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    Talk to nature

      We had many conversations, and we couldn’t remember what we had said to whom. Yet we hardly speak to nature, whose members are all around us.   Nature never stops speaking to us, and its members are patient. In the morning, we walked out of the house – if you have this kind of careful observation – the breeze caressed your cheeks, and the wind gently touched your face with its transparent hands, as well as your eyebrows, eye sockets and ears, as if it knew you would be here Walk out the door in a moment, waiting for you here. In fact, its little hands are caressing your shoulders, back…

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    Walking into the memory of war in “Redispatch”

      The United States is a young country, but it has a consistent belligerent tradition. Its independence, expansion, and hegemony cannot be separated from war. Where there is war, there must be anti-war. Correspondingly, many excellent anti-war works have emerged in American literature, such as the National Book Award-winning work Redeployment (2013). The 12 short stories in this novel collection are all based on the Iraq War. The protagonists come from multiple arms of the US military. The author Phil Klay (Phil Klay, 1983— ) is a replica of his experience in the Marine Corps. Clay served as director of public affairs in Iraq’s Anbar province (2007-2008), and after retiring from…

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    Self-reconstruction of National Cultural Identity: EM Foster’s Oriental Cultural Identity

      EM Forster (Edward Morgan Forster, 1879-1970) was a native British writer in the 20th century, but he was inextricably linked with the East. In 1924, his “A Passage to India” (A Passage to India) was published, which once again placed the East in the attention of Westerners. Although “A Passage to India” has always been an important reader of post-colonial literature, how to locate the relationship between Forster and Eastern culture has been a difficult problem for a long time. Said, a literary criticism theorist, pointed out that anyone who teaches, writes about, or studies the Orient can be called an “Orientalist”—in this sense, Forster is indeed an Orientalist. But…

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    Staunch pacifist and painter of oriental subjects

      Vasily Vasilyevich Vereshchagin (1842-1904), a Russian sketch painter, writer, traveler, ethnographer, soldier, war reporter in the 19th century, is one of the most famous military painters in Russia. He was born in a chief aristocratic family in Cherepovets (Novgorod Province, today’s Vologda Province). He was admitted to the Naval Armament High School at the age of 9 and served briefly after graduation. In 1860, he was admitted to the Petersburg Academy of Arts. Studied with Russian painters A. Markov, Fei Moller and Ya Beideman; in 1863, he dropped out of school and went to the Caucasus, where he created many sketches; from 1864 to 1865, he went to Paris and…

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    A Millennium History of Salt

      The Chinese discovered salt very early. In ancient times, people called natural salt “halogen”. “Shuowen Jiezi” also records that “natural salt is called bittern, and boiled salt is salt”, that is, “halogen” can only be called “salt” after processing.   As for the discovery of salt, there is another legend. The pre-Qin ancient book “Shiben” says that in the period of the Yellow Emperor, there was a prince named Susha who boiled brine with sea water and fried it into salt. Later, the legend about Susha became more and more dramatic: According to legend, one day, Susha brought half a pot of water from the sea and just put it on…

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    This town, people are not allowed to die here

      Located in Svalbard, Norway, there is a small town called Longyearbyen. Longyearbyen is located at 70 degrees north latitude, only 1,300 kilometers away from the North Pole. It is the northernmost city in the world marked by the Guinness Book of World Records, so it is also known as the “North of the World”.   The permanent population of Longyearbyen is about 2,000 people, covering more than 50 ethnic groups. When you go to this small town, 60% of the land is covered by snow and ice. The roads in the town are covered with snow all the year round, and the roads are lined with colorfully painted houses: there are…

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    4 underlying logics of deep learning

      We will use fragmented time to study, such as on the way to work or school, between meals, and even when taking a shower, we can also use mobile phone voice to listen to lectures. Although I have seen a lot of various learning methods, when I encounter problems at work, I realize that there are not many that I can think of and use.   The methods and techniques of learning are endless and varied, but no matter how they change, they must be based on the underlying learning logic.   This article is about learning logic, hoping to help you improve your learning efficiency. As long as you recognize the…

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    Derinkuyu: An Underground City and Its History of Tolerance

      The strong wind rolled the loose loess on the ground into the air. This is the famous scenic spot Lovers Valley, located in Cappadocia, Turkey. In the crimson canyon, pink and yellow hilltops can be seen faintly. Drought, heat, and strong winds brought Cappadocia endless barrenness, and at the same time, through special weathering, the tops of rocks and hills on the ground were polished into the shape of brush points. This unique scenery attracts hikers from all over the world. If the aboveground scenery of Cappadocia is a miracle of nature, then the underground buildings here are a miracle created by human beings. A few chickens who went astray…

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    The three parties in the Russia-Ukraine conflict are approaching the threshold of a new strategic choice

      On February 20, 2023, US President Biden arrived in Kiev to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. This is his first visit to Ukraine since the Russia-Ukraine conflict in nearly a year. According to the original schedule, Biden was supposed to visit Poland; at the same time, in stark contrast, just a day ago, the Munich Security Summit, which focused heavily on Ukraine, had just ended. Biden did not go to Munich or Poland, but chose to stay in Russia and Ukraine. The airborne landing in Kiev on the first anniversary of the outbreak of the conflict undoubtedly sent a signal of firm support for the Ukrainian government to the…

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