Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

If You Had to Pick Nine Books...

"If you had to fill a box with nine books that everyone ought to have, what would they be? What if you had to pick just one work of literature?"
How has the internet changed your personal life? This article made me think much about the impact internet access has on the way we communicate with one another -- as individuals and as communities. As much as I think it's really wonderful that we can keep in touch and keep ourselves occupied through/with blogs like this one, email and chat, and various other online tools/resources, I think there are also important things we've lost along the way. Does that make me old fashioned? Maybe...

Monday, October 29, 2007

"There are lots of ways of being miserable, but there's only one way of being comfortable, and that is to stop running round after happiness. If you make up your mind not to be happy there's no reason why you shouldn't have a fairly good time."
- Edith Wharton

"Our happiness is proportional to our ability to tolerate imperfection."
(paraphrase from memory)
- Susan Thesenga

"There is no way to happiness - happiness is the way"
- Thich Nhat Hahn

Discuss.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Every once in a while I am reminded how important it is to count your blessings. It is too easy sometimes to dwell on what is negative in your life and not be thankful for all the things you have. Good health, food, a warm and safe home, a family and friends who love you... all these are things some of us forget are not guaranteed in the daily life of everyone.

Today I thought I'd suggest that you -- if you'd like -- make a list of all the things in your life you're thankful for -- everything and everyone that you love and appreciate. And, think of someone in particular who you'd really like to thank for something -- and thank them.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Yesterday, as I was browsing the internet, I came across a link on the Franklin Covey website (you may know Steven Covey, who's famous for that book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People) that helps you build a Mission Statement. I decided to go ahead with the process and, though it wasn't *exactly* what I was looking for, it got me thinking about what my values are, what and who's important to me, how I want to be viewed by others, and what I really want to be doing with my life. Overall, it was a rewarding experience and it led me to look for other tools on the web that might be helpful in the same vein. Most of the links below are related to helping one find a suitable career path, but I think even if you know what your career path is and are on it, creating a mission statement could be helpful in clarifying in your mind *why* you do the work you do and could help to renew your enthusiasm for it.

Here are a few other resources:

Are You Living On Purpose?

Personal Mission Statement

Mission Statement Exercise

Best wishes!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

I just found a fortune from a fortune cookie. It says,

"Sell your ideas -- they are totally acceptable."
Controversy of the day...

"If you develop an ear for sounds that are musical it is like developing an ego. You begin to refuse sounds that are not musical and that way cut yourself off from a good deal of experience." - John Cage

Discuss.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Some words I hate:

human capital
data hygiene
vendor

Some words I love:

Fahrt (ein fahrt, bitte)
joie
Thelonious
vieni
gl├╝cklich
ikke

How 'bout you?
1. What is your middle name?

2. What is your quest?

3. What is your favorite cereal?

4. What is the square root of 9801?

5. Which would you rather have? A pet monkey? or a pet squirrel?

Monday, October 22, 2007

PS - GO SOX!!!



Did you see the game? Are you a baseball fan?
Getting To Know You

1. When's the last time you took a leisurely, recreational walk around the neighborhood where you live?

2. When's the last time you took a relaxing bath?

3. When's the last time you made rice crispy treats or cookies or some sort of treat just for fun?

4. When did you last spend time looking at the stars (either through a telescope or not)?

5. When's the last time you sat somewhere and watched the sun set or rise?

6. When is the last time you went on a hike in the woods?

7. When's the last time you went to the beach (or to some body of water)?

8. When's the last time you played with a child - blocks or legos or something?

9. When's the last time you actively played with a cat or dog -- like fetch or chase the string or something?

10. When is the last time you hugged somebody?

11. What refreshes you -- restores your energy -- helps you get rid of stress?

(me - 1. several weeks ago -- but it wasn't really technically my neighborhood...; 2. Friday; 3. sometime in April, I think; 4. in mid-August near Point Reyes, CA; 5. not sure; 6. in mid-August somewhere in CA; 7. October 6th in San Francisco; 8. in September in Madison, WI (Daniel!); 9. in September in Chicago, IL (Mochi!); 10. yesterday; 11. running)

Saturday, October 20, 2007

I love San Francisco. It's awesome. Settled by the Spanish in 1776, it was named for St. Francis of Assisi, the Patron Saint of animals, birds, and the environment. He might be most widely remembered for his famous prayer:

Lord, make me a channel of your peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
and where there is darkness, light.

