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Catching Up

Hey y’all, I writing to catch you up as to what I’ve been up to so far. As I mentioned in my previous post, a little over a month ago I moved back to New York. I feel like I’ve been doing a lot of things and hanging out with a lot of people and taking a lot of pictures, and yet, I’ve posted none of it.

I think because I’m now on a computer all day at work, the last thing I want to do when I get home is drain my eyes with more computer time. Not to say I haven’t been spending my fair share of free time on the computer, but, now that weather is consistently nice, I’ve been trying to take advantage of it.

What I have been doing, in lieu of writing digitally is to keep a physical, tangible journal. Ever since coming back from Japan, where I was writing what I did every day, it was a tough habit to break. I’m glad though because it lets me know what I did each day and, I feel keeps me productive.

Not everything I do every day or every weekend is interesting, but as I means of trying to trim the fat, I’m going to pull a few highlights from the last few weeks and make a digital copy of them here on HWS. I’m sure you’re waiting with baited breath. As usual, this is more for me than it is for you.

4/30/17 (Sun) test rode a bike at Van Moof

5/2/17 (Tue) dinner at Momofuku Noodles – pork buns and chocolate malted truffles

5/4/17 (Thurs) dinner at Black Flamingo

IMG_6973Discension art installation 5/6

5/5/17 (Fri) Alligator Lounge for karaoke

5/6/17 (Sat) New York Bike Expo + Discension art installation + housewarming party at co-workers apartment

5/10/17 (Wed) dinner with Jon Papp

IMG_6987Home Sweet Home 5/12

5/12/17 (Fri) New York Night Train at Home Sweet Home with co-worker

5/15/17 (Mon) dinner with Katie at Korean Place

5/17/17 (Wed) chilled with Guto, got drinks at Nostrand Pub, dollar pizza, went back to his apt, chilled on his roof

IMG_6997My studio as I moved in/organized my stuff 5/24

5/19/17 (Fri) Alien Covenant with Papp, chased the movie with drinks at Videology, went to Rebecca’s (bar) where we met up with Katie and Brandon, macked on some biddies

5/20/17 (Sat) IKEA adventure during the day, stoop life at night

5/21/17 (Sun) moved into apartment, went to Smorgasburg with co-workers

IMG_7019Hovercraft and other rich people toys at Hammacher Schlemmer 6/3

5/24/17 (Wed) movers came and I spent all day getting the apartment organized

5/27/17 (Sat) hair cut, biked through Prospect Park, chilled at Sam Cooper’s

5/28/17 (Sun) biked to Coney Island

IMG_7046Looking back on Manhattan from the Williamsburg Bridge 6/8

5/30/17 (Tue) got Brooklyn Library card

5/31/17 (Wed) chilled with Steve at my apt

6/2/17 (Fri) Mom came to visit, went to Eataly, found $5 on the sidewalk

IMG_8022Berry Park with co-workers on 6/9

6/3/17 (Sat) Brooklyn Bread Cafe, went to Ed Sullivan Theatre, Hammacher Schlemmer, CB2, Bellstaff, cut through Central Park, Zabars, walked to The MET (opera), dinner at Liz and Tim’s apartment

6/6/17 (Tue) got Manhattan Library card

6/8/17 (Thurs) biked to work, raced co-worker to Union Sq (her on foot + train, me on bike) from Queens and I won, watched movie for World Ocean day, got lost biking home and ended up at Katie/Dilila’s apt and chilled for a bit before heading home

IMG_7066Westfield World Trade Center mall on 6/10

6/9/17 (Fri) went to Berry Park (rooftop bar) with co-workers after work, went to the Alamo Drafthouse to see It Comes at Night

6/10/17 (Sat) biked across the Brooklyn Bridge to Fulton Center, went to the Westfield World Trade Center (mall), biked to the Fulton Market and saw Seaport Summer setup, checked out the 1 Hotel, 5-hour outing

From now on, anything that’s remotely interesting that I took pictures during but didn’t post to Instagram is going on here.

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What I’m Watching

None of this is new. I’m not saying I discovered any of this. However, as was the case with the previous post, after seeing it, I knew I had to reccomend these next shows.

Abstract: The Art of Design – Netflix

Unlike most people, I try my best not to “binge watch” shows on Netflix; I like spreading things out. I try to pretend that the shows are weekly series, giving myself a start day -Monday for example- and making that my ‘day to watch that show.’

