Today was an extremely exciting day. I bumped into James Fallows again, after I had just met him for coffee yesterday.
Then, low and behold, in the parking lot behind me was the man who I came to meet, The Man Who Stayed Behind, and his wife Wang Yulin (王玉林). Today I had the fortune of spending most of the day with the two of them.
When Sidney was at the Stanford Language School, he had already realized America had a huge supply of technology and capital, and China, the largest and oldest country in the world was badly in need of technology and capital. The two made for such natural friends.
Today, when asked what one can do to help China, Sidney said that telling Americans about what is happening in China, trying to improve American support for Sino-American cooperation is very important.
Even if you’re traveling the road less traveled （走自己的路）without heros you may be as lost in the ocean of life as an ancient mariner who can’t see the constant position of the stars in the sky. When blazing a new trail, it’s all the more important to have a compass as there’s no road ahead, only the trail you blaze.
This month, I’ve got a special treat – another Hero is coming out of the woodwork. A hero in the sense that Luke Skywalker was a hero. A soldier. A man who went to a place no-one else wanted to be and stayed behind after all the outsiders had gone. He choose to go because he thought it provided his quickest return trip home, and choose to stay because he could help. He was rewarded with solitary confinement and interrogation. And then he said that it was a poem that saved him.
He drew a circle that shut me out
Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout
But love and I had the wit to win;
We drew a circle that took him in.
From Wall Street Journal, September 12, 2005; Page R6
Sunglasses maker Oakley Inc. also just started using Coremetrics’ first-party product because of higher rates of cookie blocking. They were “unable to track somewhere between 10% and 15% of our user population,” says Erwin, general manager of Oakley Direct, Oakley’s online arm. “It’s been steadily creeping up over the last year, and I’m sure it’s a trend that [would] continue.”
Since implementing the first-party product in late August, Oakley has found that it can analyze the Web surfing of all but about 0.5% of its users.