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May 19, 2009

CNET Webware 100

Filed under: social — Hailin @ 2:23 pm

WordPress.com is on CNET 2009 Webware 100 winners list.  

Within the Social & Publishing category, the winners include Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, Bebo, Meebo, Hi5, etc.

May 15, 2009

Leon Fleisher

Filed under: social — Hailin @ 6:56 am

Last night I had an opportunity to listen to piano concerto performed by Leon Fleisher,  one of the greatest virtuosos. The music was certanily fantastic, but one thing that touched my heart most is the motivation for this performance. 

 Leon was flying back from an overseas trip when he heard that the homeless situation in Sacramento was devastating.  He was moved and called California philharmonic and volunteered for a fundraising performance, raising money for the homeless people in Sacramento area.

 The needy will not always be forgotten,  nor the hope of the afflicted ever perish.

April 30, 2009

Uncle Dai

Filed under: social — Hailin @ 7:08 am

I was delighted to receive a book from my great uncle, professor Dai Zhizhong, who is a famous mathematician. The book is on valuation theory, a branch of group and field theory.  The book was written by him  last year when he was 85 years old.

In 1940s, uncle Dai was the teaching assistant of another world famous mathematician, professor Chen Xingsheng. Chen served as vice president of the American Mathematical Society (1963-64) and was elected to both the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was awarded the National Medal of Science in 1975 and the Wolf Prize in 1983.

I remembered visiting uncle Dai when I was 13 years old. I was really a country boy and he was the president of Jiangxi University at that time.  I was very nervous and looked at him with great admiration.  When I went to college,  he wrote me a letter encouraging me “百尺竿头,更进一步”, meaning every success in the future.  Once I asked him “shall we work on things only when we have strong motivation in them?”  He replied “what would you do at times when you don’t have motivation?”.   When I flipped through his book last night, I realized that for every theory he proved, it could take months or years of hard work.  Nothing is more true in the saying “there is no shortcut in climbing the science mountain”  when it comes to math.

April 15, 2009

WordCamp China photos

Filed under: social — Hailin @ 2:56 pm

About 250 WordPress fans attended WordCamp Shanghai ; About 100 at WordCamp Hong Kong.  I gave a speech at both events, and enjoyed interacting with some of the smartest, most handsome, or the prettiest users and developer in Asia!

Some photos I took during the events

Additional Photos: Shanghai  Hongkong

March 14, 2009

WordPress Media RSS

Filed under: social — Hailin @ 7:33 pm

Media RSS is an RSS extension for syndicating multimedia files in RSS feeds.  I just added this feature to WordPress.com video feeds, so that videos are more searchable and their feeds are more accessible in all browsers and readers.

Here is an example: http://drhailin.wordpress.com/feed/ contains the following section of code:

<enclosure url="http://hailindev.videos.wordpress.com/IBMQsAT4/video/fmt_std" length="2954752" type="video/mp4" />

<media:content url="http://hailindev.videos.wordpress.com/IBMQsAT4/video/fmt_std" fileSize="2954752" type="video/mp4" medium="video" isDefault="true" duration="29" height="300" width="400" >

<media:rating scheme="urn:mpaa">PG-13</media:rating>

<media:title type="plain">my Caption for Palace </media:title>

<media:thumbnail url="http://hailindev.videos.wordpress.com/IBMQsAT4/thumbnail/fmt_std" width="256" height="192" />

<media:player url="http://v.wordpress.com/IBMQsAT4" width="400" height="300" />

</media:content>

March 6, 2009

WordCamp Shanghai and Hong Kong

Filed under: social — Hailin @ 9:15 am

WordPress’s international appeal is evident in its amazing user endorsements from four corners of the earth. In April, there will be two WordCamps in Asia: WordCamp Shanghai and WordCamp Hong Kong.  

Check it out if you are nearby, we’d love to meet you there!

March 3, 2009

Reading

Filed under: social — Hailin @ 9:17 am

Better spend your time reading than watching TV. According to a recent research study, readers create movies in their minds. Children who read more are smarter and do better academically. I am so happy that we didn’t have a TV at home when I grew up.

February 25, 2009

Congrats to David

Filed under: social — Hailin @ 7:05 pm

When my nephew David was four years old, I was a college junior in Beijing.  That year grandma accompanied him to travel to Beijing to apply for a visa to visit his dad, who was pursuing PhD in mining engineering at Virginia Tech.

Time sure flies.  13 years later, my brother Dr. Wu is a well recognized scientist in his field.  In 2004, I earned the very first PhD in computer science in University of Denver’s 145-year history.

David is graduating from high school this year, and has been accepted into CalTech, Stanford, Columbia. I wish he would choose Stanford, because it’s just the best.  I once attempted, unsuccessfully, to get into Stanford MBA program myself, despite the fact that I scored 740 (98th percentile) in GMAT.  Well, it’s all history, and as long as David is at Stanford, that should give me a good reason to visit the beautiful campus over some weekends!

February 14, 2009

WordPress LaTeX

Filed under: social — Hailin @ 9:02 am

Mathematicians use WordPress quite a bit for publishing math research and notes.  In fact today I just helped to fix some LaTeX issues on Terence Tao (陶哲軒)  math blog.  I’ve always regarded math as the highest, purest form of human intelligence.  Tao is one of the most famous young mathematicians in the world today, so when Matt asked me to help him, I was more than pleased and worked late into Friday night to fix those issues.

Note: LaTeX support is available on WordPress.com blogs.

On your self-hosted WordPress blog, you need to install LaTeX plugin.

January 13, 2009

Random Thoughts on a Cabbage Leaf

Filed under: social — Hailin @ 10:53 am

Chinese News Digest, the premier site for overseas Chinese scholars, published a short prose I wrote.

The idea is that something as simple as a cabbage leaf is actually a master engineering piece – together with my fond memories of it.

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