Daniel Mai

I’m Only Average

I’m told I do great work, and that I should be praised for it. But I’m not that great. That may be me just being humble, but I really think there are people much better than I am. I’m just lucky. People tell me that I know where I’m going in life and that I’m doing well. But I don’t think so. I don’t know what I’m doing. I’m just average.

What’s Hard About Computer Science

Most people think that computer science is a really hard major. Hard, and nerdy. It’s about hacking (most likely the negative definition of the word). When they look at code they don’t know what’s going on.

Late to the Game

Sometimes I feel like I’m late to this computer programming thing. There are people who have been doing it since they were little, like five years old. What was I doing when I was five? I was watching cartoons and living a carefree life (save from all the crying, whining, and complaining about whatever little Daniel “cared” about). I didn’t care about computers; I didn’t know how they worked, let alone that they could be programmed. I didn’t even know how to type on a keyboard.


This semester is probably going to be really busy. The courses I’m taking are demanding, and I’m going to be working as well.

Lucky to Be Alive

Cars are death machines for everyone, pedestrian and driver alike.

Today, I did something really stupid while I was driving to go out to eat with my friend on the passenger seat. I needed to turn left—any left—so I turned left at the nearest intersection.

Two Beaches

Yesterday, I went to Panther Beach with some friends I’ve known since middle school and high school. It was a pretty big deal, with weeks of planning ahead of time.

I drove on the winding road to go down. I got lost, driving past the dirt parking lot for Panther Beach, and kept on going on the road for about ten miles before stopping at a dirt parking lot for a different beach.

Buying Software

Some people buy a lot of clothes. They buy clothes, clothes, and more clothes. They fill their closet—maybe even multiple closets, or even places all around the house—and end up only wearing a select few items, disregarding the rest.

In the same way, some people buy a lot of shoes. Or go out to eat a lot. Or coffee.

Kids Can’t Use Computers

A kid puts his hand up. He tells me he’s got a virus on his computer. I look at his screen. Displayed in his web-browser is what appears to be an XP dialogue box warning that his computer is infected and offering free malware scanning and removal tools. He’s on a Windows 7 machine. I close the offending tab. He can’t use a computer.


How the hell did we get to this situation? How can a generation with access to so much technology, not know how to use it?

A great piece by Marc Scott. It really describes how ignorant society is about computers and the technology that people are so dependent on.