I have wanted to write this blog since the announcement of Google Glass.
Don’t get me wrong to against E-volution; I just wonder about E-polluion. I am just amazed by how many hours in our entire day we are dealing with the devices. Can you imagine how can you live without those devices?
From your ears to your eyes, we have Google Goggles, high performance earphones, from the wrist to your hand, we have Nike fuelband
and we have so many devices such as Kindle, Ipad, Galaxy, phone, and laptop. You can see everyone in the train has one of those. At home we also have three to four devices. Even when you are asleep, some people use devices to track sleep quality. I recently saw a necklace that can track dogs’ activity - the e-pollutions are even invading dogs!
We have the Samsung Watch coming out! It is very cool that you don’t have to get out your Galaxy Note III you can do some real business including answer your phone, calendar reminder, weather forecast on your watch and even take “spy” pictures from your watch.
Finally we have iphone 5s and 5c colorful phones, $599 price tried to go to the "cheap" phone segment? Really, you think $599 is cheap?
I am amazed how advanced our technologies are that we have so many interesting toys to improve our life convenience and change our behavior. Our lives actually have been E-voluted by high technologies.
However, have you thought whether it is necessary. Does it have some overlap with your current devices? The laziness of your behavior that won’t take out your phone will cost you $1500 of a glass and a $300 of watch, are they worthy? Do you really need an new and colorful iphone? I just hope the devices developing could be like civil engineering to plan it better for what is necessary consumer needs. At least some functions will not be overlapping, so that besides the rich people and early adopters, regular people won’t need spend too much time on deciding which device to choose, and they are also able to enjoy the technology evolution.
Have you thought about how much time you are wasting by waiting for things? Waiting for the result and approval, waiting for the seats and bus, waiting at the casher in the supermarket, waiting for a new product launched, and waiting for the people you love and baby you expected.
There is a novel “Waiting”
talking about a woman waiting for love and settle down to be married for 30 years. You will be amazed how can she wait for 30 years, but when you add the total waiting time you have wasted, you will also be surprised how much time you have wasted, and how much mental energy you have spent on waiting. I need to wait 10 hours on the flight from US to China!
If you can calculate, you had waste one hour/day, which is at least, until your 70-year-old you had already wasted 3 years. If we can use those waiting time or shorten those waiting time, our lives and work will be so much more efficient. It needs more people cooperate, better communicate, transparent system, and better plan. Technology will definitely be helpful, apps will tell us how many minutes we need to wait for the bus, and whether we have seats immediately at the restaurant. Even recently we don’t need to wait for the check at a restaurant; just pay on the mobile when you finish eating.
Time is limited. Are there better solutions to minimize the time you are waiting? People who can solve the waiting / wasting problem are essentially inventing time machines.
Linkedin always surprises me how they break the limitations of their product, and reach again and again the boundary of impossible. I love the Linkedin product as it is very useful for my job and my career.
Linkedin your Portfolio: It is a new feature I love. I put my events link on my job description. It not only accumulates what works you have accomplished, but also can able to promote my current and future events or projects when people click my profile.
Linkedin Groups: I join all kinds of groups related to my job to get to know the news posted by other people, also use them as a channel to promote my events. I manage my own Group -ACI China
to engage attendees, speakers or potentials.
Linked In & In: I am a conference producer. For every conference, I need to find excellent experts in the right field to the forum. Linkedin can help me to find them either from search or my connections’ connections, and send InMail to them. It is the best tool to reach the potentials, or people you lost contacts as they change their job. You can search by putting their past companies in the criteria. Once you Linkedin, you won’t need to worry to update the contact info, as the users update themselves. Not only for looking for talents, a sales person can even utilize Linkedin to reach potential customers. Vice Versa, customers can perhaps find you or your company if they are searching for their needs on the Linkedin.
Linkedin Flag: I love this spy tool on the right upper corner. Unlike facebook, you can see some people look into your profile on Linkedin. Maybe they are interested in you or your work!
Are you IN? I highly encourage everyone make full use of Linkedin and visit it every day. It also has a lot of news that your contacts posted. Don’t worry you can separate your personal life and professional life without putting your facebook profile - silly you do that. In the future I don’t think the CV is necessary any more, your linkedin profile is your real CV package including you resume and your portfolio and your other network linked.
My main feature suggestion would be for the mobile app to be more interactive for the event function, so that you can easily connect with new contacts after you talked to them face to face. By checking the events you also get to know who else checked in and left the record that what occasion you met them.
I’m going to steal my husband’s idea, and write a blog about Candy Crush. both of us are thinking it is so brilliant about the business model and the way teaches you how to solve the problems, and we are so addicted to Candy Crush that I even sometimes dream about how to crush the candy more effectively.
Crushing the Category Needs.
I started to play it from April this year when I was on a 14-hour flight, noting to do, and the game doesn’t necessarily need to have Internet connectivity. That is why you can find so many people in the metro in New York playing it.
