Storytelling

“Let me take y’all back mannnnn as I do so well” – J. Cole Other than discussing the science behind foot fetishes, Andrew Schulz did have a moment of reflection on his Flagrant podcast when the conversation led to a discussion about storytelling. When Huberman brought up a study that shows how people’s heart rates sync up when listening to the same story told in different locations and at different times, Schulz exclaimed that it sounds crazy but it must be true. He has been learning to tell better stories in his comedy routine as he realized how crucial a good story is to hold everyone’s attention at larger venues.  That conversation made me think about the power of stories and how I may have overlooked it in my life. That made me want to write a blog post about stories: why they are so important to us and how to get better at telling stories. But first, what is a story? Not all words spoken or written down are stories: math proofs, academic papers,…

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Building my First PC in the IQUNIX-ZX1 Case

In this post, I will share some helpful tips and tricks that I learned while building my first PC. I was inspired to build this PC after watching some desk setup videos1 featuring the IQUNIX ZX-1 case, and I ended up purchasing the case and a few other components (detailed below). 💪 Disclaimer: I will not delve into the step-by-step process of building the PC. Instead, I will chronologically list tips I found helpful during the build. These tips were not included in the user manuals and were only discovered through Reddit threads and YouTube videos. Also note that the PC was the first PC I've ever built, so any of the following tips may be redundant if you've had previous PC-building experience. If you decide to use some of the same computer parts, I recommend to Ctrl-f those computer parts and read all the relavent sections with those computer parts before building. Computer Parts Here are my ingredients: Case: IQUNIX ZX-1Mobo: Asus ROG Strix B550-ICPU: AMD Ryzen 9 5900XRAM: G. Skill Ripjaws V Series…

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An Opening Letter from 77.66.

Dear Reader, For my blogging journey, I hope to journal and blog in parallel. From my limited 1-day experience, I find that they complement each other nicely: journaling incites ideas for my blog posts and vice versa. The following is a compilation of the thoughts I'm having while attempting to write a second paragraph: (1) Transitioning between different topics is difficult. Yet sometimes transitions are not necessary. Maybe schools teach the idea of transitioning between topics to train the skill in connecting disparate ideas together. (2) I know that beautiful pieces of writing are sculpted through several iterations, and that the first draft is just to get ideas on the page, but there's still something holding me back. Maybe it's the thought that the writing style I have now is the writing style that will be expected from me for the rest of my posts. No. Maybe it's just the fear of others judging me through me writing; the fear that others do not have an outlook of me that I want them to have;…

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The Comfort Zone

Wait, I'm making such a fool of myself! -- Foolish Bubbul You know what? The comfort zone is underrated. Under-appreciated. Undervalued. We have all been taught to try and leave it, but have we ever examined why? “But the meaning of life is to express your full potential by overcoming hard tasks!” Oh shut your mouth and suck it. I got something hard to beat for you right here that’s not gonna overcome by itself. The end goal of every career is one that you are comfortable in. The end goal of every dating life is to find the girl that you are comfortable with. The end goal of every freshman in college is to find a group that they feel comfortable in. Imagine a life where you just walk around and find things that make you uncomfortable. People would laugh at that guy and call him an idiot. Isn’t comfort the default, the end goal that we all shoot for? It all is kind of like the delicate balance between explore and exploit, a…

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Fraternity, My Indecisive Ass, and Activity Tiers

Spurred by old and new friends he met last quarter and during the summer, the Foolish Bubbul has half-heartedly embarked on the journey to join a frat. But now that he has been to all the rush events and received a bid, his commitment to the road ahead gets tested and his resolve starts to waver. Let’s help him make a decision. I don’t like indecisiveness. I feel like I’m floating around without a solid opinion, worried about trivial things that wouldn’t matter in the big picture, and constantly consulting others for advice and approval… I hate every part of it. But as a more introspective person I realized that I can learn a lot about myself from moments that make me indecisive. One of the first things I tend to do when I struggle to make a decision is to create a pro cons list. Charles Darwin famously created one of these before he decided to propose to his cousin, and they were happily married 6 months later with 10 kids on the way.…