O, Divine Maker,
Help me seek not so much to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved, as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in death that we are born into eternal life.

I'll have to post some pictures of the pretty city soon!!

Friday, October 19, 2007

Can Money Buy Happiness?

Growing up I was always aware that my family had less money than other families in our area, but I was also led to believe that I had important things most of those other families didn't have -- music, culture, an appreciation for education and travel, etc. In my grown-up life I have come to appreciate that money *can* by happiness if it means the difference between having my basic needs met or not, but I believe that I can be happy with much less than many other people I know, because I don't put much value on stuff. There is a certain level of comfort that really, truly does make me feel more content. Worrying about whether or not I can pay the rent is *very* stressful and has *definitely* impacted the quality of my life at times. Since living in Palo Alto, I have become uncomfortably conscious of how poor I am -- of all the things I really can't afford that most of the others who live here can. It's hard not to notice just how beat-up and old my car is, my laptop, my clothing... how much nicer I would look if I could afford to spend some money attending to my appearance. Gosh - a new wardrobe, a smart hair cut and dye, a spray tan, liposuction, a facial, a manicure, waxing, a make-over - I'd be a new woman!! And frankly, it makes me *angry* that I've come to value any of those things or think they are in any way important. I *do* need to have my basic needs met. I *need* to be able to pay my bills on time and feed and clothe myself adequately. But, the things I value that I think make me happy are: good health, friendship and laughter, a strong connection with my family, and feeling a sense of purpose -- like I'm doing something in the world that makes a difference - that matters - (or at least is useful). It's easy to forget those things sometimes, but when I do think about it, I feel more clear about where I need to concentrate my energy.

What do you think? Can money buy happiness? What makes you happy?

Thursday, October 18, 2007

**PS: Nice to hear from you after all these years, Bill! I was suspicious that that last message was from you, since there weren't *too* many other people it could have been. Thanks for reading my blog! :-)**
Controversy Thursday!

Whatever happened to willpower?

Reading this article this morning made me think - not just about how fast food and a mostly sedentary lifestyle makes people fat - but also about how *because* we live in an impatient society full of people who can't wait for anything and who can't tolerate anything that's the least bit inconvenient, we have to fight to keep ourselves healthy - we have to fight extra hard against the powers of inertia - of laziness.

Since Ian broke his ankle on Sunday I have started thinking lots about how lucky I am to have two functioning legs to walk on -- and how grateful I am that I have the ability to live an active life. Walking on crutches for any sort of distance looks to be a major pain and I'm sure Ian would immediately attest to that. The other day when we went to choir rehearsal on campus at Stanford, we *really* could have used a wheelchair. The trip on crutches, which otherwise would have seemed fairly short, left Ian intensely sore under his arms, with bruises and very painful-looking chaffing scars.

So, here are my questions for you -- and I've made today a controversy day so that you can say things that aren't polite if you'd like - and to excuse myself for saying un-p.c. things :-) :

1. What do you think are the primary causes of obesity in this country?

2. If you had to give advice to the nation as a whole about how to live a healthy lifestyle, what would your major points be?

3. Does it bother you when you see other people doing things that you think are unhealthy?

4. What comes to mind when you see obese people riding around in motorized wheelchairs?

5. What things (related to your health) are you most grateful for?

6. In what ways do you find you are lazy about taking care of your health?

7. What things about our modern world do you have to fight against to stay healthy?

(me - 1. the fact that unhealthy food (fast food and prepackaged food) is much cheaper than healthy food - plus the fact that most of our jobs are not walking distance from where we live; 2. walk everywhere you can and limit or eliminate your consumption of meat, alcohol, and sugar - eat more fruits and vegetables - don't drink anything but water; 3. most of the time; 4. i feel really sorry for the person and wonder what has brought them to this point in their lives - wonder if there is some illness involved or what; 5. the wholeness of my physical body, the fact that i have no really bad habits - i'm not addicted to drugs or alcohol - i like to walk and do other exercise, etc.; 6. i am prone to laziness generally, which is just bad generally in all ways. plus, i have a sweet tooth.; 7. cars, fast and pre-packaged food, etc...)

