why did no one tell me to get into research earlier
experimenting with fine-tuning a generative text model for a cool slack bot!
transitioned to geist ui! much happier with this experience
shipping to thousands next week! 400 users as of now — lots of major improvements (just waiting for exams to be over :angrycry: )
finally made some updates here, made a bunch of big changes + is on track to ship by eow (not much left, just exams to study for)presenting the platform to my school’s student council next week! just adding final touches and some performance updates
added directional nodes & some new physics for a tree view!day 10/10 — code cleanup & new pushes to prod! :blob_hype:
day 9/10 — got a couple hours of research done! not much to show here so attached is a cool stat i found
day 8/10 — was really busy today with school and scholarships, so didn’t get too much done. sent out a bunch of emails to meet with professionals and potential customers — for now, enjoy this video of a now-optimized knowledge graph that works in nextjs now!day 7/10 — spent the majority of my time doing research! here are a few notable quotes i came across:
day 6/10 — got tired of using a library for the graph, so tried rewriting it myself! used some physics for some animations, overall it’s much easier to use on the development sideday 5/10 — met with an ML expert & started experimenting with flask:flask:! spending more time today learning about AWS lambda :aws: & how to use it with docker :docker:
day 4/10 — got the dynamic knowledge graph up and running! next step: add customization and queries :yay:
day 3/10 — I quit my job today (swe)! Now, I’ll be pivoting to my startup for the #10-days-in-public. Today, I built an API that fetches the most relevant research papers from our dataset of thousands of research papers based on queries and rate limits. We previously relied on static data, now we can use this to dynamically generate nodes on our mass knowledge graph!
day 2/10 — experimented with an old website iteration and added some optimization! had some fun with types along the way :typescript:
day 1 of #10-days-in-public :blob_comfy:
added community creation, account management and more optimization to posting on a new club platform. one of the many things i’ll be working on during these 10 days :)) (also it all works on production now)
new wallpaper ✅
finally writing a song i’ve been experimenting with! also calebconf :caleb:
coded for 6 hours today! speedran the frontend and backend for an idea i had a while back, made a PR for the hack club apply site & got a bunch of PRs merged for work :catjam:
finished Ethereal v2! (yes there was a v1) it’s a little more accurate in text-to-image & is like 20x faster (5 minutes -> 15 seconds)
:assemble: ASSEMBLE SHIP :shipitparrot:
The internet is a scary place — why don’t we keep it that way? Blind Spot (BS) is a model that ONLY allows you to view fake news on the internet. On a google search, it removes all reliable sources and only shows the most extreme results. On a page itself, it is glorified & prioritized if it is fake news, and if it’s a real source, it all becomes ZACHARY LATTA THE FOURTH OUR SAVIOR :zrl: In the video, you’ll see a bunch of searches just disappear, leaving only fake news 🪄
It was super fun to push my limits with a timed 90 minute hack, and where I had my first interaction with Docker and GPT2. So happy to meet all of you, had an amazing time 💖 Huge shoutout to the entire Assemble team :blob_comfy:
As always, open sourced at github.com/rajanwastaken/blind-spot
in sf!! love the otto house :dogheart:
finally decided to set up the DSLR
finishing touches on the new hack club apply page! shipping soon :hyper-dino-wave:
finishing touches on the new hack club apply page! shipping soon :hyper-dino-wave:
finishing touches on the new hack club apply page! shipping soon :hyper-dino-wave:
bought rajanagarwal.xyz and spent some time on a more thoughtful and dynamic site :))
summer vibes are immaculate, as always ✨ excited to start work on monday & turn the shed into hacky house over the break 🏕️
mountain biking!! (mostly tumbling)
as we're planning on relaunching some stuff for our hack club, i spent my afternoon building the backend for a chapter platform, where people can sign up for pathways, create a profile and access course content — built w/ postgres, supabase and airtable, probably gonna make an api & search engine for content soon :blob_hype:
speedran a site for my school's business club chapter powered by airtable (just over an hour)
moved away from VQGAN+CLIP and tried some diff neural networks for generative art!
i love hackathon culture
In light of the new year, I thought I would design a new website that reflects on a new mindset: practicality & actionability. After 3 different design choices & changes, I found something that I thought was a profound demonstration of my work.
