterton Died aged 17
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Thomas Chatterton was a chief poet of the 18th-century “Gothic” literary revival, England’s youngest writer of mature verse, and precursor of the Romantic Movement. At first considered slow in learning, Chatterton had a tearful childhood, choosing the solitude of an attic and making no progress with his alphabet. One day, seeing his mother tear up as wastepaper one of his father’s old French musical folios, the boy was entranced by its illuminated capital letters, and his intellect began to be engaged. He learned to read far in advance of his age but only from old materials, music folios, a black-letter Bible, and muniments taken by his father from a chest in the Church of St. Mary Redcliffe. Though literally starving, Chatterton refused the food of friends and, on the night of August 24, 1770, took arsenic in his Holborn garret and died.
4. Alain-Fournier Died aged 27
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Alain-Fournier is the pseudonym of Henri-Alban Fournier, a French writer whose only completed novel, Le Grand Meaulnes (1913; The Wanderer, or The Lost Domain), is a modern classic. Based on his happy childhood in a remote village in central France, Alain-Fournier’s novel reflects his longing for a lost world of delight. The hero, an idealistic but forceful schoolboy, runs away and at a children’s party in a decrepit country house meets a beautiful girl. The rest of the novel describes his search for her and for the house and the mood of wonderment he knew there. Its outstanding quality is evocation of an atmosphere of otherworldly nostalgia, against a realistically observed rural background.
3. Sylvia Plath Died aged 30
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Sylvia Plath was an American poet and novelist whose best-known works are preoccupied with alienation, death, and self-destruction. Plath published her first poem at age eight. She entered and won many literary contests and while still in high school sold her first poem, to Seventeen magazine. She entered Smith College on a scholarship in 1951 and was a cowinner of the Mademoiselle magazine fiction contest in 1952. Despite her remarkable artistic, academic, and social success at Smith, Plath suffered from severe depression and underwent a period of psychiatric hospitalization. She killed herself with gas from an oven at the age of 30.
2. Emily Brontë Died aged 30
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Emily Brontë wrote under the pseudonym of Ellis Bell. She was an English novelist and poet who produced but one novel, Wuthering Heights (1847), a highly imaginative novel of passion and hate set on the Yorkshire moors. Emily was perhaps the greatest of the three Brontë sisters, but the record of her life is extremely meagre, for she was silent and reserved and left no correspondence of interest, and her single novel darkens rather than solves the mystery of her spiritual existence. She died of tuberculosis at the age of 30.
1. Arthur Rimbaud Died aged 37
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French poet and adventurer who won renown among the Symbolist movement and markedly influenced modern poetry. As a boy he was a restless but brilliant student. By the age of fifteen he had won many prizes and composed original verses and dialogues in Latin. In 1870 his teacher Georges Izambard became Rimbaud’s literary mentor and his original French verses began to improve rapidly. He frequently ran away from home and may have briefly joined the Paris Commune of 1871, which he portrayed in his poem L’orgie parisienne. He returned to Paris in late September 1871 at the invitation of the eminent Symbolist poet Paul Verlaine (after Rimbaud had sent him a letter containing several samples of his work) and resided briefly in Verlaine’s home. Verlaine, who was married, promptly fell in love with the sullen, blue-eyed, overgrown (5 ft 10 in), light-brown-haired adolescent. They became lovers and led a wild, vagabond-like life spiced by absinthe and hashish. They scandalized the Parisian literary coterie on account of the outrageous behaviour of Rimbaud, the archetypical enfant terrible, who throughout this period continued to write strikingly visionary verse. Rimbaud stopped writing at the af 21. After living in Africa for many of the following years, Rimbaud developed right knee synovitis and subsequently a carcinoma in his right knee. He died in Marseille at the age of 37.
Bonus: John Keats Died aged 25
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Keats was an English Romantic lyric poet who devoted his short life to the perfection of a poetry marked by vivid imagery, great sensuous appeal, and an attempt to express a philosophy through classical legend. In the summer of 1818 Keats went on a walking tour in the Lake District (of northern England) and Scotland with his friend Charles Brown, and his exposure and overexertions on that trip brought on the first symptoms of the tuberculosis of which he was to die. On his return to London a brutal criticism of his early poems appeared in Blackwood’s Magazine, followed by a similar attack on Endymion in the Quarterly Review. When Keats was ordered south for the winter, Joseph Severn undertook to accompany him to Rome. They sailed in September 1820, and from Naples they went to Rome, where in early December Keats had a relapse. Faithfully tended by Severn to the last, he died in Rome.
As soon as the idea of the Flood has calmed down,
A hare stopped among the sainfoins and the swinging bellflowers, and prayed to the rainbow through the spider’s web.
Oh the precious stones were hiding, —the flowers were already watching.
In th dirty big street, the stalls lined up, and the people towed their boats toward the sea terraced up to the heaven like that of prints.
The blood flowed, at Blue-beared’s house, —in the abattoirs, —in the circuses, where the God’s seal paled the windows. The blood and the milk flowed.
The beavers built. The “mazagrans” smoked in the cafe-bars.
In the glass-fitted big house still rain streaming, the children in black watched the marvelous pictures. – Arthur Rimbaud, Illumination

