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Under Preparation for Job Interviews

“If they don’t like me for who I am, then I don’t want to work for them either,” said the job applicant. Seriously? Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty.– Theodore … Continue reading

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Getting to know Carole King, again.

I have never heard of Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann. But I knew many songs they wrote, and I bet you too. This is the bane of pop composers, people only knew the songs or singers, but not the song … Continue reading

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I Belonged to You

Back in 2012, a Chinese conglomorate acquired the AMC theaters. Dalian Wanda (大連萬達)group became the world’s largest cinema chain. Most of us have been oblivious on this event and went our merry ways watching movies, or whatever. Then, one day, … Continue reading

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Sunshine is the Best Disinfestant

Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman. by Louis D. Brandeis I used to help Mother airing the comforters, particularly … Continue reading

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Indentured Servitude

Why would anyone in modern high-tech society even consider to be the employment side of indentured servitude? For money, power, and greed, of course. Over a dinner conversation, I learned, first-handedly, that a company just erected a policy that they … Continue reading

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The Mirepoix Experiment

Making mirepoix (meer-pwah) seems to be the fundamental skill for every self-respecting cooks. Alas and unashamed, I am not one. Then came the day, Wife far away, I thought to make myself a hearty soup. What was that flavor-base with … Continue reading

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Samaria Trilogy

Kid recommended #2 of this series. I have the general practice of always start the series from #1. So I ended up reading all three. Technically, Sharon Shinn has 5 books based on the Samaria settings. Unlike myself, readers should … Continue reading

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1,500-Mile Road Trip

We started from Northern California, and visited Lassen Volcanic National Park, Crater Lake, Columbia Gorge, Washington Pacific shore, Washington State Capitol, and arrived at Seattle in the end. It was a long drive. We were tired at the end and … Continue reading

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Managing Creativity

As I mature into management, I read less and less books about them. Most discuss a vigorous process which requires a transformation of the whole company. I don’t know any CEO who has such conviction; I am not one anyway. … Continue reading

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Let’s be like Swiss

A young man, long time acquaintance, talked about his recent 6-week Switzerland stay. He talked about the spotless cleanliness, the high-quality and near free public transportation, the harmonic social order, and the excellent welfare system. It is an exemplary government … Continue reading

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