10 Things You Don’t Know About Me

15 Jan 2006 (Sun)

  1. I drove a pickup to work and everywhere else for seven to eight years.
  2. I had undergone training in AR-15 weapon handling and taken part in air rifle competitions.
  3. I have travelled in almost 20 countries so far.
  4. I have worked as a post-girl, a relief teacher and a trainee nurse during school vacations.
  5. I used to read stacks of 20-plus books (in English and Chinese) every week.
  6. A primary school teacher wept with joy while reading and praising my Chinese composition aloud in class.
  7. I had four job offers (three unsolicited) while working as a reporter with an IT magazine.
  8. I helped a multinational corporation save millions of dollars a year in publication costs during a period of financial crisis.
  9. Before the actual release of my “A” Level exam results, I literally (and correctly) dreamt of looking at the first three grades in the results slip.
  10. My childhood dream for a long time had been to be a critically acclaimed writer and teacher.
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Storytelling in Research and Practice

12 Jan 2006 (Thu)

Two of Sat in a very interesting module, “Storytelling in Research and Practice”, last night. We started by watching the recording of an excellent stage play called “Handle with Care”. An ethnographical performance based on qualitative research among women with metastatic breast cancer.

The theme seems to be “Fear blocks people’s ears”: Fear in the patient and fear among the patient’s relatives and friends. So marvellously executed. Constantly bombarding the audience with multiple points of views — a young woman, a middle-aged one, an elderly one; the whiner, the “never-say-dier”; the the mother, the daughter/son, the husband, the neighbour, the doctor(s); how others’ apparent concern and advice could be “smothering” or “just wanting to know ‘You’re feeling fine’ “; becoming “invisible” once perceived as sick; issues of “control” versus “no control”; “hope” for cure, less pain, longer life, emotional support…. Truly thought-provoking and ever so witty. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Winning Ways of FOSS

4 Jan 2006 (Wed)

“The advances in all of the arts and sciences, indeed the sum total of human knowledge, is the result of the open sharing of ideas, theories, studies and research.” — Terry Vessels

The most popular web server over the past 10 years has always been FOSS-based, according to Netcraft’s statistics from Aug 1995 – Dec 2005. Apache is the #1 web server, currently with over three times the market share of its next-ranked (proprietary) competitor. Netcraft’s Aug 1995 - Dec 2005 statistics. Read the rest of this entry »

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