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May 20th, 2022
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May 14th, 2022

前有彼得·考夫曼的《穷查理宝典》,收录了查理·芒格的个人传记、投资哲学,以及过去20年来芒格主要的公开演讲和媒体访谈;现在埃里克·乔根森(Eric Jorgenson)整理了纳瓦尔·拉维坎特(Naval Ravikant)十年来的一万七千多条推文、采访和演讲,以及播客访谈和博客论文出版了《纳瓦尔宝典Almanack of Naval Ravikant》, 聚焦如何实现财福双全的生活。本周,中文版的终于出版上市了,撒花庆祝一下!

我在这两年在文章中多次介绍过Naval这位大神,现在终于有一本书可以系统地了解他的生活哲学,十分感谢Eric花费三年时间整理并集结成册。此书还得到知名博主Tim Ferriss有史以来第一次同意写序言,以及其他我喜欢的博主的推荐(比如Shane Parrish和Tucker Max)。总结一下历年来我翻译过的Naval的推文和播客内容。

如何不靠运气致富

Naval最有名的推特风暴算是推特史上转载最多的推文之一了。核心内容就是你无法靠出卖自己的时间致富,你需要拥有资产(公司、股票或实体),或者能在你睡觉的时候帮你赚钱的技术(代码或媒体)。

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May 14th, 2022

知名财经记者威廉·格林(William Green)在过去25年的职业生涯中采访了数百位世界顶级的投资人,并将他的独家专访和所学所得集结成书《Richer, Wiser, Happier: How the World's Greatest Investors Win in Markets and Life》,向我们展示了这些大师级别人士的投资智慧和人生感悟。本周,威廉在他的播客中表示,「如果我不得不从过去四分之一个世纪我所采访的所有杰出的投资者中只选择一个榜样,那就是阿诺德·范登堡(Arnold Van Den Berg)」。

阿诺德·范登堡是世纪管理金融顾问公司(Century Management)的首席执行官和联合首席投资官。他出生于荷兰阿姆斯特丹,和安妮·弗兰克(《安妮日记》的作者) 住在同一条街。当纳粹德国入侵荷兰并开始追捕犹太人时,阿诺德的父母分别被抓到集中营,而他则躲在孤儿院里长大成人。阿诺德勉强读完高中后,在没有任何大学教育或正式培训的情况下自学投资,并克服重重逆境,取得了卓越的投资成就。这期播客并没有聚焦在阿诺德的投资理念上,反而深入地讨论了他如何通过控制自己的思想来改变人生,实现了超越物质所获的充盈生活,以及我们可以从他身上学到什么。

简单总结一下这期令我受益匪浅的播客

1. 阿诺德之所以可以逃脱被送往集中营的命运,归功于一位17岁女孩的帮助。这位女孩听从她的牧师爸爸的指示,冒着被纳粹发现的生命危险将阿诺德送上逃离的火车。在往后的日子里,阿诺德总是对父女俩的做法百思不解,到底是什么样的力量可以让他人对陌生人伸出援手,甚至牺牲自己的生命?25年后,阿诺德在咨询了一位心理医生后找到了答案。医生说,「如果你的原则比你的生命更重要,你就会牺牲生命。如果你的生命比你的原则更重要,你就会牺牲原则」。正是这对父女虔诚的信仰,让他们坚信无论在何种情况下都要帮助别人。

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May 7th, 2022
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投资公司Collaborative Fund合伙人、前《华尔街日报》专栏作家摩根·豪塞尔(Morgan Housel)最近发表了一篇长博文《How People Think》,他描述了在人类漫长的历史中,充满了无尽的想法和故事,尽管每个人都有独特的看待世界的角度和方式,但人类的行为和思维模式却充满了共性,Morgan就「人类如何思考」这一课题,总结出了最常见也最具影响力的17个方面,简单编译一下:

1. 每个人都隶属于部落,并低估了部落对其思维产生的影响。
部落无处不在,包括国家、省市、政党、公司、行业、投资风格、经济理念、宗教、家庭、学校、专业、资格证明。人们之所以喜欢加入部落,因为可以找到志同道合并且怀抱相同目标的同僚。

每个部落都有自己的规则、信仰和想法,你可能对其中的一些规则不以为然,但是却不敢公开表示否定。因为没有个体愿意冒着被部落其他成员攻击的风险去挑战既定的规则,或者质疑自己隶属于部落的身份特征。久而久之人们要么心甘情愿地对糟糕的注意点头,要么被环境腐化,成为部落忠诚的一份子。

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May 7th, 2022

过去几周见过我的朋友们都表示「你气色好太多了」「整个人都在发光」「感觉又年轻了不少」,除了在英格兰的乡村待了一个月静养和参加了十天的内观冥想以外,大量的写作时间也让我有机会把脑海中有意识或者无意识困扰我的事情显现在纸面上,从而可以更清晰地感知我的想法,解放自己的焦虑和不安,对自我有更深刻的认知。

