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


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...

That Kind of Morning

Happy Friday, friends!

It has been kind of a rough morning. :) Extra time lounging in bed = no time for breakfast = cherry garcia straight from the tub. (I'm crossing my fingers I remembered to put it back in the freezer before rushing out the door.) Red beanie to cover up bedhead. Sharing tater tots with my QA guy as I write this.

But hey, it's Friday!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

New Tycho Track

Tycho came out with a new track recently!

Tycho was kind of my gateway drug to electronic music. (Btw, I just looked up the official genre, and it's IDM - intelligent dance music. Wat.) His most recent album, Dive, has taken me through many a line of code, and a couple of drives to the ocean. I can't wait to get my hands on some fresh tunes from one of my favorites.

P.S. I want to be this guy!
P.P.S. Another preview for the new album.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Great News!

Ermahgerd, 20x200 is back! And they've got shelves of inventory to prove it. It's a beta for now, but I could not be more excited to put some awesome art on my (new) walls.

Here are my first picks...