Kinokuniya bookstore in Suria KLCC is the biggest bookstore in Malaysia. As a self proclaimed bookworm, I thought I would go there and have a look, first time in my 25 years of existence. Suria KLCC is easily accessible by LRT. I am very satisfied as the shop is quite nice looking and has all the books that I can remember from the top of my head as well as new books on artificial intelligence, blockchain, leaderships, etc.
I was wondering why the book store dedicated a Japanese section, then I remembered that Kinokuniya is from Japan, and KL is one of its branches.
There’s also a section for comics, which I find quite a balance among the other books.
Address: KLCC, 406-408 & 429-430, Suria, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Went to Blue Catch Seafood Bukit Rimau with family. It seems that using hand to eat seafood is a new trend in Petaling Jaya with restaurants like Shell Out, etc. Here’s another one with the same concept.
Everything is blueish here, mirroring the sea and ocean. There’s a big drawing of a blue church Dome of Santorini, an Island in the Aegean Sea.
Here comes the long herbal tea tower (RM18). You can change to Bluecatch milk tea, Coca Cola, Ribena, 100 plus, A&W, Sprite, etc.
We ate using hands, with plastic gloves to not dirty our hands.
We ordered the 8 in 1 Blue Catch (RM128) for 4-5 person. There’s chili crab, Kam Heong lala, asam squid, mussels, ginger onion fish fillet, sweet and sour shell, Kung Pao mantis shrimp, buttermilk praw, chili padi New Zealand mussels. The chili padi New Zealand mussels are very spicy, it is covered with minched chili padi. I like the buttermilk chicken, and those shells.
There’s crab cracker tools to help you crack the hard shells of the crab.
This is a book about the mathematician, Grigori Perelman. Grigori Perelman is known for solving the Poincaré conjecture. Poincaré conjecture is one of the Millennium Prize Problems. Millennium Prize Problems are seven problems that are stated by Clay Mathematics Institute in 2000 including the Poincaré conjecture, P vs NP problem, etc. These are some of the hardest problems in mathematics. Most mathematicians would not expect any to be solved within their lifetime. Poincaré conjecture is the only one solved so far, in 2003 by Perelman.
Not only did he solved one of the toughest problems in mathematics, he declined to accept the Fields Medal (described as the Nobel Prize in Mathematics), European Congress of Mathematics medal, and the Millennium Prize. This book seeks to understand why.
The author traces the history of Perelman to the early Soviet Union, how the anti-establishment mentality fostered in the early Russian mathematical community. Then, the early life of Perelman, from his mother, his tutor, his involvement in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO), his stay at United States, and back to Russia. He is a very ethical man, this quality is why his tutor Rukshin chose him. He returned the grant money left over, argued that this is not his to keep. This may be because in his aspergian mind, this violates his rules. He viewed the world as what it should be, and not the ugly side as in reality.
The author also suspect that Perelman has Aspergers Syndrome, and interviewed autism expert such as Simon Baron-Cohen and quote Tony Attwood. This is interesting because I myself has suspected to have aspergers by psychiatrist. I see some parallel between him and I. The exactitude of rules, inability to picture from others point of view, see politics as pointless, awkwardness, etc.
It makes me angry that some Chinese Mathematicians tried to take credit despite Perelman already solved the problem. Due to the fact that mathematics community gives the recognition to the final solver of the problem (and not the people who contributed in the pieces), i.e. the Fermat’s Last Theorem honors Andrew Wiles. They tried to frame the situation as Perelman being a “giant” contributor of the past to the solution, that is only part of the solution, and not the final solver of the problem. There are more politics going on than actual merit.
The book gives a good view on why Perelman dislikes the mathematical community and why he declined the awards. He is angry that the Princeton mathematicians does not give him tenure as professor despite showing that he deserved it. This was before he proved the Poincaré conjecture. And after he proved it, everyone flocked to give him honors and jobs, despite him already capable before proving to the world, why only now that the world approve of him?
This book has little mathematical content, mostly explaining Poincaré conjecture relating to Topology, and some terms such as Ricci Flow, surgery, etc.
This book reads like a self-help book but more philosophical in nature. Like all self-help books, it may sound logical and transcendental which provokes the feeling of “This is a new way of looking at life I have never look before”, but time will tell if the philosophy is sound, at least for now, it is quite sound.
I picked up this book because I am trying to find some cure to my anxiety, and have no high hopes on this book, but this book surprised me because it gave some good advice and perspectives. The book is divided into two sections, the first gives 5 causes of status anxiety and the latter gives 5 solutions to status anxiety.
Regarding status anxiety, this is a good read too for general anxiety as most of our worries also consists of other people, our status to them, are we humiliated because of our low status. Reading this book, you will see the idiosyncracies of trying to reach high status, why it seems to matter importantly to us, how common it is in the past and present, the futility of our attempts at the end of life. This book is very relevent to our modern lives.
The causes to status anxiety are lovelesness, expectation, meritocracy, snobbery, and dependence. The solutions are philosophy, art, politics, religion, and bohemia.
The author explained it in much detail. If you were to read it, follow the thoughts, and how the premises lead to conclusions. It is not so common sense as we easily lose track in the pursuit of status. Trying to understand social phenomenon is hard, and the author did that in a way that seems logical and sound, on this topic of status anxiety.
BBC Tomorrow’s World series – Starting from 1965, ending in 2003, explored what the future is like, very good to see what people in the past think about the future. Many of the technologies did became widespread, i.e. Internet, Mobile Phone.
I was just approved as a Goodreads Librarian. There are around 70k Goodreads Librarian out of 55 million Goodreads members as of February 2017. Goodreads Librarian is not someone hired by Goodreads but is just a volunteer that can help them edit book details error and miscellaneous cataloging. There are some power to Goodreads Librarian, but not much.
Goodreads took a long time to confirm me as a librarian, below is the email from them telling me my librarian status.
I now have this Goodreads Librarian title at my profile page. This is as far as I can get to be a librarian.
I initially want to join as a Goodreads Librarian because I find some mistakes in the details of some books and I want to edit, for example, the book is in a series but is not indicated, etc.
How to be a Goodreads Librarian?
You need to have 50 books in your book shelve, then apply at here. It took a long time for them to approve.
I don’t have much good suggestion, maybe try to do what you want when signing up for Goodreads Librarian, such as edit the book details that is still in error. Or, go to the Goodreads Librarians group and look for Looking for a Project? section.