Today I learnt that websites a friend used to download translated kindle books (kindle REN, kindle 114, DU YUAN) are all gone. She is devastated. I myself do not use these websites therefore I am not closest to feel her frustration. But I did ask a question – Why? What is the thinking behind blocking people’s access to books? I went back to search the most famous person who prosecuted books, some one who ordered to burn all the books in history. Emperor Qin Shi Huang. Why did he do this?

sad cat‘One by one, Qin Shi Huang defeated neighbouring states, swallowed their territory into his growing empire and enslaved and castrated their citizens.’ 
He not only burned the books but also buried scholars alive.

What drives it? Hunger for power? Relentless desire for control? Huge ego with zero tolerance for different opinions?

The historical celebrity whose aim was to conquer all states, conquer the nature and conquer human wisdom, can you feel the desperation of this little friend of mine – who has no appetite becoming a hero but only a cry for access to books, to make her life with a little extra peace, romance and happiness.


My two coffee today


I had two coffee today, one with my ex-colleague, the other with some one I just met.

cat with coffeeMy ex-colleague S asked about MOOC before so I recommended some MOOC platforms to her. Had a really great experience with her course social psychology, she could not wait to share her experience with me and wanted to explore more courses.

The other was a HongKongnese who is visiting Shanghai for his missionary trip. One of his endeavour includes using online education in spreading the word of Gospel.

Both coffee chats made me realise the continuous massive potential with online education, both from demand and from supply sides. We can do so much with it and there is such a growing appetite for it.