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Strangeness Afoot

If I talk only about work or LED projects, that is because that is all I do these days. Eventually, my life will reclaim balance, but for now I enjoy the focused mania upon my projects home and away. Work recently announced a mentor program to link more junior employees …

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Old New Mexico

It’s seven in the morning and I’m hurtling through the air in a steel can back towards San Francisco via Phoenix. I’ve been up since 3:30 in the morning (feels like 2:30 with last night’s daylight savings clock change) with little sleep, as Ray wanted to explore Albuquerque bars on …

Two Months

Rabbits, rabbits, rabbits, may March be a good month. Tomorrow is my two month anniversary at work. I’m exhilarated, exhausted, cautious, proud, despondent, and overjoyed. Work has been so much of my life January and February that work has taken over my whole life. Still, I resolved at the start …

Old Energy

Thursday night after work, I hustled to Rainbow Grocery to buy olive oil, harissa, and other weirdness. It’s been months since I last shopped at this indie, vegetarian grocer. Walking down 14th Street, it hit me, the remembrance of when I first shopped at Rainbow, when everything felt so fresh, …

Sacramento

Ruben moved long ago back to California before I did. As I was resettling in San Francisco from Boston around 2008, he had already moved to Sacramento to start teaching history, mostly American, at Sacramento State and Sacramento City College. For ten years, every few months, I’ve been driving, busing, …

Grudging Fit

Saturday night after a weekend of skiing, I find myself in an alpine cabin by Lake Tahoe with five feet a snow falling outside. Twenty coworkers cook a vegan Thai curry (my boss is a vegan) while a bunch downstairs shout drinking games over a pingpong table. I’m upstairs with …

Slow Season

Rabbits, Rabbits, Rabbits, a new month of February begins. I have been working officially for one month. I tend to check in with a new job at the one month, two month, six month, and one year time points – quite orderly, but I am a data scientist after all. …

Virtue

Adam loaned me a finance biography, John Bogle’s “Enough.” Within, Mr. Bogle charts his trajectory from scrappy Philadelphia boy to mutual fund innovator and head of the canonical index fund at his company, Vanguard. Although Bogle dispenses financial advice, such as paradoxically never buy a mutual fund because the annual …

The Sphere

This Sphere may kill me. In the fall, I decided to tackle a long-standing project of the Sphere, a 120-sided, 6-foot diameter, white fabric and LED sphere. The previous Snowflakes project taught me how to build the Sphere’s frame and cells. I had sabbatical time at home to attempt a …

Work and Work

I may not work long hours (yet), but my intellectual and psychological centers these days remain at work. I wake up, hop the long shuttle to work, work at work, get on the long shuttle from work back to home, eat dinner, and think about work. Weekends are for catching …