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Class dismissed: Surge in arrests of foreign teachers in China - Reuters
“What has changed is that many government officials think that kicking out Western influences like English teachers is doing the Party’s work, and the schools are taking advantage of it” said Harris, the Seattle lawyer, who now advises against foreigners teaching in China. “The risks of going to China to teach far outweigh the rewards.”
gaijin  china  work  english  teacher  drug  police  risk 
8 days ago by aries1988
Stuff Engineers Don’t Learn in School, Part 2 | Another Fine Mesh

The latter cannot be over-emphasized. One of my favorite quotes of all time (mainly attributed to George Bernard Shaw) is “the main problem with communication is the illusion that it has occurred.” Only through written documents can the group ensure that everyone knows that they’re accountable for.
meeting  work  tips 
19 days ago by aries1988
利炳根日本记事 - OurCoders (我们程序员)
expat  japan  howto  it  work  life 
28 days ago by aries1988
More and more people who are working in Beijing opt to live in Tianjin due to the high housing cost in the capital…
story  beijing  tianjin  commute  kid  education  work  life  choice  today 
11 weeks ago by aries1988
程序员对 996 的反抗引来全球关注,它是如何以程序员自己的方式建立起来?
本文作者: 唐云路 罗骢 一场关于劳工权益的抗议在过去一周里爆发,让中国互联网公司习惯的 996(早九点、晚九点、一周六天)加班时间成为中国乃至全球关注的焦点。 有程序员发起了一个抵制 996 工作制的项目 996.ICU…
reportage  2019  china  employee  movement  online  github  workplace  work  capitalism  it 
april 2019 by aries1988
三代同堂的育儿生活:血缘是家庭的最终归宿|深度|端传媒 Initium Media


parents  family  grandparent  today  china  generation  work  life  senior  retirement 
february 2019 by aries1988
Homo sapiens devient-il homo informaticus ?
oisif, oisive

adjectif et nom
(ancien français oidif, avec l'influence de oiseux)

Qui n'exerce aucune activité permanente et dispose de nombreux loisirs, qui vit sans travailler.
human  workforce  future  book  français  opinion  work  self  ai  data 
september 2018 by aries1988
Yuval Noah Harari on Why Technology Favors Tyranny - The Atlantic

- In 2018 the common person feels increasingly irrelevant.
By 2050, a useless class might emerge, the result not only of a shortage of jobs or a lack of relevant education but also of insufficient mental stamina to continue learning new skills.

- whatever liberal democracy’s philosophical appeal, it has gained strength in no small part thanks to a practical advantage: The decentralized approach to decision making that is characteristic of liberalism—in both politics and economics.
In the late 20th century, democracies usually outperformed dictatorships, because they were far better at processing information.
Democracy distributes the power to process information and make decisions among many people and institutions, whereas dictatorship concentrates information and power in one place.
- If you disregard all privacy concerns and concentrate all the information relating to a billion people in one database, you’ll wind up with much better algorithms than if you respect individual privacy and have in your database only partial information on a million people.

- What will happen to this view of life as we rely on AI to make ever more decisions for us?
once we begin to count on AI to decide what to study, where to work, and whom to date or even marry, human life will cease to be a drama of decision making, and our conception of life will need to change. Democratic elections and free markets might cease to make sense. So might most religions and works of art.
If we are not careful, we will end up with downgraded humans misusing upgraded computers to wreak havoc on themselves and on the world.

- For starters, we need to place a much higher priority on understanding how the human mind works—particularly how our own wisdom and compassion can be cultivated.
- More practically, and more immediately, if we want to prevent the concentration of all wealth and power in the hands of a small elite, we must regulate the ownership of data.
advice  future  crisis  ai  society  politics  people  life  work  mentality  human  democracy  dictatorship  competition  liberalism 
september 2018 by aries1988
What did Max Weber mean by the ‘spirit’ of capitalism? | Aeon Ideas
This modern ‘ethic’ or code of values was unlike any other that had gone before. Weber supposed that all previous ethics – that is, socially accepted codes of behaviour rather than the more abstract propositions made by theologians and philosophers – were religious. Religions supplied clear messages about how to behave in society in straightforward human terms, messages that were taken to be moral absolutes binding on all people. In the West this meant Christianity, and its most important social and ethical prescription came out of the Bible: ‘Love thy neighbour.’

