One part of me wants to algorithmize everything, while another part wants to preserve the vintage of manual art, like romanticizing about an alternative universe in which light sabers can beat laser blasters.
June 13, 2014
March 31, 2014
Is like a lullaby
For city boys
December 25, 2013
December 22, 2013
September 28, 2013
Imagine you are a Klingon warship commander. After going through some hyper-warp to arrive at an alternative space time, you find that all Klingons are in gentle servitude to humans.
This is what I felt about the HK technology industry as a SF bay area computer scientist.
If you are a Klingon in that alternative space time, work with that commander so that you will not turn into a pussy.
August 7, 2013
passed from dad to son
unchanged across millenniums.
July 28, 2013
I went to the Matrix in Concert with the San Francisco Symphony conducted by Don Davis, who is also the composer for the Matrix trilogy.
Basically, what they did is to play the first matrix movie with music accompanied by the orchestra.
I enjoyed the show for a variety of reasons: I am a fan of the original movies, the visual setup (black dressing + green lighting) is fitting, and the music integrates seamlessly with the movie.
The most interesting aspect is that the music adds (yet) another layer of performance + reality, over the original movie, which is already layered. The music starts with the opening scenes and ends after the end credits. So the entire show starts before the movie starts and ends after the movie ends. In a movie theater, most audience would walk out during the end credits, but we should sit through this one. (It was very funny to see a few folks who left during the end credits.)
What has not changed is that I want to be agent Smith if I can choose to become one of the characters.
June 14, 2013
They say olfactory memory is the most visceral as it is within our primitive brains.
Taipei: soil within sidewalk pavement cracks
Kaohsiung: (strong) industrial waste water
Stanford: dry grass
Palo Alto: coffee
Mountain View: swimming pool chlorine
Emerald Hills: trees
Beijing: gun powder (sulfur)
Hong Kong: (humid) bean curd
March 3, 2013
A really beautiful woman can shine without makeup or enhancement12.
A truly capable man can function without job title or institution13.
1Replace man and woman above with unisex nouns if you like. I do not mean to be a sexist; the sentences just flow better.
2To sense whether that someone is for you, see her true self; wake up early on a Sunday morning, sneak beside her bed, and watch her sleep.
3I spent my early childhood listening to my grandparents’ stories on how they survived WW2 and how untrustworthy governments can be. I became one of the few in my (and younger) generation with this innate distrust of institutions. (Self psycho-analysis indicated this is a main source of my inclination towards individualism + self-reliance and my philosophical difficulty working in a company.) If you have no idea what I am talking about, try “Wealth, War and Wisdom” by Barton Biggs. (The book succeeded in conveying the sense of institutional distrust, even though I do not agree with all the points.)
February 14, 2013
This is a random collection of thoughts after watching this movie, liberal arts, on a recent flight.
I like the movie; it is funny, informational, and the characters are cute (especially the one played by Elizabeth Olsen).
I finally got what it meant by liberal art college: basically, the kind of schools that trains one to be a generalist rather than for a specific profession. Quote from the movie: “I majored in English and minored in history just to make sure I am fully unemployable”.
I think computer science is some kind of liberal art: writing good codes is a lot like writing good proses, designing good algorithms is a lot like designing good plots, and making good UIs is a lot like making good plays!
From now on I am going to proclaim I do liberal art, in a more employable fashion.