Category Archives: Life

Kowloon Walled City

Source: South China Morning Post (HK), Mar 2013

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Wall Street Journal interactive documentary, date indeterminate

Using Google Slides for Online Q&A

Source: Alice Keeler website, May 2016

Google Slides now allows the presenter to solicit questions from the audience during the presentation. The presenter is able to see the questions posted, as is the audience. Audience members can vote up the question to ensure the most important questions are highlighted.




A 1,000 Year Project

Source: Bloomberg, Apr 2017

The move by President Xi Jinping, which evokes memories of the rise of Shenzhen since it was declared a special economic zone more than three decades ago, is seen as a historic milestone to power China’s growth for a “millennium to come,” the official Xinhua News Agency reported. The new zone is expected to eventually cover about 2,000 square kilometers (772 square miles) and jump-start China’s economic growth.

The regional plan has been termed a ‘1000-year project’; the first of its kind since Mao.”

The development of the region will create an urban district in Hebei that will help move some of the non-capital functions away from Beijing, Xinhua reported on Saturday. The new district would initially cover an area of about 100 square kilometers, and authorities want to turn the region into a new growth center as China’s economy slows, according to the news agency.

Eating Chocolate Bunnies – Start with the Ears

Source: AlphaGalileo, Apr 2017

New research carried out online has found that 59% of 28,113 respondents preferred to eat chocolate rabbits starting with the ears, 33% indicated that they had no starting point preference, and 4% indicated that they started with the tail or feet.


When a Parent is A Cryptographer, and wants to include a Child in a Research Paper

Source: Weizmann, Mar 1999

Yael Naor: Supported by her parents

1-hour BBC documentary on a Qantas London-Sydney A380 flight

Super Hubs

Source: Daily Beast, Mar 2017

Professionally, networks are the ultimate competitive advantage. But on a more basic level they are a fundamental precondition for social mobility. Network science mathematically substantiates that in all networks a greater number of connections increases the chances of individual survival. Our fates are determined by the place we occupy within networks, and that place depends on the number and the quality of our connections. “Nodes” with the most connections and the most influence—including human ones—are “superhubs.” Nodes at the fringes are the least connected and suffer the greatest risk of failure.

At elite schools, they receive the best education and, even more important, are introduced to top-tier professional networks. “At Yale,” Vance writes, “networking power is like the air we breathe—so pervasive it’s easy to miss.” These networks allow superhubs to create circumstances favorable to advancing their interests. To optimally scale and capitalize on the system, they continuously build ever more interlinkages.