Archive for July, 2015

Project 52, part 7

July 26th, 2015

Aahh, July has been so busy that I’m behind on reading blogs! The past two weeks have especially been busy when it comes to work.

Two weeks ago, my company decided to do a Fix-It Week with all developers to pay off some “technical debt”. With so many developers and sometimes looming deadlines, we’ve all done some things quickly that we meant to go back and fix. We also use Ruby on Rails which is constantly evolving and our code must change along with it.

I led one of the teams (of about 10 people) to update some outdated frontend code. There were 279 instances of a pattern we wanted to rewrite, and we managed to rewrite all of them! I was so proud of my team that I baked them cupcakes at the end of the week to celebrate :D

Now 4 other developers and I are taking the task of getting the code together for a release, and that’s taking up my time for the next couple weeks. I also spent all day Friday at a Javascript conference! It was a single track conference with 15 speakers. The talks varied but were mostly about Javascript, CSS, and other client-side things (performance, security, etc). Though it was a tiring day, I really enjoyed it. I will have a separate entry about my day there!

With July almost over, that means it’s time for another Project 52 recap! This is for weeks 27-30, which is the first week of July up til now.

#27 – Summer Grilling
Though we didn’t do anything special for the Independence Day weekend, we made sure we at least did some grilling. Bratwursts and corn are a couple of our favorites to cook on the grill :D


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What Nintendo means to me

July 18th, 2015

For those who keep up with gaming news, you might have heard that Nintendo’s President and CEO, Satoru Iwata, passed away recently from bile duct cancer at the age of 55. Though it’s always sad to see famous people you like pass away, this one hit me harder than others, mainly because Iwata-san worked on games I love and had also become one of the key faces of Nintendo.


“On my business card, I am a corporate president. In my mind, I am a game developer. But in my heart, I am a gamer.”

Iwata-san was not your typical CEO. First, he was actually a game developer at HAL Laboratory and worked on EarthBound and games in the Super Smash Bros, Kirby, and Pokemon series. A few of those games might not have been released without his programming help. After he became Nintendo’s CEO, he pushed for the release of the DS and Wii, both of which were very successful and followed his goal of making games appeal to a wider audience. He also hosted Nintendo Direct to bring news to fans and willingly cut his salary in half when Nintendo suffered a loss in profits.

“Above all, video games are meant to be just one thing: fun. Fun for everyone.”

Iwata-san was someone who was not afraid to be quirky and silly, and that is one of the things I love about Nintendo. I know many people consider Nintendo’s E3 presence this year to be the worst of the lot, but I genuinely enjoyed it. Compared to the other big E3 shows, it was funny, light hearted, and just brought a smile to my face.


Nintendo is actually why I started gaming. It began when I was young, and my cousins brought over their NES to my grandparents’ house. I was hooked and wanted one so bad. Tetris! Battle Toads! Double Dragon! Contra! Super Mario! So many great memories! My parents bought my brother and I one shortly after, and my gaming hobby just grew from there.

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Liebster Award

July 13th, 2015


So uh… I’m a terrible person. I was nominated for a Liebster Award a few times last year, and I kept the answers in a draft… then forgot about them! I never posted them! Many thanks to those who have nominated me and sorry for answering sooooo late. (Like, seriously late. A few are from over a year ago, so I’ve had to change some of my answers.)

Becca nominated me just recently (thank you!), and it reminded me that I have these other answers stashed away. Instead of letting the entry go to waste, I figured I’d post them all at once :) There were some repeat questions, so I grouped them together at the bottom. This will be a long post!

From Becca

Starting with questions from Becca, since these are the most recent! Thanks for nominating me!

If you could travel anywhere in the world for a month, where would you go?
I’d go back to Japan :D There are more places I want to see!


What is your favorite book and why?
Hm… I think it’d be The Design of Everyday Things. I love reading books about user experience, and this one really changed my view on UX/UI, both for work and in general. It’s amazing that this book was originally written in 1988, and while some things in it are dated, the general ideas still feel relevant.

What is your favorite Disney Princess (or lack thereof) and why?
Princess Leia is technically a Disney princess now, right? ;) I love Star Wars and how Leia isn’t afraid to be a part of the fight.

Describe your most embarrassing moment.
I think I block out these moments from memory because I blanked on this, haha. Though recently, I left my computer unlocked at my desk, and a coworker decided to prank me by installing a Nic Cage plugin on my browser. I didn’t notice until in a meeting when suddenly GIANT NIC CAGE photos replaced elements on pages I was trying to show. THANKS COWORKER.

Who is the biggest inspiration in your life?
There are several that inspire me. For example, my parents came to the US barely knowing English and worked hard to get where they are. The founders at my company are also pretty amazing. They managed to grow the company without losing the company culture, which was one of my fears as we grew. They continue to be transparent with us and just be normal people around us.

If you had to pick just one meal to eat for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Aahh, this is tough to choose. It’d be pizza, sushi, or ramen :) I just don’t get tired of them.

What is your favorite family tradition?
My family follows old Chinese traditions, like paying respects to our ancestors. On special occasions, we place food in front of their photos, light incense, and bow 3 times as an offering to them in the afterlife. Then we have the food for dinner, which are traditional Chinese dishes. It just feels nice to know that we don’t forget people who have left us.

If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, would you go back and do anything differently?
When I was younger, I did some rash things that ended a couple friendships. If I could go back, I’d do things differently to prevent that from happening.

How would you define love?
When you find that person that you deeply care about and who feels like another part of you. You don’t mind their presence around you all the time and sitting in silence together isn’t awkward. It just feels right to be together.

If you were elected president, what is the first thing you would do?
I would have said make gay marriage legal, but Obama beat me to it ;) I think I would make education free because it’s ridiculous how high college tuition is now.

Are you an early bird or a night owl?
Night owl for sure. I hate getting up early and am more productive at night!

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