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Doomsday Averted.

Remember the movie 2012 that depicted the second coming of Noah’s flood, with earth splitting fires that swallowed all civilizations? December 21 came and passed. What were you doing? How many times you learned that a disaster could have been … Continue reading

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What’s the point?

Finally, the last of the presidential debates was over. The media industry kicked up another notch on political coverage, desperately seeking fresh angles. We all pretend that there are still undecided voters who are to choose the next president. We … Continue reading

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Back to Beijing

Truth is, I never left. Three years ago. Several of us arrived around the same time. Us transient people of this great city from else countries, drank the city in by the fire hoses. We, like all transient people, experienced … Continue reading

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eReader chosen

A little more than a year ago, I said no to Kindle. At that time, I have a stack of books next to my bed. I wasn’t going to switch before finishing them. Many things changed in this industry this … Continue reading

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Would you be better off next year?

IMF publishes World Economic Outlook twice a year. The latest one was out in October. You need to read only the executive summary and the first table to get the idea. It predicts that the US will have 2.7% growth … Continue reading

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It makes you stronger

In the movie Princess Bride, Westley took an ever-increase dose of poison over a long period of time to build up his resistance, part of his herculean effort to rescue the princess. A recent Darwinian award winner tried the same … Continue reading

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RIF vs. Global Engineering

The economy is bad. Your company considers a reduction-in-force (RIF). Geographically, how to do it? Sort sale regions by anticipated rebound speed. Infra-structure and employees spin up slowly. If a company‚Äôs capacity is not ready, it will miss the rebound, … Continue reading

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Tips for Travellers

When travel via air, carry-on are restrictive, but checking-in comes with the worry of lost or, worst, being looted. They are so vulnerable. What if a stranger reaches in? Are my jewlery safe? They may touch my underwear! TSA may … Continue reading

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Red Moon Bar

Three years ago, I stayed at Grand Hyatt for several days waiting for my apartment to be ready. All family members came with me. I left them on their own and went to work. One night, I came back and … Continue reading

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China Bans Plastic Bags

China just banned flimsy (0.025mm or less) plastic bags. Stores cannot provide them free of charge anymore. In days, usage shrank by 80%. Triumph for environmentalists. It seems. People hate paying for something that was free. Ignorant or defiant customers … Continue reading

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