Design for (Re)materialization

August 3, 2015 at 4:03am

In March, I went on a trip to New York with one of my professor's graphic design classes to hear James Goggin give a guest lecture for the SVA Design Research program. He talked about many interesting things he's worked on; one of these was Confusion, a conceptual, amusingly self-referential record label. An idea came up during the discussion that has stayed with me since.

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Year One: Transformation

May 22, 2015 at 11:02pm

As I close the door on my first year at Princeton, I feel like I should take time to reflect on how I've changed and grown as a person this year. I have the impression that a lot of character- and worldview- defining things have taken place over the course of this past year: leaving high school behind,...

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Thoughts from the Thiel Summit

November 17, 2014 at 12:55am

Over the weekend, I boarded a plane to Las Vegas for the Thiel Foundation Summit, on what would be the first of my three trips across the country this month. I became part of the foundation's community over...

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MIT THINKing Makes It So

February 7, 2014 at 11:22pm

Nearly a week ago, I sat in my living room packing warm clothing for my journey to Cambridge for the 2014 MIT THINK Scholars winner's trip. THINK is a competition for high school students whose only barrier to executing their bold ideas is a want for resources. My friend Gabe and...

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Hackito Ergo Sum

November 17, 2013 at 10:22pm

It's been a while since I last wrote on my blog; lots of big things have been going on in my life and regretfully, I broke my one-a-month minimum post streak for October. I do, however, feel undaunted in that I haven't really lost much momentum: although not directed toward my blog, I've been at work...

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Hope and Reciprocity in The Spectacular Now

September 16, 2013 at 12:35am

I kept putting off going to see The Spectacular Now because the only theatre running it (only once per day) near me was a longer drive than I like to make in weekend highway traffic. I was delighted that a nearer theatre picked it up this week, over a month after its release, and...

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Summer in the Rearview Mirror

August 8, 2013 at 10:24pm

Looking out the window on my way home, the idea of home seemed a little more multiplicitous than it did two months before. However, the home back to which I came is without equal; it's singular. Nevertheless, I'd grown to enjoy what...

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Ramblings on Pacific Rim, Ender's Game, and the Transnational

July 29, 2013 at 2:03am

I went back home over the weekend having owed my friends movie time for a while. After an interesting day of missing showtimes at various theatres, we finally found ourselves experiencing Pacific Rim. It was great. It was a breath of fresh air. It was what I needed. Now I need to...

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Optimizing Top Choices with Genetic Algorithm

July 8, 2013 at 3:11am

Getting back to my room a little later than I usually do and thinking about goals for my codebase at work tomorrow, I was bothered by an interesting problem demanding my attention. I was talking to some friends I met earlier about optimizing a real life situation they had encountered in their summer...

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Writing from a Different City

June 19, 2013 at 1:53am

I've been staying in Austin for about a week now, and I feel myself settled into routine as I undertake my first semi-independent college-like experience away from home. Such a statement obscures the fact that I've both stayed on a college campus before and spent extended time away...

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I'm Going to Read this Summer and I Really Mean It

May 30, 2013 at 11:25pm

I like to read. I like stories. In fact, many of my blog posts that aren't about computers or whatever are about storytelling. But sometimes, I see books that I read in elementary and junior high and I wonder how I was ever...

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Lessons from Houston Hackathon

May 22, 2013 at 7:49pm

I had the awesome opportunity to attend the first ever City of Houston Open Innovation Hackathon last Saturday at the Houston Technology Center. Although I've had plenty of experience with programming/algorithmic contests like UIL and Lockheed Martin CodeQuest,...

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You Know Who I Am: Identity in Iron Man 3

May 4, 2013 at 1:48am

By nature of being a sequel to a sequel, Iron Man 3 was surrounded with various expectations associated with maintaining a high standard of quality while functioning properly in context of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While the key plot points were adapted from Iron...

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A Graph Theory Analogy to Circuit Diagrams

April 4, 2013 at 11:45pm

The film Good Will Hunting popularized problems in graph theory related to generating homeomorphically irreducible trees as solved by the brilliant titular character. Such trees have no vertices of degree 2, meaning that none of the nodes have exactly 2 edges coming out...

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Thoughts From A Place - On Boston

March 31, 2013 at 12:33am

I recently had the immense privilege of taking a trip up to the Boston/Cambridge area to visit family and friends. It's taken me a while to write about my experience, with UIL and other things going on during the busy springtime, although as an aside, I would like to point out the...

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DeuterIDE 2.0 is Here!

March 6, 2013 at 7:19pm

I wrote the first version of DeuterIDE over the course of a couple days during a school break last year for the sake of building something cool and useful (more on that later) and tested it on my first Android phone, an HTC G2 (a.k.a Desire Z) and on my BlackBerry...

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Perspectives on Truth and Certitude

February 3, 2013 at 7:39pm

In a somewhat hilarious(ly awesome) physics class moment last week, my teacher dropped the Socratic Method on us, which culminated in a statement suggesting that we knew a particular fact only because someone told us and we had believed them....

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K Means Clustering with Tf-idf Weights

February 2, 2013 at 1:06am

Unsupervised learning algorithms in machine learning impose structure on unlabeled datasets. In Prof. Andrew Ng's inaugural ml-class from the pre-Coursera days, the first unsupervised learning algorithm introduced was k-means,...

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Eccentricity of Conics

January 26, 2013 at 12:16am

After I made a visualization of elliptical eccentricity to help reinforce a concept from class, my teacher challenged me to make one that goes past an upper bound of 1 and encompasses all of our conic sections. It sounded fun, ergo, challenge accepted.

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Visualizing Elliptical Eccentricity

January 15, 2013 at 6:04pm

I wrote a quick javascript visualization to better understand the eccentricity concept applied to ellipses. Eccentricity for ellipses is a ratio of the distance between the center and a focus to the distance between a covertex to...

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Reflections on Rainstorm Glen

December 23, 2012 at 7:25pm

On October 20th, the Rainstorm Glen high-altitude weather balloon project ascended to ~103,000ft in the atmosphere to take pictures and collect data with electronic sensors. The team began working on the project on August 27th and spent the next eight weeks researching the details and logistics of...

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Maze Generation with Prim's Algorithm

November 6, 2012 at 10:05pm

As it's been a while since I've written a technical post (because we all know how much everyone loves those), I'd like to take a moment to introduce my good friend Prim's Algorithm. Time to get excited about graph theory!

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Emotional Relationships in Orchestral Performance

October 27, 2012 at 1:32am

Experiencing the Houston Symphony at Jones Hall live in concert is a very viscerally emotional and rewarding experience. It's a testament to the virtues of live performance the impact tonight's performance...

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Phones that Plug into Phones

October 26, 2012 at 12:17am

I was peaceably strolling through the mall on a bright and sunny day when a curious object caught my attention. It was a phone that plugs into your phone. This was a very upsetting experience for me and I do not wish ever to repeat it.

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Looper and Stories that Can't End Well

October 8, 2012 at 5:16pm

Looper is a striking, well-wrought, and tragically character-driven film that reaches so far past its time-travel concept to tell a powerful story with imagery as cutting as its...

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Lytro, Design, and the Future

September 30, 2012 at 8:31pm

Lytro is a light field camera startup with a consumer oriented product, the first of its kind to reach consumer markets. Founded by Ren Ng and applying of his graduate research, its conflation of theory and practical application a huge inspiration to me.

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32 Megabytes of Memory

July 9, 2012 at 9:12pm

The other evening I had the super coolsy opportunity to attend with friends the Houston Symphony's The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses concert at Jones Hall. Great music was made, fun was had; in the concert hall, we created a shared...

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