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2017-04-14

About Me

Who are you?

I’m an editor at SSPAI by day (used to be a transaction lawyer), and a tech nerd through the day. Fascinated with the digital world, I appreciate all the convenience and sparks brought by ether and gadgets. I enjoy facilitating everyday life with digital devices and I’m always in search of methods to improve productivity. That being said, laziness, impatience, and hubris are the virtues I always extol.

Personalities

  • MBTI: INTJ (Extraversion/Introversion, Sensing/Intuition, Thinking/Feeling, Judging/Perceiving)
  • Big Five: Openness to experience (3.7/5.0), Conscientiousness (3.4/5.0), Extraversion (2.2/5.0), Agreeableness (2.9/5.0), Neuroticism (2.9/5.0)

Politics

Self-identified as progressive conservatism (Equality/Market, Liberty/Authority, Progress/Tradition, Ecology/Production).

What’s in your tech stack?

Hardware

For… I use…
Laptop MacBook Pro (16 inch, 2021)
Desktop Mac mini (i5, 2018)
Phone iPhone 13 Pro
Tablet iPad Pro (12.9 inch, 2021)
External Display LG UltraFine 4K (21.5 inch)
Keyboard Keychron K3
Apple Magic Keyboard
Pointing device Apple Magic Mouse (Review)
Apple Magic Trackpad
e-Reader Boox Air (a.k.a. Dedao Reader Pro Max) (Review)
Hisense Touch (Review)
Console Nintendo Switch (battery-enhanced revision, 2019)
Audio Wireless earbuds: Apple AirPods Pro
IEM: AKG N5005 & UE900 (remodeled as custom-fitted)
Amplifier: Fiio Q5s (Type-C, 2020)
Accessories Dock: CalDigit TS3 Plus
Charging: Apple MagSafe

Software & Services

For… I use…
Bookmarking Instapaper, Raindrop.io, and vanilla browser bookmarks
Browser Firefox Developer Edition & Safari
Desktop OS macOS, flirting with Linux
Editor VSCode, with Vim keybindings & iA Writer
Email Apple Mail
Feed reader NewsBlur
Launcher Alfred
Misc. utils. fzf, ranger, qpdf, youtube-dl, Keyboard Maestro
Mobile apps VSCO, Taio, Fiery Feeds
Mobile OS iOS, flirting with Android
Note-taking Obsidian
Podcatcher Pocket Casts
Subscriptions Music: Apple Music, Youtube Music, QQ Music, and Netease Music (phew)
Video: Apple TV+
Publications: The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal
Misc.: Apple Arcade, Apple Fitness+
Task-managing Task lists in Markdown
Terminal iTerm 2
Window managing yabai & Moom

Where else can I find you on the net?

Alongside those stiff metal boxes, I would also add some softer and more humanistic brushes to my life by designing and photographing (mostly iPhoneographing), which you can see on Instagram. You can also hear some of my shouts & murmurs on Twitter and Weibo.

Of course, the good old email is always welcomed: direct your message to hi (at) cyhsu.net. For work purposes, please contact platyhsu (at) sspai.com.

About the Site

What is this site for?

Neverland is a place for me to store trivia which I think are even ineligible for Evernote. So far, it contains verbose logs of fiddling with my devices, buggy translations of articles that caught my (not necessarily your) eyes, casual excerpts from the Internet, et cetera. As the name conveys, you could never expect something useful from it, but neither could you expect you will never find one.

Blogging seems to be an anachronism in this information-abundant era. After all, what’s the point jotting down words that may never be revisited even by yourself, only to add entropy to a system already chaotic enough to make people fatigue?

There is a distinction, however, between being selective to consume and to produce content. Surely it won’t make any visible contribution to enlarge a huge pie by a zillionth inch, but neither will it do any harm. And, it might be this very addition that helps one in need. As such, the words here don’t exist for being useful. They exist for a potential future me or someone else in search of resonance, recollections, or reconcilement. If there is a possibility, there is a dynamic.

Never say never — Because we say “never” by believing in the “ever.”

I’m new here. Which post(s) should I read first?

Welcome. Here are some posts I’m satisfied with and illustrative of my personality & interests. You’re also welcomed to check the archive (chronological) and index (topic-based) pages.

I find a mishmash of Chinese and Chi/English. Why?

For two reasons:

  • The technical reason: I prefer to write in whichever language my inner voice spoke when I was thinking about the topic because it’s easier.
  • The philosophical reason: The separation of language can serve as a separation of concerns. As the mother tongue, Chinese can sometimes feel too intimate and natural to express in candidly. Modern Chinese is also becoming regretfully meme- and Newspeak-liked, lacking the tool to write seriously and analytically with. English, though not without problem of its own, provides an alternative for a cowardly, escapist, or cynical me to think and write in. See also Yiyun Li’s To Speak Is to Blunder, one of my favorite essays of all time.

How is this site built?

As of February 2022, Neverland is built with Hugo and hosted on Netlify. Prior to that, it was a self-hosted instance of WordPress. I may write about the rationale and process when time permits, but the gist is that the WordPress’ block-based Gutenberg experience turns out to be too voracious for my low-end virtual box and too fiddly for me as a minimalist. On the other hand, the static site generators and serverless providers have really come a long way since my previous flirting with Hexo. That you can set up a simple blog, certificated and CDN’d in minutes is no longer a goal, but a given.

I’m feeling generous. How can I buy you a cup of coffee?

You do this:

Disclaimers & Copyrights

Reasonable care has been taken to ensure the information I provided here is experimented or checked by myself and up to date at the time of publication, but it is still subject to inaccuracies and changes. I take no responsibility for any errors/omissions, or any damages/distress resulting from following the advice or information made available.

Some rights of mine are waived under the condition of CC BY-NC-ND 4.0, which means you are free to copy and redistribute the material from this site in any medium or format, as long as you give appropriate credit without remixing, transforming, and using for commercial purposes. I’m not intended to put any limitations on my writings, though — I don’t even think many of them worth one, but as a law student I’m educated to always be prepared for the worst, so forgive me if you think it’s unnecessary to do so.