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Five Years of Music

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I was walking home from rehearsal recently, along with two classmates. It was around 1pm; I invited them to have lunch at my place.

Over at the table, one of them started talking about how his dad had a huge Benny Goodman vinyl collection, and that there would constantly be swing and dixieland music playing around the house. He grew up in southern France and learned most of his music by ear.

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My Ten Year Plan

I remember having one of those wow-moments reading the book The Google Story. One of the Google brains was saying that when facing a problem he couldn’t solve, he liked to redefine it into one which he had a solution for. The example he gave was the classic prime number problem, where you have to tell whether or not a number is prime. From a computer processing time point of view, it can be very demanding, even impossible to solve within an acceptable amount of time. So he redefined the problem into one where you had to state whether or not a number had 99.99% of chances of being prime, and that problem, he could easily solve. I thought it was a pretty clever thing to do.

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Have you ever had one of those ideas growing in you for a period of several months or even several years? They start off as a seed without you being aware, planted by some conversation you had or something you’ve seen. They grow slowly along with you, and you start seeing them as some silly adventure meant for some hobo out there. Then one day they hit you in the face and you fully recognize them in disbelief. (e.g. “I can’t believe I actually feel like trying this hitchhiking thing!”)

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Why I Left Engineering

Engineering is fun. Finding solutions to problems using science and technology as your main tools is something absolutely fascinating, creative and rewarding in many ways.

I was very excited about hitting the workplace after graduating in 2002, but somehow, things did not turn out the way I was expecting them to. I worked for seven years as an engineer, and each time I was starting a new job, the same pattern kept coming back. I was very excited about starting fresh but after a honeymoon phase of a few months, I was back at struggling to find motivation and it seemed the days at the office were getting longer and longer.

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