The top 10 things software engineers do that don’t involve writing code

It’s a common misconception among the general public that software engineers sit at their desks all day, pounding out code while drinking coffee. For quite a while, this is what I thought as well. When I took my first introduction to programming class at the University of Washington however, my professor asked the class this question, on the first day: How …


China 2016, Days 6 and 7

The weather in Chengdu has been very unforgiving lately, with highs topping 35 Celsius and lows no lower than 25 Celsius. We decided to head for cooler weather in Yunnan Province, south of Sichuan Province. We spent most of Day 6 indoors, before heading to Chengdu Airport for a flight to Lijiang, Yunnan. The flight was very short, but also …


China 2016, Day 4

I spent the entire day with my cousin, who took me around Chengdu to see some of the more well-known sights and lesser-known treasures of the city. First, we took the bus to Chunxi Road (春熙路), a very popular tourist spot with many high-end shops. We had lunch at the Modern Toilet Restaurant, which is exactly what the name suggests. If …