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Bay Area Apartment Hunting by Sun Tzu

Application filled, holding deposit given, $2300 cashier's check in hand. I was prepared to pop bottles and sign contracts. It had been a battlefield, the war for living space against the antagonist anonymous Padmappers. We surged upon open listings on the day they appeared yet we were always outflanked by a faster hunter who snatched them up within hours. But alas the end was in sight. for we believed we had finally found home in a hopeless place.

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Half a year ago, I built an interactive photocentric storybook as a gift to my girlfriend for our anniversary. It binds photos, writing, music, and animation together into an experential walk down memory lane. I named it Adelheid, a long-form version of my girlfriend's name. And it took me about a month of my after-work free time whenever she wasn't around. Adelheid is an amalgamation of my thoughts as it molds my joy of photography, writing, and web development into an elegantly-bound package.

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At Mozilla Festival 2014, I facilitated a session on Pushing Hybrid Mobile Apps to the Forefront. Before, I had been building a poker app to keep track of my poker winning statistics, record notes on opponents, and crunch poker math. I used the web as a platform, but having an iPhone, wanted this app to be on iOS. Thus, the solution was hybrid mobile apps, apps written in HTML5 technologies that are wrapped to run "natively" on all platforms (e.g., iOS, Android, FirefoxOS).

I stumbled upon the Ionic hybrid mobile app framework. This made app development so easy. IT fulfills the promise of the web: write once, run everywhere. In being with Mozilla for over two years, I've read so little hype for hybrid mobile apps. Hybrid mobile apps have potential to convert much more native developers over to the web platform, but hybrid mobile apps aren't getting the ad-time they deserve.

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Books Got Back

Books. A weird word if I start to think about it. Maybe because they've been becoming strangers to me over the last 16 years. I guess somewhere along the way, books became subconsciously tagged as boring. Though recently, I've been coming home with armfuls of books from Powell's. After a decade of school, the thought of reading on my own accord had left a bitter taste. But now I've phased out television to catch up with an old friend.

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More Happiness for Your Buck

With increasing assets, I have been thinking lately about what to purchase next, home purchasing, vacation planning, investment. You know, personal finances. Then I wonder how we spend in order to make ourselves happier. How can we use our money most efficiently to make ourselves happiest?

We have fine choices betweem 65" 3D plasma TVs, media-integrated BMWs and Audis, Tudor-style houses on the tree-lined avenue. Although we're all aware of the American Dream and although we might even consciously scoff at it, is it really ingrained in our heads enough to affect our purchases? Despite being aware of materialism, we still spend on items such as an Apple product upgrades or matching furniture sets. But really, compared to what we could potentially be allocating our money towards, are they really worth it?. Buck by buck, there are happier things to spend money on and happier ways to spend it.

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