Creating Value

A recent conversation with my brother about the rat race that plagues the millennial and possibly follows all of us to the end of our lives, or rather  our “useful lives”, is the need to use money to create value .  This rat race is the imposed societal belief that we must spend around four decades, the useful decades of our lives in which we’re strong, energetic and able enough to work longer hours, more days and sometimes multiple jobs simply to live fulfilling lives. Like hamsters spinning on a wheel we have accepted that working for 40 something years and retiring at 65 is to live a responsible life.  I have lived and experienced much of my life in low-income communities, especially as an immigrant, and it’s sometimes easy to fall into the propaganda of the rat race and mistake money as being the root of stability and peace of mind. These urges, however, are a deception, a societal fallacy: Money isn’t value.

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How the Education System failed me as a Black Person of Color in STEM

It’s insane to me that my great great great great… great grandfather during the 6th century B.C.E may have been one of the Black priests who taught Pythagoras what is now miscalled the “Pythagorean theorem”. Crazier yet is although Pythagoras, in his own admission, spent more than 20 years in African temples learning Geometry from African priests this fact of history is glossed over in our education system. The obvious question is “why”?

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Learning through play

This past Saturday I had the pleasure of volunteering with BlackGirlsCode for in their “Build a Mobile App in a Day” Los Angeles workshop. I became more sold to the idea of involving more minorities to the tech field at early ages when I realized my grade school cousins were able to understand simply Python programming concepts I was explaining to them. I was impressed.

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Hacking the Human Condition

There’s a social and philosophical condition that affects and benefits us as homosapiens.  We’re able to think and act upon our thoughts. Each moment we live with the responsibility of being human and the irresponsibility of being human: our powers that allow us to act responsibly are the same powers that also allow us to act irresponsibly — This may lead to an unstable society and a somewhat dysfunctional world.  A naive and yet historical approach to prevent dysfunction and misuse of power might be to concentrate power amongst a select few.  However a brief look at current affairs reveals historic inequalities and foreshadows a bleak future should the concentration of power remain in the hands of a few.

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Censorship

Being afraid to be wrong, to be embarrassed, to be vulnerable is censorship of the soul.  I’m aware in my life there are certain types of ideas, emotions, events I would like to express or experience but will not due to such fears. It becomes more visible each day that focusing on external fears at the expense and harm of  the soul’s deepest yearnings is the core of living a limited and unfulfilling life. There cannot be a more essential practice or goal than to begin learning how to remove the hindrances that prevent one from full self expression.

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Good enough > Perfect

Imagine the most perfect human being (brilliant, beautiful, charming, pleasant, intelligent, faultless) — s/he doesn’t exist, yet you do. In your flaws, imperfections, you’ve managed to accomplish the greatest feat: Life, Existence. You’re here, you’re alive. Nature doesn’t favor perfect, nature favors good enough. Nature favors you and I.

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Personal Cloud in a Raspberry Pi

For about seven months I’ve been experimenting quite a bit with offline ‘wireless’ technology. I’m really interested in radical ways of communicating and sharing information. The world can be a better place when we can communicate and share cheaply and/or freely. Two months ago I made progress by creating a rather simple Python library called “Nobu” that transforms a Raspberry Pi into a personal cloud device.

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How to learn a new Computer Language (Intermediate)

In the past few years I’ve had to learn or interact with new languages at a decent level to solve important tasks (Python, Ruby, Java, Lua, C++).   This is not an exhaustive list, but these are some critical tips and tricks that have helped me significantly when learning/mastering a new programming language:

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Diversity in Tech: Proximity is not Inclusion.

Proximity is not Inclusion.

On my LinkedIn profile picture I have a picture of myself standing outside my family’s village home. Our village home is in the outskirts hours away from the nearest metropolitan city and removed from most of life’s “first-world” conveniences, but to me it represents a part of me that makes me feel human.

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