Showing posts with label reading. Show all posts
Showing posts with label reading. Show all posts

This Week I Learned 2018 - Week 45

Last week post or something else from the old archive.

手写的温度还在吗?放慢生活节奏,回归朴实。

What would happened to Red Hat after IBM have acquired it? (via HN) I'm not sure Red Hat will be still Red Hat (you can work your own FOSS stuff even if it detriment to the company) since IBM is well-known for aggressive creating and protecting its patents portfolio. FOSS is not its core business values, it's just another department. But question remains, why purchased Red Hat? They need to control and be a major player as a cloud vendor compare to Amazon, Microsoft, and Google. Red Hat, with its full FOSS stack, libraries, or tools, provides a platform for them.

Build your own professional-grade audio amp on the sort of cheap (via HN), worth it? Not really, unless you're really into learning (great things to do with your kids) and assembly the whole thing. Most of the DIY kits are way too pricey (Cmoy is the exception) and not worth the effort of getting the whole thing from Ali Express. Again, it's not the audio equipment itself, you still needs to manage the audio room or environment with acoustic panels. Be warned, stop when you can and don't buy into the whole system, cables, furniture, panels, and misc. Unless you can hear the differences (doubt so in my case), you're making money from audio, or friscking rich, don't join the audiophile madness.

Why does privacy matter or I'm not motivated enough to take privacy seriously? Well, if you want to prevent something like Social Credit System from the big brother.

Why kick timing is important in swimming? I intrigued by so many coaches overlook the kick timing aspect in the swimming drill. It seemed the focus was on building the stamina through drill rather than the technique and style. With the right kick timing that syncs with hand actions (catch, pull, exit, and recovery). Sun Yang, is a well-known swimmer which utilizes all three kick timing techniques depends on his breathing patterns as shown in his 1500m freestyle world record in 2012 Olympics race. 2-beat or 4-beat kick for the first 1400m and 6-beat kick for the last 100m.

So You Wanna Be a Chef? (via HN) Why the world need more honesty so young people can calibrate their own expectation in their career of choice? If not, we're setting them up for unreasonable failed expectation and brutal honestly about life, especially when come to financial (high student debt) and emotional reality (unreciprocate passion) . While having passion is good for your career of choice, but this does not means you can work for free or being undercharged.

Was Hindu god, Ganesha created to curb Buddhism? Debatable view but one thing for sure, Buddhism influence was limited by Adi Shankara in the 8th century.

When should you go to bed? The right question to ask is what time you want to wake up instead.

What is your books reading strategy? This approach is probably the most comprehensive I've seen so far.


This Week I Learned - 2017 Week 27

Last week post or something from the archive.

One of the biggest item in my to-do list is getting closer to be checked off. If everything goes well, the pain in the butt for the past eight years will come to an end. It didn't work out the first time but I've learned my lessons when I went in for the second time. Will I ever do it again? Definitely. Without a doubt. But in a more manageable way.


You have too much shit. That what will happen if we fall prey to our own fears and deepest insecurities which lead to we hoarding insane amount of unnecessary stuff. Give, sell, share, digitize, fix, or destroy these stuff. This problem wouldn't exists if we don't buy stuff in the first place. However, living in the digital age, we also have another form of too much digital shit, some are due to data hoarding.


Contrary on what I said about not getting new stuff, I was thinking of getting another ThinkPad, for another more portable machine. X220 seems like a decent choice. It's relatively new, affordable, upgradable, and furthermore, almost waterproof, as shown in video below.



Who Americans spend their time with? (via Slashdot) Nothing unusual about this. As you age, the time you want to spend with your family (especially your partner) and yourself increases accordingly. Occasional happy hours with co-worker is acceptable to a certain point (you've spent more than 8 hours per day with them anyway), but most of the time, you just want to go home and be left alone.


How to read and understand a scientific paper: a guide for non-scientists. (via HN) It a long tedious process and normally you won't get it right the first time and may need to sleep to digest the information subconsciously. How I wish I've all the times to read up those pending research papers. Maybe I have the time and motivation for the second part of this year. Again, there is always this guide on How to Read a Book, which can be useful to apply to different reading materials.


What habits make a programmer great? Some said is the three virtues of a programmer, laziness, impatience, and hubris. However, on a personal level, basically is can be summarized by thisthis, and this comment. Nothing but take care of yourself, be healthy, sleep well, eat well, manage your stress. Never take any emotions from work back to home. What ever stays in the office, stays in the office. Generally, it can be applied to any professions.

Read all the time.

"Read all the time.  Don’t just do it because you’re curious about something, read actively. Have a point of view before you start a book or article and see if what you think is confirmed or refuted by the author.  If you do that, you will read faster and comprehend more."-- Byron Wien, emphasis added
Important insight on reading a book. My typical mindset before reading a book is what can I learn from this book? I should ask myself these questions before I before I start reading any new books. Examples are:

1. What do you know or understand about X ?
2. How do you feel about X ?
3. Why you want to read about X ?
4. What you want to learn about X ?