Spring is finally here! I think. Or at least we’ve had a few sunny days out, and it’s becoming mostly bearable to spend time outside.

Also saw a couple of these American Robins flitting about in the bushes. First time I’ve actually used BirdSnap, and I have to say it’s pretty awesome! Good work by Prof. Belhumeur’s Laboratory for the Study of Visual Appearance =)

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Playing the piano

One of my few distinct memories of when I was six years old was going to a dinner party at a family friend’s house, and deciding impulsively (as little kids often do) that I wanted to learn how to play the piano. At the time, my parents had been in near-constant communication with their friends from school, work, and the general Asian-American community, so it was almost a foregone conclusion that I would be signed up for piano lessons the moment I expressed any interest whatsoever.

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On hackathons

Y-Hack, Credit: @brucesebi

My first hackathon was Mozilla’s World Series of Hack, held in the Computer History Museum. Sponsored by many of the big Silicon Valley technology firms, it was a sleepness night of hacking away at what would become the internet as we know it now. Real-time websockets, ubiquitous in 2013, were just another experimental piece of cool technology in 2011. It’s amazing how far we (and the internet) have come in the past couple years, and this rapid development shows no sign of slowing down.

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