Jonathan Sumner Evans
Sumner Evans
Software Engineer at Beeper

Advent of Code 2022

Posted on in Programming • 4212 words • 20 minute read
Tags: Advent of Code, Go, competition

Every year since 2015, Eric Wastl creates a two-part programming problem for each of the 25 days of Advent. He publishes a new problem every day at adventofcode.com at exactly midnight EST which is 22:00 the day before for me in MST. The last two years, I decided to do the problems as soon as they came out and streamed my problem solving sessions on my Twitch channel and uploaded them to my Youtube channel. Read more...

Starbase, Texas

Posted on in Trip to Starbase • 700 words • 4 minute read
Tags: Travel, Starbase, Texas

On my way back from my work retreat in Mexico City, I took the weekend to visit my friend, Nic, who lives near SpaceX’s Starbase facility in southern Texas. Nic is a photojournalist for nasaspaceflight.com and reports on the developments at Starbase. My flight on Saturday was to Harlingen through Houston. The flight path from Mexico City to Houston took me basically right over my final destination, but I wouldn’t arrive for some number of hours because of my connection. Read more...

Mexico City, Mexico --- Work Retreat

Posted on in Work Retreats • 2008 words • 10 minute read
Tags: Travel, Mexico City, Mexico, Beeper, Work

This week, my company (Beeper) had our Fall retreat in in Mexico City, Mexico. We have company retreats about once every four months and this was our fourth. Similar to all the previous retreats, the goal was to provide valuable in-person time to collaborate and connect as a team on a personal level. I was able to meet a couple people who had joined the company since the last retreat and reconnect with many coworkers that I’d met during previous retreats. Read more...

Berlin to Denver

Posted on in Berlin Matrix Community Summit 2022 • 212 words • 1 minute read
Tags: Travel, Berlin, Germany, Denver, Colorado, United States, Matrix Community Summit

Today I had to leave the beautiful city of Berlin to head back home from the Matrix Community Summit. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the city and at the summit. Getting to the airport via the train was uneventful and my quick flight to Munich was fine as well. On the flight from Munich to Denver, the seat configuration was a 3-3-3 in economy, and I was in D (outside of the middle row). Read more...

Berlin Matrix Community Summit

Posted on in Berlin Matrix Community Summit 2022 • 1734 words • 9 minute read
Tags: Travel, Berlin, Germany, Matrix Community Summit

The main purpose of my trip this week was for the Berlin Matrix Community Summit, an event organized by members of the Matrix community in Berlin. Matrix is the chat protocol that Beeper (the company I work for) is building our chat app on top of. The protocol is developed openly, and has a large community of open source developers, projects, and businesses all building on top of Matrix. This summit was the first Matrix-only event. Read more...

Berlin, Germany

Posted on in Berlin Matrix Community Summit 2022 • 1643 words • 8 minute read
Tags: Travel, Berlin, Germany, Matrix Community Summit

I’m in Berlin for the Matrix Community Summit 2022, but I arrived a few days early so that I could spend some time sightseeing. I am still trying to put in mostly full days at work while I’m here in until the Summit starts by working afternoons and evenings. On Monday, I went to the TV Tower, the tallest building in Germany. I took the S-Bahn from my hotel which is just a couple stops away from the TV Tower. Read more...

Denver to Berlin

Posted on in Berlin Matrix Community Summit 2022 • 255 words • 2 minute read
Tags: Travel, Berlin, Germany, Matrix Community Summit

This week, I am heading to Berlin for the week for the Berlin Matrix Community Summit! The event will happen on Thursday through Saturday, but I am heading there early so that I can work and have a bit of vacation before the summit. I flew out on Saturday late afternoon on Lufthansa. There seem to be no direct flights to Berlin, so I flew through Frankfurt on the way out (and will fly via Munich on the way back). Read more...

Oakland, California

Posted on in Trip to Oakland • 1595 words • 8 minute read
Tags: Travel, Oakland, San Francisco, California

This week, I went to Oakland to visit a friend Jack Garner, a friend from school who works at Salesforce out in San Francisco. I flew in in the evening on Tuesday to minimize the time I had to take off of work. I worked for the first two days and then we both took Friday and Monday off for a long weekend. Working from California On Wednesday, we both worked from his apartment. Read more...

London, England and Back Home

Posted on in Trip to Portugal and France • 838 words • 4 minute read
Tags: Travel, London, United Kingdom, Paris, France, Munich, Germany, Denver

Today, I was in a total of five countries. Why? Well, one of the things on my bucket list was to go on the Eurostar from Paris to London under the Channel tunnel. I don’t know why it was on my bucket list; I think it was because I have always liked trains. Anyway, I woke up early and navigated my way to Gare du Nord for my 09:00 train to London. Read more...

Paris, France -- Day 1

Posted on in Trip to Portugal and France • 1246 words • 6 minute read
Tags: Travel, Paris, France, Place de la Concorde, Champs-Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower

Today was my first day in Paris! I decided to move to a hotel because I didn’t feel totally safe at the hostel I was staying at. I normally don’t care too much about my sleeping accommodations and can sleep anywhere, but just something about the vibe didn’t sit right with me. I was a bit concerned about leaving my things at the hostel, even locked up. Maybe it was just that my expectations were skewed by the great hostel in Lisbon… Regardless, I’m not on that tight of a travel budget, so I spent the first part of the morning moving to the new hotel (the citizenM). Read more...
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