Go West

Being a software developer and proficient in maths means that I am pretty good at spotting patterns, or it can be the other way round. Regardless, here is a pattern in my life that I’ve spotted. It seems that the intervals between relocation for me is a geometric progression. For those who are not familiar with geometric progression or geometric series, here is what I mean:

Time living in Hong Kong ~= 15 years
Time living in U.K. ~= 10 years
Time living in East Coast America ~= soon to be 5 years

And with our plan to move to the west coast soon (probably in the next year or so) does that mean we will be finally settling down in the west coast? Probably, at least according to maths!

Time living in West Coast America = ∞!

Will our life be peaceful there in the open air where the skies are blue?

(No prize for picking up the 70’s or 90’s song reference in this post, depending on which version of the song you are thinking of)

Mr. A-Z

The supporting act for last night’s Alanis Morissette concert, which by the way was great, was Jason Mraz. Me, not being up-to-date with the latest music trend, didn’t know who he is. But I was impressed by his music and his wit* that I am going to spend money on a actual CD, despite his songs/albums are available on iTunes Music Store Jason Mraz. Can’t get myself to subject his music to lowly 128 kbps AAC encoding…

* At one point between songs, he stared into the distance and said “So this is what I dropped out of musical theatre school for!” A pause (while we laughed), “You guys are paying for my failure!”

Ten Years Later

iTunes is currently playing the Alanis Morissette’s Alanis Morissette ten year anniversary acoustic version of Jagged Little Pill Jagged Little Pill (apparently a Star Bucks exclusive). I can’t believe it has been ten years since I started my second year of college, and almost ten years since I met Leah! And we are going to see Alanis Morissette at the Radio City Music Hall tomorrow night. No doubt it would be another great performance from her.


When I was a teenager living in the middle of nowhere in the U.K. in the early 90’s, my then best friend introduced me to Pearl Jam and their great music (Ten and Vs. which I still think are their best work thus far). But I lost interest in them after the release of the Vitalogy album which, at the time, I thought was not really Pearl Jam anymore.

However, back in October when Pearl Jam’s iTunes exclusive album, Live at Benaroya Hall, was released I found myself listening to the preview tracks and liking them. I bought that album soon and now I am in a Pearl Jam revival mood. I’ve just previewed and bought their No Code album and iTunes is downloading the tracks as we speak. Strangely I already have the Yield album (which I thought was OK) that was released after No Code. Somehow I skipped that album without knowing until this evening…

Perhaps as I mature from teenage to adulthood, my music taste matches (with years long delays) Pearl Jam transformation as well? Or is it a case of nostalgia?

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