The proliferation of knowledge and reflection on knowledge had made it impossible for any one person to know and survey it all. In a world which could not be grasped as a whole, and where there were no universally shared values, most people clung to the particular niche to which they were most committed: their job or profession. They treated their work as a post-religious calling, ‘an absolute end in itself’, and if the modern ‘ethic’ or ‘spirit’ had an ultimate found­ation, this was it.
explained  weber  book  idea  theory  capitalism  work 
june 2018 by aries1988
Letter of Recommendation Drinking at Lunch
a few decades after the heyday of the notorious “three-martini lunch,” the act of ordering even one measly martini with your lunch on a workday is viewed as roughly equivalent to pulling out your heroin works and splaying them on the table between courses.
work  fun  drinking  society  custom  lunch  defy  pleasure 
may 2018 by aries1988
When You’re a ‘Digital Nomad,’ the World Is Your Office - The New York Times

Roam has evolved into a miniature global corporation, with a dozen staff members, most of them digital nomads themselves, living among its locations, communicating through the chat platform Slack, checking in over weekly conference calls and scanning any print mail that comes in for online dispersal. Roam has no offices and no headquarters except its locations. For its clients and employees alike, the start-up provides a comprehensive structure for a post-place life.
work  digital  office  world  travel  talent  story 
february 2018 by aries1988
Do you work more than 39 hours a week? Your job could be killing you | Life and style | The Guardian
Because there is a danger that merely reducing working hours will not change much, when it comes to health, if jobs are intrinsically disenfranchising. In order to make jobs more conducive to our mental and physiological welfare, much less work is definitely essential. So too are jobs of a better kind, where hierarchies are less authoritarian and tasks are more varied and meaningful.
work  essay  health 
january 2018 by aries1988

一个西裔女人招待他,拿过来一份菜单。他没有翻开,只问她,Nasi Goreng 有没有。女侍点头。他就说,好吧,就来一份Nasi Goreng, 一罐啤酒。

印尼炒饭,三年前他吃了整整两个月。那是个一月份,他上了一个雅加达的项目,印尼的一个客户寻求国际并购的机会。印尼是穆斯林社会,风气保守,晚上十一点,肚子饿,唯一开着的餐饮是路边大排档。大排档都一式一样,Chicken Satay, Gado Gado, Nasi Goreng. 所以他每个夜晚就吃这三样,烤鸡肉串,加多加多色拉, 印尼炒饭,配一瓶啤酒。他坐在大排档的塑料棚下面,雨点打在棚面响声如雷。店主在一口大锅前不停翻炒,脸上不停滴下水,不知是汗还是雨。老板娘收钱、擦桌子,扫地,兜里的钱票子都是湿的。大排档粗陋,盐不是放多就是放少,还要不就是没调开, 一口淡一口咸,镬气倒是十足,火候好。他就坐在那条塑料板凳上,这三样吃了两个月。

现在他老婆短发,他的发迹线有点太高。第一只猫头鹰已经被女儿睡得太脏。他知道第二个孩子降生时,老婆会兴高采烈地给他拿出第二只猫头鹰,那一只也会无可挽回地变脏、掉毛。那家做猫头鹰的玩具厂已经倒闭,这种玩具再也买不到了;因为Bill Murray而走红世界的日本威士忌,很多牌子已经卖脱销,十几年内不会有新货。想起这两件事情,他有点伤感。

除了加班和带孩子,他们剩下的可怜的空闲时间都用来看新房和谈房贷,孩子越来越大,必须搬到好学区住才行。对于婚姻,他常常想起Before Midnight,那么烦躁,零碎,温吞吞,缓慢地死去,“也许就和化疗一样”,他有一次这么想到。他疲惫不堪,他老婆恐怕更累,却无法不去爱这一切:毕竟,他们用Lost in Translation里猫头鹰的名字命名了两个孩子:Louise 和Luis。

story  douban  love  sex  memory  nostalgia  melancholy  life  marriage  family  man  youth  middle-age  indonesia  food  work  california 
december 2017 by aries1988
Where Millennials Come From

Millennials, according to recent headlines, are killing hotels, department stores, chain restaurants, the car industry, the diamond industry, the napkin industry, homeownership, marriage, doorbells, motorcycles, fabric softener, hotel-loyalty programs, casinos, Goldman Sachs, serendipity, and the McDonald’s McWrap.

Parents overemphasized self-esteem and happiness, while kids took their cues from an era of diversity initiatives, decentralized authority, online avatars, and reality TV. As a result, millennials have become irresponsible and fundamentally maladjusted. They believe that every job will be fulfilling and then can’t even find a boring one. They must lower their expectations and dim their glittering self-images in order to become functional adults.

the notion of disruptive self-interest

a homeowner with negative equity: in possession of an asset that is worth much less than what she owes.

