Posted by Paramita on March 8, 2014
People change over time, so once in a while I feel the need to redefine myself, asking myself “Who am I?”, to be able to go forward.
- I love cats. Not only because they’re cute, but also because they give me some comfort human cannot give. Only applies if the cat is friendly with me.
- I hate waiting. Sometimes the impatient is manageable, sometimes it’s not.
- I love water, and sun. A beach, by the river, a lake or a waterfall on a sunny day is the perfect combination of place and time.
- I hate loud places where we have to shout to each other to communicate. Except when we don’t have to communicate, just enjoy the music and/or drinks and sing along.
- I cannot express myself well, verbally. But this skill, I’m sure, can be learned and practiced.
- I don’t need a crowd of friends surrounding me, few but very close ones are more than enough. But only one special person is not enough, especially if that one starts drifting away, I’ll drown.
- I did bad things, at least from my point of view. But I shouldn’t let myself feel miserable about those bad decisions in the past, nor should I let other people make me feel bad.
- I hold grudge. For at least 5 years.
- I still cannot manage my time and my priorities efficiently. I hope this can change.
- I can never trust a man 100% that he will commit to one woman for the rest of his life, in particular those who are adventurous and/or sociable. I’ve had some examples. So for now, for me ‘marriage’ is under a big question mark.
- A woman’s jealousy is destructive, especially to herself. Taken from Blue Jasmine. That’s why the previous point is an important presumption.
- My attitude towards ‘love’ is unpredictable, sometimes it can be very irrational, sometimes I analyze everything logically.
- My view on religion is depicted in The Invention of Lying.
- I’m in a way self-centered, since I put more time into intra-personal thinking than inter-personal.
Now, why do I make this public? I could just save it to myself to be read, let’s say, 5 years later, and see how much I’ll change in terms of thoughts and opinions. It’s just that, I feel that because of the fifth point, other people misunderstand me for a sweet-shy-quiet-little girl, or sometimes the opposite: an arrogant-quiet girl, while in fact, I’m much more than that. I can even sometimes be very bitter and resentful. Oh well, I’m only human.
Note that I’m not in my healthiest emotional state while writing this. If I’m happy and content with myself and my life, this self-reflecting thing would have never crossed my mind.
Posted by Paramita on February 26, 2014
As in the previous year, February is the time for ski vacation or… as the Bear said, Winterurlaub! The destination is exactly the same, Horní Blatná in Czech Republic, and we stayed in the same green house called Pension Florian.
The house remained the same, except that… now there’s WiFi! :D I still can’t decide whether that is good or not. Last year I felt so happy and relaxed during the vacation because I wasn’t bothered by emails or (bad) news or friend’s updates in social media. Sometimes we need to get away from such things to fully enjoy the holiday. However, one thing that makes me grateful that the WiFi exists is that I wouldn’t miss the latest episodes from one K-drama I’m following :p.
the view from Pension Florian, too little snow for skiing
The other thing that is not the same as last year is… there’s no snow! :( Well, there was some, but too little for skiing. So yeah, no skiing at all, but we did some hiking and trip to nearby towns, like Johanngeorgenstadt *which is already in Germany*, Nejdek and Karlovy Vary, which are wonderful! Prague is not the only beautiful city in Czech Republic ;). These towns are mining towns located in the Ore mountains, a mountain range that forms a natural border between Saxony (Germany) and Bohemia (Czech Republic). Read more »
Posted by Paramita on January 17, 2014
picture is taken from here
I got this tips from the Research Methodology course that I took last year, which is mandatory for first year students in my PhD program: one of the first steps in the PhD study is knowing your community, i.e. the conferences and journals for your field, where people with the same interests gather and share the knowledge and their research.
For Natural Language Processing or Computational Linguistics field, Google Scholar computes the ranking of publications (including conferences, journals and workshops) in which the published papers are cited the most *with the assumption of good papers are usually cited a lot*, which looks like the following:
- Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL)
- Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP)
- Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (NAACL)
- International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING)
- Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC) Read more »
Posted by Paramita on December 30, 2013
Da die Katze viel freie Zeit hat, lernt sie Deutsch, so dass sie mit der Familie des Bären sprechen kann. Sie lernt mit einem Spiel, welches duoLingo heißt. Es ist interessant! Die Katze lernt so schnell.
I knew of duoLingo for the first time on one of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) seminars, as one of prominent online courses for language. At that time I was thinking, “Hmmm… interesting”, but that’s all, I didn’t even bother to try it.
However recently, my friends were talking about it, that they learn Italian through this game, beating each other in the leaderboard. It is quite great especially when you have nothing else to do and want to defeat the boredom by doing something useful. So I decided to visit the site, and was excited when I saw that they have an app for it. The app is cool! Because having the game in my mobile phone, I can play while waiting for the bus or train, or even on the bus/train ride, or on the bed before going to sleep… perfect!
Now I’m on level 7 of German ^^ I hope I can finish the lesson (game) soon and move to the next step, watching movies or reading something in German. My goal is a basic German comprehension *for the upcoming ski holiday with the bear’s family on February ;)* so that I could at least understand what people are talking about. Participating in the conversation is of course the ultimate goal, but learning a language is like baby steps, don’t rush it :p.
And then after that… Italian! :D
Cheers, optimistic cat ;)
Posted by Paramita on December 30, 2013
I can finally talk about this, since the Christmas present has been given ^^. You could probably guess from the above picture, yes… the present is a baby elephant! The bear is now a foster parent of an African baby elephant named Kithaka :)
Kithaka, which means ‘forest’ in the Meru language, was only around one week old when he was found wandering alone in a village near Imenti forest in Kenya, separated from his family. The orphan baby elephant was then transferred to the Nairobi Nursery, an elephant orphanage managed by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.
The trust has this great project called the Orphan’s project, with the purpose of maintaining the elephant and rhino populations in Kenya, which are threatened by ivory and horn hunters. When the adults are killed, the babies left behind cannot survive by their own, and will eventually die. That’s why there has to be a place to nurture and take care of the orphans until the time they can reintegrate back into the wildlife.
They invite us to support the project by adopting the orphans, becoming their foster parents. Read more »