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driving into the summer

So for all of next week, I will be in Burnet, TX with no internet at all as part of an engineering leadership retreat called LeaderShape. This means that I have to say goodbye to this semester of blogging and to Longhorn Confidential a week earlier than everyone else. To start, blogging was an amazing [...]

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May 22, 2011 | | 2 Comments

When Bill Became Boyang

My parents moved my family to the U.S. when I was four; specifically we moved into some subsidized housing in a less than updated area of downtown Atlanta a.k.a the ghetto. Not really the prettiest place, but we had each other and we had hope. We quickly became friends with some of the other Chinese [...]

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May 22, 2011 | | 1 Comment

the recap of work

First off, I sincerely apologize for not updating this blog frequently these past three weeks. I’ve really been on a tear at work since Easter as the “final stretch” kind of came down. But now it is all better and I am finally finished with my spring co-op term; I’m just sitting at home relaxing [...]

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May 22, 2011 | | Comments Off

easter for an atheist

While i’m not exactly sure what is being celebrated on easter, I can say that I’ve enjoyed the general good spirits that everyone seems to have been in this past week and all of the festiveness of the city of Houston for easter weekend. Everybody came out in their Sunday best today and the streets and parks were just packed with people this weekend.

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April 24, 2011 | | 1 Comment

An update

So I have three projects that I am working on at work, and they have been progressing quite nicely – if only I wasn’t limited by some software issues. I also registered today and got all of the classes that I wanted.

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April 19, 2011 | | 1 Comment

thanks for the birthday wishes!

Thank you to all of those who wished me a happy birthday, since I know many of you read this blog I thought I would just use another platform in addition to text and facebook to express my gratitude. My birthday (March 23) fell on a Wednesday this year which made it just about the [...]

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March 29, 2011 | | 2 Comments

mental spring break ‘11!!!

When I just logged on to blog, I realized no one had blogged for about a week and it didn’t immediately occur to me why. Oh wait. It was Spring Break. For the past week, I’ve been working regular 8-5 hours while the rest of my classmates have been off on vacations in some really [...]

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March 21, 2011 | | 1 Comment

trying to decide how i can stand mma

Let me begin this post by expressing my strong discomfort with war, conflict, and “problem management” through physical fighting. Maybe it’s just human nature, but people resolve to fighting way too often as a way of dealing with problems. My inner hippie (who guides me on many an issue) believes mediation and taking a second to just calm down and speak to the other party is ultimately the best way to deal with conflict. I don’t think I’ve ever been in a serious physical altercation, and I don’t like it when people fight out of stupid anger. With that said, I can’t stop watching MMA fights (mainly UFC).

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March 7, 2011 | | Comments Off

a new kind of busy

I realize that I’ve been spoiled in college with days that start at 11am and Fridays with no class. Sure there is a lot of work at night and before big tests, but the pace is completely “your choice”. Work is a constant 8-5 struggle and I’m surprised I can keep up with it considering how much I hated 8am’s in college.

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February 22, 2011 | | 2 Comments

Work: The Second Coming

Two weeks done at ExxonMobil and I feel like I’m starting to fit in here a wee bit more. People actually say hello to me by name in the hallways, and I really appreciate that minor fact of my day. Work is very casual here in the engineering side of things, probably much more so [...]

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February 1, 2011 | | Comments Off

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