Millennials, in other words, have adjusted too well to the world they grew up in; their perfect synchronization with economic and cultural disruption has been mistaken for the source of the disruption itself.
millennials  politics  habit  generation  work  cliche  young  crisis  economy 
november 2017 by aries1988
Memories of Thanksgivings Abroad and In Between

I remember tweeting into the void about Brussels sprouts and cranberry sauce on the morning of my first Thanksgiving abroad. Nobody who might have cared was up yet.

In it, she writes about realizing, after becoming a foreign correspondent, that the picture she had of America hadn’t been complete—that one hadn’t seen the whole picture of America until one had left the national borders, because the whole picture included foreign interventions, cultural exports, and various modes of thought that were invisible at home.

The agonizing particulars of the Presidential race, which were doubly nerve-wracking to watch from afar, had been hard to explain to inquisitive Spaniards. I craved American company—to be able to dish and spar with some compatriots in the know. So when a group of expats invited me to dinner, I accepted, bringing a bottle of Rioja.

All of these celebrations offered, and birds ritually consumed, have led me to a single, significant conclusion: If it’s true, as my colleague Calvin Trillin long ago suggested, that everything exotic that isn’t chicken tastes like chicken—rattlesnake, ostrich, etc.—the one thing that can be said for certain, on Thanksgiving, is that no matter what you do to it, a turkey will always taste like a turkey.
gaijin  expat  home  festival  nostalgia  work  paris  ukraine  stans  turkey  food  eating  story 
november 2017 by aries1988
Driven to despair — the hidden costs of the gig economy

Multiple studies have shown that genuine flexibility is good for one’s health. Francis Green, professor of work and education economics at University College London, says data from the long-running European Working Conditions Survey (which covers 44,000 workers in 35 countries) show a remarkable link between wellbeing and the option to take an hour or two off during working hours to take care of personal or family matters.

In the case of food-delivery bike riders, demand often peaks at times when conditions are most hazardous. People will often order takeaway meals when it is cold, dark and wet.

Yet one of the defining features of gig-economy work is the lack of human line managers.

He says drivers’ average fares are £15 an hour after Uber’s fee and, even after costs, the average driver took home well over the national living wage of £7.50 an hour.
work  uber  numbers  debate  economy 
october 2017 by aries1988
If your pay is not yours to keep, then neither is the tax – Philip Goff | Aeon Essays

Here’s where we’re up to: to make sense of the idea that taxation is (moral) theft, we have to make sense of the idea that each person has a moral claim on the entirety of her gross income, and this can be made sense of only if property rights are natural rather than mere human constructions. We need, therefore, to defend a theory of natural property rights.

In theory, Right-wing libertarianism does entail that people have a moral claim on their pre-tax income, and hence that taxation is theft, but only in hypothetical societies where there is zero or minimal state interference in the economy. In states in which the government intervenes in the economy through taxation – ie, in almost every developed state – market transactions are tainted and so are morally void. The Right-wing libertarian is perfectly entitled to campaign for the day when her minimal-government Utopia is brought about, but until that day she cannot consistently argue that she has a right to her pre-tax income, and hence cannot consistently complain that the government is taking what is hers by right.

Still, the vast majority happily vote for low taxes, rejoicing that they get to keep their morsel while in reality all they’ve done is protect the spoils of a tiny minority at the top. The result is our failure to create what we really need: a tax system that – as part of the wider economy – creates a just society.
tax  ethic  question  debate  economy  money  work  politics  philosophy  liberalism 
september 2017 by aries1988
‘By the way, I’m a woman’: the truth about ambiguous names

When faced with ambiguity, most people think “man”, not “woman”. According to The Handbook of English Linguistics, “English linguistic convention has historically treated men as prototypical of the human species” — as evidenced by “Mr” being listed above “Mrs” or “Miss” on almost all registration forms, for example. This presumption of maleness extends to a well-documented tendency to assume male superiority in a professional context. Indeed, my name may have worked in my favour — and that’s the worrying bit.

This fictitious job applicant was called either “Jennifer” or “John”, but the CV itself never varied. The recruiters showed an overwhelming preference for “John”, offering him a salary 13 per cent higher than the average salary offered to “Jennifer”. What’s more, the female scientists reviewing these CVs were found to be just as guilty of bias as their male counterparts. 

