Please Help and Join Kiva

My coworker recently told me about a great nonprofit organization called Kiva. Kiva is a great place to help the people in need around the world. You can do your part by loaning as little as $25. You can learn more about kiva by clicking on this link http://www.kiva.org/invitedby/jhirk

 

This is my Kiva profile

http://www.kiva.org/lender/jhirk

Liebre Snow Run Angeles National Forest

Over the weekend, I went offroading with my friend at Liebre Angeles National Forest. We did a snow run. I was the passenger of my friend’s Land Rover Discovery. It was my first time going offroading and it was a positive experience for me. The area was covered in light snow. This is a nice place to visit because of the view at top. You can even camp in the area. We saw people in dirt bikes and ATVs.

 

Standing in the Snow

Standing in the Snow

Driving in the Snow

Driving in the Snow

Driving in the Snow

Driving in the Snow

Christmas Volunteer Event

Last month, I had the chance to volunteer with the nonprofit organization, Operation Christmas Child . This event gave me the opportunity to help the less fortunate by filtering, sorting, and packaging donated items to people around the world. It was a fun filled day. I met many wonderful volunteers.

Christmas Volunteer Event

Christmas Volunteer Even

 

 

Short Term Goals

My short term goals is to obtain the Comp TIA Network+ and Linux+ certificates. These certificates are relevant towards my current job. I believe it will help me become a more well rounded person in my field. It’s important to have a good foundation in networking if you working in the IT field.

Graduation 2012

June 10, 2012, I graduated with my Masters in Computer Science at Cal Poly Pomona.

Graduation

Graduation

Thesis Defense

My thesis defense was on May 31, 2012. I gave a one hour presentation on my thesis. After presenting and answering some questions, I passed.

You can download my presentation by clicking here.

Music Application

My master thesis is titled “Augmenting XSDs for People With Disabilities”. It’s in the final stages of completion.

Please visit the website to learn more about the software by clicking here.

Augmenting XSDs for People With Disabilities is an software that draws music sheets based on Music XML files. The software allows the users to open a Music XML or saved file. Users can print and modify the music sheet with many different options such as changing the background or foreground color, zooming, and changing the line thickness.

 

Music Application

Music Application

 

My Portfolio

Check out my updated portfolio by clicking here. I listed out most of the websites that I have done in the past and updated it with the more recent ones that I am currently working on as my freelance projects. Let me know what you think of the websites.

LA Auto Show 2011

Every year, LA has an Auto Show at the LA Convention Center. This year, I saw many new interesting car designs such as the BMW i8 concept car 2011 as shown in the picture below. Check out my LA Auto Show 2011 album to see more cars.

 

BWM i Brand Concept Car 2011

BWM i Brand Concept Car 2011

LA Auto Show Car 2011

LA Auto Show Car 2011

First Speech for Toastmasters

Today, I did my first Toastmasters speech. The title of my speech is “My Life in a Nutshell.” It was a great learning experience. My speech turned out better than I expected. Can’t wait to do my second speech. For those that do not know what Toastmasters is, it’s a great club to improve your communication and leadership skills. Please check out the follow link to learn more, http://www.toastmasters.org/