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Sometimes people leave your life and that is it.
Hi friend! How’s the week going for you? Heartbreak is really two steps forward and one step back. Pain also comes in waves. For me, it’s always the mornings that hurt the most.
But as my friend Ken says, you have to measure by weeks, and I feel much better this week. Life keeps going on.
I’m in Seoul, Korea! Long story short, gotta go to Korea first to get back to China but I’m not complaining. I haven’t been back to Korea for 7 years. The food is amazing and people are very fashionable . Language-wise, I alternate between English, Chinese, and drawing pictures. 😂
Btw does anyone have any tips on how to meet people in new places??
Some Fun Facts
💸 No tipping. But maybe tipping is just a North American thing?
🙇♀️ Bowing is polite. Depth of bowing in East Asian countries: Japan > Korea > China.
🚕 You can flag down cabs in the streets. Not sure if there’s just not rideshare?
🍇 Similar to Japan, Koreans take fruits very seriously. Look at these beautiful grapes.
Still taking an anime break. Crazy I know. Maybe Tina v2 doesn’t watch anime anymore???
I stopped reading Crucial Conversations. It’s a book about how to have high-stakes conversations in business, life, and relationships.
It’s a great book, and I will return to it, but it’s too painful to read because it’s making me realize all the places that I screwed up with my ex. It’s not just me of course, but it’s just kinda sad that I now realize where things could have been different. It doesn’t change the fact that there were significant underlying problems in the relationship that would have caused it to end anyway, but maybe things could have ended amicably…
I started reading David and Goliath instead.
The story of David and Goliath goes like this:
Three thousand years ago on a battlefield in ancient Palestine, a shepherd boy felled a mighty warrior with nothing more than a stone and a sling. Since then, the story of David and Goliath represented the battles between underdogs and giants. It’s about how underdogs can take advantage of their position to beat giants in seemingly miraculous ways.
This is a book that champions the spirit of David and Goliath by illustrating the power of the underdog and how people have turned disadvantages like learning disabilities, lack of talent, and having a tough family environment into an advantage. It’s not about seeking adversity of course, but it goes to show that you can take advantage of disadvantages, which I think is a lesson that most of us can benefit from.
🌻 Learning & Productivity
I’m very proud of myself for getting the ball rolling again. I’m keeping myself accountable with meetings, unpausing sponsored content, and generally telling people deadlines, so I have to do them. I’m going slow though!
A reminder to anybody else that is trying to pick themselves up, it’s important to listen to your body and emotions. 🤗
👨💻 What I’m Working On
Building more Lonely Octopus things! We’re working on the website, and it’ll be out for the next newsletter. 🐙 KEEP US ACCOUNTABLE!!!
I’m also editing some short-form videos right now and planning for a life update video since y’all in the inner circle have been following along with what’s happening, but most people on Youtube are very confused by my erratic travelling lol.
💻 Today’s coding challenge (SQL/Python)
🎥 Oh no don’t remove my videos pls!
For each unique user in the dataset, find the latest date when their flags got reviewed. Then, find the total number of distinct videos removed on that date (by any user). Output the first and last name of the user (in two columns), the date and the number of removed videos. Only include these users who had at least one of their flags reviewed. If no videos got removed on a certain date, output 0.
Head on over here to answer the question!
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