About Me

This is probably the only chance I'll get to write about myself apart from college essays, so I'll try to the make the most out of it. I'm Jason and I go by tesu or 3edgy6u on the internet. I've also used the alias of Bobomaster in the past. I spent the first few years of my life in Fuzhou, Fujian, but moved back to northern Virginia before I entered elementary school. I went to the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, and now I am a freshman at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. My interests include programming, playing video games, watching anime, and digital art. I'm a trumpet player in marching band, a 3rd degree black belt in Taekwondo, and a native Chinese speaker. This is probably all you need to know about me - what follows is excessive rambling about my boring past.

I began teaching myself how to program in 4th grade, after I decided that I wanted to make a website. Javascript would definitely be the first language I encountered, as it was essentially the only thing I could use on WYSIWYG web hosts. Sometime after this, I took a summer class that taught me some basic HTML (never even touching on CSS) and the educational programming language Logo. I read a lot of books about web development afterwards and improved my HTML/CSS/JS skills, but the first programming language I got serious with in a "big" project would be PHP. Now, I now think PHP is a terrible language, but it is beginner-friendly and easy to use. Later on, I would teach myself C++, and particated in some competitive programming, eventually reaching USACO Gold. I took AP Computer Science in 10th grade because I needed the credit, and worked with Java (which I don't think is useful at all). I worked with my first MVC platform, Ruby on Rails, in my internship during the summer of 2015, and then messed around with Django shortly afterwards. I had never seriously used Ruby nor Python before this, so I had to teach myself the languages alongside learning the MVC platforms. Throughout the years, I've also used JQuery, AngularJS, and Meteor over the years, but have never worked seriously with them.

As you can see, I like to dabble in a lot of things, preferring breadth over depth of knowledge. This "jack of all trades" mentality applies to all of my hobbies; I like to branch out and explore instead of focussing on anything for an extended period of time.

The first anime I watched seriously would be Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica during the summer of 2014. I've "begrudgingly" enjoyed anime ever since. My favorite anime studio is Trigger, and my favorite show from them would be Kill la Kill. I am a fan of everything they've produced, from Little Witch Academia to InoBato to Ninja Slayer from Animation. Apart from Trigger, my favorite anime-related company would be Type-Moon - I've been slowly working through all of their works. Of course, that's not to say that all I watch are fantasy/action shows; I enjoy watching romcoms to mysteries to slice of lifes.

On the video game side of things, I appreciate Valve the most, despite some egregious moves they have made recently. I play Dota 2 off and on, and occasionally play CS:GO. I'm painfully mediocre at most games I play but I highly enjoy playing them nonetheless. Recently I have been played a lot of Path of Exile, but I'm slowly weaning off of it. I have a soft spot for MMOs, and Korean ones in particular, but I always seem to grind to max level, play the endgame content, and quit because none of my friends are playing or still play (see: TERA, B&S). Other genres I enjoy include sandbox games (Terraria, Minecraft), fighting games (Skullgirls), RPGs (too many to list), bullet hells (Touhou), and rythym games (Osu!, Beatmania). I don't play a lot of single player games apart from visual novels. I've read my fair share of them, but I tend to consider them as "anime without animation" instead of games.

Honestly, my music taste is really sad. I never bother to go out and actually look for music I enjoy, so my taste consists of things that I've discovered while doing other things. This is why I listen to a lot of J-POP (blame anime for this one). I also have a great appreciation for jazz music after a brief stint with jazz band. Other genres that I enjoy include EDM and vaporwave. I guess I just listen to everything that comes my way and like most of it.