Do not quit. Or, do.

What Tony facing is exactly where I am right now. Both of us wanted, and is doing things we are passionate about, however, quote:

  1. I’m doing too many things because I love them all, and it kind of drains me out a bit.
  2. I’m not doing enough on any particular ‘thing’ to make sure I get somewhere with it.

Besides web design and development, I don’t dance, nor I even got a real job from what I do. Yet what he quoted does mean something to me – a lot:

If you’re educated and wealthy enough to be reading this blog (which is true as you’re reading a computer screen), then you’ve got a massive advantage in life. You have the power, the wealth and the education to actually choose what to do with your life. Most of the population of the entire world doesn’t have that ability. You and I are lucky to not be fighting to stay alive day-to-day. So if you’re not doing something that you believe in – something you can be passionate about – then do something for me.

Quit.

Don’t waste time @ Carsonified

So what I am doing at the moment? I am:

  • Trying to learn how to do scientific research in a lab as a part-time student
  • Writing web applications, sometimes for myself, sometimes for small paid projects
  • Contributing Mozilla projects as Firefox localization manager for Chinese (Taiwan)
  • Contributing astronomy education outreach through maintaining a language support package for a FOSS Planetarium software
  • Studying English, writing some translations (in Chinese)

I don’t exactly know how would these things get me somewhere some day. At least I know I should not waste my time.

2009 國際天文年

IYA慶祝伽(ㄐㄧㄚ)利略將望遠鏡指向天空 400 年整,聯合國教科文組織將 2009 年定為「國際天文年」,跟 2005 年的世界物理年一樣,會舉辦一系列的活動增加大眾對天文的認知。這麼盛大的事情當然要在這裡播報一下囉;YouTube 上面竟然還有電影預告片形式宣傳短片勒 (已經被翻成中文了,建議用高畫質播放)!

台灣的聯絡資訊活動網站可以發現孫維新老師又把活動接下來辦了(那個「China – Taipei」我想是因為 UNESCO 的關係 …),看樣子會很熱鬧。網站羅列了一整年的天文活動(例行的天文活動像是 Star Party 等也會因為天文年所以擴大舉辦),但是真的讓我有興趣的是我隨便 Google 到的這篇來自台北天文館的公文

2009年為國際天文年,本館推出整年度一系列活動,預計於1月16日至1月18日辦理一場「天文社團介紹展」,擬邀請全國各級天文社團報名參加,本活動是以海報方式呈現,請將社團簡介、歷年成果以及有關天文年的社團活動規畫等資料,製作成海報並在本館展出。實施辦法如附件1所示。

實施辦法還寫天文社團只要交海報電子檔,天文館幫你印,展完還會寄回去送你!實在讓我很想外掛某個天文社弄一張介紹 Stellarium 的海報呀… 但是也要有認識的天文社願意去展而且剛好貼不滿願意讓我外掛一張就是。

捍衛公視的公共性

大慧說得沒錯,KMT 這根本就是不管吃相好不好看,就是要吃死你!

從明年98年度起,公視年度經費,應該附具年度計畫及收支預算,而且應該(包含新聞節目及一般節目製作購買費用、節目企劃購買費用、及節目製播費用等相關細目),報請主管機關新聞局核可同意,才能夠動支。

所以呢?確保為了避免公視「逃避立法院的預算監督」,我們要把黨政軍退出媒體的目標和台灣剛做出規模的公共媒體的獨立性降級到新聞局長的一句口頭承諾?而且這麼會算計的立法委員竟然會忘記如果政黨又輪替了該怎麼辦呢?

唉,如果能靠捐款就把公視撐起來就好了…