strictures and structures

if only we stopped trying to be happy, we could have a pretty good time

Month: March, 2014

‘Twas the night before Demo Day

‘Twas the night before Demo Day, and all through the house,
Came a furious clicking, of keyboard, and mouse.
A worried non-technical founder did pace,
His PowerPoint done, he felt out of place.
The hacker was hacking, but to no avail,
He made sounds that were half growl, half wail.
The night felt so bleak, but there soon came a crash,
Down through the chimney fell a fat stack of cash.
It was followed thereafter by two shiny black shoes,
Clearly those of a VC, but which one–whose?
The figure emerged, the founders sucked a breath in–
For who should it be, but Marc Andreessen?
How commanding he looked! Yet how genial and merry!
He strode to the demo, and typed in a query.
“A new dating app?! Sweet! Let’s chat!
“Let’s sign you on now! Immediately! Stat!”
He signed all the papers, and spun on his heel,
And went back up the chimney as if drawn by a reel.
The founders logged on to tweet with delight,
“We crushed it, you suckers. Have a good night.”

rites of passage in a typical Chinese family

Jane: Dad, why is your nickname for me “puppy”? Why don’t you ever use my actual name?

Dad: Traditionally, in China, you start out by calling a child an animal. It is only when they prove that they can survive that you give them a real name.

Twenty-six years, and he’s still calling me “puppy.” No wonder he made his plans for retirement without counting on me for support.