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這是我第一次那麼認真看Washington Post ,主要是因為FCC又要拍賣,且槓上GOOGLE

,不過裡頭有些專業的東西,所以我還不是看得很懂,等看懂再用中文評論一下...

FCC to Rule on Wireless Auction
Lobbying Intense As Google Seeks To Open Market

By Kim Hart
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, July 30, 2007; A01

 

The Federal Communications Commission will set the rules tomorrow governing the auction of $15 billion of public airwaves, a decision with stakes so high that the major U.S. cellular carriers and Google have spent millions of dollars on a lobbying campaign in an attempt to influence the outcome. The decision could dramatically alter the nation's cellphone industry.

Google, the giant Internet search company, wants to extend its popular tools, which include e-mail and video, to the rapidly expanding mobile phone market. To do so, it may spend billions to build a new, open network it says will loosen the grip telecom operators have over how consumers use their cellphones.

Currently, the major U.S. wireless carriers, including AT&T and Verizon Wireless, largely decide which Web sites, music-download services and search engines their customers can access on their cellphones. This is accomplished by wireless companies determining which cellphones will receive their services: AT&T, for example, is the only carrier available to users of Apple's iPhone.

Google wants to end that restriction and has urged the FCC to require the winner of the auction to build a network that will be open to all cellphones and services, so any consumer can have access to Google's array of offerings.

AT&T and Verizon Wireless have been eyeing these airwaves for almost a decade, waiting for them to be abandoned by television broadcasters moving to digital programming. The airwaves, which are ideal for carrying wireless signals, are particularly valuable because they will be the last up for auction for decades. The auction is to take place in January.

They are crucial to wireless carriers looking for more ways to put ever-more-elaborate video, music and Web-surfing tools in consumers' hands, especially as cellphones continue to replace telephone landlines and offer services heretofore available only on a computer. But the auction is also testing the political might of Google, which has to this point been somewhat of an outsider in Washington.

Google, in its first serious foray into the Washington regulatory scene and, potentially, the wireless industry, has offered to spend at least $4.6 billion for the airwaves it would use to build the network it envisions if the FCC's rules work in its favor. The move reflects Google's growing ambitions to reach consumers in new ways while exerting its influence on policy it sees as critical to its future. But the company's efforts to recast the wireless landscape have met fierce opposition from AT&T and Verizon, which worry Google's open network would undermine their businesses.

Google's 12-person Washington team, based in temporary quarters on Pennsylvania Avenue, has aggressively confronted the legions of lobbyists behind the two telecom behemoths. Its goal of creating an open-access network, first thought of as a long-shot proposal, has gained substantial political traction among FCC commissioners and Democratic lawmakers, who see the auction as the last opportunity to create a new competitor in the wireless industry.

"Google sees network owners as potentially coming between it and its customers, so they realized how critical Washington was to their long-term game plan," said Paul Gallant, a telecom policy analyst with Stanford Group Co. "Google is still nowhere near the Bells and cable [television] when it comes to lobbying, but it does have a real cachet that can make up some of the gap."

Google has not always been taken seriously in Washington. When co-founder Sergey Brin visited Capitol Hill two years ago, he had trouble persuading members of Congress to meet with him. The company didn't bother to open an office in the District until 2005, when it hired Alan B. Davidson, formerly of the Center for Democracy and Technology, to tackle Internet policy issues. A year later, Google hired Robert Boorstin, who held several positions in the Clinton administration.

When the debate over the ability of Internet service providers to favor certain Web content for a fee, a concept known as network neutrality, heated up last summer, Google was late to the scene. It initially depended on public interest groups to lobby on its behalf.

Since then, Google has expanded its Washington presence. Besides increasing its effort to sell its services to government agencies, Google has taken what it calls a "Googley" approach to politics by seeking the business of political campaign managers and starting a public policy blog. Last week, the online video site YouTube, which is owned by Google, sponsored a debate between the Democratic presidential candidates.

The company recently hired Johanna Shelton, formerly on the staff of Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), an influential member of the House telecommunications subcommittee. Google also frequently invites prominent politicians to tour its Mountain View, Calif., headquarters. But its 2006 congressional lobbying budget of about $770,000, according to public disclosures, is dwarfed by the $21 million spent by AT&T and $14.4 million spent by Verizon the same year.

Unlike many campaigns that use well-connected lobbyists to persuade members of Congress, Google and its opponents have fought this battle on paper, using their lawyers to make their arguments in filings to the FCC.

Google's clout in the airwaves auction has grown slowly, marked by small victories along the way. In February, it hired Richard S. Whitt, once a lawyer for the now-defunct telephone company MCI, to lead its telecom policy agenda. And Google also harnessed the power of politically savvy public interest groups, consumer advocates and like-minded companies such as eBay and Yahoo to push its idea for an open network.

In late April, FCC Chairman Kevin J. Martin endorsed the general idea. A week later, during a tour of the Googleplex in Silicon Valley, he asked Brin and the other Google co-founder, Larry Page, and chief executive Eric Schmidt to suggest rules for the auction that would increase the chances that a new wireless competitor would emerge.

