January 2004 Archives

doodling

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Transcription by Anonymous:
Someone dosed my donut!

doughnut birthday cake

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It's Ezra's (one of the engineers here) birthday. Mena brought in Krispie Kream doughnuts for the occasion. We had one candle to proudly set on Ezra's doughnut, but no one smokes here and we don't have any lighters. So we glued on a yellow paper cut to look like a flame. Now we have sugar highs...

modern community

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As you know, I met a cool group of friends through Burning Man. We live together at Burning Man, call ourselves Campalicious, and hang out throughout the year. It's not just our house here in Potrero Hill, but in the neighborhood are several other campalicious members living too. Our group is close to what folks have coined modern day "tribes" where we support each other, have fun together, and actively create community. I feel particularly lucky to know these people because of the age we are in. We're not just a bunch of youngsters out to party. I mean, we do love having fun together, but as we grow older, we're also sharing relationships, marriages, and now, the birth of children. I think we're all slowly transitioning, and we're doing it together.

Karina just had a beautiful baby girl, Jet. She currently lives in NY, but was here visiting and a bunch of campalicious folk gathered at this Potrero house to say hi and see the new bundle of joy. The pics of her and Jet are quite dark, but it makes for a more intimate setting, no?

Then what was kinda cool (for Dav and I at least...it must have just seemed geeky for others) was that my parents hooked up on the ISight when everyone was there. So we brought the laptop around, turned the lights on and introduced my parents to everyone. It was rather funny to see Dav holding the laptop facing everyone while my parents peeked out from the screen saying, "hi...oooo, is that the baby? how cute!"

lots to learn

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For a few days earlier this week, my Nokia phone all of a sudden stopped sending emails. So I couldn't upload to Kokochi. It turns out that T-Mobile decided to no longer support the Nokia mailbox that I was using. I don't know why they suddenly changed, but I sure was confused by all the inconvenience. So over dinner, I had Dav explain email systems to me. POP and SMTP, that sorta stuff.

at Van Kleef in Oakland

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house dinner

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There are 5 of us living together. And 2 cats. It works well since there are 5 bedrooms, 2 living rooms, 2 kitchens and great views. We're all busy but got together to have dinner at home. And the guys cooked! It was awesome. Dav made yummy okonomiyaki and I made a pear tart.

at Baobob

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In the Mission...Reggae tonight...my fav.

This makes sense

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Another experience where technology blows my mind, rearranges the way I see this world, and makes a whole lot of sense. Yes, technology can be strange, scary and worrisome. It has powerful potential and who knows where it may lead us. It certainly intimidated me, and the more I felt I didn't know, the more I felt left behind and on the outside of some special cirlce. Yet lately, meaning these past 2 years or so, the internet has meant a lot to me. Like heart-felt, "geez, this is important to my life," meaning.

And tonight, for the first time, my dad conacted Dav and I through our macs to use iSight.


I got to talk to him as if we were sitting across the table. No worries about the phone bill. In fact, twice he got up: once to answer the phone, once to answer the door. It was refreshing to have the luxury to discuss whatever came to our minds instead of focusing on the urgent issues at hand. My mom wasn't home so we're all gonna try and hook up tomorrow.

I don't feel so far away from my parents now.

thoughts to share

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First thought:

I think I'm still adjusting to a work schedule. The weekend zoomed by; I felt like I barely had time to do laundry (which is an activity I actually like although I'm too embarrassed to call it a hobby). And tonight I'm pretty exhausted. Dav just left to see some music at Bruno's with friends. I didn't feel up to it and knew I'd be looking for a comfy booth to rest in rather than dance around. So I opted to stay home. And then I realized this may be one of the first times we aren't going out together because one of us decided to stay home. We're certainly not glued by the hip, but we like similar things and I like being together. When we had our long distance relationship, during our international visits to one another, I wouldn't let a fever or heavy jet-lag take even a minute of our time. But now we live together. And this moment, where I'm here at home and he's out and about, is natural. I sure look forward to him coming home though : )

Second thought:

Wakame (the female cat) is talking a lot more then she used to. And she's increasing her vocabulary or repertoire of songs. I can hear her meowing down the hallway as she makes her way from the living room to the bedroom

which takes quite some time since she walks soooooooo slowly, checking out every dust particle she finds (I swear, I think she hallucinates cuz she'll act as if she sees ghosts...even dust must dance around according to her). Some of her meows end like a question...which makes me automatically meow back at her. Some of her meows are like gentle howls and some are short meows that I translate as a 'yes.' Anyhow, I would like to record all of her quirky styles someday and load it for you to hear (and for me to have as a keepsake).