除非从繁忙的生活中抽出时间反思自我,不然你永远不知道什么才能让自己达到真正满足的状态。仅仅实现了当下的冲动和渴望,只会为人类带来一时的快乐,并不能为人们带来长远的幸福生活。独处和记日记便是一种投资回报比很高的反思生活的方法。除此之外,心理学家乔丹·彼得森(Jordan Peterson)发明创造的「书写人生Self-Authoring」项目也是一个很不错的通过写作了解自我的工具。

过去几个月我便花费了大量的时间在该网站上书写我的过去、现在和未来(目前已完成1/3)。书写过去可以让你知道自己究竟是谁;书写现在可以帮助你评估优缺点;书写未来则让你思考自己真正想要的是什么。

我们的大脑总是本能地忙碌于确定所处环境的危险程度。当不好的事情发生时,我们的头脑和身体自然而然地视当前环境是危险的,并准备采取紧急行动。这个准备的过程将会消耗我们的脑力和体力。一旦发生了不合我们心意的事情,我们肯定会想如何避免未来发生同样的事情,这时我们的心灵就失去了往日的平静。

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April 30th, 2022
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Greeting from Lisbon!

I moved back to Portugal this month after getting my residency visa sorted. Thanks to Pieter Levels who built up the Rebase.co that helped me with the immigration process (here is the road map of my application). Lisbon will be my temporary base for now. Say Hi when you’re here, and let’s meet IRL!

This month I ticked a box of a decade long dream — visited Camp Nou and watched Barca’s victory at the home ground! Nothing can compare with the joy of a childhood dream coming true. Més Que Un Club! Barca represents Catalonia’s rebellious spirit and Cruyff’s philosophy, which had a massive impact on me throughout my teenage years to now.

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April 30th, 2022

凯文·凯利(Kevin Kelly)本月迎来了70大寿!在每年生日之时,他会撰文分享诸多生活经验和感悟。我在前两年翻译过他的两篇文章:
凯文·凯利的99条生活感悟
网络文化教父KK的68条生活感悟
今年继续延续传统,分享一下这位给我带来诸多思考的线上导师的最新文章,谢谢KK,生日快乐!

- 大约99%的情况下,正确的时间就是现在。

- 除你自己之外,没有人对你的财产印象深刻。

- 永远不要为你不想成为的人工作。

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April 26th, 2022
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清除一切迷障,知觉之门将开,万物显出本相:如其所是,绵延无止。 

— 威廉 · 布莱克

不能使用手机,不能说话,不能读写,不能听歌刷剧,不能和他人有任何身体接触,不能杀生,不能饮酒吃肉... 每天早上四点起床,静坐冥想12个小时,这就是我过去十天的生活写照。

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April 10th, 2022
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记得2019年刚从新西兰搬到欧洲大陆,我就买了巴萨对阵皇马的球票,一心期待着即将到来的诺坎普朝圣之旅,可惜,加泰罗尼亚地区突然暴乱,国家德比也随之取消。2020年的疫情又将我前往巴塞罗那的旅行计划打乱,这一拖就是两年。这周有幸前往巴塞罗那参加区块链大会,总算有机会一睹诺坎普的真容,膜拜高迪的建筑,结识了一票混迹web3的小伙伴们,现在来分享一下我在巴塞罗那的游记。

Celo Connect 2022

自从2017年开始接触区块链技术以来(感谢前男友带我入坑),一直没有停下学习的脚步,无论是买币、挖NFTs,还是参与相关的DAO项目,在web3的世界玩得不亦乐乎!

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April 6th, 2022
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I often got asked by readers and friends: how come you have extra hours to do so many things: write two newsletters (Chinese and English), run two podcast shows (Chiwi Journal and A Paradise of Poems), publish novels (Chinese and English), found a business, work with clients from four continents, read 50+ books a year, play Fantasy Premier League game, translate well-known writers’ books in Chinese and still have ‘me’ time and social life?

My secret weapon is personal energy management.

Before I reveal the information, let’s look back to history to know who contributes to my secret formula.

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March 30th, 2022

Quick update from me

Greeting from England!

I was house-sitting for a friend and living in England’s countryside during the past month. Every day, I woke up to the chorus of birdsong and practised Yoga with squirrels as a company. Then I walked for about two hours alongside rivers and hills. During the day, I write and read. In the nighttime, I watch movies/shows.

As an extrovert, I never thought I could live a simple and solitary lifestyle. But COVID trained me to accommodate myself to any circumstances. I can be a party animal and live like a rock star; I can also live in solitude without any social activities. I’m still too young to figure out which career path and lifestyle suits me better. Only through experiment shall I know my preference.