"I think that was a little victory for us that showed the chairman was willing to meet us in the middle," said Whitt, who has led Google's lobbying operation.

Over the next two months, Google outlined its requirements for the auction with the FCC. Its "alternate access team," run by three wireless engineers, Chris Sacca, Larry Alder and Minnie Ingersoll, swooped into Washington for a series of visits with FCC commissioners. Google has also hired game theorists to strategize for the auction.

In the meetings with the commissioners, Google's team urged them to require the highest bidder in the auction to build a network that would be open not only to devices but also to software and third-party companies. Those conditions would make the airwaves more accessible and, hence, more valuable to Google, but would conceivably damage the business of the wireless companies by no longer allowing them to differentiate their offerings from one another.

Like the culture at many Silicon Valley technology companies, Google's clashed with Washington's. Some FCC staff members said the company's tech gurus came across as arrogant in meetings with commissioners.

"They're used to getting what they want rather than having to make a case for what they want," said one staff member who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Martin subsequently said he favored requiring the auction winner to use a chunk of the airwaves to build a network open to all mobile devices but stopping short of meeting Google's other demands.

AT&T and Verizon initially blanched at Martin's proposal, arguing it would tip the competitive scales in Google's favor. But in a series of hearings on Capitol Hill, several lawmakers voiced support for using these airwaves to give consumers more choices. Many cited complaints about the fact that Apple's iPhone, recently introduced to great fanfare, can be used only on AT&T's network.

Others said they were concerned that regulating the airwaves would diminish the estimated $15 billion in revenue raised by the auction. AT&T questioned Google's intentions, telling the company to "put up or shut up" in filings with the FCC. To "put our money where our principals are," Whitt said, Google then committed to spending at least $4.6 billion to bid on the airwaves if its conditions were met. AT&T responded by shifting its position to support Martin's open-access proposal.

Martin's plan for an open-access network "would enable the introduction of an alternate wireless business model without requiring changes in the business models of AT&T and others in what is a highly competitive wireless industry," said Jim Cicconi, AT&T's senior vice president of external and legislative affairs, in a recent filing with the FCC.

"It was very surprising that they backed down. . . . Google was getting traction, and I think the major players wanted to be on the winning side of this battle," said Doug Bonner, who heads the communications practice at the law firm Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal. "Google's definitely putting their currency to work."

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  這兩位名人堂選手,有一個共同點-生涯都待在同一支球隊,皆於2001年退役。A-Rod的偶像-Ripken在金鶯隊效力21年,初期都是擔任游擊手,1997轉任三壘手,1983跟1991年美聯MVP,最著名的成就是連續出場2,632場比賽,打破Lou Gehrig的鐵人紀錄。

"Whether you like it or not, as big leaguers, we are role models," Ripken said, then pausing as a loud ovation arose on the hilly fields. "The only question is, will it be positive or will it be negative? Should we put players up on a pedestal and make them take responsibility? No. But we should encourage them to use their influence positively, to help build up and develop the young people who follow the game.

不管你喜歡與否,身為大聯盟球員就該做出榜樣,...唯一的問題是,你會是個好榜樣還是壞榜樣?~Ripken今天如是說。

  另一位教士先生、打擊教科書Tony Gwynn,八屆的國聯打擊王!生涯打擊率高達.388,3141支安打,也拿過五屆金手套獎。

"My father said, 'If you work hard, good things will happen,'" Gwynn said.
"Boy, oh boy, he was absolutely right. I worked hard in this game, because I had to. I wasn't talented enough to get by just on ability. I really had to work at it. I had to do the video stuff, go about my business and do things the way I did. We make a big deal about work ethic ... about trying to make good decisions and doing things right, and you know what, that's what we're supposed to do.

只要努力,好事就會降臨~Gwynn今日一直強調此一價值


  能入選名人堂的選手,除了締造的紀錄之外,最重要的是他們的品德,能否成為Role Model!下面這一段影片是2001年,Ripken以3B的身份入選明星賽,總教練Torre在賽前練習時要A-Rod跟Ripken換位置,讓他回到熟悉的SS,兩個打數一支安打,是一支全壘打,並當選當年All Star Game的MVP!

 

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  創意行銷手法,最容易犯得錯誤就是「移植」,把在一個國家或區域成功的經驗,複製

在另一個地方。行銷學會說沒做好環境分析,制度經濟學會說忽略的每個地區人民的

「Shared Mental Model」,講簡單一點就是文化價值判斷。

  IKEA在挪威這樣搞,在台灣行得通嗎?

