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高危了

Saturday, November 20th, 2010 -- By ET

以下轉載自 新浪中醫頻道:
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如今不孕不育在我國已經成為「通病」。 近五年來,中國每年都有上百萬對的夫妻因不孕不育而去醫院就診。

現今六大行業,由此被列為「不育行業」。分別為

從事教師職業的男性比普通男性不育的機率高出7倍
從事金融分析的男性不育機率是普通男性的5倍
IT行業男士不育機率是普通男性的3倍
從事工程技術不育機率是普通男性的3倍
經常接觸化工制劑和產品的男性朋友容易不育
久坐開車的司機朋友們警惕不育
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對照了一下,俺除了最後兩條,上面的都完全符合,一句話概況:

俺是用金融分析的手段研究IT行業工程技術的教師

機率相乘是普通男性的315倍

Typhoon is coming

Monday, September 20th, 2010 -- By ET

Productivity

Friday, August 27th, 2010 -- By ET

I came across a senior professor in Statistics in the hall way. He noticed that I moved my office.

I told him that the new office has a window, and my research productivity increased by 5 times.

He then said:”Wonderful, they should have installed 2 windows for you.”

Hilarious!

Traits of Successful Business Executives

Friday, August 13th, 2010 -- By ET

I’m doing some literature review for a paper of mine. I came across the following paper:

The Business Executive: The Psychodynamics of a Social Role

By: William E. Henry

The American Journal of Sociology, Vol. 54, No. 4, Industrial Sociology (Jan., 1949), pp. 286-291.

(http://www.jstor.org/stable/2770647)

It was written in 1949, and talks about the common characteristics of successful business executives. Typically I do not find these descriptive papers useful, but it is interesting to see how people in 1949 perceive what executives should do to be successful.

The paper listed the following personality patterns that are common for success:

    Achievement Desires
    Mobility Drive
    Idea of Authority
    Ability to Organize Unstructured Situations
    Decisiveness
    Strong Self-Structure
    Apprehension and the Fear of Failure
    Activity and Aggression
    Strong Reality Orientation
    Different Interpersonal Relations with respect to Superiors and Subordinates
    Broken Tie with his own Parents
    Dependency Feelings and Concentration Upon Self

That was a long list, if you check these on people we know, say Steven Jobs, you would probably be amazed how accurate these items can “predict” his success. I’m constantly suspicious of this type of work because they obviously miss the sample of failed cases. It could be the case that people who share these traits fail more, but due to the sample selection problem, we cannot observe them. What if some other factors are driving the success of these people, and they just learned to behave in this way (i.e., behaving in this way does not produce success.)?

This brings back to the argument of my paper: when people assume social roles, they behave according to the perceived traits of these roles. In many situations, the list of characteristics is a result of being successful, not a source of it.

Manual for Bureaucracy

Saturday, August 7th, 2010 -- By ET

Found the following amusing piece from http://rasmusen.dreamhosters.com/b/2010/06/oss-on-bureaucracy-and-sabotage/

“Simple Sabotage Field Manual”

(1) Insist on doing everything through “channels.” Never permit short-cuts to be taken in order to expedite decisions.

* * *

(3) When possible, refer all matters to committees, for “further study and consideration.” Attempt to make the committees as large as possible–never less than five.

(4) Bring up irrelevant issues as frequently as possible.

(5) Haggle over precise wordings of communications, minutes, resolutions.

(6) Refer back to matters decided upon at the last meeting and attempt to re-open the question of the advisability of that decision.

(7) Advocate “caution.” Be “reasonable” and urge your fellow-conferees to be “reasonable” and avoid haste which might result in embarrassments or difficulties later on.

(8) Be worried about the propriety of any decision–raise the question of whether such action as is contemplated lies within the jurisdiction of the group or whether it might conflict with the policy of some higher echelon.

Overheard…

Friday, August 6th, 2010 -- By ET

香港是什么都可以做,除了法律不允许的;
新加坡是什么都不能做,除了法律允许的;
台湾是什么都可以做,包括法律不允许的;
大陆是什么都不能做,包括法律允许 的。

Marshmallow Experiment – A Video.

Thursday, August 5th, 2010 -- By ET

I wrote about Marshmallow experiment a while ago.

Now here is a video:
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWW1vpz1ybo[/youtube]

I wonder how this test can pass the human-subject approval. For sure, these kids (except the little girl who ate it immediately) will be harmed and haunted for the life…

Unlocked iPhone 4 is Cheapest in HK

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010 -- By ET

I guess there is no point of not buying it now.


This, however, is related to another psychological bias: people compare options in terms of gains/losses with respect to a reference point, not with respect to wealth. I’m happy to buy the iphone because I learned it is a good bargain in HK, not because I believed it delivers that much utility to me (although probably it will).

I think this figure should be on every HK iphone seller’s ad, I bet the effectiveness would give the highest ROI.