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March 29th, 2022
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"A propaganda model suggests that the “societal purpose” of the media is to teach and defend the economic, social, and political agenda of privileged groups that dominate the domestic society and the state. The media serve this purpose in many ways: through a selection of topics, distribution of concerns, framing of issues, filtering of information, emphasis and tone, and keeping debate within the bounds of acceptable premises."

Manufacturing Consent by Edward S. Herman, Noam Chomsky

​If you ask Ukrainians, who is the most memorable and influential British in their history, Gareth Jones’ name is undoubtedly on the record.

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March 22nd, 2022
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Imagine a guy who runs more than 80 Twitter accounts. Each account represents a person with a different personality, covering various content from poetry, philosophy to horoscopes and policy in different languages. Would it be possible?

Imagine that didn’t happen on Twitter but in real life. Would that sound even crazier?

Let’s hop on board a time machine, travel back to twentieth-century Lisbon and meet the guy who made that mission impossible into a mission achievable.

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March 19th, 2022
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言论自由

首先悼念一下陪伴了我12年的微博@翊瑄Camellia),因某些不可名状的原因现在被禁止登陆了。虽然我从前年开始逐渐退出中心化的媒体频道(删了知乎、IG、荔枝和喜马),本打算今年年底再退出微博,结果计划没变化快,提前完成了指标。也不知道这个公众号还能存留多久,所以大家且看且珍惜吧哈哈!和我保持联系或者阅读我的内容的最好方式还是登陆我的个人网站,订阅Chiwi Journal,或者加入CY Circle

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March 15th, 2022
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最近一直在读听读Robert Breedlove的内容,他最新的一篇博文《God and Free Exchange》给予了我很大的启发,简单翻译总结一下:

​当人们提起「上帝/老天爷/神明GOD」这个词汇时,脑海中一般会冒出一个住在天上的白胡子老头的形象,这无疑是受到中世纪教会的影响。在那个知识垄断的时代,教会利用人们的无知去宣传可以为自己谋利的故事,把神明描述为高高在上的父权形象,借此树立权威并依靠贩卖赎罪劵敛钱。

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March 14th, 2022
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Twenty-three years ago, my dad bought me a PC, which opened a whole new world for me.

Eighteen years ago, I created my first blog on MySpace and started my online writing journey.

Ever since connecting on the internet, I was like a kid with a Disneyland VIP ticket that played around freely and happily. I didn’t realise I was indulging myself in the fairy tales of free internet and freedom of speech until one day, **I encountered censorship. **

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March 9th, 2022
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二月初在Discord上启动的「30天发现真我写作活动」即将迎来尾声。过去的30天和来自五湖四海的小伙伴们每天回答以下三个问题并分享打卡。

1. 今天让你感到兴奋的事情是什么?

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March 9th, 2022

As a Chinese living in a western country working in the media industry, I found myself constantly in a dilemma to pick up my standing ground. 

Growing up and attending schools in China made me aware that state-owned media might brainwash me. I dreamed that I would go overseas and be a responsible journalist with free speech one day. However, when I stepped up in the western world and worked in journalism and public relation, I noticed that western legacy media has no less different than a propaganda machine. 

Since I consume both English and Chinese content and have first-hand experience living in the east and west, I struggle to find TRUTH because there are so many conflicting ‘facts’ and opinions towards one event. 

Take Russia and Ukraine crisis as an example. While Twitter’s sentiments are pro-Ukraine, Weibo’s sentiments are pro-Russia. Based on my observation and limited knowledge, here are a few reasons to explain Chinese netizens’ sentiments towards this crisis. 

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March 4th, 2022
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More than 20 years ago, a best-selling book, The Sovereign Individual: Mastering the Transition to the Information Age, introduced the concept of ‘The Sovereign Individual’ --- a group of people free from the constraints of geography and can generate revenue anywhere, anytime in the digital age.

Throughout history, our society is constantly changing, gradually and then suddenly. These changes might be hard to notice, partly because the mainstream media leads public opinion, resulting in a single and manipulated narrative. But the birth of the Internet has accelerated the spread of information. Many people have benefited from the flow of information and take personal responsibility to achieve sovereignty.

Here I am, looking out at the vast Atlantic Ocean in front of me, breathing the fresh air from early spring Lisbon, feeling the energetic vibes at a local cafe, hearing more than three different languages playing back in the background. I put my headphone on and glance down at my laptop to greet my client from the other side of the world. Looking at the beautiful scenery of New Zealand in her background, I could almost smell the homey aroma of the flat white in her hand.

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February 28th, 2022
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​Quick update from my side

​I’m writing this newsletter on a flight from Lisbon to London. Time to get back to the Premier League stadiums and enjoy the upcoming Manchester Derby!

