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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

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

The Obsession I have with Software

The Obsession I have with Software

I find that I write best whenever I’m having a conversation with someone. Sometimes I’ll read hackernews and post my opinions on things. Occassionally I’ll flesh out something unique as a result.

On this hackernews post here, someone asked how do you go about finding your passion. One of the responses talked about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and how it is sometimes called “Chess with your body”. This brought back some memories of my first BJJ instructor, who taught me much the same things, and this was the response I gave. read more

My Sloppy Excel VBA Code

My Sloppy Excel VBA Code

Whenever I program,I try and write that code as clean as possible. I try to enforce practices such as stylized guides and enforce good github project guidelines as well. And program daily to practice these standards

However, this is not always the case. Sometimes I’ll program in a way that reflects that language or framework, (e.g. writing python in a pythonistic way). Occasionally I’ll have to touch a tool that I’d rather not use (e.g. Autohotkey) that has sloppy and inconsistent syntax. But there’s no other good alternatives for adding complex windows shortcut hotkeys read more

My 2017 Yearly Reflections & 2018 Resolutions

My 2017 Yearly Reflections & 2018 Resolutions

Its year 2018 and I still haven’t reflected upon all the things I achieved last year, or things I want to do this year. So I will do it now. After digging through all my profiles (stackoverflow, github, bookmarks, projects, photos on phone, workout log, and journal log), this is a comprised list of things I achieved, and what things I want to finish in the future read more