Little Moments Category

Actually enjoying my journal of things, places, and events

I’ve only been writing my secret journal of things, places, and events for about 18 days now, but I’ve very much enjoyed the exercise. Since the journal is focused on concrete things, I count it as part of the day’s writing, and it’s a great place to write something down even on days (like today) […]

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The tale of the three bros and the girl who looked like she was in high school but was hopefully at least a college student

Normally, flying in an airplane is a horrible, brain-destroying experience that makes me feel like several hours of my life have been stolen from me. However, on the flight back from Wyoming (which left from Denver, because Denver is apparently next to Wyoming), I amused myself by watching the interaction between the three bro-ish fellows […]

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Today I visited the Googleplex

You’re not a real Silicon Valley town unless some startup has laid claim to you and used metonymy to make your name synonymous with its brand. You’ve got Apple in Cupertino; Facebook in Menlo Park; Pixar in Emeryville; etc. Anyway, the company that owns Mountain View is Google. Today, I was walking around my aunt’s […]

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I might’ve discovered a heretofore unremarked-upon youth subculture

The other day, I was sitting at Tea Fever in Berkeley (which is just a block from Berkeley High School) and watching the people who were lined up at the door of the ice cream place next door. And that’s when I spotted a rather odd-looking fellow. Unfortunately, my phone ran out of batteries as I was […]

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The real reason that we go to restaurants…

Had a realization recently while eating tortilla chips at a restaurant. They were unbelievably delicious. But halfway through the bowl, I realized that they were basically just a salt delivery system. All the time, I go to a restaurant and order something and it is delicious and then I wonder, “Why does home-cooked food never […]

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Several pictures of the mouse that I just killed

With the onset of winter and the extended absence of several members of the house, an indeterminate number of mice apparently felt like now was the time to make their presence known in our house. I don’t exactly know why they’re here. My suspicion is that it has something to do with their desire to […]

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Merry Christmas!

Yes, even though my family is nominally Hindu (and, in practice, fairly irreligious), we do celebrate Christmas. Most Indian-Americans do. We’re a syncretic people. For ages, I was surprised that Jews didn’t celebrate Christmas. But eventually, I came to understand that their associates with Christ are slightly more complicated than those of Indians. Hindus can […]

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I hate hate hate hate hate hate the way the Kindle tells you how far you are in the book

I’m reading Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (on a sidenote, I bet that last name really hurts his citation count. Misspellings alone must cost him big time). And it’s pretty excellent. I read it once before, when I found it in my dad’s study. But I was like twelve, so all that I […]

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Err…what exactly happened yesterday? I got way more hits than I’ve ever gotten before.

Yesterday this blog got something like 800+ views, which is something like 2.5 times my next most-trafficked post. It got retweeted a fair amount, but most of the views were from Facebook, so perhaps some writer-type people shared it? I guess people really were looking for advice on which writing manuals do not suck. Kind […]

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Problems In My Life That Have Recently Been Fixed By Scotch Tape

1. My Credit Card’s Faulty Magnetic Strip For at least the last twelve months, my credit card has been getting refused at gas stations, grocery stories, drug stores (including every CVS, for some reason), and anywhere else that requires you to swipe yourself through. Sometimes a friendly cashier would go through the rigamarole of swiping […]

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