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July 12, 2022

Started a job as an Application Engineer working in simulation, specifically Abaqus

February 20, 2022

Will be releasing a blog entry on a Sci-hub API written in bash, with some GNU core utils. I am still working on the script. Thinking of adding some flags to it, but will probably release it soon just as it. It reads the DOI or paper link from clipboard and opens it right away in your default PDF viewer

February 05, 2022

I'm starting to write my thesis, and it's a bit overwhelming. But I learned something about myself. I am able to do the most amount of work while under extreme pressure and axiety.
I know this should not be normal or healthy, but I do produce quality work when I'm stressed out and near a deadline.

January 12, 2022

I really hate pointers. I also hate double pointers. I mean why? Lol I get why, but it's very confusing. I'm sure I'll get it eventually and cringe as I read this update entry.

January 08, 2022

I want to curate my resume to every job description but that takes a while, and job hunting is already consuming a big percentage of my time.
I should probably do that though. Will need to re-edit my resume and add some more hands-on experience I did in the past. I tried to do some work at a coffee shop today but couldn't. Too much noise and loud music. I wanted to try a change of scenery, but won't do it there anymore.

December 29, 2021

I had really good, thick sushi with Raya today. Salmon and avocado is always the way to go. And every bite has to have a ton of wassabi.
I can now push updates via a simple script I wrote. This will be mush more efficient than editing in html like a caveman lol.

December 27, 2021

Weather getting colder. Not like Calgary though. It's -39 C there. Still applying for jobs, mostly internships. I also rewatched The Matrix.

December 25, 2021

Today I am getting engaged to the love of my life, Raya. I am not one to talk about my personal life online, but this is worth mentioning. A bit nervous, but I suppose that's normal. Getting engaged on Christmas is definitely a first for me lol.

December 23, 2021

I'm back to using Arch again. I have been trying out PopOs for about two weeks or so, but it's not doing it for me. I keep coming back to dwm. It's much more comfortable to see the terminal window take up the entire screen with no distractions. It also feels much nicer to come back to the keyboard and not using the mouse as much, as I have my system configured to be heavily keyboard based. I might look into using sxhkd as well, for a more portable solution.

December 21, 2021

Wrote a dmenu wrapper around IVPN's cli tool. It's actually super handy and it lists out the server list very nicely. Will need to post that on my GitHub. I have not been pushing anything on there. I have like 5 scripts I need to push. Or better yet, I might just host my own git repo here. We'll see.

December 20, 2021

I think it's time I put in a week's work of studying for the FE Exam. I started with the mathematics and statics part, which was pretty easy. Will need to cover the rest soon and register for the exam.
I also just finished watching the office, for the third time. It never gets boring. But the final episode is kind of too happily-ever-after, and a little cringe.

December 19, 2021

Re-brushing on some of my AutoCAD skills. The interface is very intuitive and descriptive. Will need to learn tolerancing and dimensioning more though.