Manhattan. (at The Press Lounge)

Manhattan. (at The Press Lounge)

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HBO “Silicon Valley,” Season 1, Episode 1

Although I unwillingly spent two years of high school and then a short stint after college in this “shithole” (the show’s word, but also how I actually feel about this place), I think HBO was so smart to produce a comedy series about the Silicon Valley community. The first episode captures its nerdy egoism very well. Working with tech companies and having acquaintances who went through an accelerator program, I always wondered what the start-up process was like. Anyway, it’s definitely worth watching the first episode. My favorite excerpt, because it’s so true (16:05): 

Gavin Belson: It’s weird. They always travel in groups of five. These programmers, there’s always a tall skinny white guy, short skinny Asian guy, fat guy with a ponytail, some guy with crazy facial hair, and then, some East Indian guy. It’s like they trade guys until they all have the right group. 
Spiritual Guru: You clearly have a great understanding of humanity.

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I took this photo on Veterans Day last year. I ducked out of the office to get lunch, and a smattering of New Yorkers was walking about after the parade. As I was crossing the street, a family in front of me caught my attention. The little girl was holding each of her parent’s hand, and a flag was sticking out of her back pocket. For some reason, I found myself incredibly moved by this simple scene before me. And I felt, this is America. #nyc #love

I took this photo on Veterans Day last year. I ducked out of the office to get lunch, and a smattering of New Yorkers was walking about after the parade. As I was crossing the street, a family in front of me caught my attention. The little girl was holding each of her parent’s hand, and a flag was sticking out of her back pocket. For some reason, I found myself incredibly moved by this simple scene before me. And I felt, this is America. #nyc #love

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Tea from Mariages Frères
(Photo from Garance Doré)

Tea from Mariages Frères

(Photo from Garance Doré)

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Living in the tallest slum in the world, the “Tower of David” in Venezuela. 

Living in the tallest slum in the world, the “Tower of David” in Venezuela. 

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Such a Brazilian thought
Gustavo: Did you bring a bikini for Rio?
Me: Yeah! I bought one just for the trip, too.
Gustavo: Ha. American bikinis are so small.
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Sympatico in Rio

"I lived in New York for 13 years. I went to Hunter College. And Columbia too for an English language course." 

"Oh, wow! Yeah, I thought your English was great!"

"Thank you!"

"What made you move back, to Rio?" I asked. 

"For Love!" She declared, with a sweet smile and resignation. "But now I’m looking to move back." 

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Dear American Lifeguards, long shorts are clearly a hindrance to your swimming abilities. #changeit #strategiclocation #ihadastrongcaipirinha #rio #brazil (at Barraca Uruguay - Posto 9 - Ipanema)

Dear American Lifeguards, long shorts are clearly a hindrance to your swimming abilities. #changeit #strategiclocation #ihadastrongcaipirinha #rio #brazil (at Barraca Uruguay - Posto 9 - Ipanema)

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Yup. #gooddecisions #rio #brazil (at Posto 9)

Yup. #gooddecisions #rio #brazil (at Posto 9)

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I know there was a language barrier issue, but tonight, I realized just how much I tend to sabotage myself in relationships.

I may, however, try something ridiculously cliched and obtuse tomorrow. 

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