8 January 2014

When I was in high school I participated in a summer jazz camp program. Yes, I went to band camp. Laugh if you want to, but know that I’m writing this prelude to calm myself down. Because I almost died tonight. (more…)

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26 February 2013

Over the last year I’ve been trying to adopt the philosophy that emotions don’t belong on the roadway. This started when I first got back on a bike after my collision last January. I was hyper-aware of other drivers at first, and developed a sort of mantra to keep my own priorities straight: “not your problem, not your fault”. In other words: I am neither to blame for, nor am I in control of, other drivers’ actions.

Then a few months ago I made a snarky comment to a driver on a motorcycle–something about stop lines–and he turned around and caught up with me. Turned out he was a cop, and he calmly and effectively explained the situation. I apologized and we went our separate ways. One thing he said to me sticks out in my mind: “If that’s the way you think, you’re part of the problem and not part of the solution”.

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7 February 2013

I realize I never really blogged about part 1, but it’s up here.

Over the past few weeks I’ve been working on something fun. About a year ago I built up my first gaming computer since high school, and my first computer with high-quality components that I put together myself. As part of this system I purchased Razer peripherals: the TRON-branded mouse and keyboard. The case I ended up buying was the NZXT Phantom, in black and green. It turns out there’s a better-looking version of this case now, but that’s ok.

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