The Last Lecture – Randy Pausch

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Sometimes, a push in the back is what one needs to move forward,  regardless how she is fully aware of what happening surrounding her or the right decision to make. The astonishing voyage of Professor Randy Pausch is that kind of catalyst, a sequence of childhood dreams come true, and an optimist man shares his life in the racing with the death sentence of pancreatic cancer in no more than six months.  Read More


Coco – The repetitive story that is never obsolete

This movie makes me feel like riding a roller-coaster of emotions, from ‘ehh’ to ‘wow’ then ‘nooo’. For the same reason as Inside Out, I feel have got enough of those new animation styles, which is no match for the era I was born, when artists used actual paint to create Snow White or Robin Hood. Besides, who cares how feeling feels, or a heroic young boy chases his musical dream,…pft, whatever. I can close my eyes and instantly tell you numerous patterns which a story could follow, from my experience in competing my dad to see who can guess what comes next on usual TV show. Therefore, I could proudly challenge people to tell me a story that I can barely know the end before it explicitly stated. Read More

Craig Federighi did not lie about FaceID and what it’s capable of

After September 12 Apple-event, the news of the new iPhone X and its cutting-edge facial recognition technology, namely FaceID, run all over the place. Besides a big leap in price in mobile-market making people suddenly be aware of their internal organ value, an inevitable question pops up about the reliability of FaceID. On one hand, it’s totally convenient to look at the screen and the phone automatically unlocks itself. On the other hand, such kind of privacy protection was proved to be imprecise from time to time and could be faked by a whole bunch of simple (or not) tricks: a photo of the owner, her video, or even a 3D model. Read More

Vietnamese students are more stupid than they think

While writing these lines, I feel extremely disappointed and outrageous at the same time. Before coming to any conclusion, let me remind you that I am a Vietnamese as well, so this means no offence in any sense.

I now in a middle of a Bioinformatics summer school, in which fortunately I was accepted to be a TA. Needless to say, this means a lot to me – one of the first steps in my academic career and helps me to explore what I am capable of and do best. Read More

Bayes’ Rule A Tutorial Introduction to Bayesian Analysis – James V Stone

Last week was such an unforgettable experience, thus I want to get my hand dirty right away to prepare a solid foundation for the ahead journey. And there is nothing better to start with than one of James V Stone’s books: Bayes’ Rule A Tutorial Introduction to Bayesian Analysis.

This book review is about my overall evaluation after finishing the book. In addition, not only do I summarise the key ideas in each chapter to provide more insightful of the lessons I have learned, but I also try to share my thought relating to personal experience. The book consists of 7 chapters, which I spent 1-2 hours for one chapter per day, though the contents vary in difficulty level and some require basic prior knowledge about probability.  Read More

My beloved professor, where are you? – Thầy của em đâu rồi?

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Khoảng tháng Tư vừa qua với mình là cả một chặng đường thử thách đầy cam go, nó mệt mỏi đến nỗi khiến mình dễ liên tưởng tới sự căng thẳng cùng kì năm ngoái cho luận văn Đại học. Dù sao, bản thân đã có thể dừng lại một chốc, trút khỏi vai  những suy nghĩ nặng nề và tự mỉm cười: ít ra thì mọi chuyện đã tạm thời kết thúc, hai người Thầy mình trong ngóng đều đồng ý hướng dẫn. Tương lai phía trước là tự do bản thân nắm lấy và quyết định. Cảm ơn những phút giây chia sẻ từ gia đình và mấy anh chị bạn ở đây, đặc biệt là bé mèo Kitty Plongphan và cô bạn thân Trần Thư.  Read More


The first time this book raised interest in me is when it was mentioned in the movie Conspiracy Theory (with Mel Gibson played as main actor). Thus, I am wondering why a New York taxi driver, who always has his own explanations for every events occurred on the news related to interference from government, is obsessed with buying a copy of the Catcher in the Rye every time he found one. Recently, I have a chance to find the answer on my own.  Read More


Those who lost the meaning of their life, shall find this book as a wonderful instructor than nothing else.

Under the view of outsiders, the life of a shepherd is a monotonic picture. It is a full boring circle of sequence of actions repeated day by day, where the flock of sheep are herded to the pools and fields in the morning, feed there, and herded back to a random shelter to stay at night. Fortunately Santiago, the shepherd, does not suffer from this and sees thing in different lens, in fact the most exciting one, because he chose to do this job, not otherwise. He refuses a stable place in his family farm to become a shepherd, to explore the word, to go further than any farmers in his village have ever been, to go further than any shepherds in Andalusia have ever been. This story, which may start earlier than it is written, is about the adventure of a shepherd searching for his treasure from Spain to Egypt, which in turn a big metaphor for every life on this Earth. Read More