The game asks you to sign in with a Facebook account, and when you fail to pass the level 5 times, it gives you the opportunity to ask your friends on Facebook to give you a life. Interacting with your friends, you not only drag more friends to play it, but also you give life to your friends to allow them to play longer. To finish one episode you have to ask three friends to allow you to open the next episode. That is a successful sign of a game or a startup business, whether the business product can engage people and virally spread out.
There are always some people who don’t have the patience to wait for their friends’ help. They will pay $1.99 to unlock new episodes, or buy extra moves, or special candies. Here is where the money comes from. I bet you King.com
who developed the game are fat and rich now.
Crush your IQ or EQ, you tell me!
Some of my friends just have finished about 50 levels, and they think it is a pure luck, and that after several tries, you will eventually pass the level. However, it is wrong, every level has different obstacles, and requires you to have different strategies. Some times package candies are really handy to break brick quickly, but in some levels, you would rather create a stripe rather than a package. How do you create your special candy by yourself. Every move is counted to your short term or long term strategy because the move is limited. Each time when you going to the next level, it will show you the path, which also shows where you are among all the friends who are playing too. You are competing with your friends on the map, you can see who are leading and who are stuck in the level for a long time.
My phone Samsung Galaxy S4 recently reminds me who played today and who played this week amongst my friends. I won’t ask them to give a life if they haven’t played for a long time. It will add possibility for your friends to response back. Obviously, Kings.com is developing and make the game smarter and smarter.
No Angry on Angry Birds! Happy Candy Crush!
Where does people’s energy come from? Sometimes you have energy naturally, you feel powerful, motivated and positive, but sometimes you just feel lazy and want to take it easy. Here are some ideas where energy comes from.
I was told some people are dedicated to be successful by birth. They have a strong physical body, they have natural motivation, they manage everything very well. They are so lucky that they might just need 8 mins to fall in sleep, and 4 hours to sleep, and then can be energetic for the other 20 hours of the day. Thus they have more time than other people to work, enjoy and do more things -Please envy them. However, if you prepare to be a mother to give birth to your baby, do everything to prepare to have a strong baby to add chance to let them have a natural energy and win from the starting point.
The people you hang out with, the company you work, the family you live with will influence your attitude and your mood. If you have a competitive working environment, you will work hard, trying to show your best as well. If you have spouse with a high energy entrepreneur spirit, you will always have multination to pay attention to the new tech and look into some new business ideas too. So look for an atmosphere not to drawn your energy.
I wanted to put workout here, but without running, I feel weak, sick, and lazy. I walk the dog, play golf, and play tennis, but those activities are not strong enough to motivate me. After running, I feel I am capable for working for the day, but if the weather doesn’t allow me to run, I just feel lazy and don’t want to do anything. After half marathon, I feel I can challenge some difficulties. After full marathon, I feel I can make everything possible. However, I haven’t run races for two years, and I lost the feeling being strong.
You always need to have new hope to ensure that you need energy to push you to your goal and hope. After one hope has to be reached, you establish another new hope. Life is an unlimited desirable journey, you need to have all the new and big hopes to attract you to go forward.
Right now, it’s a raining and slow season in New York; let’s keep motivated and high energy to enjoy your work and your life.
Are you happy? It’s a simple question, but it is difficult to answer.
People have different expectations of happiness. My mom thinks if relatives don’t have troubles in life, her daughter is healthy and will have a baby soon – that can be defined as happiness. I am thinking that I can marry a reliable man as my husband and meet true love is happiness. My software friend @Leonmax thinks that working on the projects he has passion on, even though he worked super overtime, is a kind of happiness.
Think how many hours in your entire day you are happy? When you are getting up, working, commuting, or at home, are you happy all the time? I have to say, People who enjoy the work will feel happy most of the time. Why, they don’t need work-life balance anymore, because they combine the work and life together. When they are working, they devote their passion on it. When they are on the way home, they’re still composing the data, or listening business books via Audible. When they are at home, they are still thinking about how to improve the idea and strategy for work. Many people are struggling with time, money, life, or stress to make their feel happier. But people who enjoy the work don’t need to give up too many things. Their happiness on the work can convert to the efficiency to work. They are enjoying the life with the work at this moment.
I hope everyone can enjoy what they are working on. Even though the circumstance sometime don’t allow us to choose whatever we like to work. But don’t give up the goal and dream. Life is short, try to enjoy it.
I recently found myself in a game of pick up sticks with my husband. Interesting to think how people from different cultures, speaking different languages play the same game – even with a few slight rule differences.
However, I had an interesting thought when we were playing. My husband seldom uses stick to help to flick other sticks, instead he prefers to use his hand picking the one that on the top of other sticks. That makes me realize that we actually have different thinking style and structure to solve problems because we have different cultures and social norms.
