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### A series of unfortunate relocations of the book collection of Hsü Yün Ts‘iao

The book collection of scholar Hsü Yün Ts‘iao 許雲樵, subject of much controversy, will not leave Singapore after all.

A private library will be set up in Lim Teck Kim Road, off Cantonment Road, specially for the 30,000 books, periodicals and newspaper clippings, most of which are Southeast Asian history.

China trip. The library will be financed and administered by a proposed company, the driving force of which is Mr. Kho Bak Weng 許木榮, assistant managing director of Sindo Timber Enterprises Pte Ltd 森都公司.

Mr Hsü, 76, had planned to sell his collection to the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) 馬來西亞馬華公會 in Kuala Lumpur for \$150,000. Local libraries, he said, were not interested in the collection which he wanted to sell as a “package deal".

The books are of no great use to him because of his poor health, he said, and the money would pay for a trip to China.

Mr Kho said on Tuesday that he telephoned Mr. Hsu's son immediately after reading newspaper reports about 10 days ago o…

### Long division of infinite series

Long division of numbers is usually taught in primary schools to children as one of the basic arithmetic skills. Consider, for example, $$486 \div 5$$.

It technically requires the child to atomize 486 into blocks of fives. There is a number of ways to split the number. Since we know that $$90 \times 5 = 450$$, one way to do $$486 \div 5$$ is: \begin{align}486 &= (\mathbf{90} \times 5) + (480 - \mathbf{90} \times 5) + 6\\ &= (90 \times 5) + 30 + 6\\ &= (90 \times 5) + (6 \times 5) + (5 + 1)\\ &= (90 + 6 + 1)\times 5 + 1\\ &= 97 \times 5 + 1 \end{align} We can also repeat the process with a different seed number, for instance, instead of 90, we can start with 80: \begin{align}486 &= (\mathbf{80} \times 5) + (480 - \mathbf{80} \times 5) + 6\\ &= (80 \times 5) + 80 + 6\\ &= (80 \times 5) + (50 + 30) + (5 + 1)\\ &= (80 + 10 + 6 + 1)\times 5 + 1\\ &= 97 \times 5 + 1 \end{align} This essentially means that 486 can be atomized into 97 blocks …

### The Bahasa Malaysia July Paper of 1976

In 1960, Bahasa Melayu was gradually dosed into our national schools as the language of instruction. But it wasn't until 1970 that the Bahasa Melayu paper in MCE (Malaysia Certificate of Education) was renamed to Bahasa Malaysia and was made a compulsory subject. It means that you need to pass your Bahasa Malaysia in order to pass your MCE.

And in order to get into Form Six, which was then the only way for a middle class student to get a university education, a pass was not good enough, at least a weak credit is needed to secure a seat in HSC (Higher School Certificate). The introduction of the Bahasa Malaysia July Paper was essential because a lot of good students failed to obtain a pass or a credit when they sat for their Bahasa Malaysia paper for the first time.

The MCE 1972 result, as announced by the then Education Minister, Inche Hussain Onn, on Wednesday, 4 April 1973
GroupPassedFailed BahasaGeneral failureTotalMalays6,7511462,4459,342Non-Malays9,31414,1164,35427,784All1…

### Mahavira and Nobi Nobita

The opening title of the 1988 film Nobita no Parareru Saiyūki 大雄平行西遊記. This film is perhaps the only film where you can find Mahavira 大雄 and Nobita 大雄 together The main hall of a Mahayana buddhist temple is normally known as the Mahavira Hall or 大雄寶殿 (Dàxióng Bǎodiàn) in Chinese.

The following calligraphic plaque, for instance, was photographed two years ago when I was at Kaiyuan Temple 開元寺 in Quanzhou 泉州.
Mahavira Hall of Kaiyuan Temple, Quanzhou The four chinese ideograms symbolising both Mahavira and the hall are rendered by a certain magistrate of Quanzhou named Sun Chaorang 孫朝讓 in standard script 楷書, probably on the 15th day of the 8th month of the year of Renwu of Chongzhen 崇禎壬午仲秋 (Proleptic Gregorian: August 29, 1642).

If you pay attention to the two vertical lines on the plaque, you will notice that the regnal name of Emperor Zhu Youjian, 崇禎, and the name of the calligrapher were both written in red ink.

Apparently writing your name with a red pen was not actually a probl…

### 吉隆坡塔動物園一隻叫nabeh的動物

Nabeh，niamah，walaueh，草泥馬和其他比較乾淨的髒話 當我們用這些字的時候，其實是完全沒有肏你媽的意思在句子裡頭的。本地著名播音人Patrick Teoh的其中一個部落格就是用niamah來命名的，而他也喜歡用niamah來總結他寫的貼文。例如，幾天前為了表示…

### 媽媽為孩子搬兩次家的故事

G：媽媽不喜歡孟子以葬人(funeral)為主題玩遊戲 趙岐先生和梁無非小姐的「三遷」論，身為業餘天文學家的劉向肯定不敢苟同。劉向是《列女傳》的原創作者，是西漢的皇族，他的太公是漢高祖劉邦同父異母的弟弟。劉先生常常在家看星星看到天亮，他兒子劉歆受他的影響，後來也成為了數學家。劉歆可了不起了，他可是第一個不用圓三徑一的中國人。

《列女傳》裡面的105則故事，很多是劉先生瞎編的。他主要想是用漢朝大男人主義的角度，來約束女人和媽媽的行為。所以你讀《列女傳》的時候，需要小心一點。

### Concerning fuck

In the English-speaking world, the word fuck is usually abhorred by many parents because it is a taboo-word to them.

The word is almost as old as the written language. The first recorded use of this monosyallable verb in the English literature can be found in the following 516-year-old lines, composed by the Scottish poet William Dunbar in 1503: His bony berd was kemd and croppit
Bot all with kaill it wes bedroppit
And he wes townich, fulich and gukkit
He clappit fast, he kist and chukkit
As with the glaikis he wer ourgane
Git be his feirris he wald haif fukkit
Ye brek my hairt, my bony ane!

H. Bellyse Baildon (1907) The poems of William Dunbar, with
introduction, notes and glossary, Cambridge University Press, p. 5. Fuck is perhaps one of the most flexible word in the English language, it can be used (a) as a verb or (b) as an imprecation (as the coarsest version of damn) or (c) as an adverb or (d) as an adjective, because of its expletive nature. For example, if I ignore …