Fortunately, I do not have to take a male pseudonym in order to freely pursue a writing career, as many female writers have done historically — the Brontë sisters, George Eliot (Mary Anne Evans) and George Sand (Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin) among them.
female  work  email  today  equality 
august 2017 by aries1988
East Goes West

In the life of a Chinese tourist, guides play an especially prominent role—translator, raconteur, and field marshal—and Li projected a calm, seasoned air. He often referred to himself in the third person—Guide Li—and he prided himself on efficiency. Everyone, our watches should be synchronized, he said. It is now 7:16 P.M. He implored us to be five minutes early for every departure. We flew all the way here, he said. Let’s make the most of it.

We might think you could just make a fake card or manipulate the records—no big deal, Li said. But, if you get caught, the fine starts at eighty-eight hundred euros, and they take away your license! That’s the way Europe is. On the surface, it appears to rely on everyone’s self-discipline, but behind it all there are strict laws.

In Europe, he warned, tactfully, Throughout our trip, breakfast will rarely be more than bread, cold ham, milk, and coffee. The bus was silent for a moment.

some of his older travellers used to have a habit of hiding cash in the toilet tank or the ventilation ducts. The worst case I’ve had was a guest who sewed money into the hem of the curtains,

At a Malaysian casino hotel in 2005, some three hundred Chinese visitors were issued special meal coupons bearing cartoon pig faces. The hotel said that the illustrations were simply to differentiate Chinese guests from Muslims, who don’t eat pork, but the offended Chinese tourists staged a sit-in, singing the national anthem.

Handy and Karen kept an eye on every cent. Within a few days, they could tell me exactly how much we’d spent on each bottle of water in five countries.

On average, a Chinese tourist buys more than a thousand dollars’ worth of tax-free stuff abroad—more luxury bags, watches, and designer clothes than any other nationality, including the Japanese, according to Global Blue, the tax-free-shopping refund service. Chinese tourists abroad spend nearly twice as much on shopping as they do on hotel rooms. Several in our group told me how sorry they were that we weren’t stopping at a place called Aotelaise. The name baffled me. Someone explained that it’s a new Chinese word: outlets.

I didn’t sense overwhelming sympathy. The Chinese have been the world’s most abundant migrants, but these days many believe that they have better job prospects at home than abroad.

He was a sanitation specialist by training, and he couldn’t help but notice Milan’s abundant graffiti and overstuffed trash bins. As Li had explained it, The government wants to clean, but it doesn’t have enough money. Handy tried to be polite, but he said, If it was like this in Shanghai, old folks would be calling us all afternoon to complain.

I was struck that, for all his travels, Zhu saw an enduring philosophical divide between China and the West: two different ways of thinking, as he put it. We will use their tools and learn their methods. But, fundamentally, China will always maintain its own way, he said.
europe  china  tourist  story  youth  gaijin  reportage  travel  shopping  thinking  anecdote  world  work  stereotype  tourism 
august 2017 by aries1988
Young Men Are Playing Video Games Instead of Getting Jobs. That's OK. (For Now.)

Games, with their endless task lists and character-leveling systems, their choice architectures and mission checklists, are purpose generators. They bring order to gamers' lives.

Video games, you might say, offer a sort of universal basic income for the soul.

There's a fine line between that psychology and good game design." This was true long before the rise of computer gaming. "People will never stop playing chess, because it's a great game. The discussions I hear are more about how can we keep these games interesting to keep playing."

One way to do that, it turns out, is to give people a sense of earned achievement. "What games are good at—what they are designed to do—is simulate being good at something," Wolpaw says.

Did all those hours playing games make me feel fulfilled? Did they make me feel as if I had made good decisions in my life? Yes—and no. At times, I found video games an entertainment experience as smart and satisfying as any novel or movie or television show I have ever absorbed. At other times, I have let go of my controller late at night, overcome by existential emptiness and the realization that I have, yet again, just spent the better part of a day engaged in an activity of no practical value to me or anyone else. I enjoy games, but not without some reservation. Sometimes I go weeks without playing. And if I had to choose between gaming and work, I know I'd pick the latter.
comparison  gaming  work  opinion  story  life  job  psychology  man  unemployment  society  economy  thinking  wellfare  question  individual 
july 2017 by aries1988
Is your commute worth the pain? The real cost of getting to work


When suburbs sprawl out too far and fail to stay compact, he says, then “even if [the authorities] wanted to provide good public transport services, it will end up more and more costly.”

city  life  moi  analysis  data  shanghai  tokyo  work  comparison  world  time  immobilier  price  commute 
march 2017 by aries1988
What the West Can Learn From Japan About the Cultural Value of Work

That’s a thing you notice in Japan, the deep personal investment people make in their work. The word shokunin, which has no direct translation, sums it up: It means something like master or mastery of one’s profession, and it captures the way Japanese workers spend every day trying to be better at what they do.

unionized manufacturing work gave a sense of community and meaning that more atomized, more modern, more service-based work struggles to do.

