Singapore Healthcare

A great video summarizing why I think the Singaporean Healthcare system is the best in the world. High praises coming from a French ^^

Why do I say it’s the best?
It’s cheap, it’s pretty much universal, and it achieves some amazingly strong outcomes.
But don’t take my word for it, watch the video:

French Economic Views

When I read French news, I can’t help but feel sad. Anyone who believes the government can control the economy hasn’t been paying attention for the last 60 years years. The beauty of the economic world is its ability to adapt. As a result, attempts to control or steer it in meaningful ways are more often than not fruitless. Still, most of my compatriots willingly share in a collective ignorance of this obvious fact. This emperor has no clothes, but he hasn’t realized it yet.

Gay Marriage

The motley cast of characters opposing gay marriage and other equal-rights legislation are of the same mold as those who claimed that educating women would destroy civilization, that letting women vote would destroy civilization, that permitting inter-racial marriage would destroy civilization, and that allowing women to initiate divorce proceedings would destroy civilization.

Despite all this empty bluster by repressed old white men, civilization has actually become more civilized as each shibboleth falls. Perhaps the repressed old white men should emigrate to Saudi Arabia if they want to return to “the good old days” when minorities of all kinds “knew their place” and would be swiftly killed if ever they had the temerity to “become uppity.” These sad angry repressed old white men will feel right at home in Jeddah.

CA-Oxonian – commenting on The Economist

CS50X

I’ve always been interested in computers and the way they work. I toyed around windows 3.1 with my first computer, crashed it a few times playing with the command line, and spent countless hours trying to organize and optimize it.

But I only now am starting to realize that maybe I should have explored this interest earlier. I’ve been studying the CS50x* online course in recent weeks and am loving every second of it so far!

To the point that I am surprising myself reading “The C programming language” written by Brian Kernighan and Dennis Ritchie in my spare time. As a result, I have just opted for the identified diploma version of the course, and hope to graduate by September. Who knows, maybe my next job will be as a programmer ^^

Wish me luck!

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* CS50x is Harvard College’s introduction to the intellectual enterprises of computer science and the art of programming. David J. Malan is the main teacher, and helps us improve our ability to think algorithmically and solve problems efficiently. They partnered with edX to offer this awesome course to people like me who live more than 15,000 km from Massachusetts. You can check it out here : CS50x @ edX

Musings of an expat living in South East Asia