Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Virtual Everything

Although the Covid-19 situation is much better in China, we are still unable to work as usual. Most colleagues of mine come to the library for flexible working. I have attended quite a lot of online meetings, exhibitions, interviews, etc.

Technologies have developed so that we could have online meetings even in ten years ago. However, it seems that few people like online things and the equipments were not used frequently.

The pandemic have forced us to use IT technologies and reduce face-to-face communications.

Our life, even the future of the world, is changing.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Life during the Special Period of Time

Since the end of January, we had to stay at home for about 100 days.
What I did during that period of time is to listen and practice music, to read book, to clean my room and office and to cook.
I have tried every dishes I can, and learn new dishes.
Sometimes, I went to my office, which is next door to my home, and sometimes attended online meetings at home.
Since early May, we began to work every afternoon. We are preparing to work full day perhaps in June.
It is a very special period of time in my lifetime.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Daily Life under the Shadow of the Virus

We began our long holiday on January 24 (Chinese lunar new year eve), and then the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) broke out.
The holiday was prolonged, and then we have to work at home.
I have been very busy, and didn't spend much time with my family. Now, I can spend time at home, and clean the rooms, repair electrical and plumbering equipments, read books, practice musical instruments, cook different dishes, etc., everyday.
Of course, the library is still closed.
I hope it will be better soon.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

How to put humans in cages?

Mr. Ying HAN, one of my friends and a painter from Qingdao (Tsingtao), is very philosophical. Two years ago at the beginning of the Year of the Dog, he made an ex-libris for me, with a dog saying "how to put humans in cages?"
Two years later, faced with the 2019-nCoronaVirus, we have to stay at home for several weeks, just like animals in cages. Animals are coronated at the Year of the Rat. Humans will be punished by the nature, if they continue to be so greedy.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Brill's Calendar and Notebooks

I like the Etymological Calendar 2020 published by Brill in Leiden, The Netherlands, in November 2019.

I also collected a complete set of Brill's notebooks published in more than ten years.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

New Book Release for Mr. Changwen Shen

Yesterday, I attended a new book release ceremony in the PageOne bookstore, Qianmen, Beijing.
The book 八八沈公, or Mr. Shen at 88, published by Zhejiang University Press, is a collection of essays by the friends of Mr. Changwen Shen for the celebration of his 88th birthday on September 26, 2019. Most of them talks about funny anecdotes about Mr. Shen.
In my article is 饕餮沈公, or Gourmet Shen, I recollected my friendship with Mr. Shen and several meetings often at dinner tables. Mr. Shen has a wide social circles from various communities, and eating is one of his major ways of social interactions.