seafarers – 6, Joshua Slocum

had already found that it was not good to be alone, and so made companionship with what there was around me, sometimes with the universe and sometimes with my own insignificant self; but my books were always my friends, let fail all else.


ôi đã nhận ra rằng cô độc một mình không có tốt lắm, thế nên tôi làm bạn với mọi thứ xung quanh tôi, với thiên nhiên, với vũ trụ, đôi lúc là với chính cái bản ngã bé nhỏ của tôi, sách vở thì vẫn luôn là bạn tốt rồi.. còn bỏ hết những thứ còn lại!

seafarers – 5, Tom McClean

n 1982 he sailed across the Atlantic in the smallest boat to accomplish that crossing. The self-built boat measured 9 feet and 9 inches. His record was broken three weeks later by a sailor manning 9 feet and 1 inch long boat. In response McClean, used a chainsaw to cut two feet off his own vessel – making it 7 feet and 9 inches long. During the return trip he lost his mast and the journey took even longer than his first attempt but he regained the record.


ăm 1982, Tom băng qua Đại Tây Dương, thiết lập kỷ lục về chiếc thuyền nhỏ nhất từng làm được điều đó! Chiếc tàu tự đóng dài 9 feet 9 inch chỉ giữ được kỷ lục trong thời gian ngắn, 3 tuần sau, một thuỷ thủ khác vượt Đại Tây Dương thành công trên 1 con tàu 9 feet 1 inch. Để đáp lại, McClean dùng cưa xén bớt 2 feet từ con tàu của mình, còn 7 feet 9 inch. Chuyến hành trình trở nên khó khăn và kéo dài hơn, nhưng ông đã thành công và dành lại được kỷ lục.

seafarers – 4, Tom McNally

ff the southern coast of Ireland, a large Russian trawler came to his rescue. The radioman had picked up a message he understood to read: Look out for six men in a boat, since the original message received: Look out for a man in a six foot boat was simply unreasonable.


ần bờ biển nam Ireland, một chiếc tàu đánh cá Nga đã tìm và cứu được Tom. Nhân viên điện tín trên tàu đã diễn dịch bức điện mà anh ta nhận được thành: Tìm và cứu 6 người trên một con tàu, vì bức điện gốc thực ra là: Tìm và cứu một người trên con tàu 6 feet, 6 feet=1.82 m, nghe quá vô lý!

seafarers – 3, Donald Ridler

yself in a dinghy at speed… It was skulled from the stern with a paddle. A ever useful garden hose was put around the gunwale to act as fender. I could take two passengers in calm weather if no one breathed. The two passengers were too scared to breath.


rong hình: tôi đang chèo chiếc xuồng nhỏ, với một mái chèo sau đuôi. Một đoạn ống nước nhựa nhỏ, loại dùng để tưới vườn, bọc quanh bảo vệ thuyền! Tôi có thể chở thêm 2 hành khách nữa, nếu trời êm, và nếu không ai thở! Hai hành khách của tôi quá sợ để thở!

seafarers – 2, Paul Erling Johnson

arry King: I’ve seen your boat, Paul. And I wouldn’t sail it across the Miami River!. Paul replied: And given what I know of your sailing skills, that’s very wise, Larry!


arry King: Tôi xem qua con tàu của anh rồi Paul. Tôi sẽ không dùng nó để đi qua con sông Miami bé nhỏ này đâu!. Paul đáp lại: Theo như tôi biết về kỹ năng đi biển của anh, thì như thế là rất khôn ngoan đấy Larry!

seafarers – 1, Maurice Griffiths

found my pulse beating with suppressed excitement as I threw the mooring buoy overboard. It seemed as if that simple action had severed my connection with the life on shore; that I had thereby cut adrift the ties of convention. The unrealities and illusions of cities and crowds; that I was free now, free to go where I chose, to do and to live and to conquer as I liked, to play the game wherein a man’s qualities count for more than his appearance.


ôi cảm thấy mạch mình đập một niềm vui hăm hở nhưng kìm nén, khi ném sợi dây buộc thuyền cuối cùng lên bờ. Dường như chỉ với một hành động nhỏ như thế, những ràng buộc cuối cùng với đất liền, với các quy ước thông thường đã bị cắt đứt. Tránh xa thành phố, đám đông với những hoang đường, hoang tưởng của nó, giờ đây tôi tự do đi và sống như tôi muốn, một cuộc sống trong đó, giá trị của con người phụ thuộc vào nhiều thứ hơn là chỉ vẻ ngoài của họ!

selfie sticks


asically, there’re two wholly different kinds of selfie stick, as illustrated in the picture below, the one on the left, often dubbed: the landlubbers’, and the one on the right, usually known as: the seafarers’ or simply: ‘the mast’ 😀. On the left is way too small, I need something much bigger. Surely one day, I would build myself a huge selfie stick like that on the right! 😀

boat ramblings

ater is like a woman, and boats are like condoms, the bigger the boat, the thicker the later. It’s not too fun for a man to venture to water in a big yacht, trying to conduct a safer affair, hoping to buy some security, and at the same time, insulating himself from the very intimate pleasures of the water! 😀 Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone!

set your course

Set your course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ships!

any moons ago… the internet was booming in Vietnam (let me recall that it was only in the 2000, 2001 years that the Internet gradually became more popular in here, quite late compared to other countries). I’ve just finished college and started a career in software engineering back then. A whole new world, an immense pool of knowledge to be learnt.

Subscribed to lots of news agencies, a ton of discussing groups, various programming and technical forums… before becoming overwhelmed by the amount of information available. Soon, I’d learned to filter out the not – too – good sources, first by ignoring the social, viral websites. There’s really very little salt of truth conveyed by them, the mass media.

Next come RSS, the news feed, which allows me to follow only the very selective persons, topics. My list now contains many hundreds of talented programmers, computer scientists… around the world. While admiring their thinking in many ways, I usually find it cumbersome to browse the huge piles of information to figure out what’s really useful to me.

My thirst for knowledge spans across many domains, so my RSS list has become exceptionally long. Just for examples, my list for boat building contains more than 600 sources, or my list for typewriter exceeds 100… Yes, I love those mechanical typewriters and their fonts. And I have many other technical interests that you probably wouldn’t think of! 😀

Normally, I would read about 70 ~ 90 new posts every day, that helped developing my quick reading ability. In a sense, I “consume” a huge daily doze of information, and my thirst has not been satisfied yet (or it would ever be), and I find it not too troublesome to continue on that way. But then come a time, I realized the needs to see the things differently.

We are all “producers” and “consumers” in one way or another, even in the particular area of “Information”. Why do we have to consume that much, why don’t just concentrate on things that really matter for our life!? And furthermore, why don’t we transform ourselves from the role of “consumer” into “producer”, producing some very little fine of it!?

Lots of thinking suddenly sparked in my mind, just by the strikingly simple saying quoted on the left: set your course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ships! Even though they’re giant and luxurious ocean liners (like the Titanic), and you’re only on your tiny bamboo draft, but hey, it’s your life, your ship, your journey and your own course, isn’t it!?