Our New Household Gaming Rig (Windows 10 PC)

Posted on Monday, January 15th, 2018

This holiday, my husband and I spent our free time geeking out over building our first gaming PC. I'd had a desktop computer when I was a kid and my dad gave me the parts to put it together, but that was a long time ago. Quang hadn't put together a computer before and he did all the research to find the right components for our price point and tier. Here's the specs for what we built: CPU : AMD…

Amazon Glacier Cost Calculator for Simple Home Upload & Backup

Posted on Monday, January 1st, 2018

Use this form to calculate the one-time upload cost and recurring monthly cost of storing your data in Amazon Glacier as of 1/1/2018. This is specifically using S3 bucket to store the data and making a lifecycle request to convert that data to Glacier tier (the way Arq Backup client executes backup). It does not estimate retrieval costs, deletion costs, or additional incremental backups. It is…

My 3-2-1 Home Backup Solution: Drobo 5N + Arq Backup + Amazon Glacier

Posted on Monday, January 1st, 2018

I've been backing up my home data to a Drobo 5N NAS for a few years now, but never felt fully comfortable about the idea that if my home were to burn down, that data would be gone. I messed around with CrashPlan before, thinking I would take advantage of the unlimited space but I think they stopped offering that. Also I wasn't able to get the headless agent on the machine and the steps were…

Detecting Performance Regressions for Pinterest Web

Posted on Saturday, November 25th, 2017

I’ve been at Pinterest since around December 2014 and have been loving it on the web platform team. A few months ago (June-ish?) we had our first reorg ever and I found myself, for the first time, on a new team. Our team had had some minor churn but nothing quite as large as this. Focusing on performance has been a pretty interesting change of pace. The first order of business was to basically…

Digital painting setup with Cintiq and Ergotron LX arm, starting a drawing class

Posted on Thursday, June 29th, 2017

My husband got a Cintiq awhile back, and when I first tried it I didn't really enjoy the digital feel of it. I like to feel ink bleeding into the grain of the paper, and watch the water drip through a wash. Plus, it was taking up so much space on the tiny desk that we share! I recently got fed up with it and decided to change the setup. I wanted to recover the desk space but we didn't have enough…

What does a Web Engineer and C++ Have In Common?

Posted on Thursday, June 29th, 2017

I'm beginning to feel that itch again to immerse myself in something completely new (yet tangential to what I've already been doing). I'm a full-time software engineer, but I feel that it might be time to broaden beyond a specialization in web. So I'm going to try to pick up C++ and hopefully get a task at work that can exercise what I'm learning. Having these feelings really puts me in a bind…

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React Amsterdam 2017 Review

Posted on Monday, May 1st, 2017

March 2015 art (belated post)

Posted on Saturday, June 20th, 2015

book review: man's search for meaning by viktor frankl

Posted on Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

January 2015 art

Posted on Saturday, February 21st, 2015

rounding out winter 2015

Posted on Saturday, February 21st, 2015

5 months

Posted on Sunday, January 11th, 2015

Brand new site

Posted on Saturday, January 10th, 2015

Short story: 'Off Route'

Posted on Saturday, January 10th, 2015

Trying daily updates again

Posted on Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

a new job in the city

Posted on Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Counting down the weekends before the holidays

Posted on Monday, November 12th, 2012

holidays, more learning, new company

Posted on Friday, November 9th, 2012

this is my kind of fall weather :)

Posted on Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

the last few weeks in photos

Posted on Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Feeling pretty accomplished today

Posted on Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

On new unmanaged Linode server and loving it

Posted on Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

drawings hopefully regularly

Posted on Sunday, September 30th, 2012

Javascript: First Assignment

Posted on Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Fixing Gaps in HTML Emails for Gmail and Outlook

Posted on Wednesday, July 4th, 2012