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On definitions and abstractions

TLDR: While it is a good exercise, you don’t have to do/understand everything from first principles to accomplish useful things. Instead, you either use the abstraction out of the box or learn just enough about it to use it effectively instead of drilling down to its...

Learning Python from Scratch

I started learning to code. I will not focus on the whys on this post, rather on the hows. I will be documenting how I started, what I’ve been using, where I stand right now, and where I think I am headed. This will be useful if you want to start learning to code or...
“Salt. Water. Butter. An essay on learning.”

“Salt. Water. Butter. An essay on learning.”

Back in high school, my dad used to cook for me a simple dish called “hrisca”. There was nothing to it, it only required a few steps. It was almost robotic. But he always did it perfectly. I could never get enough of it. There were weeks when I was asking...
My Beijing Journey

My Beijing Journey

Introduction:  Summer 2019 went by fast. Faster than the gaotie at full speed. That’s a little too fast. I’m hitting the brakes for a few moments to reflect on the journey that I had this Summer. Namely, traveling to China for the first time. This wasn’t a spontaneous...
Why Pleco Is the Best Thing Ever

Why Pleco Is the Best Thing Ever

I’m not exaggerating. Ok, maybe a little bit. But seriously, the Pleco dictionary app has made my time learning Chinese way easier. That’s because it is: Comprehensive It literally has any word that you can think of. Even the more obscure slang/swear words. It’s as if...
Chinese Classes

Chinese Classes

Here’s a snippet of my college Chinese class description: “This course is designed for truly interested and dedicated students only. You need patience, resilience, and discipline…”. Of all those traits, I only had one – being truly interested. Kind of… You...

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