Joshua Nguyen

Almost there

Men at forty/learn to close softly/the doors to rooms they will not be/coming back to.

Donald Justice

Fly Club

One of the things I enjoyed the most during my time at Hipmunk was Fly Club. It was a service for really cool flight deals delivered by a chatbot. The bot knew the users’ interests and home airport, and using a data model we jerry rigged together, it sniffed out upcoming flights to places that were interesting. On average, the prices were 35-60% below normal.

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My refugee story

I’ve never really told anyone our family’s story – about how we got accepted to the US, about how were were given the opportunity to better our lives. It has been so long that the circumstances half-myths.

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Goodbye to the things I carried

Today’s a new chapter: I’m finally donating my backpack to the Salvation Army. After 31 countries, 13 years and countless steps — it has been with me longer than my wife — I’m moving on to a lighter and smaller pack now.

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Afternoon with the penguins

The students were rushed by Chilean special forces in riot gear from different directions.  In these moments, I ran with the students, dodging the tear gas canisters, the water cannons and police batons. Running trumped curiosity.

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