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Weekly Report #18 I only have so much ability

Recently, the update time of the weekly report has been unstable. On one hand, it may be because I haven't adjusted yet and my life rhythm is a bit chaotic. On the other hand, it may be due to intermittent laziness.

As I have made more friends on xlog, I have started to feel some pressure. Every time I send out a weekly report, I always agonize over it. But as I repeat this process, I realize that there is no need to worry so much. Just finish writing it, and most of the time, it can be coherent and organized. Sometimes, trying too hard to polish it can be unnecessary.

What you have seen and experienced will be condensed in your writing.

Nothing new happened this week. On Saturday afternoon, I signed up for a negotiation course at the company out of curiosity. One of the activities left a deep impression on me. I finished reading the science fiction novel "Wool" in three days and wrote a book review. I am also reading "In My Lifetime" and it has given me a lot of inspiration.

I rested on Sunday, and apart from a business trip to Guangzhou on Wednesday, I played basketball continuously for a week, which made my left arm and shoulder muscles sore. Although I said I was resting, I basically played games all day. I completed the puzzle game "Cocoon" and I don't think the TGA Indie Game of the Year nomination is good without it.

In my spare time, I tidied up the rental house, folded clothes, and cleaned the bathroom.

I saw a sentence in an article on the app "One": "These are the only things I can do - tidy up the house, read a few books, and write some unimportant words. I spend all my energy on them."

Cover image: "Sea of Stars"

📕 Learning Negotiation#

The teacher told several stories in class, most of which were selected from negotiation books. However, it was still very impressive for me.

The most memorable activity was this:

The rules were simple. Group A and Group B were in two different classrooms, and the teacher was responsible for passing on information. There were a total of eight rounds of bidding.

In the first round, our group planned to start with a friendly offer to the other side. After all, if we directly offered the lowest price, the game might not be able to continue. However, the other side gave us the lowest offer.
Since the friendly gesture didn't work, but we predicted that the other side would make some improvements after knowing our goodwill, we adjusted to a middle price. As expected, the other side also realized this, so the second and third rounds of bidding became 20.

Before the fourth round started, the teacher said that this round could involve one representative from each side for negotiation, and the profit would double.

So our representative and the other side's representative discussed and decided to offer the highest price of 30 (after all, this way we would earn the most). Maybe because the previous goodwill was enough, the other side believed it. But after considering it, we decided to tear off the mask and offer the lowest price.

As expected, the other side fell into our trap.

But when it came to the sixth round, the teacher unexpectedly said that there could be another round of negotiation, and the profit would quadruple. However, since the previous negotiation had already failed, there was no possibility of reconciliation, so the rest of the rounds were basically meaningless.

The final result, our group was the sixth group, and we competed against the first group, leaving the other two groups aside.

There are some experiences worth noting:

  • At the beginning, it is important to clarify goodwill and malice, but it is better to release goodwill. Although from the competition between the second and fifth groups, it seems that the benefits of malicious competition are the greatest?
  • The best strategy for long-term dynamic games is tit-for-tat, which means if you give me goodwill, I will give you goodwill; if you give me malice, I will give you malice.

It was a very interesting game. At first glance, it seemed simple, but when you played it, you would fall into a chain of suspicion. It reminded me of "The Three-Body Problem".

📺 TV Series#

"In My Lifetime"

Lately, I have been enjoying Taiwanese dramas more and more. I like the scenes that are full of the atmosphere of life, rather than the false images presented by filters (I'm talking about domestic dramas).

I admire the expressive power of Taiwanese dramas. The language with a slight Taiwanese accent makes me more and more engaged. The ordinary breakfast shop work, street stalls on the roadside, dim and dark homes, and an old fan squeaking and turning.

It is suitable to watch after a busy day, when you take off the protective shell and quietly watch these trivial matters happening to others. There is no profound truth to tell. Life is just like that, and you only realize it when you look back and say, "Oh, that's how it was back then."

📚 Reading#

"Wool" is a TV series that I started watching on Apple TV earlier this year. I finished it in one go.
The actual plot has nothing to do with wool (except for using wool to wipe the lens cloth). It's another American TV series whose title was lost in translation.

Coincidentally, this book was released on WeChat Reading, and I finished reading it in two or three days. The translation quality is really good (yes, I'm talking about "Jerusalem: The Biography", your translation was really bad).

When it comes to the theme of the end of the world, it is always about alien invasions, zombie sieges, and so on. The sparks of laser bullets always make people suspect that it is a celebration rather than panic. But the real end of the world is in a 144-story bunker, under the rule of a class full of lies and deception, a small group of people exploring the outside world. When the protagonist truly walks out of this underground bunker called "Silo" and sees through the lies of deception with his own eyes, it is just like moving from one silo to another.

A silo is like a warehouse for storing food, but it is just storing the seeds of humanity. The story is very short, more like a fable.

In the end, the author wrote,
"The screens on the walls of the silo are our televisions, web browsers, search engines, newspapers, news, and mobile phones. The truth must be seen with our own eyes."

📮 Newsletter#

From now on, all my records will be automatically synchronized to my personal channel: https://t.me/RayeJourney

But I will also excerpt some of them and put them on my blog:

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