Check it out: heyrajan.com
Open Source: github.com/rajanwastaken/rajanwastaken
Would love to hear any feedback! Still working on the story page, as well as a couple links to socials :))
fell in love with p5js... again
nothing too recent, but found this lil gem—my very first robot that inspired methodical creation (it moved around, spoke and lit up)
I wanted to learn how to build my own search engine, but didn't like the speed of web scrapers and the deployment of most alternatives. When I came across the search API, it hit me: let's build Google with Google. Well, moogle to be precise :cow-face:
Using the Google Search API and a few hacky solutions, I just published the Custom Search Engine workshop!! vv excited to see what other hack clubbers make :hyperfastparrot:
The best part about this workshop is customization! if CSS is your jam, then this is perfect to make something that you love. i would love any feedback, or just to see what y'all come up with!!
i've been working on a digital garden-esque site that prioritizes practicality over animations/design
finally submitted a project for a case competition (we did it in 2 days instead of 2 months lol)
why am i pronouncing gif as gif and not as gif. it's pronounced gif, not gif
i have to stop doing web dev this is getting out of hand
what i was doing instead of my codejelly projecti love generative artalas... I've found the perfect theme
just a lil’ experimentation
today was incredibly chaotic, but incredibly productive?? anyways yeah got to work on a website (yes ik I've shown multiple variations of a site for the same organization but I realized I (a) needed something markdown based (b) zoom zoom fast and (c) easily editable by the rest of the team). also made big big progress on digital garden oop
not-so-late late-night hackin'
late-night but not-so-late-night hackin'
had to rebuild the entire thing for obvious reasons ~ nextjs ftw lol
While I can’t top the previous scrapbook post, just thought I’d mention I finally organized my iPad and note taking infra - the best part of taking notes on an iPad is that it's fun to use, and I think that plays a key role into the motivation I have to work on these subjects. Standing back and looking at this device, its absolutely gorgeous 💖
graphic design so much fun
:dino-drake-nah: doing your lab the way your teacher tells you to
:dino-drake-yea: doing your lab the way you want and then completely redoing it to meet teacher's reqs
if you don't build a website for a French project, don't talk to me :dino-drake-nah:
worked on my lab, tried out new safari and witnessed a bowl of rice fall asleep in class
made a few ig posts for my internship
Hack the north was this weekend, which meant it was time to build—build something big.
This all started off as a platform to yell at people. No, seriously. In Global Politics class, we were introduced to the world of politics that we live in, and well, the propaganda and complexity for democracy shocked us. Articles are long, politics are complex, social issues are widespread, and ranting to friends leads to nowhere. We wanted to build a better way to learn—to clear the mist by alleviating false and opinionated facts through a gamified system. And that’s what Diplomatica is for, bringing the truth to everyone.
The platform is broken down into scraping relevant and desired articles, summarizing them with our AI models, and a decentralized debate platform to spark thought-provoking conversations and to compete with your friends.
A like on devpost, or a star on github, would be greatly appreciated :partyparrot:
Open Sourced @ github.com/Diplomatica-HTN
Live @ diplomatica.vercel.app
Devpost @ devpost.com/software/diplomatica
Hope You Enjoy,
Spent the past 5 hours hackin’ away, forgot to take photos 😃, so here’s a couple cool photos from over a month ago
just got the Smart Keyboard folio! everything you see in this photo is refurbished, hehe 😏
i, a and the are ping words for the next 24 hours ✨
i think rishi is dead
ship ship ship ship ship ship ship ship ship
Last november, I chose to write a novel. Why you might ask? I'm not sure myself, but all I know is: no regrets
This is why I am incredibly excited to be launching Breaking Barriers, a novel about hope. This digital-first novel is something I've been working on for a while, and I'm THRILLED to be launching it as a fully-digital and free novel
Technically, I finished writing the novel in March, but to be honest, I've procrastinated the actual release just a little bit. Unfortunately, adding this to my website has now held myself accountable for my actions, so I hope you enjoy. Gratefully, the novel is open sourced, so yeah: free for all, available to the public, you can edit whatever you want! Now, mind you, the writing level is not at it's peak. When the writing process began, I decided to tailor it towards 8-13 year olds. For this reason, the writing may seem a tad too casual and the grammar, well, purposefully lowered in complexity. Essentially, I wanted to create a novel where learning about autism at a young age was not too difficult.
