My Inspiration

 

(September 1, 2020)

刘慈欣2018卡拉克奖获奖感言

在未来,当人工智能拥有超过人类的智力时,想象力也许是我们对于它们所拥有的唯一优势。

(Teng: I do not think so.)

(July 25, 2020)

J. D. Salinger, The Heart of a Broken Story

I think love is a touch and yet not a touch.

(May 25, 2020)

Romain Rolland

There is only one heroism in the world: to see the world as it is and to love it.

(Mar 21, 2020)

George Pólya

If you can’t solve a problem, then there is an easier problem you can solve: find it. -- How To Solve It: A New Aspect of Mathematical Method, G. Polya, Stanford University


(Feb 8, 2020)

Joseph Campbell

We must be willing to let go of the life we’ve planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.


(Feb 6, 2020)

William Blake, English poet, painter, and printmaker. Largely unrecognized during his lifetime, Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age. [more on Wikipedia]

What is now proved was once  only imagined.

I must create a system, or be enslaved by another man's. I will not reason and compare: my business is to create.

You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough.

Exuberance is beauty.

To generalize is to be an idiot.

That Man should labour and sorrow, and learn and forget and return to the dark valley whence he came, and begin his labours anew. -- The works of William Blake, poetic, symbolic, and critical


(Jan 19, 2020)

Voltaire, French philosopher:

Uncertainty is an uncomfortable position. But certainty is an absurd one.

Chinese proverb (according to A. Ben-Tal and L. El-Ghaoui. Robust Optimization. Princeton University Press, 2009; I haven't found the Chinese translation.):

To be uncertain is to be uncomfortable, but to be certain is to be ridiculous.


(Jan 18, 2020)

Friedrich Nietzsche:

He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.

 

100+ Books to Read

(updated on September 18, 2022)
2022:
  1. [x]解忧杂货店,东野圭吾(2022-1-1)
  2. [x]恶意,东野圭吾(2022-1-5)
  3. [x]可是我偏偏不喜欢,吴晓乐(2022-1-7)
  4. [x]只差最后一个谎言,东野圭吾(2022-1-8 start)2022-1-10
  5. [x]蛤蟆先生去看心理医生(2022-1-12)
  6. [x]一个陌生女人的来信(短篇小说),茨维格(2022-1-16)
  7. [x]世界尽头的咖啡馆(2022-1-16)
  8. [x]白夜行,东野圭吾(2022-1-21)
  9. [x]律政雄心:一位亚裔女孩的最高法院之路(戴维·拉特)(2022-1-23)
  10. [x]Python程序设计基础(第2版),董付国编著,清华大学出版社(2022-1-24)
  11. [x]Python语言程序设计基础(第2版),颂天等著,高等教育出版社(2022-1-24)
  12. [x]祈念守护人,东野圭吾(2022-1-27)
  13. [x]天才基本法(4本),长洱(2022-2-2)
  14. [x]向阳花海,林烁(2022-2-8)
  15. [x]夜晚的潜水艇,陈春成(2022-2-8开始,2022-2-12完成)
  16. [x]如果人类没有爱情就好了,邵艺辉(2022-2-13开始,2022-2-14完成)
  17. [x]狂人日记,鲁迅(短篇小说,2022-2-18)
  18. [x]学问的冒险,严飞(2022-2-16开始,2022-2-19)
  19. [x]伤心咖啡馆之歌(中篇小说,2022-2-20)
  20. [x]刻意练习

2021: [22 books]
  1. [x]Blockchain: A practical guide to developing business, law and technology solutions
  2. [x]Blockchain for dummies
  3. [x]Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies
  4. [x]白话区块链,蒋勇等
  5. [x]智能之门,胡晓武等
  6. [x]尘埃落定,阿来
  7. [x]长长的回廊,东野圭吾
  8. [x]善哉善哉,就你话多 2021-6-15
  9. [x]我承认我不曾经历沧桑,蒋方舟 2021-7-13
  10. [x]宇宙超度指南,李诞
  11. [x]笑场,李诞 2021-7-26
  12. [x]无人生还,阿加莎 2021-8-2
  13. [x]微信背后的产品观,张小龙编著 2021-8-2
  14. [x]冷场 2021-8-3
  15. [x]鸳鸯六七四 2021-8-10
  16. [x]李诞脱口秀工作手册 2021-9-12
  17. [x]起床后的黄金1小时,池田千惠 2021-10-6
  18. [x]窄门,纪德 2021-10-27
  19. [x]紫金陈高智商犯罪 2021-11-16
  20. [x]紫金陈低智商犯罪 2021-11-24
  21. [x]人工智能简史,尼克 2021-12-7
  22. [x]为什么精英都是时间控 2021-12-14

2020: [8 books]
Teng on January 2, 2020
I was searching for motivation/inspiration of my reading in 2020. The following quote fits my need perfectly.
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.” --- George R. R. Martin. A Dance with Dragons
  1. [x]格差社会, (日)橘木俊诏,2019 [Jan 2-3, 2020]
  2. [x]薛兆丰经济学讲义, 薛兆丰, 2018 [Jan 4-8, 2020]
  3. [x]不三, 冯唐 [Mar 16, 2020]
  4. [x]云雀叫了一整天,木心 [Mar 23, 2020]
  5. [x]方方日记,汪芳 [April 20, 2020]
  6. [x]房思琪的初恋乐园 [May 4, 2020]
  7. [x]围城 [Aug 24 - 29, 2020]
  8. [x]你来人间一趟,你要看看太阳,海子 [Mar 17, 2020 - Aug 29, 2020]

Teng on July 7, 2019

I recently learned that other PhD students experienced mid-PhD crisis as well [link]. To cope with it, some recommend to start small projects to nurture a sense of accomplishment and to see things get finished. Those small projects could be baking a cake and taking a painting class [link]. I started something similar in the end of 2017 when I was in the first semester of my third year. Other than the joy from reading and learning, compiling a list relieves some level of anxiety too.

2019: [13 books]
  1. [x]a phd is not enough
  2. [x]Siddhartha
  3. [x]Teaching College
  4. [x]成事 - 冯唐
  5. [x]the non-designer’s design book, fourth edition
  6. [x]中国人在硅谷——netscreen的故事
  7. [x]不二 - 冯唐
  8. [x]三十六大 - 冯唐
  9. [x]the professor is in 
  10. [x]The book of why by Judea Pearl
  11. [x]101 Job Interview Questions You’ll Never Fear Again, James Reed
  12. [x]Letters to a Young Scientist, Edward O. Wilson
  13. [x]how to answer interview questions - Peggy McKee
2018: [20 books]
  1. [x]dare to lead
  2. [x]the subtle art of not giving a fuck
  3. [x]portraits of courage - George W Bush
  4. [x]Almost Interesting - David Spade
  5. [x]girl, wash your face
  6. [x]不再神圣的经济学
  7. [x]David Spade: a Polaroid guy in a snapchat world
  8. [x]book yourself solid
  9. [x]指数基金投资指南
  10. [x]how to win friends and influence people
  11. [x]番茄工作法图解
  12. [x]Nudge
  13. [x]the influential minds
  14. [x]the power of habit
  15. [x]a higher loyalty
  16. [x]the 5 second rule
  17. [x]Tig Notaro: I’m just a person
  18. [x]Lean in for Graduates: Sheryl Sandberg
  19. [x]thank you for being late
  20. [x]I can’t make this up - life lessons
2017: [3 books]
  1. [x]everybody lies
  2. [x]how to start a conversation and make friends
  3. [x]Breaking Free