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林口竟然有這種樓房 February 27, 2017

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這一間奇奇怪怪,獨一無二的樓房已經在這裏至少四年了,實際多久我並不知道。我們四年前來林口就看到它,最近路過這裏它還在。房子空的,裏面草常的不得了。

不知道為什麼新北市市政府沒法子把它拆掉,重新再蓋。看起來,也只有臺灣才有這種怪相。

為什麼?是錢搞不清楚還是賠錢賠不夠?真奇怪。要不然就是把它留著給觀光客看。

不知道那一個倒楣的房客會買到這種房子,不知道那一個沒腦筋的建商會蓋這種房子,更離譜的是,不知道林口那一個部門會核准這種房子。

就這麽辦了 February 27, 2017

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小二,

給老娘來一碗排骨麪,兩斤滷牛肉,三個饅頭,四片芝麻大餅,五樣小菜,六兩白干,七個素包子,八個豆沙包。

要快。老娘吃了要減肥。

來嘍!這位美女,您請坐,您要的菜馬上就到。小店後面有最新款的健身房,免費給您使用。

2 hours February 27, 2017

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What: Riding the new Taoyuan International Airport Access MRT, commonly known as 機場捷運。

Who:People going to 長庚,林口,桃園國際機場 and 桃園 from the Taipei main station.

Where: Taipei main Station and Linkou station.

When: 2/27/2017,Monday afternoon at 3

Why: Try the newest Taipei metro line 

How much: Free

Time to get on the MRT: about 2 hours at the Taipei main station.

Wait line: about 8,000 (my guess) people waiting in line to get on.

This is the end of the line. Check out the mobile sign in the crowd. The poor metro worker uses a PA to warn people that it takes 2 hours to get on the MRT from this location.

The line upstairs is still many minutes away from the MRT entrance. People below, us included, just left the station. There are at least four levels from the street level to the track. 

You have no idea how many people taking the advantage of a long (4 days because of 2-28) weekend and free pass to go to Linkou and beyond. Of the 9 stations between Linkou and Taipei main station, Linkou had the highest riders existing the MRT. Why? The Mitsui Linkou Outlet.

This picture was taken when we left the Linkou station. Most, probably all, people on the down escalator are going to Linkou Outlet.

Each of the Taoyuan Airport MRT train has 4 cars and each car takes about 300 people at capacity. During the testing period (one month which ends on Wednesday, 3/1) trains leave the station at 15 minute interval. When it is fully operational, the interval will be 3.75 minutes.

The highest speed I’ve ever observed was 93 km/hour. Most of the time, it traveled considerablly slower than that.

Very few people came for the test ride because it was a work day. Light rain didn’t help either.

Even TV station came to Linkou station to see what’s going on on the 2nd day of the testing period. Not a whole lot of people using this free service.

A bank of brand new ticket machines.

Before the Taoyuan Airport Access MRT began its free service, hardly a soul walked between the Linkou station and the Mitsui Outlet. The crowd the “free” MRT brings in to the outlet is simply unbelievable. But will it bring in more business opportunities after the free rides end?

Well, I am pretty sure that after the free-ride period ends in early April, ridership on this airport access metro line will drop because the ticket price for the ride from Linkou to Taipei main station will be $80 each way, 2.67 times the cost of a bus ride. 

Nah! February 25, 2017

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Too old.

全面一折起 February 25, 2017

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來到臺灣要學很多新的名詞。”一折”就是一個很久沒有接觸過的名詞。

一折不是 10% off,它是 90% off。不過,你不要被這個”一折”騙了,因為不是所有的東西都是一折,而是 90% off or less 的意思。
林口 Outlet 有不少店子利用週末人多氣勢興旺,用”一折”做幌子吸引客人進來,然後好好的把觀光客痛宰一番。還有一個辦法吸引觀光客就是不讓客人都進來,把一些客人擋在門口,讓他們乖乖的排隊等著,讓人覺得生意興隆,非買不可的樣子。

今天還請了樂隊在中庭演奏,吸引了一些觀眾,跟著拍子輕輕的跟著唱。


每到週末,林口的三井 Outlet 就是人多。一到吃飯的時候,不管是美食街的十一,二家快餐店,還是要收 10% 服務費(也不便宜)的正式餐館,幾乎每一家都要排隊。今天還有許多觀光客來捧場,整個 Outlet 顯得更熱鬧了。

