A Full Stack Engineer's Perspectives on Technology, Startups, Software Engineering, and UI Design

For all you soccer fans… or Osama fans

Posted: October 24th, 2006 | Author: | Filed under: General | No Comments »

Today was my first day at CBSA, Canadian Border Services Agency. It was great. Met some new people, did some reading, went outside for a fire alarm, did some more reading… more to come! What is cool about it is everything is classified!!! So I can’t tell anything about what I do… sooooo I really just … play DDR all day!

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Future Inspirations

Posted: October 20th, 2006 | Author: | Filed under: General | No Comments »

After much deliberation, I have made a temporary decision NOT to pursue internet law. Frankly, it could be interesting, it could also be not interesting. Until the day I make my decision, I will keep this blog related to design and inspirations. And now… some eye candy that you guys might enjoy:

http://www.2advanced.com

2Advanced

http://www.probe3.com

More great design links to come…

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2Advanced

Posted: October 20th, 2006 | Author: | Filed under: General | No Comments »

I’ve always been a fan of what the boys down in Cali are up to. 2Advanced is no exception. I’ve been following them since 2002ish. Their shit continues to improve year in and year out. Check out their new site: It’s crazy

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Michael Geist Presentation on Copyright Law and th

Posted: October 18th, 2006 | Author: | Filed under: General | No Comments »

On Tuesday, I had the pleasure of going to Dr. Michael Geist’s (G-EYE-ST) presentation on copyright law and the internet. I would just like to say that if you missed this presentation, I have the unfortunate news that this presentation was very good. Of course it isn’t the only presentation of its kind, as Dr. Geist has done many of the same presentations, but others too are like Alan M. Gahtan (http://www.gahtan.com).

This presentation was on Canada’s choice of either following in the U.S.’s footsteps and accepting WIPO copyright law, or forging our own laws on how to deal with the freedom of information. The main idea was that there is a plethora of information out there, and if we can digitize and put it on the internet, we will be helping millions of people who do not have access to this information. There are organizations like the BBC, and ABC (Australia Broadcasting Company) that do this already and if we were to follow suit, the long term effects are much better than protecting a few dead peoples work. Why hold back on the freedom of information when it could greatly influence anothers opinion? Where is the truth in that? Where is the justice in that? Why should someone choose to censor information when the information could help form a factual well-balanced opinion?

Another thing to consider is the amount of work being done by the Government of Canada that is not freely distributed. We are living in a country where you need to request all the work the Government does in writing. OUR tax paying dollars are going to money grubbing politicians who work for US! It is surprising to see this… and the freedom of information and the knowledge of our society seems to be at a stand still for Canada at least. Where will we go and what will we do?

The reason why I went to this presentation was to learn about what Internet Law is. This presentation has sparked thoughts in me that hopefully do not influence my decision of going into law or not. I need to truly think about this to a level that is far more spiritual and personal. 4 Years in school again is something I really have to think twice about…

Reference: http://www.michaelgeist.ca/

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Job Opportunities

Posted: October 11th, 2006 | Author: | Filed under: General | No Comments »

This gonna be a quick post but today I got a huge opportunity from a design firm in Tokyo, Japan! I might be going there for a year so anything can help!

I am really looking forward to Japan, but I just need to get that ever ellusive job…most people want you to have your Bachelors finished… so I’ll keep my hopes up. Chiaki been helping me some too but she is busy with work and school. She’s so cute imma post some funny videos of her from my Japanese trip soon.

Also, this weekend I almost finished up StyleClashClothing.com. It is something I haven’t done before… and that is make a shopping cart and provide SSL certificates to secure a network. I still have a lot of work to do for it but I am definately almost there! One more week and its finished, easily.

Cheers,
Ayan

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New Blog

Posted: October 10th, 2006 | Author: | Filed under: General | No Comments »

Well this blog was in dire need of a remake and I finally had a little time to do it.

Unfortunately I was using Serendipity before and had to MANUALLY copy over all posts from that to wordpress. Man did that take a long time (approx 2 hours). This will be my long term blog so it is a good thing I dont need to do this very often.

Regards,
Ayan

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Japan Pictures

Posted: October 9th, 2006 | Author: | Filed under: Japan | No Comments »

Hey everybody,

Been awhile since I posted something on my blog. It is nice to keep up with this but when you have no time it becomes increasingly difficult.

JAPAN PICTURES: http://www.ayanray.com/photos/

Japan was great. The culture and whole universe was just surreal. Chiaki”s parents were amazin, her family great, and very welcoming.

What I am up to currently:

Right now I am working on a website: http://www.styleclashclothing.com
AND working on my new version 2 ayanray.com -> which will be entirely in Flash. I got some sick ideas for this version… and well I think this might push my boundaries in Flash and web development. I still would rather goto grad school and perhaps become a professor but I am not 100% sure. Maybe Internet Law is the way to go? Guidance would be nice but the choice can be made in 2 years so I have a lot of time.

School

School is really strenuous this year. It just gets harder week after week. I am taking 3.0 credit load (equivalent to 6 classes) and so far 1.0 (Maya class) credits have NOT given homework. Imagine how bad it will be when he does =0.

New Job

I got a new job with Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA). I am just waiting for my security clearance. It is not like job of the year but the people there are cool and the manager is really nice… so I took the job. At Mitel the managers would barely come to see me. Sure they were busy and sure they were great, but I want some sorta communication with my boss. Anyway, I will be working on a top secret project that involves Marine transportation methods from ports around the world ;) . That”s all I can say or the government will get me.

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