Category Archives: Personal Development

Judging a Book by Its Table of Contents

December 23rd, 2010

I stumbled upon a draft of a book on programming languages, which from a look over the table of contents seems to cover topics for a compiler book. Robert Harpers’s home page links to his book, Practical Foundations for Programming Languages. Whenever I find the time to read up on programming languages and compiler, I […]

On Thanksgiving Vacation

November 21st, 2010

2010 has been a very busy, yet brutal, year. I have used more vacation hours this year than any of my previous years of employment. By leveraging the Thanksgiving weekend, I am able to have nine contiguous days of rest from work at the cost of three vacation days. As is the case for sleep, […]

Watch Update Acquired!

August 17th, 2010

My parents gave me the Swiss Army Active Original with Red Bezel (#24221) as a gift for high school graduation, which had a retail price of 155USD at the time of purchase and is now sold by authorized dealers for 195USD. The Original features a Swiss analog quartz movement and scratch-resistant mineral crystal. Its strap […]

2009Q2 in a Word: Busy

August 16th, 2009

In a word, one could say that I have been “busy.” I was unable to find time for my blog during a whole quarter of the year. In one of those weeks, I flew from LAX to Dulles, Geneva, Paris, and Frankfurt. During another week in San Mateo, I was at the wedding of a […]

Car Update Acquired!

October 29th, 2008

On February 7, 2004, I bought my 2004 Honda Civic LX sedan from Honda of Hollywood. I put down 3500USD, got a 2.9% APR, and received a total financing cost of 1571.70USD. It was my very first car purchase. I went at it alone, and needless to say, I got slammed hard. On July 25, […]