IKEA白天賣家具 晚上變免費旅館
記者:張喬青      外電     報導

 

逛家具買床的時候,如果能試睡一晚,該有多好?真的就有這麼好康的事,挪威的IKEA家具店,想出了一個新點子,白天繼續賣家具,晚上這裡變身免費旅館,邀請大家免費來試住。甚至還提供早餐服務,許多人試睡一晚,覺得很滿意,隔天就買回家,IKEA發現,他們的業績因此變好了。

IKEA除了是家具店,現在還變成了旅館,挪威首都奧斯陸附近的這一間IKEA,推出IKEA旅社服務,歡迎大家到這邊過夜。

這一家人,擠在同一張床上,享受溫馨的家庭時光,這一位女性,一個人來,點盞燈,躺在床上看雜誌,這一家四口,在床上擺張小桌子,吃起宵夜。消費者凡嘉 :「今天晚上我們要玩的盡興。」

裡面一共有30張床可以選擇,幸運的人,還可以挑到主題式的房間,這對夫妻,就待在用蕾絲布簾圍起來的小空間,頭頂上還有水晶弔燈,非常浪漫。

有的人為了好玩過來住住看,但是大部分的人,都有實際目的。消費者希聚 :「她想要一張沙發床,她可以試躺一整個晚上。」

睡覺前,還有大姐姐說床邊故事給小朋友聽,賣場裡面,各式各樣的玩偶陪伴下,小朋友就像在童話故事裡面過夜,滿足了童心。

早上起床後,工作人員還會用現場器材,準備早餐給大家吃,許多人試睡、試用了一整晚,很滿意!把東西直接買回家,雖然住在IKEA旅社不用錢,但是銷售業績,卻是嚇嚇叫。

 

 

 

 

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  1988年世界大賽第一場(October 15),道奇在九局下半還以3比4落後,運動家派上王牌終結者

Dennis Eckersley,他一上場就先解決了兩名打者,在保送了代打Davies之後,道奇再換上代打-

Kirk Gibson,這位當年度的國聯MVP因為腳傷無法先發,連要走上打擊區都顯得非常困難,因此他選

擇一個對自己最安全的方式,抓準了一記Eckersley刁鑽的滑球,轟成右外野的全壘打,他一邊蹣跚跑

壘一邊振奮拉弓,成了經典畫面。道奇在以5比4逆轉贏了這場比賽,雖然之後Gibson再也沒有上場打擊

,整個系列賽就只有那一個打數,但這一擊讓道奇士氣高昂,最後以4勝1敗拿下了世界大賽冠軍。

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從高中畢業的新竹二日遊、大一的墾丁之旅、大二的綠島(我缺席)、大三台中行、大四暑假的澎湖,到今年的大板根,都是屬於我們幾個高中社團好朋友的回憶,相信以後大家會越來越忙,時間也越來越難湊,我們的旅行只會越來越難安排,不過我們每年都這樣講,不過最終還是可以找到空檔。話說如果每一次旅行都當作最後一趟,應該會更在乎大家在一起的時光!

不得不說,如果不是因為阿牛有關係,以我們的經濟能力根本不可能去大板根,與其他溫泉飯店相比,價位還是偏高,也只提供一張溫泉券,小氣了點。但就算如此,人還是很多,不管是來登山還是來住宿!

十人份兩千二的烤肉食材與用具,讓我們吃得相當飽,雖然「火牛」生火生很久,但是火一旺起來,我們根本來不及吃,360烤的香腸到未到我們都叫他不要念材料,馬上拿一個碗公去夜市!烤雞跟旗魚超好吃,搭配邊媽媽提供的冰滴咖啡跟冷泡茶,我第一次覺得烤肉吃起來不會很噁心。恰好旁邊還有要辦營隊的小朋友(會不會太奢侈)在練舞,放得音樂都很好聽,讓我們在等待的後不會太無聊!

回房間休息一下,一夥人就去泡湯嘍,他的溫泉屬於無色無味頂級的碳酸氫鈉鹽泉 ,俗稱美人湯,可惜二樓的溫泉區十點就關了,所以我們沒有辦法享受到各式各樣的小湯屋只能在一樓SPA、他們幾個人去挑戰冷泉,坦白說,我還沒專業到分辨哪一種溫泉比較好,反正就是裝享受阿,平常也沒多累,所以也不知道有沒有疏壓的效果,反正晚上我們要有體力大吵大鬧!

我們一夥人出去絕對不會無聊,麻將、撲克牌是必備的玩具,我一整個就是不順,玩大老二的時後我從來沒有洗過牌(因為沒有贏過),一下就輸了一百,阿牛看我太慘,提議換玩拱豬,不過這次不賭錢,但要付出勞力的代價。負分十分要做一次扶地挺身,兩輪下來每一個人都是負分,我總共做了八十幾下扶地挺身,我承認我太久沒做,昨天晚上開始全身酸痛,現在手舉不太起來...

我們玩太HIGH了,櫃臺還打電話叫我們小聲一點!我們是年輕人!明天一早還要去登山,大家大概三點鐘去睡,不過六點半就起床吃早餐準備挑戰森淋浴啦!不過有人打呼太大聲,大家都沒睡好...

