Newsletter No. 416

2 No. 416, 19.4.2013 ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’ Campaign In line with hiking day, ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’ Campaign was organized. CUHK members were invited to take snapshots of the campus which impressed them the most and upload them to Facebook. Here are some of them. For more, please visit the Lecture on Civility Facebook Page. 一人有一个 景点 为配合登高日,事 前 举办了「一人有一个景 点」征集活动,广邀中 大人拍下让他印象难 忘的校园一角,放上脸 书专页,与众分享。这 是其中一些照片,如欲 看看其他人眼中的中 大,请浏览脸书博群大 讲堂专页。 • 杨照:文学、历史和 社会正义─我的人生路 Yang Zhao: Literature, History and Social Justice—My Way 杨照 是台湾著名文学人,作品包括诗、小说、散文及文化评论。跟 中大同年的杨照说自己已走过人生的约三分之二,而以一间大学而 言,中大才刚刚开始。 杨照十二岁时,他的二姐说她过了三十岁就不要活了。她的想法是 超过三十岁的人都那么功利,没有追求,没有一个是好人。杨照说, 大概在那个时候他做了人生当中的一个决定:不管活到多少岁,都 要一直记得自己十五六岁的时候最看不起的大人是哪一种人,那些 失去了理想、热情、浪漫、冲劲的人,而希望自己到五六十岁还对得 起十七岁的自己,没有变成当时自己看不起的人。 「他就坐着,用他平静的声调,谈他的人生五十年,谈诗谈文学谈 电影谈死亡对少年的他意味着什么,谈历史对他意味着什么,谈新 闻作为第四权对他意味着什么,谈生命本身对他意味着什么。…… 他其实是在说一种境界,一种值得我们追求向往和坚持的境界。 但这种境界,因着时代的变迁和人心的转变,变得愈来愈难想像了 ─遑论实践。他用他的人生路,为今天的年轻人,呈现出一种好 好活着的可能性。」─ 周保松 教授 哈罗未来! 露天工地音乐会 Hello Future! An ‘Under Construction’ Concert! 脸书专页 Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/cuhkcivility 哈罗人生! 回看来时路 Hello Life! A Journey in Retrospect While it rained more than usual this March, everyone was happy traveling on campus. That’s because ‘road’ was the concept linking up I • CARE March 2013 activities. Roads not only connect different parts of the campus, but also past, present and future, as well as different generations of CUHK members. The March activities had names starting with ‘Hello’. Hit the Road, Everyone! Hello! I • CARE March 2013 路是这样行出来的 哈罗!博群三月 3月异常多雨,却无损师生在校园 穿梭往来的兴致,皆因今年的博群三月是以 「路」来贯穿,路不但连接校园,也接通昨日今日明日, 以及代代的中大人。这次的活动名称用了「哈罗」为题,分别 有「哈罗人生!回看来时路」三场博群大讲堂、「哈罗中大! 千里之行在足下」登高日,以及「哈罗未来!露天工地音乐会」。 Yang Zhao writes poems, novels, prose, and cultural commentaries. Yang and CUHK were born in the same year. He said he had lived through two-thirds of his life, whereas the Chinese University was still young as a university. When Yang was 12, his elder sister said she would stop living after 30. What she meant was everyone past 30 that she knew were materialistic and without passion and ideals. Yang said it was about that time that he made the major decision that no matter how old he would live to, he must remember the kind of adults he most despised as a teenager—those who have lost their ideals, enthusiasm, romanticism and guts. He hoped that he would not have to face the 17-year-old Yang Zhao with shame and guilt when he reached 50 or 60 years of age, and would not turn into someone he despised. ‘He just sat there talking about the 50 years of his life, peacefully and at ease. He talked about what poems, literature, movies and death meant to him when he was an adolescent, about what history, news media as the fourth estate, and life meant to him. He was in fact describing a vision worthy of our pursuit, aspiration and persistence, one which has become increasingly hard to imagine as times change and we change with them. Looking back at the road he had trodden, Yang showed young people in the lecture theatre the possibility of living a good life.’ —Prof. Chow Po-chung 压轴节目是为中大人度身订造的音乐会,原在港铁 大学站前工地举行,不过,连日春雨绵绵,当日中午 更是倾盆而下,结果转到崇基礼拜堂举行。 