October 31, 2018
by DDD
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Freedom of Speech

I grew up in a communist country where we have, perhaps mistakenly, thought that the difference between communist dictatorships and the western democracies was that in a free and democratic society “freedom of speech” meant that you still had your freedom after you have delivered the speech.

The sad thing is that people seem to be giving up this fundamental right willingly after their ancestors have fought revolutions and wars to have it.

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The Hanzi for Language.

May 31, 2018
by DDD

Have Your Cake and Eat It Too

The English language seems to have won the war, and it has become the lingua franca of the entire world.

So after successfully convincing the world that everyone has to speak English why do British people mistakenly think that they still somehow own the English language?

Success can be its own punishment.

Frost flowers

February 1, 2018
by DDD

Frost Flowers

Delicate structures made of ice crystals that form on top of frozen bodies of water are usually referred to as frost flowers. If the frost forms on solid objects or on window glass it is usually referred to as hoar frost and window frost respectively. Casually they all can be called frost flowers.
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The first snow of November/2017 in Toronto.

November 10, 2017
by DDD
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Winter Has Arrived

It seems winter has arrived. Last night the freezing rain has turned into snow.

It did start to melt in the daytime, but patches have remained.