Monthly recap (July 2019)

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Flowers that Tara picked, kept in a bowl

Major updates:
– Laguna Beach vacation
– Accepted an offer from Confluent, Joined on the 22nd!
– Surprise birthday party for me (again) by Shivi
– A friend’s mother passed away, attended the funeral

Minor updates:
Dolphin watching (no whales though)
– Watched 4th of July fireworks
• Women’s Soccer World Cup final (happened to be playing in our hotel room)
– Tara moved to the last preschool class
– Took a bunch of haikus I’d written earlier and put them into a book
– Has to deal with a tedious CP-2000 from IRS
– Added Caltrain to my commute (technically, my first public transportation commute in a decade!)
– One birthday party every weekend …

Watched/read/made:
– Finished Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
– Watched Stranger Things season 3 on Netflix
– Watched the new Lion King with Tara
– Watched a musical Beat Bugs at the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre

Interesting links: July 2019

thunderstorm, from space
Thunderstorm, seen from the Space Station

(a very short list, not a lot this month, I was too busy !)

Monthly recap (June 2019)

Iao Valley, Maui

Major updates:

  • Trip to Maui (again) … this time featuring (1) hiking, and (2) close encounters with sea turtles
  • Two movies with Tara: Secret Life of Pets 2, and Toy Story 4
  • One of our friend’s mom passed away after a long battle with cancer 😦

Minor updates:

  • Car battery failed, in the middle of a busy week, led to a lot of Lyft trips (!)
  • Trying my hand at putting some Marigold and Moonflower seeds in a pot and seeing where that goes …

Watched/read/made:

  • Finished reading Seveneves (amazing, deserves its own post!)

Interesting links: June 2019

Tracing eye-movements across a painting
Tracing eye-movements across a painting

Monthly recap (May 2019)

Cut-and-pasted paper square “quilt”
Cut-and-pasted paper square “quilt”

Major updates:

  • Some backyard spruce-up: bird feeders, and my first gardening experience, a pot of badly-planted yet hardy Marigold
  • New fun activity with Tara: “quilting on paper” (more on that later)

Minor updates:

  • Rose Market opened up nearby, so more kebabs, meat 😋
  • Trying to start a protein shake morning habit, without success yet
  • First steps on my new puzzle …
  • Visited the Mountain View A la Carte and Art and Seven Seas Park, Met up with Tara’s friends there …
  • Spent a day at the Children’s Discovery Museum
  • Hike to the Stanford Dish

Watched/read:

  • Started watching “Killing Eve” on Netflix
  • Finished listening to “The ascent of money” and started listening to “Homo Deus” on Audible

Interesting links: May 2019

Artist's rendition of prehistoric fungi http://www-news.uchicago.edu/releases/07/070423.fungus.shtml
Artist’s rendition of prehistoric fungi

Interesting links: April 2019

The lost city of Thonis, in the Bay of Aboukir