Reading Time: 3 minutes Gentrification: The process whereby the character of a poor urban area is changed by wealthier people moving in, improving housing, and attracting new businesses, typically displacing current inhabitants in the process. Oxford Dictionary via google Gentrification is the process of changing the character of a neighborhood through the influx of more affluent residents and investment.

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February 19, 2024

Reading Time: 3 minutes I don’t know about you, but I was fairly enthusiastic about sports when I was in the middle school and part of the high school. At one time I thought I should join the Chinese youth soccer team (under 16), which looking back I don’t think that’s possible. A few months ago I also talked

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February 19, 2024

Reading Time: < 1 minute I am teaching a database course this semester at a local university. It seems install MySQL on Windows is not very straightforward. Something I didn’t realize as personally I am on the Mac for a while. I looked around and summarized the following choices. Local MySQL vs online databases – Top 9 free online databases  

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February 13, 2024

Reading Time: < 1 minute I am going to show the below two simple programs with hearts tomorrow for the 4th graders in my daughter’s school. Instruction for Microbit: download the hex file, paste it to the microbit, the code change will take effect  Beating heart | micro:bit  – note I can switch back and forth  Flashing Heart – MakeCode 

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February 13, 2024

Reading Time: 2 minutes (Update 02-10-2024) Just went there to drop her off for the Saturday event, afterwards I went to Chick Fil A to get some food for the rest of family. I got Starbucks for the 13 year old. We were the 1st to arrive – the teacher said 7 am, and I think we arrived at

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February 8, 2024

Reading Time: < 1 minute Reasons for that: economy and layoffs – we have zero control on neither; at certain point, companies and organizations started to discriminate against older workers in terms of hiring and firing (layoffs), due to their potentially higher salary, higher healthcare expense, and so on. Surprising, at least for now, AI is the not main reason

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February 7, 2024

Reading Time: 2 minutes Physical Safety Below is mostly from the School Safety & Security web page See something, say something => Anonymous Tip Line | Report an Incident – Ladue School District Parent Procedures 4E’s Tips for Parents – Ladue School District (google doc) It looks we have some minor issues on the web page above: mainly on

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February 2, 2024

Reading Time: < 1 minute I don’t have any positions. Note IPO usually stands for “it’s probably overpriced” – this is Warren Buffett’s words, not mine. Last but not least, in the general sports apparel/shoes category, not specialized sports, Nike is the king. And I don’t see any one even Amer Sports‘s parent Anta Sports to shake things up. Adidas

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February 1, 2024

Reading Time: 4 minutes The air ticket from mid-west USA to China is getting more expensive after the cut of American Airlines (AA) and United Airlines (UA) ORD to PVG or PEK flights since pandemic in 2020. There are some alternatives nowadays. Besides the cross Atlantic routes below, there are direct flights from Delta Detroit (DTW) to Shanghai (PVG),

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January 27, 2024
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