Category Archives: Peek into my mind

On Nuclear Energy

President Obama formally rejected the Keystone pipeline project, a controversy among Canada, the US economy, energy independence, and environment. No wonder he waited till the last year of his presidential terms to make up his mind. The viable alternative, however, … Continue reading

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One Debate

It is quite a phenomenon that Carly Fiorina jousted herself to #2 with just one debate. Overall, this election is becoming more about entertainment. That brings the uncomfortable question of how Americans choose their president. Seriously, if Donald Trump is … Continue reading

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The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way

There is standing joke that Caltech’s football program was “un-defeated in 1944.” No, that institute was not known for their athletic prowess. Should any school? Honestly, do kids attend schools for their sports programs or intellectual learning? Bill Coleman, a … Continue reading

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The Birth of a Crane

They blocked the road around mid-night and dropped off all the parts. The crew arrived around 4am and started working, with the aid of a little crane that is about 4 stories tall. By 8am, you realized if it is … Continue reading

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Hair Cut

I like my hair when it was cut a month ago. Your deduction on my hair cutting frequency will be wrong, if based only on that statement. I would procrastinate then drag myself to a barber’s shop and ask to … Continue reading

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A Fable

You lived in a upper-middle class neighborhood and Bob, the neighbor, was living well: kids well provided for, unstressful job, eat out and vacation regularly, good clothes, new cars, manicured yards, well cleaned house, nice pets. Not that you didn’t … Continue reading

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Droughts are Political Problems

California and Taiwan, two places that are close to my heart, are both suffering severe drought this year. Governor Jerry Brown is imposing mandatory water reduction. Taiwan is rotating water supply: two out of seven days will have no running … Continue reading

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Imitation Game

Alonzo Church first came up with Lambda Calculus, an obscure branch of mathematics that deals with the manipulation of symbols. Pretty much at the same time, Alan invented the (Universal) Turing machine, an ingenious construct that manipulates symbols with programs. … Continue reading

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Ears on the Walls

Back when cell phones were novel, it is a common treachery for eavesdroppers to park near a highway and listen to all those people talking while driving. Soon, the new generation of cell phones scramble all transmissions. Fast forward a … Continue reading

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Uber Controversy

Had a lively debate over Uber’s legitimacy the other day. There are two primary points against Uber: Uber evades taxes. The government collects fees and taxes, excessively in some cities, from the taxi industry. These costs are generally transferred to … Continue reading

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