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Biking from the City to Sausalito

Apr 14, 14 Biking from the City to Sausalito

The three superficial things which I would hate to live without are my laptop, smartphone and bike.

When the mover dropped off my big red bike in pieces, I struggled to put her back together. She survived the long journey, but has some battle scars on the seat, gear switch and fenders.  Thus she sat unused in storage for the first couple weeks of being here, while I continued to put the rest of my life together.

Her time came when my friend Katie invited me to bike to Sausalito this past Saturday – I simply couldn’t say no. Luckily, San Francisco is a bike friendly city despite the calve muscle killing hills, so finding a repair shop was easy. I didn’t have to wheel my chainless bike far to find a pro to get her up and running again. Market Street Cycles down the street from me had her road-ready within hours. A tune/set-up and a new bike chain cost me about $60.

Worth every penny.

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Three Confessions from Biz Stone’s Creative Mind

Apr 08, 14 Three Confessions from Biz Stone’s Creative Mind

I put my gifted Commonwealth Club of California membership to the test last night and it’s now officially in the running for the best Secret Santa gift ever. Taking the stage was Biz Stone, who is well known for being one of the co-founders of Twitter and more recently, Jelly. He was in conversation with Kara Swisher, co-executive editor of online tech publication Recode.net, about the book he recently penned titled Things a Little Bird Told Me.

Toward the end of the conversation, Swisher asked Biz for three tips for life, and the advice he offered built upon the stories he told leading up to that moment. Here are Biz’s three tips, along with highlights from the conversation which bring them to life:

 

1. Creativity

 

Creativity is a renewable resource and everyone is creative. Who can really argue with that? While some might discredit themselves because they aren’t a self-proclaimed artist, but people exercise creativity when solving all sorts of problems that life throws their way. So while you might not Picasso your way through life, doesn’t mean you’re incapable of creative thought. Embrace this notion and daydream.

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Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners: Four Essentials to Building Your Personal Brand

Mar 21, 14 Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners: Four Essentials to Building Your Personal Brand

Last night I attended my first Bay Area Girl Geeks Dinner. Coming from the organizing committee of Girl Geeks Toronto, I was super stoked to see how a sister event (pardon the pun) would go down in Silicon Valley. I arrived at the Computer History Museum a little later than I hoped due to a traffic laden drive only to find hundreds of women and a handful of male supporters with drinks and munchies in hand. In the short time I had before the talks started, I grabbed a glass of red and met a couple of friendly engineers from eBay in the process. Things were off to a good start!

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What We’ve Been Eating in San Francisco

Mar 17, 14 What We’ve Been Eating in San Francisco

Until our pull out couch of pure luxury arrived on Saturday morning, our apartment consisted of  little more than an air mattress and a cat tree. The cat seriously had more relative ‘furniture’ than us. You don’t realize the luxury of having a chair or couch, until you’re faced with the only thing squishy in your apartment being an air mattress which slowly deflates.  All that said, going on week two of no stuff has meant eating pizza, delicious Mexican and other delights in the city. We’ve found comfort in food.

This isn’t a complete list, but here are some of the glutinous highlights…

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