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
When I was 16 almost 17, I read Homi Bhabba for the first time. I couldn’t understand him but I thought it was cool to borrow his terms, such as ‘hybridization, mimicry, pseudo-scientific’. Being so young, I read books I couldn’t understand just so I could use some ‘new’ words. I remember using difficult words of Bhabba, Derrida, and alike in my undergrad and early grad years to sound smart and to impress my lecturers (I used Bhabba’s type of neologisms in Theory and Philosophy of Architecture to get A, haha)
Later in my life, though, while still appreciating their works, I got tired of those who write with obscure language full of neologism, jargons and buzzwords. Not that everybody should write in the common language of the common person, but I believe in the clearness of words and sentences. I believe that great authors are those who can provide “clarity” that synthesizes complexity, not those who like to complicate complexity.
Recently, unexpectedly I was asked to provide an artist statement. I wrote many research or teaching statements as a scholar, but I never wrote a statement as an artist. 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.””
I know I know, my bad…. don’t remind me that it’s been ages since my last entry. Oh well, my last three months have been quite a journey — literally! Yes, 58 days out of town (out of country), traveling in more than 20 cities, mostly in Europe, and then came back to Tempe just to find myself staring at the piles of things to be done (and it doesn’t help that after a week I still am a lazy bone!).
Traveling is, as always, a great experience and this time it’s particularly wonderful. It’s one of the greatest trips I have. And I do look forward to have more and greater ones! Traveling might not change someone to be a better person, but at least encountering various cultures, languages, customs that are different that yours is an enriching experience that (consciously/unconsciously) influences your mindset (positively).
Do you think living in Phoenix Metropolitan is perfect? Hell no…. Don’t you have many complaints about your life? Do you feel like to complain?
Why not cry out rather than swallow what worries us Phoenix Metropolitan-dwellers? Why not contribute your frustration with professors, students, administrators, legislators, traffic jam, taxes etc. towards a powerful and pleasurable public complaint?
Please click here to participate: http://jus394spring2009.wordpress.com/2009/04/14/the-asu-complaint-choir-coz-to-complain-is-healthy/
Bad me, I haven’t really spent much time and energy to really blog. So what I’ve been doing so far is writing/creating some quotes (as my FB status)…. I can imagine some people get it, some don’t. It’s OK, these are not ‘mainstream’ quotes. Just remember those who laugh last usually don’t really get the jokes, hehehe. Continue reading
This is one of some lines I used in my Global Minds Speaker Series’ talk yesterday evening — it’s about cyberactivism etc….
“I found Facebook very educational. Once a friend turns it on, I go to the other room and read a book.” (Lim, 2009, hehehe).*
* inspired by Marx.