10 Of The Most Bizarre Books Ever Written【閱讀】

10 Of The Most Bizarre Books Ever Written

Andrew Handley
If literary history teaches us one thing, it’s that people were just as confused and immature in the Middle Ages as they are now. From unsolvable codes to 13th-century penis doodles in the margins of bibles, history is like an all-encompassing high school cliche that never comes to an end. These books span the course of written history, and they’re all utterly bizarre.

10Codex Seraphinianus

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Written in a language that no one understands and filled with illustrations of surreal, impossible things, Codex Seraphinianus is possibly the strangest encyclopedia in the world. When Italian architect Luigi Serafini published the book in 1981, he presented it as a factual, scientific work. One look at the outlandish potpourri of images, however, reveals that Codex Seraphinianus is anything but scientific.
The entire book is handwritten, and the illustrations are all hand drawn and colored by Serafini himself, a task that he labored over for two years. Scholars have spent years trying to decipher the book, but the only thing we’ve figured out is that “Seraphinianus” is just a variation of Serafini’s name. As for the book’s language, the “alphabet” has about two dozen characters, and relates to absolutely nothing else humanity has ever created.

9The Book Of Soyga

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On March 10, 1552, mathematician John Dee had a conversation with an angel. As a firm believer in both science and the occult, Dee’s life straddled the line between reality and the spirit world. He had already amassed the largest library in London, but it was the anonymous Book of Soyga to which he devoted his most attention.
The book was a conundrum—over 40,000 letters covered its pages, but they were arranged in a haphazard fashion that made little sense. As Dee worked tirelessly to translate the code, he slowly realized that the Soyga was an in-depth list of magical incantations. The biggest mystery of all was contained in the last 36 pages. Each page was devoted to a table of letters—a code which Dee never managed to crack. So he decided to go beyond our world for the answer.
On a trip to continental Europe, Dee enlisted the help of a spiritual medium to summon the Archangel Uriel. Dee opened the conversation by asking if the book meant anything. Uriel replied that the Book of Soyga had been given to Adam in the Garden of Eden. When Dee asked for help translating the tables, Uriel replied that he didn’t have the necessary clearance; only Archangel Michael knew the secret.
Dee never managed to reach Michael, and after his death, the book was lost for nearly 500 years. There are now two known copies of the Book of Soyga—one in the British Library and one in Oxford’s Bodleian Library. The code is still unsolved.

