Listen to this

My friend Brock Winstead has started a podcast! The Eastern Shore is broadcasted every Monday afternoon from 2-4pm on , and is about all things in the East Bay.

This is Brock’s first real try at running a podcast, and it’s remarkable how far he’s come in a short time. He’s got a natural voice for radio :)

The variety of topics is also great — Brock has covered topics ranging from surveillance & privacy, the burgeoning restaurant scene, urban agriculture, bus rapid transit, and the contentious topic of baseball.

That ticking sound in your head

I caught up with Greg over some Patxi’s pizza (yummmm) down in Palo Alto earlier this week. He had some great great stories to tell from his trip to Indonesia, and turns out both he and I got sick and stayed sick upon our arrival stateside. We almost had a chance to spend a night in Hong Kong together, but the timing just slipped away.

Greg is entering his final quarter at Stanford, nearly complete with his MBA from the Graduate School of Business. I asked him if he has that ticking sound in his head, and he affirmed my hunch. I heard it loudly during my last quarter at Stanford, back in 2009. The environment has so much to offer you, and it becomes a race against time to soak up as much as you can before you depart. Getting ready for what’s next versus staying in the moment.

It makes me think — do I hear a ticking in my head now? I’ll reach my five year anniversary at Apple this September. It will be the longest time I’ve been part of an institution since elementary school. But after a rough patch last year, I find myself really happy where I am now. I have a manager who I respect immensely,  a team I love being in, and constant challenges that I can learn and grow from.

How loud is the ticking in your head?



A glistening golden hour

Darted out my building today to catch the 6:35pm shuttle back home.

The asphalt glistened in the setting sun. The grass and leaves shone with a louder shade of green. A crispness and a briskness imbued the air as I inhaled.

Moments like this have a way of commanding attention.

A much needed respite amidst the ever-pinging devices that surround me.


The time has come to reboot

I was inspired by how my friend Melih used his blog for reflection, for expression, and for jotting down life’s diverse experiences…from the mundane to the profound. Melih is someone I deeply, deeply, admire. He has that rare knack for nourishing your mind and heart.

Compared to the past incarnation of this web space (which ran from 2005 to 2011), I aim for a more  extemporaneous feel, with less emphasis on by-the-numbers rundowns on events and more focused on thoughts, sparks, and emotions.

Let’s see where this goes.

a thought, a spark