San Francisco undercover. Made with iPhone 12 Pro Max

What’s so great about summer? Quite a few things, but for me, it is Fogust: the foggy month of August that we get to enjoy in San Francisco. August is the perfect staycation month for me. 

First of all, I am extra cautious about the emergent strain of the virus — and see no reason to take any risks by traveling. Secondly, I’m not too fond of hot climes. While most of the northern hemisphere enjoys hot days and balmy nights, I much prefer my backyard—daytime highs of 65 degrees and nights that dip down to the low 50s. 

The fog is also a chance to exercise my camera. And spend a lot of time reading — long articles, books, and of course, research papers. I hope that with the arrival of the new month, I will find my writing rhythm. Over the past two weeks, I have probably scribbled more notes in my journal than on the old blog. 

Anyway, this being the weekend, I thought I would share some gems I found on the Internet to make you smile. 

A short recap of my Tweek (aka my week on Twitter)

July 29: Every earnings report is a reminder that year-over-year percentage growth numbers are pretty much worthless, except they do make for pretty graphs, nice headlines & hide reality. Good thread to follow. 

July 28: “Yup, he’s a great leader! He motivates us to do great work.” Who is “he?” 

July 27: The most interesting thing about Apple earnings for Q3FY2021: About 1/2 of the customers who purchased a Mac or iPad in the quarter were new to the product. Mac and iPad grew 16% and 12%. The last 4 Mac quarters have been the top 4 quarters ever for Mac.

July 27: Hello Twitter friends— which Is your favorite Weather app on iOS. I currently use Dark Sky. But hoping for something different/better. (So many great replies in the thread. I am trying out the Carrot app.) 


August 1, 2021. San Francisco

So Long Old Friend. Pier 38 to Shut Down

249404286_8a41edfc1f_m.jpgSo the word is finally out – Pier 38 on Embarcadero is throwing out a lot of tech startups and some of my friends. Since I live around the corner and often pop in to see my mates I saw the eviction notice on the door of True Ventures’s SF office with mixed emotions. Long before it became a tech-hub, True was the first tenant and those offices were where me, Katie, Joey and Liz put up our shingle after starting out at a Starbucks near my old apartment. Later we would move next door and got our own office — though apparently I wasn’t around at the time of the move.

It was drafty and cold. The bathrooms reminded us of The Psycho. And late nights were scary quiet. But it was a lovely peaceful pier, with ample parking. We had our own yogi as well. And we often sat outside and did our phone calls with gulls screeching in the background. We had our NTV Pier Screenings and almost everyone in the video industry showed up to brave the chills and watch the funny videos.

In time others moved in and Pier 38 went from being a peaceful little place to a tech hub. A whole lot of startups can trace their roots back to this creaking, aging pier. It became a vibrant little village. We moved away to somewhere else, but Pier does live in our heart. It would soon be forgotten, replaced by some edifice to modernity and greed. Raw startup vibe replaced by architects, lawyers and something very forgettable. The sad part is that other cities would die to have such a hub. And instead we have San Francisco and the America’s Cup, which frankly is the real reason why I think the Pier 38 is being put down. Continue reading “So Long Old Friend. Pier 38 to Shut Down”