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“爸爸! 根本就没有大胖老鼠!”

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006 -- By Jade
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爸爸妈妈们为了让小朋友们就范, 又不发生正面冲突, 总是要用一些很”聪明”的小技巧. 尤其是萱萱的爸爸, 最喜欢在小家伙偶尔不想洗脸的时候, 对小萱萱说: 小心, 你不洗脸, 大胖老鼠, 就想来舔你的脸了. 开始萱萱每每听到这话, 都急急忙忙的跑去洗脸. 然后她老爸就会在背后, 露出得意的笑容. 我呢, 就在旁边看着乐.这招, 她爸也用乐快半年了(自从薇薇出来后, 晚上给萱萱洗脸的任务就交给她老爸了), 几乎,每周说那么1,2次的样子. 可是大概3周前, 情况发生了变化. 又到洗脸睡觉的时候了, 萱萱又扭扭的不愿意了: 爸爸, 你会把水弄到我眼睛里的!@#$%%&^. 总之是不愿意了. 小豆又搬出了他的必杀器: “萱萱, 你看,你要不洗脸,一会大胖老鼠就@#$%^&^&&*” 总之又形容了一番被大胖老鼠舔脸的恶心事. 想不到萱萱同意去洗脸了, 但是, 小同学站在水池前, 很严肃的很郑重的对他还在暗自得意的老爸说: “爸爸, 根本就没有大胖老鼠.” 而且小同学还特地加重了说”没有”这两个子.我在旁边哈哈的大笑, 小豆尴尬的样子, 都不知道对他的宝贝女儿说什么了.呵呵, 大家就可想而知了. 大概就象樱桃小丸子一样, 小豆半边脸都是一道一道的灰印印.

看样子, 小孩子不好骗啊.

这个可怜的薇薇

Tuesday, June 27th, 2006 -- By Jade

IMG_4704大概前两天穿的太美了, 挂大风, 下大雨, 也照样被我穿着小裙子, 露着胖腿被爸爸半天半天的推在外面在外面溜达. 这回, 得, 真得咳嗽了. 而且小东西鼻子还堵的很, 经常一吃奶,喘不上气来, 就会狂吐几口奶. 也许是太不舒服了, 这个小家伙fussy的很, 很舒服的小车不躺, 也不坐, 在里面鼻涕眼泪一把一把的大哭.要不就是, 那个委屈啊.先把眼睛鼻头委屈红了,这个当爸的,当妈的一看心痛的不得了,立马就给抱出来了. 可是人家一被抱出来了,立刻就不一样了. 虽然红眼睛红鼻头, 也挡不祝她二小姐立刻就咧开嘴无声地大笑, 也不影响她眼睛立刻滴溜溜乱转地到处张望.我和她老爸经常这叫一个哭笑不得. 按她老爸的话, 那就是一个”小人儿得志” 啊.

小同学得另一个爱好就是上饭桌. 只要我们一开饭, 那就拦不住她小人家大吵大闹, 就是一定要我或她爸边吃饭边抱她. 和我们一起坐在饭桌旁她就高兴了. 然后就她就张着小嘴, 眼睛瞪得溜园, 胳膊伸得长长得, 胖腿也不闲着, 也得一蹬一蹬得帮着用力, 好让胳膊再伸得长些, 冲着桌子上得碗, 碟子就抓上了. 一开时没注意, 打了我两碗饭. 后来, 颇为小心了, 每次吃饭, 只要有她在, 我得碗和菜都得离我八丈远. 有时放在六丈的地方了, 那就危险了. 这里要表样一下姐姐, 她经常会帮我把我的饭碗放的连我也够不着的地方, 并会郑重其事的提醒妹妹不要抓妈妈的碗了. 哎, 真是懂事的娃啊.

上回请豆豆一家在家里吃烤鸡翅, 忘了把鸡翅放远一点了, 萱萱也因为和小朋友一起吃饭, 疏于管着妹妹, 结果就是: 我的鸡翅被小薇薇,以迅雷不及掩耳之势从我的碗里抓出来, 被毫不留情的扔到了地上. 我那叫一个心痛啊, 我的鸡翅, 抱着薇薇, 拣起来,吹了吹, 接着吃.

