Bits and pieces of me.

What does my middle initial "J" stand for? 

As my father told me, to leave my middle initial abbreviated all the time would be to forget my heritage. 

"J" expands to the names Jia Jiunn Yutaro. 


Family name: 林 (lin, forest)

Given name: 佳俊 (jia-jun, good and handsome)

富岡 雄太郎

Family name: 富岡 (tomi-oka, prosperous hill)

Given name: 雄太郎 (yuu-ta-rou, male first son)

Some advice from grandpa

マイ ペース

ma-i peh-su

"My pace." 

(You don't need to compare yourself against anyone else. Your best effort is the best you can be. You are good enough!)



ー 山本 五十六  

yatte-mise, itte-kikasete,

sasete-mite, homete-yaraneba-hito-wa-ugokashi

-  Yamamoto Isoroku

"Show them how it's done, tell them so they hear it,

have them try it, and praise them; if not, they won't move."

Some advice from grandma

"Learn, study, and understand with your full body." 


I attended high school in Singapore (Victoria Junior College).

From 2010 to 2018, I played floorball for my school teams. Check out my rainbow floorball stick!

🥈 Newspaper article: interview with me after a national championship final in 2015.

🇸🇬 Playing in competitions was probably the sole reason for my being fairly well-travelled to all corners of (the tiny) Singapore. 

🇸🇪 This sport also gifted me a chance to travel to Sweden too! (Hey, sarg, byte, skot, pass, ja!)

Will the ant get lunch today?

Co-winner for SUMS Art Contest, Jan 2021. 

Impretzible, with Holly Zheng.

Art I saw, art I liked

Lancelot Ribeiro

Helen Lundeberg

Mini contribution

I read Joe Silverman's Abstract Algebra textbook and caught typos for him. 

Childlike excitement ヽ(o^▽^o)ノ in being acknowledged in the last page of the preface.

Best typo


Books I liked


One of my favorite goals in soccer/football.

A valuable conversation on perspective. The extra footage is great too.

Andre Willis was a huge role model for me. So was Cornel West.

My personal definition of perfection. Tiger Woods, 2005 Masters.

link to exact segment of video 

(3:47:43 -- 3:50:00)

Favourite youtube version of Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto 3.

Yunchan Lim at Cliburn is also fantastic.

These videos got me into cooking when I was 15 (specimen 1).

These videos got me into cooking when I was 15 (specimen 2).

Sums up some of my current thoughts. Can we live simply? Will the natural world be happier if we do so? Can we reverse out damage? What are the lies we listen to every day?

Love this podcast. No better place to start than episode 0

Frank observations, but worthy of reflection even today. transcript

Unchecked growth is cancerous. But through this physical, biological intuition, we can teach ourselves a way to live well and sustainably.

"Eventually, the data will tell you the truth."

- Heard during QnA in a math talk in 2024

Revel in the process

"The second half was the best we ever played against Manchester City, definitely.They hit the post of course but we should have scored two or three goals. Exceptional football game. Wow!For me, we proved today the first time 100% we are exactly where we should be. We will fight for it and see what we can get.I don't think I've seen them struggling like they were today. We were outstanding.

The mother of all results is the performance: the good things we have to keep doing."

- Jürgen Klopp, Mar 10, 2024. After playing out an entertaining draw that could've been won.