Don’t Take History as Nothing


English Diary

People might admire other people aroud him with a bit better than himself at some point, but have no sense to who are the best in the world.

Someone better than him told him something and he took them like the Bible. But he would never spend any time to read what who are the best in world had written.

Most of people know and adore Steve Jobs. But they might don’t have the same sense to people like Edison, Cai Lun, Watt.

Imagine that, If we were living in a world without paper and electric. Then someone invented these. How much admiration would you give to them? I believe that would not be less than how much you gave to Steve Jobs.

Just because before we borned. These already exists. So we may not have that feeling. But if you want to learn something, you must bring yourself to that situation. And let yourself to feel the moment, to feel how great that had been.

Then you will know, there are so much knowleges and examples of great successes in history, far more than a Steve Jobs story or someone who you know and better than you can bring to you. As long as you don’t take history as nothing.

Riyueming Zhang vs. Zhang Riyueming


English Diary

In the past, I have given myself some English names.

The first one, ‘Dragon’. It’s in my fifth year of my primary school. I enrolled an out-school english lecture. And the teacher has given me a name – ‘David’. I didn’t like it at all. The first thing after I came home was looking up the English word of 龍, and it was ‘Dragon’. So the second day I told my teacher that I wanted this name.

In my high school, I prefered the name ‘Peter Chang’. After that, I created an onomatopoeia word of my Chinese name – ‘Evamin’.

When it was my sophomore year, I created another code – ‘sowicm’. And it could be registered anywhere without conflict. And I filled profiles with ‘Sowicm Right’. So I became the ‘Mr. Right’. : )

The last one I used was ‘Tony Zhang’. But when I was doing some serious researches, I figured out that I can only use ‘Riyueming Zhang’ or ‘Zhang Riyueming’ as the name. It’s my legal English name, for now. And I know I don’t have to pick another extra English name instead of this.

But ‘Riyueming Zhang’ and ‘Zhang Riyueming’, which one is more proper?

In the past, my answer would be the first, ‘Riyueming Zhang’. But this time, I did a lot of research on this.

Most of Chinese professors I known chose the first form: ‘Given name, Family name’. But what is not the same as the past is that Chinese culture being popular now. And anyone have been with Chinese people or have basic knowledge of Chinese culture should know that Chinese name is in the form ‘Family name, Given name’. So, using that should be totally ok. And it keeps consistent with pronunciation from Chinese.

And the key factor in fact, is that when western presses publish reports about Xi Jinping they are using ‘Xi Jinping’ instead of ‘Jinping Xi’. So I decided to follow the leadership of our national leader. : )

Writing is Hard to be continuous


English Diary

What if it is true that there is nothing being worth to written?

And what if you want to write but have no idea about what to be written?

So I think maybe I’ll stop enforcing myself to write an entry everyday, because most of these maybe garbages.

But I also know that if I stop it then it’s high probably I wouldn’t write anything for a long time.

It’s a hard choice. But I write my consideration down to finished this entry. So I have another chance to rethink about that. : )

Three photos on my wall


English Diary

I put three photos on my wall first time in my life.

Here are these photos:
Why would I select these?

The first photo is of Gandhi. He was a such person who lead a revolution and changed the world with his thick body.
The second photo is of Einstein. He fought for his research conclusions. But in this photo, he didn’t look at the front. It make me think, by now, people who has successes in academic would not give me a look.
The third photo is of Jobs. Everyone knows what he did. But why I select this photo of him? Because it’s before he had his complete success. And he was handing his first Macintosh and look at front. It seems like he is asking me: when will your first robotic come out?
So, all of these photos has their very meaning for me. I put these on wall to remind myself.

I Am Making Progress


English Diary

Today I woke up at 5 o’clock, and did my morning run.

And I talked with 5 people about studying abroad.

I wish I could start these 5 years over. There are some people I shouldn’t know. And there are other people I should know earlier.

Today I also talked with my father. There are many hardly crossable gap between people produced inadvertently, unintentionaly, coincidentally.

Almost forgotten, I also ordered three posters of Einstein, Jobs and Gandhi respectively. I selected their photos by myself.

Writing in English is difficult to me. It seems like I wrote nothing for 5 days after second English entry.

I am taking baby steps but I am making progress.

Amazing day


English Diary

This day is an amazing day. It is hot. A week ago some girls concerned they may be not allowed to dress in short in this summmer. But now, they find the hot weather hard to cope. However, I prefer it instead of the rainy.

I woke up at 5 o’clock. After washing, I went out and did my morning run and showered. I didn’t morning run for more than 5 years.

After breakfast, I dictated TPO listening for one hour and recited 140 words.

I also read two sections of one chapter of my professional book until ten.