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

**Hmm... maybe you shouldn't answer this quiz... not that you were going to. I'm not collecting data or anything. I just couldn't think of any better questions.**

Getting to Know Some Very Trivial Things About You

1. What color is your hair?

2. Is your current color natural or dyed? Have you ever dyed your hair?

3. How are you wearing your hair right now?

4. What color are your eyes?

5. Are you wearing glasses?

6. What kind of shoes do you have on?

7. Are your toenails painted?

8. Do you have any piercings on your body?

9. Do you have any tattoos?

10. Do you have any interesting scars?

11. Are you wearing any jewelry?

12. What is the last beverage you drank?

(me - 1. brown; 2. natural(i think), yes - many, many times; 3. down, curly, back in a barrette; 4. blue; 5. no - contacts; 6. gold flats that look like ballet slippers; 7. yep; 8. yep - one hole in each of my earlobes; 9. nope; 10. i don't know about interesting, but i have a scar below the first knuckle on my right hand and one in the middle of the bottom of my left foot - both from glass cuts; 11. yep - 3 rings on my fingers, a watch, earrings; 12. water)

Monday, October 15, 2007

Hey, blog readers! Good news!! Ian has officially released FiDough! Yay, Ian!

Click on the link below to try it out:

FiDough

(The bad news is that he severely sprained his ankle yesterday and he's in lots of pain :-(. We were in the emergency room for a long time yesterday afternoon and evening, singing songs to pass the time, since we didn't think to bring books with us when we went to play frisbee in the Stanford oval. His ankle looked like it had grown a grapefruit on it and it seemed pretty likely that he broke it (especially since he heard two pops when he landed on it), but there were no obvious fractures on the x-ray, so they just but a brace on it and sent him home with some crutches. Ouch!!)
Well, Jake, it looks like you're the winner!! :-) For #2 I was actually looking for the term, frost wedging. And, #4 is an Intel Pentium Processor. #6 is C, but I was just looking for "computer programming language" really. CONGRATULATIONS!!

Friday, October 12, 2007

It's Quiz Friday!

1. What kind of tree is this?

2. What geological process caused these rocks to end up like this?

3. What kind of stone is this?

4. What's this?

5. What's this?

6. What's this?

7. What sort of language is this?

8. What kind of tree is this?

9. What's this? What's it for?

10. What is this person (err.. drawing of a person) doing?


(The winner still gets a prize -- I swear!! I promise I will get back with the program on this... I haven't used the post office yet since I've been out here... but I will! I promise!)

Thursday, October 11, 2007

In the last week and a half, Ian, the master planner, arranged for us to try out three different choirs at our local prestigious university. All choirs there but one are open to community members, which right away shows how different things are here than on the east coast. The experience of singing with and comparing choirs was interesting, though somewhat disappointing in ways, but overall pretty fun. There were great differences in the size of the choirs, their direction and the rehearsal process, the repertoire we sang, and the character of and general attitude of its members. We settled on the last choir we tried out, which was of the best quality, medium-sized, and the most fun. It is the group with the most student members, most who seemed to have good voices and pleasant attitudes. We were both quite surprised, however, in the difference in attitude of these students from what we were used to back east. Ian, I think noticed a particularly big difference, having come from a singing group at his ivy league alma mater which had a *very* serious attitude. At one point in our rehearsal last night the outgoing President of the choir was trying to recruit new officers for the year and *finally* managed to fill two of the positions after *much* pleading. Ian remarked that in his former choir people actually *campaigned* for those offices. I am also definitely used to being in choirs where people are serious about singing -- and where there is usually much enthusiasm for socializing.

