Author Archive for dxiang

  1. Virtue

    Virtue — tough word to define, but we know it means something good. Tao Te Ching verses 38 to 81 are dedicated to this word. That’s a lot of verses. Verse 38 is the Tao’s introduction to virtue. I’ve read it over and over again and need to consolidate some thoughts around it. Let’s get into it.

  2. The Best Recruitment Emails

    I keep my personal inbox very clean. I’m the “Zero Inbox” type and my desktop icons have been aligned since the 7th grade. I’m good at inbound filtering and I’m excellent at unsubscribing from mailing lists. Despite all this, I neglect one particular inbox — LinkedIn. This is the inbox where 99% of the messages are from recruiters. We […]

  3. TAO Nightclub and Sexy Rose Petal Bathtubs

    If you’re a Vegas-goer, even in a past life, you’re familiar with TAO. It’s one of the cookie-cutter, over-the-top, spend-too-much-money Vegas clubs we’re all used to. One thing TAO is known for is having bathtubs full of rose petals. There are two potential reasons to having these tubs: Lounging area for sexy girls to dance and […]

  4. Object Oriented Programming

    Practical Object-Oriented Design in Ruby, by Sandi Metz, is a great read. This is a book for programmers. Whatever the language, whatever the skill, if you’re an engineer working on an object-oriented application, this will help. I have a deep respect for anyone that can distill complicated and controversial issues. Out of the many “This is Best Way” type […]

  5. Understand Deeply

    Understanding deeply is difficult. We overlook the holes in our own knowledge and run full speed at advanced topics. During academics, pinpointing a lack of understanding is easy. If we’re clueless on an assignment or bomb a test, then we’ve missed some concepts. Since everything is naturally cumulative, it’s straightforward to figure out when things get fuzzy. It’s when you look at […]

  6. Quote II quote

    If you can’t solve a problem, then there is an easier problem you can’t solve: find it.

  7. Quote I quote

    I know quite certainly that I myself have no special talent. Curiosity, obsession and dogged endurance, combined with self-criticism, have brought me to my ideas.

  8. Tao Te Ching — Chapter 1

    Where I’m At Fives years ago, I was introduced to the Tao. My understanding of Taoism is equivalent to a baby’s understanding of black holes. Throughout the years and the day-to-days, I constantly revisit the Tao and the ideas inside the Tao Te Ching. Each time, I arrive at a brief moment of enlightenment followed by a intense feeling of I have no idea what’s […]

  9. Hello World.

    That was insanely easy. I undergo severe mind blasting every time I use these insane online services. I one-clicked a Droplet in a minute, pointed some DNS, and drooled as I clicked through some WordPress wizardry. I had a similar feeling last week while using an online charting program. Does anyone use Microsoft Visio anymore? All I thought about […]