Autism, eh? When did you mention autism? Well, the pushing force for this novel was actually to teach kids about autism through a novel. Autism is rarely taught, and when it is, the content is subject to stereotypes and opinions. The novel features Ryan Williams, an autistic teenager in Ottawa and his journey to become a lawyer in the 21st-century. As he breaks the barriers of societal norms, he builds friendships and new skills along the way. The naming may not be very creative, but we'll keep it as is for now
I'll probably post about it on Instagram tomorrow, but in the meantime, check it out at book.heyrajan.com. Want to give feedback, make sure to make a PR! As always, open sourced at l.heyrajan.com/g/novel! To get started, just click "Read The Novel Here", and your journey will begin. I hope you enjoy and I can't wait to show y'all a few more things I've been working on.
Until next time,
a coconut with purple food colouring
regret at its finest
this is taking too long 😕
hmm.. nothing to see here lol
chem is chem, school is school, math is math, rishi is rishi
g o l f
already posted today but i just wanted to share some work i finished with the site ~ gotta add unique content now :angrycry:
(1) set up nextjs rewrites on l.heyrajan.com
(2) realized that summer is now over and i have to sit in a smelly classroom tomorrow
(3) i cleaned my room today and finally found a pencil case
(4) went for a run in the first time in like a week and now im tired
im so happy its coming together quite well
finally decided to learn the ins and outs of chakra ui - having LOTS of fun!!
i read... a lot.
didn’t get much coding done today :( heres a cool photo i took tho
I’ve left the home button for good.
built a site for our debate society's executive applications!
got the opportunity to speak at this event! hella nerve-wracking, but so much fun!
Incredibly happy that I’ve just reached 160km in my run for hope! Basically, I spent the past month running for the 160 graves found at a residential school. While there were serveral other cases, I had to take into consideration my physical boundaries with the challenge. This past month has been incredibly challenging, but exhilarating! Website & Video coming soon, but I can’t wait to see what else I come up with 💖
check out ig.heyrajan.com 🎩
once i start shipping, i can never stop ~ coming soon 👀
Ahoy! 🚢 :shipitparrot: This is probably my favourite ship so far and I'm more than happy to announce heyrajan.com. In your exploration of my digital persona, it hope that you develop a profound understanding of my world, built on the foundation of creation and change. It's always been a dream of mine to release a personal website, and I am ecstatic that the first people I can share it with are my fellow Hack Clubbers :parrot_love: . A few things:
/home 🏠 ~ Manifesto, Highlights, Daily Activities, Upcoming Initiatives
/explore 🔎 ~ Socials, Contacts and A Few Important Links
/ventures ✈️ ~ My favourite non-work endeavours that I'm working on
/prev 📰 ~ Coming Soon
I hope that you can learn a bit more about my world, as online we are just a few profile pictures looking at one another. Also, "heyrajan" is now a ping word, for all you pingy hackers out there 👀
Subdomains: g (github), in (linkedin), ig (instagram), d (devpost), t (twitter), sb (scrapbook)
As always, open sourced at github.com/itsrajan/heyrajan. Feel free to add issues, feedback, PRs or just thoughts overall. Thank you everyone for your support, and I hope you enjoy :hyperbongocat::hyperfastparrot::hyper-dino-wave:
before and after today! - oh, and now its 95% mobile responsive
Day 3 has arrived, and the hackathon has come to a close. While presentations will begin in a mere two hours, I wanted to share what we've been working on 👀 devpost.com/software/corex
i got 223 problems and you aint 1
i dislike react, but at the same time i love it. for the next 24 hours you will find rajan in his natural habitat: failing to make things responsive but not giving up because there's nothing else to do
got a little bit of work done for my personal website! added a few animations and got the basic structure down. will be posting more updates until the final release 💖
ahah looks like my contributions are also social distancing
LETS GO 39/160KM AND A NEW POST IS UP
AHHHHHHH ya boi is done summer school - this culminating assignment took forever and i definitely tryharded it but it was worth it in the end 🙂
Posted twice in the past couple days with updates of my run for hope challenge. The first one got 4.5k+ views!!
