On being mediocre

I watched a movie titled "A Brilliant Young Mind" (starring my favorite actor Asa Butterfield) two weeks ago, and there was a line in the movie that made me think a little: "Here, you are neither weird nor the best mathematician. You are painstakingly average." - said a (fictional) girl on the UK IMO (International …

Thoughts on TPP

Many people have asked for my opinions about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) since the last round of negotiation reached final agreements on Oct 5, 2015. To the extent that (1) the content of the negotiations is still kept secret today (please inform me if I'm wrong), (2) the only content available for reading is the three …