Reflections

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

25 and Dreaming (but less)

Chase Your Dreams

It's my birthday today. I am 25. I've not been that excited though, perhaps because I've opted to spend the day on a plane? Perhaps due to recent changes in my personal circumstances. I've had a lovely weekend in Seattle and been completely spoilt by my friend Dig... but there's no feeling of "ooh I'm ...


Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Finding Balance and Doing Less

I (heart) balancing rocks

Back in March, I had a really terrible week. My paper got rejected and I realized I wasn't going to be able to finish this semester, and the following day, my boyfriend and I broke up. It's not uncommon for a paper to be rejected, however, frustratingly, the comments I got were mostly aspects of it ...


Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

I Love Love Love Being a Girl

AN AMERICAN GIRL in YOKOHAMA

I've been in a couple of situations recently where I felt I had to apologize for, or justify my emotions. I contend that's unfair - I don't make decisions as a result of my emotions, but I do react emotionally to events. I cry - at the news, at movies, books, at TV shows. I get ...


Friday, April 16th, 2010

TV via iTunes

Ugly Betty / Justin

I've never bought any music on iTunes. I've long resented the fact that it's nearly as expensive as buying a CD, and I don't have the physical CD to put in my car or just to have in case of a computer crash. But not that long ago, I started renting, and then buying movies ...


Friday, March 26th, 2010

Google vs. Censored Internet

Can

Of course, I've been following the debate about Google leaving China and the fallout. There's a good summary in the NYT, as well as a piece on Sergey Brin and his childhood in the Soviet Union. I really love the evil meter. I was in China in 2007 for about 3 months. I'd braced myself for ...


Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Happy Ada Lovelace Day

Ada Lovelace

I really want to blog about a woman in tech today. I think Ada Lovelace day is awesome, and was charmed when someone wished me a happy Ada Lovelace day this morning. However, I have a dearth of role models. Does passively stalking someone on Twitter count as knowing someone? Even with the odd, brief, interaction? ...


Friday, March 19th, 2010

Being Nice

kicking in the head

I've been thinking about being likable lately, because things seem to keep coming back to kick me in the head. Am I doing it wrong? Trying too hard? Not trying the right things? Not trying the right people? Over thinking all this? And then, well, I just offered to do a favor for a friend, E. ...


Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Role Models

Several months ago, I met someone who had been reading my blog. We had a chat, but from some things that she said I got the impression that my blog made me seem a bit too much like super-woman. I'm not, as you may have noticed, because since then I've tried to temper my writing ...


Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Can You Flow Your Way to Great?

ski jump

If you know me at all (or have just been reading my blog for a while) you'll know I'm really interested in how to be more productive, more effective, and generally achieving more. And of course I read Zen Habits and all these other blogs that talk about flow. Flow is about being completely absorbed in ...




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