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Luck Matters

Posted by C Moon on April 11, 2008

Mine Sweeper

I enjoy playing mine sweeper whenever I have some free time, even having recorded 110 seconds at the expert level (whose typical records are in the 130-140 range). Playing this game, you can learn one lesson: Luck matters. Even when one locates all the mines except one and faces the situation to choose between the last two boxes, one can slip at the last step, guessing the wrong one. The result is simple: one may fail to complete the game. Sadly, the same applies to our daily lives. Luck matters. But remember, taking a shot, even when it seems impossible, also matters. Even if one tries hard, one can be unlucky and meet with a failure. But if one does not try in the first place, one already failed in that task without even trying. Most college admission results have come out, and some may have been disappointing. Now it is time to get over them, saying that they were only bad lucks. At least, we were brave to take those challenges under uncertainty and won’t regret of not having attempted.

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Photo Credits: (1) “Mine Sweeper” by myself

(2) “good luck to you!” by cloud_nine on Flickr

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Choosing a Way of Life

Posted by C Moon on January 6, 2008

Recently, I’ve found this finance blog Mind Your Decisions by Presh Talwalkar, and am reading through its archives. Weirdly, the part that first grabbed my attention was not related to financing but the career decision of Mr. Talwalkar’s friend.

His current job had great compensation, good networking opportunities, and a promising career path with salary jumps roughly every five years. It would be hard to find a better paying job. On the other hand, the job was so demanding my friend found little time to exercise or even sleep. Ultimately, he chose to switch to a lower-paying job with a better lifestyle. What matters is not only the money he made, but his satisfaction at the end of the day. He made the right choice because did not only focus on money.

Over the summer, as an AP Literature assignment, I read Dr. Samuel Johnson’s The History of Rasselas, exploring true happiness. Well, maybe that is the reason why I got attracted to the text above. Money definitely “helps” one pursue his dreams, but money at a cost of life or humanity may not be worthwhile. If one has enough money to lead a comfortable and enjoyable life, why should one waste time in trying to earn more? Unless that is one’s ultimate goal, it will not give “happiness” to him. The career decision of Mr. Talwalkar’s friend makes us realize that we should be careful not to confuse the means with the goal.

The text above also makes me think about education. Education is a means to one’s ultimate goal. But, unfortunately, many seem to confuse one with the other. Many people aim to enter prestigious colleges with no consideration for their career goals, or their life dreams. In Korea, one cannot change his major once he declares it when applying to the college. It is not hard to hear about students who initially entered prestigious colleges with pre-declared majors unrelated to their interests, and later re-took Korean SAT again to enter colleges with pre-declared majors of their interests. (In Korea, one has to declare major or college at the time of university application. Oddly, most applicants select their majors and colleges, considering the selection ratio or the chances of being admitted to the “university” of their choice rather than the “major” or “college” of their choice.)

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Photo Credits: “This Way” by hlkljgk on Flickr

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How about the Declaration of Independence from Routine?

Posted by C Moon on December 7, 2007

I hold this truth to be self-evident: that every person is endowed with the right to choose whatever one wants to do. Routine, which requires that one get up every day no later than some pre-specified time, which demands that one be somewhere at or before certain hour, and which orders that one complete assignments as instructed, wears one down not only physically but also mentally. Repetition of the same routine day after day without the end in sight, one loses the motive and the will to work and becomes dull about what one is doing. One is simply “doing” what one is supposed to do. Worst of all, one eventually loses interest in oneself. One becomes a machine! Not a human any more!

As a human being, one must not be governed by what one is supposed to do. Rather one must toil and moil for what one would like to do. Therefore, I solemnly declare independence from routine. For the support of this declaration, I pledge to myself my life, my time, my fortune, and my sacred honor.

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Photo Credits: “Life routine – act 2” by José Encarnação on Flickr

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What Would You Say?

Posted by C Moon on November 26, 2007

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Today, I want to share a moving lecture by a 47-year-old computer science professor from Carnegie Mellon University. The following video is the last lecture by Professor Randy Pausch, who does not have much time left due to illness. In the lecture, he does not talk about computer science but his life journey. He tells us how to achieve our dreams and more importantly how to lead our lives. The lecture lasts about eighty minutes, but you would never regret spending that amount of time 🙂

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Photo Credits: “Polaris – Star Trails” by Odalaigh on Flickr

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Introduction

Posted by C Moon on September 24, 2007


Hmm.. the following is a poem that I wrote last year (2006-2007),
borrowing Langston Hughes’ style when writing “Theme for English B.”
I think it represents myself fairly well 🙂

“Theme for English 11″

) Ms. Porter said,
Now go, and write a poem.
Write your own Theme for English B.
“Let that page come out of you—
Then, it will be true.”

On the way home, on the bus,
I sat down and pondered.
What might it be that can show me?
What might it be that is for me?
Who is Catherine Moon?!

I like martial arts,
I like actions.
I like mysteries,
Especially the brainteasers.
I like learning the unknowns.

I love my family,
I love people.
I love the wind,
Especially the breeze.
I love the sky and the stars.

I stand here, at the present time.
Where everything’s changing, including myself.
To predict the future is to create one.
I do step forward, to reach my dreams.
I enjoy the world that envelops me.

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