Abstract, appeals to me for a few different reasons. The first being that I really enjoy documentary series. The next being that since I am a student of design, I really enjoy and appreciate art and design in all of it’s facets. When you see a piece of good design, regardless of the discipline, it sticks with you. Watching shows like this always motivates me to go out and create more art, more design, more… whatever.

Hip-Hop Evolution – Netflix

This next show sat in my queue for a long time. Not because I wasn’t sure I wanted to watch it, but because I wanted to find someone to watch it with. Eventually, I could wait no longer and decided to just put it on.

Though I’ve only seen one of the four episodes in this mini-series/documentary, I already love it. I’ll be honest, I’m not the biggest hip-hop connoisseur. I like the genre, but it’s not my go to for music to listen to. That said, I love hip-hop culture. I love streetware, graffiti, break dancing, the lot.

One of my favorite documentaries, which I’ve mentioned before on this blog, is called Style Wars, a graffiti documentary from the ’80s. Something about that old school New York rawness is really appealing to me. So far, at least in this first part, that is the same sort of vibe I’ve gotten from Hip-Hop Evolution.

The Grand Tour – Amazon Prime

This may be the most mainstream of all my recommendations so far. For those that don’t know, The Grand Tour is essentially a rebranded version of the BBC’s Top Gear. I’ll admit that I thought it was a bit over the top in terms of silliness vs car reviews. But, it’s still great to see these three working together on a motoring program again.

Other recommendations/what I’ve watched lately:

Paris Is Burning – Netflix

I forget where I first heard about this but I was maybe a year ago. Finally, when searching for something to watch on “the flix,” I found it. Paris Is Burning is a documentary about the drag scene in New York in the late ’80s.

Suited – HBO

I feel like I stumbled upon this one too. Suited is a documentary about a tailor shop in New York that specializes in making suits for transgender and gender non-conforming men and women.

Dave Chappelle Stand Up Specials – Netflix

Chappell is undisputed one of the kings of comedy. Netflix just released two stand up routines from Dave. I’ve only seen the first one so far, and though I didn’t think it was as good as Killin’ Them Softly or For What It’s Worth, I did really like it. Especially towards the end.

Chappell is the master of embedding an idea or a theme in his routine that you are subconsciously aware of when you’re watching it. And then, at the end, like a magician revealing his secrets, he hits a crescendo and sticks the landing.

Big Little Lies – HBO

This show is a guilty pleasure. I saw the ads for it and figured that generally speaking HBO doesn’t steer me wrong. I didn’t want to like it, but since it’s one of these, starts at the end and works it’s way back type of series, I knew after watching the first episode that, like it or not, I had to keep watching. The show is basically a soap opera but each episode is better and more confusing and I need to find out how it ends!

Girls – HBO

I’ve been with Girls since day one, episode one. C’mon, it’s the final season, you gotta watch it.

Last Week Tonight – HBO

Always solid. Nuff said.

Coming Soon

Archer: Season 8 – FXX

Archer has sort of gone down hill since they did all of the Archer Vice crap (in my humble opinion). However, I do look forward to seeing more of this show regardless. Plus, noir Archer could be dope. Archer Dreamland premiers on April 5th.

Mystery Science Theater 3000 – Netflix

This reboot of the 1990s cult classic is set to star Jonah Ray in the role he was born to play. To be honest, I was never a huge fan of the original MST3K (my dad loved it and he got me into it), however I really like Jonah Ray and I’m interested to see how it goes. All episodes available April 14th.

Silicon Valley: Season 4 – HBO

Despite the fact that the series feels the need to inexplicably reinvent itself (as a means to add drama?) I’m looking forward to more ridiculousness and more of the Pied Piper crew. Season 4 premiers on April 23rd.

Master of None: Season 2 – Netflix

Returning for season 2 on May 12th, Master of None was one of my favorite Nexflix shows of 2015. I look forward to finally having more and seeing what happens with the characters I love.

Stranger Things: Season 2 – Netflix

This is no surprise. Stranger Things is a show that captured the imagination of… well… a lot of people. As we speak, I am going back and watching Season 1 as a means of prepping for Season 2. Also, I wanted an excuse to watch it again. All episodes of Season 2 will be available this Halloween.

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Be Happy With Less

The other day my co-workers told me about a documentary on Netflix about the principles of minimalism. Not the art style minimalism, although that may indirectly apply, but the concept as a way of living.

