California Trash

By , November 23, 2010 5:55 am

One of the simple things that makes me smile is the way California handles trash (at least relative to DC). First of all, there are three distinct bins compared to DC’s two. Second of all, we have a compost bin! Finally, of the three bins, the biggest (green) is the compost bin, the medium sized one (blue) is for recycling, and the smallest (black) is for garbage. That’s right, the smallest bin is for trash.

Go California!

California House

By , November 15, 2010 12:57 pm

It has been a bit since my last post, but obviously, things have been pretty busy over the last week. Thanks to Jenn for the reminder to update the log…

Since my last update, we have actually moved into our new house. Well, all of our stuff is there but we are sleeping in the hotel. We expect to get enough unpacking done tomorrow, however, to move in for good. Maya loves her new room too. The first time she saw the house, she ran upstairs to stake claim to the room that met her rigorous standards. Once determined, she jumped on the floor with glee, rolling around and giggling the whole time. Needless to say, a better reaction than we expected!

Finding a school is the next big hurdle. Andrea has seen quite a few already. We hope to have that solved in the next few days.

Empty House

By , November 7, 2010 11:18 pm

The house is now completely empty! It is a sad and exciting day, all in one. Obviously, it is sad that we are leaving our home (in DC), family, friends, etc. That said, I am really looking forward to completing the breakdown process and starting the rebuilding process on the other side. Over the last few weeks, we have spent so much time saying our good-byes, checking off items on our things-to-do-before-we-leave lists, packing up our belongings, etc., that we have really been focused on the negative emotions that go with moving across the country. I don’t expect those emotions to go away once we get there, but I am hoping that the positive emotions will take over – the emotions that come with new experiences, setting up a new house, meeting new people, etc.

So, we leave for California tomorrow morning. More posts once we are on the other side…

Moving Day 2

By , November 5, 2010 5:40 pm

Day 2 of moving is going pretty smoothly now… Well, now that the plan was revised. I am not a big fan of the plan, but if it gets done right and well (and quickly), the ends will justify the means. Here is the plan:

  1. Leave the big, 53-foot truck in Jessup, Maryland, 26-miles away from the house
  2. Rent a U-Haul
  3. Bring the U-Haul to the house and pack it up
  4. Once full, return to Jessup to transfer the stuff over to the large truck
  5. Return to the house with the U-Haul for another load

Certainly not the most elegant solution to the “truck is too big for the street” problem, but it seems to be working.

By day’s end, the house should be mostly packed and partially emptied. Tomorrow is the final loading day. Until then…

Moving Day 1

By , November 4, 2010 5:39 pm

Moving Truck

It is pretty disruptive having people in the house boxing up everything we own, but it is certainly preferable to having to do it ourselves! Today and tomorrow are for the packing and the loading of the truck will be on the third day. Thereafter, we are officially homeless… at least until we move into our new place in CA in about two weeks. Fun!

My Plan for this Blog

By , November 1, 2010 2:54 pm

So, I put together this blog a few months ago with the greatest intentions. I planned to write to it at least weekly and was going to focus on a range of topics, including NPR, APIs, daily musings, etc. Clearly, that hasn’t happened… yet.

With the recent life change (if you haven’t heard, I am leaving NPR for Netflix), I have decided that this is the perfect time to start what I originally intended to do. This time, however, there will be two differences. First, I am actually going to do it (I hope). And second, the topics will likely be a different blend of personal and work.

So, wish me luck in keeping this blog alive (and interesting)!

NPR API Wins the OJA2010 Technology Innovations Award

By , October 31, 2010 11:25 am

Last night, I had the pleasure of joining my old colleagues from NPR at the Online Journalism Association’s award ceremony in DC. First of all, it was great to see the gang again after three weeks as a non-NPR employee. It was also great to see NPR nominated for a wide range of awards (eight in total). The highlights for me, however, were that the NPR API won its first award (explicitly) and the fact that Kinsey Wilson won the Rich Jaroslovsky award (congratulations, Kinsey!).

The NPR API won the Gannett Foundation Award for Technical Innovation in the Service of Digital Journalism, which is a huge honor! I couldn’t be more proud of the NPR team, and more specifically the NPR Digital Media Tech Team, in claiming this. The work that the team did is amazing and it is great to see that work getting recognized in such a prestigious fashion. I am also very thankful that Kinsey invited me to accept the award on behalf of NPR. Representing such a tremendous team in this forum is a huge honor for me. While accepting the award, I explicitly thanked Zach Brand and Harold Neal as my “partners in crime” in getting the API live. While I stand by that statement, I do wish I explicitly thanked the rest of the Tech Team who has played a very important role in the evolution of the API since its launch in 2008.

Congratulations to Demian Perry, Jeremy Pennycook, Jennifer Oh and the other contributors to NPR Mobile as well, for winning the award for Outstanding Use of Emerging Technologies.

I look forward to seeing more great achievements from NPR going forward. I expect that there will be many…

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