Logic Pro X Progress

I’ve been pondering around the software for around a week now, try to produce my very first song.

Although I had experiences with DAW before, but Logic Pro X seems to be very beginner-friendly and functions are intuitive.

Still, have problems actually making a song.

I don’t quite understand all of those terminologies used in those tutorial videos, I can half understand them, just don’t know how to execute. ...READ MORE

To Make a Friend

Break Down the Person into an Individual

The art of making a friend means to know a person.

To break down the process of making a friend, it is the mere process of breaking down person to an individual.

Like many other people among us, people don’t seem to have characteristics. They are statistics, numbers, stereotypes, that don’t matter.

You can discover your friends through a crowd instantly is because your friends stand out from others. They are not faceless. They are somebody. ...READ MORE

Medicine in China and the U.S.: Observations from an American Medical Student – Review Version

Inspired by a post from Stephen Eigles, Medicine in China and the U.S.: Observations from an American Medical Student, I come to this post about Chinese medical system.

The post was written in 1998, Spring, 2 decades ago. However, the insights in this post are still pretty relevant to this day.

Some, mispractices, have been eradicated from China for quite some time now, but the rather baffling and ominous wrongdoings are still very persistent to this day. ...READ MORE

Cancer

Cancer is more of a mutation to the body. Most cancers relate to patients’ DNA structures. And unlike external invasion, cancer is self-procured. Diseases can be divided into two main categories, external pathogens or auto-diseases. The pathology of cancer is the unlimited and uncontrollable cell division of a certain type of cells. And cancers occur usually in late stage of a human’s life. Old people have a higher chance of getting cancer than young people. However, young people can also get cancers due to DNA mutations. And the fact that globally, the cancer rate is increasing, has to do with the modern lifestyles; the amount of radiations we are exposed to; and more and more DNA diversity. The existence of incurable diseases is regarded as deterrents towards unhealthy lifestyle and excessive indulgence. Through years, we have utilized technologies to prolong our life-span, increasing the survivability of human race. With almost a surplus of human population on this planet, humans are still striving to beat these incurable diseases. Cancer seems to be a much radical stopping sign than what it was 100 years ago, when people died due to numerous rather natural causes–war, famine, insanitary conditions and the medical technology was definitely not as advanced as today’s. People generally died at a young age. If entered a war, one could easily reduce his life-span to around 30 years. This progress of prolonging human life has definitely met its rival–cancer, and much commoner than ever before. It brings out the ultimate question: Do we have a need to cure cancer? To be frank, even if you think medical technology is as advanced as possible today, we still have quite a number of incurable diseases. Cancer being one of them, also one of the major ones. If we conquered cancer, there is really nothing stopping humans from aging and reproducing. Maybe disease is not a natural way of dying, since human illness is never a normality. You get into the hospital to get fixed, because you are out of bounds for a while. Having cancer is a suffering. And if we’d use a rather smoother way of dying, the one that you don’t suffer, I guess people may be more happier than die from suffering diseases. We are making medical advances in order to end sufferings, even at the thought of meeting more of it in the coming days.

Farmer and Snake

In Traditional Chinese parables, there is a story about a farmer and a snake:

Long time ago, in a frosting winter, an old man was pacing slowly on frozen water for home.

Some time later, he saw a strange stick lying on the ground. Despite the heavy snow splashing into his face, he went forth and found out the strange twisted stick was not a stick at all, but a frozen snake.

The farmer braced the snake into his chest, and kept on heading his way home.

The warmth of the farmer’s chest slowly thawed the snake out. Once the snake regained its consciousness, it bit the farmer immediately.

The snake fell down, and slowly slithered away.

The farmer died in the end, because of venom and blood loss in this heart cold winter.

 

The moral of the story is ambiguous. Some say snakes are evil, you should never trust a snake. Some say the farmer is dumb, he took a snake under his protection. You either stay away from evil beings, or don’t be a dumb guy.

This thought-provoking parable has its new manifestations in modern China. As an old traditional Chinese story, it is still yet very adaptable to our modern scenery.

If we metaphorize the snake as an evil person, and the farmer as a stupid person, what would the story adapt to our social life?

To not be stupid? To not contact with sneaky evil persons?

Look at the story a different way, what are the motives behind the actions of the farmer and the snake?

Why did the farmer take the snake in his crib? What does doing this benefit him in any way? Didn’t he konw snakes are dangerous animals?

Why did the snake bite him? Doesn’t it have conscience? Conscience for gratitude?

Or that snakes are cold-blooded animals, they don’t need high temperature in order to survive. Could the snake lie at the first place? That it was faking its death, just in order to bite the farmer?

It makes zero senes for both characters’ actions. It makes no sense for the farmer to take the snake in his chest. It does not benefit him at all. It makes no sense for the snake to bite the farmer. It does not benefit it at all.

The farmer knew he would be bitten and he still protected the snake. The snake had zero advantage in biting the farmer, not only did it consume energy and it was a reckless move that may cause it to die.

I find the story at its first place being abhorrently wrong and perverse in trying to deliver a really wrong message for the whole society–we shall be enemies to each other, we are not brothers and sisters. If you are kind to others, the end is death. If you are not smart and evil enough, you are not going to be taken seriously.

