Pianist | Software Engineer | OTF Senior Fellow
Origin: East Asia | 象山县 | early ‘90s
Location: San Francisco | NYC
Disciplines: Autodidact with a focus on classical piano and computer science.
日 0 / Year 0: Biological instantiation.
日 1.8k / Year 5: First encounter with piano. First encounter with flow state.
日 3.2k / Year 9: Enthralled by virtual worlds. Self taught programming and 3D modelling. Threw together a Zelda clone & hundreds of other miniature game concepts.
Until roughly 日 6.5k: Compulsory education system interactions. Minimal effort to excel. Bored and miserable. Sanity maintained by leveling up music and code beyond the prison gates, winning piano competitions and such.
日 6211: First standing backflip on grass.
日 6525 (August 2009) Escaped to Carnegie Mellon University. Computer Science and Piano Performance.
日 7100: (March 2011) Wrote a kernel. Little sleep. Much self reflection.
日 7546: (May 2012) Graduated top of the class, one year early from CMU.
日 7550: Rode motorcycle from PGH to NYC.
日 7558: Moved into my first studio apartment in Chelsea.
日 7561 (June 2012): Began typing code full-time at Google. Still can’t legally drink.
日 7937 (June 2013): Paid off all debts. Decided Rent Is Too Damn High.
Ensconcement upon a boat. Nautical lifestyle begins.
日 8013: Switched to Google Ideas. Pursue Internet Freedom.
日 8406: Jumped out a Perfectly Good Airplane for the first time.
日 8527: Left Google. Mini “Early Retirement” in SE Asia. Re-engage in full time study of piano and other disciplines and skills. Seeking better context to become the change I want to see in the world.
日 8547: Learned to Scuba Dive.
日 8622: Back in US. Sold Sailboat. Rode motorcycle from NYC to SF.
日 8714 (August 2015): Begin hacking on Snowflake and working with the Tor Project.
Over 9000 日 through today and onwards: Continuing to study, practice, perform, and code. Seeking better understanding, building freedom, evolving.
Last updated: March 2017
serene [at] torproject [dot] org
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