Gee, my last blog post was posted a year ago. Is it really that long time ago?
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.””
…after finished writing my previous posting on “Changing” (hey, go read it before reading this one, yes, you… go!!) I was contemplating a bit about ‘change’… so here is my unorganized thoughts on it…. and yes, also showing my usual attempts to create not-so-inspiring quotes on “change”….. enjoy! or unenjoy!
Many people make changes because they want something better, something more meaningful. But the problem is life itself is constantly changing and might as well the meaning, purposes, and goals of life are changing too. So, in the end, “you have to constantly change your change!” As for me, “every time I find a meaning of life, somebody changes it!”
Give a man a fish, and you will feed him for a day.
Catch a a man a fish, and you can sell it to him.
Teach a man how to fish, and you ruin your business opportunity.
Explain to a man about the origin of fish, and take an exam afterward, and you’re a professor!