This whole experience has mostly, however, got me to thinking about what it is that makes a good choir. It's obviously subjective, but what is it that *I* like to hear? I find it's very difficult to judge how good an ensemble is while singing *in* it. But there are three choirs I have had the opportunity to listen to from the audience (or congregation) that I really enjoyed and in retrospect I would say there is actually a common element in what I liked about them. Two are choirs I have sung with -- one, a church choir where I was a paid soloist and the other, a choir I sang with while in grad school in WI. The third is the choir Ian last sang with. I'm sure none of these choirs are good all of the time (in fact, the church choir varied greatly from week to week in its membership and went routinely from sounding awful to wonderful depending on who showed up and what we were singing). And, I'm sure much of the reason the performances I heard sounded good is because they were in flattering performance spaces. But, I also have no doubt that all of these directors were going for a particular kind of sound and frankly, now that I realize what that sound is, I am surprised at myself for liking it, precisely *because* of my training as a classical singer. That sound -- the sound I like -- is a very pure, light sound of mostly straight-tone singing -- not super straight tone, countertenor, hootiness, but a light, pretty tone without much vibrato in it. In fact, I remember in one rehearsal I listened to, noting that I could hear one particular female singer -- noting that her vibrato and her voice stood out and didn't blend with the group -- and that other than her, the group sounded good. I'm surprised at myself because as a classically trained singer I have learned to love the voice in its fullness -- and that I do -- as a *solo* voice. And, I have learned to dislike singing in a way that is constrained - that doesn't allow me the freedom to sing using my whole instrument, particularly when it means restricting my vibrato, which is fatiguing to the voice, as it requires going against my training -- against the joy of singing freely. But then *why *do I love mostly light, straight singing in choral music? Because I *love* to hear beautifully in-tune chords!! And... I don't know... I just do.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Getting to Know You

1. Do you own a record player? If so, about how many LPs do you own? If not, have you ever owned one?

2. Do you own a tape player? Do you own any cassette tapes?

3. If you have a car, what kind of music system do you have in it?

4. Do you listen to the radio?

5. Is there any music playing where you are right now? If so, what? If not, what would you like to hear (if you had your druthers)?

(me - 1. i think there is a record player with my name on it in my dad's house somewhere... and probably a bunch of LPs... some joni mitchell, michael jackson's thriller, genesis-genesis, men at work...; 2. yes. yes, some books on tape.; 3. a crappy tape player, but i have an adapter so i can play CDs from my CD walkman.; 4. i like to listen to NPR when i have the opportunity. occasionally i surf through the stations for a good song and sometimes i listen to the opera.; 5. no. :-( a brahms symphony would be nice.)

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

I often make the mistake when looking into the mirror of making excuses for what I see - or of fixating my thoughts on what I will look like someday after I have done a lot of vigorous exercise. I've been in shape before. I just don't seem to be able to stay in shape for any length of time. It might have something to do with my love of chocolate, pastries, and chocolate pastries. Or, perhaps it’s just due to lack of exercise. So, maybe instead of doing positive affirmations in front of the mirror where I try to love my body just as it is and spend time accepting myself and all of my imperfections, I should look in the mirror and say, "My butt is enormous. Holy crap. My butt is *huge*. How did my butt get *so* big?" (Uh... err... I guess that *is* what I say...) If only I could just even out the fat in my body so that it was more proportionately distributed! I know exercise would do me good, but I have a lot of trouble staying disciplined about it. In fact, discipline is *hard* for me. *Really* hard.

But, what good would it do me to, say, write 100 times on the blackboard, "I will not allow myself to slide into a den of sloth."? Or, sit at my desk with my head down thinking about what a bad person I am for not keeping good track of my finances? Or, make myself do 100 push-ups in a public place with a giant sign next to me that reads, "I am atoning for my sins. If you'd like to help, please sit on me."? Or, do 50 laps around my work building with a sign on my back that says, "Kick me - please!"? Discipline does not come naturally to me. I am prone to let inertia take over. I am predisposed to bouts of impulsivity.

Discipline is what makes you decide to ride your bike instead of drive your car. It is what makes you get up early to go for a run instead of sleeping in. It is what makes you decide you really can't spend money today, no matter how good that avocado sandwich looks. It is what makes you decide you need to wait and buy that book at the used bookstore -- or better yet, get it out of the library. Discipline helps you to hold your tongue - to think of the consequences of what you're saying. Discipline is what gets you to pay the bills, make that doctor's appointment, do your chores, change your oil, spend less time surfing the internet at work... Discipline is what gets you to be better at keeping in touch with your family and friends.

What does discipline mean to you?
Hi friends! I just want to let you know how much I enjoy reading all of your answers to my silly questions. It's so much fun!! Thanks!

Monday, October 08, 2007

Getting to Know You

1. What kind of computer are you using right now?
2. How many computers do you own? What kind are they?
3. Which do you prefer? Mac or PC?
4. What was the first computer you ever had?
5. When's the last time you played a video game? What was it?
6. What video game(s) do you remember liking as a kid (if any)?
7. Do you know any computer programming languages?
8a. Do you prefer Finale or Sibelius? (if applicable)
8b. If not, do you write snail mail letters?
9. Do you have a digital camera?
10. Do you have an iPod?

