Educational Tradeoff

Posted in Thoughts

My new favorite podcast is Exponent, a podcast hosted by business analyst types Ben Thompson and James Allworth. They tend to talk a lot about the tech industry and its movements, but often provide subtle …

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The Decline of the Cantonese Language

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I have a 2-year-old son. He’ll be a second generation Chinese-American, who — unless our lives completely go sideways for the next two decades — will attend American schools and absorb American culture like any …

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Forever Backwards Compatible

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In chatting with someone on Clarity a couple of days ago, I came across a peculiar question that didn’t seem that remarkable at the time. The topic was hiring a freelancer to build a website, …

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Life as Tetris

Posted in Games, Thoughts

I found a fun article a couple of days ago that tries to compare Tetris to life over Chess as the appropriate gaming analog. As a former addict to Tetris DS as well as a …

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A Quick Thought on H1Bs and Profitability

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Tech companies love to vilify the H1B lottery and quota system. The pro-argument is that the likes of Google and Facebook and Microsoft can’t find enough talent in their established office locations, and would like …

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Checking Emails on Vacation

Posted in Thoughts, Work

Common advice for people going on vacation is to just don’t do it. Seeing that most workers have a lot of trouble unplugging from work as it is, keeping the email app closed is one …