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Remember Jane Underwood

I have recevied an email this afternoon. It said Jane, the instructor of our writing class, has passed away. I was left with a feeling of lost and sadness.

In reality, I do not have the fortune to meet Jane in person. Our class has started on last Sunday. She was too sick to attend. On that day the class was ran by another student, who is also a writer and a well qualify teacher. We have learned the rules and practiced a little. Then off we go, we are to write a short piece to our partner under a structured schedule everyday for the entire duration of the eight week class. And by today I have written my fourth piece.

Jane has not taught us anything, but I have already learned a lot. Everyday I looked at the short prompt she sent us, my mind drew a blank. I sat there and and wrote and wrote. Twenty minute later I have it done. A piece that is short and sweet. I didn't know I can do that.

Every time I completed a piece, I positively feel happy. I look forward to do this again the next day and then the day after and so on. Judging from the number of returning students who do this session after session for multiple years, it is not an exaggeration to say her class has changed many lifes.

It is sad to think the class will be without her. I wish there will be a chance for me to say thank you.

2016.02.05 comments

 

Small Company v.s. Big Company

I have figured out a difference of working in small company v.s. big company. I was working in a small 25 person company before. Sometimes I came into the office and saw a pile of dirty dishes in the sink. I loaded all dishes in the the disk washer, added detergent, and then turned on the machine to clean them.

Now I am working in a big company. Today I came in and saw some toilet paper left in the sink. I said "gross, when will the janitor clean this up?"

2016.02.04 comments

 

Falun Gong creeps me out; so do their enemies

I was doing a vanity search of myself on Google. My profile appears on a whole bunch of social network and websites. One entry looks suspicious though. I appear on what looks kind of like a news website, for some critical comment I have made against Falun Gong sometime ago. Crap, poor judgment of me to offend a religious group. Told you to keep your big mouth shut on the net. Now they are going to want my head.

facts.org.cn? What the heck?

This is a piece with me in it. They have done a brief search on my background, lifted a picture from my website, and paraphrased my criticism, though not very coherently. Who is www.facts.org.cn? My first impression says it is yet another Falun Gong media. They have whole bunch of low quality, pseudo journalistic websites. They were mad at me for saying unflattering things about them. It takes a while for me to see this website is perhaps a critic of them instead. Without my knowledge, they pickup a comment I have made sometime ago and portray it as a voice against Falun Gong. The website is ambivalent and low quality though. I am not pleased that I appear there.

TL;DR My original comment: Fei Tian Academy is an art school setup up by Falun Gong backers. I don't have a problem with that. I just urge them to be upfront with their religious affiliation while they are aggressively recruiting children. The comment can still be found on socketsite.com.

2016.02.01 comments

 

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