Third thought:

I haven't provided you the link I promised for that cool dorkbot event Dav and I went to during which I scribbled notes with my digital pen. Here is the link.

http://dorkbot.org/dorkbotsf/

Definitely check out Graffiti Archaeology, although all is pretty neat stuff!

after dinner

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Hanging out with the Six Apart group...After 11 hours of presentations and discussions. Time to hit the hay...

my morning

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Transcription by Anonymous:
I have meetings in Half Moon Bay today. Yesterday, I got completely lost and was late :(

So today I left super early - now I've got half an hour to listen to waves, seagulls, and a fog horn. Not bad, eh? [drawing of seagulls, ocean and boat]

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このマーク :( ではなくて、これ
m(_ _)m  でしょう?

ジョージ
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My 2nd dorkbot

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Transcription by da*xiang:
I'll provide the link to give more details about dorkbot, but we're hearing about the growth of independent CG animation creators = putting thought into action for many people (democratization), got to see how a CG character is made (1 week just for the head), time-lapse collage of graffiti showing SF's work and how they create it (see grafarc.org; 19th Street is amazing), clothing with lights embedded so the jacket flashes with changing images (!) (very cool) that also respond to sound levels (see video).

Sorry if my writing is unclear - I'm writing while listening. I'll update later. :)

a new kind of dinner

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Having udon tonight to warm the belly. But Dav is also in the middle of setting up IChat with my parents in Tokyo. For now, we got the cam up staring at us. In anticipation of connecting with Tokyo, Dav got out a livecam shot of Mt. Fuji. So here we are at the dinner table with the laptop videoing us and showing us beautiful Mt. Fuji.

Battle of the Bands

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At Pound SF with Dav and his cousin Magen. Her friend is the manager of one of the bands called American Tradition. Magen is a film producer and is filming them.

Update:

Dav and I stayed until the end when they judged the 6 bands according to how much applause each got. We screamed our heads off and even jumped up and down inspite our sore legs. And you know what? American Tradition won! Yeah!

A moment that I observed

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I was just emailing my parents, forwarding a link to an interesting NYT article that my friend Sean pointed out to me. It's about blogging and teenage culture, a very different blogging experience/culture from mine. But still, anything about blogging that can help my parents understand what I do and why I keep yapping about it, I send to them.

Then I noticed something and also wrote the following:

"Actually, Dav and I just got home. And right now, we're both logged onto our respective laptops; he's on the sofa, I'm at the dining table. He's fiddling with his new Mac (we'll get to you soon about the isight) and coding new stuff, while I've been online with email, reading articles, and checking blogs. The living room is silent except for music coming from Dav's laptop and clickings from each of our furious typing...and an occasional meow from Wakame. Yet this is so normal and I don't feel weird about this. What do you think?"

And then I noticed that I wouldn't have really observed that 'moment' without the act of typing to my parents. I had that NYT article on how the internet is becoming so intertwined with our 'real' lives fresh in my mind, and it was the thought process of composing to my parents (vs. calling or sitting around the table chatting) that brought the observation to me. So although I miss my parents dearly, it's also nice to share thoughts electronically. Dav and I certainly did that for a long long time and although it was hard, we shared so much that we may not have otherwise. Plus it's all recorded.

And anyway, this beats just sitting around watching the tele because I know that after I post this, and Dav finishes what he's doing, then we'll cuddle up and share what's going on in our minds : )

Hackers and dim sum

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Transcription by Anonymous:
Dav goes to a hacker's Dim Sum to meet up with fellow programmers to share, uh, whatever they share. I'm here to, uh, chow down some good food. I don't understand much, but am excited (?) about a "cyber plant" that someone passed around. It's supposed to grow better on a computer... Hmmm. I hope I'll learn enough to someday be able to say something. Cool ideas being passed around though. [Drawing of plant]

Dilemma

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Last night Dav and I headed out to a friend's party. As usual, considering SF's difficult parking situation, we took the motorcycle. Dav is an excellent driver...I've seen him avoid the mistakes of inattentive drivers and he knows how to handle the bike. I love riding with him. Well, not even a block from where we live, we collided with a car. It's this dangerous hill that we go up and can't see the other side. In what can't be described other than immaculate timing, just as we came over the hill, a car from the other side was turning into a parking spot and was in the middle of our lane. That's why Dav didn't see any headlights as a warning as we were coming over the hill. Luckily, we were going slow, but not slow enough to miss the car.

