Wait But Why – fun and knowledge all in one package

Sis recently shared a Wait But Why blog post with me, which I thought was a hilarious take on North Korea:

20 Things I Learned While I Was in North Korea

The author’s stick figures and comical dialogues were both funny and informative, which I thought was a great way to pass the time while also learn something in the process. I can’t believe that I did not know about this site sooner!

Of course, there are some other equally informative but less hilarious articles (such as the one on ISIS) on Wait But Why, and I found myself learning more about ISIS through the hour or so that I spent on reading the article than the weeks or months that I read about them in the news! (information is backed up by evidence as well, so it is objective as much as it is subjective)

Thank you for creating such a wonderful articles, Wait But Why.

Now let me continue reading about the AI Revolution and why we should all be worried about it (just not in the Hollywood kind of way).

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Visit from a friend

A few days ago, sis and I met up with KD and her mom who are visiting Taiwan on vacation. We went for beef noodles and mango ice, and seeing them just left me feeling so nostalgic for my life in Canada. On May 31, two years ago, I flew to Taiwan to be reunited with my family, but I left a part of me behind in Canada. Like Mohsin Hamid said in The Reluctant Fundamentalist, “it is not always possible to restore one’s boundaries after they have been blurred and made permeable by a relationship … something of us is now outside, and something of the outside is now within us.” So try as I might, it is impossible to erase the memories of yesterday; but I will enjoy the moments of today, and look forward to the possibilities of tomorrow.

Speakeasy

我很喜歡往外跑,所以一到週末或放假我幾乎都不在家。雖然如此,我卻是一個路痴;我真的無法想像以前的我-在沒有智慧型手機及Google Map的時代中-是如何找到回家的路。

我外出玩耍的地點通常都不是在家附近,因為我住在東區(台北的購物天堂之一),只可惜我偏偏不喜歡逛街。但今天我發現原來不需要走遠就可以找到樂子,而那個地方就叫做“安和路”。安和路是台北知名的酒吧街,因為酒吧的數量及種類真的是琳琅滿目、任你挑選。今晚不小心找到一家很隱密的酒店,叫做“Ounce Bar”,仿造著美國1920年代戒酒令的時期,要走到咖啡廳的後面、進入一扇隱藏在牆壁中的門,才能找到這個奇特的地方。雖然今晚造訪的是咖啡廳而非神秘的speakeasy,發現這個神秘的世界還是在星期一的夜晚中為我填了不少樂趣。