The start of my autobiography ...

The original idea of making a site like this is to create a myspace for myself. (The pun is intended. I don't think it was a bad idea.) I have very many interests and I have so many online footprints. It is hard to keep track of all of them myself. So this portal site is my humble attempt at consolidating my online & offline fragmented self.

So this consolidated version should help me keep track of all the things I care about for myself which includes:

Want to support me in my quest of understanding my narcissism?

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Here's the breakdown of what I am planning around the coffee money:

  • Domain Name Refresh: ~ 12 dollars a year
  • S3 storage + Databases: ~ minimal as of right now but will likely expand if I were to add more interesting projects
  • Google Vision Kit + Voice kit: Planning to play around with them and use them as the starting point for my personal robot called Jarvis. 89.99+ 70.92 = $160.91 as of Nov 4th 2018.
  • Coffee or tea to fuel building things?

#Skills

Tools that I occassionally use

These are the things I have learned on my own through building or taking classes online. These are the important means that I will accomplish my build list. Through my build list, the skill tree will only grow longer. Maybe then I will be able to be like Tony Stark and build cool shit out of anything.

Front & Backend Data Science & ML Platform Technologies
HTML Scikit-Learn Salesforce
Javascript Pandas Google Cloud Platform
CSS Keras AWS
jQuery Tensorflow Atlassian Stack (Confluence + JIRA)
PHP R
Python SQL
AutoML

#Tech-stacks

  • Project Management: Asana, Trello, JIRA
  • Editor Dev Utilities: Atom, Sublime, Github
  • UIUX Prototyping: Figma, Whimsical
  • Fragmented Thoughts/Resources Collector: Nuclino, Toby
  • Computer: MacBook Pro 2017
  • Newsletter: MailChimp
  • Blogging: Wordpress, Medium

#Inspirations

Person His/Her Story Why it inspired me
Renee (Xiaoyu) Wang She is the founder of CastBox. Raised 29.6 million as of 11/11/2018. She worked at Google Asia as an account manager. She majored in Psychology in Peking University.
  • Quick Iteration and repeated attempts to find a product for the market: before launching castbox, she created 20+ products in the course of a year before finally landing on CastBox as an idea.
  • Getting her hands dirty: She built all those products by herself including front end, back end, basic functionalities etc. She launched first several versions of castbox all by herself.
  • Using data to speed up finding the right product for the market: Of all the products she built, she used app analytics and data to identify products that have early traction
Jake Burton Carpenter Founder of Burton Snowboard. School Dropout. Burton snowboards account for 35% of global snowboard market
  • Creating things he enjoy: Snowboard was an unknown thing back then. In the early days of Burton, he just hid away in the mountains and made snowboard prototypes. Hundreds of them all by himself.
  • Perseverance: It didn't really sell. People don't buy things they don't know. He kept going at it for 3 years. Just creating, testing, improving. Day after day. With very little money.
  • Dealing with Loneliness: He was on this journey all by himself. He was building things people didn't understand. To most, he was just some weirdo tinkering things in the woods. He didn't care as much about being understood. It was him and snow and the feeling of skiing down the mountains.

#Interests

These are things I like and moments that I find precious?

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#Timeline

The best way to prepare for your biography is by making a list. So first things first:

  • 1991 - Born in Wuhan, China. I am the only child as most of my peers.
  • 2002 - Sold roses to couples on Valentine's day and became painfully aware how bad of a salesman I was
  • 2002 - Wrote my first poems in trying to woo a girl that I like
  • 2003? - Became obsessed with the question "who is Shengyu Chen" and thought philosophy is awesome
  • 2003 - Won first place in a competition that took the whole family on a trip to Singapore and Malaysia
  • 2004 - Became obsessed with the whole survivalist mentality after reading SAS Survival Handbook. Decided that I needed to learn how to survive in the wild by hunting, making shelter, first aid knowledge and conceal presence.
  • 2004 - Told my dad that I want to be an entrepreneur but in reality, I just wanted to be the boss that orders him and my mother around
  • 2004 - Started using Google in School thought the name "Google" was pretty goofy.
  • 2007 - Came to the US through an exchange program in Washington State. People here are pretty laid back. I branded a calf, camped out in the desert, and unknowingly had Rocky Mountain Oysters.
  • 2007 - Became acquinted with the idea of polymath and the renaissance man. I really really admired Da Vinci and wanted to be like that but I was also repeatedly told that jack of all trades can't accomplish shit.
  • 2009 - Attended Northfield Month Hermon School in Massachusetts and played Football
  • 2010 - Started modern dancing classes and choir classes. Joined a dance company and learned later that I have no talent in playing piano nor singing.
  • 2010 - Started taking a lot philosophy and art classes at NYU while getting acquinted with NYC's night life
  • 2013 - Found the love of my life/soulmate and she has been giving me enormous strengths in times of high and low. She made me realize it is okay to be myself
  • 2014 - Finished the 100 books project and started learning a bunch of random things online through Coursera, Youtube Videos. Started thinking maybe I should just be a philosopher that makes a living by making furnitures like chairs and desks
  • 2015 - Graduated from Cornell while being impressed by the power of data science
  • 2015 - Started cooking seriously
  • 2016 - Went to Grace Farms for the first time and began to understand how beautiful space can move & elevate people
  • 2016 - Finished reading "In Praise of Shadows". Beauty, like truth, has a quality on its own. I love beautiful things.
  • 2016 - Start to binge through Audible on my way to work. Finished 30 audible "The Great Courses Series" ~ 600 hours.... Mostly around subjects such as world history, America, Japanese, European histories, nutritions, literature, classical music. I still want to be a reanissance man that knows about a lot of things.
  • 2016 - Got the urge to build and create something after binging through the Y combinator podcasts on "how to start a startup" and realized, damn, I really need to start doing things that don't scale
  • 2016 - Went to San Francisco for a Chinese entrepreneurship conference at Stanford and Berkeley. I met several people and learned of passion, authenticity and the desire to build.
  • 2017 - Started writing weekly and record as much as I could thorugh writing. Everything I wanted to learn, I wrote about them. Built my first website from start to finish.
  • 2017 - Decided that I need to start building things. I need to create things with great sensibilities.
  • 2018 - Realized how dishonest I am with myself and learned how all the more important the words written down are than spoken in passing.
  • 2018 - Started drawing for the first time in 10 years.
  • 2018 - Got hooked in to anime and found so much authentic moments and emotions. I began to understand a lot of the emotions that I had forgotten or ignored. This is the year I started to put my life in motion. Launched a podcast program. Presented how to read a book.
  • 2019 - What kind of year will 2019 be?

"What is this? Some kind of tumblr paying homage to your first world petty bourgeois wet dream? This doesn't sit well with me. I don't approve."