Michael He

December 7, 2021

2022 Requests

In 2022 I want to explore even more interesting things, as job searching will take a bigger part of my life in the next few months. Fingers crossed on that (given the weird labor market right now). Please send me any topics you’re interested in or questions you’d like me to answer or explore. Some of my favorite pieces are from friend ...
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December 6, 2021

Start Rereading

Rereading is underrated. It is important to reread for one to improve and fully appreciate reading. Some books need multiple reads because they are impossible to understand in one go. When I finished Robert Caro's The Power Broker, I knew I would read it again at a more mature age. Robert Moses's political maneuvers, his inner thoughts...
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December 1, 2021

So Much Time, So Little Time

The sun goes down at 5 PM now. I usually leave that hour open to catch a breath. Now it's necessary to save this time for sunset. As I am enjoying the sunset today, I see people staring at their phones. Usually that doesn't bother me, but this time I somehow have doubts. Doubts about what a neurotic environment like a prestigious colle...
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November 13, 2021

Things I Wish I'd Known

I wrote a long list for my eighteen-year-old self in the summer. It is similar to this college guide but longer and more opinionated. I asked some friends about their favorite pointers, so you can see the (objectively) best ones. Special thanks to Theo, J.J, Alex, Andrew, and Samuel for their help and comments. Samuel contributed signi...
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November 6, 2021

Travel To The Future

Listening to Rick Steves reminds me of why I love traveling. Reading and talking to people are the best ways to learn. Traveling (when done right) is a special combination of both. Instead of reading books, you read and experience the environment, the architecture and scenery, the food, the culture, the atmosphere, and of course, the p...
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October 31, 2021

240 Days Later

240 days ago, I started my blog with "Starting Here, Calm and Happy". I had no idea what would happen, but the world certainly surprised me in many ways. Here are ten things that happened to me during this time: • Paul Graham shared "Why Kids Hate Writing"; • I interned at NPR and did many cool stories, such as on BTS and anime; • Enjo...
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October 30, 2021

Tender Lightness

What makes life worth living? Fortunately, some moments are self-evident answers to that question. For example, right now. I'm sitting outside the biology department building, looking at the four-way street intersection. The sun is shining but the temperature feels just right. IU's 'Ah Puh' is playing in my ears. I'm smiling from head ...
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October 17, 2021

How To Do Nothing Effectively

"How to do nothing effectively" sounds silly. It seems stupid to do nothing and it seems absurd to do such stupid thing effectively. But this is actually something worthwhile, at least for me and my good friend, who first posed the question. What does "do nothing" mean? And why should we do nothing, at least sometimes? Doing nothing do...
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October 12, 2021

Squashing The Ant One Year Later

It's been a year since Jack Ma's fiery speech at the Bund Summit, his subsequent disappearance, and the pulled IPO of his Ant Financial, a company that was once worth trillions of RMB. This year has been dubbed "the year of Chinese tech crackdown" by media and people outside of China. But all this talk, worry, and speculation begs some...
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October 10, 2021

The Trust Battery

Human relationship are difficult to understand, but we can use the trust battery to understand the bigger picture. What is the trust battery? Shopify CEO Tobi Lütke uses this idea to describe work relationships at his company. When two people interact for the first time their trust battery is at 50%, which is a neutral level. The perce...
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