Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Weirdest Jobs

via anil chouhan on quora

Do you use Quora? I'm addicted. It is a major time sink for me. Especially on the days I get the weekly digest.

Last week's digest had one of the coolest questions I've seen, and I wanted to share. It asked if there were any jobs that only existed in a particular country. (The guy above is a professional ear cleaner! Ack!)

My favorite one comes from Iran...

Monday, April 21, 2014

Black Paint


Even though my apartment is all set up (for the most part), I still have home improvement on my mind. I decided to take it easy on the paint this time around (after the yellow kitchen disaster of 2011-2013 :). But I love the simplicity of this black accent wall. Don't you?

After a couple of crazy home improvement endeavors, I'm all about a good low-effort, high-impact project.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Humble Return

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hiking sweeny ridge

If you hadn't noticed, this is a bad, bad blog. I write, I don't write, and I don't even apologize when I disappear. Let's start with some (select) news...

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

That Moment...

Morning in the mountains
photo via alex mazurov

…when you feel on top of the world.

I'm eating lunch leftovers (an oily Chinese scallion pancake), watching my acceptance tests run and pass after a very productive day. Kind of making me feel like I've got this living thing down. :)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013


A few weeks ago I accepted a job offer in Mountain View that starts January 2nd. Signed a lease on a new apartment in San Carlos last weekend. And I'm still in denial about this actually happening.

Leaving my first real job, and first real home is so much harder than I've ever imagined. But I think this is a needed change.

I'm going to say it. 2011, 2012, 2013, you have been some trying years. I made more blunders that I can shake a stick at. And yet, these have also been good years. Maybe necessary years. I've worked really hard, learned lots (oh, god, I hope I learned lots). And I think it's time. I'm ready.

I don't even care what happens the rest of the year. Thanksgiving? Christmas? Bleh. I'm ready for a great 2014.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Simplicity

photo via fast company
"Everything I believe in is reflected in this photograph of my work area: precision, simplicity, clarity. 
And your home should not be a presentation to your friends. Surrounds should relate to who you are, what you love, and to what you deem important in life."
- George Lois on his office (via)

Friday, November 8, 2013

The Thing That Made My Week


My brother and I were raised on pretty much exclusively Beatles, Queen, and Pink Floyd. We knew all the vocal sounds without knowing what they meant. It's kind of a special experience listening to this music now, and finally realizing the meaning of these songs that I've been singing before I knew a lick of English. :)

A few weeks ago Vova and I had a little jam sesh. (I posted about it here.) I had just watched Pink Floyd - The Wall, and was suddenly obsessed with the album. I learned how to play The Thin Ice, and Nobody Home on my guitar, and Vova quickly picked it up on the piano while he was visiting. It was so much fun that we decided we'd do a cover.

It sounds like a simple enough project. But given that we're siblings and butt heads on everything, it took us four long weeks. Vova finally put it all together a few days ago.

We threw in a little surprise also...