(me - 1.a Mac G3 Laptop; 2. just this one; 3.i like macs better because they have built-in speakers. i like PCs better because it's easier to hide and retrieve programs. i'm more used to using macs since that's mostly what i have owned, even though i have years of experience using PCs for work. oh, the other thing i like better about macs is that it's easier to type up program notes- song lyrics in other languages - because the shortcut keys are really easy to find/use.; 4. Atari 800 (It was my brother's)... Hmmm.. but now I'm confused - was that the video game system or the computer? Didn't we have an Apple Computer??; 5. I haven't played a proper video game in a while, but had fun playing "double wires" on the computer today; 6. ms.pacman, millipede, frogger, donkey kong, miner 2049er; 7. "know" is a strong word. i am familiar with html, css, javascript, and python.; 8. i've used both and don't have a preference at this point, so i'll answer the next question, too. yes; 9. no - i don't own one, but i'm borrowing my mom's.; 10. no)

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Yesterday I went to Golden Gate Park with my awesome new friend, Emily. There is so much to explore there and we really only scratched the surface, so I can't wait to go back sometime and see more!

Here are some photos from the east side of the park:

(there was a path that went around a pond (where there were lots of ducks and some turtles sitting on logs) and then up a hill. there was a waterfall on the hill. there were some nice views from the top of the hill)

(waterfall)

(turtle on log)

(pond where you can rent boats)

(view from top of hill)


Here are a few photos from the beach on the west side:

(the beach is on the far side of the park)


(you see the windmill when you look inland from the ocean)

(someone had built some really neat sand sculptures on the beach. this is just one of them. i do believe this is an alligator.)

(this is a jellyfish we ran across while walking on the beach.)

Friday, October 05, 2007

When I read *The Omnivore's Dilemma* by Michael Pollan, one thing that really struck me was the image of cows at factory farms chained to poles, standing in their own feces, which as I understand it (if I am remembering correctly) is how they spend several months of their lives before slaughter. I have not really been able to get that image out of my mind. If I recoil in disgust when I see someone eat beef (especially from a fast food chain, since you can be sure that's factory-farmed beef), it's only because I have a hard time getting that image out of my mind. Luckily, researchers are working on the problem of decontaminating beef carcasses, which should give beef eaters some sense of relief. Check out this abstract entitled Comparison of methods for contamination removal from beef carcass surfaces. You see the *problem* is not just that it's really disgusting to eat something that is or was covered in crap, but rather that beef can harbor the deadly germ e. coli, which is a major cause of serious food poisoning. Unfortunately, at the present time there is actually no way to prevent fecal contamination during slaughter. Ewwww!!

Thursday, October 04, 2007

THIS is rather interesting!
Wow - I guess you never know what posts are going to interest people and which are going to spark a heated debate. That was *quite* a heated debate, I must say. Whew! I would have thought the post *before* the music education/performance post (which pointed to an article about the differences between women and men) would have ignited something, but perhaps it didn't because I didn't do a very good job setting it up. Or, maybe it's not as interesting as I thought it was.

Anyway, this morning about a half-hour or so before my alarm went off I noticed that one of my legs was completely asleep. I don't know how that happened. And then probably exactly one minute before it went off, I thought to myself "My alarm is going to go off in one minute". That is really strange. It's happened to me before, but still, it's pretty weird.

I am always in search of new funny things, because laughter is essential in my life. Here are a few things I think are funny: (I may add to this list...)

The Humans Are Dead
Basic Instructions
Mispelled Menus
Superbad
Marty Kulp & Bobbi Mohan-Kulp
Bill Bryson


What do *you* think is funny?

**Oh - PS - Does anyone know what causes foot cramps? I keep getting them.**

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Neat!.
HELLO!! I'M TRYING TO GET TO KNOW YOU HERE!! :-)

1. How are you today?

2. Did you get a good night's sleep last night?

3. Do you remember any of your dreams? Care to share?

4. Did you eat breakfast this morning? If so, what did you eat?

5. Do you read the news on a daily basis? If so, where do you get your news?

6. Do you have any favorite websites you like to visit regularly?

7. What book(s) are you reading currently?

8. Do you subscribe to any magazines?

9. Have you had lunch yet? If you did, what did you eat? If not, what do you think you will eat?

10. Do you like learning about music history? If you feel like it, tell me some random tidbit you think is interesting about music history. If you don't feel like it, no sweat.

