How a celebratory image crossed the internet’s event horizon

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Tweet from @MIT_CSAIL depicting Katie Bouman and Margaret Hamilton side by side.

Katie Bouman: Computer Scientist and Electrical Engineer

A crimson glowing ring encircling a circular black void alongside a picture of an excited 29 year old post doctorate posted on twitter in 2019 made Katie Bouman famous in a matter of hours.

“It required the amazing talent of a team of scientists from around the globe and years of hard work to develop the instrument, data processing, imaging methods, and analysis techniques that were necessary to pull off this seemingly impossible feat.”

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Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration Photograph

Dr. Bouman has worked to combine a variety of astronomy and computer science techniques to produce the first picture of a black hole. Using the Event Horizon Telescope Network’s massive amount of information, she led the development of a black hole imaging algorithm named CHIRP. …


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If you have ordered from a restaurant, then you’ve already experienced MVC.

Sometimes programming concepts can get mundane and dry. The model-view-controller (MVC) architectural pattern is one of the most important blueprints for modern web programming. Many self-taught or junior programmers understand how to make things work, but in a world where communication and organization is crucial to company success, understanding MVC is your path to writing good code.

Note: I am self-taught and I was the aforementioned coder so I hope you find this helpful on your learning journey.

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MVC is a standard way of organizing code into reusable boxes.

Lets get to eati — err, I mean coding.

After scrolling through yelp for new restaurants, you decide on a quaint, local Indian restaurant. You are a user looking to place an food order. You walk into a small, dimly lit room with soft Carnatic music playing in the background. You browse through the menu and finally decide on the special. When it’s your turn to order, you point to the menu and order (user input), “One bhindi masala with paratha, please!” …


After two years in the ‘big-girl’ world (read: after college) I have learned more than I realized. I keep a list of these to help inspire me in those times I feel stagnant, inadequate or otherwise down.

Realization 1: College didn’t prepare me for anything other than lifetime learning.

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Photo by Helloquence on Unsplash

College taught me how to be a life-long learner and how to be self sufficient. I had to learn my role and job from scratch when I started my first role out of college. I use very little of what I learned, but I learn something new. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.

Realization 2: Having a degree matters more than its subject.

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Photo by MD Duran on Unsplash

Most of the people I know end up in a field that related very little to the subject of their diploma. It all centers around passion and drive. …


If you can’t figure out how to cancel an app subscription, change account settings for mail and contacts or delete a mail account because the setting is greyed out, keep reading!

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Photo by mnm.all on Unsplash

Lots of great things came with the new iOS 12 update: Memojis, Siri shortcuts and a way to manage and track screen time. Hooray, I can now have quantifiable evidence that I spend way too much time on my phone thanks to Instagram, Medium & the love/hate relationship I have going with infininte scrolling. On to the fix →

Something I didn’t realize about enabling “Screen Time”

It locks settings elsewhere on you phone even if you haven’t reached your time limit or downtime. If you want to make any account changes, you’ll have to disable it (for the time being, you can always re-enable after you make your changes). This includes canceling app subscriptions! …

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