Upcoming Baking Notice

This week I finished reading Valley of Genius: The Uncensored History of Silicon Valley, which I think was on the back of a recommendation by Paige Bailey a while ago. And it’s much of the same recounting through much of the history that you’ve heard a hundred times before, but at least told in a fun oral history way? It is odd how the Valley seems to stop being fun as you get into the Google days. The 80s and 90s seem like long nights inventing the future and parties full of hackers and the counter-culture…whereas when you get to Google, it’s parties where Brin is trying to harass his staff and telling HR that he can sleep with any employee that he wants. And then you get to Facebook…

Anyway, the book ends with the death of Jobs, which reminded me that this upcoming week is the ten year anniversary of my first job in the US, working for Open Source Integrators (though there seems to be another company with that name now…). Within a month, I was picking up a huge suitcase at LAX airport and driving down the Pacific Coast Highway in a convertible to Santa Monica. A completely bizarre experience, with ups and downs, but I probably wouldn’t be where I am today without that job. Or have as many Marriott hotel points (still!).1

Autumn has begun and so we are assembling ghosts, spiders, and skeletons for Hallowe’en. Hopefully things will soon become damp, and I can begin on the two old TV projects that require early, cold nights, with drizzle hitting the windows. And of course, all the baking. I have to try and top last year’s holiday dessert count, even if it leaves me a physical wreck!!

  1. Plus there’s the writing at InfoWorld, which is referenced not only in that Silicon Valley book, but in Halt and Catch Fire too… ↩︎