- I make sure my grip is a proper forehand grip, that is my less reliable side
- I touch my tip of my racket to the ground slightly to make sure I lower my weight
- I decide where I plan to return the ball to
- I go thru the split step just when the server start his back swing;
- This is most important step, as it leave the servers hand.: I focus on the fuzzy yellow ball so intensely that I see nothing else
- When the ball is coming to me, I don't think much, just let my instinct play the ball (since the ball is coming so fast, there is no time for analysis)
Monday, December 15, 2014
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Biked in to campus, it is quiet. Today is the day before Thanksgiving, most people take today off since there is not classes.
Good time to spend 10 min on reflection:
Direct a school with a thousand students and thirty faculty and staff
Sit on four boards of corporations
Fund raising for a 40 million dollar school building
Working on three startups - Zuess, Zeaqua, CalGE and Longtails (did I say three)
Direct the institute for innovation
Teach six courses per year
Launch the largest CS degree program online in California
Working on two books - grow innovators / invincible company
Prepare talks to Global Trade Conference, Hanhai Startup University, Kyushu Institute of Technology
Manage my investment portfolio of real estate and stocks
I work 12-14 hours a day mostly, Sometimes 16.
Income might just reached top 1%, but workload is absolutely top 0.1%. I am way underpaid.
People call me crazy, I shrug it off.
But when my mom call me crazy, I might have to step back and think about it.
Call me crazy.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Although there are often disgruntles, most people benefited from my realm, each general got their growing territory to handle. Each one has something to be unhappy with me, as any monarch. I report to no one directly, but like any leaders, I have answer to the nebulous "people". As long as we are growing and the industry is supporting the people "our graduates", everyone respects me and follow my decisions. Occasionally they speak badly behind my back when I can't provide them more resource, but they at least showing support most of the time in public.
But the old King is now getting frail and older. In a few years, I need to step down and let a new ruler move the kingdom forward and continue to take care of the people :)
Monday, October 20, 2014
Finding the vacation home at Hamilton Heights of Manhattan was a challenge, but we managed it well with the GPS. Finding parking for two days near was a nightmare. I drove the big van around the block for over an hour, finally had to double park on a long street and wait for another people to leave. I was about to give up and drove 3 miles to a garage, pay $50 a day and take a taxi back, someone on the end of 142 street just stroll slowly and drove his SUV away. Perfect!
I found the vacation home on AirBnB, very useful site. Compared to the $400 price tag of a typical business hotel in downtown, this vacation home is spacious, with free internet, kitchen and half price. Even the parking was an issue, I was rather satisfied.
We walked for miles on the
- Les Miserables
- 911 memorial
- Kefi restaurant
- Meeting Mike at "Good to Eat"
- Taxi and subway
- Downtown and uptown
- JJ's friend
- Pizza and beer
- student housing
- Plain hotel
- Looking for beer
- Freedom trail
- Music minor/concentration
- Extra curricula activities
- Financial package and quarter million price-tag
- True value
- Best of the mediocre vs Mediocre of the Best?
- East and West
- Enlightened poor vs uninspired affluent
- The productive nigh at airport
Sunday, September 28, 2014
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Maybe that is one of the task is for me to write the novels and scripts that tell all the worthy stories.
Monday, June 9, 2014
I am hesitant to use the list of learning objectives as “check list”, it might convey the minimum expectation of the module is the only goal of the instruction. But in a world of “no-college-kids-left-behind” mindset, classes are often reduced to a set of outcomes, and nothing more. To avoid that trap, I usually start my module with a video describe the loftier vision of the module, before introduce the measurable learning objectives.
Friday, May 23, 2014
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
At least three times a day, early morning, mid-day and around mid-night , 15-30 min each time. Goal is to quickly review all emails, answer urgent and import once, move others to "later" bin and clean up the mail box.
Saturday, April 19, 2014
There are many possible solution to this, but boil it down, a simple key that leave a strong impression on me - to solve a democracy problem, is to have more democracy. How true. Taiwan might lead the world into a new era, an era of cyber-democracy, that via intelligent and ubiquitous available connected devise, people can vote, easily, after verification of their identify and they have watch the necessary debates, on every issue.
