Norman Zhong

1,040 Flips | 6 Magazines | 604 Likes | 3 Following | 11 Followers | @NormanZhong | It is the sandstorms that shape the stone statues of the desert. It is the struggles of life that form a person's character. -- Native America proverb   It’s not about what other people say is best for you – Listen to your soul, your body, your gut instincts. Without passion, it’s pointless. – Amanda Fiegl, a mountaineer.   Change your words, change your world.   Reflect & Learn Confidence never comes from having all the answers; it comes from being open to all the questions.   Real intelligence is not simply coming up with ideas. A key hallmark of intelligence is the ability to visualize parallel, potential scenarios, then determine the best alternative to pursue--while constantly reexamining how the environment and other players might change that playing field and require the calculation of a new decision matrix.    Elon Musk's Secret for Learning Anything Faster: it is important to view knowledge as sort of a semantic tree -- make sure you understand the fundamental principles,

Twelve South’s Compass 2 iPad Stand hits $20 Prime shipped via Amazon

Amazon offers the Twelve South Compass 2 iPad Stand in Silver for <b>$19.99 Prime shipped</b>. Originally $40, today’s deal is 50% off the regular price and an Amazon all-time in this color. Rated 4.1/5 stars.<p>Twelve South Compass 2 iPad Stand features:<p>Compact, folding stand holds iPads or tablets in both …

Headphones

How to remove a stain from a fiberglass shower floor

<i>Q: My fiberglass shower pan has a stain, presumably from hard water, that I cannot remove. The tile and glass for the shower is new, but the pan is original — 22 years old. I have tried commercial cleaners, a mixture of vinegar and Dawn detergent, and a Magic Eraser. But these were no help. We have</i> …

Cleaning

All you wanted to know about nuclear war but were too afraid to ask

<b>Which countries have nuclear weapons?</b><p>There are nine countries that possess nuclear weapons. Five of these (the US, Russia, the UK, France and China) are members of the official owners club, who made their weapons early and had them legitimised in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) signed in …

Nuclear Energy

Vis island, Croatia: how can I resist your Mamma Mia charms?

Despite its low-key vibe, Vis has enough sights to avoid beach-centred boredom<p>Croatia can feel like an actor that, despite talent and charisma, never quite makes it to mega-stardom. If it’s the case of needing the right role then <i>Mamma Mia 2</i>, due out next week, might just do the trick for Vis, an …

European Travel

‘Evil Has Won’

BERLIN — Klaus Scharioth, who served as Germany’s ambassador to the United States during both George W. Bush’s and Barack Obama’s administrations, was born in 1946, the year after Germany’s surrender in World War II. His earliest impressions of America were of a magnanimous, generous country.<p>“It …

Geopolitics

What It Costs to Live in Portugal

I’ve sung the praises of traveling for cheap in Portugal before after being impressed by how reasonably priced it was when I visited for a couple …

European Travel

Pratt & Whitney Struggles To Get Its Dream Engine Program Humming

Raquel Rivera, who runs Pratt & Whitney’s assembly plants, wanted to know what was going wrong with production of the company’s new flagship jet engine, and at an emotional meeting in late March at Pratt’s sprawling factory in Middletown, Conn., the mechanics on the first shift let her have …

Aviation

How iPhone Assembler Foxconn Can Raise Share Prices Over Five Years

Terry Gou says he won’t retire for at least another five years. The head of Foxconn Technology Group, the world’s biggest contract manufacturer of consumer electronics such as the iPhone, established that timeline two weeks ago with the aim of raising his company’s share price to about NT$200 …

Foxconn

Six Numbers Every Investor Should Know About Their Portfolio

Jonathan Guyton is principal at Cornerstone Wealth Advisors Inc., a fee-only advisory firm in Minneapolis.<p>Watching a World Cup match, it’s quickly apparent that key mid-match decisions include if and when to bring in substitutes. What's the best strategy for the team, given the match situation? Is …

Investing

Tesla owners’ battery data show it won’t win through chemistry, only a better factory

Tesla fans love data as much as their cars. A few hundred recently banded together to share data on their cars’ battery performance.<p>A massive Google spreadsheet pooled data from 419 users mostly in the US, Europe and Asia covering all of Tesla’s models (the S, X and 3). They found that Tesla’s …

Tesla

Why England's World Cup pain hurts so much

MOSCOW — It seems silly to cry over sports, doesn't it? For your emotions to spill out over the disappointment of a group of players you have nothing in common with except a passport?<p>When I was 11, my father dried my tears over England falling to West Germany in the 1990 semifinal, consoling me …

Soccer

The 7 Best New England Whale Watching Tours to Book in 2018

Between April and October, New England's surrounding waters are home to migrating whales that feed in the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, …

