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Photo Blog

  Last update: June 1, 2016

I challenged myself to take at least one photo per day since January 2013 (spoiler alert: not 100% success rate). Below is a chronicle, and still evolving. All photos taken with an iPhone (4S, and currently 6). Rear-facing: 8 Megapixels, ƒ/2.4 aperture, with autofocus. Front-facing: VGA resolution (640x480), 0.3 Megapixels.

January 2016 - Present

 

January 2015 - December 2015

January 2014 - December 2014

January 2013 - December 2013

Sculpture Projects

  December 15, 2015

One of the great things about CMU is its abundance and diversity of available classes. In Fall 2015, I sought to expand my physical fabrication skills and challenged myself to take a sculpture class from CMU's Art department. In Structural Imagination: Wood and Steel, students learn to harness their inner Michaelangelo, using wood and steel as the core medium for crafting sculptures. In this class, I learned how to use a wide range of tools for making art that you can touch. These tools include table wood saws, jig saws, horizontal/vertical band saws, MIG welding, plasma cutter, sanders etc. But more importantly, I learned how to plan, execute, and articulate an artistic idea into a concrete and tangible piece of object that others can critique and appreciate.

Thanks to Josh Reiman and Moses Williams for being wildly knowledgeable and extremely helpful class instructors. Below is a compilation of the work I've done in the class (all within a span of 8 weeks!). It was tons of fun!

Limb Explosion (Material: 2x4 Stud Wood)

Containment (Material: Steel)

Body Extension (Material: Steel)

Candide (The Optimist) (Material: Wood and Steel)

Running Log

  April 13, 2015

I've been keeping log of my running routes for the past couple years. Here's a visualization of data captured from GPS traces from my Nike+ app. These were automatically pulled from the Nike+ API, and then mapped into a CartoDB rendering engine.

Reflecting on these logs, it turns out that I'm a creature of habit. When I move to a new neighborhood or visit a city, I explore potential running routes that are approximately 3-miles long (my preferred running duration). Once I nail down a particular route, I pretty much stick to it. Ocassionally, I change it up once or twice every three weeks, but for the most part, I stick to that route for months. It also looks like I prefer running on the road, and less on parks or designated running tracks. Anyway, here's what the log looks like. Enjoy!

Total Miles:632.0, Average distance: 3.26 miles, Average pace: 9'30"