Minimalism: A Documentary About The Important Things is a film that follows two guys, “The Minimalists,” who travel the US spreading the gospel of a minimalist lifestyle. The principals and ideologies they preach are ones I myself have already been trying to adopt.

I realized years ago that the possessions I coveted didn’t bring me happiness. There was the initial transitory pleasure of having something new, and then an immediate drop off of happiness that made me feel depressed.

Since then, I have really done my best to try and not buy things I don’t need. I try and think really hard if it is something I will really use and if not, it probably won’t make my life any more meaningful.

The movie is, I’ll admit, a bit preachy at times. The guys can have a bit of “crunchy” Hippy vibe. All of this may make you roll your eyes, nonetheless, the message is no less poignant and helped to reaffirm my belief in this way of life.

Additional info:

Fight Club Monologue

Fight Club Dialogue

Jay Austin – tiny house designer

Life Edited – minimalist interior design

Additional reading:

Everything That Remains

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

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2016 Top Five

Another year end review. What follows (after the Google – Year In Search 2016 video) is a list of my top five accomplishments in 2016. They are arranged in the order they took place.

I am going to try and do this every year (starting last year) as it is a good way to see what, if anything, I got done. It was suggested by Chris Hardwick on The Nerdist podcast, and I really like the concept.

Lastly, before I show the list, I sourced these from this very blog, since I really only choose to write about things that are important to me, so, hopefully I’m not forgetting anything.

1) Digitizing and editing the footage – back in 2012 I went to New York and shot a bunch of footage on my grandpa’s 8mm camera. I had been meaning to edit it for (literally) years, and finally, this year, I did that.

2) Moving Out – I had moving to New York on my 2015 accomplishments list but to be honest, that was a “fake” move. This year when I moved to Somerville, it was for real. In fact, I technically moved twice this year since I had to switch apartments after my roommate lost his job. Regardless, I am glad to no longer be living at my parents house; it’s about time.

3) Biking the Boston Marathon – this is another thing I had had on my “to do” list for a long time that I was finally able to check off. Biking 26.2 miles is really not that hard. It’s only about a 2 hour ride. However, it is the mere fact that I wanted to do it and now I can say that I did.

4) Facewords Podcast – as I say in the title of this blog post, making a podcast was a “scheme” come true. Though James and I have already stopped recording episodes, and I don’t know if we’ll ever record new ones, it was cool to say that I at least did it. There seems to be a reoccurring theme here of getting things done I’ve wanted to do for a while. Which leads to my final accomplishment…

5) Australia – I’d wanted to visit this country for as long as I can remember and now I can finally say I have.

Despite the fact that I checked a few things off a list, clearly I’m pulling at hairs here because none of these “accomplishments” are really that noteworthy. I guess all in all, 2016 was a pretty “meh” year.

In conclusion, fuck 2016.

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Christmas Presents 2016

As usual, here is my annual post telling you what I got for Christmas. Things were a bit more low key this year, but I am still very happy with how the day went, all the people I got to see and the gifts that I received. I try to ask for things I need rather than things I want. I hate clutter so the less excess stuff I have, the better.

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Starting from the left (btw, this is a pano, so that’s why some things look jankey):

1. Burton Wheelie Flight Deck suitcase – I have been coveting a Burton suitcase since April/May of 2015. When my fam came to visit me in NY for the Sox/Yankees game, we stopped by the Burton flagship store in Soho. I saw a really nice suitcase I wanted but didn’t need for ~$220. It has been in my subconscious ever since. Though I still technically didn’t/don’t need a new suitcase (my current one works perfectly fine and has served me well for YEARS), the big baby in me likes getting new things and since I have a vaca planned for the spring, I thought it would be cool to have a new one

2. Boxer shorts – something that it’s always good to have more of  but that I hate buying for myself

3. Cowboy Beebop: The Complete Series (Blu ray) – I have been a fan of Beebop (pictured below the boxer shorts) since my junior year of college. Since I no longer watch cable, I never get to catch it on TV. I got a craving for the show the other day and thought, let me put it on my xmas list. Since I currently don’t have a show to watch (my free trial of Amazon Prime ran out so I no longer can watch Top Gear er, I mean The Grand Tour) I will rewatch this

4. Lint roller – I have no idea why my mom got this for me. I never asked for one and don’t really need it but I’ll just bring it to work and spread the wealth

5. Austin Powers 3 Film Collection (DVD)– up until now I only owned AP 1 and 2 on VHS and 3 was on DVD. Well now I finally have them all on a relevant (sort of) format. We had all gotten a hankering to watch them when doing our Bond marathon, so now I/we finally can.