8Prodigiorum Ac Ostentorum Chronicon

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Otherwise known as the Chronicle of Portents and Prophecies, this book was written in 1557 by the French humanist Conrad Lycosthenes. Laid out like an encyclopedia, the book transcribes otherworldly happenings since the time of Adam and Eve. But while the encyclopedic Codex Seraphinianus was a book of fantasy, Lycosthenes’s Chronicle was relatively factual—at least in the sense that it covered actual reports. Sandwiched in between well-documented disasters, floods, and meteor showers (including Halley’s comet) are descriptions of sea monsters, UFOs, and various biblical themes.
The Chronicle was incredibly detailed and contained over 1,000 original woodcut illustrations of the phenomenon described. There are still several copies floating around, usually on rare book websites, where they sell for several thousands of dollars.

7The Ripley Scrolls

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When Isaac Newton began delving into the mystical world of alchemy, he turned largely to the works of Sir George Ripley, a 15th-century writer who created some of the longest-lasting works on the subject. His most enduring is without a doubt the enigma that has come to be known as the Ripley Scrolls.
The scrolls are a picture-book recipe for creating the elusive philosopher’s stone, a fictional material supposedly able to turn lead into gold. Although the original version of the Ripley Scrolls has been lost to time, a handful of artists in the 16th century created reproductions of the alchemical work, and 23 of those remain. Each one is slightly different, since all the reproductions were made by hand. The largest scroll is a massive 6 meters (19.5 ft) long, with a dense patchwork of illustrations covering the majority of it.

6The Story Of The Vivian Girls

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The entire time Henry Darger was working as a janitor in downtown Chicago, nobody knew that he was secretly writing one of the most bizarre and intricate storybooks of all time. When he died in 1973, Darger’s landlord discovered a 15,000-page manuscript entitled The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is Known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion.
The book was immense, a sprawling epic composed of more than nine million words and over 300 watercolor illustrations, most of which were made by juxtaposing images from magazines and newspapers and tracing over them. Some of the final illustrations were laid out on massive sheets of paper over 3 meters (10 ft) wide. Nobody really knows how long Darger worked on the book, although it’s believed to have been decades. He lived in the same cramped, single-room apartment for over 40 years, and he never spoke a word of his lifelong dream to anybody.

5Popol Vuh

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Calling Popol Vuh “bizarre” is probably inaccurate; in the correct context, it’s no more unusual than any book of mythology or history. But from an outside view, this tome is breathtaking. Written over the course of centuries by an unknown number of people, Popol Vuh covers the entire span of Mayan history and mythology—taken straight from the mouths of the 16th-century Maya.
In the early 1700s, a Dominican priest named Francisco Ximenez journeyed into the heart of the Mayan civilization and began transcribing Popol Vuh, which means “Book of the People.” Ximenez’s original text was written in two columns —one for the original K’iche’, the language of the Guatemalan Maya, and one in Spanish. It’s because of this dual version that we still have a relatively accurate version of the stories, even after four centuries of translations.
As for the book itself, its content covers everything from the creation of the world up until the time it was written, sort of the Mayan parallel to the Bible.

4The Rohonc Codex

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One of the most mysterious books in existence today is a work known as the Rohonczi Codex, commonly spelled Rohonc Codex. Not only do we not know what it says, we also have no idea where it comes from. In the early 19th century, the manuscript was donated to the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in the city of Rohonc, but that’s where the trail tapers off.
One of the reasons the Rohonc Codex has remained undecyphered for so long is its apparent alphabet. Most alphabets have somewhere between 20 and 40 characters, making it relatively easy to start replacing coded symbols with letters. The Rohonc Codex has nearly 200 separate symbols in its 448 pages, and no matter how many scholars take a crack at it, nobody can agree on a translation, let alone a general geographic area where it might have been written. Guesses range from Hungary to Romania to India.
It’s such an impressive code that scholars in the 19th century concluded that it had to be a hoax, although these days it’s believed to be genuine. If you want to take a crack at it, you can access all the pages online.

