Photo#21 - Bottles and Glasses


Some glasses and bottles from a bar in Mori Tower, Tokyo Midtown, Tokyo, September 2014

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Reid Hoffman from How To Start A Startup Series


How did you hang in there in the tough time of Linkedin? (context: Linkedin was a distant #2 behind all the major social network darlings from Friendster, Myspace, and Facebook, for a very long period). Having a strong vision into the future (the separation of one's social and professional online identity/community) and knowing my company is always closer to that vision than anybody else really helped. How to judge a good founding team? In a good founding team, cofounders just work really well together. They help each other navigate through unchartered waters and figure out the truth or the missing piece.

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Photo#20 - 歌舞伎町的刘建一


12年前我在东京近郊的八王子市住了半年,每周坐火车到新宿参加公司的培训,培训结束后顺便四处走走逛逛。新宿是一个钢筋水泥铸成的庞然大物,仿佛热带雨林中的洪荒巨兽,可以瞬间将任何人吞噬进无边的霓虹灯中。走过那幢足足有三层楼高的地标麦当劳,就来到了歌舞伎町。那是2000年,Pitt和Norton的《搏击俱乐部》刚刚上映。没想到,我赫然在歌舞伎町遇到现场版的搏击俱乐部。

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Asian Movies Recommendations for My American Friends


Since I get asked this question a lot, here's my current list. It's not meant to be an exhaustive list, just a collection of my personal favorites that I think my American friends may enjoy as well in recent years. 1. Let the Bullets Fly, China, 2010, IMDB 7.2, directed by Wen Jiang, action/thriller. China's answer to Christopher Nolan's Inception, only better. It's directed by Wen Jiang, China (mainland)'s most talented film director, who left Yimou Zhang and Xiaogang Feng in dust with this period epic. Being an entertaining roller-coaster ride, it's also highly complex with profound and subtle references that challenge the most intellectual ones in Chinese audience. For non-Chinese, it'll be impossible to pick up the cultural and historical references and the many sub-plots, but you should still watch it just so that you can claim you've watched the one movie that absolutely defines the pinnacle of Chinese (mainland) film achievement.

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湾区斯坦福周围的中餐馆


在湾区呆了两年,我常去的中餐馆(不在这个名单上的餐馆,要么离Palo Alto太远,要么我很少去)。其他亚洲口味(马来,印度,越南,韩国,日本,泰国,Asian fusion)中值得推荐的餐馆改日另荐。

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How to Order Like a Native Chinese in a Chinese Restaurant


If you are a native Chinese, please skip. If you think General Tao chicken is really delicious, please skip. If you are not a native Chinese but aspire for good Chinese food once in a while, read on. When you walk in a Chinese restaurant, whether in the Bay Area, New York, Los Angeles or Hawaii, you might fancy ordering like a native Chinese and get something really authentic, not invented-in-America kind of Chinese food (such as General Tao chicken). The challenge is, it's very difficult to navigate through a Chinese restaurant's menu as no one really understands the English portion of it. Chinese would just go straight to the last two pages that are written entirely in Chinese (so called "Chef's Recommendations") to order. If you don't read Chinese, this option is not available to you. Well, unless you read on ...

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A Dummy's Guide to Set Up Static Site with Github Page and Pelican


In early March I migrated the Good, the Bad, and the Curious from the draconian Wordpress architecture to a much more elegant static site structure hosted on Github Page using a static site generator Pelican. The original conversion was quite an involving effort of a series of trial-and-error because of the respective idiosyncrasies from Github Page itself, a fast-evolving Pelican, and legacy issues from Wordpress. The second time is a charm. I managed to set up the second site within only a few hours last night. Because OC is a brand new site from scratch, I didn't have to deal with Wordpress anymore. This guide is for my own reference (in case I forget), as well as for anyone who might try to do the same - to create a new static contents site on Github Page with Python-friendly Pelican if you're more familiar with Ruby).

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婆罗爱拓聚会


a mid-summer night

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Photo#19 - Flying Punk 飞扬的骚年


2009年8月,首届张北草原音乐节,向四十年前的Woodstock致敬,创造了当时中国室外音乐节参加人数的记录。在北京河北交界之处的张北,有一望无际的草原,有三天无休的摇滚,还有几个飞扬的骚年。

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Herbert's Guide to Sawyer Camp Trail


Sawyer Camp Trail follows Crystal Springs Reservoir, which is one of the major sources for drinking water of the entire San Francisco Bay Area. It's regarded as one of the best jogging and walking trails in the Bay Area. Along the pristine Crystal Springs Reservoir, there are three segments of trails, San Andreas Segment in the north, Sawyer Camp Trail in the middle, and Crystal Springs trail in the south. Sawyer Camp segment is connected to San Andreas Segment via a walking/jogging trail. Currently no direction connection between Sawyer Camp and Crystal Springs due to the bridge construction.

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