About Me (and my blog)


[insert generic greeting here]

This is Frederick Yin, born 2003-03-06, he/him or they/them, connected to the internet for memes, computer stuff, electronics, and catpics. I have 4k+ catpics on my disk. Go figure.

I was born in Shanghai and now study in Ann Arbor, Michigan. To other humans, I speak Mandarin, English, and entry-level German. To silicon, I speak Python, C, C++, JavaScript and a little Haskell.

I am an undergrad in computer engineering exorcism, but the status quo is I can't do shit. And no, I don't know Rust. I don't own an oscilloscope, but this is expected to change. I do have a ThinkPad that runs Arch Linux though. Yes, it's full of stickers, why do you ask.

The things I enjoy most are (in no particular order):

  • science fiction
  • thinking about how cool space really is
  • collecting catpics and laughing uncontrollably to the best ones
  • plushies (yes I have two blåhaj. I couldn't take him on the airplane so I bought another one in the US)
  • playing air drums
  • playing bass
  • downloading papers I do not understand
  • talking about how Alexandra Elbakyan is a hero and capitalism must be burned to the ground
  • impulse starting a new side project that's even more stupid than the last one

My favorite bands:

  • twenty øne piløts
  • My Chemical Romance
  • Green Day

That's about it. Stay hydrated, don't overclock yourself, and take care.

My PGP key is 3E46 7B22 82D7 2858.

About my blog




All blogposts are CC BY-NC 4.0 unless otherwise stated.


Nobody builds their blog with MkDocs. What's wrong with you

Tired of social media buttons and fancy animations that come at the cost of computer juice, I quit. So here you are, in a static-site blog generated with MkDocs (a documentation engine written in Python, like Sphinx). I call this "Blogumentation".

Here is a list of tools that I ruled out:

  • ssg6 — A static site generator written in shell. Extremely simple yet versatile. Sadly, it'll take forever for me to settle on a template or CSS, and, given so much privilege, I will most probably break everything.
  • A self-hosted pastebin. The links would be a mess, albeit short.
  • HTML+CSS from scratch. Same as ssg6.
  • Sphinx. It graduated with a .rst degree, but who uses rsts these days.
  • Hugo. I didn't want a Go environment on my machine. (Update: Joke's on me, I installed go later and wrote a bit of it. But still no.)
  • Hexo, Jekyll, etc: I didn't want a Node.js/Ruby environment, and I mean it this time. Keep them away.

Pledge of ethics

On this blog, there will be:

  • no advertisements
  • no analytics or trackers
  • no required JavaScript, if any
  • no ChatGPT-written articles

Last updated: 2023-11-03