Going beyond the basics

I ran into this question on Dev.to a week or two ago: I have recently started to study the basics of the html and css language, and soon I will start javascript. I was wondering, beyond the "holy trinity", what does a good front end developer know?…

Learning how to write

I was just reading an article about how writing can make you a better designer, and it reminded me of how essential writing is for us programmers, too. If you happen to stand over my shoulder all day (please don't), you'd see that I actually write a loooot more than…

On Powerlifting

I often hesitate to share anything about lifting because I don't want to look like I'm showing off for vanity or give anyone the impression that I'm an uncultured brute. I guess you could say that I still have some of the remnants of the assumption that if you like…

Resources for Responsible Tech

If you've been listening to the news lately, you might have heard that Facebook is now a conduit to fake news, and that Grindr has shared HIV data of their users with third-party companies. You might have also heard about how SESTA/FOSTA can lead to internet censorship. Maybe—if…

On comparing yourself to others

I remember how daunting it was to start out in the tech industry. I had just immigrated to the US, and almost everyone I met had either gone to top universities, had worked on incredible projects, or are at the peak of their careers. Or at least that's what it…

Done traveling ... for now

I've been wanting to travel around the US since I moved here around 5 years ago. Maybe it's because I came from a country that's smaller than California, or maybe it's because my family doesn't travel very much. I don't know, but it took me a while before I actually…

On budgeting

Financial stuff scare the shit out of me. Budgeting, planning for retirement, planning for vacations, and looking at my bank statement are just too anxiety inducing for me. Also, tax day is coming up. Fuck. But I stumbled upon a book called You Need a Budget, and it's kind of…

On learning to be calm.

I remember when my cousin accidentally knocked me in the face while we were playing. It wasn't bad, but I had no chill as a kid, so I took revenge and immediately punched her right in the face. I was probably around 7 years old at that time. Sorry, bud.…

So far.

It's been 6 months-ish since I started traveling around the US, and I feel like I'm at that point where I've sort of gotten used to the chaos of having to juggle work, powerlifting, podcasting, and traveling. It wasn't easy, and I'm still struggling because I'm a dumbass and I…

2017 In Review

I started a gratitude journal in 2017, and it's helped me be a lot calmer and appreciative of my day-to-day activities. Before that, I would get anxious about what I'm doing with my life because I don't take the time to examine the things that I actually do. I love…