Hi everyone! Let me start off by saying it really is an honor to be back here at Schurr. It feels surreal to be back because I was in your shoes 6 years ago, and it only seemed like yesterday when I was sitting in those bleachers! I hope all of you can look back at your time in high school with great fondness for the wonderful friends and teachers supporting you in your future endeavours.

I’m going to be completely honest with you and say that I don’t remember much from the NHS speakers during my time at Schurr…


Trip to New York City

Began my month long break between Apple and Zoox with a trip to NYC! The last time I was here was 9 years ago, and man, times have changed!

New York City in the winter time is beautiful! There’s a ton of festivities going on in Manhattan especially near Times Square. It was definitely a big adjustment from California because of how cold it was; I had to bring 4–5 layers of clothing along with gloves and a beanie. Nevertheless though, the cold never bothered me anyway 😉

There’s a lot of info to recap…


Happy Thanksgiving everyone! The holiday season is one of celebration and gratitude, and I have a lot to be thankful for in light of some recent events.

I will be leaving Apple on December 7th to pursue a new opportunity at Zoox, a self-driving car startup, starting on January 14th of next year. Ultimately, for reasons I do not want to talk about, I was unhappy at Apple and I began feeling depressed going to work everyday. This eventually bubbled up to my personal life and I reached my breaking point in October. …


Uber has taken a lot of well-deserved shit recently for their controversial behavior regarding their misogynistic practices, workplace discrimination, and douchebag CEO Travis Kalanick. Quite frankly, I would not want to work for a company that treats its employees like that. That being said, I have to admit I like using the app, not only for the convenience, but also because of the pleasant interactions I have had with Uber drivers.

Uber drivers are contractors for the company, so they do not receive the same benefits that full-time employees have. They work on their own time and drive whenever they…


Over the three years I have been in college, I have seen many different types of marketing strategies. Some of the most common are flyering, social media, email lists, websites, and referrals. There is no doubt that these attempts can be feasible and sometimes even successful. However, I personally feel that what you wear has the biggest impact on advertisting your club, organization, or company, and I will demonstrate a concrete example.

I attend UCLA, which has 43,301 students enrolled as of 2015. I estimate that I pass by around 2,500 students on average everyday just walking to and from…


Setting up AndEngine really pissed me off. I spent several days trying to figure it out. Supposedly it was easy to integrate, but apparently I’m really stupid. Anyways, here’s a no BS guide to set this game engine up.

  1. Download AndEngine by running the following two commands:
git clone https://github.com/nicolasgramlich/AndEngine.git andEnginegit clone https://github.com/nicolasgramlich/AndEnginePhysicsBox2DExtension.git andEnginePhysicsBox2DExtension

2. Add AndEngine to your project by going to File -> Project Structure. Click the “+” on the left-hand side and add in your andEnginePhysics2DExtension directory.

3. Download a Native Development Kit (NDK) from here http://developer.android.com/ndk/downloads/index.html

4. Add this to the build.gradle files of both…


1 year = 365 days = 8,760 hours = 525,600 minutes = 31,536,000 seconds. A year is an important barometer in measuring personal and professional growth for anyone. Our time on this Earth is symbolized by the number of years on this planet, and these past few days have made me ponder how precious our time is while we are still alive.

Let me start off by saying that the Paris Terror Attacks left me with a somber heart and deeply saddened that humankind could perform an act as heinous as that. The 129+ killed and many more injured were…


For the 2nd week in a row, my team received an award at a hackathon, this time for a 3-D visualization project that combined Oculus Rift, Myo, and Muse. This project is called Brainspace-VR, an immersive diagram of the human brain that showcases its various regions and provides information to patients and clients.

The idea is actually relatively simple, so most of the effort came into learning Unity for the project. Unity is primarily known for being a game engine that can be ported to various platforms, but it is also good for 3-D design for Oculus. It was actually…


SD Hacks was my 6th Hackathon, and it was definitely one of the sweetest! It initially did not seem that way; my team and I (consisting of my friends Akhil, Arko, and Jahan) were not well-dressed, expecting warm nights and hot days. Instead, we encountered frigid evening breezes and unexpected showers of rain that struck down my mood and made it difficult to code throughout the night. …


I haven’t posted an online blog before but I thought it would be fun. Ever since the age of 4, I have stated that my dream career would be to make video games. A lifelong love for games started on the SNES playing games like Kirby Super Star with my cousins. I can fondly recall countless hours on that game console, saving Dreamland from Meta Knight and King Dedede and loving that big pink character and its voracious appetite. The SNES shifted to the Nintendo 64, where I enjoyed games like Pokemon Stadium and Donkey Kong 64. My love for…

Matthew Lin

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