About Me

Alex Liu | 刘思清

I’ve just graduated from Amherst College, where majored in Computer Science and History, with coursework in Statistics and Economics.

I read to the point of excess, ranking in the top 1% of Pocket’s readers with 2.3M words in 2018 (perma) and 1.3M in 2017 (perma). If I’m not inhaling text as if it were oxygen, you will probably find me trying to defy gravity in the gym, trying another key-value combo for spread() in R, and watching the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

For most of my childhood I lived in sunny Silicon Valley, and all I would’ve known was surbubia if my family didn’t move to the teeming metropolis of Shanghai. After spending 4 years staving off cabin fever at Amherst College, I will be returning to the comfortable anonymity of crowds in New York.

I am indebted to those writers that have dared to bare their thoughts to public judgment. They opened my world, imbued me with an irreverent pragmatism, and cultivated an enduring sense of wonder. My life up to this point has largely been consuming, and I now hope to produce and be of service to others.

About this Blog

The inspiration to start a blog comes from Daniel Njoo. The style and purpose of this blog is inspired by Alexey Guzey. Future post upcoming on the tech stack of this blog. The current state of this blog is messy and a work in progress. However, I want to live up to the spirit of Khe Hy’s blog:

The implications are that the world is no longer waiting for your perfectly crafted product or project (i.e. container). It wants to see the living document grow, then self-edit, than transform into something better (i.e. stream). This means that the Pareto Principle (better known as the 8020 rule) kicks into overdrive and that it’s ok for projects to be raw, messy, unfinished and WIPs. And that’s the easy part. The harder part is letting go of perfectionist tendencies and welcoming feedback (and critiques) to make your final project better. 1

The Comic that Inspired my Site Icon

Calvin and Hobbes

“Calvin and Hobbes” was not only the strangest American comic strip. It was also the funniest, the most touching and the most profound… It is about the richness of the imagination, the subversiveness of creativity and the irreconcilability of private yearnings and worldly reality.2