“Why I Write” is a complicated question and I still don’t have a definitive answer. For now the reason I write is that there are attitudes and ways of thinking that I want to record. These recordings form a basis where I can work to refine my thoughts.
Longform (relatively) works on specific topics. Occasionally updated.
AI, VR and Space Exploration Would the development of AI and VR technology hinder or boost space exploration?
城市更新背后的逻辑 Review of David Harvey’s book Paris, the Capital of Modernity, in Chinese.
一个 blog 作者的困惑 Why blogging was no longer the fad, in Chinese.
更大、更美、未完成 Kickstarter, Steam and a new way to develop games, in Chinese.
杰米辛的奇迹 The implications of N.K.Jemisin’s 3 Hugos on non-English SF. In Chinese.
I have wavered with my position on blogging. On one hand, it is a virtue on today’s Internet, for that you keep on writing pieces of text without the expectation that someone would look at them. On the other hand, it is blogging and the pursuit of “new” that lead us to our dilemma today.
As a compromise, I keep a blog, but in a very simple form. Hopefully, both that, and the fact that I write in org-mode and publish it with a simple recipe make it easier to focus on writing instead of trying to get attention.
The posts may be deleted, renamed or move to another location, so don’t link to things here. If you do want to have a permanent link, go to archive.org and store a snapshot of the page.
Docs are records that remind us what decisions we made, what stands we take, and why we did that.
It doesn’t prevent regrets but at least you know how we come to now.
Academic journal: literature studies
Chinese Literature Today “The mission of Chinese Literature Today is to provide the finest English translations of and fresh critical essays about contemporary Chinese literature and culture.” Open Access.