大板根最著名的就是他的雨林生態嘍,才剛開始爬我們就累了,但擔心怕被後面的老阿婆追上,還是撐到了命運的交叉點:我們到底要走哪一條路?一環只要30分鐘、三環卻要120分鐘,施凱升不甘心一直被大家嗆是爽兵,帶頭走三環!三環的登山步道是沒有階梯的,完全走在原始的森林,能走得空間很小,所以他旁邊有一根繩子給你拉著,以防危險!

不知道三環一圈需要120分鐘是怎麼計算的?應該是以老人的速率而非精實國軍的步伐,最辛苦的應該就是360啦,韌帶受傷還跟我們一起走,希望沒有舊傷復發。沒想到我們三十分鐘就走完了,真的是森淋浴,用自己的汗洗了一次澡!不過真的很舒服,茂盛的雨林足以蔽日,吹起風來真是一種享受!最後我們就循著一環(有鋪階梯)走回房間看洋基的比賽。

十一點退房到土城吃旬堂推薦的川菜館,兩點多就回到台北,在這不到二十四小時的相處,卻覺得過了很久,發生很多有趣的事情,不過忽冷忽熱的結果讓我有感冒的跡象。尤其從三峽到土城這一段路我幫阿牛開車,車子的冷氣時好時壞,我一下滿身是汗,一下又直接吹著冷氣,到目前為止也一直昏昏沈沈的,明天可能不能搬重物。

不過這一切都很值得,當我們在人生道路各自前進時,互相陪伴鼓勵會讓我們更有勇氣!祝短期之內要面臨當兵、考試的我們,一切順利了!

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    艾薇兒的音樂對我來說還是太吵,一直不是List中常放的歌曲,但是我一聽到這

  張專輯的第五首,卻被她著迷了...

    MV拍得也很感人,很驚訝這個小女生能夠把這首歌唱得如此深刻,因為感覺她

  是個叛逆的小女孩...

I always needed time on my own
I never thought I'd need you there when I cry
And the days feel like years
when I'm alone
And the bed where you lie
is made up on your side

When you walk away
I count the steps that you take
Do you see how much I need you right now?

When you're gone
The pieces of my heart are missing you
When you're gone
The face I came to know is missing too
When you're gone
The words I need to hear to always get me through the day
And make it OK
I miss you

I've never felt this way before
Everything that I do
reminds me of you
And the clothes you left
they lie on the floor
And they smell just like you
I love the things that you do

When you walk away
I count the steps that you take
Do you see how much I need you right now?

When you're gone
The pieces of my heart are missing you
When you're gone
The face I came to know is missing too
When you're gone
The words I need to hear to always get me through the day
And make it OK
I miss you

We were made for each other
One here forever
I know we were
Yeah yeah

All I ever wanted was for you to know
Everything I do I give my heart and soul
I can hardly breathe I need to feel you here with me

When you're gone
The pieces of my heart are missing you
When you're gone
The face I came to know is missing too
When you're gone
The words I need to hear to always get me through the day
And make it OK
I miss you

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  之前在新竹人為什麼幸福談到,每年三月跟九月會開放申請低收入戶助學金,四月跟十

