22 Oct 2013
Last month, I read “Mastery” by Robert Greene. I heard about it because one of my coworkers pasted a quote from it on our internal Yammer, so I decided to pick it up.
07 Oct 2013
I tried to pay Judy’s T-Mobile bill online yesterday. However, T-Mobile’s website wouldn’t immediately accept the payment and said that it would take one hour to process. I figured that was ok; I didn’t really need to give her a call immediately anyway, since we were about to go out to eat together.
05 Oct 2013
Here is a non-optimized recursive implementation of a factorial function.
03 Oct 2013
I started looking into managing email volume and deliverability for AngelList users yesterday, and already I’ve learned something cool.
01 Oct 2013
When I was working on Bespoke Row, one of my projects, ShirtFitFinder, was featured on LifeHacker. That press mention led to more of my customers finding out about Bespoke Row than anything else I did in the whole year I worked on it. ShirtFitFinder still gets residual traffice from people who read about it on LifeHacker; that’s why it’s the only piece of Bespoke Row still running.
30 Sep 2013
Judy and I went on a sailing tour last Tuesday. We’d booked the tour two months in advance, because the tour was completely sold out during the America’s Cup races. Luckily for us, this year’s Cup was the longest ever, so we were actually out sailing on the second-to-last day. The AC75 catamarans has to sail past us to get back to their dock after the race. I tried to get a picture of Judy as the Oracle boat went past, but it was gone too quickly. Amazing.
29 Sep 2013
What’s the big fear with the NSA mining our social media data and our phone calls?
28 Sep 2013
I program in Ruby every day, but I’m not a Ruby programmer.
26 Sep 2013
I just learned about this fun little website:
13 Jan 2013
To sign up, just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
09 Jan 2013
Hot pot is the perfect cure for Beijing’s cold winters. Judy and I had a great time with our friends Alex, Leesh, and Meichi last week.
08 Jan 2013
Last week, I rewrote this website so that it’s now based on Jekyll and hosted on Github Pages. The advantage of Github Pages hosting is that it’s free and more easily scalable than the server I had before.
26 Dec 2012
Patrick McKenzie talks about how he fixed his perspective here:
21 Oct 2012
The book presents four main theses:
12 Sep 2012
17 Aug 2012
I woke up today at 5:11am on the night train from Dalian to Beijing. I’m here with 30 other people, all traveling around China, meeting entrepreneurs, startups, and businesses in Beijing and Shanghai. Last night, we were the last people asleep because we were smart enough to bring beer and snacks for the trip.
20 Jul 2012
Since I read Paul Graham’s essay The Acceleration of Addictiveness recently, I’ve already recommended it to three people in conversation. That’s a good number to indicate I should probably just recommend it to everyone.
16 Jul 2012
When I first moved to Beijing in 2010, there were no coworking locations, and I had to start my own email list to find places with friendly people to work from. Now, however, things have changed for the better. I work at Buro.Asia every day near the DaWangLu subway stop. It’s very professional, with big desks where I can put a big monitor, and not too many people.
15 Jul 2012
This year, I have set up a number of Wordpress sites with custom themes for friends and family. Like any good engineer, after the third one I realized that I needed to stop treating them as one-off projects and start having a single process for managing all of them.
12 Jul 2012
I didn’t intend to do two pictures of fish in a row, but Judy and I saw these fish in Chengdu last week, and I really liked the colors and patterns in the resulting photo.
07 Jul 2012
29 Jun 2012
I took my camera to LaiTai flower market with Judy a few weeks ago. Normally, pictures of fish in tanks don’t work out well because of reflections, etc.. This time, however, I was sure to take a lot of photos and with a little bit of cropping and a few adjustments in photoshop, I’m pretty happy with this one.
25 Jun 2012
Of course, this is old news by now. However, I finally finished the website for my wedding with Judy, so you can check it out!
05 Jun 2012
Over the last two weeks, I’ve been working on a new project with my friends Nicky, Konrad, and Amaca. HackerBeers.com!
28 May 2012
I spent a long time today struggling with a bug in my application. I was using django-timezone-field and whenever I tried to assign ‘UTC’ to the field and save it, I received an `IntegrityError: myapp_mymodel.timezone may not be NULL` exception.
18 May 2012
Yesterday, my Acheev.it cofounder Nicky forwarded me a question on Quora, “What makes a good engineering culture?”
16 May 2012
I forgot to take my camera out this weekend, so here’s another picture from our trip to Guilin a few weeks ago. This one was taken out of an open-air cart as we zoomed down the road after a raft ride. I took about 30 photos, which was enough to get just one good one between the trees, electrical wires, and people on scooters.
14 May 2012
I often want to know what directory one of my bash scripts is in so I can refer to other scripts with relative paths. When you execute a script on the command line, this is relatively straight-forward:
11 May 2012
This week I read a fascinating article from Dustin Curtis about a downside of vector-based graphics. Because the straight lines in them don’t necessarily match to a pixel border, they’re anti-aliased, just like the curves, which makes them look noticeably less clear.
09 May 2012
This tiny kitten belongs to Judy’s friend Li Hong and lives at her new teahouse. I’m still playing with my new 50mm lens and really love the narrow depth-of-field it enables.
08 May 2012
For Acheev.it, I’m currently building a Django application that integrates with GMail. We plan to distribute this via the Google Apps Marketplace so it will be very easy for organizations that are already using Google Apps to install.
03 May 2012
The locals refer to the morning fog in the mountains as 云海 (yùnhăi), which means “Cloud Ocean.” Judy and I visited Longshen on Saturday with our good friends Nick and Alice.
27 Apr 2012
Earlier this week, I received an email from Jason Calacannis. I always look forward to his emails because, regardless of whether I agree with him or not, he always has a strong, well-researched opinion about how current trends will impact life and entrepreneurship in the future.