east peak, mt tamalpais

east peak, mt tamalpais

On the first day of March my partner Matt and I decided to hike up to Mount Tamalpais’ East Peak, the highest point in Marin County at 2,571 feet (784 meters). The hardest part of the hike was deciding ahead of time which route to take. Neither Matt nor I had ever been to the […]

holy jim falls in orange county

holy jim falls in orange county

One year ago in December of 2013, I found myself in the southern part of Orange County, California. Until recently, my impression of Orange County was informed purely by my random adventures there in my teenage years. I had always had this image in my head of Orange County as being very flat and densely […]

2014: highs and lows

Posted by on Dec 26, 2014 in Uncategorized
2014: highs and lows

2014 was the first year in quite awhile that I didn’t go abroad. I stayed local to California almost the entire year with a few side trips to other states, mainly for work. Despite being geographically centered, the year was full of stressful changes as I switched apartments yet again, embarked on a new career, […]

philly’s magic gardens

Posted by on Nov 1, 2014 in 50 US States, Art, Museums, The east coast
philly’s magic gardens

When I asked my boss in September if I could attend a computer science conference in Philadelphia on the company’s dime, his first reaction after “sure” was “Philly is awesome”. The only time I had visited Philadelphia previously was for just a few hours, in-between catching up with family in New Jersey and hopping on […]

the dream

Posted by on Oct 11, 2014 in 50 US States, Art, Museums, The east coast
the dream

I spent the first weekend in October in New York City, primarily to attend a wedding. The ceremony, which took place at a mosque in Brooklyn, joined together a California boy and an east coast girl whose family had immigrated from Nigeria. After the bride and groom left town for their honeymoon, I roamed Manhattan […]

The fish

Posted by on Sep 4, 2014 in Philosophy
The fish

This year I chose to spend the majority of my time working on my analytical interests and skills, in the pursuit of both a kick-ass job and my own personal intellectual gratification. But, despite my love of math and science and coding, there’s a part of me that is preoccupied with how rational thinking falls […]

next stop: san francisco

Posted by on Jul 24, 2014 in Uncategorized
next stop: san francisco

When I returned to California last July, I spent a few weeks in San Francisco before heading inland to Davis, where I would live for my last academic year of teaching. Although I’ve been hanging around the Bay Area my entire adult life, before last summer I hadn’t spent much time in SF proper. I […]

Lassen Peak

Lassen Peak

In mid-June, after finishing teaching my spring classes, and cognizant of a big interview I had coming up, I decided to take three full days off the internet, including using my phone or computer in any way. As I have discovered, pretty much the only way I can accomplish this cold-turkey goal is by camping. […]