Hi there! My name is Nathan. I occasionally write things on this blog about coding, random thoughts or quotes I found from the Internet and books.

We Used to Be Mosters


On the bus to work today, I listened through “We used to be monsters” - a collection of songs I wrote back in Junior College and soon after that. Some I was too embarassed to even listen to myself back then, now seem to be more relevant. Some used to be my favourites, now I find harder to relate to. Yet, they all reside in a special place in my memory, as a testimonial of growing up, or lack of it.…
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Working for an unassuming company


Today, I came across Vo Thanh Minh Tue’s wise observations in his article Why working for an unassuming company can be a great experience: Quote: I can only speak from my own experience, and personally I have been very lucky to be at Google, Microsoft, Box. Inc and currently MindMeld (formerly Expect Labs) [1]. While each company is very different in terms of size, products, culture and organization, I have great respect for my current and former coworkers; they are often smart, funny, dedicated and professional.…
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Project mumblings


Yesterday, during lunch at the office, I discovered that my colleague (who is known to be obsessed with assembling and painting scale models) has been blogging about his projects since 2010 at projectmumblings.blogspot.fi. I had great fun reading through his posts. If you’re into scale models, or just appreciate making things in general, I’m most certain that you’ll enjoy reading Project Mumblings as well.…
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Robert Finley - Age don't mean a thing


Being a long time listener of The Black Keys, Dan Auerbach, and the blues, the first time I heard about Robert Finley was a week ago through Easy Eye Sound. His music, talent and passion immediately struck the right chords in my head. Robert’s first album, “Age don’t mean a thing” was released in 2016, and “Goin’ Platinum” - his second album after 52 years of playing the guitar and singing - is coming out on December 8th.…
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Porvoo


The river, hillsides, forest trails, empty streets, gravel paths across the Old Town. For the first time, I feel truely attached to one place, even when knowing only a fraction of it. These two songs are for Porvoo: 4-track demos by Toni No. 6 4-track demos by Toni No. 6 …
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On doing things


When browsing BrainPickings’ archive today, I came across Philosopher Erich Fromm on the Art of Loving and What Is Keeping Us from Mastering It, in which an observation on how people perceive love is described: Most people see the problem of love primarily as that of being loved, rather than that of loving, of one’s capacity to love. Hence the problem to them is how to be loved, how to be lovable.…
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Fun with the Tascam DP-006


I have recently been picking up the guitar and started singing after a very long break. For quick demo recordings, I got a Tascam DP-006 - a 4-track recorder that uses a SD card instead of tapes. It also comes with a set of built-in stereo microphone and can run on batteries. I have great fun and have been making recordings quite frequently with this 4-track. They won’t be good enough for serious recordings, but should be more than decent for quick ideas and demos.…
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Setting goals


Recently, as a part of our bi-annual checkpoint discussion with my supervisor, I finally sat down and thought about my career goals - what I want to achieve at the company. I’m happy with the goals I set for myself: Be more useful to others. Be a better programmer. Great resourses I visited for advice: I’ve never had a goal - Jason Fried Sivers’ directives …
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Color me gone


This is the trailer for “Color me gone”: “Color me gone” is a photobook about Vietnam, a 10-year project by a talented photographer and filmmaker - Kevin German, who is also a good friend of mine. He spent a large portion of the past decade living, traveling and documenting every corner of Vietnam, capturing moments of people from all walks of life. His photos of the Vietnamese people are the most captivating and genuine that I have ever seen.…
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Knowledge and superiority


Since a teenager, I have never been a fan of formal education. Like books or music, our appreciation for knowledge changes over time. I believe knowledge should not be induced on people when they are not ready for it. We are wired differently. School is certainly not for everybody. Junior College was the last time I truely engaged in school. Even then, most of my time was resorted to music and football.…
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