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       It’s only one semester left for my graduation, some of you might be very interested in what I am working on, well, I would like to talk about my research topic briefly today, so those who don't major in computer science completely still can understand I am talking about.

      The goal of my thesis would focus on medical application. For the patients who suffer from the pain of disease (trigger finger), we provide a vision-based system for dynamic joint angle workspace evaluation and bone segment orientation estimation from video sequence. Glove- based devices capture human hand motion directly, but are expensive and hard to use. Vision-based hand tracking is a cost-effective, non-invasive alternative! However, due to the high degree of freedom of human hand and occlusion problem, it increases he difficulties of tracking all the feature points through the whole video sequence.

     What can I do after my graduation? Well, R&D is one I can think of. R&D means, Research and Development, for most of the technology company, R&D department is the kernel. You have to do analysis, realize the requirements of the customers, create the desired products, and then put the idea into practice. The whole process needs time and money. Besides, you have to make sure what you are doing can not be easily cloned by others you can take the lead to your competitors. I have decided the company I would enter after my graduation, I am not going to show it in public, if you are interested, just inform me.

“Keep healthy, face the challenge!”  - 

From Michael Jordan when he secondly retired.

      The words really inspired me. Now I would like to enforce myself to keep regular life (never stay up too late up to 2:00 AM, and get up at 8: 30 AM), eat fruit and vegetables frequently, and do exercise at least one time a week. There are too much people sacrificing their health to earn money, and then spend the money they earned to bring their health back. How ironic it is!  I hope this won’t happen to me.


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       One of the most famous ICRT DJ gave us a very good speech. This is her homepage on ICRT.

       Actually, I seldom listen to ICRT radio, but Studio Classroom. ICRT is music-based , it doesn't talk about a wide range of topics, such as politics, religions, literature. Trafic broadcasting is their focus ,because lots of people would listen to it so that sponsors can do advertisement.

        She is a very easy-going girl, born in Philippines. Her mother came from Tainan, and her father is overseas Chinese. She majors in advertisement when in university. Since her Mandarin is not very good, she decided to choose the job that doens't need excellent Chinese. She started as a copy writer In ICRT.As far as she is concerned,  translating Chinese to English is not too difficult, but translating English to Chinese is going to kill her, as she said. For those born in Taiwan, I think the condition is oppsite, Chinese to English is not a problem, but English to Chinese is challenging.

  1. Practice makes perfect : Her mother is very strict, when her was little, her mom enforced her to do lots of homwork, practice writing ㄅ ㄆ ㄇ ㄈ ten times every single day.. If her mother didn't enforce her to do that, she wouldn't take the initiative to do that tedious homework. So she really appreciate her mom. The most funny thing is, her mother subscribed for 國語日報 for her to study, haha....that's my favorite magazine in my childhood.... can't help laughing. That's OK ! As she said, if your English has lots of grammatical mistake, it's natural that people would laugh. Don't be afraid to make mistake, although they laught at you, they would tell you the right way for correction, next time when you are gonna say the same thing, you won't make the same mistake again.Your English will improve rapidly through this way. I can't agree with her point of view! 
  2. Be aggressive , grab any chances to talk to the people who speak English :  When someone speaks the same language as you, you will feel like being at home. haha....here is the tips of how to start when meeting a foreigner or ABC.  "Hey man.....nice shoes...."  hmm...I hope this guy is not wearing a slipper . That would be very embarrasing for you to say that !
  3. Listening is just part of learning English, reading magazine, and taking notes, put them at the place which is convinient for you to see. Many people ask her for help. "Why still can't I understand all the contents of ICRT ?" OK, if you can't understand them, rewind, rewind! Until you haved really understanded it. The improvement of listening is gradual, just take easy ! You just don't get used to the pronunciation , maybe your vocabulary is not big enough, don't worry, just keep on listening. Someday you will find you can understand above 80% ! Actually when you are listening, you are learning too....Don't stop and look up the word you don't understand when listening...  if the word is very commonly used , it would show up in a very hight frequency. The more you read, the more you see it. So don't be too eager to find what it really means.

At the end of the speech, the host asked her a very sensitve question. "What's the criteria of being your Mr. Right"...

"Well..Well..Well....When the pepole know my name, they are curious whether I get married or not , since I am a asian girl but have a totally western name! Hey see, I don't have a ring on my finger, I am available, free to everyone! Hmmm...you are asking me a good question, my answer is, the guy, who can make me laugh! Being nice and romantic is a good thing, but.....I get bored easily, so I really like to get along with optimistic and humor person!"

