Corde Cordis, Personal

Corde Cordis: An Explanation

Before naming my blog Scriptio Sciura to echo to the hyperlink (and also to enforce sibilance), it was briefly “Corde Cordis” – from a heart to a heart.

Having dropped the original title, I almost forget that sometimes a blog can be personal, and expressive. It might have been lurking in the subconscious, since I have never responded to WordPress’s slightly-tempting “Upgrade to a .com domain!” emails (and also for the rather practical reason of not wanting to spend more when the visitors are rather sparse, it does not justify – yet). At some point, even the supposedly personal posts have become slightly impersonal.

However, there are things I do want to tell certain people. But admittedly, it can be a little tiring for an audience to suddenly receive “hello, I would like to clarify so-and-so” messages every now and then (bad experiences from somebody in the past trying to clarify everything he has done made me reflect on how annoying I can be at times too). However, at the same time, sometimes res ipsa loquitur (not in the legal sense) cannot be applied (even though I was half-stressing on that in WWFPD – What Would Fanny Price Do?). Blogposts, hence, can be a sort of “middle ground”. Especially when this is a site only read by friends and family – I believe I can be (reasonably) private and expressive, as I like.

Furthermore, I do believe the beauty of letter-writing – as much as I do like interacting face-to-face or text-to-text, sometimes during “live” interactions one might forget something. But upon realising, I would also reach a realisation that it is too late to clarify again. Hence do not be surprised if you see something which might echo from previous conversations – in fact, that might be me talking to you. A heart to a heart, after all.

If it is not a following up from previous conversations, treat this as a guide to understanding me. While leafing through the books on my Kindle, I see the books I might have bought when trying to understand people I really care for. Of course while trying to understand you, I really want you to understand me too.

As usual, I welcome any discussion. I don’t bite, and I don’t crumble that easily.

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Reading Challenge

March 2018

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY
1 2 3 4
Strange Bedfellows: The Surprising Connection Between Sex, Evolution and Monogamy, David P. Barash, Judith Eve Lipton The Book of Human Emotions: An Encyclopedia or Feeling from Anger to Wanderlust, Tiffany Watt Smith
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Modern Love: 50 True and Extraordinary Tales of Desire, Deceit and Devotion, Daniel Jones (ed) Project Semicolon: Your Story Isn’t Over, Amy Bleuel
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
The Power of Forgiveness: Forgiving as a Path to Freedom, Joan Gattuso 100 Women I know: Candid Accounts of Rape and Sexual Assault Old Masters and Young Geniuses: The Two Life Cycles of Artistic Creativity, David W. Galenson
26 27 28 29 30 31
Dear Hong Kong, Xu Xi The Rules of Love, Richard Templar
Reading Challenge

February 2018

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY
1 2 3 4
Gifts Differing: Understanding Personality Type, Isabel Briggs-Myers
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Human Rights in Ancient Rome, Richard Bauman 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology: Shattering Widespread Misconceptions about Human Behavior, Scott O. Lilienfeld, Steven Jay Lynn, John Ruscio, Barry L. Beyerstein Breathe: Inspirational Poetry, R A Stokeld How to Fall in Love with Anyone, Mandy Len Catron
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
The Almost Nearly Perfect People: Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia, Michael Booth A Life Beyond Boundaries, Benedict Anderson Levels of Air, Julian Barnes Private Island, James Meek How to Choose a Partner, Susan Quilliam Illustrations for the Book of Job, William Blake
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
Prisons We Choose to Live Inside, Doris Lessing
26 27 28
TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking, Chris Anderson
Reading Challenge

January 2018

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Kindness: the Little Thing that Matters Most, Jaime Thurston The Yes Minister Miscellany, Antony Jay, Jonathan Lynn The Science of Evil: On Empathy and the Origins of Cruelty, Simon Baron-Cohen The Lover’s Dictionary: A Love Story in 185 Definitions, David Levithan
Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion, Paul Bloom
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Law’s Strangest Cases, Peter Seddon
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
The Delphi Complete Works of Gustav Klimt International Law: A Very Short Introduction, Vaughan Lowe Simple Giving: Easy Ways to Give Every Day, Jennifer Iacovelli
The Toy Maker, J.A. Campbell
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores, Jen Campbell Dunbar, Edward St Aubyn The Peanuts Guide to Love: Peanuts Guide to Life, Charles M. Schulz The Name of God is Mercy, Pope Francis
29 30 31
Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?, James Shapiro
Reading Challenge

December 2017

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY
1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
The Hong Kong Legal System, Stefan H C Lo, Wing Hong Chui The Broken List to Mend a Broken Heart, Anna Bell
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
Legal Ethics: A Comparative Study, Geoffrey Hazard, Angelo Dondi
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
Evangelii Gaudium: The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis
25 26 27 28 29 30 31
How to Make Your Man Behave in 21 Days or Less Using the Secrets of Professional Dog Trainers, Karen Salmansohn
This is Me Letting You Go, Heidi Priebe Wonder, R. J. Palacio
Reading Challenge

November 2017

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY
1 2 3 4 5
Lili: a Portrait of the First Sex Change, Lili Elbe, Niels Hoyer Recipe for Joy: A Stepmom’s story of finding faith, following love, and feeding a family, Robin Davies
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Tomorrow’s Lawyers: An Introduction to Your Future, Richard Susskind Lawyers in the Dock, Richard L. Abel Travels in China, Roland Barthes Dialogues with Silence, Thomas Merton
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
A Guide to the Good Life, William B. Irvine The Welfare State: A Very Short Introduction, David Garland Secret Lives of Introverts: Inside Our Hidden World, Jenn Granneman The Matisse Stories, A. S. Byatt
The Giving Tree, Shel Silverstein
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
Justice: What’s The Right Thing to Do?, Michael Sandel
27 28 29 30
Modern Mindfulness, Rohan Gunatillake
Reading Challenge

October 2017

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY
1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
The Sociopath Next Door, Martha Stout The Choice, Valerie Mendes
The Library of Babel and Other Stories, Jorge Luis Borges
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
The Sun and Her Flowers, Rupi Kaur How to Stop Time, Matt Haig This Modern Love, Will Darbyshire
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
Character and Conflict in Jane Austen’s Novels: A Psychological Approach, Bernard J. Paris
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
Legal Ethics and Human Dignity, David Luban
30 31
Would You Kill The Fat Man? David Edmonds