November 27, 2020

How I Found My Dream Job and 3 Tips On How You Can, Too

⚠️ Note: Please go to for the latest version of this article. Soon, this site will be deleted and all of my posts will be migrated to Last summer, in my most popular and inspirational blog post yet, I wrote about how believing in myself, dreaming big, and following my plans led me from nearly failing high school to landing offers at Big Tech. Near the end of that post, I stated that my next goal was to find my “dream job. Read more

July 25, 2020

I'm Moving to Reno, Nevada. Why?

Besides being a 1-hour drive to this beautiful beach, that is. Preface Though COVID-19 has been an inconvenience for many, it has allowed more and more people the autonomy to choose where they want to live. Seeing that my work could be done remotely for the foreseeable future and that my girlfriend, Carol, was willing to relocate with me since all of her classes would be remote, why not choose somewhere I want to live? Read more

March 14, 2020

I Predicted the COVID-19 Stock Market Crash of 2020

On February 15th, 2020, I predicted that COVID-19, which was wrecking havoc in China at the time would soon spread to the United States and wreak havoc here. On February 15th, 2020, I sold 85% percent of all my stocks. On February 18th, 2020, the S&P 500 reached an all time high, despite the known deaths in China. On February 21th, 2020, the S&P 500 crashed. Today is March 14th, 2020 and I am making a few more predictions about the future. Read more

February 5, 2020

To Improve Your Life and the World, Treat the Communities You Live In As Permanent

Although I was born in Mountain View, California, I’ve never seen the bay area as my home. The longest that I’ve lived in one house was four years. As a result, I have always viewed the homes that I have lived in as nothing more than temporary housing. Many of you reading this might find this hard to relate to, but in reality, we’re not so different. Many budding college matriculants find themselves moving to a new town for college. Read more

August 11, 2019

Surviving the Tallest Mountain in the Contiguous US: A Tale of Friendship, Altitude Sickness, and Piss

Mount Whitney “The Big Daddy” (14,505 ft / 4,421 m) Part 1: Introduction On August 6th, 2019, Douglas Qian, Newton Xie, Noriyuki Kojimano and I set out from Mountain View, CA to tackle Mount Whitney. Not only were we determined to summit the tallest mountain in the contiguous United States, but to also do it in one day. In comparison, most overnight backpackers take between 2 and 4 days to complete. Read more

June 13, 2019

I Had a 1.95 GPA in High School

If you don’t believe in yourself, nobody else will. – Me During my junior year of high school, when everybody else was trying the hardest that they have ever tried, I was on the verge of being put on academic probation. I ended the first semester of junior year with a 1.95 / 4.00 GPA. For those who aren’t familiar with the GPA scale, 1.95 is equal to a C- (73%-70%). Read more

April 23, 2019


Yesterday, I turned 22. You could say I had a mini quarter-life crisis. Most people retire at about age 60. That would put me at a third of the way through my career. It’s also not news that most people lay the foundations of their career in their 20s and early 30s, leading to an average peak in salary in their 40s. As Meg Jay, Ph.D., author of the Defining Decade says, “Eighty percent of life’s most defining moments take place by age thirty-five. Read more

August 2, 2018

More Information is Not Always Good

A few days ago, I was debating with my co-workers Alice and Bob about whether or not having more information is always benefical to a person. I’m not going to be able to express their thoughts with high fidelity, so I will only express mine here. Having more information does not allow us to make better decisions. In fact, a lot of the time, we can benefit from having less information. Read more

July 15, 2018

Another New Site?

So, it seems like every few months I’ve been feeling discontent with my personal website, thus prompting me to rehaul my website over and over again. This frequent rehauling can be boiled down to two reasons. I have never really felt satisfied with the overall design and aesthetic of my personal website. I haven’t made up my mind about starting my blog back up again or not. I’ve been toying around with Jekyll and Bootstrap recently, and then I found Hugo. Read more

July 15, 2018

Hosting Hugo Using GitHub

In this short tutorial, you will be creating two repositories, one that will store your Hugo source files, and one that will store the files neccessary to view your website. The website repo is called public and will be inside of your source repository. This will be done by using a git submodule. This guide requires you to have git installed, a Hugo website that you can easily clone from it’s github repo, and a GitHub account. Read more

May 29, 2017

Hacking an Inadequate Air Conditioner – Part 2

Click here for part 1. After my professor and I created the prototype for the Remote Thermostat in, we worked on the printed circuit board layout using EAGLE. Then we placed the order through a Chinese website and then waited for the board to be delivered.

September 8, 2016

Hacking an Inadequate Air Conditioner – Part 1

GitHub Repository: It was scorching hot this summer in Amherst, Massachusetts. Especially because my room was on the second floor, the room temperature would often rise to over 100° F during midday. The house I stayed in didn’t have a central HVAC (heat-ventilation-air-conditioning) system built into the house so we opted for a window AC that could be inserted into the frame of the window and be plugged into the wall outlet for power. Read more

September 2, 2016

The Happiest Moment of My Life

Sunrise from Refuge A I always like to plan things out before I do them. Especially with hiking mountains in a country of which language I did not know, it was especially crucial for me to plan things out before hand. I searched online and found close to nothing that would help me prepare for Mt. Olympus. I basically went to Greece with no knowledge of Mt. Olympus so I had to figure everything out on the way. Read more

July 23, 2016

Building My Own Headphone Amp

The finished Objective2 headphone amp As a music enthusiast, I’ve always been in the pursuit of the best sound replication devices. As I researched more and more about headphones and the amazing world of sound replication, I kept reading about these things called amps and DACs (digital-to-analag converters). For a long time, I simply ignored those terms as I felt that they were too advanced for the average Joe. They seemed too complicated and only for the professional studio recorders or niche audiophile market. Read more

July 23, 2016

The Most Important Thing That I Learned This Summer

I’ve often been told that passion leads to success. It is one thing to hear a quote and another thing entirely to experience it firsthand. This summer, I was hired as an intern by Rui (pronounced REY) Wang, a computer science professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst as well as the founder of Ray’s Hobby and OpenSprinkler. During these three months, I learned a handful of technical skills as well as professional skills such as problem solving and communication. Read more

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