"Am I qualified...???" murmuring and yelling in my heart...but of course I am just kidding... Very nice speech, thanx for your coming !

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I have tutored many students since studying in college, maybe you would wonder why I choose it as my part time job, well , here are the reasons.
  1. I feel achieved when my student indeed improves. I focus on teaching how to learn things efficiently,not just giving them overload material and ask they to digest them without thinking it throughly. In Chinese saying, we would say : "給他魚吃, 不如教他怎麼捕魚". It means, being a good teacher, teaching your students how to catch the fish is much better than just giving him the fish to eat. Once your students learn the skill, when they encoutered a new problem, they still can handle it, not just waiting for someone to give them the guideline. A good teacher can train them to be the creative leaders, no just the followers. That's what I find interesing in tutoring.
  2. Interaction is the main difference between tutorial lessons and that in school. The shool teacher dominate the time, they keep talking in the class, and the students just sit there, keep taking notes, until the class is over. I wonder how much percentage they can understand about the lessons. In tutorial lessons, if the student can challenge what a teacher taught , there might be lots of issues behind a given theorem or postulate, by discussion, student can gain more knowledge and information from teacher. Student can also observe the way teacher explain the reason, and the way they determine the accuracy.  

  I am teaching junior high school math right now. Since she has lived in Australia for a long period time, I have to teach her in English so that she can understand better. From the way she acts, something I admire her is, she wouldn't pretend she have understanded what I taught. When she finds something she doen't understand, she would stop, look very confused, stare at the midair, eager to figure it out. At that time, I would give her the hints to help her.Sigh...I think I really talk too much, sometimes I even tell her the final answer........It's wrong for a teacher, I should avoid it !

  In the last exam, she got 96 grades ! As far as I am converned, it's not much difference between 96 and 100, the only thing that matters is if you really know the way to learn.Anway.....Congratulations! Really proud of you!

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  It's been a long period time since I wrote my blog last time.Ha....I am too lazy...
  Today I had a group meeting with my advisor. As far as I am concerned, what people are saying doens't refer to what they mean, you have to get used to the way they express their point of view. Take my advisor for instance, he tends to smooth the topic things we should know, if you are just sitting passively, very compliant, then you won't know what exacly he wants. Be more interactive, try to break the "code" he embedded in his conversation, ask the probing question to figure things out. Sometimes we tend to deffend our perspective, not willing to take others' advice or suggesion because we feel insulted or offened. So wile asking a question, be sure that you are trying to make things more clearly. Negotiate, not argue.

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 It's great difference between education in western and that in asia. In Taiwan, students have to go to cram school after school, when they go back home, they still have lots of homework to do.

   It's the competitive nature of our society, parents care too much on getting high grades, not discovering the talent of their children, "the special gift that's unique from person to person". A few of students might have talent for art, music, or language, but they are enforced to do what they are not interested in....such as tedious math calculation, It's impossible for them to succeed in that area. Besides, we are trained to be experts of memorizing, but not of critical thinking.

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  When looking into a glass, optimists would say "It's half full, I still have half to drink! "
however, pessimists would say "It's half empty...I am almost done..."

  We should focus on what we have, and brush off what we don't have. We might not be rich, but at least we have lovely friends and family. Don't be jealousy , it would make you worried about things which are even not your business.

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  Our lab have a exchange student who comes from Germany. Her name is tini, when the first time I met her, she seemed very bored. There was nothing she could do because she didn't have a computer to get the resource she wanted. Thus, we quickly repaired the computer and had it connected to the internet , so that she could survey the papers, and do the reports my advisors assigned her.
  By the way, we shared our own homepages with each other, to my surprise, she said she had learn horse riding for about ten years, the same time I spend on playing piano. Besides...she enforces her poor boyfriend to learn that!

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  It's very challenging for me to write down my thought entirely in English, but since I have read lots of materials published in English, I think I shoud be able to use simple words (not severe ones) to express my feelings and emotions. OK.... if someone finds something wrong with my English grammer, well , straight up boddy!! let me know, I will correct them as soon as possible, thanx for your schooling...haha....

  My advisor canceled the seminar, now I have lots of free time to do what I want. Today I read a topic entitled "Stay on top of your reading" in Advanced Studio Classroom. It talks about how to absorb desired information in front of information overload! From my personal experience, I often surf the internet looking for some material, but, it turns out to be a big waste of time reading every single article. Therefore, I find it's really important to determine what's relevant or not ,with only the side-bar or headline given. Have a quick view of them, find the key concepets , then highlight them in different colors...

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