changing habits

3 Sep

london 7.38pm 12.9C, thursday 2015

i thought it will be difficult to change my habit of taking the bus everyday to the library. but i find it is not that difficult. i used to walk to the library, until i got my free bus pass, and so began to take the bus instead. but now i have reverted to that and find it was a nice habit, that walk to the library. it is enjoyable to walk, i get to see new things and observe more variety of people than just those who take the bus. of course for the two days i have been doing it it has been dry. i wonder if i will feel the same way about it when it is cold and wet. haha. i sent an email to the library informing them of the wifi situation. and got a reply today from them. they are looking into it, are aware of it, and can only ask that i use windows for now. well, my chrome dont have windows, and today in the library, a woman also could not use it, and she was using firefox. but the librarian switched her to safari, (she was using an apple laptop and seem to have all these other browsers installed) and it worked with safari.

ah well, i used the library computers when i want to get online, and i use their chrome installed in it, and it works so maybe it only do not work with chrome in private laptops.

i use the library computer to put in the daily mail unique numbers.

interestingly, my chrome wont allow me to log into the mymail website even when i am at home using my own broadband. i wonder why. it worked on my previous chrome browser, but since i had this new one installed, it seem to have blocked that mymail website, and only that one so far. well, that is the mystery of the internet for you. fortunately it is not crucial.

you could say that will teach me to use chrome, haha. if i had windows this would not be a problem. i guess u could say that, but for a lot of other reasons, i am still glad i got chrome.

the papers were saying they got a survey from agatha christie readers asking them what is the most popular story they like, and it seems ‘than there were none’ came first. it was originally titled ’10 little niggers’, but u can bet that must have raised a ruckus, and was soon got rid of.

it so happened after i read the article in the papers, the library return section got the paperback with that title so i borrowed it. rather good, as i have not read the book.

i have seen a film version of it on tv. quite a old film.it was in black and white so i know the plot. but it will be interesting to read her version. 

the book  was first published in 1939, and the characters seem to like calling everything ‘queer’, haha. 

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10 Responses to “changing habits”

  1. Kevin Loewe Friday September 4, 2015 at 2:33 am #

    You go to the library everyday???

    • alifesgayventure Friday September 4, 2015 at 6:16 am #

      hi, yes, my life is very routine, and i think a lot of people will find it boring, but i like it. i go there to read the papers, they get the times, telegraph, daily mail, guardian, independent. i used to be able to get online too, and charge my chromebook, but i am unable to connect recently. but i get free (for 1 hr daily) use of the library computers and of course there are all the books to borrow.
      there is a music library upstairs, too. but i dont go there as i am not really interested in music. this library i go to daily, but sunday i go to another two different libraries, because this one is closed on sunday.

      • Kevin Loewe Saturday September 5, 2015 at 5:26 am #

        Yes, life’s really boring. But I’d rather keep refreshing my friend’s feeds or see a movie instead of reading. I can rarely throw myself into a book after graduated from college. I’ve tried to borrowed some books from SZ library but I never opened them even the due date was passed. I’ve downloaded many ebooks in my Nexus 7, also never opened even once😝.

      • alifesgayventure Saturday September 5, 2015 at 6:49 am #

        i think i like reading because when i was growing up, there was nothing like today’s tv, films, internet, so reading was the only way to find new things. now everything is visual and does not take much effort or imagination to view. movies not only show u but also spell out what u should think about it and ask you to go along with it.
        reading requires effort, and concentration and imagination. it does not tell you what u should think, there are many layers of interpretation and it might be you can only see it if u read it again when you are older and more experienced of the world. but i think now everyone wants to be told what to think. films make them expect it, and now i see books being written with that in mind. so even books are changing to cater to the mindset of this young generation. maybe that is why u dont like reading. if books are mimicking films, i can understand why you would rather see the film than read the book.

      • Kevin Loewe Saturday September 5, 2015 at 11:44 am #

        Actually I think I still like reading, I just don’t have that much time to read like when I was at school. Maybe you know that Chinese students stay a very long time at school everyday. When I was in middle school, we started classes from 6:00am to 10:00pm, we have 6-7 classes with teachers, other classes we need to study by ourselves. So when you finished your homework, you have nothing to do but reading. I finished reading many great book at those times including the first 4 Harry Potter books – One of my favorite books. But I never read the last 3 Harry Potter after I graduated. You have to work work work, sometimes hang out with friends, read some news, blogging……those things takes most of your time, and movies can help you know something quickly. E.g you just need 2 hours to see a Harry Potter movie to understand a 40mm thick book which may take me 15 days to read (I read very slow haha, I have no idea how to read 10 lines at a time like my friends do), so I just see the movie to save time to do something else. I know I must lost a lot of interesting stories in the book, but I just don’t have that much time to read. You see, if I don’t like reading, why did I borrow books from library? And why did I download those ebooks? Haha.