A lot of employers, from innovative startups to decades old multinationals, should consider this point to actively hire foreign people as a way to help their company think through strategies, approaches, services, and products outside of the “American” box. Nowadays, new ideas are the money. The more dynamic employees a company has, the more they can think differently and meet different niche market needs.
If you want to be on the edge, don’t reject foreign talents… Now all we need is help from legislation reform and startup visas!
I just came back from Shanghai, where I haven’t been since December 2010. I have a lot of thoughts this time when I came back. I feel my hometown is not so familiar to me any more.
First of all, prices are sky high. The clothing is even more expensive when the price converts to the US$. How local young people can afford the fashionable clothing? Even a family dining out will easily cost over RMB 1000 (US$ 160) for a table for 7-8 people. My parents are both retired, and have minimum increasing rate about their retirement allowance (Salary) - how can they afford to live and still happy to allow me to spend their saving when I was in China? Ridiculous Inflation! However, almost every young woman in the city are carrying designer bags, which cost at least $2,500 (RMB 15,000) - Unbelievable.
I cannot see the blue sky any more. For a whole week, the sky was always very smoky. I cannot see any thing one day within 150 meters. One of my clients based in Shanghai told me that Shanghai’s pollution index keeps increasing. While 50 is normal, the week I was in Shanghai the average was 150. The photo above was taken in Hangzhou, a city surrounded by a lake, less traffic and polluted city close to Shanghai, we can not see the maintain clearly at the background. How can people live and go out for a run in this environment? I was told that some schools even don’t allow children to do outdoor activities under high index day, but how children can grew up healthy without outdoor activities? By the way, the index is really neat, it seems China has developed its own useful app locally - which maybe can beat some interesting idea in the US.
Walking to any convenience stores, we can find all kinds of soft drink options, pear tea, peach calpis,
any type you couldn’t imagine in the US, rather than soda. They even have cucumber potato chips, lobster cheese potato chips. Those Coke and Pepsi companies really can read the local markets to develop some interesting flavors to attract Chinese people and some people from overseas. My husband and his friends every time tried one different thing they haven’t seen in the US.
Surprisingly I feel the subway in Shanghai is very clean and the platform and the trains are so much wider than what we have in New York - I almost forgot how considerate and developed the infrastructures are. Also, a lot of people was taking the train ride time to make phone call - that's right, the signal is good in the subway - no time wasted. On the road, all the traffic lights all changed to huge size, it makes me think I am in a different city.
Except for soup dumplings (my favorite local breakfast), I don’t see too much difference between Shanghai Chinese food and New York China town Shanghai food. New York restaurants actually hire Shanghai chefs to keep the food authentic, I think it might be the time of Shanghai Chinese food to change to be fusion, new design and looking.
It just give me a feeling this time when I was in my hometown that it is not the city I am familiar with any more. I think I need to go back to Shanghai more often and get to know more changed things about China in order to stay current of life condition and situations in China.
Being a new parent of a dog, I feel my life is completely changed, in a good way. Especially if you’re considering to be a parent, have a dog first.
First of all, dogs will make you a loving person. I feel sometimes I talk baby language. You need to have a high time management skill to own a dog. Walking a dog, playing with him, and running with him, you need to spend at least 30 minutes 3 times a day for your dog. My husband has convinced me that he could be really good husband and father because he can train and take care of Oliver very well for almost 9 years, Oliver sometime still like a puppy playing and running.
You need to take responsibility for his diet and his regular potty times, which sometimes doesn’t allow you to hang out whole day until the night, or travel over night. On the other hand, it could be your excuse to tuck out for your friends who force you to hang out, which means you will have regular life style and seldom hang out too late.
Owning a dog, you are completely in the different community. You talk to other dogs parents without introduction or existing connections. Dog owners can talk from dog to job, life and travel.
Last, but not least. If you are a runner, you’d better get a dog. He can encourage you to run, sometime pull you over to take a break.
So nice in the different world, don’t wait, get a dog Now, if you want to have a better life!
A lot of my friends in the US suggested that I should try English doctors rather than Chinese speaking doctors. I was nervous about whether I could totally understand what they said regarding some more technical terminology. But my friends said it is their job to explain to you until you understand, it is also a step of my “Americanization” process, which I will accept American Medical and Health Care system since I am in the US.
I have to say, my initial worries were not necessary. The doctors here are so nice, unlike ones in China who are always blaming patients as if they were unapproving parents. Doctors in the US treat patients as their parents instead. They speak to me so gently, and very professionally explain the vocabulary to me even known by American middle-school students. The facilities in the US are also so advanced. I even can watch Netflix in some of the clinics.
Sometime, as a foreigner, if you don’t have the courage to try the local things, you will never know if it is actually pretty good for you, or better or much better than you had experienced in your own country. If you never tried daily things and step your toe into the “water” to test it, you will never get the chance to know what really a local people will do; thus you will never belong to the local society.