Confessions of a researchaholic

July 16, 2017

Dream this morning about Hong Kong

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I slept inside a standing shower room, with my body balanced by my backs and legs against the plastic walls.

Afterwards I went to a laundry shop, which charged me 10761 HKD for 4 pieces of cloth. (It usually costs me about 30 to 50 HKU for a weeks’ worth of laundry.)

It is not about you

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 2:29 pm

Absorption in things other than self is the secret of a happy life.

Altruism is the ultimate form of selfishness.

July 15, 2017

Seattle/Redmond

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 10:35 am
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I lived in the Redmond/Seattle area between 2008 and 2011.
This is probably the most peaceful among all the places I have been to.
Below is a quick summary of the area from my memory.

Neighborhoods
I mostly rented apartments near Redmond downtown, close to work (Microsoft campus) and within walking distance to everything I ever need (bus transit center, library, groceries, restaurants, gyms, parks, cinema, etc.)

I also stayed at the Moore hotel at Seattle downtown sometimes.
It is close to some of my most favorite places in the city such as the Pike place market and the Seattle art museum.

Transportation
The public transportation is great compared to California.
The light rail connects downtown and the Seatac airport, and there is a comprehensive bus system covering the entire area.

The traffic can be even worse than the Bay area though (that is really something). Avoid crossing the 520 bridge for daily commute if possible.

I have a mixed feeling about biking.
The weather (temperature, humidity, and air quality) is suitable for long distance biking, but it is still not safe given the traffic condition.
I recommend biking as an exercise but not a means for transportation.

Weather

I like the cool weather and fresh air.
It snows in the winter though. The temperature does not bother me, but a particular slushy form of ice/snow called slush, which is wet and porous, can cause (further) transportation troubles for cars, bikes, and legs.

July 5, 2017

Reviews due

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 4:12 pm

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