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Monthly Archives: April 2011

Skype for Fedora 14 x86_64

If you use the skype official rpm on Fedora14 x86_64, it will end up “command not found”.

Apparently it’s dependency missing in spec file, so I just install qt.i686 and qt-x11.i686.

It’s still showing:
skype: error while loading shared libraries: libXv.so.1: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

and

skype: error while loading shared libraries: libXss.so.1: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

then I installed the missing dependency:
yum install libXv.i686 libXScrnSaver.i686

Summary:
In Fedora 14 x86_64, you need
yum -y install qt.i686 qt-x11.i686 libXv.i686 libXScrnSaver.i686

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African time VS American time

If you see “American time” in Chinese literature or TV program (especially those from Taiwan, Mainland China does not seem use that as often), it does not mean “clock-bound pace of daily life in Western countries”, quite contrary, it means relax, even time wasting on unimportant thing.

For example, 「我才沒有這個美國時間去做那事。」
Direct translation: I don’t have “American time” to do that.
Meaning: I don’t want to waste my time on that.

I am no etymologist, but I guess it’s probably the TV or movie to blame. Why? Because in screen, American were either:

  1. Playing tennis or golf
  2. Playing with pet
  3. Surfing
  4. Lying on the beach
  5. Doing nothing but relax on luxury yacht

Hard-working American? Well, we just didn’t associate American with the concept Hard-working,
only the Japanese, ourselves, and perhaps Germans deserved that title.

So for me, it is very amusing to see African time, it fits, almost perfectly, our impression of western life style. 🙂

The moral of the story: everybody else are lazy, sloth and have more than sufficient time.

Cheeky Grace

Today I picked Grace from child care. When Grace saw me, “Mummy!” she called me.

Not again. I pointed myself: “Daddy”.
Child care teacher said: “She knows. She is just cheeky.