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許: 4300 years of avoiding administration

Don't let them promote you. Don't let them transfer you. Don't let them do anything that takes you off the bridge of that ship. Because as long as you're there, you can make a difference.
    - James T. Kirk to Jean-Luc Picard, Star Trek: Generations

istari_ala, dragnflye and I are tracing our family roots, and I was asked for the meaning of my surname. I remembered that it means "to allow" but thought I'd look up the etymology. I didn't find anything definite, but I did come across an anecdote about my far distant ancestor from the reign of King Yao (2,357 - 2,255 BCE) during the Period of Five Kings (2,697 - 2,207 BCE).

From this entry in Ancestry.com:
- Chinese : this name goes back as far as the 23rd century BC. According to tradition, there existed a philosopher named Xu You, who was offered succession to the throne by the model emperor Yao. Having heard this proposal, Xu You washed his ears in a river to rid them of such defilement. The main stock of this name probably came later, however, when Wu Wang, the first king (1122-1116 BC) of the Zhou dynasty, granted the area of Xu in present-day Henan province to Wen Shu, a descendant of Bo Yi, adviser to the model emperor Shun (who coincidentally accepted the offer of power which Xu You had declined). The descendants of Wen Shu eventually adopted the name of the area of Xu as their surname.

Yeah... that about sums up how I feel about administrative jobs. :-D

Another entry:

The 35th most common last name in China. There was a kind gentleman, called Xu You during the reign of Emperor Yao. Xu was a farmer in Xu Chang of HeNan province. He was so famous that Yao wanted to give him his throne. Learning this, Xu escaped to Qi Shan. So instead, Yao asked him to be in charge of nine provinces. Xu refused again. Seeing that he [had] no intention to serve, Yao did not insist. Xu You was the descendant of the ancient king Yan Di. His descendents stay in the vicinity of Xu Chang. During Zhou Wu Wang’s reign, Xu You’s descendant Sun WenShu was awarded the land of Xu, and established the Xu kingdom. At the end of the Chun Qiu period, the Xu kingdom was brought to an end by the Chu kingdom.

Xu means allow or permit.

Hometown: 30 miles north west of Lin Liu in Shandong Province.1

1 My paternal grandfather was descended from the Qing Dynasty city father of the clan city.

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Banazir

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twinofhugin
Feb. 24th, 2005 07:27 am (UTC)
see this is why I consider my job more of a strategic avoidance of being over-promoted...

one of the router guys on my shift puts it much more succinctly as "I want to keep actually doing things..."
banazir
Feb. 24th, 2005 07:52 am (UTC)
Those who can't do, teach; those who can't teach...
see this is why I consider my job more of a strategic avoidance of being over-promoted...
Hehe... the Dilbert Principle, eh?

one of the router guys on my shift puts it much more succinctly as "I want to keep actually doing things..."
Yep.

Hey, I just hope I'm actually descended from Xu You and not Wen Shu in the above story.

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Banazir
twinofhugin
Feb. 24th, 2005 08:06 am (UTC)
Re: Those who can't do, teach; those who can't teach... teach gym
precisely!

I'm related to /descended from daniel boone soo... I'm not sure how I reconcile that with intrusion detection and programming.

*goes back to look for bears in the routing core...*
banazir
Feb. 24th, 2005 08:24 am (UTC)
Fu><0red a BAR! Duude!
*hi5s*

twinofhugin kilt a ha><or! -- Banazir
twinofhugin
Feb. 24th, 2005 08:26 am (UTC)
Re: Fu><0red a BAR! Duude!
back east we spelt that there spellin 'barrr'.

cisco has made killing ha><0rs at work easy... on my home network you actually have to think the syntax through at least...

sigh.
lilithharp17
Feb. 24th, 2005 08:15 am (UTC)
I cannot pronounce the names
A sure know that you are king of your castle. Just know it. Saw enuf ninja movies without any particular emphasis on much more than how the woman follows behind to know that something about quiet men must be very interesting.
banazir
Feb. 25th, 2005 08:58 pm (UTC)
Tell me wot eet means to me
Woo! Maybe you and masteralida are related!

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Banazir
kaladhwen
Feb. 28th, 2005 06:09 am (UTC)
Don't let them promote you. Don't let them transfer you. Don't let them do anything that takes you off the bridge of that ship. Because as long as you're there, you can make a difference.

I love that quote. So much. The movie sucked, but I love that quote.
banazir
Mar. 1st, 2005 03:53 am (UTC)
Star Trek: Generations
I love that quote. So much. The movie sucked, but I love that quote.
Generations was ST7! Remember the rule?
Even-numbered Trek films don't suck.

Though I hear Nemesis came rather close.
First Contact (ST8) was very good, and Insurrection (ST9) was... how do you say it? Craptacular.

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Banazir
kaladhwen
Mar. 1st, 2005 04:59 am (UTC)
Re: Star Trek: Generations
I never remember the numbers of the films! People always reference them by the numbers and I'm like...oookay.

First Contact was the best Trek thing ever made, IMO. Well, next to some of S7 of TNG. And some eps of Voyager and Enterprise.

Insurrection was sorta...fluff? I did really like it, though, because it showed more of the deterioration of the Federation and how Picard is like "don't mess with me man", and Geordi got to SEE WHICH WAS THE BEST PART OF THE WHOLE MOVIE. I cried during that scene.

Um, yeah.

There were some awesome Data parts in that movie too. That you just gotta love. I enjoy the humor for the humor and yeah, while it wasn't the best, I do enjoy it for it's good points (and try to sorta ignore the rest).

Nemesis only sucked because they had a freaking guy who had NEVER seen ST before direct it!!! I mean, COME ON!!! It's like having someone who's never heard of SW directing the movies or writing the books. I mean, come on. Nemesis had the potential to be good although I hear the plot pretty much rips off movie 5 or whatever it is. And they killed off Data. Which I hated. Stupid John Logan.
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