This great work of literature by Victor Hugo is available at Gutenberg.

Rough translation of the stanza in the image:

Progress and ideas,
A bridge of one hundred thousand cubits,
None of which breaks apart.
And through your dark tides,
Those disproportionate arches,
Shall brightly shine.

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My copy of the 1958 English translation by Prof. Wang Jizhen of Cao Xueqin’s Dream of the Red Chamber (红楼梦) has arrived.

I am very excited to read this masterpiece in its most venerable English translation and I look forward to reading it in Chinese once my mastery of the language has reached a modestly high level.

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Read A cure for cancer: how to kill a killer by Charles GraeberCharles Graeber (the Guardian)
Revolutionary work on the body’s immune system and a host of new drug trials mean that beating cancer may be achievable

James P. Allison, 2018’s Nobel Prize recipient in Physiology or Medicine for his research in cancer immunotherapy, observed that a protein in our T cells was giving cancer cells a break. He set out to teach those proteins how to block cancerous cells from going crazy. He succeed, in mice, where T-cells finally cured the cancer.

That groundbreaking discovery, albeit believed to be merely the tip of the iceberg in immunotherapy, has led to the development of immunotherapeutic drugs. Worst, there appears to be way less awareness of such endeavors among the public.

Read 'Spectacular' diabetes treatment could end daily insulin injections by Daniel BoffeyDaniel Boffey (the Guardian)
Hour-long procedure that stabilises blood sugar levels of sufferers of type 2 diabetes is still effective one year on, study shows

Interesting development:

By destroying the mucous membrane in the small intestine and causing a new one to develop, scientists stabilised the blood sugar levels of people with type 2 diabetes. The results have been described as “spectacular” – albeit unexpected – by the chief researchers involved.


The new discovery initially seems most suitable for borderline patients who already take pills but whose blood sugar level is high enough for doctors to advise that they inject insulin in the short term.

Read How to stop wasting your life watching TV and do something worthwhile with your downtime by ELIZABETH GRACE SAUNDERS (Fast Company)
When you subtract the time spent working, commuting, eating, sleeping, and doing housework, chances are you are left with only an hour or two of free time each night. Here’s how to make the most of it.

Read Jamal Khashoggi Is Dead, Saudi Arabia Says by Ben HubbardBen Hubbard (
The kingdom’s public prosecutor said Mr. Khashoggi died after an argument and fistfight inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

Apparently, the Kingdom of bronze-age theocrats, admits journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead, allegedly following an altercation inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. This update comes days after the continuous official denial by the so-called progressive prince & his family.

While the House of the Saud is blaming rogue officers for Kashoggi’s death, the West (save the Toupee Guy) believes the Crown Prince himself ordered the journalist’s murder.