After work, I went to this semi cocktail party hosted by an entrepreneurship school in Menlo Park. These schools are everywhere in Silicon Valley. They charge about $5 – 7k for two weeks, without room and board. They attract mostly international startup founders and startup founder wannabes. I joined the husband of the lady who runs the school and his friend. I found out that this school, in particular, has had 4 courses this summer, each course has about 15 students.
“You’re doing quite well, eh?” His friend said, and the man chuckled. Continue reading “[Day 813] Having nothing better to do”
I have recently deactivated my Facebook because I found it distracting. The problem with not being on Facebook is that people don’t believe you’re not on Facebook. Today, a new friend asked if he could add me on Facebook. I said I wasn’t on Facebook, and he gave me the disappointed look that says: “Sure, if you don’t want to be my friend on Facebook, just say so.” Sad. Continue reading “[Day 809] The problem with not being on Facebook”
I had some great conversations today, which made me happy.
- Lucas just came back from one year studying Go in Japan and is visiting Bay Area before going to Harvard Business School. He’s one of the smartest/most interesting people I know and it’s always great catching up with him. He told me about the concept of “Fuck you money” — the amount of money you need to be able to say fuck you to anyone and get away with it. I asked him about “fuck you talent” — what if you’re so good at what you’re doing that no matter what an asshole you are, people still need you. Lucas asked: “Like Elon Musk?” Touche. Continue reading “[Day 799] One good conversation a day keeps the therapist away”
Being off Facebook, I’ve been entirely oblivious to my friend Viraj’s famed middle-finger. I knew that he has been on Jeopardy and I knew that he’s had some impressive win — the rock I live under isn’t that big — but I wasn’t aware that there was more to that. When I ran into Viraj this afternoon, he was excited:
“Chip, I’m famous now!”
“What? Did you win that $100k?”
“I can’t say, but google my name!”
So I googled “Viraj” and saw this:
Continue reading “[Day 290] Did Viraj Mehta really flip off American people on TV?”
Ho Chi Minh City administrators just released a video that is supposed lay out some etiquette dos and don’ts for tourists. Wonderful idea in theory, but the universal reaction I’ve received from foreigners living in Vietnam is:
Continue reading “[Day 247] Tourists to Saigon: “Are you f**king kidding me?””
Background information: all my roommates are chess players and they exercise about once a year.
“I feel bad for gymnasts. Nobody gives a **** about them until the Olympics.”
“Why does that girl have her makeup on? Did she wake up this morning telling herself that I’m gonna sweat my ass off today I’d better do it in style?”
Continue reading “[Day 91] Sh*t my roommates say while watching the Olympics”
The stoner: the guy who just hit a bong and reeks of liberalism and is probably on the wrong train.
The Oprah: the person who always runs into one friend or another on the train and decides that it’s the perfect time for a deep, soul searching, and revealing conversation.
The novice DJ: that one guy who doesn’t exactly have a refined taste in music but likes to play his music really loudly from his phone’s speaker.
Continue reading “[Day 89] 10 people you meet riding BART in the Bay Area”