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Author: Vincent Tang

My First Nonprofit Hackathon

My First Nonprofit Hackathon

Hackathons

What does this word mean to you?

The first things that come to my mind is a room full of developers. With laptops buzzing in the background, energy drinks and pizza aplenty, and overnight camping sessions. This wasn’t really what I experienced. I have not been to a real hackathon yet, with actual prize pools, corporate sponsors, and judges in the mix. read more

Idea Explosions

Idea Explosions

A few years back, I read a book called “Choose Yourself” from James Altucher. In this book, he explained the concept of “Becoming an Idea Machine”.

He states that the ability to generate ideas is like a muscle. It needs to be trained everyday or else it loses its shape. If you practice it enough times, you will end up generating more ideas than you would ever want. read more

Story of My Life

Story of My Life

I tried writing this once already but my computer crashed so I lost all my writing.

Growing up, I lived a poor lifestyle, despite growing up in a middle class family. My family is very frugal, so everything I’ve ever owned growing up was a hand me down. I have never owned an actual smartphone until 2013, despite the first iphone being released in 2007. read more

Knowledge Worth Knowing

Knowledge Worth Knowing

What knowledge is worth knowing?

The amount of information available only grows as time goes on, especially in this day and internet age. New things are created daily at an increasing rate, whether this is new videos, books, movies, social media posts, research, video games, technology, etc. Information is readily accessibly by literally anyone. 15 years ago, this was not the case, before the dotcom boom. read more

How I Organize Myself

How I Organize Myself

I get asked every so often how I organize myself. Most recently it was with an ecommerce developer. I found that he had 7  years of experience in the platform my company used, so I hired him as a consultant.

We met via discord, since it had VoIP and screensharing features. We talked for an hour. Eventually, he wanted to know what kind of client I was, so he asked this: read more

How I Learned to Source Things Overseas

How I Learned to Source Things Overseas

Once upon a time I used to do international trade sourcing. Actually a few times to be more fair. I used to source out silicon dioxide particles (derived from sand and quartz) for a research lab specializing in photovoltaics / solarcells. Years later I did sourcing for a company specializing in industrial equipment. read more

On Lost Writing and Memories

On Lost Writing and Memories

I was writing a story about my life, reminescing back on days I had growing up.

Halfway in the post my windows laptop decided to take a **** on itself and turn on sticky shift keys (why was this invented, seriously). I ended up proceeding to delete all of my text somehow, and wordpress decided not to cache any copies. read more

On Brutalist Webdesign

On Brutalist Webdesign

Recently I read a post on hackernews about brutalist design. It drew many similiarities to webdesign and construction. How in construction, you always think of form and function before aesthetic. For instance, figuring out if the building is structurally sound, the raw materials needed, the labor, scheduling, etc. There are certain requirements that need to be met for all types of consutrction, otherwise we would get things like the FIU pedestrian bridge collapse in miami read more