6. Floss things – these little “needles” help to thread floss through my permanent retainer (now you know I have one). I hate buying them because they’re expensive (for what they are) and you don’t get a lot in each pack. So, these packs (I got two) should keep me all set for a while

7. Assorted snacks – popcorn, Milky Way, Ghirardelli, Reese’s Pieces

8. Grooming kit – nail clippers and such; despite the fact that I already have one, this second one will allow me to keep one in my suitcase at all times and avoid forgetting to bring these things when I go on vacation

9. Pajama Pants – I need another pair of PJ pants like I need a hole in the head, but it’s still good to have. Plus, maybe I can keep a pair at my parents house so I don’t have to bring any when I spend the night there

10. Plain White/Black Shirts – always good to have more of these

11. Darth Vader Boxer Shorts – these came in a rubber/plastic Vader helmet which is what you see in the picture. The helmet is displayed on the top of my bookcase

12. Scratch ticket – I won $5; still need to cash it in

13. Assorted Gift Cards – Urban Outfitters (earmarked for pants), Dunkin’ Donuts (2), Stop and Shop

14. Daft Punk Discovery on vinyl – every time I go into Newbury Comics I look at this album, pick it up, hold it and think, “someday you will be mine.” Then I put it back down and never buy it. Now I don’t have to. Discovery is one of the best albums ever made. It is, in my opinion, the pinnacle of Daft Punk’s career. Like Rumors for Fleetwood Mack or IV for Led Zeppelin, not only is basically every song a hit, but everything about it is timeless.

15. 45 RPM adaptor – this plastic insert was not really one of my gifts, but a spare part from one of my parents gifts; they got a new record player

16. Cheese Cutter – now I can really cut the cheese. (Obligatory stupid joke over). Despite the fact that I do have a cheese knife, this has always been my preferred method for slicing cheese so it’s nice to have one in my life again

Not pictured:

1. $20 from my Auntie Jeanne

2. $50 from my Grandpa

So, if you’re looking for someone to mug this season, I’m your guy. My wallet has exactly $70 in it; 70 times more money than it usually has!

As always, I do this not to brag and not out of vanity, but so that I can organizationally remember what I got and (hopefully) put it all to good use over the years to come.

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Future World

Tesla Enhanced Autopilot

Yesterday, Tesla announced the latest update available to their vehicles; Enhanced Autopilot. This is by far the biggest leap any car company has ever taken in the race for a fully autonomous (self driving) vehicle. To get a true understanding of what I mean, click the link above or, better yet, watch the video below.

Pretty crazy right? When I first started with Tesla in November of last year, Autosteer and Auto lane-change, along with the ability to self parallel park were, I believe, just being introduced. Later, in early 2016, the company introduced self perpendicular parking and the “Summon” feature which allows the car to come in and out of your garage or driveway all by itself.

Look at how much Autopilot has advanced from October 2015 to October 2016. In one year we went from Autosteer to Full Self Driving. Think about how refined it will be by the time the Model III comes out! This gives me hope that a very polished version of Enhanced Autopilot will be available by the time I take delivery of my Model III.

When I first heard mention that Musk wanted cars to be able to have self driving features, I thought it was cool but expected it to be years down the road. Little did I realize that perhaps as soon as early 2017, barring any regulations by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, we will see cars driving around parking lots looking for places to park all by themselves! Clearly, we are living in the future.

Westworld

For those of you who haven’t been watching, I highly reccomend you check out the new HBO Original Series Westworld. Based on the 1973 film of the same name, Westworld is a show rich in detail and shining in all categories. From writing, to cinematography, to acting, to costume design, every facet of the show is on point.

It reminds me of many things, The Matrix, virtual reality, a video game, and more that I’m forgetting but will come back to when I think of it. It brings up interesting topics touched upon in such films as Blade Runner which asks questions about humanity and what it means to actually be human.

The story so far is only three episodes deep but it is already layered in storylines and subplots. From the business side of Westworld and what is involved in keeping it from falling apart, to the hosts and how they interact with each other as well as guests in their daily lives, to the insidious and mysterious “Gunslinger,” to the hosts’ slow discovery of what they truly are and much more, the layers are deep and many.