i love the font and colours
when your final summative is a website, but you remember you're a tryhard
helped my cousin build his very first website 😊
spent 1.5 hours on a digital arts assignment, and then accidentally unplugged my desktop before saving it 🙂
Who else is coming 🚀
been working on a mothers day gift for the past week. its a blog for my mom; she always wanted her own website. disregard the bad constrast here, i’m going to change the image once i find a good one. this is just temporary
today is bad, i am mad, my code is sad and my mental health is not glad
HELLO THERE FELLOW GAMERS i hope you all had a splendid day today
today, i did barely anything, so i decided last minute to do some d e b u g g i n g for a very old project of mine. i cleaned up the code, and fixed up the clock. i also spent a solid 45 minutes planning a v2 which is gna be built in next and trust me the UI will be MUCH BETTER I PROMISE
i am pissed 😞 i accidentally missed one day of my scrapbook because of a french test and now i lost my streak. ANYWAYS THO I HOPE YALL ARE HAVING A BLESSED DAY HERE IS SOMETHING IVE BEEN WORKING ON TODAY
introducing a MANDATORY REFLECTION THAT IS OPTIONAL :expanding_brain_4: anyways its all good my mark should go up 1-2% just by clicking submit for this but yeah now that both my courses are over i should be able to do some large bren coding now
nap time is sacred.
hi hi hi! dug up my sisters old arduino uno and got it hooked up. I’m about to order a bunch of stuff for it, since I only have a few wires and resistors :(
SPEEDRUNNIN’ FULL STACK COURSE- IM ON PART 3 OF 9 RIGHT NOW WISH ME LUCKY PLES
starting full stack course for MERN, Typescript and GraphQL. Let’s hope for the best
Just sent in my article for review- let’s hope I don’t have to make too many edits 😅
just started my next article for a publication. only 2 paragraphs in, should take me ~2 hours LOL
just finished the awards ceremony and found out we got second place! never a dull day
hola. we just finished a hackathon project and i am way too tired for anything anymore. tho it was hella fun. the theme was sustainability on a foreign planet called “Howler”
every day, i have to start searching and searching for things to add to my scrapbook. today.. was one of those days. i accomplished pretty much nothing, so I had to search and search for something to post. Then, I remembered that I finally enabled my Notion Pro account this morning, so I guess that is something I did!?? In the long run, I hope this helps with project planning because that is indeed one thing I lack any ability to do :big-brain-funny: anyways scrappy, here is my daily post!
For people that are normally active, you might have heard me once or twice ~definitely not 10+ times~ talk about a history assignment. This assignment is the rising factor of why I haven’t been coding for the past bit, BUT I AM PROUD TO SAY ITS DONE. I know this isn’t necessarily scrapbook worth content, but there is literally nothing else I have done. Anyways, over my Spring Break next week, should be more active with ships!!thought i would check out a brief workshop for a hackathon im going to this weekend. this was a pretty basic, but there are some really cool ones later this week!
i cleaned up my code for a project from a while back, and started a lot of brainstorming for v2! I’m going to completely redo the UI and make it in NextJS because I was NOT happy with how this one turned out.
Finally starting my Typescript course! (if this isn’t a good one, please let me know and direct me to another haha). Let’s hope for the best!!
and this was yesterday- though I would finally get outside for the first time in forever. Just added this banner to my client’s website! Everything is done with Vanilla, because I started this project before my interest for React grew!!
Made a really quick profile page with some links with React. Took me about 15 mins, but once I add a little more spice it should be very nice haha- still looking for personal site inspo
This summer, I got the one thing every kid asks for: a #dog !! Its an Audsiedoodle - Australian Shepherd / Poodle!!! Her name is Oreo, or Ori for short :)
Anyone like #photography as well?! I only have an iPhone, but take a look at a few of my photos... you can also find all of them at Images for Impact where you can see how I spoke on CP24 and met Barack Obama!
Just recently, I got procreate as I love digital #art and graphic design... I am near finishing one artwork (just a doodle) and have only the text left. I need some ideas, so please lmkkk