Whale Watching

VIA Rail Is Offering Rail Passes That Let You Travel In Canada For Super Cheap

Taking the train is probably the coolest, prettiest and most underrated form of travel these days. Especially when you consider the alternatives. You …

Via Rail

This Cartoon Shows The Team Effort Of Rescuing The Thai Boys' Soccer Team And People Love It

"This will be a good lesson for not only us, but also for the whole world that big obstacles can be overcome through cooperation."<p>View this post on Facebook<p>View this post on Facebook

rescuers

Artificial Intelligence Radio Transceiver (AIR-T)

A new project has started its journey on the Crowd Supply funding website this week offering the chance to own an artificial intelligent radio …

Artificial Intelligence

5 ways your coffee addiction can boost your garden

If one of the first things you do each morning is brew a fresh pot of coffee, then you likely have a lot of coffee waste. After the brewing is finished, you grab the filter and dump the grounds in the trash. But did you know you can use those spent grounds around the house instead?<p>You can use …

Gardening

14 Incredible Artificial Intelligence Pioneers Everyone Should Know About

Every year, the World Economic Forum reports on technology pioneers from around the world. As you might expect, this year, many companies use artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning at the core of their business to deliver innovative products and service offerings. Anyone interested in AI …

Artificial Intelligence

The most extreme RVs and campers of 2018

Off-grid

Tesla changed its testing regimen for the Model 3, and that's OK

If Tesla's struggle to produce the Model 3 in significant quantities has taught the general populace anything, it's that manufacturing a car is complicated. In addition to the hundreds upon hundreds of steps and processes that a vehicle must undergo during its build process, it must also pass …

Tesla

Are Average Investment Returns Relevant To Your Portfolio?

We are now halfway through 2018 and stock market returns are strong for most any time period you look at. However, as volatility increases going forward the listed average return of an investment might not always tell the whole story. For example, three investments can have the same multiyear …

Investing

Stunning photos show the beauty of the 19 new UNESCO World Heritage Sites around the globe

1/<p>1. Colombia's Chiribiquete national park is a new entrant. The site some of the most concentrated plant diversity in the Amazon and is famous for …

Archaeology

Can China build an anti-U.S. alliance?

President Trump is right about one thing. China really <i>has</i> been stealing many of America’s most valuable ideas.<p>For years, the Chinese government turned a blind eye to counterfeited U.S. luxury goods, bootlegged Hollywood films, fake Apple stores, trade secrets pilfered from cutting-edge U.S. tech …

China

Elon Musk Just Called Tesla a 'Real Car Company' After Hitting a Big Production Milestone

The innovative giant just hit its goal of 5,000 Model 3 units per week. Can it sustain it? A lesson on goal setting lies within.<p>Elon Musk must feel like the world is watching him and his team at Tesla--not that he doesn't invite it. The tech titan just delivered on another bold bet (albeit a little …

Tesla

Elon Musk often blows up at critics, but when Consumer Reports complains, even Tesla's CEO listens

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has no reluctance in lashing out at journalists. Or Wall Street analysts. Or employees.<p>But when Consumer Reports opened its mouth …

General Motors

Riding China’s Rise: The European Politicians in Beijing’s Orbit

David Cameron and Romano Prodi come from opposite ends of Europe’s political spectrum, but they have much in common. Both have left high office, …

China

It's Possible To Have Mixed Feelings About Tesla

We’re Tesla shills. We’re Tesla shortsellers. We’re in bed with Tesla. We want to kill Tesla to do a favor for the traditional automakers and big …

Tesla

Southwest Is Having a Major July 4th Sale With Cheap Flights to the U.S., Caribbean and Mexico

Book by Thursday at midnight.<p>While you're enjoying a July 4th barbecue, you can also plan a voyage into beautiful for spacious skies — for …

Caribbean

Elon Musk Once Gave Some Surprising Business Advice. 4 Years Later, It's Clearly Quite Brilliant

The road to self-improvement is a lifelong process.<p>Does a high IQ contribute to success? Certainly. But not without hard work, experimentation, failing forward, and an undying devotion to self-improvement.<p>Take Elon Musk, one of the smartest people on the planet. The driving force behind Tesla, …

Self-improvement

Japan’s World Cup team cleaned their own locker room and left a thank you note after losing to Belgium

Pure class.<p>Japan’s incredible run at the World Cup ended Tuesday after they were eliminated by Belgium in the Round of 16. The team was naturally heartbroken, but that didn’t stop them from doing what they thought was right.<p>This is Japan’s locker room after the game. It’s completely spotless, and …

Japan

Chinese AI beats 15 doctors in tumor diagnosis competition

An AI system has wiped the floor with some of China’s top doctors when it comes to diagnosing brain tumors and predicting hematoma expansion.<p>As reported by Xinhua, the system defeated a team comprised of 15 of China’s top doctors by a margin of two to one. The AI, BioMind, was developed by the</i> …

Artificial Intelligence