Poisson Chinois de Hong Kong

"Most favoured nation"?

As a country, with your FDI and our flourishing trade, I have become a developed country instead of a developing country. The trade between us has developed in such a rapid pace that has almost never seen before in modern history. I believed that we entered into a free trade agreement with me being one of the many trade partners you have granted the title of “most favoured nation”. It hurts therefore, to discover that I am actually excluded outside a customs union with common barriers. Perhaps as a naive and unexperienced country, I have overthought the importance of shared culture and values, and overemphasised the significance of our burgeoning trade. Perhaps I have overlooked the signficance of the shared enthusiasm for the one cultural thing between your country and other nations that I cannot partake in no matter how hard I try. Perhaps I have not understood truly the power of previous trade agreements. Regardless, as a country it hurts to discover that I have been excluded from the customs union, when I thought I was one of the many “most favoured nations”.

Am a country? Are you a country? No, on both accounts. This is of course, an analogy of a human interaction put into a economic perspective. We are both humans. Do I expect you to understand this analogy (if you happened to come across this one day)? Of course not. You have not and are almost certainly not going to study economics. It is well suited that you do not understand economics. Perhaps my economics analogy above is completely wrong, and that this piece of impulsive writing can be completely disregarded to no consequence. Whether one day you will read (or actually understand) this or not, it is my greatest wish that this economics analogy is utterly wrong. However, if this analogy turns out to be correct, I will know to throughly reexamine my presumptions and to adjust myself accordingly––after all, you probably had no intention to hurt me; it is likely that this only originated from the difference of expectation and reality.

Nevertheless, it is my earnest hope and desire that the above analogy is a hundred per cent off-base. It would be a fine day indeed if I find out that I am mistaken about being excluded from the custom union, but I am actually among one of the “most favoured nations”.

Mischief Managed: the Harry Potter Retrospective

This is BLOODY BRILLIANT!!

Dad’s ye olde Nikon.

Dad’s ye olde Nikon.

Happy New Year… 4 days late.

It’s 2013. But I procrastinated until the fourth day of January to post this Happy New Year.

Just kidding… it’s only cuz I haven’t been on tumblr in 2013 ‘till now.

Video is six years old. Still pretty amazing.

Africa cannot be seen as just one place similar throughout anymore.

(via Hans Rosling: Stats that reshape your worldview)

“If the parents in each generation always or often knew what really goes on at their sons’ schools, the history of education would be very different.”
— CS Lewis, Surprised By Joy
“A new amusement park called Calculusland has just opened. A car full of excited calculus students is driving south towards Calculusland at 65 mph. Another car full of terrified English students is driving east away from Calculusland at 55 mph. How fast is the distance changing between the two cars when the calculus students are 3 miles away and the English students are 4 miles away from Calculusland?”
— Math Test (via itsthebatman)
rubygetsitdone:

Pi is the new 24, guys.

^ Incorrect. Pi is the new 42.

rubygetsitdone:

Pi is the new 24, guys.

^ Incorrect. Pi is the new 42.

(Source: dustonmyscreen)