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Archive for June, 2004

Catching up on my photos

20th June 2004

I decided to compile some of my photos into a new gallery called Various Uncategorized Photos. This is an ongoing work-in-progress and may result in changes over time. Over the past couple of years, out of the thousands of photographs that I have accumulated, dozens of them have been worthy of publishing. However, I have managed to print most of them, but due to time constraints and the eternal quest for perfection, I put off the time to create a gallery. Instead of continual tinkering, I decided to pull some of my best finished work and publish it.

Among these photographs include my fall foliage tour of the Shawangunk Mountains near New Paltz, New York in the Fall of 2002. The prints from these photos are stunning with the rich colors of the region. Include is also my lucky photograph from the sunset at Big Sur. On an 11×16 print, this photograph shows incredible detail especially from my trusty D-60.

So, go over to to my site and check it out. Comments are welcome.

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Seattle and Microsoft

18th June 2004

We have been in Seattle for almost 2 weeks and we love it! I’m just amazed at the overall beauty of the region, the geographic variety, exposure to water, high mountains, nearly cosmopolitan feel, without too little cohesiveness. It is for many of these reasons that I have always held the Bay Area and particularly San Francisco to high esteem. It held all of the metropolitan benefits — concentration of educated people, diversity, wealth both cultural and economic, and beauty of the region. It married the best of New York City in a California setting. Over the years I have grown to like Manhattan for its multitude of benefits, but I hated the fact that you couldn’t escape when you wanted to. The geography was utterly boring and the few beach-going places were packed by the people you mostly wanted to avoid. But I won’t get into that…

Anyways, we love it here in Seattle, and we have been warned that summers are the best days here, and then the fall comes…In meantime, I’m looking forward to making the best out of this place while on my internship at Microsoft.

Microsoft is a different experience onto itself. First of all, it’s a huge organization, but that’s not the obvious part. It becomes clear to you how big it is daily but the number of interaction and meetings that you have to go through to get things done. I don’t mean this in a bad way. Things get done here and people are extremely focused and dedicated to executing. My previous experience in a large organization was almost the exact opposite. At Citigroup, the largest financial conglomerates, you merely notice the size of the company by the building and the packed elevators. But, you can go on for days and weeks without feeling that size on you because most of the work was owned by no more than a few people and by that measure had controlled entrepeneurialism embodied in fiefdoms. You can get things done without too much interaction. Which is typical of a trading culture. In fact, you can sometimes get things done without any interaction at all.

That’s another reason why I’m so far enjoying the experience. There is tremendous exposure to smart people which turns not only into execution but also into incredible learning opportunities. Much like being at Wharton, while you may not always like everyone you meet, I have yet to find someone from whom I cannot learn something smart and valuable. And that’s what I enjoy.

Anyway, you didn’t fall asleep so far…

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