All I remember was seeing headlights at a strange place, thinking 'hmm, that's not right,' then that slow-motion memory of falling off the bike. I don't know exactly what happened, but the inside of my right leg got bruised. Dav's legs are bruised too. We pretty quickly realized nothing was broken. For me, it was more the shock of the whole thing.

Dav, if you wanna add your perspective, feel free to since I was in the back and missed seeing much.

To brighten things up though, the guy in the car was actually on his way to visit our housemate! Our housemate had been packing his car and heard the noise, came running up, and was like, 'hey, I know you!' After the police took reports and we gathered our stuff, we shook hands with the driver and all headed home. I guess that's one memorable way to meet someone.

OK, so here is my dilemma. I obviously wanna post about this. It's not everyday that I get to show off scratches and a broken motorbike. But then I'm thinking of my parents all the way over in Tokyo and no way to come over and be reassured that I'm OK. You know what I mean? I know they will see this post...So I wrote them their very own note.



Transcription by Shaun:
Dear Mom and Dad,

Dav and I are fine so don't worry. Dav is a really good motorcycle rider, and he is always careful. This time was just Bad Timing. :-( So, don't worry, OK? I know it's hard when I'm so far away but rest assured we're not being foolish. Now I sort of know how mom felt with a sore leg.

Shaun, excellent transation. Arigato!

And another dot connects

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Sorry to have kept you hanging. It's the third morning of work. I guess I really needed to let it sink in, eh? So, I'm working at Six Apart, the amazing company that brings us Movable Type! Funny thing is, I had actually met Ben and Mena Trott, the creators, back in Tokyo when I first started Tokyo Tidbits. It's cool that I can link back to that moment when I wrote, "Totally new world for me..."

Little did I know how many great people I'd meet through blogging, how I'd begin documenting my what I'm doing for the first time (it's sure handy when memory gets foggy), how I'd discover that I rather like putting a window to my life online, how I found a nice home for a lost kitten now named Tutu, how I blurted my feelings for Dav to the whole wide world by mistake, and most importantly, experienced firsthand how cool the internet and emerging technology is. I want to continue learning and I found a great place to do that in.

So I'm off to work - ittekimasu!

scenes from work

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We just went to lunch...

I'm up early today.

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I'm up early today. Having a nice big hot cup of tea (with milk and honey) in my favorite mug that I got in Okinawa. The cats are up too...Wakame sitting on the table, Katsuo by the floor close by. I feel like a kid on the first day of school. I've been able to sleep in ever since I moved to SF and it sure feels good to get an earlier start with the day. Cuz you know what? I'm going to work! : )

As promised earlier, I will give details. I think I need to wait until I actually sit at a desk and start working. This opportunity is so cool that I still can't believe it. You'll see why soon; it makes so much sense since I've already been kind of involved from way back in Tokyo.

Happy Monkey Year!

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Transcription by Anonymous:
Happy New Year to everyone [heart] Thank you for being supportive and bringing blogging alive [flower] - uh, my humble attempt at a monkey! [monkey]

[kanji transcription:] 明けましておめでとうございます。
今年もどうぞよろしくお願いします。

I've been reading other blogs and feel like I should, like many others, somehow summarize my year and make some profound comment. I do enjoy New Year's as a time to acknowledge the passage of time. I reflect on 2003 and create hopes for 2004. But it's more of a blur or a vague fuzzy feeling...nothing I could satisfactorily put into writing.

However, in my fuzzy reflection, I do feel profoundly grateful. If I were in Tokyo, I'd visit the local shrine with my parents, ring the bell to make my mark, and clap my hands to the shrine and say, "thank you." Since I'm here, at home with Dav and the cats, I feel like saying thank you to ...hmm, how should I put it: you, the camera, air, cyberspace, the world? I dunno. I just feel like doing a little ritual and may as well share it with you.

In the video you probably can't hear very well. I'm saying (as far as I remember):

Akemashite Omedeto gozaimasu. Happy New Year. I hope you continue to enjoy Kokochi. Yoroshiku onegaishimasu.

Thanks Dav for taking the pics and video!