(me - 1.not bad; 2.yeah, pretty much; 3.i don't remember anything, although i think i was having some conversations that i thought were real. hopefully i wasn't talking in my sleep.; 4.yeah. yoghurt.; 5.i don't read the news with any particular regularity. i get my news from tidbits of the ny times, bbc, sfgate, and also places like yahoo and reddit.; 6.most are listed as links on my blog.; 7.*i'm a stranger here myself* by bill bryson; 8.yes - classical singer; 9.nope. maybe an avocado sandwich from le boulanger.; 10.yes! well, i've always been particularly interested in domestic music making or music making done in informal, social settings, so i find it very interesting to think about renaissance madrigal groups, hausmusik of the nineteenth century, or salon concerts given in the past or even today. we sometimes take recorded music and instant entertainment for granted and forget about the days when folks *had* to make music themselves in order to have any music at all. making music for fun is the best! so here's my tidbit... i suppose one of the first mediums for automating music was the player piano, which was invented in 1863 by Henri Fourneaux. The player piano "plays itself" using a piano roll. rolls in modern player pianos are activated by computer software, but in the old days they were often powered by a vacuum.)

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Josh has a very interesting post today about Music Education vs. Performance. Reading it made me think about our days back at Eastman. When we were in school, many of our fellow performance majors acted as though we were somehow superior to the education majors because of our musical gifts. ("Oh, you're an *education* major?" said in a snooty tone.) This stigma, I think, deterred many of us from learning more about teaching, which all of us have inevitably had to do in the long run. What silliness!! Why didn't I take some education classes? Why didn't I get certified to teach while I was at Eastman? It would be nice to at least have the *option* to teach public school music. Well, the truth is, I actually did approach the director of the Education department at Eastman shortly after graduation about getting certified and she was pretty nasty to me. In her eyes, being an education major was a life choice from the beginning. She didn't want performance majors getting certified just because of their financial anxiety. (Ithaca College has a similar policy.) You either go through the whole program or you don't. You don't just "get certified". As a result, graduates of the Eastman School of Music education program are highly sought after for teaching positions all over the country. *Sigh*
I started reading a book by Bill Bryson the other day, which I found very amusing until I realized about 100 pages in that every chapter is really a short news column which adheres to the same basic formula (as a catchy news column should), but which gets tiresome after a while. I definitely plan to finish the book, but I need a little break from his predictable catchy endings.

This morning I remembered that I used to really like reading Dave Barry's column, so I googled and found a link to his columns and his blog. The first column I read (and the only one I've read so far, as I should really start working...) was about a man doing a ridiculously crazy and stupid stunt, which reminded me of an article Ian pointed out to me yesterday that possibly explains why men do such stupid things sometimes. It's quite interesting actually. I'd love to hear your thoughts if you're interested in commenting on it.

**note: although this article is very thought provoking and has some definite truth to it, it bothers me for a number of reasons. i suppose as animals, our main purpose in life *is* in fact to reproduce - to replace ourselves before we die. i, however, have never viewed my life this way. perhaps i have been deluding myself. i have never considered before that the reason i'm not more successful in my field is because i'm not ambitious enough - that i'm not motivated enough to succeed because i essentially don't *need* to be successful in a career in order to reproduce (which is what i think the article suggests). as a woman, if my main goal is to reproduce and the best way for me to do that is to "play it safe", why on earth did i go to graduate school? why have i moved nine times in the last five years? what is with all this "risky" behavior on my part? am i confused? do i think i'm a man? i think the issues are much more complex than they are laid out in this article, though i understand that the article/his argument is successful in part because of its simplicity.**

Have you read any interesting articles lately you'd like to share?

Monday, October 01, 2007

Yesterday I took a little walk over to a place near my house called the bay lands. There's a bike path there.



On one side you can see mountains and a golf course:



On the other side you can see the houses of East Palo Alto (my neighborhood):


One of the things I really love about this area is that there are wild roses growing everywhere...