20181231

The year is coming to an end, so I decided to (finally) write a blogpost..

Hackership
Remember the hackathon? OpsManager, the company who conducted it, went and approached me a few months after, and I got hired to do freelance work for them! It is really fun to work in new projects with different structures, and they do have really interesting architecture and use-cases for the libraries they used.
Hear65
Hear65 was launched! Used Rails 5 and ActionCable for it. This was my first project in collaboration with a government body, to promote the local music scene!
Summer - Drawing and Google Summer of Code
Bought a drawing tablet and started drawing during the summer. Though at the end of the summer I started playing Warframe again and so I just kinda stopped drawing.. and gained 700 hours game hours. My GSoC idea is being actively developed right now! Check it out at https://github.com/rails/rails/pull/34788.

Music
Music is a huge part of my life - I listen to it about half the time when I'm awake, and 2018 has been a great year for music. I made it a point to listen to a new singer every week, and purchase a physical album every 2 months to support the artists!
If you haven't heard of Reol and are a fan of Japanese music, do yourself a favour and have a listen. Here are some of my favourite songs this year:

School
This term I took Blockchain, Machine Learning, Networks and Southeast Asia under Japan: Motives, Memoirs and Media. I figured it would be easier to understand blockchain with it being a module instead of self-learning it from the internet, and I'm glad I was right. We coded our own implementation of bitcoin and a Flight Insurance DApp with Ethereum Smart Contracts! The Machine Learning module taught me the various state-of-the-art methods, and the History mod really opened my eyes on the World War 2 events in South East Asia. The Networks module was just a filler.

Also made the plunge and now I'm a vegetarian for about 1 month already! 🍷 Here's to my determination.