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then providence moves too

Came across this quote recently. And it resonated with me.

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too.

– W. H. Murray, from The Scottish Himalayan Expedition (1951)

Reminiscing past work desks

My work desk

今懐かしいムードにはいってしまった。。。Just felt like reminiscing a little tonight. My excuse? It is the first of October. 0110 or 1001 whichever way you look at it. Just zeroes and ones. ^^. Looked through my photo library for photos of my research labs and found some pretty memorable photos.

This photo you see on top is of the lab I entered when I came to Japan for my Masters degree. Can you guess where I sat? It’s pretty obvious if you know what fruits I like. ^^. It was a little messy, but it was cosy. Tight quarters meant that you had to interact with your neighbours… which I like to… alot! We did rearrange to room when our little family grew. I drew out the new layout. It was later improved upon when our family grew again. Unfortunately, I didn’t keep any photos. Kinda regret not chronicling the events. It’s a good memory to reminisce on.

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My PhD Graduation

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Was a little late for the general ceremony in the main hall. The President of the University gave us all an inspiring commencement address before we were all sent to our respective graduation ceremonies.

Graduations for every school within the university are held on a single day in Japan. Back in UNSW where I did my bachelors, different schools held their graduations on different days. What is it like for you?

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My PhD Defense Keynote

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Had my PhD public defense a few days ago on Wednesday 22nd July. It was held in this huge hall with high tech facilities. Booked it many hours before, so I had a good chance to test out the system and tune my slides for this all important keynote that would determine my fate.

The projector is lowered from the ceiling. It reminds me of Airwolf. How many of you are familiar with Airwolf? It was from a time long long ago. ^^. Particularly the compartment on the helicopter’s belly responsible for launching its deadly missiles!

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4 rainbows in 1 day


Saw 4 rainbows today! Can you spot 2 in that picture above? Two more in the pictures below. A rainbow stops everyone in their tracks. Within seconds, mobile phones and cameras were whipped out from thin air!

Today went pretty well, submitted my first draft to my professor and he seemed pretty pleased with it. Had a long day explaining what I’ve written to him. Told me to put aside the 2nd draft and spend the next few days writing another paper for the new idea I’ve just introduced. Spent the last few nights tweaking my code and running runs and runs of simulation just because I had a minor research episode. If you’ve seen me twittering in the wee hours of the morning, you know what I’ve been up to. ^^.

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Out of focus

Tokyo Tower

Can you tell what’s in this picture? Care to take a guess? No prizes. Just personal satisfaction and a cookie. ^^. Don’t think you need any clues, so I won’t give any. I suddenly had a thought today. Don’t remember what I was thinking about, but it probably had something to do with work, which has been piling up lately.

“Sometimes things need to be a little out of focus”

At times I tend to wander off, while the conscious me stares into space. Then, everything is out of focus.

First sunrise 2009

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What’s your strategy for catching a sunrise? Pulling an all-nighter or waking up early? I had a little bit of both. Caught myself the first sunrise of 2009! In Japan, the first sunrise of the new year is called hatsu hi no de (初日の出). Literally, first sunrise. It’s a big thing in Japan. Many Japanese do try to catch the first sunrise. Get a good start to the new year.

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Merry Christmas

It’s Christmas Eve already! Time really flies when you’ll looking back. Anyone still doing any last minute shopping? I bought my last present on amazon and had it shipped to me yesterday. It’s all wrapped up in newspaper… yes… newspaper. By the time I realised that I didn’t have any wrapping paper at home, it was already too late. Newspapers are fine right. It’s the thought that counts.

Anyway, here’s a little video to ease the 12 pains of Christmas. ^^. Merry Christmas everyone! To those who don’t celebrate christmas, Happy Holidays (not that we’re having any here in Japan ^^). Enjoy the song with a walk through Ueno.