Monday, 28 November 2016

Alternatives to Google Scholar

I'm currently doing some further study. One of the things I notice is, whenever we mention something to a professor, the next thing they do is type it into Google Scholar. If it's an author, they will Google Scholar him. If it's a paper, they will Google Scholar it, too.

Google Scholar is great, because it sometimes gives links to PDF copies of the journal article that are floating around the Internet. Of course, all that's changed now that I have found Sci-Hub... the lady behind it has my undying thanks.

But once in a while, we get tired of Google Scholar, so I had to seek out some other academic journal article search engine.

Here are some that I have tried, and I think are worth using again.

1) ERIC - I like it that you can get links to the DOI, and that you can also specify how recent you want your search results to be.

2) JURN - Presents a Google-like interface, very clean and bare. But the search results can include government websites, university websites, and the like.

3) RefSeek - Good search engine that links to academic websites and open access journals.

4) Academic Index - A meta-search engine for academic papers.


Sunday, 16 October 2016

You Were The Best One

So here's a story for you.

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful princess who lived in a small kingdom. The kingdom was high atop a mountain. When the princess was born to the king and queen, the whole kingdom rejoiced. Her face was so beautiful that the stars in the heavens sighed with amazement. People came from afar to pay tributes to the king and queen, and to catch a glimpse of the princess. They all left amazed.



As the princess grew up, suitors came for her hand. Always, the king and queen turned them all away, saying, "She is still not of age. Come again when she is older."

When the princess had grown up, the king and queen said, "She is now old enough. Let us find her a proper suitor."

The king and queen then issued a challenge and a promise: They would build a tall tower, armed with defences. Every month, for three weeks, brave princes could come and try to conquer the tower. If they breached its defences, they would find the princess at the very top. And then they could have her hand in marriage. 



But for one week in each month, no man was allowed to come near the tower, because it would be under maintenance mode. Anyone who came near would see a signboard with the big letters, "404: Under Maintenance".

Sunday, 2 October 2016

It's how you react to it that matters

We can't always choose what happens to us.

Some things just happen to us. Maybe it's something bad. Like, someone mistook you for a bad guy and came up to you, and slapped you. Or maybe, your wife decided to spring a surprise on you and demanded that you sign up for 50 sessions of personal training. Maybe your wife suddenly has a fetish with baby diaper bags. Maybe she just has a thing for buying new things every week and you find that it's a bit too much to handle.

You will panic. And that's when you hit the panic button. 

"Woof! It's not what happens to you that matters... It's how you deal with it!"


What happens when you panic? Maybe you'll lose your temper. Maybe you'll burst out with a torrent of words. Maybe you'll slap someone, because you're just too angry to consider anything else.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Pergi Bala, or How I Misheard A Song

Recently I was attending an official function.

We wanted to celebrate our athletes who had done well in Rio. And so we invited them to come for a special dinner. All the athletes who had gone to Rio came, including the silver medalists.

Their names were called one by one, and they marched in to jubilant cheers. Even the ones that weren't so famous got the cheers. But not many people were clapping, because many people were taking photos.

We need to learn how to hear the important messages in life.


We stood close to the red carpet, and one of my friends asked us to turn our backs to the carpet so that he could take a group selfie with the athletes walking in the background. But once the athletes started walking in, lots of people started crowding behind us, and blocked the view of the athletes. So we stopped trying to do that.

Monday, 5 September 2016

How to show up

Some success gurus like to say that 50% of success is just showing up.

And I agree with that. We should all show up, because 50% of success is just showing up. Woody Allen puts it at 80%.

But how the hell should you show up? That's the part they never tell us. "Show up", they say. "You're already better off than those who don't show up. You're winning!"

So how should you show up? 

Eighty percent of success is just showing up - Woody Allen.

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