Hey! I'm Jianmin Chen. I typically go by a variation of my name online - that is, "jchen" or "jianmin-chen" or "jc" or "jianminchen". (And counting, depending on whether my name's been taken or not. It's surprising how a rare name like mine's can be so common). In real life, I go by "Amanda" since most people have trouble pronouncing my name. I put the pro in procrastinator by working on multiple projects at any given time and pretending like I'll definitely be able to finish them. In my free time, I also love playing the guitar (note: should probably start playing more often, quite frankly), reading (I read a lot), running (I normally run a lot, although this summer I've been biking more - around 6~ miles a day to and from work), and stressing over the smallest things (no, I don't have a rubber duck to stress and debug with me). You can catch me at the following places:

I refuse to sign up for any social media websites (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, etc.) unless I have actual reasons for doing so (i.e., business-related), so you won't find me anywhere on those lovely not-so-lovely places. It's just a me thing, I guess.

Now that I've started talking about myself, I should probably talk a little more. (Trust me, I'm less talkative in real life.) I discovered programming when I found an awesome book called Python for Kids at my local library. (I've since moved, but Brooklyn is an awesome place.) Programming is basically my favorite pastime (I don't know if it can be considered a pastime anymore), as long as I don't feel pressured to do it. (I think not enjoying being pressured to do something applies to a lot of things, but especially learning. Take that, public school system!) (Yes, I also procrastinate when it comes to finishing schoolwork/homework/whatever you call it).

Anyways, I love tech in general, so a pretty large chunk of my day is spent doing something tech-related, like:

  • Programming, obviously: Mostly full-stack web development, but I'm interested in getting involved in other fields. Like I said before, I love every aspect of technology. Sadly, time exists.
  • Geeking over computers: I'm planning to learn more about the inner workings soon with Nand2Tetris, but mostly IT stuff at this point

Okay, that's enough about me.