Saw a post on Facebook few minutes ago, about how a professor advises students on how to fail their PhD. One of which seems to be hinting at the fact that graduate students should not be working "9-to-5", like in office hours. It struck me very hard, though. While I know life is hard in... Continue Reading →



Before anything, I guess I ended up buying a laptop. It would definitely be a good investment on all counts, but definitely a bad choice in the sense of self-control. Must be partly my gamer-self pushing me to it. Hope it ends up in good use for work as well, since it is powerful enough... Continue Reading →

Next task (part II)

I have not been successful in shifting my clock, it is harder than I thought. Still it must be tried. Today might be a good time too, with the house-cleaning and a few chores done. Count it as a fresh restart. The quantum information homework took longer than I imagined but at least it is... Continue Reading →


It has been three weeks since I last wrote something. Several things (undesirable ones) about me have not changed, but small changes did occur. In some sense it is giving me some hope that things may become better. The main achievement I had the past three weeks was the restart of my Japanese studies. I... Continue Reading →

A temporary reason

Someone worked so hard, sometimes until his body broke apart, only to continue again, until four years later where he is practically one of the best minds in the field --- unlike when he started, when he does not even have a shred of background knowledge expected of a typical strong graduate student. Someone with... Continue Reading →


Yesterday, a friend texted to our group chat and asked for a book recommendation for modern physics, something that is more than popular science but not too technical to need much pen-and-paper computation. She did physics in high school to a rather high level, went into biology undergraduate, then switched to mathematics and business analytics... Continue Reading →

Tinge of happiness

"Since you are quite energetic anyway, we thought we might as well have you do one more project of your own." For reasons I do not quite understand, this made me very happy. Even though I am still on my way to burn-out recovery, and my ability is surely not quite at the level I... Continue Reading →

The thorny path ahead

With my light sickness (I could never tell if running nose, sore throat, flu, cold, etc. are not in the same equivalence class) subsiding a little, and spending the whole day doing nothing (except restarting my anime habit), this should be enough for now. Enough for me to start again, once and for all, the... Continue Reading →

Two weeks after

Two weeks have gone by since I flew half a globe across, all the way to this little city. This week also marked the start of school for my two courses, though (perhaps not very fortunately) I have yet to start my research. I did take the first week here slacking a lot and simply... Continue Reading →

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