林口 Outlet 幾乎天天都有觀光客來。大部分的巴士在這停兩個鍾頭,給觀光客吃飯,上廁所和買東西。

這是從林口 Outlet 裏面往正門外照的。那些撐著傘的人都是坐機場捷運來吃飯,買東西的。以前很少人從大門進來。機場捷運開了以後就不同了。

我們選 nana’s green tea,然後跟著排。好在不到十分鐘就到我們了。

雖然店名叫”娜娜的綠茶”(我給它取的名字),它除了賣抹茶之類的食品,例如抹茶冰淇淋和抹茶蛋糕等等,也賣熱食。在門口擺的塑膠樣品餐還不錯。反正沒吃過 試一試吧。


我叫了茶香天婦羅抹茶烏龍麵 (truly a mouthful),附送一杯紅豆拿鐵。拿鐵不是拿著鐵錘打人,是 Latte 也。

太太叫的是”有機米飯團茶香豬五花套餐”。我的天婦羅清淡,少油,新鮮,好吃。蝦子肉嫩又QQ,青椒,茄子和薄薄的肉片都好好吃。飯糰沒什麽味道,不過五花肉倒是道地的功夫菜。只吃瘦肉就沒那麽過分了。Miso湯,miso味道濃,還有許多海帶,不像在美國喝的,除了淡淡的 miso 味道以外,整鍋裏找不到幾片海帶。

東西不多,我們三下兩下就吃完了。外面排隊的比我們剛剛來的時候還要多。

可惜,這個 Outlet 不是台灣人開的。

Trump, the wrecking ball, is a gift to Xijinping  February 24, 2017

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Could China’s Trump tactics actually be working? – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-39061702

If this were true… February 20, 2017

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Source: Daily Mail online.

Source: Daily Mail online.

It shows the world the degree America will do to destablize a foreign government or sabotage a foreign head of state to achieve America’s objective in the name of its national interests.

Blackmail, kidnap, assassination and funding government’s opposition either covertly or openly.

If Democrat controls the Senate, Trump’s knowledge of this secret plan will be headline on the prime time for weeks if not months. 

Is capitalism dying in the U.S.? February 19, 2017

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The Screwed Generation Turns Socialist

http://flip.it/VJHyDg

Where are you?

A very interesting article about the changing wheels of American politics.

Ngari No. 1 February 18, 2017

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I bet that you don’t know what Ngari is. Of course, if you haven’t heard of Ngari, you probably have no idea what Ngari No. 1 and Ngari No.2 are.

Well, Ngari is an area in western Tibet and it is world-renowned as the Roof of Tibet. It is a barren plateau of 133,205 square miles roughly 17,220 feet above sea level. Its Chinese name is 阿里 (ā lǐ).

Ngari is famous because it is the site of China’s first gravitational-wave observatory, the highest in the world. 

Ngari 1 is the site of the first phase of the telescope designed to gather data on primordial gravitational waves in the northern hemisphere. It will be operational by 2021. The second phase, Ngari No. 2, will consist of a series of telescopes installed about 20,000 feet above sea level.

Of course, Ngari was chosen for the newest telescope because its high altitude, clear sky, minimum light interference and low human activities, ideal for studying the ripples in the spacetime in cosmic light. 

The Ngari project is sponsored by three institutions: Institution of High Energy Physics, National Astronomical Observatories and Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology.

Gravitational waved was first predicted by Albert Einstein in 1916. They are ripples in the curvature of spacetime which is the fabric of the universe.

These waves are actual physical ripples which stretch and squeeze the space they exist in. 

For 100 years after Einstein first predicted the existence of gravitational waves, none of this elusive waves have ever been detected until February 11, 2016. Two groups jointly declared the detection of the wave produced by the merge of two black holes 1.3 billion years ago. Now the scientists around the world are racing to capture and study the cosmic waves.

On December 13, 2016, the Ngari No. 1 project was officially lauched by the China Institute of High-Energy Physics, a division of the Chinese Academy of Science. The project is aimed to create a highly sensitive experiment on primordial gravitational waves. It will likely be a stepping stone for other cosmological studies such as the evolution of the universe, dark matter and dark energy. 

But, let’s face it, China is new to this field and it has a rather steep learning curve to climb. Close corporation with top scientists around the world is definitely needed.

Actually, what is surprising to me is that China is in the project and is committed to build the telescope in the first place.

I do have a few questions but I don’t think I’ll find any answers in the public domain:

Why did China even participate in this kind of fundamental research at all? 

What did China expect to get out of from this project? 

What are gravitational waves or ripples in the spacetime to China?

Which government official approved this project and what was the total cost of the entire project?

Will China’s participation in this project make any meaningful contribution to the gravitational waves and related research?

Will Ngari No. 1 and Ngari No. 2 find any gravitational waves?

What other cosmology projects are on the drawing board in China?

What’s before the “Big Bang” and should we care about it at all?




Very amusing February 18, 2017

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I like the way Bloomberg editors describe Trump’s first month at the Throne.

Source: Bloomberg

Trump’s dramatic rise to power since becoming Republican Party’s presidential candidate and his tulmaltuous setback in the White House plays out in front of the world like a free reality show.
Will the Democrat take control of the Senate in 2018? If Republican loses the mid-term election and yield the control of Senate to the Democrat, Trump will be in deep trouble in the second half of his term.

By then, investigating Trump’s Russian ties will be a side show comparing to, dare I say, impeachment?