On top of all this, the world building extends to our world. Just as was done with Jurassic World where they made a website for that “theme park,” HBO has not only made a website for Westworld the destination, they also made a website for Delos Incorporated, the company that created the “theme park.” It’s all pretty cool and makes everything feel that much more real.

Do yourself a favor and explore every facet of the “theme park website.” There are some cool easter eggs if you dig deep enough. Additionally, the most interesting part of the corporate site is the Corp Resources page. There, you will find two cool articles that show you how the corporate facility is laid out and how the “narrative loops” work for the “hosts” of Westworld.

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Japan + Design

I’ve know about the redesign of Narita Airport’s Terminal 3 for a year or so now. However, since making the firm decision that next summer I will be taking a trip to Japan, it was recently re-introduced into my brain.

The terminal has a very clean and straightforward “running track” design. The signage is clear and large; regardless of what language you speak you can easily figure out where to go. It is very reminiscent of an IKEA.

While looking at various pictures, articles and videos about Terminal 3, I found that a company called MUJI did all of the interior design for the airport. So now they are my new favorite furniture/design company… at least for the moment.

While Googling where there were MUJI stores in the US, I came across a store called Loyal Supply Co. Not only do they apparently carry some of their products, but they are located in Somerville, the city in which I currently reside.

img_4916Loyal Supply Co.

I say this all the time but sometimes it’s fun to be a tourist in your own town. Had I not looked up this other store I might have never know that this place exists despite the fact that it is right in Union Square.

It is a very small boutique with super hipster-y curated goods. Most of the stuff is knick-knacks and things that no one really needs, like $15 bars of artisanal soap. However, like Black Ink, there is a lot of cool stuff in there; definitely good for a goodie bag for mom or a girlfriend.

—Upcoming things

October: The Voyage of Time

Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life) brings us what promises to be a mind bending drama/documentary about the universe.

November: Woman

cicicicicWoman album art

Justice is coming out with their third studio album.

Arrival – movie comes out; could be good.

December: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

I’m very excited for this to come out.

Passengers – movie comes out; also could be good

I feel like I’m forgetting something but I always feel that way. If I think of it or figure it out, I’ll add it later.

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A New Level Of Consumerism

As I’m sure you all know by now, on March 31st, Tesla Motors revealed the highly anticipated Model . This past Thursday, fans around the world waited in lines for hours outside Tesla showrooms to place one thousand dollar deposits to hold their place in line for a Model 3.

TeslaPrudentialBostonThe line outside the Tesla showroom at the Prudential Center in Boston. There were more people lined up outside Sephora.

This, to me, marks a new level of consumerism. When have you ever heard of people getting in line to buy a car before!? When have you ever heard of a car generating this much buzz before? I think it’s nuts that people kill themselves on Black Friday to get good deals on TV’s and what not.

It’s nuts to me that people camp outside stores for the latest iPhone. However, at least they leave that day with an actual item. All these people left with was a confirmation email thanking them for giving us (Tesla) their money. And most people didn’t even receive that. In some cases, due to the influx of orders, confirmation emails took up to 48 hours!

TeslaModel3Tesla Model ☰  prototype

What’s more, at the time that these people put in their deposit, Model 3 hadn’t even been unveiled yet. These people gave Tesla $1,000 for something on which they had no technical specs and no idea what it looked like! All they knew is that it would be “20% smaller than Model S.”

Little did any of us know until 11:30pm EST that a 20% smaller version of Model S is exactly what we got. To be honest, I for one could not be happier about the design. The way I see it, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. There are a lot of great lines and design cues from other cars (Porsche, Aston Martin) throughout.

One of the biggest deals about this car, why it is so coveted, is because this will be the first “affordable” (prices are set to start at $35,000) model Tesla has ever released. Also, there are certain tax incentives that pertain to electric vehicles and the number handed out is limited to 200,000 units. The thought process is to have a low number on the list so that you will be able to take advantage of these incentives.

I’m not sure if the incentives are based on the total number of cars produced by a company, or if there is a cap of 200,000 per model; ie. 200k for Roadster, 200k for S, 200k for X and 200K for 3. Regardless, as of EOD Friday April 1st, Tesla had an astounding 253,000 pre-orders (deposits, reservations, whatever you want to call it) for Model 3! That is simply unbelievable.