Paris au Printemp

Sunday, July 4th, 2010 -- By ET

(本文所有照片都可以点击看大图)

标题是春天的巴黎的意思。好久没有写中文的东西了,上次还是两年前写南京的游记,今天写写巴黎之行。

小豆诧异了半天,说我变风格了。

这次是受邀于巴黎第十大学(Universite de Paris X) 和 Universite de Rennes I参加一个workshop。本来假期时间很紧,不想去的,不过和Erik的东西需要有个契机推动一下,另外对方报销所有费用,所以就勉为其难的去了,呵呵。

巴黎大学也叫 Sorbonne, 我住的附近路名都叫 Rue de la Sorbonne。这里也是著名的拉丁区,以前做学术的都要讲拉丁文,所以这个地方就叫Latin Quarter。国内经常看到左岸这,左岸那的,就是指的这个区域,因在塞纳河的左岸而得名,是小资一派的麦加圣地。

附近著名的景点就是卢森堡公园 (Jardin du Luxembourg):里面以诸多文艺愤青的雕像而著名,我看到了乔治桑(George Sand), 肖邦和她同居10年之久,并曾经为她谱过曲。

Workshop两天,日程及其紧,比较失望的是第一天不少talk都很preliminary,没有什么意思,好在第二天有些不错的paper。另外见到了一直想交流一下的几个人,所以时间不能算浪费啦。 巴黎偶来过3次了,这次是第一次做学术交流而来,很久之前给公司做路演,参加展会,去年来参加wedding,所以身份从白领,到游客,再到学者,每次的体会也会不同。

中午的午餐很别致,我吃得不多,和与会者聊天更有意思一些。

Paul Belleflamme给我的印象很深,以前做Piracy和Pricing of Music研究的时候读过他的文章,最近他出了一本IO的书

有机会会买一本读一下。

我的那个session叫做 Socially Optimal Incentives,看了一下,至少还可以在另外两个session讲我另外的paper,分别是 Online Advertising 和 User Generated Content (UGC)。

Workshop结束的时候正好赶上法国的Gay parade,看到不少有趣的人。

队伍里有帅哥美女,也有大爷和小朋友。那个白胡子大爷举的旗子是法国西北部著名的Brittany的旗子,去年参加Grace和Benoit的婚礼曾经去过。

这些人都很友善,而且游行时都很proud,偶很受感染。(不是说取向方面,而是positive面对人生方面)。

第一天会议结束后随便走了走,照了些像,都是去过的地方,所以玩了些艺术手法:

晚上和组织会议的Eric和Thierry吃饭,竟然用了4个小时,8点一直到12点多。完了顺道去拍了几张夜景照片。

第二天下午有一点点时间,就在傍晚前拍了些日落前后的照片,效果更佳。

我自己最喜欢的是这下面的巴黎圣母院的照片:

开完会后的周日,我很想去巴黎附近的小城看看,其实有不少选择的,可以去枫丹白露Fontainebleu(直译是蓝喷泉的意思),或者一个叫Provins的地方看中世纪的古堡和教堂,或者去重游Brittany,去上次没有去过的Mont Saint-Michel, 也可以去Loire谷看城堡,不过这几个地方小豆也都没有去过,而且有些地方开车去比较方便,所以可以留着下次一起去。最后决定了去一个叫Chartre的地方,离巴黎有80公里远,此地有名气仅次于巴黎圣母院的一个教堂(Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres)。火车站就在离我不远的Montpanasse,走路就可以到了。卖票的黑人大叔态度不怎么样,所以我费了半天劲才figure out怎么找火车的站台,多亏当年学过一年法语的底子,连猜带问人,总算上了车。一个小时后火车开到一个叫Maintenon的地方,我还在车上美呢,列车员过来告诉我这个车马上就原路返回巴黎了,下面要换坐大巴了。我还是很牛的,这些法语都听懂啦。

大巴开了20分钟远远就看到那个教堂了,下了车是火车站(Gare Chartre):

小城很不错,教堂也很壮观,当天还有礼拜,正好赶上了

周一去巴黎大学访问,顺便去了旁边的L’Ecole Normale Superieur 是居里夫人等牛人工作过的地方,出过12个诺贝尔奖和9个菲尔兹奖的得主。

当然在巴黎还有必做的两件事:美食和购物。

我每次去都不会错过的就是 鹅肝酱(foie gras),牛排(entrecote),生蚝和海鲜盘(fruits de mer)和比利时的Moules。在我附近有一家我仰慕已久的餐馆叫 Les Papilles,刚到的那天就去采了点,准备周日去,结果他们很拽,周日休息。 等到周一去,waiter告诉我又不营业,只有等到周二中午才在走前匆匆去试一下。结果吃到了我此生最好吃的午餐。本来没有太多期望的,所以就点了不起眼的”marmite du marché”, 就是个午餐套餐。上来的鸭胸肉火候几乎perfect, 撒些旁边的颗粒状海盐吃,简直让我惊艳万分。比起前几日在比其贵很多的餐厅里吃过的鸭胸肉还好,水准直追米其林3星的水平。

购物方面就是四处转转了,看到LV门口永远排着一串中国,韩国和日本的女士们。去老佛爷的酒窖看看,一个华人sales围着我让我买Chateau Lafite, 当我是国内暴发户啊。最后买了性价比极高的 Chateau Canon 05 和 Chateau Magdaleine 03。

Metro Singing Beyond’s “Under A Vast Sky”

Friday, July 2nd, 2010 -- By ET

A forever classic. I’m touched each time I hear it.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bItVP-zxzmE[/youtube]

Now the original:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iA_qIycirRA[/youtube]


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