All entries for November 2019

November 20, 2019

Another Support for Legibility

>>> import this
The Zen of Python, by Tim Peters

Beautiful is better than ugly.
Explicit is better than implicit.
Simple is better than complex.
Complex is better than complicated.
Flat is better than nested.
Sparse is better than dense.
Readability counts.
Special cases aren't special enough to break the rules.
Although practicality beats purity.
Errors should never pass silently.
Unless explicitly silenced.
In the face of ambiguity, refuse the temptation to guess.
There should be one-- and preferably only one --obvious way to do it.
Although that way may not be obvious at first unless you're Dutch.
Now is better than never.
Although never is often better than *right* now.
If the implementation is hard to explain, it's a bad idea.
If the implementation is easy to explain, it may be a good idea.
Namespaces are one honking great idea -- let's do more of those!

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November 19, 2019


After searching and reading piles of papers for the PMA the other days, my eyes still hurts. The font of some are just ridiculous, making it too hard to read. It enables me to realise that how important a typeface could be. Helvetica is generated in 1957, yet now it is still everywhere, “like air, like gravity.” If you ask me what is classic? Just like Helvetica. I have been learning and practicing Chinese calligraphy for years. When I was in primary school, it was just a burden for me since it took up much time from cartoons or radio games. But then, I really appreciate those who have a nice handwriting so I just pick it up again. When it comes signature, I used to quite proud my signature that I designed for myself when I was in junior high. However, now I think it is not readable at all, I had better redesign it based on Helvetica. Good night~

What I have learned from my first PMA

Don’t care about the result, but do the best at every step.

Time Management

  • Week 1: Review -> Reflecting -> Reading -> Planning -> Writing

  • Review the Notes -> Summarise & Share in OneNote

  • Reflecting: Analyse the PMA Question -> Making a Question List

  • Reading for Using == Skimming -> Close it -> Paraphrasing

  • Week 2: Break

  • Week 3: Read aloud & Review & Revise ; Proofreading

  • Week 4: Submit

Reference Management

  • Make sure if it really worth downloading

  • Abstract -> Introduction(#1 sentences) -> Conclusion

  • EndNote

  • Rename rename rename(tips)

  • File: 01/02/03-#/@-xxx-Date.type

      - #== Important
      - @== Reading now
  • Sync with Webfile MyFiles

  • Nvivo/Everything

Content Management

  • Font: Helvetica

  • Add rather than rewrite

November 04, 2019

Every day counts

I attended a session called How to have it all: Stories of success from women in Science. We can never have it all, but we can do our best to keep a work/life balance. Everyone should be welcomed and encouraged into STEM but it surprised me there are few female workers(less than five probably I saw) at the National Automotive Innovation Centre where I visited in the Lord Bhattacharyya Building last week. I've known and benefited a lot from some female role models, so I know the importance of these positive role models to the next generation.

Apart from these brilliant women on stage, there is a young mother and her baby girl sitting on my right at the conference. The baby was put on the table, having fun with her toys and mumbling, or laughing from time to time. She was speaking her own language that is a luxury for us adults. But what surprised me was that her mom didn't ask her to hush her voice and to be quiet. She was just looking at her little angel and smiling. What a beautiful scene and I hope I could be as that patient and kind as she is to my baby one day.

Oh, another surprise is the view on the way to Gibbet Hill campus is fantastic, especially in Autumn! It's totally beyond description by words. I was lucky that I went to the medical school on foot this morning rather than by shuttle, otherwise, I feel like missing the best thing life could offer: Serendipity.

At noon, I had a typical British lunch there, which includes sandwiches, drinks and crisp. Sorry, my stomach just cannot enjoy the cold food. Then, I have walked to another workshop about defining a research question. I'm glad I didn't skip it because I met an inspiring new friend there. He is good at time management and he has even been to Tsinghua University with a scholarship. Oh my gosh. Yeah, I can tell that he is a hard-working, well-organised and ambitious student through the small talks on class.

Well, there're so many people and things here, every day, I can learn from to make a difference to my life.

November 02, 2019

6 Hrs.

I am happy that I braved the drizzle this morning and attended the Personality Type workshop. I really love the tutor's smile.

As getting older, I have a preference to learn something about psychology as a human being. I've been introduced the Enneagram of Personality a few years ago, but for the MBTI I probably know little. There are four dimensions: Extraversion & Introversion, Sensing & Intuition, Thinking & Feeling, Judging & Perceiving. After the self-assessment, my type is INTP, 85% I think. Also, I might be more effective to communicate with individuals with different personality types.

Another thing I am quite proud of myself is that I made a comprehensive Mind map about Writing PMAs. During the past two weeks, I've attended nearly 10 workshops on Academic Writing, Critical Thinking, etc. So I spent the whole afternoon synthesizing and evaluating the information from our tutors, ReMe team, Warwick study skills team to pull my thoughts together. What's more, I find out that leaving my phone at room is the best way to immerse myself into studying or working.

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