Never before have I ever cared about stock prices… until I became a shareholder shortly after joining the company this past November. There are a lot of factors that go into play with something as monumental and, quite frankly, historical as this.

First is that, hopefully investors will see this interest as a positive thing and will thus continue to put their support behind the company. Another, is that hopefully the opening of the Giga Factory (the battery factory in Nevada) along side with the production/release of Model 3, will allow the company to finally become cash flow positive.

However, it is more than a [monetary] vested interest I have in the company. I truly care about the companies’ success, not only because I am an employee, but because I genuinely believe in their mission and I want to see them (us) accomplish it as a team.

I’ve said this since I started, I really feel I joined Tesla at the perfect time. It is a very exciting company to work for and there are many parts of Musk’s “Secret Master Plan” that are finally coming into play. Between Model X rollout ramping up, and the recent reveal of Model 3 (with deliveries expected “late 2017”) the next few years at Tesla should be, if nothing else, very interesting.

It really feels like we’re part of a movement that is much bigger than just selling electric vehicles. It truly feels like we are part of something that is changing the world. All I can do now is play the waiting game. Oh, I’m sorry, did I forget to mention that I too put down a reservation for Model 3! It’ll make for a pretty cool first car.

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Clocks and Stuff

I’ve mentioned a few times my love for the Netflix series Master of None. One of the things that stood out to me while watching it was the style of the show. Not only how it was shot, it feels very cinematic, but also the costume and set design. I found myself wanting every outfit that Dev (Aziz Ansari’s character) was wearing.

However, what I liked even more was the furniture and other set pieces in his apartment. This is particularly apparent in the episode “Mornings” when it goes though a year or six months worth of time spent between Dev and Rachel, his girlfriend, which takes place entirely in his apartment.

TwemcoBQ-38Dev’s clock from Master of None

The one thing that stood out to me (and apparently many other fans of the show), was the clock they kept cutting to in order to display the passage of time. The clock in question (pictured above) is the Twemco BQ-38. I have always been a fan of the old “flippy” clocks. I love the design of this one a lot and it wasn’t until yesterday that I realized that I could actually use a new clock for my night table in my room since my iHome is now used in the living room.

This thought occurred to me at work and thus led me on a search to figure out what this clock was. I found a post on Reddit (a site I literally never use) that was surprisingly helpful and led to an Amazon link where I could buy the clock. I probably would have bought it if it wasn’t $180! For a fucking clock, screw that. I found it on another site but it was still going for $168. I’ll be on the hunt for a cheaper knock off at a vintage market/store.

However, there was also a link on the Google search that led me to Primer dot com. The link was to an article called Designing Dev’s Apartment From Master of None. The link had a lot of great design tips and cool insight as to how set designers do there job. What was cooler was that I began to explore the site and there is a lot of cool shit on it. I’ve just started getting my toes wet, but I highly recommend checking it out.

Olivetti-ValentineOlivetti Valentine typewriter

Lastly, in completely unrelated news, I may have already brought this up, but I want an Ettore Sottsass designed Olivetti Valentine typewriter. Totally don’t need one, would totally never use it but it would make such a cool display piece… or future wedding present.

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Moved Out

So… I finally did it. It only took 26 years, but I finally moved out of my parents house! The circumstances aligned perfectly. Getting the full time job at Tesla was the first piece of the puzzle. Next was finding a roommate. Coincidentally, just as I began searching for apartments on my own -hoping a roommate would fall into place- a roommate fell into place. Fast forward through searching for “the apartment” and eventually we happened upon a great spot right between Union and Porter Square in Somerville.

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We’re a stones throw from Market Basket, a super short walk to Union Square (including Brass Union, The Independent, Backbar, and Union Square Donuts), Aeronaut Brewery, and this new place I walked past called Somervelo.

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I really look forward to checking it out. Not only do I love that it’s a bike shop that’s super close to me, but also, their logo is dope and they seemingly sell Bike Polo stuff!

Back to the apartment… we’re pretty much done getting everything set up. It’s kind of nice to have a space of your own where you can feel free to do whatever you want. Not that I was so constrained at home, but at least here if I want to have people over super late or if I magically get a girlfriend I’ll have a place to hang out rather than taking her back to my parents house. I feel like there’s more but at the moment I can’t think of it so I guess I’ll leave it there for now.

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