Our New Household Gaming Rig (Windows 10 PC)

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018

This holiday, my husband and I spent our free time geeking out over building our first gaming PC. I'd had a desktop computer when I was a kid and my dad gave me the parts to put it together, but that was a long time ago. Quang hadn't put together a computer before and he did all the research to find the right components for our price point and tier.

Here's the specs for what we built:

Amazon Glacier Cost Calculator for Simple Home Upload & Backup

Posted on Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Use this form to calculate the one-time upload cost and recurring monthly cost of storing your data in Amazon Glacier as of 1/1/2018. This is specifically using S3 bucket to store the data and making a lifecycle request to convert that data to Glacier tier (the way Arq Backup client executes backup). It does not estimate retrieval costs, deletion costs, or additional incremental backups. It is also based on US West Coast Oregon region pricing. YMMV depending on region your DC is.

My 3-2-1 Home Backup Solution: Drobo 5N + Arq Backup + Amazon Glacier

Posted on Monday, January 1, 2018

I've been backing up my home data to a Drobo 5N NAS for a few years now, but never felt fully comfortable about the idea that if my home were to burn down, that data would be gone.

Detecting Performance Regressions for Pinterest Web

Posted on Sunday, November 26, 2017

I’ve been at Pinterest since around December 2014 and have been loving it on the web platform team. A few months ago (June-ish?) we had our first reorg ever and I found myself, for the first time, on a new team. Our team had had some minor churn but nothing quite as large as this. Focusing on performance has been a pretty interesting change of pace.

Digital painting setup with Cintiq and Ergotron LX arm, starting a drawing class

Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2017

My husband got a Cintiq awhile back, and when I first tried it I didn't really enjoy the digital feel of it. I like to feel ink bleeding into the grain of the paper, and watch the water drip through a wash. Plus, it was taking up so much space on the tiny desk that we share!

What does a Web Engineer and C++ Have In Common?

Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2017

I'm beginning to feel that itch again to immerse myself in something completely new (yet tangential to what I've already been doing). I'm a full-time software engineer, but I feel that it might be time to broaden beyond a specialization in web. So I'm going to try to pick up C++ and hopefully get a task at work that can exercise what I'm learning.

React Amsterdam 2017 Review

Posted on Tuesday, May 2, 2017

I am still recovering from the awesome experience I had at the React Amsterdam 2017 conference. It was my first time speaking at such a large conference-- one that claims to only have had 150 attendees last year. At over 1000 attendees this year, I can say it was thrilling to get the opportunity to share Pinterest's migration story with such a large crowd.

How to keep up with front-end technologies outside of work

Posted on Saturday, April 16, 2016

I'm trying out a new way to organize my learning style when it comes to staying on top of all the front-end tech and javascript buzz going on. The good news, at least according to my recent readings, is the Javascript ecosystem is slowing down. However, the problem of information overload continues. I often find myself spending hours skimming many, many articles, but not feeling like I'm truly learning on my own.

Grunt + ReactJS + Browserify: multiple apps, common modules, and requiring with no relative paths

Posted on Friday, June 26, 2015

When I built my first ReactJS CRUD application, I was mainly tinkering with the React framework and had all my components in one giant file. I got to the point where I decided I wanted to configure a build system to compile and watch for changes in the codebase, and followed this great blog article on converting my huge file to CommonJS modules and got my app all set up. Here is my folder structure when I started the new config:

book review: man's search for meaning by viktor frankl

Posted on Wednesday, March 11, 2015


my first bus blog. I've been reading a lot on the bus, which is pretty much the only time I am able to read. just finished this book which I thought was quite profound so didn't want to go on to the next without jotting a few thoughts down.