During the past six months, I toured around Portugal as a digital nomad and spent most of the time between Lisbon and Aveiro. Goodbye always makes my throat hurt, but I surrender to what fate leads me to the path I truly belong to. Thanks to everyone I met in Portugal for your lovely companionship and performance at those wild festivals, parties, daily encounters, and hangouts!​On a side note, I conducted my first poem reading performance at Lovecraft Beer Lounge Aveiro with a local musician João Grillo this month. So glad to go back to the stage that I’ve been missing for so long. As a child singer, I have enjoyed stage performance since I was little and found joy in entertaining others with my talent. Stay tuned for my future appearance!​Now, let’s get into this month’s content.

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February 28th, 2022
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如何打造多产的创作者​

创作者经济蓬勃发展的当下,如何训练自己成为一名多产的创作者呢?这周读到一篇关于「创作者技艺养成」的文章,简单总结一下:

- 创作者需要将自己看作手工艺人,在自己力所能及的范围内精益求精,注重质量而非产量,并在每一次创作时立下承诺,全身心地投入到创作的过程中。

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February 24th, 2022

天下无不散的筵席。这周是我在VIC Aveiro Art House的最后一周,月底将暂别葡萄牙,重回英国看看球赛,he老友们相聚,曼市德比我来啦!

命运将我带到了阿威罗这个陌生的城市,而现在的我已然爱上这座有着「盐城」和「葡萄牙威尼斯」之称的小城了。记得刚来阿威罗的时候,当地朋友就告诉我,这里虽然不如里斯本和波尔图名声响亮,但却有一股独特的吸引力,凡是在阿威罗住过的人,兜兜转转总会再回到这里,尤其是会回到VIC Art House

在这里,我和其他艺术家们一起策划了葡萄牙首届无法被定义的音乐节VAGA FESTIVAL;一起打造总在尝试新风格的先锋唱片公司VIC NIC;一起在平安夜的大雨中寻找还开门营业的酒吧,用假身份和不同的人搭话;一起在深山老林里从黄昏打碟到黎明,拿一把吉他弹唱披头士、老鹰、涅槃和枪花;一起在跨年当天带着香槟走街串巷16个小时不停歇的跳舞歌唱;一起在朋友他外婆送给外公的神秘地下影院庆祝我在葡萄牙的第一个生日;一起受邀表演节目,一起游船看落日,一起疯、玩、闹...

在这里,走在大街小巷很容易遇到熟人,然后一起挑个咖啡馆一坐就是一下午,互相交流下最近写的诗歌,八卦八卦彼此的感情生活,再聊聊哲学和历史。有时在路上偶遇音乐人朋友,当街拥抱问好后,就立马唱跳起来,引来路人一阵儿围观。我可以保证的是阿威罗的大部分市民肯定会记得那个葡语乱七八糟没事儿就爱傻乐的粉发中国女孩了。

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February 14th, 2022
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知名职业导师Devin Martin花费1万多个小时辅导CEO级别的领导后发现,那些实现了「财福双全」的成功人士,基本都是通才。他们不会将自己限制在所谓的专业领域中,而是追随自己的好奇心,实现全面的发展,甚至培养了一些和本专业风马牛不相及的兴趣和爱好。

纵观历史,这一现象也可以在那些改变了世界的人身上看到。爱因斯坦擅长小提琴,理查德·费曼热爱打鼓,丘吉尔痴迷于油画和垒砖,乔治·华盛顿喜爱跳舞... 这些看似和他们专业领域毫不相干的爱好,反而促使他们打破常规,将不同学科的思想和技能融会贯通,实现创新和发展。

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February 7th, 2022

If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it's not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That's why it's your path.― Joseph Campbell

When I interviewed Pieter Levels on my podcast, we discussed the unbalanced ratio between male and female indie hackers. We understand the importance of having a role model or referencing other people’s stories on our making and building journey. Since there are not many female founders stories, I’d like to take this opportunity to share my journey and lessons learned along the way.

Unlike many tech-savvy IHers, I was trained in marketing and communications. I started my career as a part-time journalist while studying in New Zealand. I got a full-time job offer with a big corporate as a social media specialist and then switched to the finance world to focus on content creation, PR and community management.

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February 3rd, 2022
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Quick update from my side

When the church bell rang to welcome the New Year, my friends surprised me by showing up from nowhere with champagne in a glamour dress and took me on a boat in Aveiro. We ended up singing & dancing from midnight to dawn and to dusk.

That's just a typical day in VIC Aveiro Art House, full of energy, surprise and happiness. My life here is absolutely beyond my expectation and filled with good things I have never imagined. The way I ended up here is serendipity, and the way I worked here is life should be -- surrounded by artists who inspire each other daily and collaborate on various writing and music projects!

