Disclaimer: What you are about to read may shock you.  If you suffer from depression, anxiety, or are known to be impressionable, please consult a physician before proceeding.  Reader discretion is advised.  Thank you. One thing that's always puzzled me about myself, while I was growing up, was that I would find myself putting things into boxes.  These would be things that I really liked.  Due to this, I have boxes of non-mechanical pencils, various writing instruments, and candy dating as...
October 8, 2017
My first attempt at writing a mobile app happened more than 5 years ago.  I was in between jobs at the time, and decided to use the time to write a mobile app to get rich.  At the time, I had two main problems: I didn't have any ideas about how to write a mobile app, and I didn't have any ideas about what the app would do.  I think it was an uphill battle the whole way, from installing the Android Toolkit to laying out the UI.  Ultimately, I made something very small and basic, that ran on my Motorola...
October 1, 2017
Europe never appealed to me enough for me to want to go there.  However, my mom used to brag about how she travelled the world when she was young, and how Europe had been her next destination, after visiting the US.  Unfortunately, her plans would be derailed as she visited the US, met my dad, had me and my brother, and raised us.  Fast forward 30 years, and I made it one of my goals to pick up where she left off.  In addition, back in elementary school, my aunt, who was visiting from Switzerland...
September 19, 2017
It's been more than a month since my last post.  The past month has been incredibly busy for me at work.  It was actually really frustrating, as I was having to do other people's jobs.  Everything, including researching the current solution, looking at the potential impact, coding the solution, figuring out how to test it, testing it, and getting it into production was all up to me.  Though I did this all at my previous job, so I knew what to do, it felt like a different situation here.  Whereas...
August 5, 2017
Sister Mercy Kuhn passed away this last Wednesday.  She had been fighting a re-occurrence of cancer for more than a year.  The week before, my mom had told me that when she visited her, she had not been eating, and was all skin and bones, and that it was pretty much the end.  My brother made a trip back from Austin, and we visited her during the weekend.  I didn't know what to say to comfort her.  We ended up just praying together.  Just as we had served the children's opening together on Lord's...
June 20, 2017
Recently, I've been dabbling with making sushi.  With the opening of Mitsuwa, a Japanese supermarket, suddenly sushi ingredients were accessible to the average shopper.  I made some tuna yamakake, one of my favorites, for my mom on Mother's Day, and then squid sushi two weeks later (I had to wait for a sushi knife to arrive from Amazon).   Then, this weekend.  It started on Saturday, when I bought $80 of groceries meant for one meal. It consisted of sake and sushi....
May 29, 2017
Lot's of things have happened recently.  So many things, in fact, that I didn't have time to post about them.  Now, I will. It all started at the end of March.  One of my long-time friends (Ed, who I visited in Korea) came back from Korea, after 7 years there.  He lived with me for a week.  It was an interesting time.  We hung out with Joe and Jerry.  We all caught up.  Now, he's taking care of his grandma, and slowly getting back into the swing of things. My dad retired.  Around Thanksgiving...
May 14, 2017
Google Maps is a permanent tab in my browser.  I use it to check the traffic whenever I am about to head out during rush hour.  This means that I am checking traffic during the morning and evenings.  For a while now, I've been trying to see if there was some way I could just have it record the traffic, so that I can always glance at a semi-up-to-date picture of the traffic.  In addition, I could put together some cool animations.  Unfortunately, when I looked into this a year ago, I got nowhere....
April 18, 2017
One more thing on my bucket list that I finally got around to doing, that I've been wanting to do for a long, long time was to write a tool where I could upload an image, and it would automatically convert the image into ASCII art.  ASCII art is pretty cool, because it's like an impressionist painting.  At a certain distance, some strange details come to life.  Being able to convert any image to ASCII art would be awesome.  I got this working late last week, which you can check out here. Turns...
April 6, 2017
One thing I've been wanting to explore for a long, long time was how to post-process recordings (of myself) to make it sound like it came from a radio.  Recently, with the help of Google, I started doing it, and have been playing with some of my friend's recordings.  At this point, I think I have found the essence of how to do it, and so would like to leave it here for future reference. There are mainly just two parts to doing it: a compressor and a band-pass filter/equalizer.  A compressor...
