From last year, I started to write a Year In Review post at the end of each year to record some thoughts I have about the world. As it has been the end of 2014, I decided to write another one.
This year, I started Project Nsmg. The progress is a bit slow because I can only work part time. The Speech Recognition for Lojban has gained a little attention in Lojban community and the Reread news reader has gained 100+ stars at Github. Thanks everyone who has paied attention or contributed to those projects!
SnapViva and AppWorks
Books, Music and Movies
Those are books, music and movies that has influenced me a lot this year:
- Three Body Trilogy (三體) by Liu Cixin
- Rio (2011) and Frozen
- Interstellar (2014)
- The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
- The Little Schemer by Daniel P. Friedman
- 邊城 by 沈從文
- The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz
- To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee
- Byakuyako by Keigo Higashino
- The Moon and Sixpence by W Somerset Maugham
- Of Human Bondage by W Somerset Maugham
- The Stories of the Sahara (撒哈拉的故事) by Sanmao
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- The Wind Rises
- Mozart and Beethoven
All I Have Forgotten
There might be many things that I have forgotten. Here’s a place holder.
“Is it over?”
“Yeah, you are done.” That’s the last words I remember when walking out of the highly prestigious company after the final round of the interview. I knew I had little chance. That company was more selective than Google, and I did not perform well. Had I just failed, again?
Oops. I thought.
I wish I would able to go back in time for just a few days, or just a few hours, or even just a few seconds, to correct just one small mistakes. If I had ever been able to do that once, everything would have been totally different. But, you know, physics is physics, and following the rules is important.
And certainly, for most of the times, I enjoyed everything. I learned from people who were better than me.
I love my days of TEDActive in Whistler. People talked with me about recycling bags, about how to produce nearly no garbage, and above all, about their dreams of life, and about the world. I remember we talked about artificial intelligence and consciousness. “Maybe machines need to have death in order for them to realize their existence.” An old man said.
I enjoyed Hacker School (now it is called Recurse Center), where I made many open source projects related to functional programming and also miniKanren. “You are really good at everything you have worked on, so don’t feel too bad about rejections.” One of my friends said.
I learned a lot from the days this fall when I was in Rome, Florence, Naples, in San Marino, in Dubrovnik, Zadar, in Athens, in Valencia, Barcelona, in Marrakech, Fez, in Dakar, in Salvador, in Port of Spain, in San Jose, and La Fortuna. Locals and travelers made my days.
I received a lot of comments for my open source projects, including Reread, Figure and “microKanren in miniKarnen”. “Thanks for writing this.” I remember one people sent this with his or her comments.
I met a girl on the ship, who went to university when she was 14. She talked with me about her friends, and her classmates who have already become millionaires. I went to Thiel Summit, and met people who had been building successful startups when they were 18. They didn’t feel proud of that, nor want to show that off to other people. “Many people are still better than me.” It felt like they were saying. And I admired them, and was glad that I met them.
Well, but still, people say, “you are done.”
It was the year when I quit Innohat, after graduating from the largest startup accelerator in Asia. It was complicated why it failed, and I wrote a whole reflection series of that.
I also missed a lot of opportunities, wasted a lot of resources, and spent a lot of time doing useless things.
However, I guess, that just means there’s still many things to be done.
I failed many proposals and applications, so I tried to do one with my friends. We spent a week to polish the proposal for which I would usually spend three hours. I asked her about how she did so many good proposals. “I just spend enough time to make them appeal to me.” She said.
Probably there’s still something simple that I should have already known, although there’s no simple way to learn simple things, I guess.
I am still not done.