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February 1st, 2022
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情绪多样化

最近特别留心关注自己的情绪,并尝试用更精准的词汇去描绘自己的感受。

之前采访财富管理公司KCP的传媒总监Tom Morgan时,他提到中北美的一个部落有94种词汇来描述「爱」,而英语只有一个Love... 这些年来,我之所以越来越接近本我,可能也和成长过程中不断接触新的语言和文化有关系,从而有了更多的表达真实自我的方式和词汇。

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January 23rd, 2022

每次和好基友Ellen聊天时,都能炸出一堆想法(原谅我那自动输入法总是莫名其妙带些后缀...)。

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比如说我们在找Notion的模板时,没有发现100%适合的,那何不找个60%满意的然后优化一下,或者直接找两个60%然后结合一下?

想起之前做的很多项目,要追究背后的方法论就是Ideas Sex,把两个或几个看似不相干的东西结合一下,然后就擦出了激烈的火花!就像网络教父凯文·凯利在《必然》一书中提到的那样,在过去创造的大部分财富中,一大部分得益于将有价值的东西重组,或是把不同的新想法重混(Remix)。

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January 18th, 2022
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刷推的时候看到一条很有意思的推文,正符合我当前的兴趣点。

推主注意到当前大佬们正不约而同地关注如下几个课题,来完善他们的世界观:- 冥想和形而上学(也可称为玄学)- 理性主义存在的漏洞- 神话和故事的力量- 热衷于部落化- 对宗教和灵性发展持有积极态度

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January 7th, 2022
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2022年第一篇!给大家推荐一位我很喜欢的英文博主Maria Popova

Maria Popova是保加利亚裔的美国作家,她自2006年开始线上写作,起初只是总结阅读的文章和对生活的思考,然后发给她的七位好友阅读。后来搭建了网站,慢慢发展为被美国国会图书馆存档,且被Tim Ferriss等一票硅谷新富推崇的读物(网站原名Brain Pickings,现已改名为The Marginalian)。

Maria的博文聚焦思想、创意、灵修和诗歌美学的探索,在文学作品、艺术创作、科学实验和哲学理论中总结提炼出她对于生命意义的理解。

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January 4th, 2022
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​Happy New Year from the Chiwi Journal Newsletter! Here is the special edition featured my year in review.

​2021 Year in Review

​Thirteen years ago, I got into the habit of writing year in review.

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December 29th, 2021

我喜欢在清晨五点漫步在空荡荡的街道上,
我喜欢和流浪者讨论这个荒谬的世界,
我喜欢看着太阳从沉睡的世界中缓缓升起,
我喜欢和陌生人有一番哲思对话。

我经常犯错,
也喜欢把事情搞砸,
但我正在努力学习接受我的弱点。

大多数的时候我根本不在乎别人对我创作的评价,
这是我的生活记录,是我对艺术的看法。
但有些时候,我又渴望有一个人可以透过文字看清本质,
我只想对Ta一个人有意义。

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December 27th, 2021
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Photo credit: Road trip with raj

2021年一共读了82本书(历年总结:20202019年2018年2017年)。今年阅读的内容偏向女性作家、脑神经科学和物理学、神话禅宗以及科幻作品。以往总是追求数量的我,今年更着重于重读过去的典籍。结尾附上了书单,以下为今年的十大推荐读物。

《成为波伏娃》Becoming Beauvoir: A Life

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December 22nd, 2021

“Have you eaten the Laba congee?” Mum asked me yesterday, the eighth day of the twelfth month in the Chinese calendar. “It’s the tradition.”

“We don’t celebrate Chinese traditions here in London, mum,” I said.

I still have to repeat every year to my mum people outside China don’t have the International Labor Holiday in May and the International Children Day in June, not to mention why should they celebrate Chinese National Day in October. But my mum has a weird logic that if it’s so-called ‘International’, everyone around the world would celebrate that.

“Aren’t there a Chinatown in London where you can have the Laba congee?” Mum continued to persuade me to follow the tradition.

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December 20th, 2021
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13年前养成了一个习惯,每年年底都要总结过去一年的生活(详情参见:CAMELLIA)。

今年从英国搬来了葡萄牙,将自己彻底沉浸在艺术的氛围中,不再试图去掌控命运的走向,而是臣服于宇宙的安排,用爱去感受和体验生命的馈赠。继续感恩这一年中的过客和老师,也坚信「宇宙正在背后密谋如何让你成功」。

到最后,你不得不相信生命本身就是一场奇迹。

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December 15th, 2021

​I am dead.

I died in a studio apartment approximately 37 sq. m.

I died from overdosing of anionic surfactants, benzisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, phenoxyethanol, linalool, butylphenyl methylpropional and hexyl cinnamal.  To put it into simple language, I was killed by a cleaning spray bottle.

Don’t ask me how I know those terminologies. If you lived long enough with those bottles as your only companies, you could remember better than I was. Trust me.

