Gigabit Internet, AOE, and Bike Parking

A collection of interesting tech-related news from yesterday:

Gigabit Internet coming to Seattle for $80/month

Gigabit Seattle announced its speed/price plans on Monday (source):

  • 5 Mbps download/1 Mbps upload free for 5 years (thereafter, 10 Mbps download/10 Mbps upload for $10/month)
  • 100 Mbps download/100 Mbps upload for $45/month
  • 1000 Mbps download/1000 Mbps upload for $80/month

Unfortunately, I’m not in one of the neighborhoods that will be getting initial coverage, but I’m hopeful that I’ll have access to gigabit Internet soon. 🙂

Age of Empires is coming to Android and iOS

Microsoft announced on Monday that it is working on a mobile version of “Age of Emprires” which will be released by March of next year (source). AOE is one of my favorite games of all time, so I’m excited to see how this turns out. Wololo!

Japan has an amazing underground bicycle parking system

Okay, maybe this isn’t news, but I found out about Japan’s incredible space-saving underground bicycle parking system yesterday. Just take your bike to a parking machine, which will read a chip on the bike and store it underground automatically. When you want your bike back, tap a card to the machine and it will retrieve your bike in seconds.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette

Whoops, a post slipped through my fingers! I finished reading Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple a month ago, but I forgot to publish my post about it. Here it is:

Where'd You Go, BernadetteSince it was released in 2012, Where’d You Go, Bernadette, a novel by Maria Semple, has been getting a lot of attention. A film studio has even already gotten film rights to make it into a movie.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette is an epistolary novel about a wacky architect named Bernadette who goes missing just before a family trip to Antarctica. The story is told from the perspective of Bernadette’s 14-year-old daughter, Bee, and a collection of emails, letters, etc. she acquired. The book takes place in Seattle and Bernadette, a transplant from L.A., can’t stand Seattle and has no problem poking fun at the city.

In one such rant about Seattle, Bernadette complains about the slow drivers,  “athletic do-gooders,” Microsoft, and the locals’ lack of attention to physical appearance. And she says:

Whoever laid out this city never met a four-way intersection they didn’t turn into a five-way intersection.

I have to admit there is some truth to that; there are some pretty bizarre intersections in Seattle. 😛

Bernadette complains about Seattle frequently (though she came to love it in the end), but it was fun to see the local references scattered throughout the book. She mentions things like Beecher’s Cheese, “Go Huskies!”U Village, the Seattle Freeze, and the blackberry bushes that grow like weeds. Bernadette even says “the 405,” which is something Californian transplants are notorious for doing.

While gossipy, self-absorbed, passive-aggressive  private school mothers aren’t really my thing, I enjoyed the novel. It’s not particularly cerebral, but it was an entertaining and easy read.

Woodland Park Zoo

I went to the Woodland Park Zoo last weekend with friends and family. There are lots of babies at the zoo right now, so it was a fun time to visit. Gavin the porcupette was hiding, but we caught a glimpse of him. I wanted to see the twin sloth bear cubs, but the sloth bears were M.I.A. while we were there. The adorable, fuzzy tree kangaroo joey isn’t on exhibit yet, but you can watch him via webcam. The quadruplet lion cubs were definitely the most fun to see.

Some of the photos I took at the zoo are below:

Lion Cub Lion Cubs Lion Cubs Lion Cubs Lion Cubs Elephant Gazelles Hippopotamus

New Camera: Canon T2i

Union Bay and Cascade Mountains
Union Bay and Cascade Mountains

Nick and I have been without a decent camera for a while now, relying on our cellphones for taking pictures. A couple weeks ago, we decided it was time to invest in an entry-level DSLR camera. After a lot of research, we had it narrowed down to a Canon EOS Rebel T2i and a Nikon D5100. We went back and forth between the two several times (they’re both very comparable) before finally picking the Canon T2i on the advice of our friend, Shaun Pezeshki.

Nick used to be pretty into photography, but I’m only a novice, so I’ve been learning from him, the wonderful world of the Internet, and (of course) experience! We’ve been posting our photos on Flickr: Nick and Marie’s Photostream.

Prior to yesterday’s Tulip Festival photos, Nick and I didn’t have a system* for determining who took which photos, so I’m not entirely sure who took which photos in the Magnuson Park and Arboretum and Kerry Park sets. Nick took all of the Woodland Park Zoo photos because I knew Nick would do a better job taking photos of moving animals (at least until I get more experience). 😛 I’ve included a few of my favorite photos I have taken so far with this post.

Red and Yellow Tulips
Red/Yellow Tulips at the Tulip Festival
Orange Tulips
Orange Tulips at the Tulip Festival

*Our current system is to take a photo of our shoes before we start taking photos lol.

I Moved to Seattle!

Wow! It has been a crazy month and a half!

In the middle of June, Nick was offered a job at the University of Washington Information School as a web developer, which gave us only two weeks to coordinate our move out to Seattle. We somehow managed to do it, though! We’ve been documenting our move on our blog, Wests Go West.

Seattle

Nick and I have been living in our apartment for two weeks now. Nick loves living so close to work. He takes a bus three miles to and from work everyday, which is much better than the 30-mile each way drive we were doing before! The weather has been great. While the rest of the country is suffering from a massive heat wave, temperatures are staying in the 70’s here in Seattle. 🙂 Nick and I have been busy, too! Now that we’re back in Seattle, we’ve been going on adventures and spending a lot of time with friends and family.

I updated my resume earlier this week, so now it’s time for me to start looking for a job!