Recently a study on theories of interest has been all over internet. The study by Yale-NUS and Stanford examined implicit theories of interest, fixed theory and growth theory. Here is what the paper says and my take on them. Continue reading
The most interesting aspect of bilingualism is numbers. Counting numbers is such a fundamental skill that it is often used a tool to determine one’s native language. However, there is much more happening when a bilingual person counts. They can even count in bilingual numbers.
Touchpal keyboard alternative
So you’ve been an Android user for several years and Touchpal keyboard seems to the best Android keyboard out there, with its killer feature – swiping down to input symbols. You can’t live without that feature, but you really hate the annoying ads in Touchpad that was recently introduced. Luckily, I’ve found the near perfect Touchpal keyboard alternative for you – Multiling O Keyboard. Continue reading
Reflecting on 2016
A lot of things happened this year. Internship, CS3216 and Donald Trump. Continue reading
Facebook has been a part of my life for the past few years, but now it is the time to say goodbye.
This is a rather sudden decision as I just felt the urge to do this as soon as possible. However, I will attempt to rationalize the decision.
- As a source of information, Facebook has done a good job in providing me with the latest updates on current issues, such as events happening in HK and Singapore. However, there are more reliable and convenient channels to obtain factual information, such as the BBC mobile app and local newspapers, so Facebook is not the best source for that.
- As a way to share my opinions and engage in discussion, Facebook was a good platform. However, I have realized that debates on Facebook tend revolve around groundless claims, without factual backups and substantiations, understandably due to the “fast-food” nature of Internet. I used to enjoy arguing in this style and win the debate by some sort of sophistry but later decided to stop such meaningless acts.
- As a way to connect with my friends, I don’t see Facebook helps, I do not really need to see their photos to stay connected, and most of the photos on Facebook are from “acquaintances” whom I do not care much. The messaging function may be something that I still use frequently, for people whom I do not have in Whatsapp contact. But I guess I just need a transition period before I get all my contacts to Whatsapp and WeChat.
All in all, the usefulness and reliance on Facebook is dropping for me. And I seem to have spent too much time randomly commenting on Facebook pages just to kill time. So why not take a break (hopefully a long one) and seek to do something more meaningful?