3Codex Mendoza

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The history of the Codex Mendoza reads like the plot to an adventure novel. Following the long and bloody conquest of the Aztec Empire, the Spaniards claimed their region of Mexico as property of the Spanish king, and they instated Antonio de Mendoza as the new empire’s first viceroy. One of Mendoza’s acts as ruler was to commission a history of the Aztec people, which he sent via ship back to Spain.
On the way, French pirates seized the Spanish ship, killed everyone on board, and plundered its storage hold. Lost in the mix, the Codex Mendoza was carried to France, where it was found by one of the king’s advisers in 1553. For the next hundred years, the Mendoza floated around Europe, surfacing here and there before its final plunge into obscurity. It wasn’t until 1831 that the document was found in a storage room at the Bodleian Library.
Intricately detailed, the Codex Mendoza is broken into three sections. The first one gives the lineage of the Aztec kings, the second one lists all the Mexican towns that paid taxes to the Aztec empire, and the third is a description of everyday Aztec life. The images were hand painted by Aztec slaves under the command of the Spanish empire. Brought together, the Mendoza gives us the single largest glimpse into the Aztec empire, which is especially important since the Spanish burned nearly everything else the Aztecs had.

2Dancing Lessons For The Advanced In Age

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Dancing Lessons for the Advanced in Age is a Czech novel written in 1964 by Bohumil Hrabal. It’s a story about an old man who walks up to six women sunbathing in the middle of a city and just starts talking about things that have happened to him in his life. It sounds like an average setting for any normal literary work, except for one thing: The entire book is only one sentence long. And we’re not talking about a Hemingway-esque “For sale: baby shoes, never worn ” sentence—Hrabal’s book is 128 pages long, making it just a little shorter than The Great Gatsby.
Hrabal was known for using lengthy sentences in his novels, a style which helped him combine a sense of both sadness and comedy in a single event. He’s considered one of the greatest Czech authors in history, and—one sentence or not—Dancing Lessons has been called “the best book you’ve never read.”

1The Smithfield Decretals

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Officially known as the Decretals of Gregory IX, this is a collection of canonical law ordered in the 13th century by Pope Gregory IX. Such collections were fairly common at the time, but what’s bizarre about these decretals is the illustrations that went along with them.
The Smithfield Decretals were created as an illuminated manuscript, which was a style that combined illustrations and flowery calligraphy with the lettering. It was a painstaking and expensive process, because each drawing had to be done by hand. Again, nothing unusual about that; plenty of early religious texts did it.
But when you dig through the copious illustrations in the Smithfield Decretals, you start finding some very weird things. Scattered throughout the pages are violent scenes of giant rabbits decapitating people, geese lynching a wolf, unicorns, and plenty like the intriguing scene pictured above, which appears to be . . . well, you can see for yourself.
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谈判中的换位思考【談判】

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谈判中的换位思考


 
纳尔逊•曼德拉(Nelson Mandela)在狱中有一件出名轶事:他将一部分时间用于学习阿非利卡人(Afrikaner)的历史,并自学南非荷兰语(Afrikaans),这是 关押他的狱卒的语言。他明白,能够通过对手的视角看世界,对于未来的任何谈判都十分重要。
换位思考与情感(包括自己的情感和谈判对手的情感)在谈判和交易撮合过程中起着关键性的作用,无论在政界还是商界都是如此。情感方面的意识能帮助你在盲点和偏见的雷区中找到一条出路,并使你具备自我控制的能力。

西方应向中国取经【戰略】

馬凱碩還是犀利
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关于红杉资本,你或许不知道的故事【投資】

“你们为什么不在进展顺利的时候注意这些数据呢?”林君睿反问道。这就是他担任Zappos首席运营官期间该公司成功公式的重要组成部分。多做最能取悦客户的事情,CEO们就能将强劲的扩张变成迅猛的增长。

谷歌招聘新职员的五大标准【Google】

學習、領導、主人翁、謙遜、專業

How to Get a Job at Google【Google】

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — LAST June, in an interview with Adam Bryant of The Times, Laszlo Bock, the senior vice president of people operations for Google — i.e., the guy in charge of hiring for one of the world’s most successful companies — noted that Google had determined that “G.P.A.’s are worthless as a criteria for hiring, and test scores are worthless. ... We found that they don’t predict anything.” He also noted that the “proportion of people without any college education at Google has increased over time” — now as high as 14 percent on some teams. At a time when many people are asking, “How’s my kid gonna get a job?” I thought it would be useful to visit Google and hear how Bock would answer.

