Hiyo from Bangkok!
Can't believe it has been half a year since the last newsletter! After a long hiatus, my typing fingers got itchy again.
Some update. There is a CHI 2021 paper with my name on the author list. Wonder how to give effective design feedback? Try leading with an open-ended question before delivering critical feedback.
Fritz Lekschas and Spyros Ampanavos did most of the heavy lifting. My main contribution was the cartoon illustration. :-D You can read the blog post to learn more.
Now onto some stuff on my mind.
There is a story about a Chinese farmer. It goes like this.
There was once a Chinese farmer who lived with his son. One day, his horse ran away. His neighbors sympathetically said, "This is really unfortunate". The farmer replied, "Maybe."
The next day, the horse returned with seven more wild horses. The neighbors said, "You are so lucky. Now you have eight horses". The farmer also replied, "Maybe."
The day after, his son was thrown off one of the wild horses and broke his leg. The neighbors felt sorry for him and when to console the old farmer. "What are you going to do? This is really bad." Again, the farmer replied, "Maybe."
Not long after, the military officers came to the village to draft young men into the army. Because the son's leg was broken, he got exempted. The neighbors congratulated the old man, "It turned out to be good fortune after all." The farmer just said "Maybe."
What reminds me of this story? Up to the end of 2020, Thailand had been handling the pandemic well. The number of new patients within the country was low. WHO even featured Thailand in their documentary on successful responses to Covid-19. We were lucky.
Now, in May 2021, hard-hit districts are under lockdown. Schools close. There are about 2,000 new cases each day with rising death counts. Our vaccination is going slowly. We have exceeded our healthcare system's capacity. The recovering economy is taking another dive. We are so unfortunate.
Did Thailand's prior success contribute to our failure to control the outbreak? Did we get too confident and neglect other preventive measures while we have Covid-10 under control?
Maybe the best time to prepare for unfortunate turns of events is when things are going well.
Maybe the best time to hope for a better future is when things are at their worst.
"The best way to complain is to make things better." -- Seth Godin
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How big tech got so big I haven't read it yet but looks interesting.
Until next time!