The Best Chess Moments In Queen’s Gambit

“My tranquility needs to be refurbished.” Alma Wheatley When you play a lot of chess, you start recognizing what “Hollywood” dresses up in films to increase drama or exaggerate details to cue the audience what is happening in a game. So when Queen’s Gambit arrived on Netflix, it went to

Once Upon a Time Dream

Writer’s note: Something I wrote up during a 45-minute free-writing session. The prompt was “grasping.” Mechanical watches are useless in this dream because time moves faster for only you when you’re aware of the time. Emotions play a big part in time movement, too. Anger accelerates time in most cases,

“The Herd is On the Move”

Maybe because I’m going back on the warpath that I’m noticing an interesting trend among my Valley peers that have been “in the game” since the 2010s: we’re building again. This part is choked with anecdotes, but hear me out. COVID has “reset” our social and cultural patterns, which in

Bookshelf

Last updated: Oct 2020 Sure, I could be other blogs where they throw 1,000+ titles to show breadth. Instead, I’d rather lightly pitch why each piece is time well spent, and share my core culture. These are all worth a physical paperback/hardcover copy. Nonfiction Shoe Dog by Phil Knight When

A 2020 Guide to What’s Left of Downtown NYC Burgers

2020 was supposed to be a record $899 billion dining-boom before COVID-19 happened. By May it wrenched into a $120 billion reversal loss, which the National Restaurant Association is predicting to go up to $240 billion by year’s end. A lot of good restaurants are closing up for good. Are

About Hana and Social Media Bullying

Many of you have mixed opinions on reality television that evolved from the Newlyweds or Survivor days. Some believe it’s a waste of time, others think it’s a good learning tool on societal behaviors. Terrace House was our family’s gateway drug to reality television. Up until now, it was a

White Charcoal Sketches of Roman Sculpture

Hand Speed Sketch

The Money House

Worcester, Massachusetts I accepted the offer for my first internship, despite not knowing who I was or what I wanted to do. “Students are offered the ability to create income, acquire awesome real-world experience running a business and managing expenses, and learn community values that promote integrity and responsibility.” They

Treasure Island

San Francisco, California Doing food deliveries was stressful, mundane work. A complete blur of faraway houses over many hills, downtown corporate offices with zero parking, day after day, rain or shine. You’d get some surprises like a celebrity or the occasional late-night strip club catering event. Everybody’s gotta eat. But

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