Dear me: A letter to past and future self

Dear Chester, Your birthday has recently passed, and a significant one some might say. A real milestone for many people! I think it’s a great time to reflect a bit on the past and look into the future a little. What are your fondest memories? What do you look forward to …

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Lessons from the farm

“You can learn everything you need to know about life at a farm.” Michael once said. How true do you think that statement is? In Australia, backpackers come to a farm for different reasons: either for the experience, the visa days, or for some money to travel. You can often …

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When things fall apart

The Unsuccessful Student has been utterly quiet these past three months. If you’re on my Facebook, everything would seem to be peachy, but truth be told, the last three months have taken a most unexpected turn. After a wonderful honeymoon phase with Melbourne, everything went wrong. An unexpected parting with …

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Months in review

It’s been many months since I’ve had a “month in review” post. In the beginning I found it useful to give myself some direction each month, but the last six months have felt more focused on different obstacles that have naturally presented themselves. I wanted to take a few moments …

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October in review

Overall, I am fairly happy with how October progressed. It has laid the foundation for the next month which is all about working towards the alpha release of Absolut. The project will release on heyletschill.com (not yet active) which is the more appropriate “pilot name” for it. The general gist …

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September in review

September was a pretty good month. The traction I gained at the end of the August gave me a better direction to move ahead. I haven’t had as much time to write but I felt like I needed to do a mind dump for this month’s review. These past few …

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August in review

It’s been a fun month. The first few weeks, I was looking at options and just trying to feel like I was mentally in Vancouver again. The last two weeks of August has been a series of unexpected events. It first started with my Rails study group that received a …

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July in review

I actually don’t have anything to review! Yeah, I really didn’t do much work last month. Looking forward to August, it’s going to be a month crammed with heavy RoR study. I will also be looking at meeting with RoR developers and talking to my friend about a UI mockup. …

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June in review

Work wise. June sucked. Minimal progress was made on all fronts. I have been pecking away at my app planning and just little bits of other things (study+website work) but it has really not felt like a productive month. My mind is distracted between enjoying my last bit of time …

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May in review

May was a fun month. Unfortunately I’m talking more about my social life during May. I had friends from Canada visit during the end of the month and it was a nice little break from my computer. The longest I have been away from code related activity since October was …

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