How to Disable Google Doodle on Google Chrome New Tab Page

By default Google Chrome will show Google Doodle on its New Tab Page. It is OK for me if Google wants to push some of its ideology to users by using Google Doodle, but recently I found Google goes too far by starting using animation-based Doodle, which is very annoying: Every time I open a new tab, I can not stop paying some attentions to the animated doodle, which is a constant distraction. To add insults to hurts, Google removed the old chrome flag which can disables Doodle on NTP. I really can not understand why Google does this other than being arrogant to its users.

After suffering from the animated Doodle for while, I decided to search for a solution. And eventually I found the –google-doodle-url flag on this page, which you can use if you start Google Chrome from a terminal and tell it to only use a static Google Doodle. For example, on my Macbook, I can run the following command from a terminal:

/Applications/Google\ Chrome.app/Contents/MacOS/Google\ Chrome \
--google-doodle-url="https://www.gstatic.com/chrome/ntp/doodle_test/ddljson_android0.json"

and no longer see the animated Doodle. Vola!

Hopefully Google’s won’t take this away again, otherwise we have to switch to Firefox completely.

Substitute Fingers in Piano Play

自己今天学习《Greensleeves》,里面有一个地方需要使用 Substitute Finger的技巧,也就是按住一个键发声的时候,为了移动手指的需要,把另外一个手指挪过来按住继续按住那个键,而钢琴保持发声。练了一会儿,觉得这个手指技巧很有意思,为键盘的指法安排打开了新的思路。自己又想起来以前练习《月亮代表我的心》的时候,右手的旋律部分不是很连续,主要是自己不习惯伸开小指去跳过一个键,用这个Substitute Finger 的技巧重新安排了一下指法,结果旋律部分容易多了,真是让人高兴! 🙂

马龙真厉害

三届世锦赛,两次奥运会。而且除了第一个世锦赛以外,其他好像都很轻松。真牛!

这次东京奥运决赛,全场马龙变化层出不穷,正手防回头匪夷所思,樊振东的球还是老实了一点,打不过呀。

视奏和合适的材料

自己这阵子学习钢琴,体会到两点:

  • 要坚持视奏,才能长久的培养正确的感觉。背奏对于我有三个直接的坏处:第一是很容易发展到看键盘弹奏,第二是纯粹凭肌肉记忆来弹奏,第三是容易越弹越快。
  • 第二是要选择难度合适的材料,发展自己的视奏技术。难度过大,只会导致看着键盘死记硬背,没有什么水平长进。

最后,自己的 Yamaha N2 买的确实好,键盘轻柔,还可以带耳机,完全适合我使用。

Tibhar Evolution MX-S + Butterfly Timo Boll ZLF 的新组合

以前自己使用 纯木7夹的 Butterfly Hadraw SK  和 相对较软的 Butterfly Tenergy 05-FX ,反手弧圈和横拨总是感觉借不上力,经常下网。后来虽然领悟到反手尽量打球的上升期,借力更容易一些,但是这样的打法对于反应速度要求太高,自己还是达不到。最近换了 Tibhar Evolution MX-S + Butterfly Timo Boll ZLF 的新组合,胶皮弹性加强了很多,底板硬度也加强了一些,现在反手横拨以及弧圈打球的下降期,成功率很高,自己很高兴。虽然下降期比起上升期威力小了很多,但是能够稳定的上台就很好了,业余乒乓球完全不必要追求单板质量。另外就是正手发力感觉没有以前充分,球在球拍上感觉停留的时间短了很多,球的威力有所下降,但是多拉几板也挺好的呀。

经过长期的探索,终于找到了适合自己打法的器材组合。:-)

The last stop of the summer trip

I like the last stop of our trip. It is a big quiet house in countryside. It has a great view to the ranch, through the windows and patio door, when you sit in the living room. When I was enjoying a piece of quite time in the couch, the voice of Meryl Streep in the movie “Out of Africa” slowly came to my mind : ” I had a farm …”.

The idea of buying a farm came to my mind, but some inititial research vaporized the dream: farming by no mean is an easy job: water, soil, corp, marketing, weather, fire, … Staying with the IT sector is definitely a better choice for me, though.

 

完全成熟的杏真好吃

我家后院有一颗杏树,今年结的特别多。小时候每年麦黄的时候都有人在集市上卖杏,妈妈有时候买回来一些,甜甜的真好吃。长大以后自己都是从超市里买杏吃,大概是没有完全成熟就采摘下来放熟的,这样的杏吃多了,都忘了完全成熟的杏是什么味道。今年我们的杏挂在树上,虽然颜色已经完全变为金黄,但是尝一尝还有点儿酸,我们一时也搞不清楚到底成熟了没有,后来干脆就不去管它,结果完全成熟的杏就从树上掉下来落到草地上,捡起来一尝,又甜又软,好吃得不得了。分头送给邻居们,大家都说好久没有吃过这么好吃的杏了。这是2021年迄今为止的一件大快乐,把童年的记忆都带回来了。