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Visiting the St. Louis Zoo A couple of days back, I‌ visited the St. Louis Zoo with my family. It hasn’t really changed all that much for the past couple of months. Here are some of the highlights of the visit. ‌Penguins I’m an avid fan of penguins. They are one of my favorite birds who can’t fly, but they make up for it with their excellent sleeping abilities. I find them very cute and goofy and love the way they waddle around and navigate their habitat making short hops here and there. There was an outdoor exhibit and an...

Hello everyone. It’s that cybernetic birdo again. Mechasparrow. During the end of college, I‌ started looking at other projects I‌ could work on. The one that stuck out to me the most was redesigning my portfolio website. I‌ was beginning to feel motivated enough to start creating things again. Something that I‌ haven’t had the strong urge to do since college has started. There was only one catch, I‌ wanted to have a centralized place online where I‌ could publish and link to all my other creations. And that’s where the portfolio website comes in. ‌What was wrong with the...

First Semester of College Hey. I’m Michael. Also known as Mechasparrow I‌ used to write. Then I stopped. Now, I’m writing again. I was going to plan out my first blog post and all that fun stuff. I kept saying to myself I start writing again now…. or right after this… okay now I‌ will. And that’s how I‌ avoided writing my blog posts for the whole entire semester. Do I‌ regret that? No No. Because I‌ still wrote. I‌ wrote everyday. Instead, I‌ wrote for myself. Some would even call it a dairy or journal I‌ suppose :) So...

Building and testing a prototype on the cheap. Some of us might have an idea or product that may want to design and further develop. Well, before you go and start spending your precious time coding the thing out, it may very well in your interest to get market validation and design a simple functional wireframe/product design. Some well-known tools that can be used are Sketch, Photoshop, and Adobe XD. Another prototyping tool similar to Adobe XD is InVision. The tools I mainly use for prototyping are InkScape and InVision. InkScape is a FOSS Vector graphics tools and it is...

Hello all. I just finished redesigning my website and thought that I should talk about it a bit. Why did I redesign it? The main reason for redesigning the website was that it hasn’t been updated for over a year. The secondary reason is that I thought that the old website was hard to navigate and clunky. I also thought that redesigning my website and its contents would be a great project to kick off my summer break this year. What was done? My website currently runs on top of Jekyll. It is a tool for streamlining the blog/portfolio creation...