Jonathan Sumner Evans
Sumner Evans
Software Engineer at The Trade Desk

Washington D.C. to New York City

Posted on in Trip to D.C. and Transatlantic Cruise • 448 words • 3 minute read
Tags: Travel, Washington D.C., New York City, Broadway show

Today we left Washington D.C. Mom and I went by train to New York City, while Hannah and dad headed back to Denver so that dad can get back to work and Hannah can do a summer class for her nursing training. The ride to New York City was uneventful and easy. We got in a quiet car, which was nice and I was able to sleep for most of the trip. Read more...

Washington D.C. -- The Air and Space Museum

Posted on in Trip to D.C. and Transatlantic Cruise • 422 words • 2 minute read
Tags: Travel, Washington D.C., National Air and Space Museum

I love airplanes, I love spacecraft, I love mechanical things that fly. Airplanes were one of my first and longest lasting obsessions (I'm not sure if my obsession with exhaust pipes started before or after airplanes... I was a weird kid.). Maybe my obsession with airplanes was due to the obscene amount of time I spent on them as a toddler and as a young child. For the two years that my dad worked in Indonesia, my mom and I went between there and the States every few months. Read more...

Washington D.C. -- The Museum of the Bible

Posted on in Trip to D.C. and Transatlantic Cruise • 487 words • 3 minute read
Tags: Travel, Washington D.C., Museum of the Bible

Today we went to the Museum of the Bible. The museum houses many exhibits which explain the stories in the Bible, the Biblical manuscripts and their preservation and translation throughout the millennia, the impacts that the Bible has had on societies throughout history, and brings to life some of the stories and places described in the Bible. I am going to mention just a few highlights of the museum. There were many video panels throughout the museum featuring Drive Thru History and exploring locations in Israel that were described in the Bible, or were historically significant in the preservation of the Biblical manuscripts. Read more...

Washington D.C. -- The American History Museum

Posted on in Trip to D.C. and Transatlantic Cruise • 501 words • 3 minute read
Tags: Travel, Washington D.C., American History Museum

Today we went to the American History Museum. I'm not going to really discuss the individual exhibits, rather I am going to describe my general thoughts on the overall theme of the museum. The general theme of the museum was that America was founded on certain principles and ideals. However, throughout our history, we have not lived up to those ideals. The main example of this is the stain of slavery and the legacy of racism against black people in America. Read more...

Washington D.C. -- The Holocaust Museum

Posted on in Trip to D.C. and Transatlantic Cruise • 938 words • 5 minute read
Tags: Travel, Washington D.C., Holocaust Museum, Washington Monument, Lincoln Monument, Vietnam War Memorial

We woke up fairly late today because we were quite tired after our long travel day yesterday. Our apartment is very close to a subway station which is a few stops from the National Mall, the big grassy area in front of the Capitol. Our destination for the day was the Holocaust Museum, a tribute to the genocide of the Jews by the Nazi regime before and during WWII. We were not alone going to this destination; there were many school groups who were at the museum as well. Read more...

Denver to Washington D.C.

Posted on in Trip to D.C. and Transatlantic Cruise • 210 words • 1 minute read
Tags: Travel, Washington D.C., Denver

Today we left for Washington D.C. I drove mom and dad headed to the airport early this morning (like 04:00). Hannah and I stayed in Denver for the morning so that we could attend a friend's graduation brunch. Hannah and I ended up leaving for the airport at around 13:00, arriving at around 14:00, and getting through security with no problems. We had nearly two hours before our 16:20 flight. Unfortunately for us, however, the flight was massively delayed. Read more...

Mines High School Programming Competition 2019

Posted on in School • 2895 words • 14 minute read
Tags: High School Programming Competition, Competitive Programming, Mines, HSPC

For the last two years, the Mines Computer Science Department has hosted a High School Programming Competition modelled after the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC). The Mines ACM Student Chapter does the vast majority of organization and operations for the competition. As Chair of Mines ACM, I was responsible for a lot of the organizational aspects of the competition. The competition saw teams from around the Denver metro area, and even as far away as Steamboat, come to compete by solving programming problems. Read more...

HackCU V

Posted on in Hackathons • 1776 words • 9 minute read
Tags: HackCU, Prize, WiFi

A couple of weekends ago (Feb. 23-24), nearly 30 Mines students (myself included), attended the HackCU hackathon at CU Boulder. Since the hackathon was so close and since I was driving up to the hackathon, I decided to bring all of my electronics. I brought my desktop, a monitor, my mechanical keyboard, my ThinkPad, my MacBook Pro, my iPad, a Raspberry Pi, and a variety of other assorted cables and electronics. Read more...

How to Win a Hackathon

Posted on in Hackathons • 3496 words • 17 minute read
Tags: Facebook Hackathon, Win, Hackathon, Prize, Hackathon Demo

Objectively, I'm pretty good at winning prizes at hackathons. I'm not entirely sure how/why, but I am. In this article I intend to try and describe some of the things which have helped me and my teams at hackathons. Please note that these are merely my experiences. Your mileage may vary. Note This article was partially inspired by Yaron Malin's post: Hackathon Winning Secrets. Yaron was on the team which won third place at the Facebook Global Hackathon Finals. Read more...

Facebook Global Hackathon Finals - The Competition

Posted on in Hackathons • 2763 words • 13 minute read
Tags: Facebook, Hackathon, Map, Competition

I woke up at 8:00 on Thursday morning. After a quick shower, I went down to eat some breakfast (provided again by Facebook). Then, we got on a bus and went over to Facebook HQ. This is a picture of building 18, one of the smaller buildings on the campus. Once inside, we got to go see the area that we would be working in. It was a very nice space, and was set up for all 21 teams. Read more...
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