Don’t get him wrong, Bock begins, “Good grades certainly don’t hurt.” Many jobs at Google require math, computing and coding skills, so if your good grades truly reflect skills in those areas that you can apply, it would be an advantage. But Google has its eyes on much more.
“There are five hiring attributes we have across the company,” explained Bock. “If it’s a technical role, we assess your coding ability, and half the roles in the company are technical roles. For every job, though, the No. 1 thing we look for is general cognitive ability, and it’s not I.Q. It’s learning ability. It’s the ability to process on the fly. It’s the ability to pull together disparate bits of information. We assess that using structured behavioral interviews that we validate to make sure they’re predictive.”

The second, he added, “is leadership — in particular emergent leadership as opposed to traditional leadership. Traditional leadership is, were you president of the chess club? Were you vice president of sales? How quickly did you get there? We don’t care. What we care about is, when faced with a problem and you’re a member of a team, do you, at the appropriate time, step in and lead. And just as critically, do you step back and stop leading, do you let someone else? Because what’s critical to be an effective leader in this environment is you have to be willing to relinquish power.”

What else? Humility and ownership. “It’s feeling the sense of responsibility, the sense of ownership, to step in,” he said, to try to solve any problem — and the humility to step back and embrace the better ideas of others. “Your end goal,” explained Bock, “is what can we do together to problem-solve. I’ve contributed my piece, and then I step back.”
And it is not just humility in creating space for others to contribute, says Bock, it’s “intellectual humility. Without humility, you are unable to learn.” It is why research shows that many graduates from hotshot business schools plateau. “Successful bright people rarely experience failure, and so they don’t learn how to learn from that failure,” said Bock.
“They, instead, commit the fundamental attribution error, which is if something good happens, it’s because I’m a genius. If something bad happens, it’s because someone’s an idiot or I didn’t get the resources or the market moved. ... What we’ve seen is that the people who are the most successful here, who we want to hire, will have a fierce position. They’ll argue like hell. They’ll be zealots about their point of view. But then you say, ‘here’s a new fact,’ and they’ll go, ‘Oh, well, that changes things; you’re right.’ ” You need a big ego and small ego in the same person at the same time.

The least important attribute they look for is “expertise.” Said Bock: “If you take somebody who has high cognitive ability, is innately curious, willing to learn and has emergent leadership skills, and you hire them as an H.R. person or finance person, and they have no content knowledge, and you compare them with someone who’s been doing just one thing and is a world expert, the expert will go: ‘I’ve seen this 100 times before; here’s what you do.’ ” Most of the time the nonexpert will come up with the same answer, added Bock, “because most of the time it’s not that hard.” Sure, once in a while they will mess it up, he said, but once in a while they’ll also come up with an answer that is totally new. And there is huge value in that.

To sum up Bock’s approach to hiring: Talent can come in so many different forms and be built in so many nontraditional ways today, hiring officers have to be alive to every one — besides brand-name colleges. Because “when you look at people who don’t go to school and make their way in the world, those are exceptional human beings. And we should do everything we can to find those people.” Too many colleges, he added, “don’t deliver on what they promise. You generate a ton of debt, you don’t learn the most useful things for your life. It’s [just] an extended adolescence.”

Google attracts so much talent it can afford to look beyond traditional metrics, like G.P.A. For most young people, though, going to college and doing well is still the best way to master the tools needed for many careers. But Bock is saying something important to them, too: Beware. Your degree is not a proxy for your ability to do any job. The world only cares about — and pays off on — what you can do with what you know (and it doesn’t care how you learned it). And in an age when innovation is increasingly a group endeavor, it also cares about a lot of soft skills — leadership, humility, collaboration, adaptability and loving to learn and re-learn. This will be true no matter where you go to work.

3分鐘解讀前瞻軌道建設研究報告(超商)【數據分析】

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