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Last Sunday, I spent the afternoon in 南寮 together with Chanel (雁文), and even though I do not care to repeat the humdrum details I have expressed in Chinese above, I will write a little bit about the kites. In Sweden, I tried to build and fly kites together with a couple of friends (Martin is the only one who has personal website, as far as I know), and even though we managed to get the thing into the air, it still was not a very big success. I think one of the reasons was that the wind was too weak. Compared to the wind this Sunday, the one we used was nothing.

Below can be seen one short video clip and several photos of our afternoon trip. Although there were other interesting things to do, the kite flying is what I will remember. I did not try myself; looking was enough this time. Still, I feel that this is something I might like to learn later, and living in Xinzhu (which is called the Windy City), now is probably a good time to do it. Just flying normal kites is one thing, but what we watched this weekend is something completely different. Enjoy:


This is a six-headed kite doing some aerial tricks. What annoys me is that before this one, there were two kites involved in some sort of competition against each other. They did not attempt to cut each other or anything, but it was obvious that they tried to down the other kite somehow. This is also cool, but not even close to being as cool as the combat.
The entrance to the main area. Colourful kites are never out of vogue.

Miscellaneous kites.
We spent perhaps half an hour looking at this kite. It is difficult do understand the tricks involved simply by looking at a photograph, but look at its tail and you will get some inkling what it was about.
Spiral. It might be difficult to grasp the scale, but I think the tail is at least 30 metres long, perhaps more.
More flying, now in company with a cool-looking five-headed kite.


It came pretty close sometimes, being hit at full speed would probably hurt a lot.


More beautiful manoeuvering.


Entangled!


Two pretty odd-looking kites. I really like the combination of the diver and the fish.


Even more odd, perhaps.


But all three together take the biscuit.


More of the same kind.


It seems like I am still alive and kicking.


The architecture is very odd. It seems like a mixture of many styles and somewhat artificial, but I still like the colours.


There is a much bigger harbour behind me, but this makes a much nicer photo anyway.


Bells, bells, bells.


An excellent example of weird a strange composition. Any classic architect probably turns in his grave because of the different kinds of orders used for these pillars.


This is more to my taste.


And this is Chanel!


The mentioned seafood market.

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I have recently completed a number of tasks on my 101-in-1001 list that I feel are too insignificant to merit posts of their own. It is not the case that the tasks are pointless, but rather that I do not feel that I have anything interesting to write about them. Therefore, I have gathered five of them into one post and wrapped things up with an assessment of the list as it stands today. First five accomplished tasks.

Change and organise passwords and logins
This task is on the list to make sure that I change passwords that matter. I have some sort of ad hoc encryption for my passwords that allow me to write them down without any risk of anyone stealing my logins. However, I have been to lazy to uphold this system and a restart was required. I simply went through all my logins and changed passwords for all the site that matters to me and made sure that they now have unique passwords. Task done.

Go through and sort all personal files
I think you all know how it is, heaps of information scattered all over the computer. Yes, there is a search function, but keeping personal files in order is nice anyway. To accomplish this task, I remade my file structure and sorted all files into it. Most of it went pretty smoothly, although it required quite some time.

Submit myself to a health examination
I do not remember why I entered this item on the list in the first place, but it feels like a good idea to check one’s health now and then. I have been to the dentist, as well as checked myself for various diseases. I also passed a general health examination I needed to apply for the scholarship.

Build and fly a kite
This was done with various degrees of success. One of the kites we built did not fly at all, but the other one worked alright. Even though there was scarcely any wind, I held it in the air for some five minutes. This was great fun and something I will try to do more when the wind is stronger. Trying new designs will also be interesting, eventually aiming for combat kites.

Write five serious articles in English
Blogging is one thing, writing with more serious intent is another. I have written more than five serious articles, but I have chosen not to count those that qualify for other items on the list (such as the article on Carcassonne strategy) . Here are the five:

1. Listening to audio books
2. Why I dislike long novels
3. The illusory choice of postponement
4. Relieving a burdened mind
5. Quo vadis, Taiwan?

The list and the future
This means that I presently have 45 items left on the list! That is a lot. First, I have five tasks that will complete themselves or will not be hard to achieve (I know that I will manage the rest of the year without borrowing any money, for instance).

Apart from that, I have a couple of tasks requiring watching a lot of films. A whole lot of films. Probably more than I have watched the last two years put together, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. I put the items on the list because I wanted to watch more films, right?

Then there are a bunch of items (around twenty, perhaps) that will require effort, but not more than I now I can cope with. These I will try to clear before the end of August.

Lastly, we have the really difficult ones. First, I have to write a novel. I know what I am going to write and I have planned it thoroughly, but I have a lot of text to write. This will be challenging but fun. This is perhaps the most difficult task left on the list.

Second, I have a hundred metres to walk on my hands. This is extremely tough, much tougher than I can explain or than I understood when I decided that a hundred metres was suitable. Also, it is not as many peolpe believe a question of balance (I could easily walk a kilometre balance-wise, I hardly ever fall). Instead, it requires an extraordinare strength and endurance in shoulders and back. I might be able to pull this off, but it is far from certain. This is probably the most difficult task on the entire list.

Third, I have the films mentioned above. They will be challenging, but I think that I will cope once I get into the habit of watching films more often. Also, I can bring films to Taiwan without feeling that they hamper my activities there.

Fourth, I have to get 2.0 on the Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test. I do not know how hard this is, but I am not counting on that it will be easy. This might be among the more difficult items left, but, alas, I do not know.

Fifth, I have a role-playing game to finish. I am currently working on it, but there is a lot left to do. It is only the text that needs to be finished, illustrations, layout and things like that comes later. I will manage this, but it will require many, many hours.

Sixth, I have to spend a week away from civilisation. This is not inherently difficult, but it requires a lot of time. Fortunately for the lists sake, I can clear some tasks while away. I am looking forward to this week. I planned it for a reason and I intend to do it sometime in August, after I have moved to my parents (temporarily in between this apartment and my leaving for Taiwan).

Conclusively, this looks pretty tough. I would lie if I said I felt certain I would make it. I would even lie if I said it was probable. Still, I am not known for giving up very easily and I think that I will come a long way if I just try. After, all it is said that it was by perseverence the snail reached the ark (Charles Haddon Spurgeon quote). Also, I realise that the tasks themselves are worthwhile, so each step on the way is a goal in itself. Finishing ten tasks is twice as good as finishing five, so let us see how far that will take me, shall we?

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