Women and Technology

Women and Technology

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Susan Fowler and Uber The sexual harassment investigation of Uber has been a major headline. It all started after Susan Fowler, a former Uber reliability engineer posted on her blog, detailing her one year of experience working for Uber. Fowler stated that she was harassed by inappropriate chat messages from a senior manager. When she took the case to the Human Resources (HR), she was informed that it was the first offence of the manager, and suggested that Fowler may receive a negative review because she has voiced her opinion. Yet, later on, Fowler found out that many women who worked for Uber received the same treatment. Fowler’s post received numerous support world-wide. This post has been named as the second biggest news since Ellen Pao (although controversial) took on Silicon…
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How to Read More Books

How to Read More Books

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Books played a huge part in my life. When I first received my library card as a teenager, it felt like the ticket to adulthood. I used to immerse myself in ancient mythology and fantasies. English isn't my native language, so books were also crucial in getting me up to the same level as my peers. I loved book clubs, and reading was a sanctuary for me whenever I felt a bit down. All the stories, and beautiful verses provided an alternative reality. Surely, you must also remember a day when you had cool lemonade on one hand, and a book on the other... Slowly coming to the adulthood, heavy workload and busy schedules often prevent us from reading books. Plus the information overload from the internet left those traditional…
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London: loneliness among the crowd

London: loneliness among the crowd

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Six years, I have been living in this magical city. I have transformed from a country bumpkin to somewhat of a Londoner. Food, theatres, drinks and fashion, London has so much to offer, and endless things to explore. London, so many people, so many things to do, so diverse. Yet, it was not just once I heard someone telling me that they felt lonely. I was the same, there was a period, I felt so suffocated by the stuffiness of London: overcrowded underground, overhyped hipster culture and sky-high rental price. Me too, desired to get out of London. So many people, yet so lonely. That was the feeling. It was only until recently, I finally found my emotional anchor, and fell in love with London, head over heels again. The…
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Here Comes the Fire Rooster: lion dance at the Heathrow

Here Comes the Fire Rooster: lion dance at the Heathrow

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Happy New year! 恭喜发财! The Lunar New Year, aka Chinese New Year, took place on the 28th of January. This year marks the year of the Fire Rooster. Lion dancing is a traditional form of celebration, which usually happens for the New Year, and special occasions such as weddings and birthdays. This year I got to participate in a lion dance, as a percussionist, at the Heathrow Airport. The Lions There are two types of lions: Northern lions and Southern lions, originated from the North and South of China respectively.  The Northern lion resembles the Chinese dog Pekingese, which is more shaggy looking. The head of the lion was traditionally made of bamboo painted in gold. The whole lion tends to be yellow, orange and red in colour to signify…
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Doodle Your Stress Away

Doodle Your Stress Away

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Previously, I wrote about 'free writing' as my emotional outlet. This time, I will talk about doodling. Our attitudes towards emotions Other people may always seems to be richer, happier and more successful. Well, the truth is, the things we see of other people are often very limited. In fact, everyone experiences ups and downs. Everyone would have experienced depressive episodes or anxious moments. It is like what has been suggested before: 'depression' is our shared secret. Humans are emotional animals, and no one can be happy all the time. It is only natural that we feel anger, sadness and despair. These emotions are the core that makes us human. When we were children, we were free to express our emotions. We would laugh when happy, and cry when sad.…
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2016–>2017: Highlights and New Goals

2016–>2017: Highlights and New Goals

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Time flies. Many things happened in 2016. It hasn't been a great year for artists, with iconic figures sadly passed away. There has also been quite a bit of changes in the political climates. For me, 2016 has been a good year. I have achieved more or less the goals I set for myself at the beginning of the year. Now, here are some highlights of 2016 and new goals for 2017.   Highlights of 2016: 1. Passed my exams That was probably the most important thing for me in 2016. It means I am able to progress into the next stage of my degree. The whole journey was not easy, but I have learned so much, not just academic knowledge but also more about myself.   2.Won a prize for the…
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Watching Jingju Behind the Stage Curtains

Watching Jingju Behind the Stage Curtains

Art, Live, London, Travel
I am huge fan of Jingju, commonly known as the Beijing Opera, a type of performance art combining singing, dancing, martial art, visual art and literature. It first originated from North of China, then became popular all over the country. My motherland Tianjin, is the hometown of this art. I grew up with Jingju theatre right next to my door step. Watching Jingju with my granddad was one of the most memorable events of my life. Jingju was everywhere during my childhood. People would sing Jingju to the music of an Erhu (Chinese zither) in parks. Everyone in Tianjin knew something of Jingju and almost everyone can hum a little tune. This year China National Jingju Company came to Peacock Theatre, bringing the well-known The White Snake and The General…
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An Autumn Rainy Day (and a bit of freewriting)

An Autumn Rainy Day (and a bit of freewriting)

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Freewriting: also known as stream of consciousness writing. It is the practice of writing down the thoughts without stopping, and without regard for spelling, grammar, or any of the usual rules for writing *. I love freewriting, and for me it is one of the most effective de-stressing and relaxation methods. I carry an A5 book and a pen with me all the time, whenever I am bored or feel a bit stressed or even very happy about something, I write everything that comes to my mind. I doodle too, draw random pictures in the same book. It is my emotional outlet. Over the years, I have over three A5 size books. It has always been amusing for me to read what I wrote or drew at a later time. So here is a bit…
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MozFest: nerdification in progress…

MozFest: nerdification in progress…

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I wanted a lazy Sunday, but Cotton's daddy wanted to drag me to the Mozilla Festival. Not interested. Then he told me there would be around-the-clock flat white, I was sold. Fitting In Then the first problem came about. What do people wear at MozFest? I have no tech related clothes! Or, more correctly, what is tech related wardrobe?! In the end, I opted for smart casual. You can never go wrong wearing all black, right? Well, the all black ended up being the best choice I made, offering a blank canvas to stick all the stickers on myself. This is the first time I have been to a congress of technology. Previously all the conferences I have been to were biology related, which can be quite serious. I did…
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Boyfriend went to the Google Cloud Conference, and all I got was a “Cardboard Box”

Boyfriend went to the Google Cloud Conference, and all I got was a “Cardboard Box”

Cotton, Girl in Tech, Live
‘What is this? Get it out of my sight’, seeing the rectangular cardboard box on top of the shoe cabinet, this is the first thing that came out of my mouth. ‘Oh, it’s for you. It is the google VR’. I clumsily and suspiciously opened up the box, and unfolded it into the goggle shape. ‘There is nothing here, it doesn’t work…’ Oh dear, sometimes, I do feel sorry for my techie boyfriend who has such a technology retarded girlfriend. I did not know I was suppose to download an app on the smart phone, then insert the phone into the box. Never mind, I quickly lost my interest in this ‘boring’ little item. As having a perpetual habit of throwing things out and tidying things up, I was waiting to…
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