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2014-02-20 00:45:01 (265 comments, 593 reshares, 2727 +1s)Open 

Game Of Thrones Street Art

HBO hired some artist to create this street art on a London Street.  Totally awesome.  Who else is psyched about this upcoming season?

Most reshares: 593

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2014-02-20 00:45:01 (265 comments, 593 reshares, 2727 +1s)Open 

Game Of Thrones Street Art

HBO hired some artist to create this street art on a London Street.  Totally awesome.  Who else is psyched about this upcoming season?

Most plusones: 2727

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2014-02-20 00:45:01 (265 comments, 593 reshares, 2727 +1s)Open 

Game Of Thrones Street Art

HBO hired some artist to create this street art on a London Street.  Totally awesome.  Who else is psyched about this upcoming season?

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2015-03-17 02:53:52 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Why I Think Football Will be Irrelevant in 25 years

I, like most Americans, love watching Football.  I find it to be a near-perfect blend of strategy, athleticism, and drama.  That said, I've thought for a long time that within my lifetime, the interest in football will significantly wane to the point where it is like Boxing in today.  

People often forget that boxing used to be the biggest, most watched sport around.  When Muhhamed Ali was at his prime very few people would have said that you wouldn't even know who the Heavyweight champion was 30 years later.  I certainly don't, do you?

Chris Borland, who just had an outstanding rookie season for the 49ers, just called it quits.  He did this after 1 year.  A year he didn't even get diagnosed for a concussion.  After talking with experts and enough former players, he decided that it justwasn... more »

Why I Think Football Will be Irrelevant in 25 years

I, like most Americans, love watching Football.  I find it to be a near-perfect blend of strategy, athleticism, and drama.  That said, I've thought for a long time that within my lifetime, the interest in football will significantly wane to the point where it is like Boxing in today.  

People often forget that boxing used to be the biggest, most watched sport around.  When Muhhamed Ali was at his prime very few people would have said that you wouldn't even know who the Heavyweight champion was 30 years later.  I certainly don't, do you?

Chris Borland, who just had an outstanding rookie season for the 49ers, just called it quits.  He did this after 1 year.  A year he didn't even get diagnosed for a concussion.  After talking with experts and enough former players, he decided that it just wasn't worth the risk.  He is giving up potentially millions of dollars because he is that worried about continuous hits to the head. 

And I think he is absolutely right to do this.

We are just starting to understand the long term effects of this and the data starting to come out doesn't look good.  I know there is no way, despite the fact I love the sport, that I would let my child participate in football.  There are just too many alternatives and the risk is just too great for me to feel comfortable.  Even if I thought my child was a football prodigy and guaranteed to make millions of dollars, I still wouldn't allow it.  You quickly find that money can't buy you anything and good health really doesn't have a price.  

I think more and more people will start to think like this.  I think as a society we will discover that we don't like this tradeoff and we won't feel comfortable with others risking their lives for our entertainment.  

Do you think football will start to fade or do you think, given its overwhelming popularity it will remain the juggernaut that it is?



http://espn.go.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/12496480/san-francisco-49ers-linebacker-chris-borland-retires-head-injury-concerns___

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2015-01-30 19:30:26 (17 comments, 2 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Has Amazon Lost It's Way

The other day, Amazon announced earnings which a lot of people cheered because they actually made a profit. Many saw this as perhaps the actual turning point where Amazon stopped "investing" in the future and actually started taking profits.  This would finally justify the infinite PE that the stock now currently enjoys.  

Of course, this would probably be not so great for consumers.  While I won't comment on if I actually think this is what is happening, I have noticed a substantial erosion in my mind whether or not Amazon is my go to place to buy things.  

To be clear, I was and still am a big fan of Amazon.  I am probably Amazon's perfect customer as I have a tendency to buy big ticket items from them as well as the small little everyday things I need.  

But buying on Amazon is no longer a slam dunkfor m... more »

Has Amazon Lost It's Way

The other day, Amazon announced earnings which a lot of people cheered because they actually made a profit. Many saw this as perhaps the actual turning point where Amazon stopped "investing" in the future and actually started taking profits.  This would finally justify the infinite PE that the stock now currently enjoys.  

Of course, this would probably be not so great for consumers.  While I won't comment on if I actually think this is what is happening, I have noticed a substantial erosion in my mind whether or not Amazon is my go to place to buy things.  

To be clear, I was and still am a big fan of Amazon.  I am probably Amazon's perfect customer as I have a tendency to buy big ticket items from them as well as the small little everyday things I need.  

But buying on Amazon is no longer a slam dunk for me.  I have found that prices are not nearly as competitive as it used to be.  I find that I can actually buy from local retailers at similar if not better prices on A LOT of items.  

But something I saw yesterday on Amazon has me really worried.  I had previously bought this item on Amazon and was trying to recommend it to a friend.  But take a close look at the listing.  You can see that by default, there is a 3rd party seller listed.  But you can also see on the right hand side that Amazon also sells it. 

I've seen this in the past where either the 3rd party has a cheaper price and/or Amazon doesn't have it in stock, but that is not the case here.  I checked, Amazon has it in stock.  So why are they recommending to me to buy from this 3rd party at a higher price?

The only reason I can come up with is that selling from 3rd parties has a higher margin for them.  As the buyer, I'm getting a worse price and probably worse service and a worse return policy.  So what benefit am I getting from this?  Amazon has always been about putting the customer first but this is clearly Amazon putting Amazon first.   

This would support the idea that Amazon is ready to turn the dial and start making money.  All companies eventually have to do this, but not sure if I agree this is going to benefit Amazon in the long run. 

What do you think?  Are you still as loyal to Amazon as you always have been?  Have you seen similar things happening?  Do you think Amazon can stay Amazon if it starts to go down this path?___

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2015-01-23 18:29:51 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

Unintentional Jab

I recently stayed at a hotel and saw this sign on how to connect to the wi-fi.  

What amused me was the last sentence

"Try to access web pages in your browser that you normally don't visit, such as msn.com"

I would have to agree, I'm sure that is pretty effective if you need a site that is probably accessible but you never go to.  

Unintentional Jab

I recently stayed at a hotel and saw this sign on how to connect to the wi-fi.  

What amused me was the last sentence

"Try to access web pages in your browser that you normally don't visit, such as msn.com"

I would have to agree, I'm sure that is pretty effective if you need a site that is probably accessible but you never go to.  ___

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2015-01-19 17:44:48 (57 comments, 2 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

Which Will Be The Fastest?

I recently decided to get a new phone and with it a new cell provider.  I had been on Sprint for the last year.  Overall, I wasn't impressed with Sprint.  Coverage was definitely lacking.  I would often compare it to my wife at the same time, who has Verizon, and it is probably of no surprise that she often had signal when I had none. 

So I ordered a new Nexus 6.  I'll write my thoughts up on that later, but yeah, its gigantic but overall a pretty nice phone.  I am going with T-mobile as my service.  Was a little hesitant at first but than I did some research on sites like http://www.rootmetrics.com and it seems that in the Bay Area T-Mobile gets good marks.

Since I had phones with 3 of the 4 major carriers in my house, I decided to run a little speed test.  The results are in the picture below.  I was kind of surprised bythe resul... more »

Which Will Be The Fastest?

I recently decided to get a new phone and with it a new cell provider.  I had been on Sprint for the last year.  Overall, I wasn't impressed with Sprint.  Coverage was definitely lacking.  I would often compare it to my wife at the same time, who has Verizon, and it is probably of no surprise that she often had signal when I had none. 

So I ordered a new Nexus 6.  I'll write my thoughts up on that later, but yeah, its gigantic but overall a pretty nice phone.  I am going with T-mobile as my service.  Was a little hesitant at first but than I did some research on sites like http://www.rootmetrics.com and it seems that in the Bay Area T-Mobile gets good marks.

Since I had phones with 3 of the 4 major carriers in my house, I decided to run a little speed test.  The results are in the picture below.  I was kind of surprised by the result.  