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Frosted Games

Hello friends! What’s a bubble if not frosted?  In this post, I wanted to stop thinking and just talk about fun and interesting stuff, so I decided that I wanted to just review some of my favorite/recently played games. All of the games I list will be story-based (because there’s not really much to talk about for competitive PvP games, but I do like Smash Bros and Apex and have around 1000 hours in them each). Zelda: Breath of the Wild—This is my first game outside of Pokemon/Mario. It is one of the major reasons why I like the Nintendo Switch so much and why I decided to give other games a try. I first got this game right after I bought my switch to beat my friend in Smash Bros. The friend in question recommended this game, and I thought, “Why not?”, and decided to give it a go. The first thing that caught my attention was the style of the visuals. The cell-shaded backgrounds give the game a very calming(?) harmonic(?) feel, and…

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The Cliche Article About The Possibilities of AI

Le Bubble de Frosted here. I really couldn’t think about what to write today. I decided to write about general artificial intelligence, a topic that I’m also interested in possibly researching in the future. I want to talk about why I’m interested in it, and also why I’m worried about it. I think this problem is the ultimate goal of all researchers right now, and the impact of this problem, if solved, is tremendous. Personally, I have many selfish reasons why I’m interested in such a subject. Firstly, I interact with a lot of math/computer science problems daily, and since I’m so involved in the subject, I have a deep interest in algorithms that can visualize and reason through problems the way a human can.  If these AI were privatized and distributed among the common people, this would bring about great societal changes, because interacting with a computer would be the same as interacting with another living being. Perhaps it would also be possible to make a computer as similar to humans as possible, and…

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What’s Going On in My Waifu’s Head: An Insight Into Problem Solving

Frosted bubble here. Today, I’m just going to be babbling on and on about random thoughts I have had about problem solving and thinking in general. Have you ever thought about how we humans learn, actually perform, and improve on problem solving? As a competitive programmer, I have done lots and lots of questions, most mathematical in nature. Sometimes, I like to step back and reflect on how I tend to think and how I eventually arrived at a solution.  In university, I have a professor that describes it as such: in the beginning, we have an arsenal of tools. Solving a problem is essentially randomly choosing some tool, working on the problem a bit, and seeing if the problem reduces into something simpler that can be worked further. Thus, we can imagine that everyone has some sort of probability distribution on this set of tools, and “getting better” at solving problems is just building an intuition of what tools to use when, and optimizing this random distribution. I think that my professor gives a…

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Respect vs Dependence: When Respect Goes Too Far

Hello, everyone! Long time no see! Frosted Bubble here. As a college student, I recently began working at an internship, my first in-person one, and taking my first step into the working society has taught me more about myself, my childhood, and my flaws. Today, I will be focusing on the issue of respect and authority figures. Ever since I was young, one thing I had always been taught to do was to respect my elders. To me, my father and mother were figures that felt untouchable because they seemed to me as people who simply knew more and knew better, and in return, I treated them with respect and complete dependence. I followed their instructions blindly and mentally positioned myself below them. This feeling of being below people did not stop with just my parents and also translated to my older siblings, my teachers, and anybody who was simply older or more competent than me. Having such a mindset made me obedient to my parents, teachers, siblings, but also gave me difficulty bringing up…

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Living on Campus

-- Foolish Bubbul It’s fall of 2021, and with everyone back on campus after over a year of online school, a housing crisis looms over the soon-to-be junior me who has lost his guaranteed housing on campus. La Jolla greeted the students eager for physical social interaction with an insane inflation of housing prices, so finding an affordable and close place to live turned out to be quite difficult. Lots of people that I met in the following year remembered this period as the most stressful time of their lives so far. Eventually, my roommates and I got lucky and found a decent place, but this was the first time the idea to live on campus without a dorm came into my awareness. Now as school started, club activities, classes, homework, labs, tutoring, and going to the gym kept me occupied almost all day long. I got really comfortable working on campus, so I often find myself spending the entire day there. Sometimes, when I stand waiting for a bus at around 11pm, or when…

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