It really takes effort to keep blogs up to date. Well, in high school / college I used to blog everyday but most of those posts didn't have any real content - more just ramblings.
New graphic on the front page thanks to @enfu! I filled in my own text in the bubble
I just realized that since my last post - I have yet again resigned from an employer. Haha...yeah so basically I missed blogging about a whole year of work in the technology consulting industry. I am now on to mobile space!!! Working for a smartphone manufacturer and extremely excited about the opportunity. It's a job I've thought about for the past year or so but had no idea how I would be able to break into it - but I found a company that was open and willing to give me the opportunity and saw potential in me. I am grateful for the chance and so far, am loving the new job. I will be traveling to conferences and developer events to promote our products.
So much has happened in the last month, too much to update! Here's a quick recap.
- finished school and moved back to seattle
- put in my resignation at Boeing
- got carpet replaced in the house
- furniture and home shopping for the townhouse
- holiday stuff
- catching up with friends
- family trip to LA
- prepping for trip to SE asia including getting visas, immunizations, and buying gear
- holiday party with new coworkers!
Can't wait to go on vacation! Start the new job on February 8th. Housewarming to come soon...this week mattress and couch will be delivered, then the bed and coffee table. Then I need to order a TV. Also bought bedding, linens and cookware but still need more stuff like flatware and dishes. Ah! And then setting up internet and finally MOVING IN.
Tomorrow I am moving back to Seattle. After spending the last year and a half here at Yale, my experience has been nothing but positive. I am ready to go back home and to the west coast, but I've made a lot of great memories here and great friends. I guess you can say my experience was what I was hoping for. I wanted to experience something new and different push my limits. Living on the East coast has been interesting and now I can say I've done it. This was, believe it or not, the first time I've lived away from Seattle where I was born and raised.
This past week I've been spending some time with my friends out here and saying goodbye. I plan to come back for graduation so I can walk in May and see all of them.
One thing for sure is I'm not going to miss New Haven The university is great, but seriously Connecticut is just not up my alley. I can't wait to go home to Seattle. I love you Seattle!!
Excited that some of my friends out here may be coming to visit Seattle in 2010!
I played with GWT over a year ago, but since then it's been changing, and not only that but Google now has their App Engine which makes it easy to deploy your own apps. You can combine these two tools and use GWT to write a web app and deploy it using Google App Engine. Furthermore, there's Eclipse plug-ins to make this all doable from Eclipse. Crazy cool. This morning, I installed everything in Eclipse, created a simple app with a map, tested in it Eclipse, and deployed it to the web! And even cooler is you can then map it to your own domain using Google Apps.
I had an awesome weekend in Seattle. Just returned back to New Haven this morning. Got lots of eating in! Hit up HK Bistro for all-you-can-eat hotpot, Monsoon East, Kisaku, Baguette Box, Boat Street Cafe, and Portage Bay Cafe. Had to get my food fix in Seattle. Nothing in New Haven really interests me. The pizza is good but I don't really eat pizza much so I've been eating in every night and cooking. Any way, it was awesome Friday I had a lunch meeting in Bellevue and then headed to Home Depot to look at paint colors for the new house. Found the ones I want! House should be painted by end of the month, then need to do the carpeting. Friday night was Sean and Donny's birthday party at The Ballroom. It was great to see friends and hang out and NOT think about school work for 4 days. I was really kind of stressing out the past several weeks due to a large amount of assignments and exams, so a weekend to get away was just what I needed. Saturday was The Black Party at Columbia Tower, preceded by a black taco party at Taco Bell. Hilarious It was funny to see all these people in black suits and dresses in Taco Bell. The Black Party was pretty fun, nice venue of course. Sunday was spent brunching and walking around Seattle.
I've been kind of MIA the past week or two cause of homework Had a midterm couple weeks ago too and have another next week and it totally doesn't feel like i'm only taking 2 classes. Crazy. Only less than 1 1/2 months left of school...
The big news of the week is that I just bought my tickets to South East Asia for Jan/Feb I will be traveling from January 18th - February 6th. Werd up! So excited. I haven't been on a big vacation since August of last year. Also I'll be going to LA for a surprise party for my uncle's 70th Jan 1 - 4 too. Can't wait!!
I changed up my website! Again! This time, I'm going with the full wordpress rather than just using their blog functionality. I moved the /blog URL and the main site is now using WordPress. It's pretty awesome, wordpress is so customizable you can actually mask everything to make it look like a regular website even though it's actually one giant blog with 'Pages'. For example, the main page is actually a page on wordpress I created but using a template such that the comments and feedback are disabled, and the sidebar has been removed. Slick. That means I don't have to use dreamweaver, frontpage, etc. I can simply edit everything from the WordPress administrative dashboard.
I started playing around with it again mainly cause I've been asked to look into revamping the Yale student senate website. I want it to be maintainable by someone who doesn't know much about websites, so WordPress is the natural solution. Another option would be Moveable Typepad but I haven't used it much.
Paying rent + mortgage + airfares + everything else is crazy. T___T I need to spend less until December when I don't have to pay rent anymore for my apartment here in New Haven. I've been looking at plane tickets to come home for Thanksgiving and it is crazy expensive. Gonna use miles to get 50% one leg of trip to help bring down the cost.
Thank jeebus for the 8k tax credit for 1st time homebuyers
you only need 2 more classes?
that doesn't seem like enough
i can't wait to be done
why am i doing CS again?
I bought the T-Mobile myTouch 3G phone back in early August as part of the existing customers pre-order. To date, I've been extremely happy with the device. When it first arrived in the mail, the first thing I noticed was how solid the device is. I was expecting a cheaper looking device, more similar to the G1. Instead, HTC pulled off a really slick phone. The device feels sturdy and it's slick and the right dimensions. It is only very slightly thicker than the iPhone, and the length is slightly shorter than the iPhone. The widths appear about equal. The screen is nice, and touch sensitivity is quite good. The most awesome part was switching on the phone for the first time, which then prompts you for your Google account information. After entering it, the phone automatically synced all of my Gmail contacts with the phonebook and Google Calendar with the calendar app. Awesome. I was up and ready to go in only a minute.
It would be nice to see multi-touch like the iPhone. I guess that is the only thing I noticed as lacking but I don't really care that much about that feature.
The Android Marketplace has a large number of free and paid applications to choose from. So far all of the free apps have been the best ones! I think the only thing that was worth buying was Bejeweled. So far my favorite apps (as of this week, since they keep adding new ones) aside from the ones it came with (like Google Maps and Google Talk) are:
- Google Listen
- Happy Hours
- Google Sky Maps
- Wine Diary Lite