From left to right you have T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon.  Now please take this with a grain of salt.  This is one test in one location and not at all representative of  service overall but still, interesting data point.  T-mobile is the fastest but what was more surprising to me was Verizon being so slow.  Overall, really no complaints with Verizon's coverage around town and like I said, clearly better than Sprint.  It will be interesting for me to see how T-mobile generally compares with Verizon as we travel around.  So far, just this weekend, I would say it is comparing quite favorably so I'm optimistic. 

Anybody else have similar coverage stories to share?___

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2014-11-26 21:36:36 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Let's Get Low

Because today feels like a Friday and this actually made me laugh I leave you with this dog who's ears are better dancers than most people out there.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTe4Vy8Y0_w

Happy early #fidofriday  and I hope everyone has an awesome Thanksgiving.  I know I'll be thankful for my wonderful dog and those like him, what will you be thankful for?

Let's Get Low

Because today feels like a Friday and this actually made me laugh I leave you with this dog who's ears are better dancers than most people out there.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTe4Vy8Y0_w

Happy early #fidofriday  and I hope everyone has an awesome Thanksgiving.  I know I'll be thankful for my wonderful dog and those like him, what will you be thankful for?___

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2014-11-16 00:01:55 (16 comments, 0 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

Lost Dog

Found this super cute dog wandering around my Santa Clara neighborhood.  No tags but clearly someone's pet.  Looked to be in really good shape and very well trained.  I think I know which house was his, since he seemed drawn to a particular house, but nobody was home.  Left a note, so I hope they call, but probably going to have to take him to the local shelter if I don't hear form them soon.  

Whenever I see dogs running loose without an owner, I usually pull over to see if I can get them.  This is actually the first time the dog just came right up to me and came with me.  What do you do when you see a stray dog running around?

Lost Dog

Found this super cute dog wandering around my Santa Clara neighborhood.  No tags but clearly someone's pet.  Looked to be in really good shape and very well trained.  I think I know which house was his, since he seemed drawn to a particular house, but nobody was home.  Left a note, so I hope they call, but probably going to have to take him to the local shelter if I don't hear form them soon.  

Whenever I see dogs running loose without an owner, I usually pull over to see if I can get them.  This is actually the first time the dog just came right up to me and came with me.  What do you do when you see a stray dog running around?___

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2014-11-06 15:50:54 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

To the Left, To the Left

Sometimes #Autoawesome isn't so awesome unless you consider the Tokyo skyline doing a little dance awesome.  On second thought, maybe that is pretty awesome ...

To the Left, To the Left

Sometimes #Autoawesome isn't so awesome unless you consider the Tokyo skyline doing a little dance awesome.  On second thought, maybe that is pretty awesome ...___

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2014-11-04 16:11:21 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Message to the Younger You

Like a lot of people, I often think back to my younger days and ask myself what type of advice I would give to myself.  This isn't so much about regrets, as I honestly wouldn't want my life to change from what it is now, as much as it is I just wish my path to get here was a little bit easier.  

If I were to give my Mid-twenties year old self some advice it would probably look a little like

*  Understand that there is no perfect job
*  Take more risk
*  Don't waste time with some people; they just aren't worth it.
*  Don't be so rigid.  Life is rarely that black and white.  
*  Immediately go and look up +Liz Lui.  She is the answer to almost all your problems.  

Of course, that wisdom would be lost on my younger self.  However, I often wonder what advice my mid-forties selfwould give ... more »

Message to the Younger You

Like a lot of people, I often think back to my younger days and ask myself what type of advice I would give to myself.  This isn't so much about regrets, as I honestly wouldn't want my life to change from what it is now, as much as it is I just wish my path to get here was a little bit easier.  

If I were to give my Mid-twenties year old self some advice it would probably look a little like

*  Understand that there is no perfect job
*  Take more risk
*  Don't waste time with some people; they just aren't worth it.
*  Don't be so rigid.  Life is rarely that black and white.  
*  Immediately go and look up +Liz Lui.  She is the answer to almost all your problems.  

Of course, that wisdom would be lost on my younger self.  However, I often wonder what advice my mid-forties self would give me, my mid-thirties self.  Same problem would probably apply.  Without having lived through it I probably would ignore my own advice.  But I'm interested in what my older friends out there would say. 

If you could give the younger you some advice what would it be?   I'm particularly interested in things you wish you could tell your Mid-thirties version but advice for all ages is welcomed.  ___

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2014-10-31 00:48:07 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Could You Do It?

Not going to lie, when i read the headline on what this kid did, I didn't think it was that impressive until I actually watched it and realized how little time he had to do it all.  Pretty cool too that he had a broken finger and still managed to pull it off.  

College Soccer Player Wins $10k in Tuition by Hitting Halfcourt Shot

Could You Do It?

Not going to lie, when i read the headline on what this kid did, I didn't think it was that impressive until I actually watched it and realized how little time he had to do it all.  Pretty cool too that he had a broken finger and still managed to pull it off.  

College Soccer Player Wins $10k in Tuition by Hitting Halfcourt Shot___

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2014-10-28 23:36:23 (24 comments, 7 reshares, 46 +1s)Open 

I Dream of Jiro's

On my trip to Japan, i was able to dine at Sukiyabashi Jiro in Ginza. This restaurant was made famous thanks to the documentary, "Jiro Dreams of Sushi".

Let's get one thing out of the way really quickly.  Easily the best Sushi meal I have ever had and I have had quite a few from really good restaurants.  This is the second 3 star Michelin restaurant I've been too (French Laundry being the other) so I have some basis for comparison when it comes to fine dining which I will get to later.  The question everybody wants to ask is, "Is it worth it?"  and that is really hard to answer because it depends on a lot of different factors.  I definitely think it is but also think its a valid viewpoint that it isn't.  Details at the end. 

First, getting a reservation.  Many have told me they had a hard or impossible timegetting... more »

I Dream of Jiro's

On my trip to Japan, i was able to dine at Sukiyabashi Jiro in Ginza. This restaurant was made famous thanks to the documentary, "Jiro Dreams of Sushi".

Let's get one thing out of the way really quickly.  Easily the best Sushi meal I have ever had and I have had quite a few from really good restaurants.  This is the second 3 star Michelin restaurant I've been too (French Laundry being the other) so I have some basis for comparison when it comes to fine dining which I will get to later.  The question everybody wants to ask is, "Is it worth it?"  and that is really hard to answer because it depends on a lot of different factors.  I definitely think it is but also think its a valid viewpoint that it isn't.  Details at the end. 

First, getting a reservation.  Many have told me they had a hard or impossible time getting a reservation.  I was able to secure one at a prime time, Friday 7:00 PM without much of a problem.  What was my secret?  I had my hotel's concierge do it.  I don't know the details of what they did, but for $28 they took care of it all.  You have to plan to make the reservation the first day of the month before you plan on going.  I think it helped that I had a native Japanese speaker place it, that there was a known place I would be staying at, and I suspect someone went physically down there to actually make the reservation.  

My biggest fear going in was that I speak very little Japanese and it was my understanding there was no English spoken at the restaurant.  I was also afraid of being the only non-Japanese there.  Anybody scared about this should probably not be.  There were at least two people at the restaurant who spoke excellent English, the receptionist and one of the chefs.  I suspect that this was not the case earlier but the movie probably brought in so many tourists that it made it necessary.  When I dined, there were only 3 other guest and none of them were Japanese.  

Most of the other complaints I read I feel were pretty unwarranted.  Common themes are that the meal feels rushed and that the restaurant wasn't polite.  I honestly think people went in with the wrong expectation.  Yes, the meal ends quickly.  30 minutes for the fish and then you are escorted to the tables to partake in dessert.  But this honestly seemed fine to me and the pace felt natural.  I ate a piece and got another.  I didn't feel like I had to scarf it down.  The lady next to me actually decided not to finish all of hers and it really wasn't a big deal.  The purists will tell you that sushi has to be eaten right after it is made and this is why, to get the best experience, it is going to feel rushed.  Also, Jiro doesn't engage in small talk.  Probably in part because he only speaks Japanese but probably more importantly is that he is laser focused.  Do you want the best sushi you ever had or do you want polite chit-chat?  I want the former and yes, I do think one can affect the other. 

