VIA Survey of Character Strengths

A free tool to help you to find what really matters to you.
http://www.authentichappiness.sas.upenn.edu/default.aspx
Here is my result.
– Your Top Strength
Love of learning
You love learning new things, whether in a class or on your own. You have always loved school, reading, and museums-anywhere and everywhere there is an opportunity to learn.
– Your Second Strength
Judgment, critical thinking, and open-mindedness
Thinking things through and examining them from all sides are important aspects of who you are. You do not jump to conclusions, and you rely only on solid evidence to make your decisions. You are able to change your mind.
– Your Third Strength
Perspective (wisdom)
Although you may not think of yourself as wise, your friends hold this view of you. They value your perspective on matters and turn to you for advice. You have a way of looking at the world that makes sense to others and to yourself.
– Your Fourth Strength
Self-control and self-regulation
You self-consciously regulate what you feel and what you do. You are a disciplined person. You are in control of your appetites and your emotions, not vice versa.
– Your Fifth Strength
Industry, diligence, and perseverance
You work hard to finish what you start. No matter the project, you “get it out the door” in timely fashion. You do not get distracted when you work, and you take satisfaction in completing tasks.

CES in Las Vegas

For the last couple days, I were in Vegas for the CES.
The biggest electric appliance trade show in the world.
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– Tablet PC
In this CES, more than 35 companies are introducing their new tablet type PC. For me, all of them look like very similar to iPad. Ironically, there isn’t single Apple crew in the CES. I hope at least several of these iPad type machine can survive in the market.
– 3D TV
It’s the Year of 3-D Television. It seems that every manufacturer can produce 3D TV, even some manufacturers from the emerging markets. As a consumer, it’s very challenging to tell the difference among those 3D TVs. Last year was also supposed to be the Year of 3-D Television, and nobody was interested. I believe 3D TV’s future in the long term, but it’s still too early for the major implementation.
– Electrical vehicle
I was surprised that there are so many auto manufacturers in the CES. Definitely, they need to develop more human-oriented user interface for their EVs. It’s too complicated to use. I listened presentation made by CEO of Ford for 1 hour about their EV car, I still didn’t get how to use that car. I hope he can drive that car back to his home without any accidents.
– Gambling
People call Las Vegas as a Sin City. However, I haven’t observed a lot of sin here. Although CES is the biggest trade show in Vegas, most of casinos only have the people equal to half of their capacity. As a matter of fact, most of casinos’ sales is shrinking significantly. They cut the cost in order to deliver some profits.
– Virgin Airline
To be honest, my flight with Virgin Airline is much more impressive than most of gadgets in the CES. They literally reinvent the aircraft. From the lighting to the on board entertainment. It’s a great example that how a company’s culture can help it to differentiate from its competitors.

Trip to Cuba

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Cuba definitely has world class Jazz musician. Amazingly, it only cost 10 USD
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Cuba uses 300 years old castle as its military base
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Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and a horse
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Casa de la musica is full of prostitutes
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Tobacco plantation
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The national sport is definitely baseball
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Havana is a living museum of antique cars
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Mr. Bush family in Havana
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Havana airline still uses Soviet airplane
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Havana is qualified to become the next Cancun, if the US’d like to stop the embargo