雨再大,却阻挡不了中大人的热情,近一千五百人 兴高采烈欣赏中大学生演绎经典校园歌曲, 校友6号( 缪浩昌 )重组大学时代的乐队, 回到前RubberBand的热血年华。特邀嘉宾乐队 Supper Moment和 林二汶 ,唱出流行音乐的视野。 Marking the finale of the activities is a tailor-made concert for CUHK members. It was supposed to be held at the piazza outside University MTR Station, but the venue was changed to the Chung Chi College Chapel due to rain. Some 1,500 enthusiastic members of the audience enjoyed classic university songs performed by CUHK students. Mau Hou-cheong , an alumnus and vocalist of RubberBand, reunited with his former university band friends and revisited their college years. The Supper Moment band and Eman Lam , singer-song writer, performed some of their hits. Photo by Ducky Tse Chi-tak Photo by Cheung Chi-wai A picture is worth a thousand words. What about two? What if the two pictures were about the same landscape but separated in time by decades? What terms can be used to describe the thoughts and sentiments given rise by such juxtaposition of photographs? Marcel Proust , author of Remembrance of Things Past , has said, ‘The new voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.’ The photographs we pair in ‘Then vs Now’ do more than just highlighting the changing faces of our beloved campus. They are testimony to our sentimental journey from one familiar corner of our campus to another, a voyage that has taken us from monochrome to multi, from material privation to cultural diversity, from the nostalgic four years of university to the pragmatic three and back to an ambitious four. Some stones are turned. Goal and resolve remain unwavered. In this issue’s ‘In Plain View’, Prof. Irwin King talks about big data and social computing. In this digital age where large torrents of data come into being every day, data are described in terms of Terabyte (TB) 1 or even Petabyte (PB) 2 . A photograph normally takes up a few Megabytes (MB) 3 in storage. But the two photographs presented in ‘Then vs Now’ have between them the compressed memories and lives of successive CUHK generations. The TB and PB may come in handy in their digital processing. Some plastic water bottles can be crumpled to help save the environment. At CUHK, no effort is spared in preserving our precious natural resources. Hence, we bid farewell to disposable plastic bottled waters and bring our own drinking utensils. A different landscape, to be sure, and a better one. 1 1 TB =10 12 bytes 2 1 PB =10 15 bytes 3 1 MB =10 6 bytes ———————■■■——————— 目录 Contents 路是这样行出来的 Hit the Road, Everyone! 2 洞明集 In Plain View 4 舌尖上的中大 Mouth-watering Morsels 5 校园消息 Campus News 6 艺文雅趣 Arts and Leisure 9 昔与今 Then vs Now 10 宣布事项 Announcements 11 人事动态 Ins and Outs 11 沈旭晖如是说 Thus Spake Shen Xu Hui Simon 12 边注边读 Marginalia 常言道,一张照片胜过千言万语。那么两张照片,而且是同 一风景但前后相隔数十年的照片,所引起的联想和感怀,又 会是以什么来比喻、量度才最合适呢? 《追逝似水流年》的作者 普鲁斯特 说过:「新的发现旅程并 不是要寻找新的风景,而是要提出一个新的看法。」 我们每一期选一旧一新校园照,也并不是纯为了重塑那些 久远的风景人事,而是和读者在校园各处溜溜,从黑白溜到 彩色,从困乏走出多元,四年走进三年,三年又回到四年,朝 露夕照不改,教研理念如一。 今期「洞明集」介绍 金国庆 教授专长的社会计算学,这个 数码年代每天涌现大量数据,单位动辄以Terabyte(TB) 1 甚至Petabyte(PB) 2 计。普通一张照片不论是新的或是旧 的,数据储存值充其量几个Megabyte(MB) 3 而已,但压 缩在「昔与今」的照片中的吐露港岁月,释放出来的浮想联 翩,如果真要以科学方法整理的话,相信还得借助那些TB 和PB了。 听说是出于环保,于是有了可以扭压的 胶水瓶。但爱护大自然、珍惜地球 资源的中大同人觉得并不足够, 决定告别塑胶瓶装水。有些 风景,不留住也不会太可惜。

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