Chiang Mai

A video adventure

May 23, 2021 · 1 min · Sam Osborne

Thailand Adventures

I. The Night Train The night train is the best. For the low price of $22 you can take a six-hour train ride from our city of Phichit to Bangkok. The train leaves here at 12:40 AM and arrives in the capitol at 7:00 AM. I love it so much because it feels exactly like what I assume being on a spaceship is like. You get you’re own little compartment with a blanket and a pillow....

May 2, 2021 · 4 min · Sam Osborne

How I Use My Free Azure Credit 💸

Microsoft has a program for all engineer employees to get some free Azure credit to play with. Having been with Microsoft for two summer internships I have accumulated two separate accounts with $150 of credit/month each. Growing up pinching pennies, I am not one to let anything free go to waste, so for the past couple years I have been using my Azure credit for some fun stuff. 1. NextCloud Personal Cloud Storage NextCloud is super cool if you haven’t heard of it....

April 6, 2021 · 7 min · Sam Osborne

My First Attempt at Building a Web App

One of my college courses required me to build an application as a semester long project. I wanted to build an application that could solve a real world problem. I had heard about a problem that doctors were having from a friend of mine. Doctors get sued. A lot. 75% of doctors in low-risk specialties have faced a malpractice claim at some point in their careers. For doctors in high-risk specialties, that number skyrockets to 99%....

March 28, 2021 · 6 min · Sam Osborne

I've Created a Monster

I am actually a ten-year-old boy. A couple weeks ago I traded teaching schedules with another teacher. I still teach some of the small kids but now I get to teach elementary school science as well. My students are seven, eight, and ten years old. I found they are much easier for me to teach because I understand them better. Basically, I am the same as them. We all like playing videogames, making stupid fart jokes, and playing soccer after school....

March 20, 2021 · 3 min · Sam Osborne

My First Dev Job

** This post didn’t really take shape like I was hoping. I might come back later and rearrange it to be more coherent, but as it currently stands it is an imperfect combination of memoir/note to former self/love letter to my workplace. ¯\(ツ)/¯ I would have never hired myself. Bless the people who threw me a bone and let me learn to be a programmer at their expense. After sophomore year of my CS program, I was looking around for a job that would put my years (two is still plural) of programming “experience” to work....

March 10, 2021 · 6 min · Sam Osborne

Teaching is hard; Thailand is easy

I. Teaching is hard I’m not used to people. I’m used to sitting at my computer for most of the day taking one, maybe two zoom calls. I’m really good at working alone. I am not really good with people, especially when I am the center of attention all the time. Teaching is exhausting. Four year olds are exhausting. For the past two weeks I’ve been teaching English to four, five, and six year olds for about four hours a day....

February 28, 2021 · 6 min · Sam Osborne

School Tour

Welcome to Imperial Phichit Bilingual School! Please come inside Here we have our swimming pool and our kindergarten building Our swimming pool is not quite as shallow as you’d expect This is the front door of the kindergarten building Our Christmas tree stays up year round We have many small children walking around most of the time The basketball court is by the pool And a genuine playground...

February 20, 2021 · 1 min · Sam Osborne

The Invasion

“Some things take hold of you. Invade you. Own you. You want to be free of them, but you never will be.” – Rich Shapero, Rin, Tongue and Dorner (I got that quote from goodreads, and I have no idea who Rich Shapero is) There we were, minding our own business when they decided to take what was not theirs. The bugs smugly walked right through the crack in our screen glass door and declared our room theirs....

February 16, 2021 · 3 min · Sam Osborne

Thailand - We Made It

Welcome back to Asia!!!!!!!!!! After not knowing whether we were going to make it to Thailand for a couple weeks we finally made it. It only took like 17 covid tests, 52 emails back and forth with the Thai consulate, and four changed plane tickets. Not bad. After all that we have been rewarded with the luxury of staying in a small quarantine hotel room for 16 days. Thailand has this whole international traveler thing locked down tight....

February 7, 2021 · 4 min · Sam Osborne