Sunday, September 30, 2018

Urgent lunch of the Chinese Medical University

Dr. W sent an urgent message needing an acting prez.  Understand the long messy history of the campus. I am reluctant. But it is an interesting opportunity to explore an area that I seldom touch. to do or not to do?

Went to a lunch at his home with wonderful view.  Have to think about it.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Growing Wings

As a parent, I try my best to make sure the kids are strong, independent, persistant, uptimitics, passionate - having strong wings so that can carry high and far.  DD is leaving home today, finally, flying away to college.

I can only hope I have instill the strength and value in him that he no longer need me.  Also, as any parent, I also worried that he will be so strong and wise that he no longer needs me, how ironic.

Good bye DD, you are going to college, reaching 18 years old.  I taught you, guided you, reminded you, bath you, feed you, diciplined you, punish you.  I saw you cry, angry, smiles, hungry, defeated, triumphed and grown. Every minute is extremely precious to me. You will not find out how much BB loves you, worried about you until one day, you dear son is going to college.

Be strong, DD, fly far and high.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

The Effort to Enjoy

The most fortunate person enjoys what he does every day.  Having been pushing myself away from video viewing to more reading but felt reading is laborious.  The books on innovation, management, economics, even fictions, are not as enjoyable as video on youtube or netflix.

Not sure should I continue to push myself on reading, but continue to do so - Times, Fortune and Money are weekly tasks.

Watch numerous video clips at home, accompanying DD, who just have the wisdom teeth extracted, by conservative Ben Shipero.  While I don't agree with everything, definitely not on the gun and abortion, I concur with many of his ideas.

Socialist movement sounds great, tax the rich and distribute the wealth - usually by the ignorant young, clueless poor, or rich politician exploiting the formers.  But almost everywhere - Soviet union, China's "move forward", Venezuela, and now Taiwan.

Whenever there is more socialism, we lose our freedom to big government - without freedom, we don't have excellence, without excellence, we become poor.

The socialism leads to the tyranny of the majority - two wolves and one sheep deciding what's for dinner - will lead to chaos, dictatorship, fascism, poverty - and finally, a revolution to bring the state back to capitalism - hopefully moderate capitalism that supports competition and rules of law - in the meantime, education and support the philanthropic culture and process so the poor and weak are taken care of.

Without the rich, the poor will be poorer.  It is a harsh reality, but it is the reality.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Back to Monterey Bay after the "Brave Journey" at Mt Sierra

Completed my "big journey" down in Los Angeles presiding over Mt Sierra College over the last two years.  I came back to the Monterey Bay and resume my professorship. It is a great journey and a great sabbatical for me.

Not teaching over more than a year, coming back to the campus and preparing classes is both strange and familiar.  Without my reserved parking space and have to walk across campus is not a welcome change, but I will endure.

Designing an exciting course "CST 319 Computing Across the Disciplines" is a great experience, I would love to able to help many non-CS students to learn more about computer science and many of its power, and perils.

I am getting more opinionated because the global political climate is changing, I am not happy with either the conservative or the library. I especially don't like the coerced political correctness on university campuses, including my CSU.  Will have to do something about it - need to get use to writing a lot, and fast.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Living the dreams

I used to just nod politely saying "just fine", when people ask me "how are you doing?".  I decided to change that.





This came about when I about to ride my bike to the university, in a crisp California coastal sunny morning, listening to the podcasting of "meaning of time" by a Stanford prof, contemplating what is "the nature of innovation" and what can be the best joke today in my class later.

In many ways, I am in a place and time that is as close to heaven as humanly can be.  Healthy and caring family, more than enough income, comfortable home, secure and respected job, interesting and engaging projects, every possible material thing I need.  Wine, cheese, steak, grape, beach, music, parties, tennis, biking, clean air, nice temperature.

I decided to reply,

"Living the dreams, baby! Living the dreams!"

Well, sooner or later I will start a company, a movement, a revolution and make the living hell of it :)

But now,  living the dreams, baby!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Hard work makes me happy

It's a crisp Carmel morning.  Have to wake up earlier to have a video conference with students in the service learning class. Many projects are inspiring - helping the inmate to learn technology, for example.

After the meeting, moved quickly to reply a few emails. Then playing the music of the theme from the King's Speech.  Organized my study room, clean up some old files.  The inspiring music, the quick and hard work, the cold sunshine through the curtain.  All made me happy.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Brand new year and crumbling body

It is the Chinese new year.  Many fun things - party at Kryztof's place and plenty of great wine, Startup weekend is very successful - several Cannabis businesses and office sharing (akin to AirBnB) are promising, play many hours of tennis - which bring me a lot of enjoyment and sorrow.

My body is falling apart, especially the right knee - which is shattered in 1997 a bad ski jump, and my right shoulder, which is badly hurt in 1992, in a chilly morning that I practice too many tennis serve.  Or both were already damaged when I had the motorcycle accident in Taipei in 1984.  I asked the doctors many times, but there is no solution.  Even a knee replacement is not a good option.

I can barely raise my right arm now, my serves are weak, while I can still win matches, it is all with careful placement instead of power.  Very sad.










Sunday, January 1, 2017

Reflection upon 2016

It is not a great year, not bad either.  There are triumph and headaches galore.

