It's here! Western Hearts Pacific Skies EP. Unlike its predecessor, my latest release attempts to be better than its album art. This five-track EP represents 15 months of unrelenting dedication and hard work to prove a single conviction: if you have no talent, then work harder. For me, it comes down to this—I wasn't born a musician because it wasn't in my stars, but dammit if I can't finish something by sheer force of will.
This album tells a story that spans November 2013 through October 2014. It was written and recorded in my home studio in Portland, OR; I am the recording and mix "engineer," and it was mastered at Vita Mastering by Chris Vita. The album art is my own. I hope you enjoy!
Note: I also made a mini-site for the lyrics.
Weapons of Choice
Of Years Past
Staying opinionatedly productive with…
- 2011 Fanatic Skate 100L
- Maui Sails Global 5.4, Orange
- Maui Sails 075 RDM 400
- Maui Sails Wave 140-190
- MFC 18cm Freestyle Pro
- Dakine T4 Harness
- (Not sailing at the moment... even though I live an hour from Hood River)
- DID YOU HEAR ME?? I LIVE AN HOUR FROM HOOD RIVER AND I AM NOT SAILING WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME
|Bring It!||Proficient||Totally OK||Basic Understanding|
Ruby on Rails
vps w/ chef
… And this site?
This version of the website was conceived in 2013 and is statically compiled by hakyll, and the stack looks roughly like (with many thanks to their respective authors/maintainers!)
If I could do it over again, I'd probably run it as a static site hosted on S3 via Cloudfront. And I'd probably use react instead of angular.
I didn't really develop as a writer until mid-college. I suspect it had something to do with not being formally educated in English until around age 12, but I'm happy to say I've caught up. It was only recently that I've begun to see my writing as a platform and identity, as opposed to something I did in order to not fail English class.
I've had a long-ish history of blogging dating all the way back to high school, but before I wrote respectably intelligent things (but do decide for yourself), I would lament about emo things on livejournal. Fortunately, those days are behind me (even though we all know that nothing on the Internet is ever behind us!)
Finally, while I traveled in 2013, I sent out a newsletter as a way to keep in touch with friends in addition to exploring email as a medium for long-form writing. Like most things I do, the newsletters required a bit of an attention span. The last letter went out in March of 2014, after I found my destination in Portland, Oregon.
I was on the road for most of 2013, with a focus on organic farming via WWOOF (World-Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms). See for yourself!
Even though Linguistics isn't about learning as many foreign languages as you can, it was my early exposure to various languages that ultimately sparked my interest in the field. I'm always interested in Language Exchanges, so let me know if we are a mutual match! (Table below is shown in descending order of proficiency)
And despite 99.999999% of the world being apathetic, I've made available my undergraduate honors thesis because I think it was actually pretty decent work.
To whet your appetite, the title is "Potentially Useful, Momentously Difficult: Inferring the Temporal Dimension of Sentence Comprehension Difficulty with Potential Functions and Second Order Measurements." Can't wait to read it now, huh?Warning: A background in computational linguistics is probably required!
Social Media Mystery
Having trouble finding me on the major social media sites? No worries, just use the links below!
P.S. It has been brought to my attention that a Doppelgänger of mine exists on Linked-In. And I don't mean all the Chinese girls who were named after me, who you'll also find on Linked-In. This is definitely a guy by the name of Mohan Zhang, about the same age, same profession, and even somewhat similar in appearance (cue obvious joke). But don't be fooled: accept no substitutes for the real me. Trust me—you'll be able to feel the difference.
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