Hard manual work created tangible products, and that tangibility was part of what made the work seem meaningful.
japan  workforce  work  comparison  mentality 
december 2016 by aries1988
Why You Hate Work - The New York Times
Employees are vastly more satisfied and productive, it turns out, when four of their core needs are met: physical, through opportunities to regularly renew and recharge at work; emotional, by feeling valued and appreciated for their contributions; mental, when they have the opportunity to focus in an absorbed way on their most important tasks and define when and where they get their work done; and spiritual, by doing more of what they do best and enjoy most, and by feeling connected to a higher purpose at work.
november 2016 by aries1988
So Much Land, Too Few Russians - The New York Times
Russia urgently needs Chinese investments. In return, in the Far East’s southeast corner, China has made Russian land along the Amur River border a virtual colony, having secured the right for Chinese people to work there. In the last decade, huge tracts have been leased to China at rock- bottom prices. Nearly two million acres with gigantic pig farms and fields of soybean and corn are being worked by Chinese agribusinesses. Most recently, Moscow leased out about 300,000 acres in the Trans-Baikal region for 49 years. The price: $2 an acre and $368 million in promised investments.

Once a booming frontier town, it now resembles a typical 1970s-era Soviet city — drab, dilapidated, economically depressed. Its population is 216,000. Just across the river is the bustling Chinese city of Heihe, with gleaming new high-rises and a population nearly eight times that of Blagoveshchensk.
russia  comparison  china  siberia  manchuria  immigration  work  agriculture  2016 
september 2016 by aries1988
Why rudeness at work is contagious and difficult to stop | Aeon Ideas
For example, if someone said: ‘Hey, nice shoes!’ you might normally interpret that as a compliment. If you’ve recently experienced rudeness, you’re more likely to think that person is insulting you. That is, you ‘see’ more rudeness around you, or at least you think you do. And because you think others are being rude, you become more likely to behave rudely yourself.
work  psychology 
july 2016 by aries1988
How to beat gender bias -
What Works: Gender Equality by Design, by Iris Bohnet, Belknap Press, RRP£19.95 / RRP$26.95, 400 pages Lean Out, by Dawn Foster, Repeater Books, RRP£8.99 / RRP$14.95, 88 pages Work With Me: How Gender Intelligence Can Help You Succeed at Work and in
book  workforce  work  female 
february 2016 by aries1988
How to be a 21st-century dad -
And standards for next-generation fathers will be higher. The younger the father, the more time he is likely to spend with his kids, found the Families and Work Institute in the US. There’s a lot of research to show millennial men give high priority to their role as dads. Mums still do most childcare but, among millennials, gender roles are unprecedentedly blurred.

This will mean more fathers forgoing the ego boosts conferred by careers. My TV series may never get written. In theory that’s OK, because endless hours with the children are what life is really about. In truth, I sometimes feel a secret twinge of nostalgia for the 1950s.
work  family  children  life  choice  moi 
february 2016 by aries1988
I’ll sleep when I’m dead

Mr Dijk says the only people who seem to manage it are shift workers on offshore oil rigs, who labour in windowless rooms and do not take weekends off. But they suffer from jet lag when they return home.
sleep  work  body 
february 2016 by aries1988
How to Take Your Baby to Work
Get the right equipment. Line up temporary sitters just in case.
baby  parenting  work  parents 
january 2016 by aries1988
A breadwinner from Senegal masters the crusty Paris baguette -
The best baguette in Paris can officially be found at Le Grenier à Pain, a bakery in Montmartre, the hilly area that was once a refuge for Impressionists. The bread’s crust is deep gold and crisp; its inside, riddled with irregular holes, melts
story  france  food  work  immigrant  paris  bread 
november 2015 by aries1988
Should we break our routines? -
“Perhaps we are too wary. Routines do, after all, provide structure and backbone to our daily life. With a well-established routine, you don’t have to decide every next move and you can easily overcome fluctuations in motivation. If you consider monks, there is a great rationale behind their strict routine: being freed from having to think about what are often trivial things — what to eat, what to wear — means they can focus on what really matters in life, in their case worshipping God.”

