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!

Further information:

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 12, 2019

Britons’ food preference

An idea I got when I was going grocery shopping at the Tesco. Britons have a preference for the traditional food and classic flavours. One thing is the words showed on a biscuits package ‘Our bakers have been baking biscuits in Britain for more than 50 years. Passing down their knowledge and care from generation to generation. Taking classic recipes – and making them the best they can be’(Tesco Rich Tea, 2019). Another thing is that every time I stoped by the reduced shelf it is so often to see some New food (new flavours) going to be reduced. Next time when it is going to introduce some new food, not necessary to highlight the ‘New’ or just say ‘Update’ the classic recipe.

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.

October 30, 2019

Now I'm feeling more relieved about my account

Learning from the Paul's workshop of time management.I realised my problem is doing too much things at once.

I need to pay more attention to these Important & Not-urgent tasks, instead of just listing and piling all the tasks day by day. I hate to be a firefighter, I hate to push myself to meet the deadline, also I hate to stay up at night.

I really appreciated The Role thinking method, which helps me to clarify the most important goal for me this year: I am doing my Master and I am also a part of my families.

I've tried the Pomodoro last year when I was preparing for the language test. But it doesn't work because in most cases I just ignore it. I'd like to try 52/17 Timer and use a Habit Tracker to monitor my pattern. I think it's kinda interesting. I've downloaded and compared several APP in the past hours, and at last I just leave a simple & user-friendly one to be my assist.

OK, I would spend some time on meditation and then spent 25 mins to write what I've learned today in my reflective Blog. Deal!


My Curiosity drags me into Rabbit Holes

I'm quite frustrated right now. I feel unproductive because I'm easily distracted by EVERYTHING online. It is easy to find something interesting papers and books and before I know what has happened I run out of time to finish my tasks.

As Kathryn Schulz observed for The New Yorker in 2015, rabbit hole has further evolved into a metaphor for extreme distraction in the digital age: “These days, however, when we say that we fell down the rabbit hole, we seldom mean that we wound up somewhere psychedelically strange. We mean that we got interested in something to the point of distraction—usually by accident, and usually to a degree that the subject in question might not seem to merit.”

I was told to regard my curiosity as a great strength, but now I have to be careful about it. The biggest strength might turn out to be the biggest weakness as well.

Interesting talks as follows:

October 29, 2019

What am I intersted in?

I was studying at the lib before being evacuated for the Fire Alarm. When the fire alarm went off, No one paniced! The majority of people just packed up their bags and walked out of the building through the escape routes. I don't really wanna go outside because I was immersing in testing two QDA softwares.LoL I try to find out more about these two this week.

Well, instead of learning the CS from scratch, my great curiosity may motivate me to be a Testing Specialist someday. However, I've seen certain questions for a prospective testing specialist of a software engineering company, quite novel. I don't think I am confident yet. or ...Who knows?

Then I was walking around to keep warm. Guess what, I met Yesim again at the Applied Linguistic ground floor. So nice! And then she showed the classroom where I am going to take an In-sessional class for Writing & Reading. The reason why I applied for it is because I wanna learn more about the English Language itself, including origins of characters, idioms as well as the etymology of words. But I am afraid it is more about the English study skills that I prefer to learn from the daily life. It works better for me at least.

When I come back the lib, there is a Happy Study Event on the ground floor. I grabbed something to eat and took a lovely penguin to be my study partner,hahahaha. Also, I was surprised to know there is still a big pay gap between the male and female staff on campus. The other thing I'm interested in is about the Gender Equality. But I don't know what can I do to secure real progress towards a gender-equal society where We would to see equal respect, leadership and Pay. And in most cases, I am just not willing to be seen, to speak up in public. I need to find my Tribe.

October 21, 2019

Facial Paralysis Awareness Workshop

I just attended a Seminar on Facial Paralysis this afternoon and it contributes to raising my awareness of Facial Paralysis and to reducing negative biases towards people with facial paralysis.

I mean, I feel sooooo lucky after this workshop just because I can express myself freely by eye contact, speech, smiling or any other expressions. Sadly, there is a group of people suffering from Facial palsy or Moebius Syndrome fails to control their facial muscles as they want. I know there is little I could do for their treatment or cures, but at least now I might feel less uncomfortable when I communicate or interact with people with FP, just be more patient and ask them if I feel difficult to understand them. It's really difficult for people to socialise without any facial movement. I cannot imagine really what gonna happen if I am not allowed to smile for the whole day. Do cherish what you have now and make the most of it. Smile as much as you can!

None of us is perfect, and we all have a weakness. Some of them are visible whilst some not. Don't feel sorry but it's good to show empathy and understanding.

Plus, I was quite surprised by the buffet Lunch and the expense I was paid by attending this Seminar. Also, I'm glad to meet new friends Olivia and Florin there.

I will say it's an informative and worthwhile experience.

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