Friday, December 30, 2016

Look back to 2016 (1)

Several serious incidences occurred in this year. And personally, I had some tough experiences. On the other hand, I had some achievements as well.


January 7, 2016
North Korea declared successful hydrogen bomb experiment

North Korea is regularly expressing hatred against Western nations. However, different from Islamic regions, it has not taken any decisive actions. Whereas the tension will be continuous, it will be good for everyone unless actual wartime is not realized.


February 19, 2016
Challenging Sci-Hub, a free archive of academic articles

Now, Sci-Hub seems to be available. It is not clear whether it will survive the conflicts with conventional academic publishers. I believe every academic paper should be readable for free. On the other hand, publishers and authors should be adequately rewarded. It is a complicated problem.


January 22, 2016
Alan Rickman as Snape passed away

As well, Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia passed away by heart attack recently. It is so sorry to hear the decease of such splendid actors.


February 27, 2016
Solution for a joke of plastic parrots

This is the entry read by the highest number of people in my blog. It is thankful for me that many readers stopped at my blog.


March 28, 2016
Batman v Superman, for fans only

Recently, I bought the ultimate edition of Batman v. Superman. It included some scenes deleted from the original film. I could understand the backbone of the conflict of the two superheros thanks to detailed descriptions of added scenes.


March 26, 2016
Microsoft made a Hitler-lover AI, mistakenly?

This incident suggests more than a dystopia of AI-controlled society. Now we can hardly believe the correctness of collective intelligence. Victory of Brexit and Donald Trump's exclusive policy are also surprising for me, wondering democratic decisions will make us happy in the future.


April 14, 2016
Kindle Oasis will come

After all, I bought a Kindle Oasis. It is very light as the advertisement suggests. Precisely saying, it is lighter while equipped a leather cover than Kindle Paperwhite with a leather cover. As Kindle Oasis has a very thin battery, you will always use it attached to the cover with battery. Thus, it is innovative that the leather cover equips a battery.


May 3, 2016
Craig Wright again about the inventor of Bitcoin

Soon after declaring as the creator of Bitcoin, Craig Wright expressed sorry and decided not to make any explanation about this issue. Thus, it became difficult to prove he is Satoshi Nakamura. Several opinions are conflicting about it. If Craig is Satoshi, he might be disappointed to see many blaming and doubting for his comments. It is so sorry.


May 12, 2016
Sadiq Khan, a Muslim mayor of London

Sadiq Khan seems to take a leadership as the Mayor of London. Especially he is eager to improve the experience of London commuters. However, his policies in transportation face broad resistance of labors.

Telegraph: Sadiq Khan promised zero strikes. But he's letting his union friends create misery for London commuters 


June 12, 2016
Large bottle of perfume is banned not to be drunk as alcohol in Russia

In spite of the effort of Russian government, fatal cases of misusing alcohol-added material frequently occur. Recently, over 70 people were killed by intoxication of bath lotion.

Rbth.com: Death by hawthorn: The ‘bath lotion’ that has killed over 70 Russians


June 23, 2016
Brexit determined, UK to leave EU

It is the most surprising event in the first half of 2016. The UK is now preparing for Brexit gradually. The future is still in the mist, nonetheless.

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