“If you feel that a change is in order, remember you can experiment, try things out. What a luxury to be temporarily released from routines, to be able to ask ourselves, “What shall I do today?” We can give up our bottle of wine for Lent, or its equivalent. We can make sure that we don’t take them with us on holiday. Then we can decide whether each one was a keeper or not.”

“The moral of this is twofold. First, get a good work routine going and you don’t need to put in an eight-hour-plus day to be efficient. Second, in order to keep your mind fresh enough to work this effectively, diversions and changes of stimuli are vital. A good work regime needs a good leisure regime. Get both right and routine becomes liberating. And now I’m off to play tennis.”
work  howto  workflow 
september 2015 by aries1988
The sea women of Jeju
From more than 14,000 in the 1970s, the number of haenyeo has dwindled to fewer than 4,500 today.

The vast majority are aged over 50, with the oldest in their nineties. But, despite their age, they continue to perform feats beyond most women in their twenties — diving to depths of up to 20m, holding their breath for as long as two minutes at a time.

“If I weren’t diving, I’d just be growing potatoes,” she says. “I dived right through pregnancy, up to the ninth month.” This was normal practice, according to historians of Jeju, who record cases of haenyeo giving birth on boats during a day’s diving, and even strapping their young children to the mast while they worked.

Their financial independence is remarkable in a country where elderly poverty is a huge problem. Forty-nine per cent of South Koreans over 65 live on less than half the median income — the highest proportion in the international Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), a group of advanced economies. That has contributed to a nearly fivefold increase in the elderly suicide rate since 1990 to a level that is by far the highest of any developed country.
korea  asia  comparison  oecd  work  ocean  food  money  youth  aging  tradition  village  female  elders 
september 2015 by aries1988
The Scientific Case For Taking A Two-Hour Lunch Break

Davis says a two-hour lunch gives the brain two things it needs to be more productive during the afternoon; the first is psychological distance. "It’s so much easier to remember the big picture, what matters, and what’s your most important desire when you literally step away," he says.
brain  work 
august 2015 by aries1988
Seth Brown's Writer Workflow
Mark Twain said that work and play are two words that describe the same thing under different conditions—I feel extremely lucky to be able to agree with him.

If I get stuck while writing, I use a few techniques to help me. Sometimes I start working on another project for a few days then go back to writing. Switching working environments and input devices can help. I move from working on the computer at my standing desk to an iPad on a chase. If I get stuck more than once or twice while working on a piece, it's usually a sign that my original ideas are flawed.
workflow  explained  interview  productivity  vim  writing  blog  work  home  tool 
august 2015 by aries1988
One Woman's Struggle To Survive 'Too Much Vacation' In France
The rhythm of the seasons in France is dictated by the school calendar. And French school kids spend less time in the classroom than their European peers. Along with a two-month summer vacation, French kids have a two-week break every six weeks throughout the school year. Thank goodness the Paris elementary schools run a system of day camps during the vacations called centres de loisirs, or leisure centers. The cost is minimal and the kids get a hot lunch and are even taken on field trips to museums or a farm outside the city. It's operated by professional animateurs as they're called. Running a kids' vacation leisure center is actually a full-time profession in France. Let's face it, the children who spend their vacations at the leisure center aren't as lucky as some of their friends, and the kids know it. There's nothing like a glut of vacation to highlight the gap between the haves — those with the country houses and grandparent networks — and the have-nots, mostly the children of African and North African immigrants. On this four-day weekend we'll be celebrating Ascension. That's right, this staunchly secular nation is marking Jesus' rise to heaven 40 days after his resurrection.
france  work  gaijin  opinion  expat  holiday  vacation  français 
may 2015 by aries1988
China migration: At the turning point -
As a share of its population, Guang’an was the biggest contributor to China’s “migrant miracle”, three decades of breakneck economic growth underpinned by an unprecedented flow of labour from countryside to city, according to a Financial Times analysis of data from China’s 2010 census. Nearly a third of Guang’an’s 4.7m registered inhabitants no longer live here.
capital  labor  China  work  generation  population  economy  analysis 
may 2015 by aries1988
The Tyranny of the Forced Smile
Most of us don’t have the freedom to complain much at work. There’s something a touch tyrannical about this condition. Our Protestant work ethic has blended with contemporary notions of self-actualization to create a situation in which we are all expected to whistle like Disney dwarfs.
work  society  happiness 
february 2015 by aries1988
A Meditation on the Art of Not Trying
When you’re nervous, how can you be yourself? How you can force yourself to relax? How can you try not to try? It makes no sense, but the paradox may be essential to civilization.

