Confessions of a researchaholic

December 31, 2017

Atiqullah

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One of the best things I like about taking Uber/Lyft is to meet different people who are otherwise completely outside my ordinary social circles.
Some examples include a Mongolian lady who told me about the Mongolian birthmark, a reggae musician, an Iranian retiree, and an avid Trump supporter.

Today I met an Afghan who worked with the US military in Afghanistan as a translator and IT staff, and recently migrated to the US. The military helped him settled down with green card and other stuff like driver license. But since his family is around (including a new born daughter), instead of the military he is looking for civilian IT jobs, but without any luck so far due to lack of proper degrees.
(If I were to hire programmers or engineers I want to see what they can do instead of just certificates.)
I recommended him some CIA jobs (sent to me a while back for unknown reasons) such as security, information, engineering, and language.

December 17, 2017

Q and A

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Sometimes the answers are hard to find because we ask the wrong questions.

November 26, 2017

Immigrant

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A neighbor wants to remove a palm tree because it blocks the view and does not belong to northern California.

A palm tree which its neighbors want to remove as "it does not belong in northern California".

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The tree has been there since the beginning of human settlement, and has grown very well.

Who can decide whether others belong?

I say whoever adapts, belongs.

November 24, 2017

Thanksgiving

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I would like to thank those who ever stabbed me in the back, because you have made me a better person.
I will live the rest of my days preparing that someday, somehow, someone will stab me again.

October 15, 2017

Stand a chance

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Someone asked me whether he/she stands a chance to apply for a position.

Just go ahead and do it. I never care whether I stand a chance or not. The only thing I know for sure is that the chance is zero if I do not even try.

October 3, 2017

Burden

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water color by my dad

September 17, 2017

Devil in the house

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You brought a devil into the house
It wants to leave
And takes your flesh

So just let it go

Teach yourself and your offspring well
So that none would not be fooled by the devil

Exercise your discipline
To await the devil to destroy itself

If you want to lure it back
Better yourself is the only way

April 4, 2017

Habit

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I heard this from my parents recently.

An uncle of mine took trains to work every day for many years. On the morning trains he performed the daily biological unloads.

After he retired, he found out he could no longer unload at home, so he kept on taking the trains for round trips.

March 19, 2017

The shape of the words

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Recently, I contacted Ken Anjyo via his email account, which is spelled in English. When he replied, his Japanese name 安生健一 appeared in front of his email address.

If you can read Chinese alphabets, including Kanji for Japanese and Hanja for Korean, you can probably see the meaning of this name before you hear its sounds. (A direct Chinese translation would be: safe-birth-health-first, and overall the name looks very healthy/stable/safe.) I actually do not know how to pronounce the name in Japanese; fortunately that does not prevent me from comprehending the semantics. (There is some phonetic similarity among some Chinese/Japanese/Korean words and phrases, but not much.)

This is a key difference between Asian and European languages.
When I read Chinese, I see.
When I read English, I hear.

March 16, 2017

When others try to beat us down, we go up

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If you are dumped by your lover, better yourself to so that he/she will regret.

If you are fired by your company, join or start a competitor to beat them.

If you are exiled by your nation, start a coup to take back the control.

Focus on improving yourself instead of revenging your enemies.
The former will optimize your happiness and performance without violating any legal or ethical code, while the latter will misdirect your thinking and emotion.

I am the only one who can beat myself.
You are the only one who can beat yourself.

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