There was a time when I went to the cinema almost every day. The cinema that I went to was located near to my school. So, after school, my classmates and I would go there to watch a movie or two. Sometimes, I would go alone if no one was free to accompany me.
Now, I barely go to the cinema anymore. The last time that I went to the movie theater was a year ago. It’s not that I don’t have the time, it’s just that I don’t enjoy watching movies on the big screen as much as I used to be.
Back in the days, even after doing some part-time job, I would go to the cinema at 11:00 PM and the movie would finish at around 1:00 AM. That was my way of relaxing in the past aside from reading.
But those days were different. The movies at the time were really great. Movies produced in Hong Kong were numerous but many of them were excellent. When I was still studying, there were approximately 400 movies produced in Hong Kong per year, but now, it would be lucky if they can produce 60 movies in one year. In addition, the quality of most of these 60 or so movies is not good.
The cost of a movie ticket has also changed a lot. Back then, the cost of a single ticket was HK$25 (US$3.20), but nowadays, it’s around HK$100 (US$12.75) or more.
What a Mess
Earlier this morning, a deafening sound of some broken glass woke me up. I glanced at the clock and it was still 5 AM so I opted to ignore it. It could just be from somewhere else. However, after a few minutes, I smelt some kind of soy sauce and other spices. My first thought was, “Who the heck is cooking heavy meals that early in the morning?” However, as the smell intensified, I decided to see what it was.
When I went to the kitchen, I finally learned what happened. The dark soy sauce that I used for cooking last night, together with a bottle of ketchup, a bottle of light soy sauce, a bottle of black vinegar and a jar of XO Sauce (which took me quite a while to make) fell to the floor. I am not sure how it happened. Perhaps, I didn’t place back the soy sauce properly after I used it last night…
Long story short, it took me three hours to clean up all the mess and the glass shards. After cleaning the mess, I also cleaned the entire kitchen as I was already cleaning too long anyway, might as well clean them all.
How Much Water Do You Drink?
Most people would tell you to drink 8 to 10 glasses of water (around 2.5 liters) per day to avoid dehydration. However, experts are still debating the exact amount of water that is needed by the human body and it seems that nobody agrees with each other.
I have read some scientific articles that even argue that you don’t have to drink 8 glasses of water since you can get all the water you need from the food that you eat and from other drinks like juice, coffee, and beer. Yes, beer. While others say that alcoholic beverages can dehydrate you, others argued that there is no scientific basis that supports the claim. Personally, I don’t buy their claims since their tones are rather condescending. Instead of making arguments, they would say something like, “the media brainwashed you into believing that you need to drink 8 glasses of water a day.” This kind rhetoric just rubs me the wrong way. Those are the same type of people who will say, “Wake up Sheeple!”
Now then, back to the original question: How much water do you drink per day? I drink around 4.5 liters to 6 liters per day depending on the weather and how much exercise I do. Each day, I exercise for 1.5 to 3 hours depending on my mood and the amount of free time that I have. So, drinking a lot of water makes sense for me. However, even if I don’t exercise for some reason, I would still drink around 4 liters of water a day. I can’t imagine myself drinking less than that.
Portland, Oregon could have been named as Boston, Oregon.
William Overton, the founder of the place, owed money from several benefactors in Boston and Portland. In 1845, the city that would give its name was chosen through a coin toss.
Chicken Itza (Mysterious Places)
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List of Artificial Intelligence Projects (Wikipedia)
The following is an extract of an obituary of Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) published in the Daily Telegraph on January 15, 1898:
The sayings attributed to him at Oxford would fill an entertaining volume of Carrolliana. Among other things, his ‘etymology of the bell’ is still quoted with relish by scholars. There was a provisional belfry at Christ Church College, which was familiarly known to Oxonians of the time as ‘the meat safe.’ Mr. Dodgson, undertaking to explain this epithet etymologically, split up the word belfry into two parts — the French word belle and the German word frei (free). Then he went to work as follows:
Belle = beautiful = comely = meet (meat);
Frei = free = secure = safe
A mathematician friend told me that if I write down the number 82 to 1 in a descending order and concatenate the digits together:
The 155-digit number formed would be a prime. And she’s correct. You can check it on Wolfram|Alpha.
The first song is titled Keiko no Yume wa Yoru Hiraku performed by the enka singer Keiko Fuji and the next song is Inochi Azukemasu also by the same singer.
“A variety of nothing is superior to a monotony of something.” — Jean Paul Richter
A discussion on how optical illusions trick our brains.