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Tim : Oh that's just the homework for a grad course I'm teaching (points to a page of compounds for his synthesis class)

Me : This one looks hard to make.

Tim : No you make it like this... (starts writing down retrosynthetic analysis...)

Me : No, I mean, in real life.

Tim : Oh! You mean, like, ACTUALLY making it. Oh!

Quote IconNothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.
Marie Curie
Quote IconI don’t know what’s the matter with people: they don’t learn by understanding, they learn by some other way — by rote or something. Their knowledge is so fragile!
Richard Feynman
Quote IconI think it’s much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong. I have approximate answers and possible beliefs and different degrees of uncertainty about different things, but I am not absolutely sure of anything and there are many things I don’t know anything about, such as whether it means anything to ask why we’re here. I don’t have to know an answer. I don’t feel frightened not knowing things, by being lost in a mysterious universe without any purpose, which is the way it really is as far as I can tell.
Richard Feynman
Quote IconFall in love with some activity, and do it! Nobody ever figures out what life is all about, and it doesn’t matter. Explore the world. Nearly everything is really interesting if you go into it deeply enough. Work as hard and as much as you want to on the things you like to do the best. Don’t think about what you want to be, but what you want to do. Keep up some kind of a minimum with other things so that society doesn’t stop you from doing anything at all.
Richard Feynman
Quote IconOh, yes. I’m very proud of not having a Ph.D. I think the Ph.D. system is an abomination. It was invented as a system for educating German professors in the 19th century, and it works well under those conditions. It’s good for a very small number of people who are going to spend their lives being professors. But it has become now a kind of union card that you have to have in order to have a job, whether it’s being a professor or other things, and it’s quite inappropriate for that. It forces people to waste years and years of their lives sort of pretending to do research for which they’re not at all well-suited. In the end, they have this piece of paper which says they’re qualified, but it really doesn’t mean anything. The Ph.D. takes far too long and discourages women from becoming scientists, which I consider a great tragedy. So I have opposed it all my life without any success at all…
Freeman Dyson on the PhD Degree


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what i know about life so far

- every experience you have helps you, if you let it.

- it’s much better to be a beginner in a number of fields, than to reach the top too soon. the only place left for you to go is downward, right?

- “overnight success” really is a result of many years of trial and error.

- education != intelligence

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recipe : quangzhou milk oolong tea + ice cream


  • 1 cup (250 ml) whole milk
  • 2 cups (500 ml) heavy cream
  • 3/cup (150 g) sugar
  • 1/4cup (15 g) loose tea leaves
  • 5 large egg yolks
  1. Warm the milk, 1 cup (250 ml) of the cream, sugar, and tea leaves in a medium saucepan.
  2. Cover, remove from the heat, and let steep at room temperature for 1 hour.
  3. Rewarm the tea-infused milk.
  4. Pour the remaining 1 cup (250 ml) cream intoa large bowl and set a mesh strainer on top.
  5. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks.
  6. Slowly pour the warm mixture into the egg yolks, whiskingconstantly, then scrape the warmed egg yolks back into the saucepan.
  7. Stir the mixture constantly over medium heat with a heatproof spatula, scrap-ing the bottom as you stir, until the mixture thickens and coats the spatula.
  8. Pour the custard through the strainer into the cream, pressing gently on the tea leaves to extract the maximum flavor from them, then discard the leaves.
  9. Stir until cool over an ice bath.
  10. Chill the mixture thoroughly in the refrigerator, then freeze it in your ice cream maker.
* modified recipe from : the perfect scoop by david lebovitz
* thank you lily for the ice cream maker suggestion :)
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stranger than fiction & fitbit / jawbone

i re-watched it this weekend since the first time in 2006 when it came out.

that movie was sort of ahead of time in quantified self / real-time datavis / whatever other buzz words are thrown around nowadays…

i had thought about getting a fitbit or a jawbone, but i can’t seem to be that excited about them.

they had these things back in 1999 in korea and i don’t remember them becoming that popular.

is this another segway problem