"When I was young I set out to change the world.
When I grew older I perceived that this was too ambitious,
so I set out to change my state.
This too, I realized as I grew older, was too ambitious,
so I set out to change my town.
When I realized that I could not do even this, I tried to change my family.
Now, as an old man I know that I should have started by changing myself.
If I had started with myself, maybe then I would have succeeded
in changing my family, the town, or even the state-
and who knows, maybe the world."

November 29, 2016

Like never before

This year has had a lot of big things happened everywhere, like never before. But I was focusing on a rather small thing -- finishing my university degree and getting a job.

Well, it is a degree like never before. That's like the highest of its kind. I should present something (final product) that I had been working on (so called research) for years, which is judged to deserve the degree. The way of taking lectures and final exams becomes irrelevant. So, there are no answer sheet to refer, no past-year questions to practice, and no grades to aim. In a way, this means it can be almost anything you can contribute to the field of knowledge (and let people know so) in order to graduate.

The thing is not many jobs require having a degree like that high. People like me, who chose to go through the degree thing, usually have had some ideas of the jobs for us. Job hunting takes time and efforts with many things to consider. I think knowing first what we want to do for now is crucial. It might change over time, and so we remain open for options. Nobody knows of the sure-right job to pick and the sure-win path to follow. In a way, this means it can be almost anything you want to do, and archive whatever like never before. Ideally.

Anyway, it's done (degree and job). Holiday! I wish to do exciting work in next year.
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November 08, 2016

Strange thing

Forget everything you think you know. Well, people come out with this strange thing. I think I know this is interestingly strange. I like what that movie presents. That name is Strange.

Is that what we think we know? Things can get complicated with time and space, life and death. They might seem as simple as that. We don't usually think too much about things like that everyday, since we are busy. What can we do about it, anyway? Changing time? (interesting though). It can be difficult to understand. But those things are strange and always seem relevant, as we think we know.

So, I started thinking a little more about those things (time and space, life and death) and more strangely, what we think we can do about it. Maybe I'm ready.
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October 18, 2016

Think of the games

It's time for this thing now. I came to a basketball court and started to do shooting, as usual. Then, I joined with some university students to play basketball games and things got more fun.

The thing I enjoyed about the games is simply focusing on thinking how to get to the goal. Basically, it means thinking how to make the chance for me to do a jump-shot or dribble pass the defenders to score; otherwise, how do I pass the ball to teammates and assist them to score; and then how to work with the team for defending and rebounding. This requires trust in myself and others in a small team to make things work. Recalling good plays to score or assist or defend and how to do it better is always pleasurable. Therefore, this is also the way I enjoy doing other things.

It was exciting to play some basketball games with young men and get exhausted. Just like the time during my school days and I feel younger after that. Look forward to the next game.
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October 14, 2016

Things blocked

Many things are inside my head that my brain has to try processing. Especially things I'm waiting to know and things newly come to my attention. Also, there are a few things in the past and things about to happen and other things around (I somewhat care). Such state of mind hinders the process of thinking ideas, e.g. what to write.

Two ways to look at this. Some of us might think that because of all those things in mind, things blocked. Whereas, some might think that because things blocked, those things stuck together. So... calm down. Will reducing the number of the things in mind calm us? Or will calming down reduce the things that stuck? Okay, "reset" the brain (sleep on it).
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