Friday, January 4, 2013

actually not so transient

I was going back and looking at old posts, because I vaguely remember writing something mean about something that might come back to haunt me today and I was trying to find it to belatedly hide it.  Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised at what I used to write.  Sure, the pictures are all broken and I was clearly very wrong about some things, but I am not totally embarrassed about what I wrote in 2007.  Some of it wasn't so bad.

At times I used this thing like Instagram, but well, now there's Instagram, so I probably won't do that anymore.  I can't believe I started writing here in 2006, over six years ago!  Little did I know visiting MIT in March 2007 that I'd be spending the next five years here (p.s. I just did a linking thing that I hate, using each word for an example of the phrase, but look at little 2007 neha visiting MIT!).  Actually at that point in time I was fairly sure I'd be back in SF real fast.

It's funny, I'm having some of the same dilemmas today that I had five years ago, like the question of where I want to live the rest of my life.  I lived in New York for a few months AGAIN and wasn't totally taken with it... I might just have to give up on having a life there.

Also, I think I was like half libertarian back then.  Defending chain stores?  Yikes.

Most of my sharing has spread to other services, but a lot of it just doesn't happen anymore (unless you happen to find me when I'm particularly up in arms about some issue [sorry Brian]).  No place has taken over as the comfortable place to rant.  I would like to start writing essays on contained topics.  Fear of being wrong or regretting what I write has kept me from doing it for years -- but looking back on this blog makes me feel a little bit better.  I was particularly moved by my friend's article on doing academic inquiry in public (spell check is telling me enquiry is wrong even though being an enquirer is a thing?  WTH english language).  Not writing means you aren't part of the conversation.

I'm still working out where I will write research stuff and where I will write personal stuff, but for now, I will just put everything here.  One of my New Years resolutions is to write a couple of sentences about every article I read, so I started a little tumblr here:  Neha's Grumbles.  It was initially called "Neha's Tidbits" or something but then I realized everything was negative so beware.  Anyway it's amazing how much less crap you read when you are forcing yourself to write about it.

Oh and re: TV go watch Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, and Homeland.  I also really like Nashville but that might just be because I'm starting to enjoy (tolerate?) country music.  Damn you Taylor Swift.


  1. Welcome back to the blogosphere! Delighted to see you on here again. And I looooove the start of this post. :)

  2. hahaha thanks Lara! come visit the east coast again!

  3. You should try living in Seattle for a while :)

  4. summer in seattle forever!

  5. You and Lara are inspiring me to write online again

  6. You weren't wrong about Facebook at all, by the way. You were wrong that it was over, but everything else you said was spot on. No one in SV knows how real people use the web, and Facebook has created 1.1 billion brand managers :)