Friday, January 01, 2016

2015: A Review


Vision: Live to the fullest, so that when the time comes, I can say I did it right.
Mission: Be a wise person and a good scientist
1. Be a good person. To be able to contribute and add value to the world.
May not have done much in big scale, but I think I am improving. Still more to learn.

2. Live long and prosper. I would like to stress more on my own health, my family's relationship and also be useful.
I think I didn't really do a lot on this. 

3. SCIENCE. This is sort of top of the list. I mean, this is like my life, so how can it not be up there, right? But as the speech given during the Rosetta mission 'The thing about success was, it looks easy.' And a lot of us tend to forget the cost of succeeding in something, to make things work. It comes with loads of hard work, loads of team work, loads of thinking, loads of wisdom and many more elements that perhaps I haven't been wise enough to understand. And I'm putting that as my life goal, to truly master this art - not just for Science, because it applies to the other parts of our lives.
I am glad I did grow in terms of this field. I learned to do projects and plan things. I learned new things every day. However, the more I learn, I find myself not knowing more. So, there's a whole world out there to improve on. I applied for graduate school and will be waiting for results. Will see where this go...

4. Write. Anything, this time. I can accept myself trying different types of writing. It's more of a muscle memory, training kind of thing - to make it a habit.
I guess I wrote more in Science than fiction, so I need to buff this up a bit.

5. Strengthen my languages. ALL of them.
Erm... not much...

6. Draw. Again, this is like not really a goal - because I've been doing it for fun - so... yea...
Surprisingly, I did well in this one. I have been drawing a few here and there and posted them on instagram and deviantart. Not that they are good, but I improved a lot with practices. Yay!

7. There's this one specific thing I would like to work on. I would like to at least try remembering people's name.
I am pleased to say I can remember names of those in the office. Though, I remember their functions better.

What else have I done in 2015?

Science blog post: 2
Personal blog post: 32

Considering I actually abandoned my science blog, in some way, 2 post is an overstatement. Personal blog, well, I have lots of back logs to do, so that's bad!

Books read: 36
A Random Walk in Science by Robert L. Weber
The Science of Evil: On Empathy and the Origins of Cruelty by Simon Baron-Cohen
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
The Time Machine and The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
The Volcano Lover by Susan Sontag
The Demon Under the Microscope: From Battlefield Hospitals to Nazi Labs, One Doctor's Heroic Search for the World's First Miracle Drug by Thomas Hager
I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
The Universe: Leading Scientists Explore the Origin, Mysteries, and Future of the Cosmos by John Brockman
A Mathematician's Apology by G. H. Hardy
Children of the Mind by Orson Scott Card
Apology by Plato
Proof: The Science of Booze by Adam Rogers
The Meaning of It All: Thoughts of a Citizen-Scientist by Richard P. Feynman
Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris
《大学》 by 曾子
Animal Farm by George Orwell
The Martian by Andy Weir
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination by J.K. Rowling
The Amoeba in the Room: Lives of the Microbes by Nicholas P. Money
A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
The Philosophy of Mathematics and Natural Laws: Another Copernican Revolution by Noel Curran
Writing for Film: The Basics of Screenwriting by Darsie Bowden
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee
The Science of Doctor Who by Paul Parsons
The Secret of Scent: Adventures in Perfume and the Science of Smell by Luca Turin
Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!: Adventures of a Curious Character by Richard Feynman
An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything by Chris Hadfield
The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli
Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space by Carl Sagan
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
The Grand Design by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow
Building the H Bomb: A Personal History by Kenneth W. Ford

My 2015 reading goal was initially 12 books and I made it to 36, which is wow! Though I have a few things to say about that which I will include in my 2016 resolution.

Into the Woods, The Theory of Everything, The Imitation Game, Kingsman: The Secret Service, Big Hero 6, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Pride, Fast and Furious 7, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Mad Max, House M. D., San Andreas, Jersey Boys, Jurassic World, Minions, Divergent, Ant Man, X+Y (A Brilliant Young Mind), Mr Holmes, Rocks That Bleed, The Hour (Season 1 and 2), Dead Poets Society, Mr. Turner, Inside Out, The Martian, Blue Sushi, Bridge of Spies, Taxi Tehran, The Good Dinosaur, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Watched way too much movie. I need to filter them properly and make sure I actually do productive watching.

Videos made: 5

Another surprise on creative input of 2015. Never thought I would even post a video but I did! 

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