A poignant reminder of how life can be sweet and tragic

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A poignant reminder of how life can be sweet and tragic

Chinese student punished for calling Singaporeans ‘dogs’

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Chinese student punished for calling Singaporeans ‘dogs’

A Chinese university student has been fined and ordered to perform community service for calling Singaporeans “dogs” in a microblog.

In addition to three months community service and a fine of S$3,000, Sun Xu, a 25-year-old senior at the National University of Singapore (NUS), will have his scholarship rescinded in his final semester.

“As the student had acted in a manner that was detrimental to the reputation and welfare of the university community, his actions breached the NUS Code of Student Conduct,” said a university circular.

“The Board of Discipline has ruled that his remarks were improper, insensitive and disrespectful. The remarks had also stirred up considerable unease, distrust and ill-will within and beyond the university community.”

Last month, Sun enraged Singa­po­reans by posting on popular Chinese microblogging site Weibo that “there are more dogs than people” in the city-state, whose resident population is 74% ethnic Chinese. — Agence France-Presse

The original Chinese text: “最烦的就是新加坡那些不小心碰一下就在那边瞪着你或者嘴里絮絮叨叨的中年老瘪三了,在新加坡狗比人多啊!”

Finally something I really need to destroy emails – Gmail VACUUM

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Finally something I really need to destroy emails – Gmail VACUUM

Minuscule

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This series is currently playing on late night television (graveshift hours) on NHK BS Premium. I find it addictive to watch. It is a very clever and funny kind of augmented reality animation (3d graphics on real world video) showing the world of insects. The way the insects each have some individual characteristics gives a cute and lovable feel to the insects.

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Administrators: n. pl. those who often forget they called to serve and improve the efficiency of the workers by taking the burden of their paperwork, as opposed to generating more of it.

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Time management techniques

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I often find time management techniques not so relevant for my academic life. I suspected that time management techniques written for standard professionals might be different than for those who have creative or academic work lives. This article describes work patterns and categorises them in four quadrants – social, private, recharge, and get “sh-t” done. If one replaces “sales” with “grant” then I think it describes well academic work.

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