Halfway to Hell

Monday, June 26th, 2006 -- By ET

MIT is located in Cambridge, which is separated from Boston by the Charles River. There are a few bridges connecting them. The Longfellow bridge is the nearest to my apartment. Then there is a Harvard bridge. Why is it called “Harvard” bridge right in front of “MIT” main building? I was told that when the bridge was built, the City of Cambridge asked MIT to donate some money for the construction and obtain the right to name the bridge. MIT refused, not because of the money but because of the ugly design of the bridge — after all, MIT did not need yet another ugly architecture associated with its name. (MIT did not keep this promise when we built the Stata center :-p)

In the middle of this bridge, there is a sign:”halfway to hell”. I concur this after spending these years here. I can’t help feeling the joy of graduating. The joy, though, would never be experienced without going through MIT. So my feeling is really mixed. I did not check the other sidewalk leading to Boston, maybe they should put a sign:”halfway to life”

Cow Parade

Monday, June 26th, 2006 -- By ET

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From http://boston.cowparade.com/

CowParade Mooves to the Hub!
Returning to its historical, and pastoral, roots in the summer of 2006, Boston’s parks, plazas and streets will be filled with life-size cows. Organized by and benefiting The Jimmy Fund, CowParade Boston will take place in the summer of 2006 when over 100 life-size, painted cows will be on display. The public display will begin during the first week of June and conclude on September 5, 2006.

At the conclusion of the public display, the cows will be rounded up and sold to the highest bidders. Approximately 50 of the cows will be sold at a live auction in October 2006 and following the live auction, the remaining cows will be sold in an online auction. The proceeds from these auctions will benefit The Jimmy Fund.

Quick Facts About the Event.
Cows Graze: 1st Week of June – September 5, 2006
Gala Auction: October 2006
Herd Goal: 150 cows!

I have an album of these cows, they are amazing. According to the map, I still need to visit about 60 cows to catch them all!

Some recent photos

Sunday, June 25th, 2006 -- By ET

Portrait I:

Portrait II:

Portrait III:

Scenery:

New Design

Sunday, June 25th, 2006 -- By ET

I have improved vaious aspects of the blog server. 

  1. Most notably, integrated Gallery2 to the blog.
  2. Started the new hostname: http://mikezhang.com, all requests to the old MIT hostname mikezhang.com are permanently redirected to the new hostname.
  3. The static pages (e.g. contact, etc.) are dynamically generated from the database now.
  4. the wordress engine, mysql database, apache server, php, etc. were also upgraded to the most current version.
  5. I added random title bar generation, so each time you reload the blog page, the title bar image will be different, they are all hand picked from my photo gallery.

Here is a screenshot of the new gallery.

第一次上台表演

Thursday, June 22nd, 2006 -- By Jade
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现在的小孩可是幸福啊. 才那么点大就上太表演了. 穿着纱纱的粉粉的芭蕾舞裙子, 梳着小小的发髻, 涂着红红的小嘴. 小小的ballerina们一个扶着前一个的腰, 在音乐中一摇一摆的上台了. 穿着粉粉的芭蕾舞鞋的小脚在台上左边点one, two ,three….ten下,右边点 one, two, three…ten下, 然后再举着小手跳one, two, three…sixteen. 一个个憨态可掬, 有的做了一半动作, 就忘了下一步的动作, 左看一下, 右瞧一下, 再接着做. 从来没有想过小胖子也可以跳芭蕾, 那个粉粉的胖胖的ballerina跳的最欢快, 也最高. 还有一个可爱的小家伙跳完了, 就坐在台上向台下的观众招起了手. 第一次看4岁的小朋友表演芭蕾, 真的天真可爱. 尤其看见我们的小萱萱也在台上一摆一摆的, 我恨不得泪花四溅. 萱萱一摇一摆上台时还排在第3位, 跳完了, 转了几个圈,就跳到了第4位了. 台下的爸爸妈妈,爷爷奶奶们, 外公外婆们都热烈鼓掌, 而且还喜形于色的样子.

