Greece Trip CliffsNotes

Exactly 1 year ago today I left on my first trip overseas to visit Greece! This also means I've been putting off making this post for 1 year. Instead of continuing procrastinating writing an amazing post for another year, I'm going to just share my raw notes I took right after the trip. I think that's better than potentially never sharing anything... ^ The blue domes in Oia! Overall quick summary: Landed in Athens, then stayed 3 nights in Athens at Novotel hotel. Novotel has an amazing rooftop Read more [...]

Only So Many Hours in the Day

In an effort to simplify my life and establish more balance, I've decided to write down everything that I spend a significant amount of time doing. This started with just a list of hobbies, to help me narrow-down and prioritize my "free time" ¬†[free-time is almost not a word in my vocabulary ūüôĀ hence this post ] . Then I realized there are many other non-hobby things that I focus my attention on, and found it interesting and helpful to list them as well.   Things That consume my time Note: Read more [...]

Comparing Coffee Shops

I love coffee! The past few months have shown me that ordering an espresso macchiato is a great way to compare coffee shops. Any coffee place can make a latte or serve straight espresso. It takes a bit more skill to make a good cappuccino, and [apparently] even more to get a macchiato right. It surprises me though how many coffee shops fail at making a good, or even a correct, espresso macchiato. What makes a good espresso macchiato? Good espresso made from quality coffee beans, with the right Read more [...]

Taking a Photo each Day

Back in 2012 I embarked on a journey that has changed the way I live,¬†forever, for the better. I originally began a ‚Äúphoto 365‚ÄĚ project years ago (beginning of 2012), as a way to force my self to go take pictures each day with my new DSLR. Very quickly, the project became a lifestyle, and morphed from ‚Äúlet‚Äôs go take a nice picture with my nice new camera‚ÄĚ into ‚Äúlet‚Äôs just take many photos each day, and go back and select the most representative photo for that day‚ÄĚ. Basically, Read more [...]

As Seen on TV

I have some very exciting news! A few of my photos of Midtown Atlanta Georgia are now featured as the backdrop of the WSB-TV Channel 2 news station! Though most people viewing don't think too much about the "generic" city images on display behind newscasters, I now understand some of the behind-the-scenes of how that picture gets selected. The 3 images selected above were found on Flickr, a website I had actually abandoned, for 500px, over 4 years ago! I was just contacted randomly one Read more [...]

A little book made for you

This post is dedicated to my sister Erin. Erin made me a diy scrapbook of inspirational quotes about life, funny images, and some inside jokes. This is by far the most thoughtful gift I've ever recieved in my life. I truly treasure the book and her very dearly. Thank you, Erin. Every time I flip through the pages of this scrapbook I get a chance to slow down and reflect upon life, become more grateful for my family and friends, and get inspired to make the most of the short time we all have on Read more [...]

The Journey Itself

It has now been exactly 1 year today since I moved from Atlanta to Silicon Valley. A *lot* can happen in such a relatively short period of time, and indeed, my life has changed forever. Here are some highlights of the past year, roughly in chronological order…

It has now been exactly 1 year today since I moved from Atlanta to Silicon Valley. A *lot* can happen in such a relatively short period of time, and indeed, my life has changed forever. Here are some highlights of the past year, roughly in chronological order... Read more [...]

I hope you find what you are looking for

Tomorrow I change my life forever. Tomorrow I put most everything I own in my Civic, and drive out to California, to start a new life. I have lived in the same state (and almost the same city) my entire life. This will be my first move away from family (more than ~30mins driving distance) ever, and I am naturally full of mixed emotions about leaving family vs pursuing what I believe to be my dreams. "Well, I hope you find what you are looking for..." is the common response from family and friends Read more [...]

Last Post of 2012

Nothing important here, just a few highlights reflecting back on 2012... January - Started my first 365 photo project February - My photo on display in a random art show on campus March - Went to SXSW in Austin TX April - Upgraded to a Nikon D7000  |  created PyrDetail May - Finished MSCS degree from GaTech  |  Spoke at GTC 2012 June - Discovered Gordon School | ATL G+ Aniv Photowalk July -  First outing with UER Atlanta (spectre) | Got a GS3 August - Went to Old Car City September - Read more [...]

365 Photo Project (2012): Complete!

Well, the time has now come... my first 365¬†photo project is now complete! While it started as a way for me to practice taking better pictures, it soon turned into simply a photo journal, documenting each day. I have since grown to love always thinking about how to capture/represent each day as a picture (hard to do!). Persistence has now paid off: it is fun to go back through these photos and re-live each day (well, for most days)...   I've had a blast doing this and plan on embarking Read more [...]