Besides, the food, you know what was the best part?  I got to see it all in action.  Seriously.  You go to other restaurants, and you have no idea who is making your food.  Not the case here.  I flew 5000 miles to go to this restaurant and I know for a fact that this 90 year old master prepared my meal.  Got to see it first hand and the results were fantastic. 

So I'm not going to go into all details. If you want them, let me know in the comments.  The highlights. 

* Each piece was good and probably the best I have had of that type of item. 
* Only thing I didn't care for was the Mantis Shrip.  Never had it before.  It wasn't awful.  Just wasn't good. 
* The Uni was acceptable.  That is saying something since I hate Uni. 
* Best piece?  Probably the broiled Prawn which surprises me since I'm usually a fish guy
* You know how the make a big deal about how long it takes to master Tamago?  Seriously.  You can tell.  I don't care for Tamago normally but I honestly can't begin to tell you how good Jiro's Tamago is. 
* All of the fish was ridiculously fresh and practically melted in your mouth.  

So the final verdict. was it worth it?  For me absolutely!  However, keep this in mind.  The final cost of the meal is about $325 a person.  I can afford this but completely understand how this is a considerable amount of money.  Given the "rushed" atmosphere I really think it depends if you can feel OK spending that much money for a meal that last under 30 minutes.  A decent sushi dinner probably cost you in the neighborhood of $40-$60 a person so is this 5x better?  Very few things are that way.  It certainly is better but not that outrageously so.  So if "value" is a big thing for you, than yeah, this isn't going to be your cup of tea.  In fact, I went to several conveyor belt sushi restaurants in Tokyo for 1/10 the price and I was fairly satisfied there.  None were as good as Jiro's but I definitely didn't feel like was much worse off.  

Hopefully you find this entertaining or helpful.  As always, if you have any comments or questions, please let me know below.  ___

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2014-10-23 20:44:34 (12 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

I'm So Fancy

Just got back from a trip where I went LA to Tokyo.  Lots to post and talk about but here are some thoughts just off the top of my head.

*  Tokyo is extremely clean.  Maybe one of the cleanest cities I've ever been in
* Pointing at things goes a really long way
* You would be surprised at the amount of English that is in and around Tokyo
*  The train system is amazing.  Makes me feel like America is some sort of 3rd world country in this regard
* ... as does their cell phone coverage.  I got coverage everywhere, including when I was underground
* Polite and helpful doesn't even begin to describe the people of Tokyo
* If you like Japanese food, it really is amazing.  Nothing tops Sukiyabashi Jiro.  I'll do a full post on that later.  

For anyone else who has been to Tokyo, what were the things thatstood out... more »

I'm So Fancy

Just got back from a trip where I went LA to Tokyo.  Lots to post and talk about but here are some thoughts just off the top of my head.

*  Tokyo is extremely clean.  Maybe one of the cleanest cities I've ever been in
* Pointing at things goes a really long way
* You would be surprised at the amount of English that is in and around Tokyo
*  The train system is amazing.  Makes me feel like America is some sort of 3rd world country in this regard
* ... as does their cell phone coverage.  I got coverage everywhere, including when I was underground
* Polite and helpful doesn't even begin to describe the people of Tokyo
* If you like Japanese food, it really is amazing.  Nothing tops Sukiyabashi Jiro.  I'll do a full post on that later.  

For anyone else who has been to Tokyo, what were the things that stood out to you?___

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2014-10-17 07:09:45 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

I may seriously have to move out of the city if the Giants win the World Series.  

Go Royals!

I may seriously have to move out of the city if the Giants win the World Series.  

Go Royals!___

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2014-09-26 18:00:19 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 45 +1s)Open 

Spending the Day at Google

Gadget loves the days when he can come with me to work at +Google .  He can be a little handful at times at work, but who could say no to that adorable face?

#fidofriday  

Spending the Day at Google

Gadget loves the days when he can come with me to work at +Google .  He can be a little handful at times at work, but who could say no to that adorable face?

#fidofriday  ___

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2014-09-23 19:34:39 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

You're Sitting Wrong

Not sure what the problem is here.  Clearly not a problem with the phone; people just aren't sitting right.  

http://www.macrumors.com/2014/09/23/iphone-6-plus-bending-pockets/

You're Sitting Wrong

Not sure what the problem is here.  Clearly not a problem with the phone; people just aren't sitting right.  

http://www.macrumors.com/2014/09/23/iphone-6-plus-bending-pockets/___

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2014-09-22 16:30:20 (19 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

NFL Becoming Unwatchable

Is it me or is the NFL becoming near impossible to actually watch.  For a long time, I was on the NFL's side of the debate when it came to protecting the QB and other hits.  But watching the first few weeks of the NFL season has been pretty tough. 

The number of penalties I keep seeing where I scratch my head and wonder what on earth what the defender is supposed to do, both violent and non-violent plays, is amazing.  It's not that I want people to get hurt but at the same time, football is a contact sport.  Might as well not even play the game then. 

Do you think the NFL is becoming too watered down?

NFL Becoming Unwatchable

Is it me or is the NFL becoming near impossible to actually watch.  For a long time, I was on the NFL's side of the debate when it came to protecting the QB and other hits.  But watching the first few weeks of the NFL season has been pretty tough. 

The number of penalties I keep seeing where I scratch my head and wonder what on earth what the defender is supposed to do, both violent and non-violent plays, is amazing.  It's not that I want people to get hurt but at the same time, football is a contact sport.  Might as well not even play the game then. 

Do you think the NFL is becoming too watered down?___

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2014-09-13 20:10:51 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

Awesome Baby Impersonation

I thought Glen Close was a good actress before but this takes it to a whole other level!  

What do you think?

Glenn Close Does a Great Crying Baby Impression

Awesome Baby Impersonation

I thought Glen Close was a good actress before but this takes it to a whole other level!  

What do you think?

Glenn Close Does a Great Crying Baby Impression___

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2014-09-07 17:27:58 (18 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Airplanes - The Good Side

The last few days, I kept reading articles and opinions about how awful plane travel is.  Seats are too small, planes are too crowded, people are rude etc.  Most of this was around the controversial knee defender and people complaining about people putting their seat back.  

While many of these things are true, I actually think it looks at the glass as half empty.  For perspective, I travel quite a bit for work.  I used to travel every week at the turn of the century when flights were often 80% empty.  So i definitely an appreciate what its like to get an entire row of seats to yourself. 

But I'm on a plane right now.  And while I'm a little bit cramped I definitely think there are many positives about flying today.  The very fact that I can make this post thanks to wi-fi on the plane is, when you think about it, prettyamazing.... more »

Airplanes - The Good Side

The last few days, I kept reading articles and opinions about how awful plane travel is.  Seats are too small, planes are too crowded, people are rude etc.  Most of this was around the controversial knee defender and people complaining about people putting their seat back.  

While many of these things are true, I actually think it looks at the glass as half empty.  For perspective, I travel quite a bit for work.  I used to travel every week at the turn of the century when flights were often 80% empty.  So i definitely an appreciate what its like to get an entire row of seats to yourself. 

But I'm on a plane right now.  And while I'm a little bit cramped I definitely think there are many positives about flying today.  The very fact that I can make this post thanks to wi-fi on the plane is, when you think about it, pretty amazing.  You add to the fact that I was going to miss opening weekend of the NFL, but instead I'm watching it on the screen in front of me, and well,  how about two cheers for technology?

What do you think of Air Travel these days?  Glass half full or half empty?___

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2014-08-26 15:32:43 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

The Admissions Game is Broken

As someone who "won" in the Admissions Game I feel pretty qualified to say I think the process is broken.  I would actually be the poster child for the counter argument to this article; I came from a poor family, obtained admission to several elite universities, and now am in the top few % in terms of income.  

I am still involved in the college admission process.  I interview prospective students for Princeton.  It's a casual conversation but usually the topic turns into what extra-curricular activities the student is involved in.  Usually, its a very, very long list.  I am often left wondering to myself how much depth this student could have gotten in any one area  I further wonder what expense must have been spent to get them so involved.  

