Monday, March 27, 2017

Mind Gym : Achieve More by Thinking Differently

Sebastian Bailey, Octavius Black
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The international bestseller that will help you transform your personal and professional life by changing the way you think.

Today, the pressure to achieve is intense. To be at our best, we need our minds working at peak potential. But unless you train it, your mind stays on autopilot, stuck in unhealthy thought patterns that lead to self-sabotaging habits and behaviors. As with your body, you have to exercise your mind to get the most out of it.

Sebastian Bailey and Octavius Black, founders of Mind Gym, help you change your mental default settings through a series of “workouts” that have been tested and experienced by more than one million people from around the world and from companies such as Google, NBCUniversal, Shell, Pfizer, and PepsiCo. This hands-on guide presents a fitness program for the mind that tackles the most common challenges at work and home:
  • How to adopt a positive mindset 
  • How to repair broken relationships 
  • How to resolve conflict successfully 
  • How to influence others 
  • How to minimize stress and gain energy 
  • How to be more creative 
Insightful, proven, and practical, Mind Gym is the essential mental workout that will wake up your mind and help you be your best in life.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

點子都是偷來的 : 10 個沒人告訴過你的創意撇步 (Steal Like an Artist)

奧斯汀・克隆 (Austin Kleo)
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不是只有天才才能想出有創意的好點子,只要做你自己就可以了!這本書要告訴你:創意無所不在,人人都可以玩創意......

2011年,作者受邀到紐約一所藝術學院演講,跟年輕學子分享身為藝術家的人生經驗,演講的內容就是他希望有人能在他年輕時告訴他的事。結果那場演講大為轟動,網路上瘋狂轉貼演講影片,點閱人數突破百萬,許多年輕人紛紛留言告訴他,聽了這場演講讓他們更了解如何從事創意工作。於是,這場演講啟發了作者寫下這本書,結果發現這些道理不只適用於想從事藝術創意工作的人,而是所有的人。

《點子都是偷來的》提出10個能改變一生的原則,幫助讀者發掘自己的藝術天份,讓生活更有創意。

10個沒人告訴過你的創意撇步
1. 點子都是偷來的
2. 不要等到了解自己才開始
3. 寫你想讀的書
4. 雙手萬能
5. 空閒計畫和嗜好很重要
6. 絕招:做好東西就要與人分享
7. 網路無國界,距離帶來靈感
8. 要做好人(世界很小)
9. 要耐無聊(只有這樣才能把事情做好)
10. 創意是一種減法

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


Monday, March 20, 2017

The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want

Sonja Lyubomirsky
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A groundbreaking, practical guide to attaining happiness based on innovative scientific research, The How of Happiness is a powerful contribution to the field of positive psychology and a gift to people who have sought to take their happiness into their own hands. Drawing upon years of her own pioneering research with thousands of men and women, psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky reveals that much of our capacity for happiness is within our power. Detailing an easy-to- follow plan, including exercises in new ways of thinking and understanding our individual obstacles.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

The International Day of Happiness (known as Happiness Day) is celebrated throughout the world on the 20th of March. The International Day of Happiness (“Happiness Day”) was founded by United Nations adviser Jayme Illien on June 28, 2012.

過得還不錯的一年 : 我的快樂生活提案 (The Happiness Project)

葛瑞琴・魯賓 (Gretchen Rubin)
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帶著幽默和洞察力,魯賓循序記錄了這十二個月的生活歷險,親身嘗試種種年老的智慧、現今科學的研究,以及大眾文化中有關如何更快樂的各種課程。從希臘哲人伊比鳩魯到自然散文家梭羅,到電視主持人歐普拉到心理學家塞利格曼,還有達賴喇嘛;看哪些建議是真正管用的。

她的結論往往出人意表──她發現金錢的確能買到快樂,只要花得明智;她發現如果你認為自己是快樂的,你就能快樂;她發現挑戰是快樂的活力泉源;她發現「正確的吵架」甚至比不吵架好;她發現失敗中也藏有樂趣;還發現當我們有所成長時,就會快樂。

