Free stickers from film maker Casey Neistat. So awesome that I posted a picture on Tumblr. Peace.

“Like I always tell my clients - begin each day as if it were on purpose”
— Hitch, the movie

When I get sad I stop being sad and be awesome instead! True story. #HIMYM

A couple of weeks ago, I am came across this Ted Talk titled “The 3 A’s of Awesome” from Neil Pasricha. You can watch the video here:

I immediately remembered a quote I heard from Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother. Check it out here:

At some point in everyone’s life, we all get down. It may be because of school, work, boyfriend/girlfriend problems, or losing a loved one. For Neil, he started a blog after his friend past away in order to cope with the pain. He began to reexamine himself and the joys of living. Eventually, his blog consisted of everyday things that made his life AWESOME. Later on, his blog got noticed and a publisher approached him to write a book:

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The book is filled with little anecdotes of things we take for granted. He talks about Popping Bubble Wrap, Snow Stepping, High Tens, Bowling Celebrations, and New Sock Day (just to name a few).

I decided to read the book because I’ve been somewhat down these days. I recently graduated from college without a job, and I wanted something to cheer me up. I know a lot of recent grads are starting to lose hope. Don’t give up! (I hate it when I get notifications on my iPhone saying stuff like unemployment rate is still 7.4%.)

Back to the book. A lot of the stories Neil talks about are extremely relatable, authentic, and funny. His blog and book is an act of catharsis. I had a hard time putting down the book because I realized that I take for granted of many little things that make my life AWESOME. I also look forward to the experiences I hope to have that Neil talked about, like having your suitcase come out first in baggage claim. 

After reading this book, I am so lucky and thankful for my parents, friends, and anyone who has made my day brighter. What I got from the book is to appreciate the simple pleasures of life and to be more AWESOME.

To all recent grads who don’t have jobs, don’t give up and don’t get sad, be AWESOME.

  1. If something good happens big or small, like paying with exact change, say, “AWESOME!" in your head.
  2. Create moments when you can say, “It’s going to be Legen…Wait for it…Dary”.
  3. Take a moment to thank a friend, parent, dog, boat, anything via FB, face-to-face, a text message, a snap chat. (Oh…snap chat)
  4. Cherish and build relationships
  5. Eliminate or limit the bad influences in your life. It can be a person, toy, phone, anything. (I got this from Tim Ferriss)
  6. Have a plan, and do it. 

The goal is to be and know you are AWESOME. I know everything I am saying is easier said than done, but you should be in a mentality of perseverance and happiness. It’s surprising how I much learned from this book, and I wish I had this book during middle school. 

If you are reading this sentence, you probably read the stuff above. I just want to say thank you. If not, thank you anyway for noticing me.

H.C.

Updated Gold Data

I did a blog post about my experience with gold prices in R. I wanted to share with everyone with a slightly updated graph.

The red line indicates today’s cost of goods sold for gold. The 95th percentile for gold’s cost of goods sold is roughly around $1300 per oz. The current price of gold is roughly around $1400 per oz. Do you think the price of gold will dip below the COGS. According to Goldman Sachs, they believe that gold will be around $1200 per oz by 2017. (This information came from a report they did early this year. Their findings could be slightly different now.)

I would love to get some historical data of gold’s Cost of Goods Sold. That way, I can calculate gold’s historical profit margins. It would be interesting to see the trend.

Who knows what the economy is going to be like in the next couple of years? I would love to hear investing strategies with gold. 

I tried to capture the double rainbow. I tried to capture the double rainbow.

I tried to capture the double rainbow.

The first time I saw this video was when I was taking intro to data mining, and I saw the video again today.

The key to data visualization is to show relativeness in order for people to gain a broader perspective. In addition, data visualization helps people to spot and display trends. Data is indeed beautiful and powerful. 

I didn’t have time to explore this site, but it looks very cool: http://visual.ly/

David’s website is here: http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/

peace,

H.C.

Programming in R with Gold Prices Data

A couple of weeks ago, I had an interview asking me whether gold is overvalued. In this post, I won’t answer this question. Maybe down the road. Today, I had a sudden urge to program in R again and explore this topic.

(Oh no, I am going crazy. Get your head out of the refrigerator!)

Let me tell you. I am extremely rusty in my R programming skills, but I was able to accomplish what I had set out. The goal was to plot Gold prices.

First, I google for gold prices in CSV file format. Luckily, I found it from Exchange Trade Gold. You can go to: http://www.exchangetradedgold.com/

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Next, I had to do some pre-processing.

  1. This required me to put the csv file into a Data Frame, which took a long time due to formatting issues.
  2. I discovered a new function called complete.cases, which eliminates records that have NA attributes.
  3. I had to delete records that had attributes labeled HOLIDAY
  4. Calculate Gold Prices per Oz. This was easy.image

Finally, graphing. I decided to look at the ggplot2 library.

  1.  In the CSV file, it had every day since Nov 2004, but I didn’t want to graph every single day because it would look too chaotic.
  2. Luckily, with the help of documenation, online examples, and luck, I was able to contruct a pretty looking graph. Here is the code to scale the x axis by year.
  3. Use the library(scales) and library(ggplot2). You may need to install ggplot2 by doing install.packages(“ggplot2”)

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 Hopefully, I interpreted the output correctly.

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I am not sure what I am going to do next with the data. Maybe predictive analysis?

Thanks for reading.

- Harry

fastcompany:

This week, Apple gave the world its first peek at iOS 7, the software that will power iPhones and iPads starting later this year.
Helmed by hardware guru Jony Ive, the update will bring the most dramatic visual overhaul of Apple’s mobile OS to date. As expected, it embraces a flat aesthetic that allows for layering based on functionality. For example, you can peek behind icons to see your wall paper. So while the UI may be flat, the UX is anything but.
Just how different is iOS 7 compared to the software we’re running now? Take a look for yourself.