I couldn't agree more with the last quote in the article:
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The Admissions Game is Broken

As someone who "won" in the Admissions Game I feel pretty qualified to say I think the process is broken.  I would actually be the poster child for the counter argument to this article; I came from a poor family, obtained admission to several elite universities, and now am in the top few % in terms of income.  

I am still involved in the college admission process.  I interview prospective students for Princeton.  It's a casual conversation but usually the topic turns into what extra-curricular activities the student is involved in.  Usually, its a very, very long list.  I am often left wondering to myself how much depth this student could have gotten in any one area  I further wonder what expense must have been spent to get them so involved.  

I couldn't agree more with the last quote in the article:

“Working at Denny's teaches a lot of skills,” he contends. “This type of service work is not valued in the admissions process.”

Before Princeton, I had jobs at a restaurant, an amusement park, and at a video store.  All these experiences had way more effect on me as a person than 80% of the many, many extra-curriculars I was involved in.  

Should there be changes to the college admissions process?  How would you like to see it changed?


http://finance.yahoo.com/news/admissions-process-exacerbates-income-inequality--william-deresiewicz-123520548.html___

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2014-08-18 15:40:49 (10 comments, 1 reshares, 61 +1s)Open 

Get Out of My Head

I finally saw Guardians of the Galaxy this weekend.  And ever since I walked out of this movie, I can't get the song Come and Get Your Love out of my head which is used in one of the opening scenes.  

Way back when, I actually used to really like this song but hadn't thought about it in years.  Love how a movie can bring back memories like this.  

The entire soundtrack is actually pretty good.  Interesting fact.  It is the first soundtrack every to reach the top of the Billboard charts without a single original song made for the movie.  

I don't go to the movies very much anymore but thought this one was pretty good and this coming from a guy who owns the #1 comic of the series when it got rebooted in the 90's.  Thought it was just the right blend of funny and exciting without overreaching that youcome to... more »

Get Out of My Head

I finally saw Guardians of the Galaxy this weekend.  And ever since I walked out of this movie, I can't get the song Come and Get Your Love out of my head which is used in one of the opening scenes.  

Way back when, I actually used to really like this song but hadn't thought about it in years.  Love how a movie can bring back memories like this.  

The entire soundtrack is actually pretty good.  Interesting fact.  It is the first soundtrack every to reach the top of the Billboard charts without a single original song made for the movie.  

I don't go to the movies very much anymore but thought this one was pretty good and this coming from a guy who owns the #1 comic of the series when it got rebooted in the 90's.  Thought it was just the right blend of funny and exciting without overreaching that you come to expect in good comic book movies these days.  What did you think?

Redbone - Come and Get Your Love [Music Video] (HD Audio)___

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2014-08-15 23:14:32 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

Checking out the new stadium

Checking out the new stadium___

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2014-08-04 19:41:22 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Not True ... Ooops

So when I saw this article by +VentureBeat  I was going to post it here and tell people that despite having all these ways to "goof off" at work you would be surprised how little people actually goof off at work.  In my year and a half here I've tried numerous times to get people to go take a small break with me to go bowl or something similar with no luck.  My coworkers just take work too seriously.

But then, as I started looking through the pictures, I realized, one of them is actually of me!  I actually remember when the picture was taken and thought it was very odd that someone was took a random picture of me but thought nothing of it til now.  

To be fair,  "goofing off" isn't an accurate description of what I was doing since there was no work to be doing.  This was taken over the weekend.  If anything showsthe gen... more »

Not True ... Ooops

So when I saw this article by +VentureBeat  I was going to post it here and tell people that despite having all these ways to "goof off" at work you would be surprised how little people actually goof off at work.  In my year and a half here I've tried numerous times to get people to go take a small break with me to go bowl or something similar with no luck.  My coworkers just take work too seriously.

But then, as I started looking through the pictures, I realized, one of them is actually of me!  I actually remember when the picture was taken and thought it was very odd that someone was took a random picture of me but thought nothing of it til now.  

To be fair,  "goofing off" isn't an accurate description of what I was doing since there was no work to be doing.  This was taken over the weekend.  If anything shows the genius of the situation since Google actually got me to come to work over the weekend.  But still, I found it funny that they captured me an article I was going to comment on.    

http://venturebeat.com/2014/08/02/a-visit-to-the-googleplex-shows-off-all-of-the-ways-you-can-goof-off-at-work-photo-gallery/___

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2014-07-11 16:45:39 (9 comments, 2 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Boom!

Did you hear that? NBA landscaped just changed dramatically.  Lebrong is going back to Cleveland.  Would never have thought it would have happened at the beginning of Free Agency, but as I wrote in my last post, it became clearer and clearer to me as time wore on that this was the plan.  Really didn't think there was any way he would play with the cities emotions like that if he had no real intention of going back.  

A bunch of dominoes now fall.  Have no idea where everything lands but this just got very interesting.  

What do you think of the move? Does Lebron have any chance of catching Jordan's 6 titles in Cleveland?

http://www.si.com/nba/2014/07/11/lebron-james-cleveland-cavaliers

Edit:  Food for thought.  Can Lebron ever leave Cleveland again?  I don't think so after this letter.  He would be roasted.  

Boom!

Did you hear that? NBA landscaped just changed dramatically.  Lebrong is going back to Cleveland.  Would never have thought it would have happened at the beginning of Free Agency, but as I wrote in my last post, it became clearer and clearer to me as time wore on that this was the plan.  Really didn't think there was any way he would play with the cities emotions like that if he had no real intention of going back.  

A bunch of dominoes now fall.  Have no idea where everything lands but this just got very interesting.  

What do you think of the move? Does Lebron have any chance of catching Jordan's 6 titles in Cleveland?

http://www.si.com/nba/2014/07/11/lebron-james-cleveland-cavaliers

Edit:  Food for thought.  Can Lebron ever leave Cleveland again?  I don't think so after this letter.  He would be roasted.  ___

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2014-07-10 00:59:15 (120 comments, 3 reshares, 72 +1s)Open 

Fool You Once ...

I didn't think it would happen when Free Agency started but now I believe Lebron James has to be heading back to Cleveland.   The reason?  Given that all the moves that Cleveland has made to free up room for Lebron, given all the speculation that is happening and how long he has let it go on, how cruel would it be for him to play with the emotions of his hometown twice and leave them at the altar?

As a Laker fan, would love to see him in Purple and Gold but that's a complete pipe dream.  I do think he should leave Miami as I don't think they can restock enough to compete.  I think Cleveland is all wrong for Lebron as I think the bridge was burned and I think it would be hypocritical for him to go back there.  But perhaps he is able to overlook that.  Don't underestimate the appeal of going home.  

Where do you think Lebron isgoing ... more »

Fool You Once ...

I didn't think it would happen when Free Agency started but now I believe Lebron James has to be heading back to Cleveland.   The reason?  Given that all the moves that Cleveland has made to free up room for Lebron, given all the speculation that is happening and how long he has let it go on, how cruel would it be for him to play with the emotions of his hometown twice and leave them at the altar?

As a Laker fan, would love to see him in Purple and Gold but that's a complete pipe dream.  I do think he should leave Miami as I don't think they can restock enough to compete.  I think Cleveland is all wrong for Lebron as I think the bridge was burned and I think it would be hypocritical for him to go back there.  But perhaps he is able to overlook that.  Don't underestimate the appeal of going home.  

Where do you think Lebron is going to end up?___

2014-07-08 20:33:27 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

World Cup

It was all fun and games when it was 4-0.  But this is getting ridiculous.    Is there some sort of mercy rule in Soccer?

World Cup

It was all fun and games when it was 4-0.  But this is getting ridiculous.    Is there some sort of mercy rule in Soccer?___

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2014-07-07 17:33:11 (21 comments, 0 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

This is Why We Can't Have Nice Things

One of the big reasons I've posted a lot less frequently than I used to is because of how others might react if I say something controversial.  If you have followed me for a while, you know that I am probably best known for giving my opinion on tech news and trying, to the best of my ability, to be unbiased in my analysis. 