 

The reason why I wrote this parable is to preach that stupidity needs to be punished. However, stupidity is usually not punished by men, but the mere incident itself. The consequence, is usually, enough of teaching a lesson, and that’s how we learn.

On some occasions, stupidity is punished by men, more superior and smarter men. You are taken advantage of.

However, there is also this picture I have dreamed so far. It is a picture that contradicts the modern China in any aspect.

We don’t need to fear the story of Farmer and Snake. Because, I feel like this parable is only applicable to Chinese society, where people constantly try to deceive you in order to take advantage of you, due to your stupidity or innocence.

A world where there is no snake any more, but simplicity and justice. A world where people can confess to each other freely without oppressions from above and morality is not skewed. A world where everyone can be treated as human beings, conscience flourishes.

I want a world, where there is no snake any more. There is genuinely, a frozen squirrel on the snowy ground, and you take it under your crib, later it becomes affectionate to you.

There is this grim image over China for far too long. Everyone fears everyone else, everyone is an enemy to everyone else.

In the lower rungs of society, stupidity dominates all and people are actually suffering losses completely obliviously.

In the higher rungs of society, greed, smartness and evil dominate all and these people enjoy in taking advantage of others’ losses.

There is not a single tiny drop of justice in this society that holds everyone together.

Kindness, is a good trait, but not blind kindness. What you want, is benevolence.

Smartness, is a good trait, but not for selfish and evil gains. What you want, is altruism.

Lack of knowledge, lack of vigilance, and lack of basic instincts, are the reasons why the farmer died in the end.

Pervasion of greed, debauchery, hypersensivity, are the reasons why the snake bit the farmer instantly.

The story of Farmer and Snake is definitely not a mere lesson of gratitude. It is a story that reflects the flaws of a society, and how the society should be changed. The story is deeply rooted inside the very own culture of China, and it is necessary to be changed inside out so that a new China can be reborn.

Independence, Patriarchy and Society

Patriarchy stems from male independence, an indivisible relationship.

In society, what does independence consist of?

  • Physical independence: Physical independence is sheer force, sheer physical power. The stronger your body is, the more power you can amass in order to assert rules over others.
  • Wealth independence: Wealth independence is free from poverty, free from lack of materials. Or very much a resource gatherer. The resources boost your other independences.
  • Love independence: Be able to stand on your toes and free to choose partners. One is able to have choices, and in no lack of love from others. One is cherished, with a stable/level mind.
  • Socioeconomic independence: A modern term combined with previous two independences, plus a social repute. Free from opinions, free from bad words, free from bad/lower social rungs that linger at higher social rungs.
  • Wisdom independence: Being agile in mind fields, one is able to solve problems. And scale himself at a vantage point in order to outmaneuver others.
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    Individuality and Impression, How We Remember People

    We remember people by multiple signs and signals.

    To know someone, it is not only from the person’s apperance, but also many other elements that relate to this very individual. This is what we called, individuality.

    Though most of the time someone remembers a person by his/her face, the overall appearance.

    However, when you pick up the phone, the voice from the other side let you know instantly who this person is if the caller is one of your friends.

    If you close your eyes and not hear anything, you can still who is your mom and your dad by the touch of them.

    To be frank, you will know your girlfriend instantly without even touching, seeing or hearing. You can know this person simply by standing beside her.

    I believe, there are biological signals we recall when we contact with someone that makes an impression, which makes you memorize the person. And also physical signs that draw an overall picture of somebody.

    I can’t remember what was the last time I visited a restaurant opened in my local area. With clean dress, a quiff haircut, round eyeglasses, and alone, I sat there for a rather quick afternoon ramen meal. I couldn’t tell what were the signs that explicitly stated myself as a rather specific individual, but the waitress clearly remembers me the second time I visit.

    Which sort of intrigues me, because the second time I visited, my look was completely different. I was with a clean short haircut, no eyeglasses, and different dress from the last time, but the waitress still remembers me somehow. Along so many customers she needs to serve everyday, I can’t say I am so much different from the others. However, she still remembers me, why?

    I even asked her about the reasons why she remembers me. She told me she has troubles remembering faces, somehow, she remembers me. Was it due to the conversation I made with her during last time? Or that something is rather different from me than others?

    Thus a conclusion is drawn over this rather intriguing experience. We remember people not only by physical signs, but many more subtle things, biologically and socially.

    Biologically, I believe there is pheromone played in the field, also one’s aura. If you are physically fit, you emit these biological substances with very different amount, and quality than other people do.

    And it might be an effort of your nose. These things are emitted as some sort of scent into the atmosphere around the person, which paint a much different picture for this person than the majority.

    For example, you can “feel”, or sense, the strength from a body builder, by not touching him or hearing him, just seeing and sensing him. And you can also tell whether an ill person is going to die in a hospital, because you can’t even feel a tiny drop of chi from the person at all.

    Socially, the way you talk, you react, are signs that people would pick up, which ultimately, make an impression on others’ brains. Some people talk in a rather elegant fashion, some people talk vulgarly. These special, yet strong, characteristics paint stereotypes in our brains. Or one specific image of the specific person. Makes him or her, memorable.

    All of these things are what make of individualities, the most crucial traits of one person being his/her very own self, and standing out from the rest of population.