Sunday, 6 January 2013

Goods and Bads of This Week

Bads.

1. Spent too much time on junk information. 

I didn't realize how severe the problem of junk information is until I deliberately noted down the number of logins I have performed to social networks. 

Yesterday, I logged in to Renren 17 times, Facebook 5 times,Weibo 7 times and QQ 6 times. Among all the news feeds(maybe hundreds), only 2-3 pieces from Weibo, 1 piece from Renren,1 piece from Facebook,1 piece from QQ are relavent and useful. I almost forgot all the information I have encountered last few weeks in social networks. Less time should be spent on random news feeds since they are normally not well-organised and easily forgotten. There is also a need for social network services(or third party applications) to become smarter and filter for more reliable and organised information.  Today, I reduced Renren and QQ by half, same for Weibo and Facebook. Will be reducing the number of social network logins to a healthier level.

2. Fail in distinguish between the important and the unimportant. I didn't manage to record and produce a song though that's one of my top interests. Neither did I spend enough time doing exercises. I could have allocated more tasks to peers in a hotel checkin system, but I ended up doing a lot of unimportant stuffs on my own.


Goods.

1.There is some growth in faith. I finished the Romans in the new testament and half of Joshua in the old testament this week. I also get to know a few questions/answers in the Westminster Shorter Catechism. I started to think of love in a more sustainable point of view which is based on common faith.

2.I discussed several interesting ideas with a PHD flatmate about what might happen in the next few decades.  There are a few interesting ideas to share, for instance, auto-cooking machines, more engaging augmented reality applications, improved reliability of information rating system. I also encouraged one of my best friends to learn web programming and build an interesting e-commerce application with simple and intuitive UI/UX. Played a video-processing game named Ball Strike which is interesting.

3.I watched the first two Stanford iOS development lectures and found it more understandable than the last time I watched them. Wrote two simple iOS programs.

4.The FYP gets some progresses. 

5.I tried the to-do list on  a memo paper and it worked really well.

6.Helped several people who got into trouble.
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Thoughts:

Life is about seeking truth. I believe there is universal/absolute truth. However,what I found are mostly relative truth instead of absolute truth. Even physics is challengeable since the experiments are mostly based on assumptions.  Mathematics seems to be more true since the assumptions it based on is more fundamental logics like 1+1=2. What my Christian friends believe that God and his words are absolute truth while the rest so-called truth are relative truth. That's a bit too brief and hard to understand. I believe at least the moral aspect of the Bible is true. The value agrees with the universal value and it's testable. Problems with the universal value is that people can hardly execute the principles, that's where religion surpasses it. Personally, I think by reading the Bible as a moral book to standardise one's behaviour is already very useful. I'm now reading it as a way to seek truth.There are not many religious things involved for now, but we'll see where it will lead me to.









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