Present Moment

Whatever the specifics of a man’s purpose, he must always refresh the transcendental element of his life through regular meditation and retreat. A man should never get lost in the details of his life and forget that, ultimately and in truth, life amounts to nothing other than what is the deepest truth of this present moment. Tasks don’t get a man anywhere more conscious or free than he is capable of being in this moment.  — David Deida

Meet Modern Russia

Some Americans (and Europeans), especially the political class, need to get over their knee-jerk Russophobia– and should really stop all the hating. I loved my experiences in Russia. The people are very generous and have big hearts.

The US seems to be upset that Russia is taking its rightful place as a global superpower. It makes it more difficult for the US to go around the world doing whatever it wants, whenever it wants, to developing countries (like Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya,  Somalia, Panama, Yugoslavia, Yemen, Pakistan, Vietnam, Iran, Chile, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Cambodia, Laos, Cuba, and so on and so on).

Yelp Engineering Trip

Yesterday, I returned from an outstanding trip to Yelp headquarters in San Francisco. Along with five other programmers, through LaunchCode,  I had the opportunity to meet with Yelp Engineers to gain production insight and to discuss the advancement of my software engineering career. Here are a few photos from Twitter.