Financial Engineering

MSFE was a whole 2 and a quarter years ago. I wonder how many people in my class stayed in America. I wonder how many of them became traders, how many of them became quants, and how many didn’t do either. How many of them fell in love with the field and how many of them fell out of it?

I suppose a good portion of them are locked in by default since H1Bs are pretty much at the mercy of their sponsoring companies.

I feel like my peers are in the age group that is fast approaching the point in their lives at which educational and professional decisions are becoming quite damning. With every cycle that passes, whatever dreams that were once relegated to the back-burner will soon have to be relocated to the bucket list.

Disney Imagineering

I went to this tech-talk thing today and was pleasantly surprised by some of the cool things the engineers at Disney do at the park. Did you know that they have trackless rides that randomly generate paths for each run, in real-time?

They’ve got these things up at the park in Tokyo. The first of its kind state-side is opening up soon in Cars Land as Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters.

Gonna have to watch the movies and finally go to California Adventures.

Nostalgia rig 2002

So… today I spent 19 dollars and got a Radeon 9700 Pro… and then I spent 14 dollars and got 2x512MB of Kingston KHX3200/512 DDR-400… which means I’ve finally got Winbond BH-5.

Spent another 12 dollars and got… an AthlonXP-M 2600+…

Nobody reads this blog, but to a hypothetical reader, who knows early-2000s hardware… I’ve just reached legendary status.

Just need a Chieftec Dragon and a DFI Lanparty NFII Rev. B.

Leo

The Revenant was a good movie. It kept me entertained the whole way through, but is something that I will probably never watch again. Actually, I think I have to. I effectively watched it through grating. The last row at Pacific Theatres at the Grove is conveniently blocked by the railing.

Leo did a pretty decent job doing his thing I guess. I have no idea what it really means to be a good actor, but I’m pretty sure Tom Hardy did a better job playing the bad man Fitzgerald.

The lasting impression that the movie gave me was that I should visit some more national parks.

2/14

I’m getting a lot of marketing emails reminding me to book a place for their Valentine’s Day dinners. I’d take Orchid, but I don’t think a betta can eat at any of these fine establishments.

2 more weeks

The Santa Hustle half-marathon in Galveston rejuvenated by love/hate relationship with running. Find me a scenic route in a new environment and I’ll have the time of my life. Put me on a treadmill or have me run on a track and all I can think of is… I can’t think, I am now a hamster.

So after winging the half-marathon in December, I’m now 2 weeks away from winging the LA Marathon. I must admit, I haven’t been training as hard as I should be, but I’ll be alright. Looking forward to all the food I’m going to eat afterwards.