My name is Josh, and San Francisco is complicated
February 18, 2016
Hi there, My name is Josh Johnson. I’m interested in leasing the property at . A little background about me: I currently work at Okta (www.okta.com), where I’ve been for two years in the Engineering department. I’m a quiet, computer-centric type who is looking for a new place to live as my current roommate has decided to move out-of-state. I’m currently living in the SOMA area with no pets; I am looking to finalize a place to move into on or before March 1st. Looking forward to hearing back soon, — Josh J This has been the paragraph on my clipboard practically all night, two weeks before March 1st. This is my story.
Winter Urban Garden: All the lettuce!
January 28, 2016
Dateline: 2016-01-10 The holidays have come and gone, but the urban garden is not forgotten. While we were gone for Christmas and New Years, the plants have survived. Fortunately for the green things it’s continued to be a wet winter in San Francisco. Unfortunately for said plants, it’s also been quite cold. We’ve had a few days of frost warnings and several more that were cold, but not quite cold enough for the warnings.
AWS Bootcamp: Architecting Highly Available Applications on AWS
September 16, 2015
On Monday I visited the AWS Popup loft in San Francisco (again) and attended the Bootcamp on “Architecting Highly Available Applications on AWS”. Rather than try and re-summarize it, I’ll let the course description do the talking: “This beginner-level bootcamp teaches you how to apply the principles of elasticity, mitigating single points of failure and designing loosely coupled applications to architect resilient applications on AWS. We will cover how to apply AWS services and features as well as common design patterns to improve fault tolerance in the networking, web, storage and database layers of your application.”
A “taste of Chef” at the AWS Popup Loft SF
July 22, 2015
Over a year ago, Amazon Web Services built their nifty Popup Loft in San Francisco. Since then they’ve hosted a ton of cool events, including a very regular series of all day, hands on labs. The labs are free, everything is provided, even lunch. There’s one critical issue (for most people): getting time off work to go to the lab is hard! Fortunately for me (and several others in the class) I’m between jobs, so I have time to attend and get all educated.
Ride Friday: Pt Reyes
January 17, 2014
View larger map It’s been quite some time since I’ve posted any of the ride routes I’ve been on. Not all of them are easy to remember the exact routes, so I won’t share misinformation with you. However this route was fairly easy to map out (and I had made notes!). This particular ride I originally took back on a sunny October morning with Panda in the slot. General Area: Point Reyes and Mt Tamalpais
Food Review: Camp BBQ (San Francisco)
February 4, 2013
After several nights of drinking and debauchery, Lauren suggested a slight change of pace for an evening excursion. There was this new Japanese BBQ place out in the Inner Richmond which she’d been to once and claimed that “it was to die for”. To me, “Japanese BBQ” typically means yakitori and a few similar items. Sure it’s tasty, but it’s not exactly exciting. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised by our trip to Camp BBQ SF.
Food Review: M.Y. China SF (Westfield Center)
January 25, 2013
Our buns are steaming hot! Last night Lauren and I went to M.Y. China SF (not to be confused with My China SF) in the Westfield Center. I don’t go to Westfield (aka “The Powell St Mall”) that much, but I had seen it in construction just before opening. We had a free evening so Lauren suggested we go to the “Dim sum place in Westfield”.
Visiting GDC2012 – Part 1 of 2
March 13, 2012
Last week was the yearly Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. I was lucky enough to get the chance to attend due to a gracious sponsorship from NeuroSky. GDC is primarily an industry event, but being a gamer, a techy, and a little bit of a developer in my free time… it’s really quite fascinating. I figured I would share what things I saw while I was there.
Review: Uber (Private Driver Service)
October 4, 2011
Since I’m in San Francisco now, I have had a need for taxi service on occasion. The biggest issue with taxis in San Francisco is that like any big city, it can take a while to get one — especially on busy drinking nights. I had heard about this service called “Uber”; that it was a cab service with a mobile app to request rides, so I figured I’d give it a shot. In the last couple of weeks I’ve taken four rides with Uber and it’s been really nifty so far.
Ok AT&T, I'm offically sick of you
September 3, 2010
Look, I understand that cell phones are imperfect devices. Hell, everything computerized is imperfect. That being what it is, I only have so much patience and I’ve reached my limit with AT&T Wireless. They suck, and they drive me up a mother loving wall. All I want to do is be able to make a bloody phone call, and I can’t. For years, I’ve accepted a multitude of dropped calls and dead zones, it is imperfect after all… When I can’t even walk down the damn street without losing my call, you’ve lost me as a customer.