Hi, there! I earned a Ph.D. degree in Computer Sciences, with an emphasis on database systems,
from University of Wisconsin, Madison,
under the guidance of Prof. Jignesh Patel.
I received a B.Eng. degree in Computer Science and Technology
from Harbin Institute of Technology, China.
I work at a cloud database startup, after a stint at Amazon
"Play for the long term. Choose jobs working on technology that will still be
relevant a decade hence. Choose jobs that build on your strengths but
significantly stretch beyond them. Always say 'yes' to requests to do more or
take on more. Each is an opportunity. Choose jobs working with the best in the
industry. Working with the best is the quickest way to learn. Never let go of
the details even as you take on broader roles. Don't worry about money, job
title, or recognition. It'll all come and never leave if you get these four
goals right. Short term decisions often yield little and what they do offer
doesn't last. Play the long game."
-- James Hamilton
"I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have
lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I
have been entrusted to take the game
winning shot... and missed. And I have
failed over and over and over again in my
life. And that is why I succeed."
-- Michael Jordan
Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.
-- Anna Eleanor Roosevelt
There are two hard things in Computer Science: cache invalidation,
naming things, and off-by-one errors.
Courtesy of Phil Karlton
The Last Bug
"You have to know how to accept rejection and reject acceptance."
-- Ray Bradbury
Max Ehrmann's Desiderata
Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted.
-- Prof. Randy Pausch
I strove with none, for none was worth my strife;
Nature I loved, and next to Nature, Art.
I warm'd both hands before the fire of life;
It sinks, and I am ready to depart.
-- Walter Savage Landor's On His Seventy Fifth Birthday (in 1850)
"...a hitchhiker at dawn on a road somewhere and
the sun comes up and there are trains going by.
The frame of mind of the young hitchhiker is
one of the freest frames of mind there is.
You’re always a little bit hungry and you know you are being completely foolish."
-- Stewart Brand on stay hungry, stay foolish
All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds
wake in the day to find that it was vanity, but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men,
for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible. This I did. -- T. E. Lawrence of Arabia
If you are looking for a career where your services will be
in high demand, you should find something where you provide
a scarce, complementary service to something that is getting ubiquitous and
cheap. So what’s getting ubiquitous and cheap? Data. And what is complementary
to data? Analysis.
-- Hal Varian answers your questions
All of my best decisions in business and in life have been made with heart, intuition, guts... not analysis.
-- Jeff Bezos interviewed at the Economic Club of WA.
The great source of both the misery and disorders of human life, seems to arise
from over-rating the difference between one permanent situation and another.
Avarice over-rates the difference between poverty and riches: ambition, that
between a private and a public station: vain-glory, that between obscurity and
extensive reputation. The person under the influence of any of those extravagant
passions, is not only miserable in his actual situation, but is often disposed to
disturb the peace of society, in order to arrive at that which he so foolishly admires.
-- Adam Smith in ``Theory of Moral Sentiments''
You want to look for the job in life that you would take, if you didn't need a job.
That won't necessarily find it on your first job. You gotta make a living, too,
but don't settle for anything eventually, that's less than working for a company
you admire or people you admire and really the job if you had no need for the money,
it's still the job that you jump out of bed for in the morning.
-- Warren Buffett
Namo Amitabha Buddha!