月則是清寒獎助學金。暑假雖然還是很忙碌,但沒想到還要解決這兩筆錢的問題。
  
  今年錢入帳稍微晚了一點,低收入戶助學金五月底入帳,清寒獎助學金七月初入帳,這

幾天除了有申請清寒獎助學金的金額有一個有問題之外,開始有人打電話來說沒收到低收入

戶助學金的申請表,經過查證,我依據二月初區公所給我的名冊我有寄申請表給他,但是他

剛好在二月底三月初的時候搬家,沒有收到報名表。由於低收入戶家庭以租屋居多,時常更

換地址,所以每次我們都會提醒他們就算沒有收到申請表,亦可以親自來教育局辦理。只要

是舊戶,時間一到都會主動打電話來詢問。
  
  問題來了,在他們苦苦哀求下,我們到底要不要讓他們申請?這一個案例確定是我有寄

但是他因換住址沒有收到。另一個來吵的人說他四月親自來找洪主任辦理(我剛好在澄清湖

受訓),但是我這邊根本沒有看到他的申請表,低收入戶彙整表我跟主任都是一筆一筆核對

清冊,一個人檢查兩次,確認無誤才呈上去。要怎麼證明他有來申請,是我們的疏失?當然

我們可以拒絕,不過會吵的人有糖吃,只要去市長室鬧一鬧,我們就要為他們服務。
  
  低收入戶是直接由教育局承辦,清寒的定義比較複雜,所以會由區公所先初審,我們這

邊再複審,四月中區公所把清冊送給我,我再開始一筆一筆檢查、建檔,我動作再怎麼快,

快三百份的資料我盡快在四月底彙整好,會財政局、社會局經過兩個星期,確認名單無誤之

後送主計室,結果主計室說有更改過的地方一定要本人蓋章。這個問題讓我很納悶,因為之

前低收入戶的印領清冊,不管是申請人填還是我幫忙填,有寫錯的地方直接拿承辦人的印章

蓋就好了。為什麼清寒助學金有更正的地方一定要蓋申請人的印章?結果我一通一通打給申

請人請他們帶印章過來,一個多星期又這樣過去。
  
  事情還沒有結束,有些人的帳戶是有問題的,被凍結、太久沒存錢進去都會無法入帳,

只要一筆帳號有問題,其他人的錢也匯不進去,這時候我又得打電話找人,可以想像那些周

轉有問題的人,電話一定常常換,我就得打電話去學校請老師找到小朋友,再轉告家長,事

情告一個段落也已經六月底了。
  
  這兩筆錢的申請程序,讓申請人太晚拿到錢,也讓我們在出問題的時候騎虎難下,我不

太可能動整個體系,所以我跟現在承辦的老師在研究怎麼在我們跟申請人傳達的資訊上更有

效率一點,我十一月中旬退伍,會經歷到九月跟十月的申請流程,就把這個當成我在教育局

最後的研究吧。
 
  其實,我只是不想一直接到抱怨電話…

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  今天媒體花很多篇幅在報導減刑政策,萬名受刑人回到社會的影響。萬囚減刑出獄都在

幹嘛?有的人繼續吸毒,暴斃在飯店,有兄弟回去毆打讓他吃牢飯的警察
,有的不到四小時

就回到他熟悉的牢房。

  有人開始抨擊這是什麼樣的德政?基層員警辛苦抓人,一下就又放出來繼續破壞社會秩

序。
在情感上很為那些員警叫屈,也覺得為了私利隨意減刑的政策感到不恥。

  但是我還是覺得,這些事情被放大報導了。刑罰有一個目的就是再教育,理想的說法是

讓受刑人社會化,回到社會能貢獻自己,但
我覺得能降低再犯率就要偷笑了,能為社會帶來

產出的人少之又少。


  減少的這一段刑期,如果給予受刑人再教育的機會,能降低多少再犯罪的動機與機率?

如果一點影響都沒有,減少刑期根本不會影響到現在正在受刑的人,受影響的只有正在考慮

要不要犯罪的人。

  吸毒犯的再犯率本來就比較高,出獄之後受不了毒癮再次吸食毒品也很常見。一天之內

那麼多狀況,除了是媒體特別關注這個議題之外,真的只是一下子近萬人出來。只要再犯率

(再次犯罪的人/出獄的人)有5%的話就有500人會再犯罪。


  不要再有減少刑期這個社會就會變恐怖的迷思了!會變得可怕只是一天出來太多人罷了

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邦喬飛最新專輯《Lost Highway/飛行公路》,全新抒情單曲<(You Want To) Make A Memory>

的音樂錄影帶借用電影「靈異第六感」的巧思,主唱瓊邦喬飛在其中化身為深情的靈魂,劇情十分令人

動容,女主角好漂亮...

You Want To Make A Memory(編織回憶)
-Bon Jovi(邦喬飛)

Hello again, it's you and me
(再次見面,你和我)
Kinda always like it used to be
(彷彿回到從前那樣)
Sipping wine, killing time,
(喝喝小酒,消磨時間)
Trying to solve life's mysteries
(說說人生中的難題)

How's your life? It's been a while
(已經過了好一陣子,你生活過的如何?)
God it's good to see you smile
(能看見你的笑容真是美好)
See you're reaching for your keys
(看你正伸手拿著鑰匙)
Looking for a reason not to leave
(卻試著找到不離開的理由)

If you don't know if you should stay
(如果你不確定是否應該待下來)
If you don't say what's on your mind
(如果你不說隱藏在內心的感覺)
Baby just breathe
(寶貝!就深深吸口氣)
there's nowhere else tonight we should be
(我們今晚哪也不去)

You wanna make a memory
(你試圖編織回憶)

I dug up this old photograph
(我翻出老照片)
look at all that hair we had
(看看當年的我們)
It's bittersweet to hear you laugh
(聽見你開懷的笑,我苦樂參半)
your phone is ringing I don't wanna ask
(電話響了,我卻沒有過問)

If you go now, I'll understand
(如果你現在就離開,我能理解)
If you stay, Hey I've got a plan
(如果待下來,我有心理準備)
We're gonna make a memory
(我們要編織回憶)
You wanna steal a piece of time
(你試圖偷去片刻)
You can sing the melody to me
(你可以對我唱唱歌)
And I can write a couple of lines
(我可以為你作首合唱曲)

You wanna make a memory
(你試圖編織回憶)

If you don't know if you should stay
(如果你不確定是否應該待下來)
And you don't say what's on your mind
(如果你不說隱藏在內心的感覺)
Baby just breathe
(寶貝!就深深吸口氣)
there's nowhere else tonight we should be(we should be)
(我們今晚哪也不去)

You wanna make a memory
(你試圖編織回憶)
You wanna steal a piece of time
(你試圖偷去片刻)
You can sing the melody to me
(你可以對我唱唱歌)
And I can write a couple lines
(我可以為你作首合唱曲)