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December 14th, 2021

每年生日(12月20日)之前都会总结过去一年的修习成果(参见29303132)。今年作为转型年,沉浸在科技和艺术世界的我对自己和周围的世界又有了更深刻的认知,特写此文,与君分享。

1. 个人经历也许只占世事的0.00000001% ,每个人对世界的认知都残缺不全,但却形成了我们全部的世界观。除了一手经验以外,我们需要多去阅读并尽可能地不带偏见去理解他人和这个世界。

2. 面临两难选择时,选择那个能为未来带来更多运气的选项;选择目前看来困难的那一条路。

3. 体验一下宗教仪式或者草药疗养,你不用相信,也不要上瘾,但请保持开放的心态进行尝试,会有意想不到的疗愈效果。

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December 14th, 2021

①2021年你做对了什么投资行为让你倍感骄傲?(你可以分享你参与了 DeFi / NFT 项目,分享为什么参与?收益如何?)

  • 注册了以太坊域名拿到了空投 (camelliayang.eth)
  • 混迹PleaserDAO得到@pplpleasr 的NFT
  • 开通Mirror并实验将自己的文章制成NFT,还测试了众筹功能
  • 参与Coinvise搞了自己的币$CAM;
  • 开通付费社群,支持加密货币付款并给大家发POAP;
  • 同时关注音乐和艺术相关的DAO以及项目(e.g. sound.xyz,$CABIN),目前正在葡萄牙筹备Art Residency。

今年基本是试验阶段,明年应该会专注于和内容创作者相关的项目及DAO,亲身试验看看能否玩出什么花样来。

② 如果你可以时光倒流,你希望可以回到2021的什么时刻?为什么?当时发生了什么?

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December 13th, 2021

Airpods in my ears,
Playing podcasts and music,
Hiding from the crowd.
Maybe I’ll go deaf,
But Beethoven composed music when he was deaf.
There is no excuse,
Sprint, rest, sprint, rest, and repeat.

Glasses on my eyes,
Ten hours a week on average,
Reading books.
Maybe I’ll go blind,
But Borges wrote books when he was blind.
There is no excuse,
Sprint, rest, sprint, rest, and repeat

Weights on my shoulders,
Running shoes ready,
Training every day.
Maybe I’ll suffer from injuries,
But Hawkins spread science to the masses in his wheelchair.
There is no excuse,
Sprint, rest, sprint, rest, and repeat.

Thoughts and ideas are everywhere,
Dreams and consciousness are interweaving.
Maybe I’ll lose my sanity,
But Nash created the game theory with schizophrenia.
There is no excuse,
Sprint, rest, sprint, rest, and repeat.

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December 11th, 2021

I’m Mila, also Liam.
My bed is the wormhole connecting the two worlds.
Once every 24 hours Earth rotates on its axis, taking me with it.
I’m Mila during the daytime. Liam takes over in the nighttime.
We are the perfect team to keep the balance.
However, things have changed in 2020.

During the global pandemic, I had more time to expand my interests.
Those theories about simulation, consciousness and AI triggered my interest. 
Then I began to notice that I never met Liam in reality.
How come I have someone appeared in my dream but I never saw his face before?
Where does his image come from?
The more I dig into my mind, the more I realise Liam is not an NPC and try to take the domain.
I was an observer to him, and then he merged with me.
I talked, and he talked. I moved, and he moved. I thought, and he thought. 
He became Mila and Mila disappeared. 
I disappeared in my dream.

Many times in the morning, I looked in the mirror and saw my face reflected on the surface.
The longer I gazed into the mirror, the more blurry Mila turned to be. 
I began to question my reality.
‘Who am I?’
It was so real to be Liam in my dream. 
‘Which world is real?’
I remembered my mum used to tell me the story about “The Butterfly Dream”.
Zhuangzi fell asleep and dreamed that he was a butterfly. 
When he woke up, he did not know whether he was a man who had dreamed he was a butterfly or whether he was a butterfly now dreaming he was a man.
I mocked the crazy Zhuangzi back then, but now, I feel the same.
‘Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?’
Is Mila or Liam recited Edgar Allen Poe’s poem?

“Have you ever had Déjà vu?” One of Mila’s friends asked.
“Many times,” Mila replied, “most of the times I feel like I’m a prophet because I know my Déjà vu is going to happen and I’m led by Déjà vu.”
“Scared, isn’t it?” The friend responded. 
“A little bit,” Mila answered back. “It reminds me of the question Ted Chiang raised in his book The Story of Your Life.”
“Which is?”
“If you could see your whole life laid out in front of you, would you change things?” 
“What would you do?”
“I chose to live the way it is,” Mila said. 
“How do you know the way you chose is the right way?” The friend asked.
“I don’t know,” Mila answered. “Life is all about experiences, isn’t it? I choose to experience it, no matter whether it is right or wrong.”
“But as you said,” The friend confused. “You had experienced Déjà vu so many times which means you’ve already experienced that. Why not try something different? When you feel like your Déjà vu approached you, why not choose a different path?”
Mila confused.
‘All those experiences are already in my mind, but I’m not aware of that.’ 
‘Does that mean I’ve already experienced them or not?’
‘Mind and reality, which one is real?’
Mila questions in her mind.

