A. This morning reading through colleague’s weekly report, I see this figure 5kw and got initially puzzled. Then it became clear that k stands for 1,000 and w for 10,000 (the Chinese convention of powers of 10 of course). Sometimes people don’t realize how creative they get with everyday mundane work.
B. After talking to a former classmate and near-miss colleague of mine, I realize that the reason of my current dissatisfaction in life could well be one of the following:
1. I don’t know what I truly want in terms of priority, and therefore don’t know which ones to sacrifice.
2. I am not learning enough from people around me.
3. I fantasize too much about a life burdened with research OKRs, and have not had enough opportunity simply building things from scratch.
I currently don’t have a method to address any of these. But perhaps will in a few months. In addition, I have some major complaint leveled against my current company food. At least the overtime meal feels like a bare minimum of starch and protein, with negligible amount of flora. It can take a toll on health in the long term. Buffet style food, no matter how poorly cooked, is still a luxury in comparison.
C. One mysterious debugging trick: often I run into a bug that has no reason to exist, and spend half an hour or so deliberating where to insert the print statement, only to find out that the bug is not reproducible, that is, it disappears on second attempt. This does not mean I should be less careful with the debugging process, but only that better editor sync is needed.