Met a software developer who has played Hatoful Boyfriend,
the pigeon dating simulator. Pigeons forever! Okosan is best bird!
Built an automated backup system for Khan Academy’s mailing list data.
Wrote some unit test infrastructure that made it easier to test behavior
on Khan Academy endpoints.
Found and fixed a cron job that had been silently broken for 9 months, which
involved some of the best debugging I’ve ever done.
Added ASCII art of an Arcanine to the codebase, although with less alliteration.
Did some real, honest to God machine learning for the annual Healthy Hackathon.
We computed similarities in a sparse user-video matrix.
Yes, we were trying to be Netflix. No, we did not replicate Netflix in a week.
Yes, it was still really cool.
Drank far, far too much tea. It’s not my fault the office stocks unsweetened tea,
and it’s also not my fault the office is in walking distance of several milk tea
Speaking of which, got into a nuanced discussion about milk tea linguistics.
understanding, “pearl milk tea” is the standard
around Palo Alto, “boba” is the standard almost everywhere else, and “bubble tea”
is used interchangeably with “boba” on the East Coast.
Also got into a discussion about cloning ethics with other interns in a Chinese restaurant.
We then realized we were a real life version of the dining philosophers problem.
Luckily, we did not deadlock because we had sufficiently many chopsticks.
Played D&D for the first time. I shot an arrow right into somebody’s face, it was
wicked. Somewhat less wickedly, a snake almost Total Party Killed us.
Taught two interns how to play Dominion, and totally kicked their butts
while doing it.