Skip to main content

学而不思则罔,思而不学则殆

Confucius says, "learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous". I don't quite agree with the translation, but I do find this sentence true. I personally interpret 罔 as "confused"and I find myself in a state of "confusion" now as a result of not thinking while learning.

When designing the architecture of a software, I didn't find a good clue until creating some viewcontrollers in the project and see how some open sourced projects approach similar questions. The thoughts usually turn out to be incomplete and full of flaws. That's different from very good software engineers. When two of my friends(very good software engineers) design the same software, they think very hard by themselves and draw the architecture on paper without touching the computer at all. Another example is job seeking. some of my friends(very good engineers/scientists) are very targeted. They seem to be more clear about what they like/dislike. In that case, they normally get offers from their desired companies wherever they decide to go. However, my mind is currently stucked with too many things and I'm not so focused. People succeed for some reasons. Though my way of doing things may not be wrong, it is always good to keep an open mind and probably learn some patterns from other successful people.

Important things to take notes.
1. I attended the Harbin Institute of Technology(HIT) Singapore Alumni Gathering on Tuesday. The president of HIT came to PGP for a short talk. Though I don't have a strong identity of that school, I do feel proud of its continuous progress. The president is humble and practical. His speech was full of intelligence. It's not the hardware that builds a school, but the Alumni.Many alumni already become Singapore PR/Citizens. Quite a large percentage are civil engineers, implementing projects like Gardens By the Bay and some strange-looking skyscrapers. Some are doing research in schools. It is also great to know that HIT is building up a world-class national space center to be the world's frontier in space engineering research.

2. I had the Mid-Term test on Graphics Rendering Technics. Thanks to Xiangyun who generously helped me understand some of the concepts, the test didn't go too bad. Honestly, I'm not quite interested in that course. I took this course purely because of the degree requirement. That's the only technical elective course I can pick that doesn't conflict with more important courses. Two of my preferred technical electives both conflict with CS3217, one of which is sound and music computing. As long as it won't downgrade my degree, that's fair enough.

3. I attended the Ruby workshop brought by NEO Singapore in the Saturday. It was a nice experience. I formed pairs with three different people to code Ruby together. I worked with a year one CS student(Minqi) on the last Ruby Challenge and we became the top three pairs who finished up the challenge.




Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Time to Write sth about the NOC Israel

After more than a month's waiting, I received an email today from the Financial Aid office saying that I am not permitted to go for the NOC Israel programme. 

Dear ShaohuanI refer to your appeal to participate in NUS Overseas College (NOC) Israel.As spoken on 6 November 2012, we understand that you are very eager to attend the NOC and we had submitted your appeal, together with the appeal from NOC to the sponsor.  However, we regret to inform you that your appeal to participate in NOC Israel is not successful.   The sponsor has advised that you look for an internship locally instead, if needed.We wish you all the best. 

Actually, I was informed by the NOC coordinator that she has been informed by her colleagues that the sponsor officially rejected my appeal(together with Prof.Ben's and NOC's appeals) on 21st Nov. She tried to confirm with her colleagues whether the decision is final or not, hoping to help me for the last try. However, I guess the result won't be positive…

Learning Public Speaking

In the past few weeks, I've been exploring the methodologies of public speaking that work for me. It takes a lot of trials and errors until I finally see some progresses. It would be good to share my thoughts and experiences so that people see my posts can have a more confident and effective start for public speaking.

Firstly of all, you need to overcome the fears to public speaking.  The common excuse I take is that I'm an introvert person. You have to be an extrovert person to master public speaking. However, that's not true. Public speaking is a skill, it can be trained and mastered. It may take some natural talents to be a super-influential speaker. But for a normal person to hit a point to deliver your messages clearly and powerfully, it's doable.

One of the inspiring talks I heard from an introvert speaker is Susan Cain's "The Power of Introverts". Susan says that introverts sometimes can deliver deeper thoughts than the extroverts.


Surprisingly, ev…

About Interview

I went for three interviews these two days. Tuesday morning with Microsoft, midnight with Google for the first round, and Wednesday midnight with Google for the second round. Though the intention for applying those internships is not to get the offers but simply to gain some experience for technical interviews, I still prepare hard for the interviews, hoping to learn as much as possible.

The first round Microsoft interview was conducted in NUS where one HR and one technician flew over to Singapore to give the interview. I had 30 mins with both the HR and the technician. The questions with the HR is the standard interview questions like project experiences+ some brain teasers. The questions are not really that challenging. In case you are interested, I attached the questions in appendix1.

For the technical interview, the technician monitored you to write codes on the spot. The technician this year is a tester from Austin-Taxes working 10 years in MS. I did three questions during this i…