I do laundry and sweep and mop my family’s tile floor on Wednesdays (#WashingWednesdays). I think about random things while doing so.
When sweeping, I try to mind the edges and corners else I will just push the dirt into the white baseboards. Usually, I will do the edges and corners first. I like walking around (cleaning is exercise!) so I am a “bad” Industrial Engineer by wasting motion when I clean. Eh, it depends on my objective. I default into “linear programming” and follow the lines that go wall to wall. I try to turn my brain “off” and relax (my constraints? Include slack variables? I am not really into surplus ;P ) when cleaning. Or I will pretend I am an Olympic curler and sweep randomly in an arc. I am random. Or is it all connected? Systems Thinking (ST) which I call System Dynamics-lite/SD-lite is interesting. We need to focus on and model problems and (not branch?) bound.
- If you use paper napkins when you eat dinner, then save them to wipe the oil from your bowls, plates, pans, etc. Pour any leftover oil into a seal-able container and dispose of it. You’ll save your plumber, city, engineers, yourself, etc. from more headaches. Or as I like to say sometimes “不加油/Bù jiāyóu!” (Chinese Traditional/Mandarin-Pinyin) -> “Do not add oil!” (English). “Jiāyóu!” is also a common thing for us to say to cheer on our friends (e.g. WPI Badminton Club team).
- Use leftover lemons/limes to clean your sink. Minimize the rust!
- Cook outside to prevent your house from smelling (Asian foods smell strong) and having to use the fan/exhaust (if you have one). There are folks who know how to make cheap custom portable cooktops that you can wheel out of your garage or something. Or use a cover like my aunt does. My parents just have the cooktop on top of a collapsible plastic table. They prefer to use gas to cook. Electric stovetops are easier to clean…but in this case we care a lot more about taste. Some of my Chinese American friends (the restaurant owner kids) have restaurant style stoves that can fit woks and other large pots and pans. I love visiting them.
For more technical (and random) things:
- I live in the Houston, TX area now. No snow! We also pay someone to mow our lawn here instead of doing it ourselves. For my friends and family in the north: https://punkrockor.com/2015/02/09/snowblowing-is-np-complete/
Side note: Prof. Radz forgot about me on Monday because he was shoveling snow and caring for his grandkids #MeetingMondays but I anticipated that (because my family regularly checks the weather where our various family members live. WPI also sent out emails). I sent him a detailed update on the various things I do/read that might interest him. I’ll told him about https://punkrockor.com/2019/11/15/when-should-a-football-team-attempt-a-two-point-conversion-instead-of-an-extra-point-a-dynamic-programming-approach/
- http://www.math.uwaterloo.ca/~hwolkowi/henry/teaching/f97/370.f97/studsprojs/Group19/Eyy2li/Extd.html Prof. Martin https://www.wpi.edu/people/faculty/martin went to Waterloo. I only remember some things he taught me. Memory loss. I also chose to focus on simulation…because The Sims is my favorite game (there are many other reasons). I bought The Sims 4 Island Living and Get to Work during the Black Friday sale. I have played all of The Sims base games and various expansion packs. Might go back to The Sims 3 for a bit. I haven’t played in a while. Reading, writing, and organizing things take up a lot of my time. I shall allocate time to playing games over break. I love doing things that I don’t get to do in real life in The Sims. Might go back to building and decorating houses again (i.e. somewhat design a tiny home. I like watching random things like Tiny House Nation but I typically prefer reading. Currently by my bed is Sylvia Naser’s A Beautiful Mind about [RIP] John Nash’s beautiful mind). I used to create and decorate houses in The Sims and The Sims 2 but stopped (and gave away most of my old gaming devices, games and computers to the older and younger generations of my family. I get to play when I visit them. Bonus!). Designing takes a lot of time. There are so many options now too. I will not even try to create my own custom sims anymore. People are very nice and share things that we can download.
Please join us for The 39th MIT-UAlbany-WPI Colloquium!
Also like Prof. Paffenroth https://www.wpi.edu/people/faculty/rcpaffenroth liked to say in class/comment “correct me if I am wrong.” Maybe he still says this…I haven’t taken classes from the WPI math department in a long time. All the WPI math folks I know are hilarious and very kind. Except Prof. Paffenroth picked on me in class even when I didn’t raise my hand. Mr. Grella also did that a lot to me in high school. I hated going to the whiteboard. I dislike markers. How they feel slippery against the board. How they smell. How I feel guilty about tossing them in the trash when they dry up. Chalkboards all the way for me.
But for those who do use whiteboards, please consider https://www.crayola.com/colorcycle.aspx
Crayola washable marker stains and marks are also easier to clean off oneself and boards. Ex Expo. Sorry Not sorry! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MsvER1dpjM Docs diagnosed Demi Lovato with https://www.bphope.com/demi-lovato-stronger-than-ever/
DHMC docs diagnosed me with bipolar disorder type I in May 2017…while I was working on my dissertation project on PTSD at the White River Junction VA Medical center. More on this another day. I am open about my struggles with mental illness (lots of anxiety and guilt) and methods to cope. My professors, friends, and family have known for a while. I feel bad (guilt again) about stressing Prof. Konrad even more. She has three young daughters. It is funny how her husband calls almost every time I meet her in her office. Even when I meet her at different times. They’re cute. She, Prof. Radz, and I should meet in the WPI Rec Center sometime and stretch our backs (all of us have back pain) and exercise while chatting. Laptops (and paper) exist for many reasons. They are/were runners. I sometimes sprint. WPI undergrad 7-week system really suits me. Need to adapt if I want to be a GOAT (greatest of all time). Gompei the Goat is WPI’s mascot. Prof. Radz named one of his models after Gompei.
Radzicki, M. J. “GOMPEI: a Stock-Flow Consistent, Post-Keynesian, Macroeconomic Model.” International Post-Keynesian Conference on’Money, Crises, and Capitalism’in Grenoble. 2015.
I had issues with linking so I added the whole link in the text for some stuff. Always alliterate! Never say never. Always is impossible?
This has been fun(ny).