He calls it the paradox of wu wei, the Chinese term for “effortless action.” Pronounced “ooo-way,” it has similarities to the concept of flow, that state of effortless performance sought by athletes, but it applies to a lot more than sports. Wu wei is integral to romance, religion, politics and commerce. It’s why some leaders have charisma and why business executives insist on a drunken dinner before sealing a deal.

Hence the preoccupation with wu wei, whose ancient significance has become clearer to scholars since the discovery in 1993 of bamboo strips in a tomb in the village of Guodian in central China. The texts on the bamboo, composed more than three centuries before Christ, emphasize that following rules and fulfilling obligations are not enough to maintain social order.

Taoists did not strive. Instead of following the rigid training and rituals required by Confucius, they sought to liberate the natural virtue within. They went with the flow. They disdained traditional music in favor of a funkier new style with a beat. They emphasized personal meditation instead of formal scholarship.

“Particularly when one has developed proficiency in an area, it is often better to simply go with the flow. Paralysis through analysis and overthinking are very real pitfalls that the art of wu wei was designed to avoid.”

“Getting drunk is essentially an act of mental disarmament,” Dr. Slingerland writes. “In the same way that shaking right hands with someone assures them that you’re not holding a weapon, downing a few tequila shots is like checking your prefrontal cortex at the door. ‘See? No cognitive control. You can trust me.’ ”
mind  taoist  chinese  workflow  GTD  debate  success  work 
december 2014 by aries1988
Bienvenue dans le monde sans méfiance, ni contrôle… au Japon
Imaginez seulement combien ça simplifie la vie. Combien plus fluides sont toutes les transactions, tous les échanges. Combien d’énergies consacrées au contrôle —et à son contournement— sont du coup libérées pour faire des choses vraiment utiles pour l’autre— un salarié, un client, un fournisseur, un étranger. Les entreprises dont j’ai parlé au début l’ont compris. Elles préfèrent faire confiance à leurs collaborateurs et utiliser les énergies ainsi libérées pour créer de la valeur. Bien sûr, tout n’est pas rose au pays du Soleil Levant. Ce n’est pas mon intention de discuter ici de toutes les particularités de ce pays, mais juste du rôle que la confiance y joue.
japanese  corporation  work  trust  management 
december 2014 by aries1988
Joel Lebowitz, la physique de l’engagement
Que se passe-t-il à l’intérieur d’un échantillon de cet objet, si une de ses extrémités est chauffée et l’autre mise dans la glace d’un seau à champagne ? La réponse n’est toujours pas connue, mais elle illustre l’une des motivations de cet éternel chercheur, toujours très actif. Comment expliquer les effets macroscopiques de la matière à partir de ces composants microscopiques ? Comment décrire les systèmes qui ne sont pas à l’équilibre thermodynamique ? Ou, dans le cas présent, peut-on déduire l’équation de propagation de la chaleur, connue depuis Fourier au XIXe siècle, d’après le comportement des particules élémentaires à l’intérieur de l’échantillon ?

Il raconte aussi qu’un collègue physicien, pour la 100e conférence Rutgers, a proposé de baptiser une nouvelle unité du nom de « Joel », comme il y a des ampères ou des volts. Ce serait l’unité de travail d’un chercheur.
scientist  Physics  materiaux  american  france  research  work 
november 2014 by aries1988
A Harsh Climate Calls for Banishment of the Needy -
Svalbard has no restrictions on foreigners who want to move here, except that they must have a job. Under a 1920 international treaty that granted Norway sovereignty, the territory is open to all nationals of the more than 40 nations that have now signed the pact. A population that used to be homogeneously white now includes Thais, Chinese and other foreigners. Nearly a third of all residents are foreigners, including hundreds of Ukrainians working in a mining concession owned by Russia.
norge  story  people  work 
october 2014 by aries1988
Chinese Can't Understand Why The French Work So Little
They don’t expect anything from the French state, since they learned to stay hidden, often arriving without papers,” he said. “Unemployment in France is of little concern, because essentially they’re all entrepreneurs. It’s a state of mind.

Wenzhou, a port city 500 km south of Shanghai, is known for a culture of private enterprise, which the immigrants bring with them. Family members furnish labor and capital - it takes seed money of just 50,000 euros ($67,800) to start a takeout food shop, said Beraha, and staffing it with relatives keeps labor costs low.

