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Annotated pro-China articles I have been reading on Quora over the past year

These are in no way chronological, and if anything start from the more recent. Caveat: Quora tends to promote lots of pro-China articles simply because It is not banned in mainland China. most Chinese mainlanders are pro-PRC, because (take it … Continue reading

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Indoor second hand smoking — the one thing that pisses me off

I need to get in the habit of anticipating second hand smoking in restaurants during my China stay. This is my single biggest complaint throughout past, present and future visits. My nose is especially sensitive to cigarette smells. It used … Continue reading

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A tour in the city

My elder cousin’s family happened to visit Guangzhou and surrounding area (mainly the Changlong zoo in Panyu) these days, so I invited them to come visit us at my mother in law’s home. He insisted that he came by himself, … Continue reading

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Political thoughts from China trip

I am conflicted internally about the pros and cons of the so-called totalitarian Chinese political system. At a lunch one day one of my Australian colleagues suggested that totalitarianism has been a historical feature throughout ancient Chinese history, rather than … Continue reading

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A case calling for revocation of tenure in mathematics

Frank Calegari just wrote a blog post entitled “The ABC conjecture has (still) not been proved”. At the center of the spotlight is Mr. Shinichi Mochizuki ζœ›ζœˆζ–°δΈ€ who posted on arxiv a supposed proof of the conjecture about 5 years … Continue reading

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Random thoughts about politics I

I got cornered at a lunch conversation with some friends on issues related to North Korea. While a communist-ideology sympathizer at heart, I argued that North Korea isn’t as bad as western media has portrayed. But Daniel pointed out acrimoniously … Continue reading

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A typo in a book that cost me a day

I have been insatiably reading the computational complexity book by Sanjeev Arora and Boaz Barak, which from the table of contents and review from big guns like Avi Wigderson, Mike Sisper, seems like the holy bible and culmination of all … Continue reading

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