When Clyde Died

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A year ago today, my grandpa died. I wrote this essay shortly after, while the memory of his life and the experience of observing his death were still fresh in mind.

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Defense Against the Dark Arts: Week 2

This week’s lectures continued in a similar vein to last week’s, though with more focus on the practice of forensics and compiling evidence. Just like last week, the lecturer was Christiaan Beek, a computer security expert at McAfee.

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Math Before Math Was Math

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For many people, the basic story of the history of mathematics is that Greeks came up with a bunch of cool stuff, it was forgotten for a long time, and then Europeans rediscovered Greek knowledge and ran with it from the Renaissance onward. But maybe that’s not exactly right.

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Defense Against the Dark Arts: Week 1

One of the classes I’m taking this term focuses on computer security. Each week we’re required to write a summary of what we learned, of which this is the first. If your eyes are already glazing over, fear not! We’re also required to frame it for an audience with no specific knowledge of computer security, so hopefully I can manage to keep it relevant and interesting.

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The Books I Read in 2018

I only finished a handful of books this year. I’ve listed them below, along with a few thoughts that I took away. There were also a few children’s books that stuck out to me, and so I’ve listed those, too.

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Where Our Donations Went in 2018

I know it seems arrogant to tell other people about your own charity. Not only am I bragging about having a few extra dollars to give away, but I’m even more superior because I’m using it to feed the hungry! Or cure malaria! Or whatever! For a couple reasons, though, this is a risk I’m willing to take.

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Class Report: Linear Algebra (MTH 261)

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In addition to the two computer science courses I took at Oregon State this term, I also took Linear Algebra at Portland Community College. This post will serve as a short (or not so short) summary of what I learned, what I liked, and how I think the course could be improved.

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Class Report: Software Engineering II (CS 362)

This term I took three courses: Operating Systems and Software Engineering II at Oregon State, and Linear Algebra at Portland Community College. This post summarizes my experience with Software Engineering II, and offers some advice for people taking the class in the future.

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Class Report: Operating Systems (CS 344)

This term I took three courses: Operating Systems and Software Engineering II at Oregon State, and Linear Algebra at Portland Community College. This post summarizes my experience with Operating Systems, and offers some advice for people taking the class in the future.

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Is Oregon State's Post-Bacc Computer Science Program Worth It?

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Every once in a while, people email me to ask whether Oregon State’s post-baccalaureate computer science program is worth it. Now that I’m nearing the end (I’ll graduate at the end of winter term), I feel like I can provide an answer. This post will serve as a long-form explanation of my answer, which is yes (with some caveats).

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