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All posts for the month 2015年7月

Chinese cinema box office for the first time over five billion monthly

Published 2015-07-31 by joejoy12

New figures suggest the Chinese box office has, for the first time, generated more than 5 billion yuan in revenue in a calendar month.

As of today, Chinese theatres have taken in nearly 5.1 billion yuan.

China’s box office has seen daily revenues north of 100 million yuan for 20 consecutive days.

This month has seen Chinese film “Monster Hunt” surpass “The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron” to 3rd place on the overall box office charts.

“Monster Hunt” has taken in over 1.5 billion yuan in just 13 days.

The film is out at a favorable time, as the mid-summer blackout period is currently in-place.

The period is when Hollywood titles are not allowed to open in Chinese theatres.

Chinese box office has grossed over 25 billion yuan so far this year.

Last year’s total revenues came in at 29.6 billion yuan, which is expected to be surpassed sometime next month.QQ图片20150630180012

Ode to Silence

Published 2015-07-30 by joejoy12

Glory to the half rest, to the breath between
the third and fourth beats,
the dwindling arrow of the decrescendo,

to the sunrise over Malibu, and its sleeping starlets,
the empty horizon,
the city’s great thought still looming,

to parked cars, the cold engine seconds before ignition
dreaming of the road
unwound and endless,

to the lull before ecstasy, the saint’s vigil
of the dark soul in suffering,
the grip of the heart before release,

to the inaction of love before the reaction,
of the hand before it reaches out,
its sharp twitch of self-consciousness,

to the embryo, the soft dream of the womb,
the golden truth of genesis,
the sustained hush and its amplitude.961a7881jw1eo6dl4fhk0j209v0ewaaq

Jane rare piano

Published 2015-07-29 by joejoy12

Gong Zhiqiao obtained a piece of fine Chinese tung wood and made a qin (stringed musical instrument) out of it. When installed with strings and plucked, it gave out a wonderful sound, harmonious and pleasing to the ear.

Gong Zhiqiao thought this was the finest instrument in the world, so he presented it to the Tai Chang Si Qing (a high official in charge of rites and protocol of the ancestral temple) who had it examined by an imperial musician, but the musician disdained to have a look at it. He only said “Not ancient!” and returned the instrument.

Gong Zhiqiao had to take it home and asked a lacquerer to paint many crackles on the instrument in imitation of an ancient qin, and asked a sculptor to carve on it some inscriptions of ancient scholars. Then he put it in a box and buried it underground.

After one year, Gong Zhiqiao took out the instrument from underground, and went to the market to sell it. It happened that an influential personage was passing by. He bought it with 100 pieces of gold and presented it to the imperial court. The imperial musicians vied with each other to look at it and praised in unison: “Ah! It is indeed a rare stringed musical instrument in the world!”961a7881gw1enrtupiz61j20c80c80ts

Ode to Silence

Published 2015-07-28 by joejoy12

Glory to the half rest, to the breath between
the third and fourth beats,
the dwindling arrow of the decrescendo,

to the sunrise over Malibu, and its sleeping starlets,
the empty horizon,
the city’s great thought still looming,

to parked cars, the cold engine seconds before ignition
dreaming of the road
unwound and endless,

to the lull before ecstasy, the saint’s vigil
of the dark soul in suffering,
the grip of the heart before release,

to the inaction of love before the reaction,
of the hand before it reaches out,
its sharp twitch of self-consciousness,

to the embryo, the soft dream of the womb,
the golden truth of genesis,
the sustained hush and its amplitude.

Lady is a “cow”

Published 2015-07-27 by joejoy12

In the past, an official celebrated his birthday.

A small official under him heard that he was born in the year of “the rat”. To curry the official’s favour, he had a gold rat cast as a birthday present and went to the official’s house to congratulate him on his birthday.

The official was very pleased at the sight of the gold rat and said: “Do you know? In a few days my wife will celebrate her birthday too. She was born in the year of ‘the ox'”.QQ图片20150721091701

Humor them

Published 2015-07-24 by joejoy12

One of the requirements of every commencement speaker is that they offer some advice. Well, get ready, here it comes.

Soon you will be leaving the company of those who think they have all the answers-your professors, instructors and counselors-and going out into what we like to call the real world. In time you will meet up with other people who think they have all the answers. These people are called bosses. My advice is: humor them.

A little later you will meet additional people who think they have all the answers. These are called spouses. My advice is: humor them, too.

And if all goes well, in a few years you will meet still another group of people who think they have all the answers. These are called children. Humor them.

Life will go on, your children will grow up, go to school, and someday they could be taking part in a commencement ceremony just like this one. And who knows, the speaker responsible for handing out good advice might be you. Halfway through your speech, the graduate sitting next to your daughter will lean over and ask, “Who is that woman up there who thinks she has all the answers?”

Well, thanks to the sound advice you are hearing today and that I hope you will all pass on, she will be able to say, “That is my mother. Humor her.”QQ图片20150720160636

Iron rod into a needle

Published 2015-07-23 by joejoy12
Li Bai was a great poet in the Tang Dynasty of China.
It is said that in his childhood, he was very fond of playing and afraid of difficulties, and made slow progress in his studies.
One day, on his way home after school, he walked by a creek  and saw an old woman grinding a very, very thick iron rod. Being curious, he went to the old woman and asked: “Old grandma, why are you grinding this iron rod?”
The old woman replied: “To make a needle.”QQ图片20150720153408
At this moment, Li Bai felt more curious and asked again: “How can you grind such a thick iron rod into a needle?”
“Yes, I can. I certainly can,” the old woman said. “If one works with constant effort, one can grind an iron rod into a needle.”
Hearing the old woman’s words, Li Bai was enlightened.
Since then, Li Bai studied hard and made rapid progress. Eventually he became a famous poet.