New Chapters

Today, my apartment in Seattle was packed up and sent into storage. In a few weeks, I’ll be in Buenos Aires, enjoying a South American summer.  And then this spring, I’ll settle – at least for a couple years – in New York City. — In college, I went skydiving.  I remember being excited about leaping out into the sky… and not afraid at all.  But standing at the open exit of the plane 15,000 feet up, I had a moment of terror, thinking: “OK – maybe this is a really, REALLY stupid idea.” Of course, I jumped.  With skydiving, …

Sounders Game

Yesterday, I went to my second Sounders game.  I grew up on baseball and tennis – and have been pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoy soccer games. My one real complaint is that both games I went to ended in ties.  I found out the rationale behind why they don’t just force a shoot-off (to reward defensive playing), but… it still seems weird to have a sport where there isn’t a winner.  🙂

Could You Resist “The Marshmallow”?

I am a “wee” bit behind on my stack of New Yorkers.  However, on the plane this past weekend, I finally had a chance to read a few. Jonah Lehrer’s article,  “Don’t! The secret of self-control,” about Stanford Prof. Walter Mischel’s Marshmallow Experiment was really interesting. In a nutshell, Mischel told a bunch of unsuspecting 4 year: You can eat ONE marshmallow now.  Or, if you sit here quietly while I leave the room for a bit, you can eat TWO when I get back. Turns out, kids only lasted on average 3 minutes before they gave in and ate …

Memorial Day

I don’t know about you… but I will admit to often forgetting the importance of Memorial Day.  It’s not just another 3 day weekend – especially given the current state of the world. While in Miami this past weekend, I stumbled on an incredibly poignant memorial.  Along Ocean Drive in South Beach, thousands of paper tombstones commemorated those who have fallen in Iraq and Afghanistan (4,985 to date).  Each tombstone had the handwritten name and age of a fallen veteran.   Each tombstone was written by a different person. The simple symbolism, especially with the juxtaposition of South Beach during “Urban …

Napa for the Weekend

I was in wine country last weekend… Nothing beats wine + sun (unless it’s wine + sun + cheese).                        

Obama’s White House, on Flickr

During the campaign, Obama created his own Flickr account.  The photos during election night were amazing – and very personal.       Obama now has a new Flickr account: The Official White House Photostream.  The first set – Delivering on Change – was just posted.  Here are a few of my favorites.   superbowl briefing on swine flu Michelle Obama with Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, wife of french president   a day in the office

Scary Diagrams

Just saw this on the NPR Planet Money blog. It depicts the inter-connectedness of credit default swaps.  Kinda reminds you of a really complicated “who hooked up with who” diagram… 

What’s In An Inauguration Speech?

Robbie just blogged about this, and I thought it was super cool. ReadWriteWeb created Word Clouds showing the word frequency of recent inaugural speeches.  It’s a good insight into these presidents… and the mindset of the country at the time. President Obama (2009) President Bush (2005) President Clinton (1997) President Reagan (1981)