You wanna make a memory
(你試圖編織回憶)
You wanna make a memory
(你試圖編織回憶)

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You dreamed I was your lover

And I lied in your arms

You dreamed of all our children

Playing in the sun

I hope that you're alright

I hope, I hope that you're alright

Sleep, my Snow White

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【文/楊照】

 設計紐約無線電城音樂廳的羅達斐(S. L. Rothafel)留下了一句名言:「別給大眾他們想要的,給他們更好的。」

 

這樣一句話,說給誰聽?說給當時美國的富豪們聽。事實上,20世紀初期的美國富豪,耳邊隨時聽到的,就是像羅達斐的這種告誡意見,形成了對他們最大的壓力。羅達斐這話後面的推論是:你們有錢,所以你們不是一般大眾,既然這樣,你們的品味想法,怎麼可以和一般大眾一樣呢?

 

將羅達斐的話聽進去的人,包括了當時美國首富,甚至可能是世界首富洛克斐勒。1930年代,美國經濟大蕭條中,洛克斐勒同時在紐約投資進行兩項公共服務,一是在曼哈頓北邊蓋一所以收藏中古文物為主的博物館,博物館的主體建築,是從歐洲將一座古修道院,原原本本一磚一瓦搬來。另外,在曼哈頓中城,為紐約歌劇院蓋一座新的表演場所。

 

兩項公共建築,在洛克斐勒心中,地位不同。歌劇院的計畫比較大,有好幾棟建築物連在一起,歌劇院能用的空間之外,還有很多樓面可以出租收費;相對地,博物館什麼都要花錢,然而除了極其有限的參觀門票外,看不出來有任何其他收入來源。

 

洛克斐勒當然偏好博物館,因為歌劇院那邊,就是「大眾」會想要的,可是一座古修道院組成的博物館,裡面裝滿了來自歐洲的羊皮手抄書和刺繡掛毯,哇,那可是「大眾」無從想像的,比大眾要的更好的東西。

 

洛克斐勒將時間心力,都花在保證博物館可以做好,相形之下,對歌劇院那邊就沒那麼在意了。歌劇院計畫完成,他也沒打算跟那個地方有什麼進一步關係,空間統統租出去就好了。為了要讓新的建築空間能夠順利租出去,承辦人員建議將這個地方命名為「洛克斐勒中心」,洛克斐勒還很猶豫,本來拒絕了,後來勉強才答應。他不覺得「洛克斐勒中心」對他有什麼光榮的,他寧可要以「洛克斐勒博物館」聞名於世。

 

今天,「洛克斐勒中心」還在,卻沒有「洛克斐勒博物館」。洛克斐勒一手打造的博物館成了紐約大都會博物館的分館,正因為博物館太精美太了不起了,洛克斐勒又覺得不能由私人獨占。

 

「別給大眾他們想要的,給他們更好的。」令人遺憾地,我們幾乎看不到台灣任何富豪心中有著這種壓力。他們就算靠著給大眾要的賺了錢,也不會在成為有錢人後,想要靠他們的錢,與大眾品味區隔開來,進而影響大眾品味。結果就是,台灣有富豪,卻沒有文化上的「富豪效應」。既然如此,那麼又一個富豪被調查被收押,我們的社會也就麻木得很,不會覺得有什麼該驚訝或惋惜的了。

 

【2007-06-23 聯合報】 

  在台灣常常看到有錢人捐出財產做善事,或是贊助藝文活動,不管動機為何,通常只讓

人聯想到是為了增加企業的知名度,一種行銷策略。當然,我們已經要很感激那些願意投入

社會的大老闆,有些人可是賺了黑心錢卻不願意拿出來。

  只是,他們有想過這些捐助,是為了什麼嗎?或是,還能做些什麼嗎?

  別給大眾他們想要的,給他們更好的。別讓這筆錢的效用在單一活動結束後隨即消失,

龍應台的說法是像放煙火一樣,留下什麼,比當下做過什麼更重要。

  至於富豪的文化效應,等他們都有品味再說吧。

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這是另一個著名的「The Catch」!

事情還有後續發展...

1996年十月九日,八局下半洋基三比四落後給金鶯,Jeter擊出右外野方向深遠的高飛球,右外野手快速移動到牆前準備接殺...

但球進了手套...Jeff Maier的手套

一位十二歲的小男孩接住了這一球

右線審Rich Garcia判定這一球是全壘打!

使得洋基追平比數

且靠著Bernie Williams 在十一局下半的再見全壘打拿下ALCS的第一場勝利!

 


2006年這一位小朋友參加了選秀

而且還被金鶯隊選上

曾文誠:「十年前像撒旦轉世般的惡魔,如今可能有機會反過來幫自己去打洋基,

那就真的有趣到不行,」

可惜最後金鶯沒有簽下他

失去了一個很好的新聞點

現在他在Milwaukee Brewers 球隊系統擔任intern scout



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Mike Piazza生涯對決Roger Clemens成績


PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS 
+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---+---+---+---+---+------
22 19  8 1  0   4  10  2   2  .421 .500  1.105 1.605 


老克甩棒子不是沒有原因的

2004年老克在all star game 被打爆也是有原因的...

