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

Monthly recap (April 2019)

Driving through a wall of fog on an weekend trip to Half Moon Bay (the temperature dropped ten degrees on the other side!)

Major updates:

  • Couple of hikes with Shivi and Tara, including one over-ambitious one
  • Tara had her first surgical operation 😦 … an endoscopy … and it turns out she has to be on a gluten-free diet, forever.

Minor updates:

  • Misadventures with filing taxes, due to some TurboTax “feature” that led to me printing out and Fedex-ing out my returns on literally the last day
  • Bunch of weekend meetups with a bunch of people, some of them after a long time.

Watched/read:

  • Umbrella academy” on Netflix
  • Gully boy” on Netflix
  • Two shows by Gad Elmaleh (Huge in France and his standup)
  • Vice” (bought the movie on Amazon)
  • Finished listening to “Sapiens
  • Finished reading “Deep Work

Monthly recap (March 2019)

Spring blossom, looking a lot like snow!
Spring blossom, looking a lot like snow!


Major updates:

  • Winter => Spring, finally
  • Great mini-weekend trip to Asilomar/Pacific Grove

Minor updates:

  • Red-tape-y stuff around passport renewal/visas
  • Some attempts at improving personal organization
  • A week with Tara while Shivi was out
  • Got started on the next annual puzzle 😐
  • Various birthdays/play dates …

Watched/Read:

  • Didn’t really read much at all 😦
  • Season 1 of The Romanoffs on Netflix (favorites: episode 3, 1, 8, in that order)
  • Re-watched bits of The Prestige (do this from time to time :/)
  • Season 1 of After Life on Netflix
  • Depressing documentary that made me more pessimistic about humanity: Behind the Curveon Netflix