Single mother household serving community

Being a single working mother without family help, making time for community service sounds quite impossible.

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HSBC US chief risk officer Mr. Rhydian Cox with Victoria

But we do.   We volunteer for causes that we care, and we do it as a family.

New York Cares Day was one of my BDEs (best days ever). I was part of almost 100 HSBC employees and family/friends working at Riverside Park on cleaning up weeds and beautifying the park. It was a sunny Saturday by the Hudson River. Thanks to the gloves provided, we did not get our hands dirty after hours of hard work. The team that worked the longest hours and did the toughest job was HSBC chief risk officer Rhydian Cox’s team. They pulled cartloads of tall and dense weeds from more challenging locations.

Both of my kids were so eager to help: Victoria insisted taking a shovel that was just a little shorter than her, and later ambitiously tried to balance a wheelbarrow on her own. Elizabeth used all the skills she learned from home gardening to plant new grass. It was better time than going to the zoo or movie.

As a single mother household, we are able, happy, and helpful to the community rather than taking away from it.

Just grit my teeth (and smile when possible)

“It’s an endless combat. Each morning one must put one’s capacities to the test.”
— Christine Lagarde

This screenshot is from 16:10-16:12 of YouTube video of Tokyo 1964 Olympic Marathon, when sports gear or drinks were not as scientific as they are today; when there were even runners ran bare feet.

This runner in the picture finished the race, and he was one of the best, even though not the one of the medalists.

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The only thing that really matters is | 唯一重要的是…

We watched this very informative, entertaining and inspiring video by GitHub co-founder Tom Breston, who tricked the audience to chant on three separate occasions during this short presentation from 2012:

  • “The only thing that really matters is people 是人”
  • “The only thing that really matters is product 是产品”
  • “The only thing that really matters is culture 是文化”.

So what is the one thing that really matters? 到底是什么呢? It is the trichotomy 三分法 of people, product and culture.

From one Tom Breston’s personal blog dated 2008, he once wrote:

“In the end, just as Indiana Jones could never turn down the opportunity to search for the Holy Grail, I could no less turn down the chance to work for myself on something I truly love, no matter how safe the alternative might be. When I’m old and dying, I plan to look back on my life and say “wow, that was an adventure,” not ‘wow, I sure felt safe.'”

I have been complaining about how FEW women startup successes. While I realize it is harder for women to make it due to many reasons including stereotypes and discrimination, but I cannot help wondering: ladies, ARE you prepared to take risk as Tom did or do you prefer to feel safe? 女生们,你们愿意冒险或守着安稳?

Women, men and money

From a dataset on restaurant tip included in the Python seaborn library, we investigate using Python with Jupyter Notebook how much money women and men relatively make, and why.

Most people don’t tip more or less because of server is a man or woman, but we do tip according to tip amount (for equal services).

I will tell you base on data analysis the real reason women make less is mostly because:
1. women work mostly lunch shifts
2. lunch bills are smaller than dinner ones.

Indeed, in every industry, including food services like in the restaurants, women have shouldered more share of the most difficult job in the world: parenting, and dedicated their time and energy to their families.

As a result, they have earned less money than men on average. Let’s give our appreciation to women for their roles in taking care of families!

There is a profound reason why we say “Mother nature”!

Should women work more dinner shifts and leave the important job of taking care of children to …?

That is a difficult question… Take a look at this Jupyter Notebook for the detailed data analysis.
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To see a world in a grain of sand | 从沙粒看世界

Professor ShouCheng Zhang “passed away”.  He is forever with us, seeing a world in a grain of sand, holding infinity in hand.

这是所有视频里最喜欢的一个视频。 张教授深入浅出,循循善诱。尽管已经“离世”, 张教授永远和我们在一起从沙粒看世界,把永恒留在刹那时光。

We won’t quote any physics or mathematics from the video, except the title of the lecture, originally from William Blake, and dedicate them to Professor Zhang:

To see a world in a grain of sand
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour.
一颗沙里看出一个世界
一朵野花里一座天堂
把无限放在你的手掌
永恒在一剎那里收藏

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Do more for real intelligence | 为真人智慧加油

The word AI (artificial intelligence) is everywhere these days. Some of the best young minds are pouring into the field, and industry need is so dire that graduate schools can hardly keep PhD students until graduation.

In the craze of the artificial, real intelligence seems to have been forgotten. Here, the word “real intelligence” means intelligence from real human being.
American k-12 education continues to go downhill regardless of funding, more and more homeless people in New York City are begging in the streets (many are young and able), and millions of prime age citizens are not looking for work where many jobs are left unfilled.
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老(lǎo)乌(wū)鸦(yā)

老(lǎo)乌(wū)鸦(yā)年(nián)纪(jì)老(lǎo)

飞(fēi)不(bú)动(dòng)跳(tiào)不(bù)高(gāo)

小(xiǎo)乌(wū)鸦(yā)身(shēn)体(tǐ)好(hǎo)

为(wéi)妈(mā)妈(mā)吃(chī)个(gè)饱(bǎo)

This little poem tells about when children are adults they help their parents.

为别人着想

排(pái)排(pái)坐(zuò)吃(chī)蛋(dàn)糕(gāo)

排(pái)排(pái)坐(zuò)吃(chī)果(guǒ)果(guǒ)

你(nǐ)一(yí)个(gè)我(wǒ)一(yī)个(gè)

妹(mèi)妹(mèi)睡(shuì)了(le)留(liú)一(yí)个(gè)

 

Manage myself

    1. Stay focused, really focused
    2. Get help from others
    3. Read and buy books
    4. Exercise when working

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生日礼物 birthday presents

最好的生日礼物是我的孩子们给的。我想永远把它保存下来。

爱是区别人和人工智慧或电脑的。爱让人感到生命无比珍贵,无比短暂,无比脆弱,无比美丽。