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Roger Maris在1961年創下大聯盟單季61支全壘打的記錄,打破貝比魯斯在1927年的60支全壘打記錄,形成另一個"Maris障礙",這個記錄保持了30多年,直到1998年才被紅雀隊Mark McGwire打破。但是他的這項記錄卻一直到1991年才被正式承認,因為當年季賽只有154場,而1961年有162場,當然,最主要原因是當時球迷跟執行長無法接受「神」的紀錄被破!

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1996 World Series (4-2): New York Yankees (92-70) over Atlanta Braves (96-66)

1998 World Series (4-0): New York Yankees (114-48) over San Diego Padres (98-64)

1999 World Series (4-0): New York Yankees (98-64) over Atlanta Braves (103-59)

2000 World Series (4-1): New York Yankees (87-74) over New York Mets (94-68)


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  Barry Bonds的教父Willie Mays,最有名的經典片段是1954年的世界大賽的第一場比賽

,舊金山巨人隊的前身-紐約巨人對決克里夫蘭印地安人隊,於馬球球場。

  當時各方比較看好INDIANS,第一場比賽進行到七局時戰成2:2平手,八局上半INDIANS進

攻,無人出局一壘有人,巨人換投手,由LIDDLE接替MAGLIE投球,面對對方的第五棒一壘手

Vic Wertz的打擊,前四次打擊四之四,兩分打點。

  狀況極好的Wertz擊出強勁的平飛球,打出去的剎那大家都覺得應該是支深遠的安打,至少得

兩分,沒想到這時候巨人隊的中外野手Willie Mays以準確的判斷還有速度,在全壘打前牆接住了

這平飛球,「The Catch」!這一球被視為經點還有一個原因是此作球場的中外野有483英呎遠!

有興趣的人可以計算一下他在球擊出的瞬間到接到球跑了多遠。

  這一場比賽巨人隊在九局下半連得三分贏得勝利,最後也清盤對手,拿下1954年的世界大賽冠軍




  

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聽完Maximilian的演唱會兩天,才試著寫

下當天的刺痛...
















  排隊排了一個小時進到The Wall的表演場地,當場傻眼,
裡頭可以容納那麼多人嗎?

而且沒有位置坐。
當初衝動的訂了兩張票,還好林岳有時間陪我去,要不然我只能找我

爸了,
不過如果是他來到這個場地,他應該會瘋掉吧...尤其接近八點才開始開唱...


  麥斯米蘭的聲音,有一種刀刺進心臟,卻說不出話來的憂傷,他一會兒彈Keyboard

一會兒又彈吉他,有幾首曲子編曲上樂隊忽放忽收的演奏,
將那種情緒帶在窗口卻無法

宣洩的悶精彩詮釋,遺憾在
演唱會之前還不是很熟悉他的歌,印象最深刻也記得歌名的

就是Always On My Mind。
有幾首歌唱完之後五秒鐘,大家才想到要拍手...

  這幾天一直在聽著「Once I Was」這張2007新歌+精選,不用知道歌詞在描述什麼

光聽他的聲音就很棒了。真的要挑一首我最愛的一首,我選擇「I Am Falling Now 」。

 I Am Falling Now
 
There is no ending to this life
That I've to live with endless sighs
Oh, can't you see I'm falling now?
Oh, could you hear these words somehow

But I can see the sadness in your eyes
And I can see the sadness in your smile

Hold me now
Heal my wounds
Hold me like you did

There is no ending to this life
That I've to live with endless sighs
And all I know is that my head is gone
And I am falling now

(You don't miss me
You don't love me anymore
You don't need me)


Maximilian Hecker 麥斯米蘭歷年專輯試聽

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不應該邊看這本小說邊喝天堂鳥咖啡,又酸又苦的滋味...










  阿富汗對於台灣而言,是個相當陌生的國度,我們只知道戰亂。本書描述

書中主角在一九七五年阿富汗政權重大改變後人生大轉折,從一個擁有從小一

起長大,崇拜他且忠心耿耿的僕人的富家少爺變成難民,輾轉逃離阿富汗來到

美國,卻又因為一通電話重回被塔利班政權破壞得殘破不堪的祖國,一路上的

顛沛流離,越接近謊言的真相,也越痛苦,寬恕、贖罪?

  追風箏比賽是痛苦回憶的開端,哈山說:「為你,千千萬萬遍」,但是阿

米爾大人為僕人做了什麼?尤其他在父親對哈山的態度中感覺到自己失去的東

西,那打從心裡奢望父親給的。父親的一半是被法律所接受的,那父親的另一

半是什麼?