I always tell my students, DD and JJ that reflection is the best way to learn, I should do that too -

Kids are doing well 
JJ got into Cal, one of her top choices.  We were very excited even though there was a chance to go to Stanford or Harvard, we did not hire a consultant or went to special prep classes.
JJ got many recognitions and scholarship, able to drive her to campus and visit the interesting city of Berkeley is a special treat for us.  She is still struggling with which major to go, political science was her love but might not link to a career well unless she goes to grad school.
DD is doing fine, maintaining a 4.0, he is trying harder but not to the level that can make him compete with the best in the world.

Health is not great
My right knee starts to hurt more often, the old ski injury is coming back.  I can't run or walk more than two hours without feeling the pain, the weather is too cold to bike comfortably.  And too much good food in Taiwan made me feel bloated and frustrating. 

Career is going fine
Back the classroom pleases me.  Able to grow the CS Online program is also very exciting and rewarding.  The politics wear me down, however.  People's envy is toxic in a group.  Helped the HengDa group to acquire Mt Sierra College, an 18-month long journey.  Got a little bit of consulting fee at the end but have to turn down the president's job, the condition is not ideal.  But I am glad that it is done.  I learn a lot from the process.
Preparing a book on innovation - this could be my parting project at CSUMB and a stepping stone for next move.  While many of the classmates are retiring, which startles me, I am planning the next 20 years.  Probably more balanced between work and leisure - I was never that big on leisure since I try to find projects that are enjoyable.  But travel more, visit parents more, enjoy more music and arts, might be in the picture.

Finance is OK but risky
Got locked up in VAL, too risky.  Sold the Seaside house for a good price, enough to fund all JJ and DD's tuition. That comforts me.  The Pacific St project troubles me, the financing was not ideal, so I will have to look for other opportunities.

Spirit is not high
I had a hard time adjusting to DD and JJ growing independent, while I am happy with them, I don't know how much I should direct their study or lives. They are too young to be left alone completely, so I feel I am locked in a small space, don't want to leave but can't do much for them.
Maybe I should practice meditation more.  I tried a few times and it does help.


I set up the 2016 goals of
- health - lose weight
- book - innovation
- writing - blogs

I guess I have to continue those.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Computer Architecture - a very dry lecture on parallel processing

Today I covered the last chapter of the textbook of 337 computer architecture.  It is so dry and tedious and irrelevant that half of my brain and half of the class are sleeping.  Not the best experience and not the best use of our time.  I should have assign reading assignment, plus a few OK video clips.

It is a challenge to teach the computer architecture class, especially the pure hardware parts, it is probably important to computer engineers, who try to eke out the last drop of performance from the CPU hardware, but for software developers, which most of the students are planning to be, the hardware issue is hidden and not very interesting. Need architects to know the chemistry of concrete?  Not sure.

I pride myself giving interesting, engaging, relevant lectures.  But today's is not.


Time is brutal - the only minor remedy is memory

It all passed on.  The busy days, the relaxing days, triumphant ones, defeated ones.
The veteran's day weekend. Very relax but also cause a sense of unfulfilling.
The 2016 election of Trump is a hot topic around the world.  Spent Friday just reading and viewing news and analysis from the US and from Taiwan and China.  Not much is done but the mood is not peaceful.

People demand changes, that is the nature of human being.  That spur the first group of modern human stepped out of Africa thousands of years ago, it also made Trump and Tsai the president.  Even they are doing OK, the instinct tells them "out of Africa", give it a try, something different might be better.

Doing mundane things mostly - Tennis with Lian Pine in High meadow on Friday, practice what is very important in volley but never have a good habit - split steps and step into the shot, still need to practice since I can't single tennis much because of the right knee hurt after an hour.

Bought a foam based matress for DD on Friday afternoon.  I am surprised that foam based ones are now very prevalent.  It's a good idea, it is much lighter, compact and probably more environment-friendly.

Saturday was a bit more interesting.  Met Susu and Ni Zhang to discuss business connecting Chinese investment in Silicon Valley.  Both of them are sharp, maybe good partners in the future.  Went to meet with Stanford professor Edison Tse, who run Chinese executive development for the school of management and engineering.  Who is somewhat famous in China because of a few books on "Eastern Style" innovation.

Writing books about innovation might be something that I have to soon.

Watched "Midnight Diner", a lovely show about love and hope in a tiny Japanese late night diner. Very sweet.

I have decided a few year back that Sunday should be blank and reserved for the kids, but they rarely want to go out with me since their teen age years.  Did not do much in the Sunday afternoon, as planned, but that emptiness made me anxious.  Sigh.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Bye bye big land cruiser

The land cruiser arrived early 2000, before DD was born. It stayed with us for over 16 years, close to 200k miles. Camping, moving, hiking, long road trips, it brought us to ocean, cities, desert, mountains faithfully. 

We are glad the family receive it is passionate about mountain biking, the land cruiser will go to many more adventures with the young boy. 

Bye bye land cruiser. We appreciate your service, we will remember you. 

Urgent lunch of the Chinese Medical University

Dr. W sent an urgent message needing an acting prez.  Understand the long messy history of the campus. I am reluctant. But it is an interest...