Principles of New Urbanism

My dream city must follow the following principles:


1. Walkability
2. Connectivity
3. Mixed-Use & Diversity
4. Mixed Housing
5. Quality Architecture & Urban Design
6. Traditional Neighborhood Structure
7. Increased Density
8. Smart Transportation
9. Sustainability
10. Quality of Life

I have lived in Hanoi and Singapore; spent some time in San Francisco. I like San Francisco best. Hanoi used to be very nice place to live, however it has been expending very fast recently, and copying many “bad” ideas from Singapore. Singapore is a clean very safe city with a good public transportation. However, it does not score very well according to above principles.

Craigslist Meets WallStreet…Classic


Sometimes having a good economic knowledge can help you to explain a lot of things in life.

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Cook your meals


Basically, many restaurants use pre-processed (frozen) food nowadays, even high-end ones. All those preservatives are not good, I supposed.

10 Minute Email


This service solves a pressing problem, we all have for a long time.

Failed States

From Noam Chomsky’s new book “Failed States”:

bq. The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion but allow very lively debate within that spectrum – even encourage the more critical and dissident views. That gives people the sense that there’s free thinking going on, while all the time the presuppositions of the system are being reinforced by the limits put on the range of the debate.

Weak intellectual-property laws and strong innovation

bq. Designers’ frustration at seeing their ideas mimicked is understandable. But this is a classic case where the cure may be worse than the disease. There’s little evidence that knockoffs are damaging the business. Fashion sales have remained more than healthy–estimates value the global luxury-fashion sector at a hundred and thirty billion dollars– and the high-end firms that so often see their designs copied have become stronger. More striking, a recent paper by the law professors Kal Raustiala and Christopher Sprigman suggests that weak intellectual-property rules, far from hurting the fashion industry, have instead been integral to its success. The professors call this effect “the piracy paradox.”

bq. The paradox stems from the basic dilemma that underpins the economics of fashion: for the industry to keep growing, customers must like this year’s designs, but they must also become dissatisfied with them, so that they’ll buy next year’s. Many other consumer businesses face a similar problem, but fashion–unlike, say, the technology industry–can’t rely on improvements in power and performance to make old products obsolete. Raustiala and Sprigman argue persuasively that, in fashion, it’s copying that serves this function, bringing about what they call “induced obsolescence.” Copying enables designs and styles to move quickly from early adopters to the masses. And since no one cool wants to keep wearing something after everybody else is wearing it, the copying of designs helps fuel the incessant demand for something new.

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Yêu dấu

Yêu dấu,
hãy cùng tôi một lần nghe thêm dòng nhạc này,
dòng nhạc hay tiếng nói của một kẻ ra đi trong lúc vội vàng,
bỏ lại đàng sau chiếc bóng,
chiếc bóng bằng hơi thở dấy lên từ tàn phai nói với chúng ta
mộng vàng thôi đã mây bay
tình người thôi đã lắng nguôi,
dọng cười thôi đã luống tắt
thì tôi vẫn xin yêu dấu một lần nghiêng tai,
một lần lắng tâm đón nhận một lần mùi hường ký ức,
dù cho lắng tai nghiêng, dù cho lắng tâm ngọ,
sự thực cũng chỉ là biệt ly từ giữa thịt da,
và tôi vẫn xin hãy nhận, yêu dấu hãy nhận nơi đây tình tôi kiếp khác.

lời tựa cho bài “K Khúc Của Lê” do Tuấn Ngọc trình bày