      • alifesgayventure Saturday September 5, 2015 at 1:58 pm #

        such long hours in school, it is very different from my school days. it is from 8am -4pm i think. 1hr break for lunch. the school have a good library, it was a mission school run by the catholic brothers. a lot of classic english novels. my brother and i borrowed a lot and we read at home. in those days we dont get any homework so there is plenty of time to read.
        it is strange to keep you in school when there are no lessons. u say there are times when u are left on your own without teachers. that suggests that the school dont have enough teachers and have to stagger the teaching periods.
        do u read only english books or do u read chinese books too? maybe your chinese is better and so u can read chinese books faster. is that so?
        why did u borrow books and not read them? or download ebooks? if they are free, that is a good reason, because it is free.
        i find if i buy the book i dont read them because i say to myself i own them, so there is plenty of time to read them, instead i shall read the library books first as i have to return them after a short time. that is the reason why i dont read the books i buy. but also sometimes a book i borrow from the library is very uninteresting or written in a way i dont like. so i stop reading it and take it back to the library.

      • Kevin Loewe Saturday September 5, 2015 at 2:55 pm #

        Yes, we were still kept in the classroom with a head teacher to keep a eye on us after we finished the classes with teachers. We call it self-study class. We do our homeworks, pre-study from the textbooks, so we can better understand it when the teacher officially teach us. It is a tradition that the schools (also the Chinese parents) don’t want their children to do anything “Un-related” to their study. I think you have self-study classes too, but you have them in libraries rather than classrooms, and without teachers keep eyes on you😁.
        The books I read in middle school are mostly Chinese books. My english is not good enough to read articles at that time. Also the Harry Potter books I read were Chinese translated version. I bought a magazine called “English corner” every month to learn english. The school teached us english too, but I was not very interested in that because they only teach us the grammars, words, phrases, and don’t teach us how to communicate with people. So I buy that magazine to learn communicate by myself.
        The reason why I borrow book from libraries is that I really interested in the book and wanted to read it. And the reason why I don’t read them is that always have “more important” things to do at my spare times like blogging, hanging out with my friends, watching movies…… and after that it is always mid-nights and I need to sleep. I have many excuses for not reading them.😂
        Most ebooks I downloaded were free, only a few of them needs to pay for them, which I really like it. Like you said, I own them and I have plenty times to read them😝.

      • alifesgayventure Saturday September 5, 2015 at 3:12 pm #

        during my time in school , things were not very strict. in those days there are no study time with no teachers. every hour in school has lessons with a teacher in charge of the class. when school is over, that is it, no more studying. we are free to do whatever we like. i dont think there was even sports to do. i know my brother and i never do sports all the time we were at primary and secondary school.
        only my brother and i use the library so much. the others were not as interested in reading as we. i remember my school days as very nice time.
        so u were reading in chinese … not english books. before u told me, i had assumed u read the harry porter books in english.i think u will have missed the finer nuances in english.

      • Kevin Loewe Saturday September 5, 2015 at 3:40 pm #

        It is sure that I must have missed many English finer nuances in Chinese translated version. But my English is soooo poor and it needs lots of time to understand those strange words, like the names of the fairy and the monsters, even I know the name, I can not understand what it is, because we never heard of them here in China. I believe we have many strange fairy and monsters you never heard too, haha. On the other hand, I have to be on guard from my head teacher too, I forgot to tell you, reading books which are un-related to study is forbidden in schools too. So, reading Chinese version is a fast and safe way. Haha
        BTW, I am kind of curious about that when you speak of your brother, do you mean your boy friend?

      • alifesgayventure Saturday September 5, 2015 at 4:44 pm #

        when i said my brother, it is really my real life brother. haha.he is a year older than me. we were kids , and that time i never knew anything about gay or whatever. when i was a kid i never think of it. sex just never entered my mind. i am glad of that now i think back on it. kids should never have to think about sex. it is nice to be innocent of all that and just enjoy being a kid. i did, and am glad i got a really happy carefree childhood.

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