Hello World

January 09, 2019 - 3 min

This is my first post on my new blog! How exciting!

I have already written this year, though: my first Medium article was released last Saturday and my colleagues and I are about to start a series about brownfield React Native applications on >code.kiwi.com_.

A trip down memory lane

Photo by Casey Horner on Unsplash Photo by Casey Horner on Unsplash

It’s almost been two years since I defended my maths PhD thesis at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, in England. (Lucky me, I escaped before Brexit…)

And a lot has happened since then!

I’ve moved in with my long-time long-distance girlfriend, what’s more, in Prague, Czech Republic! Also, I’ve transitioned into coding so much that I now write code for a living. Pretty cool, huh.

So expect for this 2-year anniversary (27th January!) some kind of retrospective article about that journey, in which I hope to inspire you to believe in your endeavours and to give you an idea of where to start on your coding path.

Some crypto-currency hotness

Even though my love for maths has been more than tested, and at times defeated, there’s always something beautiful that brings me back to it. As I started attending the Learning By Doing Meetup in Prague, I got acquainted with crypto-currencies (and made some good friends too!).

Are you saying that some of the maths I know can actually be useful?
~me, cca. January 2017

I was so surprised that my maths knowledge could come in handy for the more code-savvy people at that Meetup. I offered to give a talk and it stayed for a long time an empty promise.

Until I could present it to HCPP18, the Hackers Congress in Paralelni Polis, last October. That really spurred me into action and took a few weekends to get something together.

Hackers Congress Paralelní Polis, 5-7.10.2018 Prague Hackers Congress Paralelní Polis, 5-7.10.2018 Prague

The first time I gave my presentation, I was supposed to stay within 40 minutes. It actually took over well 2 hours. There were so many questions and so much great feedback. But clearly, it had to be shorter!!!

I iterated and presented it again at the Meetup 2 months later. I made it within 1 hour. That was pretty cool. My ambition for the talk was much smaller and achievable.

I was ready for the Hackers Congress!

It was more of a workshop kind of setup and it was so fun to participate. I got really nice feedback (^ perfect example up here) …and some less nice: some people left during the presentation. No reason to feel offended though; it made me realise that I was assuming a lot of maths that I thought to be quite basic.

It was time a blog series fixed that gap, once and for all!

The Maths Being Bitcoin series

This has been in preparation for quite some time already. I have procrastinated a fair amount to get the perfect blog fleshed out. I still want to get something a bit more fancy, but as long as you can read me, you, my readers!, I guess it’s good enough for now.

I shall release the introductory article some time soon. Stay tuned …or hypnotised!

Photo by Joel Filipe on Unsplash Photo by Joel Filipe on Unsplash

Personal blog written by Robin Cussol
I like math and I like code. Oh, and writing too.