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December 9th, 2021

“Where are you from?”

“I’m from New Zealand,” I answered.

“Where are you ORIGINALLY from?”

People always ask me this question because they don’t believe a girl with an Asian face is from an English-speaking country.

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December 6th, 2021

​指指自己,你会指向自己的胸口,而不是脑袋。

精神科医生和作家Iain McGilchrist集合毕生所学,出版了一本600页的厚书The Matter With Things,被很多学者认为会被历史铭记的一本著作。

听了几期Iain McGilchrist接受采访的播客,感觉他的这本新书正可以解决我对于直觉和精神智慧的一些疑问,接下来可以专注地啃啃这本厚书了。

科技发展为社会带来了巨大的变革,但是人类却变得越来越不幸福快乐,Iain认为我们陷入了一个理性发展的怪圈,过于崇拜左脑的逻辑和理智,而贬低右脑的创意和情感。

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December 3rd, 2021
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Welcome to the December Issue of Chiwi Journal! Your monthly newsletter with the content I filtered, curated and wrote based on 140+ hours of reading and listening time.

Quick update from my side:

I've turned into a party animal mood since I got involved with a music project in Aveiro. Super glad the first unclassifiable music festival, VAGA 2021, went very well with six genreless musicians from Portugal, France, Argentina, Serbian and Spain.

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November 30th, 2021

克鲁伊夫

每当有人问我为什么是巴萨+曼城的粉丝,用一个人名回答:克鲁伊夫

我最爱的播客频道之一FOUNDERS最近出了一期克鲁伊夫的自传节目,而我也在去年拜读了他的自传《我的转身My Turn》,总结一下:

- 克鲁伊夫5岁的时候被人称为「足球小子」,因为他走哪都带着足球,足球总不离身。他在自传中回忆道,对于一件事物的热爱是无法弄虚作假的,在你少不经事的时候就已经显现出来。

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November 22nd, 2021

上个月和Chiwi Journal的嘉宾Richard Reis录了一期关于禅宗冥想的播客,这会儿他完整的写下了四个月的修行体会,简单翻译总结一下:

1. Richard一直着迷于史蒂夫·乔布斯的早年经历,他发现乔布斯尝试过多种冥想体验,追随大师去印度修行,甚至还采取极端的饮食并加入了嬉皮公社。后来乔布斯在禅宗中找到他苦苦追寻的灵性体验。无论是他的极简主义美学,还是后来在禅宗老师见证下的婚姻,禅宗贯穿于乔布斯的生活中。为了弄清楚禅宗的基本概念,Richard前往Mountain Cloud Zen Centre进行了为期四个月的闭关修炼,每天打坐两小时,由禅宗老师Henry Shukman直接教导,以下是他对于禅宗的洞见。

2. 禅宗和所有类型的冥想修行一样,体验因人而异,也收获了毁誉参半的评价。尤其对于初学者来说,禅宗模棱两可的说教,以及充满悖论的理念常常让人摸不着头脑。但是禅宗也因为其简单性(日式禅宗过滤掉很多中印佛教中常常出现的图腾和过于玄学的东西,所以你看不到因果报应和脉轮重生等概念),而拥有广泛的群众基础。日式禅宗只关注一件事,那就是训练你的思想。

3. 如果把禅宗比作是一个游戏,它会有三个级别:

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November 20th, 2021

之前总结了Ryan Holiday《十二个改变一生的问题》,今天再来总结下Tim Ferriss版本的《十七个改变一生的问题》。

1. 如果我反其道而行之会有什么结果呢?

Tim大学毕业后的第一份工作是向CEO/CTO销售大容量数据存储。他依照传统的打电话和发邮件的方法,但是业绩并不如意。

终于有一天Tim意识到所有的销售人员都在上午9点到下午5点的工作时间打电话和发邮件,而且CEO/CTO的助理和秘书也是朝九晚五地工作,那么,何不尝试在接下来的48小时做与其他人相反的事情呢?

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November 18th, 2021
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Tim Ferriss Podcast

Tim Ferriss最新的播客又将Naval请来啦!同时还请来了我在推特上关注许久的a16z普通合伙人Chris Dixon,一起畅聊web3,NFTs和去中心化技术的应用。简单总结一下这期播客:

1. 现在最超前的那一部分人在周末所做的事情,就是普通人即将在未来十年从事的相关工作。很多主导人类未来世界的想法都是在非工作场所产生的,正如史蒂夫乔布斯创办苹果的概念诞生于他的车库,而不是IBM的办公室。

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November 14th, 2021

今年6月参加了Jim O'Shaughnessy的沙龙,评析了我很喜欢的动画《瑞克和莫蒂》中的哲学,三个多小时谈到了虚无主义、死亡、爱、自我、开悟和多重宇宙等概念!除此之外,还意外发现了一枚宝藏男孩Tom Morgan(如图我右边的那位),发现他推荐的书籍和讨论的话题都是我超级感兴趣的东西。