Many are pouring their energies into bar-tabacs - a focal point of French life where locals can drink, buy cigarettes and bet on horses that is being abandoned by many French owners on the grounds it is too labor-intensive for too little profit. Sixty percent of the businesses for sale in Paris are being purchased by Asian buyers, most of them Chinese, said Gerard Bohelay, head of the Paris federation of bar-tabac owners.

Conflicts a decade ago between locals and Chinese were resolved after wholesale businesses agreed to shut on Sundays and workshops stopped using sewing machines after 8pm, he said.

"We have more problems today with the noise from the cafe terraces than the noise from the Chinese workshops," he said.

Those immigrants further down the ladder are often the ones who are really struggling. Often recent arrivals from northeast China, lacking family in France, they are looked down upon by those from Wenzhou and scrape by as nannies, cooks, delivery men and manicurists. Many women struggling to support a family turn to prostitution in order to repay the cost of being smuggled into the country - often more than 12,000 euros - police say.
chinese  immigration  france  work  mentality  comparison 
october 2014 by aries1988
gnome - Moving windows from the keyboard - Ask Ubuntu
Here is a list of shortcuts:

Ctrl+Alt+Num 1 = moves the window to the bottom left corner
Ctrl+Alt+Num 2 = moves the window to the bottom half of the screen
Ctrl+Alt+Num 3 = moves the window to the bottom right corner
Ctrl+Alt+Num 4 = moves the window to the left half of the screen
Ctrl+Alt+Num 5 = maximizes the window
Ctrl+Alt+Num 6 = moves the window to the right half of the screen
Ctrl+Alt+Num 7 = moves the window to the right left corner
Ctrl+Alt+Num 8 = moves the window to the top half of the screen
Ctrl+Alt+Num 9 = moves the window to the right right coner
howto  linux  work  keyboard 
september 2014 by aries1988
moi  future  beijing  work  life 
january 2014 by aries1988
Why You Should have a Messy Desk — Busy Building Things — Medium
The study in the University of Minnesota featured an experiment where respondents with clean desks chose apples over candy bars, and selected more established solutions over new ones. When you’re generating ideas and concepts, it could help to have a messier desk. However, when you’re trying to be productive, getting a specific task accomplished, or simply need to execute on a creative concept, cleaning your desk can “trade in” your creativity for efficiency.

In case you are trying to be more creative, here are some ideas: instead of throwing out those magazines right after you’re done with them, leave them hanging around your desk. Don’t shelf those books yet. Keep anything that could potentially inspire you (including art prints). “There are two types of messy environments,” Vohs said in an interview with NY Daily News. “One is unkempt and one is dirty. I don’t think these results suggest leaving around banana peels and dirty dishes for a week.”
work  howto 
november 2013 by aries1988
Join Wall Street. Save the world.
Join Wall Street. Save the world. via @instapaper
instapaper_favs  career  money  work  philanthropy  idea 
october 2013 by aries1988
Dilbert comic strip for 08/30/2012 from the official Dilbert comic strips archive.
that's because i'm a rational being. I only work on tasks that are likely to give me some sort of reward.
googlereader  management  work 
september 2012 by aries1988
清华大学的研究成果表明,父母的政治资本对高校毕业生第一份工作的工资存在显著的积极影响。“官二代”大学毕业生的起薪比“非官二代”高出13%(约280元/月),这个工资溢价相当于两年教育的回报。 | 政见
work  youth  price  parents  politics  china 
september 2012 by aries1988
处女面 - 大明湖畔 夏雨荷 - 博客大巴
处女面,在Skema Campus Lille,迪卡侬中国(DECATHLON CHINA),招聘店面的department manager。
work  français  interview 
august 2012 by aries1988
work  howto  moi 
august 2012 by aries1988
Revealed: true cost of the Christmas toys we buy from China's factories - World news - The Observer
Undercover investigation alleges hours of overtime, late wages and fines for using the toilet without permission
china  work  report 
august 2012 by aries1988
Stay Awake When You're Tired with a Little Acupressure (and Other Techniques)
If you’re suffering from a serious case of the Monday’s this morning these tips might just get you up and awake. Hit up Yumi’s blog for the full post and infographic.

Yumi Sakugawa has put together an infographic with a bunch of clever ways to keep yourself awake including a few handy acupressure techniques.
life  tips  work  sleep  body  hack 
august 2012 by aries1988
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