2nd day at the new place – have nothing – buying water down the street at Walgreens
Archive for February, 2013
Google stalking Caroline Polachek (answer: 26) from the band Chairlift (their Wikipedia page is where I learned the word synthpop) while looking for a refrigerator for our new 97 year-old house on Consumer Reports
I have tears in my eyes as I post this (listening to Imagine)
John Lennon – Imagine
You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the world will live as one
Cat Stevens – The Wind
I listen to the wind
To the wind of my soul
Where I’ll end up well I think,
Only God really knows
I’ve sat upon the setting sun
But never, never never never
I never wanted water once
No, never, never, never
They fall far below
I let my music take me where
My heart wants to go
I swam upon the devil’s lake
But never, never never never
I’ll never make the same mistake
No, never, never, never
Oh, objects above: shine a little light on me. I know not which path to take!
An accidentally artistically rendered photograph of me and Alex C warming up after running in the cold from our QS Labs team meeting at Corso in Berkeley
Chillin (throwing flaming balls of light) with (at) Odin (Cat-Father)
I'm awake! Seems like all I could do today was try to sleep. Now I'm readying myself to go out to get some work done
Walking to Lucky's to pick up some coffee creamer. Listening to moves like jagger by Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera
In a super weird and uncomfortable yoga pose after doing for 400 crunches. Listening to I've got you under my skin by Frank Sinatra. Dammit. My knee
Have you gone to traffic school in the last 18 months? This question, doled out by the Traffic department of the SF Superior Court, determines whether someone who's gotten a traffic citation can attend school – and get the violation removed from their driving record – or plead regular old guilty and deal with the negative consequences (usually, an increase in auto insurance and a superficially deep feeling of Oh, Shit). The only other option is to contest the charge, and live to appear in court another day.
Last Friday, I had the chance to visit Stanford’s d.school, the non-degree-granting, design-thinking-teaching brainchild of IDEO founder, David Kelly. Roughly 50% late for the tour, I raced into the “Prototyping Lab” and braced myself against the table below.
My initial reaction: this table is beautiful. I loved the details of lines at odd angles and swaths of pale color. It took me a little while to realize that it was “just a work table,” and the beauty I saw was the equivalent of sawdust in a carpenter’s workshop.
Does that matter? I’m not sure – never sure about this sort of thing. But I like it enough to share it, what I call the Galaxy Table.
Here’s a closer shot. The woman whose hand you see got self conscious. She moved her hand a split second after the shot. I felt smugly satisfied that I got her hand. 🙂
And the tour rolls on. I’ve calmed down a bit from speed walking through Stanford.
Check out these baller rolling whiteboard doors. I want them in my house. The paper fireplace is a nice touch. Meanwhile, wondering what all these (other) kids are doing on the tour.
Colors and feelings! This is HUGE. I’ve only recently begun to notice how much color affects my state from moment to moment. It took waking up in a bright blue sleeping bag unusually happy to notice. When I walked into the Green Room, I felt instantly energetic and at peace, an utterly pleasant feeling in a creative space like the d.school.
Notably, this shade of green was my favorite color when I was 5. It was the color of my toothbrush and my stuffed dinosaur, Diney. I miss Diney. When I paint my walls green, or bring this color into my everday life in other ways, which I must do, I will pay tribute to Diney.
Sadly, my camera’s phone did not capture the shade of green. I aimed to get a better sense in the below photo, especially next to the white. Still – nope. I’ll have to get a paint chip from this room some other time.
Finally, is the key to love: surprise? I’ve often thought this in terms of beauty. If everyone looked the same, no one would be beautiful. If there were no light, there would be no shadow, no darkness. We only notice things when they vary from what we’re used to. And when we shake that up, for better (appreciation) or worse (disgust), we take notice.
From room to room, the d.school surprised me. Ending my tour in the ladies’ restroom, I felt my heart warm at the almost tacky disco princess theme. This surprised me. And the d.school I loved. Always be willing to offend, I remind myself, to create something beautiful.
Trying to create a Spotify radio station from Neil Young’s old man on my new tablet. Having problems
Need a Woman — Bob Dylan (the only copy I could find):
I’ve had my eyes on you baby for about five long years,
You probably don’t know me at all, but I have seen your laughter and tears.
Now you don’t frighten me, my heart is jumping
And you look like it wouldn’t hurt you none to have a man who could give ya something.
Making Time — The Creation:
For people to believe in
Things you say
Gone in a day
These Days — Nico:
I’ve been out walking
I don’t do that much talking these days
These days I seem to think a lot
About the things that I forgot to do
And all the times I had the chance to
All We Have Is Now — The Flaming Lips
Drafting a message to quantified self and listening to Regina Spektor's Fidelity
Hanging with Alex and Alex looking at pictures of a rental
Walking to target to get Janet some orange juice. Listening to you don't know me by Ben Folds Five featuring Regina Spektor. Uncertain whether I'm on the wrong side of the tracks
Things that make my day(s)!! Alex's six year old daughter says I remind her of Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games because I'm (ahem) "cute and bad ass." Perhaps the best compliment of my life because it came from a six year old =)
Dinner date at Calafia. I had the Vegan Love Fest (not an actual photo of my food) 'not so small plate.' Polenta, brussels sprouts, leeks, green lentils, and dinosaur kale. First time I've ordered polenta! I will never be compelled to do it again!
Top Chef Season 10 and looking for platform heels on eBay
Microwaving a giant Pyrex container of green beans and spinach. Eating a square of dark chocolate to tide me over.
Hanging with Jose Gomez-Marquez and Ramesh Raskar – from MIT's Little Devices and Media Labs, respectively, in town for FutureMed – at BioCurious!
Thanks to Matt Harbowy for taking the photo!