这周他再次做客Jim的播客Infinite Loops,分享了他对于「爱」的理解,简单总结下:

- Tom Morgan主业是KCP集团的传媒和内容总监,业余时间撰写一个信息量超级庞大的邮件订阅。Tom说在过去的六七年里,他一直在将知识和信息点联合到一起,一种方式是像米开朗基罗雕琢大卫一样,收集知识,然后层层剥茧,最后得到一个解释得通的观点;另一种方式则是像科学家一样先提出假说,然后收集证据证明自己的观点。而他今天所要分享的观点就是一个关于生命意义和拯救世界的想法

- 人类的大脑是由控制智性/理性的左半球,和控制创意/直觉的右半球组成。我们能意识到的可能只有60个比特的信息,但周围却有1100万个比特的潜在信息可供我们使用,更恐怖的是外界还有1万亿个比特的信息是我们根本意识不到的。举个例子:当我们在鸡尾酒会和别人畅谈的时候,和我们面对面交流的人的对话就是我们有意识收集的第一种信息,周围嘈杂的环境是第二种信息,但是酒会外面的大千世界有我们会在此刻错过的那1万亿个信息。

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November 11th, 2021
@Lighthouse Retreat Centre, Portugal
@Lighthouse Retreat Centre, Portugal

​“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”

  • Matthew 7:7, New International Version

I recently had my first psychedelic experience with the Grandfather plant, San Pedro, at The Lighthouse Retreat.

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November 9th, 2021
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Discord

近来最常用的平台非Discord莫属了,这款最初为游戏玩家设计的交流平台,如今已经成为创投圈和加密货币从业人士沟通交流的首选平台。这个功能多元化且尚未定性的聊天平台,已经成为了元宇宙世界的基础设施,并会随着web3的蓬勃发展,迎来一轮又一轮的新生。

Packy在他的Not Boring邮件订阅中详细分析了Discord的前世今生,我来简单总结一下:

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November 2nd, 2021
Photo credit: Ashley Batz
Photo credit: Ashley Batz

TABLE OF CONTENT

  • Preface
  • Flowism
  • Life Principles
  • Origins
  • Tibet Trip
  • Meditation Journey
  • Psychedelic Experience 
  • Ultimate Goal
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October 22nd, 2021

Time is one of the common themes from ancient Chinese mythology and historical books.

For example, the Monkey King from Journey to the West only went to Heaven for ten days as a horse trainer. When he returned to his hometown Mount Huaguo he realised that many years had passed on earth. Just like an old Chinese saying goes, "one day in heaven equals one year on earth".

According to Book of the Later Han, a woodcutter saw two men playing chess on his way to work in a mountain. So he stopped over and watched the game. All of a sudden, he realised the grip of his axe had rotted off, and when he returned home, he found that a hundred years had passed since he left.

I was always fascinated with those Chinese stories since I was little. Every time I indulged myself in books or video games, time seemed irrelevant to me anymore. I opened a portal to time travel to another reality where I followed my interest to learn, feel and grow.

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October 17th, 2021

Dao produces one (universe),                                              
One produced two (of YIN and YANG),                                          
Two produced three (of Heaven, Earth and Man),                    
Three produced the universe of all things.

Lao Zi, Dao De Jing

I used to live a double life in high school:

  • Daytime: lovely A-class student with good grades in the physical world
  • Lunch break and nighttime: underground gamer collecting skins/weapons and fighting opponents to level up in the virtual world.

One day, my teachers discovered my secret identity by spot-checking the Internet Cafe. I was caught up onsite and told to quit playing games and focus more on the hyper-competitive Colleague Entrance Examination.

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October 13th, 2021
Digital Nomads Meetup In Madeira, 2021
Digital Nomads Meetup In Madeira, 2021

I had at least 500 classmates from kindergarten to graduate school, but now I only stay in touch regularly with less than three people. Classmates are a product of random assignments, limited by your geographical locations.

Chances are we are surrounded by people who have very different backgrounds and interests, which lead to different paths in the future.

The same logic applies to colleagues unless we share the same vision to achieve some grand goals together. But most of the time, coworkers just want to have a stable job and get paid on time.

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October 6th, 2021

There I am, looking out at the vast Atlantic Ocean in front of me, breathing the tropical air from mid-autumn Madeira Islands, feeling the warm and energetic vibes at the local co-working centre.

I glance down at my laptop to greet my client from the other side of the world. Looking at the beautiful scenery of New Zealand in her background, I could almost smell the homey aroma of the flat white in her hand.

Imagine you can escape the 9 to 5 trap and work and live anywhere.

Imagine you can earn a decent living while enjoying the holiday every day.