Man Path, Weed Sea

In 1989, a new plant was discovered on the M50 highway in Worcester, England. It's Cochlearia Danica, also known as Danish scurvygrass, a tiny weed in the family Brassicaceae, described by Linnaeus more than 200 years ago…

With or Without Borders in Science

This is a reflective article targeting the following comment made by Sivin, serving as the term paper for In Dialogue with Nature. “So long as there is variation of such magnitude in the balance between the cognitive, practical, normative, and social dimensions of science, such words as “international” and “universal”…

Painfully Grows

It’s been a long, long time since I’ve posted anything on this website. I could find countless excuses for that, but overall it should not have happened. I’ve spent the past six months on campus in Hong Kong, and it was “a fruitful…

Unfixable Anxiety

It's been over half a year since I first got on campus, and my precious time as an innocent freshman has clearly passed. Before there is such thing as college life to enjoy due to the pathetically contagious status quo,  I have to face a somewhat realistic problem. The contradictory…

From the Former Dreamer

For a long time, I had been seeing myself not as an award-winning high school graduate with a promising future, but a fool who had screwed every single chance to win a better title. That is part of the reason why I named myself Zepto, a unit prefix in the…

给自己点灯

从 NOI 2019 退役已经快四个月了。这段时间里常有朋友或是长辈问我,有什么收获和感想,能不能写一篇文字稿细细谈一谈,我一直拖着没写,因为我一直想让退役这件事情成为一件不会影响我心境的,无关紧要的小事,而一篇“退役感言“破坏了这种微妙的气氛。在我看来,这种气氛是能支持我挺过无人性的高三时光的不二法门。 考虑到你们正在看这篇文章,我不得不承认,这种微妙的气氛已经不复存在了。 早在两年前,从 NOIP 2017 的考场中走出来时,我就预见到了这个事实。在退役之前,我从来没有体验过无目标的迷茫感。更早的故事姑且不提,至少还在信息学赛场摸爬滚打的时候,我有汲取新知识,不断超越自己的动力,那就是清北的一纸协议,在它泡汤之后则是刻着 NOI 2019 的一小块奖牌。坦率地说,我对信息学的向往和热爱并不足以支持我没有组织、孤军奋战两年之久,最大的推动力就是有机会逃避高考带来的快感。考虑到我初中和高中都没有经过小升初或是中考一类的选拔,高考或成为我人生中第一次决定性选拔性大考的这个可预见的事实给我带来了很大的困扰。 在经历几乎颗粒无收的 NOI 2019 之后,这一困扰变成了摆在我面前的最大的难题。我本乐观地认为,对清北之类顶级大学的渴望会成为我新的推动力。但事实证明,那类顶级大学于我而言已经变成了可望而不可即的,…