  接連看兩本小說「追風箏的孩子」和「不存在的女兒」 ,都在描述掙扎於

既往錯誤的痛苦,雖然我們都知道,犯錯的代價會很嚴重,但是當下我們都選

擇事後看起來是錯的那一條路,在別人眼中可能是個藉口,有時候該慶幸---

  我們有贖罪的機會...


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  里見修二:「法庭不是譴責醫師的地方,而是讓醫療進步的地方;醫師過度
擔心,就無法使醫療進步,萬一發生不幸的結果,醫生應坦然接受並追究原因,
醫療才能進步,法庭就是這種地方。」~日劇「白色巨塔」
 
  XXXX:「法庭不是譴責會計師的地方,而是讓會計實務進步的地方;會
計師過度擔心,就無法使會計進步,萬一發生不幸的結果,會計師應坦然接受並
追究原因,財務審核才能進步,法庭就是這種地方。」
 
  兩年前邱小妹人球案,台北地方法院判決雖認定不構成業務過失致死罪,但
兩人竄改病歷,依偽造文書罪各判處四月徒刑、得易科罰金。
 
  一兩年前過內外接連爆發金融弊案,被告刑責都很重,另外甚至考慮修法來
加重會計師的責任。
 
  樂見我們判決書寫法越來越跟得上流行,還引用日劇的台詞呢!法庭的確可
以在審判過程中凸顯醫療體系的問題,也許法官不忍將整個醫療體系加諸在兩位
醫生身上,但如此一來真的能讓醫界有反省的動力嗎?
 
  醫療糾紛是否應採無過失責任的認定一直是醫界與法界爭辯不休的議題,可
惜當觸碰到人命問題時,往往都同情已經失去的那一方,加諸情感之後,事情討
論很難有個結果。
 
  醫療過失和醫療道德是環環相扣的,法律是道德的最後一道防線,如果能重
建各行各業的職業道德,會降低很多資訊不對稱所帶來的衝突。這也就是為什麼
一位醫生平均為一位病人看診的時間會被拿來當作醫療品質的指標之一。
 
  建議醫界能成立一個類似大法官性質的委員會,不要讓醫生單獨來面對醫療
糾紛,除了認定是否有醫療疏失之外(裡頭牽涉到最新的醫療技術能否適用、是
否有跟病患家屬做合理解釋等等),更期待能主動塑造一個醫療道德的標準。
 
  看完白色巨塔除了記得台詞,掉完眼淚之後,總要有點作為吧!

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這一場雙城對洋基的比賽,九局上半派出小聯盟二A跟三A加起來43.1局卻投出80次三振(SO/9=16.62)

的Edwar Ramirez,雖然說是初登版,但他應該不算小朋友,他只比王建民小一歲,不過初登版隨即投

出連三K,讓大家驚奇,那傳聞已久的Changeup,令人拍案叫絕。

連續用三顆Breaking Ball三振打者,Ramirez的changeup最大的優勢是他的late movement
感謝Bonjou的贊助



現在我們知道他有一顆很棒的變速球,試著從看九上完整版的影片來看看直球和配球。
感謝油水王提供



   Edwar Ramirez  V.S  Michael Cuddyer

1  90MPH Fastball     swinging Strike

2  91MPH Fastball       Foul

3  78MPH Changeup     swinging Strike 

從Gameday看起來,第三顆決勝球的位置,就算不揮還是好球,不光只想引誘打者揮棒

,而是一種不怕你打的對決。

這一球可以看出與其他投手變速球的差異

他掉得軌跡極大,這一球還是往內角掉,一般的變速球是往下掉

   Edwar Ramirez  V.S  Justin Morneau
1  91MPH Fastball      call strike

2  80MPH Changeup      ball

3  90MPH Fastball      Foul

4  91MPH Fastball      ball(WP)

5  80MPH changeup       ball

6  79MPH changeup      swinging Strike

到目前為止的直球大概救90MPH上下,控的位置也不是很好,

在小聯盟直球的評價就一般水準

不過最後兩顆變速球可以看出掉的幅度不一樣

我猜測可能握法不太一樣

或許也像Guidry給小王的建議

放慢sinker速度,會有不同的效果

     Edwar Ramirez  V.S  Lew Ford

1                  Ball

2  82MPH Changeup       call strike

3  90MPH changeup       call strike

4  80MPH changeup       ball

5  79MPH Changeup       swinging Strike


Ramirez會不會其他球種不得而知

但這一場比賽我們只看到兩種

變速球的品質沒話講

但直球相對來說就比較不穩定

球速不快,加上控球不理想的話

很容易被鎖定

因此配球相對來講很重要

什麼時候應該投變速球引誘打者?

他應該是個能吃短局數的投手

以高三振率的紀錄很有可能取代LV在關鍵時刻上來收尾

(LV應該是設定成LRP,在五六局有危機上來解決打者首選應該是天天P阿....)

才一場比賽很難斷言他在大聯盟會發展到什麼程度

不過能看到這幾顆Changeup

就應該謝謝他了^^ 

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