I couldn’t do one pull-up. My dad’s hack fixed that brilliantly.

One of my friends was lamenting that he can’t do one pull-up. Another friend playfully retorted: But I bet if you reeeeeeally wanted to you would. 🙂 She’s right… sort of. But she didn’t say how. Back in the day, though, my dad knew how. In the 7th grade — when I was humiliated that… Continue reading I couldn’t do one pull-up. My dad’s hack fixed that brilliantly.

Adam’s septoplasty / turbinate reduction surgery diary. Infotainment the doctor ordered!

Three out of four leading doctors told me that I have a really messed up nose (my septum is shaped like a hockey stick rather than the more conveniently functional lower case ‘l’ style)… and if I ever want to breathe decently, I simply must get a septoplasty + turbinate reduction surgery. The fourth (admittedly imaginary)… Continue reading Adam’s septoplasty / turbinate reduction surgery diary. Infotainment the doctor ordered!

How employment at prominent tech firms stymies open communication

Let me first get the disclaimers out of the way: I have worked at Google since March, 2006. I do not speak on behalf of Google in this blog, nor do my views necessarily dovetail with those of other Googlers; I’ve historically held more of a public-facing role than most Googlers, so I have heightened… Continue reading How employment at prominent tech firms stymies open communication

Some new AdamMusic (and some highlights from music past)

I’ve been quite-rightly bugged by some of my friends to play more piano. So yesterday, I stayed at work late (actually ’til nearly 2am!) and banged out some stuff on the now slightly-out-of-tune-but-still-serviceable grand piano in one of the lobbies, filmed with my slightly-old-and-suboptimal-video-recording camera, and documented in this run-on-but-still-comprehensible sentence. The first bit is… Continue reading Some new AdamMusic (and some highlights from music past)

A heartwarming story about bridging the culture gap

A gaggle of giggling young teens — pre-Facebook — pesters this cranky, lonely guy, and asks him… everything. Luxembourg, 1998. On a whim and with zero preparation, I’d decided to spend a weekend there, only to face crappy weather and a lack of available nearby hostels. After much schlepping, I wearily ended up in Echternacht at a… Continue reading A heartwarming story about bridging the culture gap

25 Things About Me

[ I resisted for a while, but after spending more than an hour reading friends’ “25 things” on Facebook, I’m sold, and feel obligated to contribute to the meme 🙂 – Adam ] I had never seen snow coming from the sky ‘til college (grew up in S. California, went to school in the midwest).… Continue reading 25 Things About Me

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A cappella birthday silliness — much of it composed by me

Back in high school, I was not only a band geek, but a choir geek as well!  But I did far more than just sing your standard choral music :-D.  I loved composing, arranging and teaching, and often performing short songs in vocal quartets, and I founded my very own singing telegram business (“The Birthday… Continue reading A cappella birthday silliness — much of it composed by me

I, Robot

Hello.  Good day.  A little quiet?I’m feeling a little blue myself.You know, A little anxious for no particular reasonA little sad that I should feel anxious at this age.You know, a little self-conscious anxiety resulting in non-specific sadness.The state that I call blue. – spoken by the narrator (“Man In Chair”) in the awesome musical… Continue reading I, Robot