Author: jtplatnum

Chinatown

So today I was walking from work (The Speakeasy) towards the Bart train through Chinatown and saw a dude about my age walking towards me. An Asian guy…with a little pep in his step. As we got closer I noticed he was staring at me, so I kind of glanced at him. As he got..

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Instagram, Facebook

After this past election season, I lost a ton of interest in Social Media. Everyone suddenly became judge, jury and executioner; not really realizing that the more we argue about dumb concepts, the less likely we are to progress. So I distanced myself from them…I’m more of a consumer than I am a creator. So..

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Daniel Suarez books.

If you’re looking for an easy read with lots of sci-fi action, I’d recommend the first one (of two) I read a few months ago called Daemon by Daniel Suarez. It’s about a computer genius who sets up an unalterable chain of events to begin occurring when news of his death hits the media. Very..

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Why programming sucks

Forwarded to me by one of my programmer friends…source: http://stilldrinking.org/programming-sucks Every friend I have with a job that involves picking up something heavier than a laptop more than twice a week eventually finds a way to slip something like this into conversation: “Bro,1 you don’t work hard. I just worked a 4700-hour week digging a tunnel under..

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Casually carpooling

Since moving to Oakland, I’ve found a new form of commuting that is completely free and reliable: http://sfcasualcarpool.com/ Basically, all I do is go to a predetermined spot (about a 5 minute walk) and I open the door to a car and sit in and and say ‘Good morning’ and I get driven across the bay..

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Juicy J – Stay Trippy

I dunno why but for some reason I can’t stop listening to this album: I mean…I never really cared for Triple 6 Mafia, but for some reason I’m really feelin this album. It’s a guilty pleasure. Makes me think of those clubs you find yourself in at 3am with zero lighting except something pink and..

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A nu thang

I know…it’s been a while since I’ve taken the time to update my blog…it’s just…there’s this nu thang goin on in my life… For real though…I’m just busy. The move to Oakland seems to have shortened my available time for messing around on the internet. But I’ll try to keep updating it. I swear.

The new neighborhood

Welp, we’ve moved into the new place and it’s definitely a step in the right direction. Where we were before, it was perpetually cloudy and often cold…it was an awesome place in theory, but in reality it wasn’t all we had hoped it would be. So our new place is a bit more lively…definitely a..

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Whatsapp

As I’m sure you’ve heard, an international communications service was picked up by Facebook the other day for $16,000,000,000. 50 Employees. Pretty impressive. I didn’t know much about whatsapp (I still don’t), but I took a look at their blog and read a really cool post called ‘Why we don’t sell ads’. If you get..

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Super Bowl Heroes

The other day one of the few sites I built (from scratch) debuted on/during the superbowl. Analytics showed it received about 100k hits over 2 days…pretty cool (although not much compared to other sites around here). Victory!

Scamt.

So…a good friend of mine got ripped off for a pretty hefty amount through a PayPal transaction the other day. Only thing I’d say as a warning – never ever ever EVER send your payments as ‘Friends and Family’ unless you have ample reason to believe that this person is not going to screw you..

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Moviez

I watched a few really good movies over the past couple of weeks and they all seem to follow a common theme: black stuggle in America: – The Butler – 12 Years a Slave – Fruitvale Station Although I was pretty engrossed in all 3, I would highly recommend The Butler and Fruitvale Station…Fruitvale probably..

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Neighbors.

Just about every Sunday, Toni and I make our way over to the Richmond Farmers Market around 3rd and Clement. The other day as we were walking towards Clement, we came across a nice little surprise for someone (it says “Please clean up your dogs poop” and there’s a big gross pile of dog excrement..

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Darts

I’ve never really played darts before, but the other day a friend and I were drinking at Yanceys Saloon over by 9th and Irving and decided to give it a shot. My first throw: My next throw (that’s my friends middle finger for reference):   i proceeded to throw a total of 5 bullseyes over..

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Snooooooooop….

Easily one of my favorite albums of all time, Doggystyle changed the game. I’ve come across 4 or 5 articles out there talking about the 20th anniversary of Doggystyle and learned a lot of cool stuff I didn’t really know. And then a friend of mine sent me a mixtape hosted by Snoop walking the..

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Cool places in the US.

Came across this site the other day called ‘Weird U.S.”…I’m pretty sure I’m going to seek some of these places out. It kind of surprised me that I had only been to a few in California (I consider myself quite well-traveled)…