I really like Fast Company’s post on iOS 7 because it shows the comparison between iOS 7 and iOS 6. It seems to me that the UI and UX of iOS 7 are similar to Android. I recently downloaded the Yahoo! Weather app and I love it. You can see a picture of it in Fast Company’s blog post. The layout and pictures take advantage of the iPhone 5’s retina display. I can’t wait to see to the next iPhone release.Also, check out E3 this week. There are some cool things coming out. Thanks for reading. fastcompany:

This week, Apple gave the world its first peek at iOS 7, the software that will power iPhones and iPads starting later this year.
Helmed by hardware guru Jony Ive, the update will bring the most dramatic visual overhaul of Apple’s mobile OS to date. As expected, it embraces a flat aesthetic that allows for layering based on functionality. For example, you can peek behind icons to see your wall paper. So while the UI may be flat, the UX is anything but.
Just how different is iOS 7 compared to the software we’re running now? Take a look for yourself.

I really like Fast Company’s post on iOS 7 because it shows the comparison between iOS 7 and iOS 6. It seems to me that the UI and UX of iOS 7 are similar to Android. I recently downloaded the Yahoo! Weather app and I love it. You can see a picture of it in Fast Company’s blog post. The layout and pictures take advantage of the iPhone 5’s retina display. I can’t wait to see to the next iPhone release.Also, check out E3 this week. There are some cool things coming out. Thanks for reading. fastcompany:

This week, Apple gave the world its first peek at iOS 7, the software that will power iPhones and iPads starting later this year.
Helmed by hardware guru Jony Ive, the update will bring the most dramatic visual overhaul of Apple’s mobile OS to date. As expected, it embraces a flat aesthetic that allows for layering based on functionality. For example, you can peek behind icons to see your wall paper. So while the UI may be flat, the UX is anything but.
Just how different is iOS 7 compared to the software we’re running now? Take a look for yourself.

I really like Fast Company’s post on iOS 7 because it shows the comparison between iOS 7 and iOS 6. It seems to me that the UI and UX of iOS 7 are similar to Android. I recently downloaded the Yahoo! Weather app and I love it. You can see a picture of it in Fast Company’s blog post. The layout and pictures take advantage of the iPhone 5’s retina display. I can’t wait to see to the next iPhone release.Also, check out E3 this week. There are some cool things coming out. Thanks for reading. fastcompany:

This week, Apple gave the world its first peek at iOS 7, the software that will power iPhones and iPads starting later this year.
Helmed by hardware guru Jony Ive, the update will bring the most dramatic visual overhaul of Apple’s mobile OS to date. As expected, it embraces a flat aesthetic that allows for layering based on functionality. For example, you can peek behind icons to see your wall paper. So while the UI may be flat, the UX is anything but.
Just how different is iOS 7 compared to the software we’re running now? Take a look for yourself.

I really like Fast Company’s post on iOS 7 because it shows the comparison between iOS 7 and iOS 6. It seems to me that the UI and UX of iOS 7 are similar to Android. I recently downloaded the Yahoo! Weather app and I love it. You can see a picture of it in Fast Company’s blog post. The layout and pictures take advantage of the iPhone 5’s retina display. I can’t wait to see to the next iPhone release.Also, check out E3 this week. There are some cool things coming out. Thanks for reading.

fastcompany:

This week, Apple gave the world its first peek at iOS 7, the software that will power iPhones and iPads starting later this year.

Helmed by hardware guru Jony Ive, the update will bring the most dramatic visual overhaul of Apple’s mobile OS to date. As expected, it embraces a flat aesthetic that allows for layering based on functionality. For example, you can peek behind icons to see your wall paper. So while the UI may be flat, the UX is anything but.

Just how different is iOS 7 compared to the software we’re running now? Take a look for yourself.

I really like Fast Company’s post on iOS 7 because it shows the comparison between iOS 7 and iOS 6. It seems to me that the UI and UX of iOS 7 are similar to Android.

I recently downloaded the Yahoo! Weather app and I love it. You can see a picture of it in Fast Company’s blog post. The layout and pictures take advantage of the iPhone 5’s retina display. I can’t wait to see to the next iPhone release.

Also, check out E3 this week. There are some cool things coming out. Thanks for reading.

I rode this fixie when I was racing on the velodrome as a junior. I decided today to rebuild and ride my fixie because I wanted to rekindle the joy of riding again. It did.

Bicycle Helmet
My attempt in doing art/sculpture. I made this my sophomore year in college. I wanted to capture the fragility and strength of the human brain. #art 
enjoy. Bicycle Helmet
My attempt in doing art/sculpture. I made this my sophomore year in college. I wanted to capture the fragility and strength of the human brain. #art 
enjoy. Bicycle Helmet
My attempt in doing art/sculpture. I made this my sophomore year in college. I wanted to capture the fragility and strength of the human brain. #art 
enjoy. Bicycle Helmet
My attempt in doing art/sculpture. I made this my sophomore year in college. I wanted to capture the fragility and strength of the human brain. #art 
enjoy. Bicycle Helmet
My attempt in doing art/sculpture. I made this my sophomore year in college. I wanted to capture the fragility and strength of the human brain. #art 
enjoy. Bicycle Helmet
My attempt in doing art/sculpture. I made this my sophomore year in college. I wanted to capture the fragility and strength of the human brain. #art 
enjoy. Bicycle Helmet
My attempt in doing art/sculpture. I made this my sophomore year in college. I wanted to capture the fragility and strength of the human brain. #art 
enjoy.

Bicycle Helmet

My attempt in doing art/sculpture. I made this my sophomore year in college. I wanted to capture the fragility and strength of the human brain. #art

enjoy.