Gee, my last blog post was posted a year ago. Is it really that long time ago?
2013 Oxford Dictionaries’ word of the year: ‘selfie’
Farewell 2013, Bye-bye ‘selfie’ Year!
HAPPY NEW YEAR, FOLKS!!!
Left: A cartoon by Peter Steiner, published by The New Yorker on 5 July 1993
Right: A cartoon by Merlyna Lim, 2012
HAPPY NEW YEAR, FOLKS!
The blog hasn’t been updated for sometime… as its blogger has been ‘on leave’ (from typing;p). But this is the first day of 2012, so she comes back temporarily. Here is one blog post for the readers….
May you find the food yummier, the air cleaner, the environment less abused, the cost much cheaper, the neighborhood safer, the bed cozier, and your home homier than ever. Continue reading
warning: this is my rambling, written in rambling mode by a rambling mind. so it should be read as the rambling ;p
This is the end of semester. Meaning it’s a typically busiest time of the semester. Tons of files wait for your fingers to touch and caress. Heaps of papers need grading. And some unnecessary piles to be confiscated! I enjoy everything about it, except one thing: meeting! More meetings being held these days. I sometime wonder why people have to have meetings. I think meetings are the most dull highly self-indulgent activity that corporations and institutions like to be engaged as they mostly have very little imagination on how to spend their employers’ time. Oh yes, you can quote my definition and bring it to your boss if you think you waste too much time on meetings.
Lots of updates since my last posting: J had his successful concert with students at Indian Oasis Elementary School of the Tohono O’odham Nation (it was awesome); my 2nd phase of the Ford funded field research will soon begin; my collaborative research (with computer science dept) on Blogtracker (Analyzing Social Media for Cultural Modeling) just got grant (yay!); with these two projects up and running I decided to create the Participatory Media Lab at ASU (the website isn’t launched yet, but here is the link); I was in Germany for 3.5 days last week due to my duty as an Our Common Future Fellow of the Volkswagen Foundation; and here is the most exciting one (or two) — we finished some landscape improvement and our do-it-yourself Arizona room (sunroom) has been done (needs some finishing, but I and J will do it in the fall)… and oh, the one most important thing: spring semester was long over for J and I, we’ve been sleeping so much!
With those updates, naturally it’s hard to choose what to write. So for the time being I will share you some new quotes from my twisted mind. Enjoy!
Lim’s warning to those who feel special: “Remember that even if you’re one in a million, that means there are 1,324 people in China that are similar to you”.
“love might be blind, but neighbors ain’t blind” — Lim’s celebrating the moment where she and J got the patio enclosed — this is related to the sunroom project.
Some people say “hardwork is the key to success”. But Lim says “I would rather pick the lock to do it faster”… just make sure you got a right pin
“I am beyond religious — by embracing Judaism, Christianity, and Islam I have 3 days Sabbaths, the Holy days. Nobody can force me to work on anything on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Now time to embrace other belief systems to fill in the rest of the week.” (Lim being obnoxious)
“Graduation is weird — an event where the commencement speaker tells thousands of students dressed in homogeneous caps and gowns that “uniqueness and individuality” are keys to future success” (Lim’s rambling on ASU graduation days of 2010.)
(not a quote but Lim’s comment on Sri Mulyani’s appointment with the World Bank) “SBY says he will bless SMI’s departure to DC as long as she promises to promote his 3rd album in Amreeka.”
Lim: “My students and colleagues asked me why I don’t suffer from stress despite many things I (have to) do. my answer: “because i’m a carrier”.”
(Lim on the tax month) “I wished I could claim the government as a dependent!”
(Lim on typical meetings):“I always hope that the meeting will not move at the speed of the slowest mind in the room.” and “Meetings are the most dull highly self-indulgent activity that corporations and other institutions/groups like to be engaged as they mostly have very little imagination on how to spend their employers’ time.”
(Lim on her way to the bank): “I always wonders why banks always gets the pens chained to the counter and yet leave their doors wide open.”
Lim say: “Nowadays, the most exciting phrase in scientific world, that heralds a new discovery, is not Archimedes’ “Eureka!” nor Isaac Asimov’s “That’s funny!”, but “Your grant proposal has been approved.””