Stopped by SF Japantown this afternoon to purchase the following stamp, which I discovered last Monday and didn’t realize I had to buy until I described it to Aaron later that evening:
It’s a girl wielding a hatchet riding a bear wearing a shirt with my last name on it.
It’s also my new signature stamp.
As I exited the stamp store I came across a yo-yo tricks gathering. These guys (and gal) were really good! Some of them were tricking while having conversations, not really looking at what they were doing.
They were standing in front of Aube Creamery, a soft serve place I wanted to try. The verdict? It is hands down the smoothest soft serve I have ever had. Would eat again!!! … Preferably while watching live yo-yo tricks 5 feet in front of me.
After that, I wandered some more, exploring the most bestest books and stationery in the land. I eventually found myself perusing a selection of portable pencil sharpeners.
Went back to TEDxBerkeley yesterday. Picked up a few more things to chew on:
Derek Luke on… I’m not sure what. Acting? Teaching? Learning?
You must be a student before you can be a teacher. You need to understand your students’ process and what it’s like to be in their shoes.
His friend Christopher Emdin‘s talk immediately following put this into action with the concept of being RATCHETDEMIC. Why should kids have to choose between being hip hop and educated? They don’t. Understand that and let them cast their own mold.
Dean Ornish on… I don’t actually know what his talk was about either, but:
Peace and well-being are already there inside you. Meditation quiets us down so we can see it. I like this much more than the idea that we have to find peace to make it a part of us.
Sometimes in life you have to leave home to come home. Truth. Even if we are conscious in the moment of what we are, who we are, and where we are, there’s no equivalent for the perspective from afar. IMO, this is why we need to continually shake things up, keep moving, be uncomfortable. Even if you decide to return to where you came from, you’ll appreciate it in entirely new ways. (Interestingly, I felt this about Berkeley as I walked in and around campus yesterday. Living in the relative calm of the Peninsula has given me an appreciation for never-ending color, flavor, and pace of Berkeley.)
More of us love than hate. The problem is that people who hate, hate with conviction. We need to love with conviction. She gave a great example of love vs. loving with conviction: people who declared themselves to be anti-slavery vs. abolitionists. Love with conviction. Act. Move the needle.
If you’ve read this far, you’ll notice many of these talk shared left leaning ideas. My friend Alissa raised a great point at the end of the day: What would a TED conference be like outside of the Bay Area?
I’m starting to realize that more than three of you read this, so here’s something I’d like to share with you.
A couple weekends ago, I ran into a hockey friend I hadn’t seen in a while. We got talking about traffic and podcasts, and she excitedly shared with me a new podcast she’d started listening to, Revisionist History by Malcolm Gladwell. He’s the guy who wrote The Tipping Point, Outliers (which I quite enjoyed), and Blink (which I’m reading now).
I love this podcast (as much as I love Radiolab, which is saying a LOT). I’ve been telling people about it and they love it too. So if I haven’t already told you about it, consider yourself told. If you like podcasts that teach you all sorts of interesting stuff, give Revisionist History a go.
When I built my desktop ~7 years ago I set it up with two RAID 1 drives for my data.
Last week, I noticed one of those drives was dead. I have no idea how long it’s been dead.
I also kept seeing something about a SMART event. I figured it was about the dead drive.
Today, I replaced the dead drive. The SMART event? It’s about the functional remaining drive. I think it’s been trying to tell me it’s getting ready to die.
I can’t decide if this was a total RAID 1 win, because my data is all there, or a total RAID 1 owner failure for letting things get this bad. Either way, I’m pleased at how easy it was to replace the dead drive. Shut down, replace, boot up. Done.
I went to TEDxBerkeley, oh, gosh, almost 3 weeks ago now. I’m bad about writing things up here, but pretty good about taking notes. I finally went over those notes earlier this week. TED is an ideas event, and for me the ideas that stuck are the following:
Instead of trying to solve a problem, think about what kind of resource scarcity is causing the problem, and look for creative ways to make that resource abundant. I love how this turns a problem on its head and makes us think about it from a completely different angle.
America is fractured into a Republic of Dreams vs. a Republic of Fears. Immigrants come to America with Dreams. They work hard toward those Dreams. At the same time, many who are born in this Land of Opportunity are born into conditions so bad they know only Fear. I find this talk very fitting in this election year.