But as soon as I started working for Google, things changed for me.  Not things like how I feel about anything related to Google, but how others might see my words and react to it.   There are still things about Google that I don't agree with.  There are products I think are clearly inferior to the competition or things about the company I would like to change.  

This weekend, the news picked up an article written by a Googler, (which I won't link to as to not add to the fire) whichbasic... more »

This is Why We Can't Have Nice Things

One of the big reasons I've posted a lot less frequently than I used to is because of how others might react if I say something controversial.  If you have followed me for a while, you know that I am probably best known for giving my opinion on tech news and trying, to the best of my ability, to be unbiased in my analysis. 

But as soon as I started working for Google, things changed for me.  Not things like how I feel about anything related to Google, but how others might see my words and react to it.   There are still things about Google that I don't agree with.  There are products I think are clearly inferior to the competition or things about the company I would like to change.  

This weekend, the news picked up an article written by a Googler, (which I won't link to as to not add to the fire) which basically said that Google suffers from some big company problems.  Specifically that the company has blind spots created because of the confidence its employees have in their success.  Not sure why this is newsworthy other than the news agencies having a slow news cycle but there you have it.  Seriously, do any of you think for a second that Google is immune to Big Company Problems?

So if any of you miss my terribly insightful tech commentary its because I'm certain that at some point, just like this example, something I write will be either taken out of context or cause an overreaction resulting in sensationalistic headlines.  Since I'm not terribly interesting outside of my thoughts on Tech (I'm sure you can only get so many cute dog pictures a week) you get my relative silence.  ___

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2014-06-27 15:47:58 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

A Bit Too Far

I love Dogs, I love Game of Thrones, but if I ever do something like this, please shoot me.  

http://geekologie.com/2014/06/because-this-is-the-internet-pugs-dresse.php

Hopefully this doens't give my wife any ideas with our dog.  Do you think this is cute or crazy?

A Bit Too Far

I love Dogs, I love Game of Thrones, but if I ever do something like this, please shoot me.  

http://geekologie.com/2014/06/because-this-is-the-internet-pugs-dresse.php

Hopefully this doens't give my wife any ideas with our dog.  Do you think this is cute or crazy?___

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2014-06-14 21:00:39 (25 comments, 0 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

Greeting Niceness with Rudeness

On my way to my car after an In-N-Out meal I bumped into a lady carrying a milkshake.  It was one of those incidents where there was really no fault of anybody involved and we both ended up losing.  She lost her milkshake.  I got milkshake all over my shoes. 

I immediately apologized and then I asked her if I could buy her another one.  Her reply to me was. 

"I certainly think so.  I haven't even had any of it yet."

Now it wasn't so much what she said as how she said it.  She said it with such indignation and a sense of entitlement that it really turned me off.  I instantly regretted my offer; not that I care about the $2 it would cost me but I honestly didn't feel like being nice to someone like this.  

A woman, who I assumed to be her daughter, came up and told her that it wasclearly n... more »

Greeting Niceness with Rudeness

On my way to my car after an In-N-Out meal I bumped into a lady carrying a milkshake.  It was one of those incidents where there was really no fault of anybody involved and we both ended up losing.  She lost her milkshake.  I got milkshake all over my shoes. 

I immediately apologized and then I asked her if I could buy her another one.  Her reply to me was. 

"I certainly think so.  I haven't even had any of it yet."

Now it wasn't so much what she said as how she said it.  She said it with such indignation and a sense of entitlement that it really turned me off.  I instantly regretted my offer; not that I care about the $2 it would cost me but I honestly didn't feel like being nice to someone like this.  

A woman, who I assumed to be her daughter, came up and told her that it was clearly nobody's fault and that  In-N-Out would probably just replace it.   The gentleman in me would have normally made sure that this woman got herself a new milkshake or I would have paid for one but right then I decided I was off the hook so I left. 

It baffles me why anyone would greet my offer with such rudeness.  It wasn't as if she lost something extremely valuable or irreplaceable nor was it that I hadn't offered to make her whole.  Why do you think people behave this way?  What would you have done?___

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2014-05-30 18:28:55 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 63 +1s)Open 

Always a Puppy in My Eyes

I took this picture of Gadget a week ago.  And even though he is almost 3 years old, I always think of him as a puppy.  Perhaps he really does look that way at times.  Perhaps its his playful energy that never seems to run out.  Most likely, It's just me looking at him through a loving parent's eyes.  

Do you see your dog the same way?

#fidofriday  

Always a Puppy in My Eyes

I took this picture of Gadget a week ago.  And even though he is almost 3 years old, I always think of him as a puppy.  Perhaps he really does look that way at times.  Perhaps its his playful energy that never seems to run out.  Most likely, It's just me looking at him through a loving parent's eyes.  

Do you see your dog the same way?

#fidofriday  ___

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2014-05-28 02:20:25 (11 comments, 4 reshares, 44 +1s)Open 

Don't Obsess on the Core

Just this weekend, someone asked me what I liked most about working for Google.  I mentioned the smart people, great food, and a host of other things.  But at the top of the list is the fact that Google doesn't seem to get that it's a search engine company. 

We work on a problem because we think it is interesting and that it will have significant impact.  In my short time here, I've seen us make decisions to the benefit of our users and the detriment to the business more times than all the time I've spent at other companies.  One of the things I have witnessed first hand at other companies is the inability to actually go and do things outside their core business.  It's easy for companies who are in the #1 position to kind of take that for granted.  I know, I worked at Microsoft and saw it first hand. At Google, you see thissort o... more »

Don't Obsess on the Core

Just this weekend, someone asked me what I liked most about working for Google.  I mentioned the smart people, great food, and a host of other things.  But at the top of the list is the fact that Google doesn't seem to get that it's a search engine company. 

We work on a problem because we think it is interesting and that it will have significant impact.  In my short time here, I've seen us make decisions to the benefit of our users and the detriment to the business more times than all the time I've spent at other companies.  One of the things I have witnessed first hand at other companies is the inability to actually go and do things outside their core business.  It's easy for companies who are in the #1 position to kind of take that for granted.  I know, I worked at Microsoft and saw it first hand. At Google, you see this sort of thing a lot less. 

Well, we are at it again.  It's one thing to retrofit cars to be self driving.  It's completely another to build one from the ground up.   This is something that is not in Google's "core competency" but why should that be a blocker?  Why should some small little fact stop you from doing something as impactful and awesome as this?

Full post here:

http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2014/05/just-press-go-designing-self-driving.html___

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2014-05-13 18:18:03 (31 comments, 8 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Hack Your Sodastream the Easy Way

If you like carbonated drinks, a Sodastream can be a good investment except for one small detail.  The markup for what is essentially air is ridiculous.  The canister you see below would cost you $30 to fill with air.  There are various hacks that let you fill the bottle with air you would get from a paint ball gun but I couldn't be bothered with that so I went another route which I will describe below. 

The problem with the bottle is that the nozzle is proprietary, so you can't actually take it to a store to get it easily refilled.  First, I completely emptied the bottle of any gas.  I took a wrench and unscrewed the top.  The first time I did this, it took some effort but now I can do it without too much strain.  

After that, I just bought some dry ice.  Dry ice is essentially just solid CO2 which, as it comes up toroom tem... more »

Hack Your Sodastream the Easy Way

If you like carbonated drinks, a Sodastream can be a good investment except for one small detail.  The markup for what is essentially air is ridiculous.  The canister you see below would cost you $30 to fill with air.  There are various hacks that let you fill the bottle with air you would get from a paint ball gun but I couldn't be bothered with that so I went another route which I will describe below. 

The problem with the bottle is that the nozzle is proprietary, so you can't actually take it to a store to get it easily refilled.  First, I completely emptied the bottle of any gas.  I took a wrench and unscrewed the top.  The first time I did this, it took some effort but now I can do it without too much strain.  

