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y-combinator

I just got accepted into y-combinator‘s summer founders program. Got the call at Macaroni Grill with Julia. This is a dream come true!

More to come in the following months.

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It’s a no go…

Hi everyone,

So, after turning my place upside down many times in search of my old passport and after making many phone calls…we’ve decided that its best to postpone the trip. So if anyone has any suggestions on where to go, then you know where to reach us!

To be continued…

๐Ÿ˜€ julia (+bryan)

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Update: pre-travel hysterics

We’ve hit kinda a roadblock here on the ol travel plans and we haven’t even left.

Last Wednesday, Julia discovered that her passport was missing. We look around both apartments, but nothing turned up. She applied for an emergency passport (for like $500), sent them all the documents they needed on Thursday, and they had it fedexed from Washington DC with a Saturday delivery. We figured we got extremely lucky, in the end, without a moment to spare.

Then this freakish storm overtook the land, it snowed in Berkeley, and blizzarded in Nashville. This being Fedex’s hub, all we can guess is Julia’s replacement passport is now sitting in the land of country music, frozen on a tarmac somewhere.

Which means we have to find her passport in like 3 hours max (plane is at 6:30) or no dice.

Ugh. Wish us luck.

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Bryan Kennedy
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Costa Rica Updates

I took the liberty of adding you to our Costa Rica mailing list, where we’ll be sending updates from our travels. If you’re like: "That fool, my inbox can’t handle one more e-mail!", well then fine! See if I care! Remove yourself from my buddy list on myspace while you’re at it! E-mail costarica-unsubscribe@aboutbryan.com and the system will take you off. If you change your mind or want someone else on that we forgot, e-mail costarica-subscribe@aboutbryan.com. If you prefer the blog format, go to http://costarica.aboutbryan.com – everything here will go there.

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Today is the day! Julia and I are headed to Costa Rica for almost two full weeks! Without intending to inspire jealousy in present company, we’re both very excited to fly away from this frigid weather and into the warm breezes of the equator.

Our journey begins tonight at 6, when we’ll be flying aboard American Airlines to LAX, and then off to San Jose International in Costa Rica for a relaxing red-eye flight. Provided baby density in our section of the cabin remains low, we’ll both have gotten some sleep and will arrive happy and refreshed on Sunday morning to pick up our 4×4.

Then it’s off to the coast for a yet-unplanned adventure! Nothing’s booked – so this can be kind of like a name-your-adventure-tale for all you-alls: "Julia and Bryan encounter a fork in the jungle road. On one they can glimpse a distant beach and some snakes, on the other, an active volcano and some parrots. Which should they choose? E-mail to decide.

It’ll just be the illusion of control, though, because we won’t listen and choose the beach every time, right J?
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Costa Rica blog

visit the blog for Julia and my’s trip to Costa Rica

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Welcome to Costa Rica!

Julia and I are planning a trip to Costa Rica. We’re both very excited, but some last minute passport difficulties (Julia can’t find hers!) might throw a wrench in the works.

If not, we’ll be leaving aboard American Airlines to San Jose, Costa Rica on Saturday the 18th. We’ll be returning on the 1st of March.

If you’d like to stay updated by e-mail, send a message to costarica@aboutbryan.com and you’ll be added to our friends’ list. Otherwise, all updates will be posted here as well.

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Casual laundry room banter

If you have sensitive ears, don’t read any further. Though this conversation was overheard (or rather, passively participated in) in a public laundry room, it is not suitable for everyone. And my telling it forces me to dive far below my normal level of verbal decency. However, I felt it was a tale worth telling.

I went about my bi-weeklyish laundry ritual this afternoon. Usually this time of day the laundry room is empty. However, today, I had a companion.

It started out as a normal I-don’t-know-you-but-I’ll-be-friendly “hello”. I’m a strong advocate for those sort of hellos, so I fired the first shot. She replied as one normally would, with a “Hi, how are you.” I politely ignored this request for information, wishing to convey that I had a job to do, and started sorting and loading my clothes into the washer.

Then behind me I hear a sound. What is this? A conversation starting with me as the recipient? Why, I don’t recall giving you permission to engage me in conversation miss fellow laundryroom person. Fine, I will parlay, though whilest pretending to be far more engaged in my laundry task than is normally required.

Unfortunately, these first few words are lost in nothingness, for my brain had tagged them as inconsequential blabbering and thus set them for immediate deletion. However, the first word I *did* hear and remember clearly was not something I should mention here. Suddenly less interested in my clothes, I stopped really sorting them at all. Fully engaged now, my brain started recording the conversation.

For about five minutes she talked to me about her relationship with her recently ex-ed boyfriend, involving several details about sexual acts and practices.

That’s some serious stuff to throw on a stranger. All the while I’m loading the clothes in the washer about as quick as I can without ripping collars and pocket rings, hoping to get out of there as fast as possible. Then, as I’m loading the last bit she asks me a question (up until now the only I’d said was hello): Do you know how I could get this stain out?

Believe you me, I had the same thought as you – and my immediate instinct was leave the clothes and high-tail it out of there! However, against the activation in my frontal lobe, my primal cortex forced me to look at the object of her query. Phew. Just a backpack that looked to be splattered with something brown. Maybe blood. At least it’s not what I thought it’d be.

I tell her I have no clue how to get that stain out, ram the quarters in the slot, and head quickly back to my humble abode, all the while thanking the powers that be that I don’t have to stay in the laundry room with her and read a magazine or something.

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Article on Berkeley Innovation

The Daily Cal finally wrote up something about Berkeley Innovation. I’m quoted too. Cool.

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Server HD died, recovering

Right, so now I think hard disks are a pretty silly idea. I mean, why should I own a $200 piece of equipment that heats up to no end, makes noises, and eventually suddenly dies for no reason and to much regret for not having backed up anything.

The good news is that it may not actually in fact be dead. While I can’t boot the sucker, I can see the files. Maybe I’ll be able to recover them. Or maybe it’s just dying, and it’s like being able to see your loved ones through a window in a sinking car. I think I saw that in a movie once or something.

An this has happened to me before. Hard drives are bound to fail, I know, and each time I say – never again will I trust them to never fail! I will back up each and every day! And then I don’t, because backing up almost 1 terabyte of data is a -shall we say- boring thing to do. HD size has easily overcome backup media size. Why is that?

I really think the next step is massive online data. Maybe provided by goggle. They seem to have this whole storage thing down. I’d store my stuff on google. Not even backup, really. All I should need is a fast connection and an account on some limitless server hard disk somewhere. I’d even *pay* for it.

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Tombstone Hold-em

On Saturday October 15, 2005, Graveyard Games will be in Colma, San Francisco’s very own City of the Dead, so you can meet the living and play with the dead.

You’re invited to the Italian Cemetery to get to know your local dearly departed, pay your respects, and learn Tombstone Hold ‘Em โ€”the secret poker game you can only play in a cemetery.

http://avantgame.blogspot.com/2005/10/play-with-me-graveyard-games-october.html