April 2, 2017
One of my goals that I've been keeping in the back of my mind for a while now had been to make a retirement plan.  Turning 30 can be considered a landmark in life - about time to start thinking of the future - of the days that will come when I will not be as strong and capable as I am now, and to plan accordingly.  It's good to start thinking ahead earlier, because the earlier you set off on the right course means the less drastic measures you will be forced to take when ends don't look like they'll...
March 20, 2017
One thing I've always been bothered by was the fact that some people who do 90% unsatisfactory work can be more highly regarded than people who do 90% satisfactory work, if the former have 1% outstanding work where it is most visible.  Basically, they are able to hide the fact that they are sloppy, lazy, and uninspired, by dedicating a large amount of their effort to perfecting the small part of their work people see. However, I am beginning to realize that sometimes, the real key to doing...
February 10, 2017
It's become a tradition for me to organize all of my finances at the end of the year as a way of passing the time during the holidays.  During these times, I have been able to relive the experiences I've had throughout the year by recalling what it was that I spent money on.  I've also been able to spot trends as they develop.  This year was characterized by a mix of good and bad trends.  I hope to continue with the good trends next year while simultaneously... discontinuing the bad ones. Good...
December 27, 2016
It all started three years ago.  We had bought a new house half a year ago, and had finished moving everything.  We had then hired a family friend to do some renovations, but I volunteered to replace the carpet with vinyl planks.  I chose vinyl planks over hardwood floors, engineered floors, and laminate, because vinyl planks are easier to install, without the need to level the ground, or install a subfloor layer.  In addition, they are more weatherproof - being waterproof.  Finally, vinyl planks...
November 27, 2016
And just like that, my grandma passed away on a sunny, quiet Friday afternoon.  She had just finished eating lunch, and my mom had put her back in bed.  The lady who comes to give her showers came an hour later and alerted my mom that she was no longer breathing.  My dad was in Austin, on vacation at the time.  I was at work, having an unpleasant day.  According to my mom, she called 911.  The police came with an ambulance.  Then my mom called the funeral home.  They came and took the body away....
October 16, 2016
This year is turning out to be one of massive changes.  My dad decided to retire last week.  He marched into the office at 6AM, and tendered his resignation, only to be told to use up his vacation, and then to put in three more weeks.  Being 63, my dad retired a little early, voluntarily.  While, it's nice that he was able to do so, without fear of paying his bills (as I'll be the lender of last resort), my mom was not on board.  The two years of insurance costs to get to 65 before Medicare kicks...
October 11, 2016
Yesterday, I turned 30.  Being a teenager was ten years ago, and yesterday was the end of my twenties, the pinnacle of physical and mental strength.  This past decade spanned the decade with potentially the widest field of experiences I'll ever have.   This decade started with me being a college student, eager to prove my worth and mettle to the world.  It was a time when I furiously strove to the best of my abilities, getting my Bachelor's degree before I was 22.  I studied hard, planned my...
September 17, 2016
And just like that, my time at Dealersocket has come to an end.  Tomorrow, I will be starting a new job.  We will see how that turns out.  In the meantime, I suppose it's worth noting my present sentiment.  I joined the company almost 2.5 years ago.  Hence, this company has, thus far, been the company where I've stayed at the longest.  However, these two years have seen many events.  Now is the time to chronicle them all.  Let's begin with a prelude.   I had been looking for a new job for a...
August 29, 2016
It's been more than a month and a half since my last update.  While, historically, that has meant that I didn't have anything to say, this time it was because I was too busy to post. During this time, I've been working hard on my personal project - a dashboard done using Spring Boot.  This involved learning a whole host of new technologies, which I had up until then only heard of: Spring Boot, JPA, Hibernate, MQ (message queues - RabbitMQ, in particular), Stomp, SVG, and D3.  In addition, I...
July 18, 2016
I am not one for keeping track of significant dates, but today is a special day, because the day after Memorial Day, six years ago, was my first day working as a full-time employee.  So, what has happened in these six years? I went through two job changes, or three companies of varying sizes, experiencing the atmosphere of a startup, a corporate multi-national company, and one that was in between the two, in that order. I learned web development, heard that corporate Java...
May 31, 2016
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