Thursday May 21, 2009

Project 9: Passion we need

Be honest, I always feel hard to figure out an attractive topic and write down something for it. Be honest again, lazy is another reason. Starting to write down the material after lunch, it took me two hours. Then, I took one hour to prepare for it. That is not a good habits.

Anyway, I enjoy delivering in front of audience. I like this kind of feeling like a teacher or an actor. Here is the speech, hope you like it.

Do you think what is the most primary and critical element to make up a success? A persistent success. You could have started to count in your mind. Talent, education, chance, money, relationship, communication, coordination and organization skills and so on. This list can be expanded longer.

But what is the key element? (Long pause) IMO, it is PASSION.

No high talent, we can work hard. No good education, we can self-study. No chance, we can create it. No money, we can earn it. No good skills, we can practice. But, without passion, your failure is written at the starting line.

Without passion, a painter has advanced skills is just called artisan,  in stead of artist. Without passion, a wonderful job just become to a way to get salary. Without passion, you have lost your life, no matter how rich you are.

You could have heard the story of Chen Jingrun, the great mathematician. He spend his spare time to investigate Goldbach Conjecture and made a breakthrough. However, do you know how rough his living and working environment? Only a six square meters room. The only he hold are the pencil, paper, knowledge and his passion for math. The passion support him to overcome all the problem. External environment is an important part, but it is not the critical point. The critical one must be something in our mind. It must be something you want from your heart. It a strong felling. It is a strong desire. That is passion.

If you think this example is far from us, we also can find the similar example around us. Even, in Toastmaster Club. Lendan transfered from an art student to a science student successfully. How hard for him at that time, how much knowledge need to grasp and how much time he have to spend, we can image it. Finally, he succeeded and was recognized by this famous IT company. What could have given Lendan the strength to defy all odds. It is passion. Passion is the fuel that propels the rocket.

As also, passion is the catalyst for the other components. It give you the energy to burn the oil and wrote down 100 love poems for your girlfriend one night. It let you knit the sweater in one day don't fell tire. It let you feel warm, even you have stayed outdoor and wait your lover over three hours with wind and snow.

We alway run into various choice, difficulties, even failure. Passion is like a light that will guide us out of darkness. No matter how hard it is, how long it is, how painful it is, holding your passion you will hold the future!

Project 8: How to answer in Table Topics

               How to answer in Table Topics

  This was the first time, I didn't prepare the detailed material for the speech. One of reason is the presentation provides the clue to track the structure. Another is I supposed I could deliver it just with main clue.

  I am so happy I got it. Thanks Toastmaters for those dramatic help. I enjoy it.

Project 7: Environmental Conservation in Our Office

  About half year ago, I saw a post in the pantry and it said ERI paid 2 milions RMB for
power in BJS05 last year. That is much more than I expected. I was
surprised. The project 7 is Research your Topic. They are match, so I
pick up this topic.

 Environmental protection is not far from us.

First of all, let me ask a question. According to your estimation, do
you think how much we paid for electricity in last year? Only Floor 7
BJS05? (Pause) It is about 2,000,000 RMB. Were you aware of that
before? I was not conscious of this situation until I saw the posting
in the pantry.

  Currently, China is stepping into a brand-new
developing phase. The country and people is getting richer and richer.
Business and individual cars flood in the street. Our house are full of
all kinds of electrical appliances. Tons of oil, coal, electricity and
natural gas consumed in every day. Everybody are looking forward to
happy and nice life, but too much resource consumption will destroy the
nature. More vehicle lead to more gasoline consumption. More electrical
appliances means more coal consumption. Eventually, all of those cause
more green house gas emissions.

  Even books lead to
deforestation. China has 220 million students in schools of all types.
If we assume that one student uses 15 textbooks per school year, that
means Chinese students will use more than 3 billion textbooks every
year. As the newspaper say our goal is to build up a
resource-conserving, environment-friendly society. Hence, we have to
change for it. A new item - "the nation encourages the reuse of
textbooks" - has been added to the revised Compulsory Education Law,
effective last September. If each book costs 15 yuan, we could save
more than 45 billion yuan by reusing those 3 billion textbooks for one
school year. That is equivalent to 550,000 tons of paper, or about 11
million trees.

  Can you image only book reused can save so much money and natural resource. Unimaginable. Right? But, that is the fact.

Environmental conservation is not only for the government or
organizations, also for every individuals. What we can do in our daily
work? What is the resource consumption problem for the company like Sun?

Dave Douglas, vice president for eco-responsibility at Sun said, "We're
not only part of the solution, but also part of the problem," he
confesses. What he means is that computers are egregious energy hogs.
Data centers alone, Sun calculates, account for 2-3 percent of total
world energy use, with all IT making up more like 4-5 percent. At big
companies, 20 percent of total energy costs can typically be accounted
for by information technology.

  In addition, I did a statistics
to see how many people power off their desktop machines when they left
the office.(Pause) Less than half. Say, we are wasting tons of
electricity resource for nothing. We really need do something, from now
on. What we can do in our daily office life?

  \* Power off your desktop when you left in the afternoon or weekend.
  \* Identify and turn off unused equipment in your labs and data center.
  \* Turn off your monitor when you leave for lunch
  \* Setting your computer to power save mode.

  You could suspect for those tiny steps. Is it really helpful? Yes.

