Tintin, Tom Sawyer, Robinson Crusoe, Harry Potter, Mowgli, and a shout-out

One drawback of self employment is that I don’t have time for blogging nowadays. When I had a full time job dutifully serving my corporate master, I had time to surf the web, slack off, and write a post or two. Ever since I started on my own, my blog production has dropped. I still waste too much time blindly surfing the web, that part has not changed, unfortunately. I will rectify that during the new year.

Anyway, I’ve read some children’s books lately, and enjoyed them all, as listed in the title of this post. I’ve heard about or read excerpts of those books in the past but never read them in full. The Adventure of Tom Sawyer, in particular, helped me to further understand a not insignificant part of the American psyche. I will finish the first volume of Tintin as soon as my son is done with it.

Tintin and The Blue Lotus was particularly intriguing to me. Wouldn’t it be nice if old newspapers, brochures, magazines, treaties among countries, and books are easily available? Say, through the web for free? I would love to have some time to pore over Chinese publications, newspapers, and treaties since the early 1800’s. Speaking of reading, I also have plans to read Shakespeare’s stuff, because my understanding of that part of the Western civilization is very, very superficial. Greek stuff is next when I am done with William. I also would like to read the Qur’an.

Anyway, this also servers as my incoherent shout-out to my non IT-related blog readers. Happy New Year everybody!

亲爱的中文读者,我打算把我的2007年故国行写完。已经拖了很久,次要原因是没时间。主要原因是至少对我来说,需要时间来回味和体会。再加上这次旅行酸甜苦辣咸,五味俱全,我一只拙笔,需要时间才能把情感写得更准确一些。

2 thoughts on “Tintin, Tom Sawyer, Robinson Crusoe, Harry Potter, Mowgli, and a shout-out”

  1. Haidong,

    Happy New Year!

    Yes, it would be fantastical if all these old books could be acquired online. Project Gutenberg has been doing this for Public Domain works. Unfortunately, “intellectual property” created in the United States since 1923 is pretty much unavailable to the public domain, which can be particularly awful for books that are out of print, and publishers who have died off.

    http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page

    Originally US copyright law applied to a work for 14 years after its creation, then the work was entered into the public domain. In the last century, the law has been extended repeatedly to provide increased business profit, since they have better lobbyists than “the public” and Copyright now extends to 70 years after the death of the author.

    One of those things that really upsets me.

    Anyway, I hope the new year is a good one for your little Ji Village in the western suburbs!

    Love,
    -danny

  2. Thanks a lot Danny. Project Gutenberg is nice. And the information on “intellectual property” is interesting.

    We will see what happens. There will be some changes, as Maria is in the market for a job.

    Happy New Year to you and yours!

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