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Work to be done yesterday, April 15 (GMT+8, Singapore Time)

1. JS: tour for just-signed-up users (Undone)
2. HTML & CSS: stock & market indices info right panel re-design (done)
3. Fix some error in see-more button (Done)

Work to be done on April 14

1. Some CSS Fix (Done)
2. See-more button for long post (Done)
3. Redesign: stock & market indices info right column (Undone)

Work to be done on April 13

1.CakePHP: Productivity Evaluator Plug-in V1.0

Work to be done on April 11

1. Improve post's readability on (Phase 2. Done)
2. Fix JS & CSS errors made previously.(Done)
3. HTML & CSS & JS: double column for posts in
user profile. (Unfinished)
4. CakePHP: Productivity Evaluator Plug-in V1.0 (Unfinished)
5. Parallax Scrolling for home page (Done)
6. Fix CSS for responsive layout in iPhone (Done)

Work to be done on April 10

1. JS & CSS: Make landing page on responsive and cool (Done)
2. Improve post's readability on (Phase 1 Done)
3. Fix some design issues with the icons, buttons and loading animations
on (Phase 2 Done)
4.CakePHP: Productivity Evaluator Plug-in V1.0 (Unfinished)
Status: extremely busy
Current Productivity: 33%
This Week's Productivity: TBD
Current Efficiency: pretty low
I have decided to skip university
Whether I receive any admission letter
Should I actually go to university? I have been pondering that ever since I left the school education system. There are good reasons to attend one, especially one that is prestigious like Harvard or MIT. Not only does it offer many opportunities for an individual’s personal development, it gives those who manage to get in a sense of superiority, which is an enormous boost in self-esteem, and sentences like “I’m from MIT” sure sounds good in a self-introduction. Furthermore, people that are graduated from top universities in the world on average have higher salary than those that are not. But above all, it is the amazing people (professors, roommates, coevals who share the same interests, etc) that one gets to meet and interesting social connections that one gets to build during her or his few years of university life that makes matriculating at elite universities so appealing, at least to me, which is why I had applied to MIT, Harvard, Stanford and Yale (and I regretted not applying to Caltech and Carnegie Mellon) for the coming summer semester. And screwing up my SAT Critical Reading got me to discover I may not be considered qualified for these universities if academic performance plays a huge role in undergraduate admission and they are going to judge a student’s academic performance based on her or his SAT results.

Written on: 12 February 2014

Category: Blog Posts 2 mins Reads

Comments: Frozen

  • university, internship
Things are more interesting this way
Another short blog post
I took my SAT 5 days ago. The level of complexity the test items displayed was elementary. But what that supposed to be a non-challenging paperwork turned out to be a nerve-racking ordeal during my 6th paper (there are 10 in total). For certain reasons, I was pretty sure the paper contains three passages until when the test was over and I discovered I had left 2, 3 pages blank. I was ineffably flabbergasted. Minutes ago I was still savoring the moment as I went through the paper leisurely, thinking that there was plenty of time. And now I was in shock that I failed to notice the fourth passage whose existence was somehow concealed from my frame of reference.

Written on: 30 January 2014

Category: Blog Posts 2 mins Reads

Comments: Frozen

  • SAT, screwing-up
Things are more interesting this way
A short blog post
I do not consider self-assured an accurate description of my personality since I am least content about the intelligence of Homo Sapiens and because of that I constantly question my cognitive abilities. But it is true that I have the tendency to be overconfident about the occurrence of future events. At 4am this morning, unable to fall asleep, I decided to stay awake for another 15 hours and spend some of it on writing an algorithm for the 454th Euler Project problem, Diophantine reciprocals III, and the rest preparing for the SAT tomorrow. My goal was to solve the problem and write an article about its solution and how it is derived while demonstrating my lighthearted sentiment towards standardized tests - that I view them as meaningless and trivial. One reason being that one-dimensional numerical evaluation can never accurately measure the performance of any set of neural algorithms and data structures the vertebrate cerebrum employs as it functions on its own, especially when we are generalizing these sets of algorithms and data structures by what they appear to accomplish. Rather than spending the valuable chrono-commodity I have, attempting to maximize the chance of myself getting perfect score in a test, I should spend it doing things that are more meaningful.

But 13 hours has passed and I have yet to finish the algorithm. (In betwixt I had gone through few essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson and watched few videos on Youtube. Thus probably only spent in total 6 hours on the algorithm.) This got me once again realize how inexperienced, naive and unproductive I am.

I am still going to post it though. So here it is.

Written on: 24 January 2014

Category: Blog Posts 1 min Reads

Comments: Frozen

  • SAT, messy code
The key here is not hard work, but interest
Interest, Dopamine, and hard work that isn't hard
I will be lying if I say that I was not enraptured upon discovering I scored 760 in both the physics and math level 2 SAT Subject Tests after just 4 days of revision. But I was ravished not because of the high scores. Had I slept the night before, I would have been less careless during the tests and gotten my perfect scores. Back then I was still having the circadian rhythm of a white collar in England - a state of disorder I gently settled into after leaving school - in spite of being in the GMT+8 time zone. I went to bed extremely early that day at 2am but, being accustomed to entering NREM stage 1 at 8am, I could not put myself to slumber. I was ravished because what I had done exemplified that interest is the most efficient thing that drives a person to excel - the master key to unlock the door to a revolutionized education system - and I can now write an article about it.

Written on: 14 January 2014

Category: Articles 4 mins Reads

Comments: Frozen

  • learning, education, neuroscience, physics notes
A Mathematical Proof of an Interesting Phenomenon Observed in the Pattern of a set of Progressive 3x3 Matrices
the beauty of a maths proof
The Newtonian view of gravity is still taught in school today even though we now know that it is actually not an accurate description of gravity, especially when describing objects moving at a velocity near the speed of light, or objects with an enormous amount of mass such as a supermassive black hole in the center of a quasar. And the reason why physics teachers are still teaching pre-university students the Newtonian theory is that it isn't wrong. It's just that it has its limitation and an alternative model should be used when necessary. In comparison, the geometric theory of gravitation by Einstein is a much better view of gravity, but is considered too complex for the average mind of normal adolescents. Therefore, despite the fact that we can use it to calculate how space and time are distorted near a black hole and how that affects the direction in which light travels observed from a different frame of reference, you barely see Einstein field equations appear in a junior college student's physics textbook. And interestingly, there are also times when Einstein's theory will seem to break down; just like its predecessor, it has its own limitation too. And that is why to better understand the fabric of the cosmos we need more advanced theories like quantum field theory and M-theory.

Written on: 28 December 2013

Category: Articles 6 mins Reads

Comments: Frozen

  • maths, proof, logic, pattern
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