Finding Your Passion: An Update

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It's been a while since my last post on the topic, so I figured I give some sort of status update. While things are not 100% set and obvious yet, I feel a sense of clarity and comfort that I haven't felt in a while. I'd like to share what led to this.


On How I Met Your Mother

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With the series final still in somewhat fresh memory, I wanted to write down some words on what I can only describe as a profound emotional reaction I had last night.


Find_each with custom ordering in Rails

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In a recent project of mine I had to implement an activity feed. I have been meaning to try out the proposed solution by GiveGab which was a response to ThoughtBot's approach. I especially liked GiveGab's elegant solution to address the issues ThoughtBot had with the fan out on read approach by using Enumerations with find_each_in_batches in the background to do the heavy-lifting in the database.


Strength of Paternalistic Arguments

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A repost from my final paper for my 'Introdution to Ethics' class.


Running an Intro to Web Development

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For quite some time now, I have seen people become more and more interested in startups and buildings products. There are many reasons why startups are becoming hip but I believe a fundemental one is the sheer reduction in resources needed to get something out of the door. I attribute a lot of my experience to the fact that I stumbled upon the powerful combination of Ruby on Rails and Heroku, so I decided to give back and give people the opportunity to be enlightened as well :)


Jumping back into college

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If you have read my last post, you know that I'm on a mission to address my fears of regret and failure. The game plan is to trust and do. So why on earth do I think college would be a good place to do so?


Finding your passion is supposed to be easy

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In this post, you get a glimpse into the inner workings of my brain and how I currently feel about my situation of having incredibly opportunity, but hints of self-doubts.


Anatomy of an About Page Redesign

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It's this time of the year again. Every once in a while comes that twitch, that realization that maybe, I should redo my website. Said and done, you are looking at the fourth revision of it. It all started with a Wordpress Blog for Maps Offline, then a Joomla CMS for Nam's Remote, then an iWeb site, then a basic Rails site and now hopefully a slightly more polished version. Back then, I also had very modest site titles such as "Nambrot.com - Showcase of Incredibility".

I wanted to take this opportunity and talk a bit about how I have approached this redesign.


How to disagree with your partner

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Over the course of Credport (which is nearly a year now), I have made some very invaulable experiences in terms of disagreeing with your partner that I'd like to share for people who may be in the similar situation.


Facebook Photo Browser - a prototype

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For a couple weeks, I have been working on an idea that I hope will develop into something greater in the next months. While that idea involved mainly theoretical and operational issues, I wanted to keep my practical skills inline and since I have been reading a lot about web applications and especially Backbone.js, I decided to just play around with it. I ended up writing a small prototype for a Facebook Photo Browser based on the Graph API.


Heroku Dyno on Steroids

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How to get more out of your Heroku Dyno