Jin, Universe With Me

She caught my attention because she is Korean (someone posted in one of the Korean adoptee groups I belong to, on Facebook). But I’m not a follower/supporter because what she is doing is amazing. And, something I always dream about doing but know that I never will.

Catching up on stories

I’m home, sick, today. All I know is that I woke up and it feels like my body physically has given up. So, during recovery, I find the best use of my time is catching up on my podcasts.

One of my favorites is The Moth. The humanity, the courage, and the emotion in every story goes a long way in grounding me. In helping me keep things in perspective.

Here are some that really stood out for me:

What It’s All About“, Beth Stillman.

Inside Joke“, Ophira Eisenberg.

Thirteen Nasty Little Snakes“, Victor Levenstein.

An Apple a Day“, Holly Rutter.

If I had the money…

… I would buy Flickr. I would dedicate time and resources into making it a very good standalone photography sharing and storage platform. I would bring in users and focus groups and development experts, and more. Get feedback. Start building. Start improving. Keep it standalone.

… I would buy a minor league sports franchise, perhaps a USL or USSL team. Not only would I build the club as much as possible, keep the fan base engaged (it’s all about them) but, I think it would be fun doing this.


Five things for the week

  1. I’m working on slowing down. Not in the sense that I want less to do, rather, in the sense that I move towards doing things in a more purposeful, quality > quantity methodology. I’m working on incorporating this in all aspects of my life, from handling large scale projects and tasks at work to cooking more meals at home.
  2. I started reading Ursula Le Guin’s translation of Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching. I first heard about her translation through Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings post. Intentionally I’m only reading a few pages at a time, taking time to process and truly understand what is being written. It helps slow things down and put things into perspective.
  3. Photography! I am slowly, intentionally, working my way back into it. I have identified it as something that has been missing in my life and routines.
  4. Work out loud. Live out loud. I’m exploring this as possible themes to help me post to this blog and social media sites.
  5. There’s something about my home office setup that has been bothering me. I cannot pin point it, yet. Not sure if it has to do with the technology/layout of technology, or the layout of the overall workspace altogether. Or, if it’s just something that I will always be tinkering with because that’s simply what I like to do.


I love this video and the creativity behind it. I’m also in sheer awe in imagining a 5 month journey from the beginning to end of the trail. I’d like to imagine that I would/could do the same but, for now I’m happy to watch this video over and over and over again.