After that, I just bought some dry ice.  Dry ice is essentially just solid CO2 which, as it comes up to room temperature, will just turn into a gas.  This is the same CO2 that Sodastream will charge you $30.  The equivalent amount of Dry Ice should cost you less than $3.  I crush the dry ice, get a funnel, and put it into the canister.  This can be a little bit tricky at first but once you get the hang of it, it really is pretty easy.  I close the top and viola, I just refilled my Sodastream for 10% of the cost.  Just be careful.  As you can see, the bottle can get pretty cold.  

Hope you find this useful and let me know if you have any questions.  ___

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2014-05-12 02:15:57 (38 comments, 3 reshares, 90 +1s)Open 

Tyrion Lannister FTW

Seriously awesome performance tonight.  Easily my favorite character in all of Game of Thrones.  Which of course means it is time for him to die.  

Tyrion Lannister FTW

Seriously awesome performance tonight.  Easily my favorite character in all of Game of Thrones.  Which of course means it is time for him to die.  ___

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2014-05-08 19:29:22 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Good Ride.  Bad Ending

Participated in Bike to Work Day along with about 50 other Googlers coming in from my area.  Had a great time and the ride was successful.  The dismount from the bike, less so.  

I hadn't clipped in for the majority of the ride because we were riding pretty slowly and with an inexperienced group.  I had somehow clipped in on what side one pedal right when I was pulling into my office.  And, well, for those that ride often you know the rest of the story.  Yank the leg, it doesn't give, and you fall over on your bike.  My right foot not being clipped in meant it went flying and hit the pedal resulting in the nice wounds you see below.  

But hey, I did my part for the Earth today.  What's the big deal if I also have to give a little bit of blood?  Did anyone else ride into work today?

Good Ride.  Bad Ending

Participated in Bike to Work Day along with about 50 other Googlers coming in from my area.  Had a great time and the ride was successful.  The dismount from the bike, less so.  

I hadn't clipped in for the majority of the ride because we were riding pretty slowly and with an inexperienced group.  I had somehow clipped in on what side one pedal right when I was pulling into my office.  And, well, for those that ride often you know the rest of the story.  Yank the leg, it doesn't give, and you fall over on your bike.  My right foot not being clipped in meant it went flying and hit the pedal resulting in the nice wounds you see below.  

But hey, I did my part for the Earth today.  What's the big deal if I also have to give a little bit of blood?  Did anyone else ride into work today?___

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2014-05-07 17:16:55 (14 comments, 1 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Costco - Or Where My Paycheck Goes to Die

So yesterday I made a post about how awesome Google Shopping Express is.  There is yet another reason you should consider using it.  The amount of money you can save from not browsing around can be significant. 

Despite my love for Shopping Express and the fact that it delivers from Costco, I still went into Costco yesterday to check out an item I wasn't sure I wanted to buy.  It cost about $25.  

What I walked out with was quite different.  I ended up spending $200.  This seems to be a pretty standard occurrence for me.  I tend to think that in life we have way too many things.  I'm actively trying to figure out how I can reduce the amount of "stuff" I own.  But even so, I still find myself in situations like this where I end up spending way more than I intended when I walk into the store. 
So... more »

Costco - Or Where My Paycheck Goes to Die

So yesterday I made a post about how awesome Google Shopping Express is.  There is yet another reason you should consider using it.  The amount of money you can save from not browsing around can be significant. 

Despite my love for Shopping Express and the fact that it delivers from Costco, I still went into Costco yesterday to check out an item I wasn't sure I wanted to buy.  It cost about $25.  

What I walked out with was quite different.  I ended up spending $200.  This seems to be a pretty standard occurrence for me.  I tend to think that in life we have way too many things.  I'm actively trying to figure out how I can reduce the amount of "stuff" I own.  But even so, I still find myself in situations like this where I end up spending way more than I intended when I walk into the store. 

So I think things like Shopping Express are good for the consumers probably bad for retailers if my behavior is repeated by others.  Do you think this will end up being bad for retailers or will people always end up finding a way to spend their money or more stuff?___

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2014-05-06 14:56:47 (7 comments, 4 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

What Are You Waiting For?

Seriously, to all my friends in West LA and Manhattan, you should sign up for this as soon as you can. Liz Lui and I describe having this service as having little house elves do our shopping for us and that's pretty much what it is like. If you hate doing chore shopping as much as I do, you will wonder how you ever lived without this after they make their first delivery.

http://googlecommerce.blogspot.com/2014/05/google-shopping-express-expands-same.html

What Are You Waiting For?

Seriously, to all my friends in West LA and Manhattan, you should sign up for this as soon as you can. Liz Lui and I describe having this service as having little house elves do our shopping for us and that's pretty much what it is like. If you hate doing chore shopping as much as I do, you will wonder how you ever lived without this after they make their first delivery.

http://googlecommerce.blogspot.com/2014/05/google-shopping-express-expands-same.html___

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2014-05-02 18:58:10 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

Only Time For One Thing

Haven't had a lot of time to post very often.  The only thing I seem to have time for anymore these days is the dog.  I wonder if he knows he is getting in the way of my posting?

Happy #fidofriday

Only Time For One Thing

Haven't had a lot of time to post very often.  The only thing I seem to have time for anymore these days is the dog.  I wonder if he knows he is getting in the way of my posting?

Happy #fidofriday___

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2014-04-25 13:18:31 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Ahead of the Curve

I was an Economics Major from Princeton.  If you read the article, than you would have guessed that I went into Finance since it states about half of my peer group did.  I can tell you that for people in my major, this is much higher and I'm actually struggling to think of more than a handful of people who didn't go into finance.  

When I started at Princeton, I chose Economics for this exact reason.  I was pretty certain I would go for a prestige position like Investment Banker.  But as I talked to more and more people about it, it became clear, it wasn't for me.  

Everyone I talked to told me how horrific the hours were.  The justification for doing it was always that reward at the end of the tunnel, the big paycheck.  Now don't get me wrong, I like money as much as the next guy but to me the "cost" ofgetting... more »

Ahead of the Curve

I was an Economics Major from Princeton.  If you read the article, than you would have guessed that I went into Finance since it states about half of my peer group did.  I can tell you that for people in my major, this is much higher and I'm actually struggling to think of more than a handful of people who didn't go into finance.  

When I started at Princeton, I chose Economics for this exact reason.  I was pretty certain I would go for a prestige position like Investment Banker.  But as I talked to more and more people about it, it became clear, it wasn't for me.  

Everyone I talked to told me how horrific the hours were.  The justification for doing it was always that reward at the end of the tunnel, the big paycheck.  Now don't get me wrong, I like money as much as the next guy but to me the "cost" of getting it just didn't seem to justify it.  I was looking for any other reason, any at all, about why they chose that path and I never got a good answer.  

So I chose a different road.  I went down a tech path long before it was cool.  And while I will probably never command the crazy money that some of my friends will I'm still doing pretty well (and in fact better than most).  

Looking back, the choice seems so obvious.  I get paid more than enough to live a comfortable lifestyle.  I have a very flexible work life which allows me to take time off in the middle of the day to go run an errand or work from home if it is required.  I work hard and sometimes long hours but most of that is within my control.  If any student came looking to me for advice I honestly couldn't make a very good argument that they should go down the finance path.

And so I see the trend of other young highly talented people shunning Wall Street growing even more.  Sure, some people will make the choice that trying to get that big payday will justify it but most will see it just isn't worth it.  I'm just glad I had the foresight to realize this when I did. 

If your child came to you looking for advice on this, what would you tell them to do? 

http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/daily-ticker/-the-bargain-has-changed--on-wall-street-and-young-people-don-t-like-it--kevin-roose-210335431.html___

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2014-04-21 00:56:52 (8 comments, 3 reshares, 53 +1s)Open 

Silver Linings

I hate traveling.  In my former life, I used to do it a lot and didn't mind it as much but now that I'm older, it definitely wears on me. 

The one bright spot I have now though is that at least when I travel, the hotels have HBO which allows me to watch Game of Thrones.  I'm actually up to date this season thanks to ahem other means but will finally be able to watch GOT legitimately when it airs.  

If you hate traveling, what's your bright spot when you are forced to?  For you Game of Thrones fans, what do you think of it so far this season?  