Let's look back to the number we mentioned in the very beginning. If we
have 5% saving, say 100,000 Yuan, in electricity at floor 7, what
happened? It is equivalent to :

  \* 17 passenger cars not driving for one year
  \* provide electricity for 12 families for one year
  \* reducing our green house gas emissions by 90 tones.
  \* half acres of forest preserved from deforestation

  Everyone's tiny contribution could cause a huge miracle. A penny saved is a penny earned. Don't hesitate. Let's move, now.

Wednesday May 20, 2009

Project 6: Lost and Found

Actually, I have delivered this speech about half year ago. Share with you, just for fun.

Do you guys know Lost and Found?(Pause) OK, I know you guys are engineers, especial a Solaris engineer in Sun. But here, I don't point to the directory in /export/home. I means the comedic film “Lost and Found”. The Chinese name is “I am LiuYuejin”. (Short pause) Mr. Liu is a cook who lost his packet which contains all of his property. The whole story unfold from then on. (Short pause) This funny and ridiculous story trigger the old memory in my mind. Some of them could be more funny and incredible.

Someone said a person had never lost cellphone just like a baby never had bed-wetting. I have lost several cellphones, or say I was stolen several times. :-( I lost my one of them in bus, one of them in subway, one in shopping. Even, another one I have no idea where I lost it. But the most incredible location I lost it was in my bed. More exact circumstance was my cellphone was put beside my pillow when I go to sleep. But it was gone when I wake up in the morning. My dormitory-mates, XiaoYu, is still snores loudly and symmetrically. (Imitation his snore?)I try to call my phone using his one. But his phone was gone as well. I got out of the bedroom and was aware of the door in the sitting-room was open. It was obviously, our cellphones were stolen when we was sleeping. (Pause) The story was not end. I went to office and report it to the police. And XiaoYu promised to wait for the policeman in the home. Half hour later, four big and strong policemen come to our dormitory and got XiaoYu to the office to record his testimony. They looked like impatient and even annoyed. XiaoYu and the four policemen got down the stair along. Two in front of him. And two behind him. It was morning exercise time, many our neighborhoods were exercising out the door. So, my pool dormitory-mate looks like a thief was walking among them. The police car whizzed past in the morning (Simulate the sound of police car here?). When the pool XiaoYu came back two hour later, the old gentleman living in our downstairs came in the presence of him, put his hand on his shoulder and said to him, in a whisper.

“I heard that guy (He is getting at me) was arrested by the police. Is that right?”

My cellphones was stolen in the bed. That was unexpected, but the more unexpected thing was I was supposed to be the thief.(Long pause)

However, usually it is obviously, I am the victim. At that year, I started my career in Beijing and came back to my hometown in the Spring Festival. Engineers like T-shirt and Jean. Yes, Me too. But I didn't want my parents thought I was still a mess boy even work. So, I took the formal clothes and came back to my home town by train. The train environment was safe and comfortable. I woke up until the train pulled in the morning. How a wonderful journal! I stretched and got up. Start to take my clothes, my neck tire, my treasures, my socks, my ... (Pause) Wait!!! Where are my shoes? Where are my leather shoes? Where are my brush leather shoes? I can't find it it. It was gone. It must be somebody took my shoes off. But most of the traveler have left the carriages. It is impossible to figure out who stole my shoes? I had no choice and get out the station without shoes. (Pause) You can image how funny I looks like. A young gentleman is wearing formal black western-style clothes, black treasures , delicate neck tie and taking a wonderful bag, but barefoot. People stared at me and snickered.

I felt very shy and embarrassed. At that time, I hated the thief. I even was not annoyed for his behavior, that was his work. But I was angry that he let me lost face in front of crowd. Even a slippers can help me out of the jam. I was imaging what I need do if I was a thief. Finally, I got the conclusion that I would keep my professional ethics even I was a thief. Got I should got and left others. It seems that the great minds think alike. Because I do encountered one not a long time later.

Two years later after we graduation, we hold a party to renew for the classmates. We had dinner in restaurant, we sang in KTV, we dance and so on. That was amazing experience. We talked a lot and drunk a lot. We say good-bye to each other in the midnight. When I tried to take out my wallet and pay for the taxi blow my apartment, I realized it was lost somewhere. Not much cash in it. But I lost my ID card and all my bank cards. Suddenly, I sobered up from the alcohol. It was later. I didn't think the thief can guess my bank account password. But it was fussy to apply for new ones, especially without ID card. It was distress and vexatious. I was prostrate that that days. Do you believe miracle? I don't believe it before. But now, I believe it. (Pause) Two days later, I got a letter contained all my lost in my wallet, except for the cash. That is unbelievable. I was so exciting and looked like I got a million lottery. I was thinking maybe I could say thanks to the thief if he was standing in front of me. I really admired his profession.

I lost my cellphones. But I found it was better not trouble others for this kind of tiny cases. Try to figure it out by yourself, or let it go. I lost my shoes. But I found keeping dignity is more critical than appearance. I lost my wallet and all the stuff in it. But I found keeping profession is more esteemed, even you are a thief. :-)

Tuesday May 12, 2009

5.12 earthquake one year anniversary

One year ago, the big earthquake of this century attacked Sichuan China. Thousands of lives and buildings were damaged in one second. People lost their houses, parent lost child, wife lost husband, son lost mom. All those happened in one second. Thousands of lives disappeared in one eyes click.

Can't forget the stretch of small hand in the ruins. Can't forget the tears of a father who lost her daughter. Can't forget a young mother who lost her life to protect the newborn. All those memories will remain in my life for ever.

a mother wait for her child

a youny woman lost her husband

a father tear for his lost

a child's dream:

I wanno to be a scientist and create a time machine to save my mom.

Keep moving, tomorrow will be better.




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