这是萱萱的的一次演出.

Teach-Learn

Saturday, June 17th, 2006 -- By ET

This is the best visual illusion I’ve see, on the top it is teach, and down below it is learn.

The last but not the least

Saturday, June 10th, 2006 -- By ET


 I got featured on the MIT commencement website.

Here is what they wrote for this:

"Michael Zhang was the very last student to receive his degree, a PhD in management, at MIT's Commencement exercises on Friday, June 9. He jumped for joy, turned around, bowed to the faculty and ran down the aisle with his hands in the air. "

 

This is truly a special moment for me. I never expected to be special as the "last one", it was a pleasant surprise.

To be the last one, a lot of conditions have to be met:

  1. You have to have the right last name, in my case "Zhang" starts with "Z".
  2. You have to be in the right school, in my case Sloan School is the last school to go up stage, I know there are at least 30 people with family names behind me (Zykov, Zollei, Zimmerman, Zimbardi, Zia, Zhu, Zhou, Zhao, Zherebchevskiy, etc), but they are not in Sloan.
  3. You have to be getting the right degree, in my case it is PhD, my friend Zhu Yi's name is behind me but went up stage before me, because she was getting an MBA.
  4. You have to have the right first name, Jieying Zhang, another friend of mine went up just before me, because my name "Xiaoquan" came after hers.  It's great that she also got featured on the commencement website, with her daughter.

I'll post some photos later.

 

One day before the commencement, there was the hooding ceremony, something special for PhD receipients.  Here is a link to the news story, they also interviewed me, here is an exerpt of the article:

 

Michael Zhang, new Ph.D. in management, will be a professor at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology next fall, so he and his wife and their two daughters, Alantha, 4, and Ashley, 4 months, will move to Hong Kong after six years at MIT.

The Zhang family shared their fellow graduates' affection for the journey they shared while living at MIT. "Eastgate was a great community for us," Zhang said. 

 

[[update on June 14, 2006]] 

This photo got on the cover page of MIT newspaper: Tech Talk.  Together with the photos of Ben Bernanke (PhD 1979), chair of the federal reserve, and MIT President Susan Hockfield.

Download the Issue.

 

 

        
 

彻底晕菜了

Tuesday, June 6th, 2006 -- By Jade

今天彻底晕了.

下午急匆匆的跨上绿线, 去学校考试. 由于考试前荒废的时间太多, 所以到了还是没看完书. 于是重新贯彻偶一惯奉行的临阵磨枪,不快也光的政策, 在车上偶拿着书使劲的看呀. 亮光一闪, 偶知道到偶的学校了(地下铁到了我们学校那站就是地上铁了) 我大步走到门口, 准备下车. 可是………..车没停. 我晕了.眼睁睁地看着学校过去了, 到了Fine Arts, 我终于反应过来了, 张口节舌的问司机, 为和不停车. 司机面晤表情的说要到Circle才停. Cirrrrrrrrrrrcle! 一个我从来没去过的地方.看了看车上的地图, 这个circle离偶门学校有3站呢. 终于到了该死的Circle, 已经3点32了. 这要小跑到学校也的要至少20分钟啊, 我一路小跑,  一边回头看着, 希望天上掉下一辆出租车. 可是没有, 这个绿线来的间隔又长. 正准备彻底的绝望的就这么小跑到学校是, 眼前一两看见39路车在不远处等红灯. 我立刻就开是狂奔啊, 还闯了那个个红灯,终于在下一个站赶上了39路bus, 上车后我也要吐血了. 这么多年没又锻炼了, 哎, 简直要残废了.我感觉出来了, 这个人稍微胖一点, 跑步都是很吃力很吃力的. 终于在3点47分到了教室.

还有, 考试这叫一个难啊, 看样子我又轻敌了. 什么33年法案, 34年法案, 95年法案, 什么么RICO法案. 还有无数让我晕的match题. 彻底晕了. 脑子里稍微的一点记忆也被刚才的一阵狂奔给奔没了. 怎么办啊! 

 


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