Please Avoid Spoilers

Silver Linings

I hate traveling.  In my former life, I used to do it a lot and didn't mind it as much but now that I'm older, it definitely wears on me. 

The one bright spot I have now though is that at least when I travel, the hotels have HBO which allows me to watch Game of Thrones.  I'm actually up to date this season thanks to ahem other means but will finally be able to watch GOT legitimately when it airs.  

If you hate traveling, what's your bright spot when you are forced to?  For you Game of Thrones fans, what do you think of it so far this season?  

Please Avoid Spoilers___

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2014-04-18 20:57:59 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Super Size Me

Is it really any wonder why we have weight problems in the US? These were the Slurpee cups circa 1975. A whole 12 ounces. I wonder if 7-11 out these out now what would people say. Would people be upset because they would feel they were getting a worse deal?

Super Size Me

Is it really any wonder why we have weight problems in the US? These were the Slurpee cups circa 1975. A whole 12 ounces. I wonder if 7-11 out these out now what would people say. Would people be upset because they would feel they were getting a worse deal?___

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2014-04-14 23:07:40 (18 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

The Perks of LA

I'm not saying I would want to move back to LA, but I have to admit that this is one of the nicer perks if you work for Google here is that you are only a block away from the beach.   That of course means you have to have a place to park your board.  

The Perks of LA

I'm not saying I would want to move back to LA, but I have to admit that this is one of the nicer perks if you work for Google here is that you are only a block away from the beach.   That of course means you have to have a place to park your board.  ___

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2014-04-07 16:30:50 (21 comments, 1 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

I Know, I Know!

The other night when I was out to dinner I overheard the conversation of a family sitting next to us.  The mother had asked the children whether or not the glass she had with water and ice would overflow as the ice melted.  

The kids started to throw out all sorts of theories.  Most of them were wrong.  Now, I don't know if the mother knew the correct answer or not, but she let the kids debate it and didn't say a word.  She didn't tell them the right answer when the kids inevitably came to the wrong conclusion.  I don't know why, but this bothered me a lot.  I had to hold myself back from jumping in and explaining to the kids what the actual science behind it was.  

Have you ever found yourself in a similar situation?  Do you get that terrible urge to jump in and explain things when it is probably really none of yourconcern?... more »

I Know, I Know!

The other night when I was out to dinner I overheard the conversation of a family sitting next to us.  The mother had asked the children whether or not the glass she had with water and ice would overflow as the ice melted.  

The kids started to throw out all sorts of theories.  Most of them were wrong.  Now, I don't know if the mother knew the correct answer or not, but she let the kids debate it and didn't say a word.  She didn't tell them the right answer when the kids inevitably came to the wrong conclusion.  I don't know why, but this bothered me a lot.  I had to hold myself back from jumping in and explaining to the kids what the actual science behind it was.  

Have you ever found yourself in a similar situation?  Do you get that terrible urge to jump in and explain things when it is probably really none of your concern?___

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2014-03-28 19:22:31 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Ready For the Weekend

I know Gadget is ready for the weekend and so is his owner.  It can't come fast enough ...

How about you, are ready for the weekend?

#fidofriday  

Ready For the Weekend

I know Gadget is ready for the weekend and so is his owner.  It can't come fast enough ...

How about you, are ready for the weekend?

#fidofriday  ___

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2014-03-20 20:18:26 (15 comments, 2 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

Un-Frickin Believable

Best Puzzle Solve Ever.   Part of me thinks something fishy is going on here because this is just too unbelievable. 

Have you ever seen a better guess in your life?

Wheel of Fortune: Amazing Bonus Round Solve!

Un-Frickin Believable

Best Puzzle Solve Ever.   Part of me thinks something fishy is going on here because this is just too unbelievable. 

Have you ever seen a better guess in your life?

Wheel of Fortune: Amazing Bonus Round Solve!___

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2014-03-14 17:05:27 (19 comments, 10 reshares, 271 +1s)Open 

Beach Day

Recently took Gadget to Fort Funston Dog Beach.  It always surprises me how much he loves the beach considering how much he hates the water.  He stays at the water's edge and runs away every time the waves come in.  But he just loves the sand and he loves chasing other dogs ... until they go into the water.  

Does your dog like the beach?

#fidofriday

Beach Day

Recently took Gadget to Fort Funston Dog Beach.  It always surprises me how much he loves the beach considering how much he hates the water.  He stays at the water's edge and runs away every time the waves come in.  But he just loves the sand and he loves chasing other dogs ... until they go into the water.  

Does your dog like the beach?

#fidofriday___

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2014-03-13 15:27:06 (39 comments, 3 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

Amazon Value Waning

Amazon announced today that they will be raising the price of their Prime Membership from $79 to $99.  Coincidentally, I've had a story about how for me the value proposition of Amazon has been diminishing  so now is as good as a time as ever to talk about it. 

Over the last year or two, I've found myself using Amazon less and less.  Part of this occurred when they started applying CA sales tax.  I didn't think it would affect me as much as it did, and actually thought it was fair so I'm not complaining, but if I had to pinpoint a moment that would be the start. 

From there, I started to notice that the price advantage, even ignoring the tax, just wasn't there.  I feel like either the brick and mortar stores around me were starting to get more aggressive or that Amazon  just wasn't discounting as much as it used to. A Prim... more »

Amazon Value Waning

Amazon announced today that they will be raising the price of their Prime Membership from $79 to $99.  Coincidentally, I've had a story about how for me the value proposition of Amazon has been diminishing  so now is as good as a time as ever to talk about it. 

Over the last year or two, I've found myself using Amazon less and less.  Part of this occurred when they started applying CA sales tax.  I didn't think it would affect me as much as it did, and actually thought it was fair so I'm not complaining, but if I had to pinpoint a moment that would be the start. 

From there, I started to notice that the price advantage, even ignoring the tax, just wasn't there.  I feel like either the brick and mortar stores around me were starting to get more aggressive or that Amazon  just wasn't discounting as much as it used to.  A Prime example (pun intended)  of this was that recently I was in the market for a new TV.  I checked Amazon and I checked the local stores and at the end of the day I ended up going to Costco.  Why?

  1.  The price was the same
  2.  I could have the TV that day
  3.  If I had to return it, it would be much less of a hassle
  4.  Costco throws on an additional year to the warranty

Considering I bought my previous TV from Amazon and was happy with the whole experience I will admit I was shocked I went down this path.  

And finally, I feel like one of the main reasons I have always been a loyal Amazon customer was that I loved the selection it had.  But again, I feel like lately this hasn't been the case and it's a situation I feel like is odd.  I feel like most of the time, when I want to buy something on Amazon, my options are actually kind of limited.  A lot of my "choices" boil down to buying something from a 3rd party which is actually not what I want to do.  

I'm not sure that this price hike is the nail in the coffin but it definitely doesn't help.  I prefer Netflix over the Prime offerings so that isn't compelling to me.  The two day delivery is very nice but I find that I generally spend more than $35 on Amazon anyway and I usually don't need it in a rush.  Further, now that I have access to Google Shopping Express, I find that that is actually a lot more convenient. 

What are your feelings on Amazon?  Do you find your love/loyalty going down lately?  Does this price hike change your opinion at all?___

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2014-03-11 18:11:04 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 49 +1s)Open 

One Year Google Anniversary

Today is my one year Google Anniversary.  It actually seems kind of nuts that it has already been a year because it went by so fast.  

Reflecting on the past year I have to say it's been pretty good.  It hasn't been perfect, and at times it was downright difficult, but experience has taught me that there are few if any jobs that are perfect.  The advice I would give to anybody about this is that it is important to recognize this simple fact and then work toward getting the right balance for you.  There are certainly things that are deal breakers, and you should recognize in yourself what those are, but not everything should be brought to that level.   For me the positives of scope, stability, resources, and people outweigh the politics and inefficiencies involved with large companies.  

I think a younger version of me wouldlet th... more »

One Year Google Anniversary

Today is my one year Google Anniversary.  It actually seems kind of nuts that it has already been a year because it went by so fast.  