更棒的是,她發現快樂的神奇魔力是:即使遇上糟糕的一天,那也是「好的」糟糕一天……

本書特色
★ 作者法學院畢業的背景,讓這場快樂實驗,交織理性思維的辯證與柔軟感性的生活想像。
★ 找回快樂,不需要改變人生。不是人人都具有冒險家精神,作者也是,她所提倡的快樂實驗,是實踐在生活中的各處小地方,微小的變化就能帶來巨大的影響。
★ 作者同時在部落格上經營她的快樂提案,書中收錄作者與眾多網友互相激勵、成長的精彩互動。
★ 每個人的快樂提案肯定都是獨一無二的,但是啟發快樂的點子無所不在,誰能保證這本書不會是讓你開啟快樂的關鍵呢。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

Monday, March 13, 2017

Probabilities: The Little Numbers That Rule Our Lives

Peter Olofsson
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“If there is anything you want to know, or remind yourself, about probabilities, then look no further than this comprehensive, yet wittily written and enjoyable, compendium of how to apply probability calculations in real-world situations.”
- Keith Devlin, Stanford University, National Public Radio’s “Math Guy” and author of The Math Gene and The Unfinished Game

From probable improbabilities to regular irregularities, Probabilities: The Little Numbers That Rule Our Lives, Second Edition investigates the often surprising effects of risk and chance in our lives. Featuring a timely update, the Second Edition continues to be the go-to guidebook for an entertaining presentation on the mathematics of chance and uncertainty.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

March 14 is Pi Day to celebrate the mathematical constant pi (π). Pi Day is observed on March 14 since 3, 1, and 4 are the first three significant digits of π. Pi Day was founded by Physicist Larry Shaw in 1988.

數學教你不犯錯 (How Not to Be Wrong)

艾倫伯格 (Jordan Ellenberg)
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學會數學就像戴上X光的眼鏡,能從混亂無序的世界表像裡,看透其後隱藏的結構。數學是一門不會把事情搞錯的學問,它的技術與習慣經歷過多少世紀的辛勤努力與論辯。手中有了數學當工具,你可以更深刻、更穩健、更有意義的瞭解這個世界。你需要的只是一位教練,或甚至是一本書,來教導你相關規則及基本戰術。而這本《數學教你不犯錯》就是你最好的教練,它能教你如何達成目標。

在《數學教你不犯錯,上》,你能學會如何不落入線性思考:你會明白做決策得先明白自己的立足點、你將學會用數學來撥正錯誤的直覺、看清真正的趨勢 ......

在《數學教你不犯錯,下》,你會知道什麼是期望值,知道期望值的正確用法 ......

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

Monday, March 6, 2017

Photographing Flowers: Exploring Macro Worlds

Harold Davis
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Capture stunning macro floral images with this gorgeous guide by acclaimed photographer Harold Davis. You'll learn about different types of flowers, macro equipment basics, and the intricacies of shooting different floral varieties in the field and in the studio.

Harold also shows you techniques in the Photoshop darkroom that can be applied to flower photography to help you get the most out of your images.

Beautiful and authoritative, this guide to photographing flowers is a must-read for every photographer interested in flower photography. Photographing Flowers will also win a place in the hearts of those who simply love striking floral imagery.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

City University of Hong Kong (CityU) is holding the University Floral Emblem Photo Contest to celebrate the establishment of CityU’s official flower : the Brazil bougainvillea. The deadline to submit photo(s) is 3 April 2017.

金庸 : 從香港到世界

鄭政恆 主編
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獨特的城市,孕育獨特的作家和作品;金庸在香港寫小說,我們也就不能忽視這個城市的社會和歷史背景,對他有何影響。

金庸生於內地,移居香港,他在小說中展現了什麼樣的中國文化,並隱藏了對中國和港英殖民統治,以至香港人身分的複雜態度?

本書收錄的文章,跳出刀光劍影的緊湊情節,嘗試發掘小說中隱含的社會課題,包括身分認同、民族大義、兩性關係、父權主義崩潰等等。

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香港文化博物館為配合「金庸館」開幕,於2017年3月1日至27日舉行「繪畫.金庸」專題展覽,展出金庸小說插畫原稿及不同畫家筆下的金庸武俠世界。