Those vote should be one of three choice - yes, no, postpone. If there is less than a high number, say 50% of the registered voters vote, if will be back to the legistors. This way, a controversial issue can be resolved clearly and often quickly.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
The CSIT online program, being 12 courses and 2 years. The learner's experience can be told as a 100 weeks story, each one with a title of learning outcomes, some of hard and some are soft. But each one is a capability. Each entry is determined by the teacher and student blog their learning and reflection and shared among their friends.
Week 0 (yes, in computer we start with 0) - orientation
Week 1.1 CST 300, beginning, knowing the curriculum structure, classmate,
Week 2 Design their learning plan
Week 3 Know the industry
Week 4 Thinking about their capstone project
Week 8 Final and reflect upon their learning, complete the portfolio
Week 9 CST 205
Week 10 Know the syllabus
Week 11 Know the python language
Week 12 The media type and format
Week 99 Presenting capstone
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Visit Santa Barbara area to review a program. Pleasant people, friendly town. Nothing special. But the feeling at home surprised random saddened me.
I talked in English, cursed in English, flirted in English.. when I see the people, I no longer see foreigners. I am at home. I felt at ease. But not happy.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
People come to and admire the U.S. because here an INDIVIDUAL can be successful not matter what race, gender, birth place, all the items beyond individual's choices, are. CA SCA5 is trying to limit the number of students not because their achievement and aspiration, but because their surname.
Should I change my last name to hispanic sounding one, or dye my skin to black or brown, to avoid being discriminated against when I apply to a university?
Should the professors in public universities are required to give 40% "A" grades to the underserved minority? You will think that is absurd, but SCA 5 is trying to do that. Should a public bus limit the number of white passengers to 30%? That is preposterous, but SCA 5 is trying to do that.
I am proud to be a resident of California, because its meritocracy, its opportunity for individual. SCA will be a terrible blow to me, and to each citizen in the state. Even the students took advantage of the preferential treatment to get into a college, their self-esteem will suffer because many, including themselves, might question their qualification.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
- What is innovation
- What is design thinking
- Innovation stories that we can learn from
- “Innovate or die” - is it true
- Discussion the sample and importance of innovation
- Know how your brain work
- 5 good habits to make you more innovative
- Individual innovation games
- Innovation now! (in class exercise)
- Why some team are more innovative?
- How to promote innovation in your team
- How the human resources department can help
- Team innovation game
- Reflection on current company policy (in class exercise)
- Efficiency is crucial for survival
- Learn from efficiency stories and theories
- Innovator’s dilemma
- Essential efficiency strategies
- Balance innovation and efficiency
- The design thinking and innovation process
- Analyze the market place and trends
- What are the competitors doing
- Change management challenges
- Design new product/services to the markets (in class exercise)
- The long term goal - invincible
Thursday, January 9, 2014
I figure out the longer trends of the real estate and stocks and project its growth. When the price raised shapely, I will sell, when it drop below the price I feel it deserves, I buy. I usually stay with value stock and the major players pick, such as major banks, insurance companies and volatile (yet has foundamentionals to support the grow) ETF.
I will work on these until 8, when my day job starts.
Lately I start to resent the time I have to spend on these activities purely for money. Sometime it is just for intellecture challenge to beat the market, most of the time it is just trade my valuable time for money. I felt distained about the time while my wealth, although limited, is enough to sustain my living for good.
I re-read the auto-biograhpy of Benjamin Franklin, and reflect upon the people I respect, such as Sklansky, Moroh, chairman Jiang. I felt a little better, these people also put a lot of effort to managing their finance. I felt it is not just waste of my time, which can be used to help students and faculty on the Monterey and San Jose campuses, but a healthy regiment and I have to do as an succeful, independent, well-rounded person. When done in an maderate, intelligent way, spending time on my finanical health is as valuable and necessary as spending me on my phyical, spiritual and relational health.
And when I read the Franklin book, I also surprrised a great man as he was, he pained the earninging and loss of every shilling in his early days. So importatn to him that he can record who, where, how much change hand 40 years after the matter had happened.
As I was brought up in the chinese intellectual way that worriing about oneselves is selfish. The old Ben's book comforts me. Thanks! I passed a note to him when I walked by the public library of Boston with his status and words.
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