- My finger healed a few days ago but I still put bandages on so that I have something to play with in my hands. The other day, when I was carpooling with Richard, I took off my bandage and started sticking it on my clothes and my skin. When Richard asked me if it was a used bandage, I felt like a dog caught in the middle of tearing toilet papers.
- I buy earphones in bulk. They always go missing and I’ve never been able to figure out why. I’ve gone through at least 10 earphones since last year. I think I must spend half my life looking for either my phone, my keys, or my earphones. Yesterday, as I was looking for my keys, Elias asked me why I didn’t put my stuff in a regular place. Well, buddy, I try to but I always forget to put them in a regular place.
Stanford sent me an email about “intent to bill” for damages in the room I used to stay. They must have been confused because when I moved out of that room almost 4 months ago, they came to clean/inspect and everything was fine. Then somebody else moved into my room right after that and stayed until now-ish.
As I wrote them back, I felt an intense desire to end the email with “Much love”. Continue reading “[Day 800] A thought experiment”
Everyone who’s passed through my life leaves me with a song. It was never meant for me, doesn’t mean I can’t feel it or can’t sing along.
- Adulthood is incredibly lonely. You go to work in your own cubicle and go home to your own room. I was walking around my office the other day and had a tiny mental breakdown. “This is my life now,” I thought. Where do people find a group of friends they can meet and share things every day like in “Friends” or “How I met your mother”? Is there any show about lonely people? Continue reading “[Day 796] A few things I learned today”
Sophia the robot visited Vietnam today and VnExpress asked me to write an op-ed about what it means to be human. In the article, I mentioned the program that Andrej Karpathy wrote that generated Shakespeare-sounding text.
I didn’t think much of it until my editor texted me: “Is Andrej Karpathy human?”
I was like: “I guess.”
She was disappointed and took that example out of my article.
Disclaimer: pardon my French. This line is from Silicon Valley.
I’ve been back in Silicon Valley for less than a week and I’ve already collected half a dozen business cards from my Uber/Lyft/carpool drivers. They are all either raising funds or looking for new customers.
Levi thinks it’s because I have a disarming face. People look at me and think: “I bet I can squeeze some money out of that little person.”
I’ll take it as a compliment.
The Lyft driver picked me up from work today and, gesturing at the spaceship-like building behind me, asked: “Do you work at NVIDIA?” I said yes. He said: “Wow.”
He told me that 8 years ago, his wife got offers from both Qualcomm and NVIDIA. She chose Qualcomm because she didn’t want to work for a tiny company that only made gaming chips. “Then her Qualcomm stocks went straight down,” he said. “If she had taken the NVIDIA offer, we’d have been retired by now.”
Well, if I had bought Bitcoin 8 years ago, or invested in Facebook, or Amazon, we wouldn’t be having this conversation right now either. Aren’t chaos and fortunes the same thing in Silicon Valley?