First created: 2019-03-09
Last modified: 2022-05-23
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Assorted musings of a remnant of the 20th century,
with the metabolism of Sir Doris the Hamster.
- Conway's Romanisation for Cantonese
Wade–Giles-style initials and length-indicative finals.
Frequently asked questions.
- A cynic's 7.30 (and other programs)
Mind reading: Australian politics.
- Mao on separatism: 27 Chinas
Mao in 1920, on why China ought to be split into 27 separate countries.
- Crowded Xiangqi
My own variant of Chinese Chess played on half the board.
- Daytime: dependence on latitude and season
The sun's path through the sky
and the duration of daytime (among other quantities).
- Projectile motion: optimal launch angle for weak quadratic drag
Launching projectiles in weak air resistance
proportional to the square of speed.
- Projectile motion: optimal launch angle from a platform
Launching projectiles from a raised platform.
- Conway's Lexicon for Literary Chinese
Quick reference for words and phrases which I have rendered into English.
"Sun Tzŭ's Computational Classic"
An annotated translation of the entire Sunzi Suanjing
"[The] Sea Island Computational Classic"
The first problem in Haidao Suanjing.
- "The Need to Win"
On The Turning (Tim Winton), quoting Thomas Merton,
paraphrasing Chuang Tzŭ, on Confucius, on (probably) archery.
"Q [&] A [with] Confucius" / "[The] Little Child's Discourse"
Confucius getting his arse whooped by a little kid.
"Record of [the] Lion's Pavilion, Victoria Peak"
Plaque text commemorating the Lion's Pavilion.
"[The] Fox Feigneth [the] Tiger's Authority"
The original second half of The Gruffalo.
"[An] History of Mr Shih's Eating Lions"
The original Mandarin "lion tongue twister".