Then I drove out.

This afternoon, I watched an open course about TPO speaking, then continued read the book, almost finish that chapter.

After my dinner, my friend and I picked one topic to do oral practice to each other.

And now, I’m writing my English article. While I have finished this, I’ll do a push-up exercise and plank exercise. And then I have finished all of my plans of this day.

So I call it an amazing day.

唯简单能永恒


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现在90后应该都发现了一个问题,自己以前那些各种“美化”之后的“非主流”照片已经拿不出手了,有一期快乐大本营也拿出来了他们当年的“非主流”照片来自嘲一下。相反,那些拍的简简单单不做过多修饰的照片,却无论什么时候还可以偶尔拿出来发个朋友圈怀念一下。

初级的设计师们,经常喜欢把字体弄一些斜体,颜色千奇百怪,爱用彩云体、行楷之类的字体。反而一看就很低级、廉价。而高级的设计师们,则更倾向于选宋体、黑体。

以前的我,一直喜欢酷炫风,初中的时候自己做了一个很酷炫的 flash 来当作QQ空间。虽然网上那些同年龄的小男孩小女孩被惊艳得赞不绝口,但实际上到了高中就没法用了。高中又给自己做了一个长得跟 Windows 7 一样的个人网站,但到了大学,又过时了。大一的时候又重新做了一个当时大家觉得酷炫的主页,然而现在又过时了。而那些真正的学术界大牛的网页,一般都极其简单,白底黑字蓝色的链接。没有过多样式。当我下一次再重新制作主页时,我也会这样。

越潮流越容易过时,越简单越能够持久。

上面提的三个都是视觉上的,再来看看其他方面。

我相信大家如果有过教导其他人的经验,会经常听到一句话:这个太简单了。

以前有个本校的应届生来应聘设计师,我要了作品一看,当下就没了兴趣,但跟他说了一下,你去把《写给大家看的设计书》看一下吧。没过几天,他又给我回复了,说,那本书太简单了。平时我可能就懒得回了,但那天我又给他拿书上“简单的东西”来讨论他的作品,过了几个天后,他又发给了我新的作品,立马比之前的跨越了好几个台阶。

最近两年,很多人问我怎么学机器学习/深度学习时,我会先让他们看 Andrew Ng 的视频然后再给出几本书让他们选,其中有有过一些实战经验的人,看完或没看完就会跟我说,这个 Andrew Ng 的视频太简单了。

Xavier Amatriain 在 Quora 上说他面试过很多自称有多年机器学习经验的人但他们却无法回答很多在 Andrew Ng 的视频里已经很好阐述了的问题。

说到人工智能,我相信就算专业跟这个不相关的也都有这么个基础的了解:就是让机器人做看似十分复杂的工作它们能做得很好,但做在人类看来最简单的工作却做不来。

所以你觉得最简单的东西,也许恰恰是最有价值的东西。

比如说,大道至简。

你看完很多很多书之后,你学完很多很多的知识之后,甚至于当你经历完整个人生之后,你明白过来的,往往是已经在人类社会留传了上百上千年的很简单的道理。

而我却看到很多人当自以为拥有了一些“高级”的知识之后,洋洋得意的做出与最简单的道理相违背的事情。大家总是对大公司、大组织,有迷信,觉得他们的行为都是经过多么多么严密的思考和策划做出的多么多么有深意的行为,其实根本没那么复杂,再庞大的组织,一旦违背最简单的道理,再大的大厦也可能顷刻倒塌。历史已经证明了很多次。

你不需要再看教你怎么提高效率的书或文章了,作者未必有他说的那么有效率,很可能他之前是一个十分低效的人在一段时间内发现自己效率提高了以为自己永久改变了,迫不及待写下了书或文章,但其实每个人都有人生中效率很高的阶段,而且再多的书和文章无非也基于一个最重要而又最简单的前提:

去做

你牢牢记住这个并去执行,效率自然上来了。

你不需要再去看教你怎么人际交往的书或文章了,只需要记住并执行你肯定早就听过的最简单的道理:

诚心待人

保持联系

富兰克林是我认为的大成就者之一,他在自传中说自己每天会评估自己的13项美德:“节制、寡言、秩序、决心、俭朴、勤奋、诚恳、公正、适度、清洁、冷静、贞洁、谦虚”,哪一天哪一条没做到,就划个叉,然后来不断提升自己的美德。

而这些内容,小学的“思想品德”里面就都涵盖了。如果你能把它们落实到位,你也能成为很了不起的人。

从我看各种历史的角度,不管是在多么残酷的竞争之下,就是谁掌握的简单的道理越多,谁掌握的道理越简单,谁更有可能获胜。