Reflecting on the past year I have to say it's been pretty good.  It hasn't been perfect, and at times it was downright difficult, but experience has taught me that there are few if any jobs that are perfect.  The advice I would give to anybody about this is that it is important to recognize this simple fact and then work toward getting the right balance for you.  There are certainly things that are deal breakers, and you should recognize in yourself what those are, but not everything should be brought to that level.   For me the positives of scope, stability, resources, and people outweigh the politics and inefficiencies involved with large companies.  

I think a younger version of me would let the latter ruin what is otherwise a good situation.  I think we can all be prone to focusing on the negative and otherwise letting it obscure the positive.  And believe me, working from Google is pretty awesome.  One of my biggest gripes this week was that it was too crowded to get some sashimi at the new cafe that just opened. 

But besides the perks, which really aren't the best part of Google, I just like the company.  It's difficult to really understand from the outside how hard Google works to do the right thing.  That's not to say we don't make mistakes but at the individual level I can tell you that people genuinely care.  

So here is to my first year.  Hopefully it is the first of many more.  ___

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2014-02-23 17:54:52 (13 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Heroes Reborn

Looks like Tim Kring is going to do a mini-series of the once wildly-popular television series Heroes.  New story lines.  New characters.  Probably some nostalgia sprinkled in. 

I have mixed feelings about the whole thing.  I was a huge fan of the show in its first season.  So much so that at one time I had a blog about it.  But things quickly went south during the second season when the story got too convoluted and the characters suddenly lost all sense. 

Would love to see the show have a rebirth of sorts.  Was sad as the series tanked and relieved it was put out of its misery when it was but now somewhat hopeful that a reboot could do it some good.  

Are you happy or horrified that heroes is making a comeback?  What were your thoughts on the original series?

Heroes Reborn: 2015

Heroes Reborn

Looks like Tim Kring is going to do a mini-series of the once wildly-popular television series Heroes.  New story lines.  New characters.  Probably some nostalgia sprinkled in. 

I have mixed feelings about the whole thing.  I was a huge fan of the show in its first season.  So much so that at one time I had a blog about it.  But things quickly went south during the second season when the story got too convoluted and the characters suddenly lost all sense. 

Would love to see the show have a rebirth of sorts.  Was sad as the series tanked and relieved it was put out of its misery when it was but now somewhat hopeful that a reboot could do it some good.  

Are you happy or horrified that heroes is making a comeback?  What were your thoughts on the original series?

Heroes Reborn: 2015___

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2014-02-20 00:45:01 (265 comments, 593 reshares, 2727 +1s)Open 

Game Of Thrones Street Art

HBO hired some artist to create this street art on a London Street.  Totally awesome.  Who else is psyched about this upcoming season?

Game Of Thrones Street Art

HBO hired some artist to create this street art on a London Street.  Totally awesome.  Who else is psyched about this upcoming season?___

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2014-02-17 17:35:57 (26 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Mount Rushmore of Tech

In honor of President's day I think it would be interesting to talk about who belongs on the Tech Company Mount Rushmore.  At first I thought this was going to be a pretty easy exercise but as I thought about what I meant about this it became much harder.  So here are a few ground rules:

*  Remember this is All-Time.  Not just right now.  So companies in the past are just as valid as companies now depending on their contributions
*  This is about companies.  Not individuals.  
* You can define what significance and importance any way you want but please explain

For me the first two come really easy.  The last two, not so much.  

* Microsoft
* Google
* Bell Labs
* Facebook

Just missing the list are Intel, Amazon, Apple, HP, Oracle.  If it were possible I would have put Richard Stallmanor Linus T... more »

Mount Rushmore of Tech

In honor of President's day I think it would be interesting to talk about who belongs on the Tech Company Mount Rushmore.  At first I thought this was going to be a pretty easy exercise but as I thought about what I meant about this it became much harder.  So here are a few ground rules:

*  Remember this is All-Time.  Not just right now.  So companies in the past are just as valid as companies now depending on their contributions
*  This is about companies.  Not individuals.  
* You can define what significance and importance any way you want but please explain

For me the first two come really easy.  The last two, not so much.  

* Microsoft
* Google
* Bell Labs
* Facebook

Just missing the list are Intel, Amazon, Apple, HP, Oracle.  If it were possible I would have put Richard Stallman or Linus Torvalds up there but like I said, this is about companies.  A quick explanation of my thinking and then on to the debate. 

As I think about the evolution of tech these are the four that come to mind.  At the highest of levels, I think of the path to be about the mutli-user client server model that Unix ushered in.  The personal computing world of Windows, the internet that Google helped organize, and the Social world we now live in dominated by Facebook.  

While I don't think any of these companies did it alone or it could be argued were the most important in bringing these eras to life, they are the ones that jump to the top of my mind, for good or bad, as I think about each of these eras.  

So which companies do you think belong on the Mount Rushmore of Technology?___

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2014-02-07 14:29:27 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

I'm a Trivia Junkie

I know way too much about things that generally don't matter to most people. 

The other day, the Lakers started a game with 8 healthy player.  During the game, 2 players got injured and one play fouled out which left the Lakers with only 5.  Then, one of their players committed his 6th foul thus also fouling out.  What would happen?

It seems that most of the players and the coach of the Lakers didn't know the rules.  I found this strange because I did.  The rules state that you can't have less than 5 players on the court at any one time and thus if a player fouls out he is allowed to stay in the game with the additional penalty of a technical foul given.  

My wife +Liz Lui often asks me seemingly random questions because she says the chances I know some bit of trivia is pretty high.  I guess this proves herright.  ... more »

I'm a Trivia Junkie

I know way too much about things that generally don't matter to most people. 

The other day, the Lakers started a game with 8 healthy player.  During the game, 2 players got injured and one play fouled out which left the Lakers with only 5.  Then, one of their players committed his 6th foul thus also fouling out.  What would happen?

It seems that most of the players and the coach of the Lakers didn't know the rules.  I found this strange because I did.  The rules state that you can't have less than 5 players on the court at any one time and thus if a player fouls out he is allowed to stay in the game with the additional penalty of a technical foul given.  

My wife +Liz Lui often asks me seemingly random questions because she says the chances I know some bit of trivia is pretty high.  I guess this proves her right.  Clearly if the people's whose job is to know basketball in and out don't know this but I do, I'm clearly spending too much time learning minutiae.  

Do you know too much trivia?  Any subject in particular?
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/07/sports/basketball/hobbled-by-injuries-and-with-bench-empty-lakers-are-saved-by-a-technicality.html?_r=0___

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2014-02-03 17:53:59 (14 comments, 1 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Attitude is Everything

The following things have occurred in the last few days

•  A particularly scary event that caused me to get a few stitches.  
•  The inability to sleep due to pain because of said event
•   A Super Bowl that was in every way very boring
•   A cancelled, early-morning flight that was announced the minute I arrived at the airport
•   No flights out on that airline today making it difficult for me to get a refund
•   A new flight that is now delayed twice and I'm guessing has a high chance of not leaving

Despite all of that, I've decided not to let any of this get me down.  In general, that's pretty much how I approach life.   The reverse is actually kind of true too.  I'm fortunate in that I get a lot of great things happening in my life but I try to keep as even a keel in my attitudeas I possibly can.  T... more »

Attitude is Everything

The following things have occurred in the last few days

•  A particularly scary event that caused me to get a few stitches.  
•  The inability to sleep due to pain because of said event
•   A Super Bowl that was in every way very boring
•   A cancelled, early-morning flight that was announced the minute I arrived at the airport
•   No flights out on that airline today making it difficult for me to get a refund
•   A new flight that is now delayed twice and I'm guessing has a high chance of not leaving

Despite all of that, I've decided not to let any of this get me down.  In general, that's pretty much how I approach life.   The reverse is actually kind of true too.  I'm fortunate in that I get a lot of great things happening in my life but I try to keep as even a keel in my attitude as I possibly can.  Taking this approach, i can honestly say that it I think my life is happier than it would otherwise be.  

I'm not saying it was easy to get here.  It is much more than just "willing" yourself here as some would have you believe.  It really is just a matter of getting enough experience in your life to have perspective. 

How is your attitude today?___

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