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.


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?

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.


Meet Sophia – a “snobbish” robot | 嫌贫爱富的机器人

The video below shows a “confident looking” Sophia who tells the audience that she is always happy around smart people especially if they are rich and powerful. “She” is awarded citizenship by the Saudi King. To think logically I know it is just a gesture for valuing advanced AI technology, and that whatever she says has been programmed to a great extend by the humans behind the scene.

Strong people 强者

We are all going to die one day. What kind of life we will/have had depends on how strong we are/have been while alive.

Challenges make people strong.  More precisely, overcoming challenges. Strength make a person 人。

给自己找点事做 | keeping myself busy

有一天,我们出去的大门口站着一位头发全白的瘦瘦高高的老太太,脸上满是笑容。她腋下夹着一团毛线,站着双手一直在织毛线。脚边铺着个小小摊子:一块布上就放着些鞋垫和手织的自行车坐垫。 我问她手织一个坐垫要多久,她说得7个小时多。这么辛苦为什么呢?她笑着说,“我给自己找点事做。”


Value has many meanings.  When I feel frustrated, I used to listen to Joel Osteen‘s sermons. They are simple, plain, positive, and supportive for all people (Christian, Buddhist, or of other faiths).

Non-school hour school

If I could, I would open a school for children, like the way Elon Musk has a school for his children, Ad Astra (Latin: to the stars).  

Climbing like a Koala 爬树

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I am a koala

I love climbing on trees.  I will tell you one thing and that is: if you are determined to climb a tree like me and you are afraid… then please remember if I can do it then you can do it too.   如果你也想爬树但你害怕,请记住如果我能行你一定也能行!