VR Vlog 002

Hanging out at the Facebook headquarters and playing with Oculus.

Today we made a trip out to Facebook to check out their campus, as well as take a peak at some of their latest toys. The new oculus is pretty damn sweet, and it’s a nice hardware improvement.

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First vlog about VR with the team.

Our team is exploring the VR space, and I wanted to document it with a vlog. I’m not sure if I can create video content every day, but I’m going to try to share our experience, ideas, and challenges.

Right now, I’m going to shoot it with my iPhone 7 plus. If you guys like it, I’ll use my DSLR and up the production value.

New Window Curtains

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My new window curtains, open.

As much as I like waking up to the sunrise, it’s nice to block out light for an afternoon nap. Also, I set up my xbox and projector in my room, so this is necessary for an optimal experience.

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Window curtains closed.

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Window blinds closed, just for comparison.

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Both window blinds and curtains closed.

Monday Music: Mali (Feat. Quentin Dujardin), by Kalaban Coura

Once again, I’m posting some monday music on a tuesday. Lol. Anyway, I found this on an Uber ride home yesterday evening.

In December 2008, after losing my bag in the flight between Casablanca & Bamako, I had no other choice than staying for a while in the capital of Mali. Waiting for my luggage, I was invited by the painter, Oumar Cisse to stay in the neighborhood of Kalaban Coura (3 miles from the airport). Living there with his family, I was playing the guitar in front of the house everyday. That’s how I met up unexpectedly with guitarist-vocalist Kalil Sidy Haïdara.

Kalil has touched me through his style very much inspired by a traditional instrument called an n’goni (small kora). The whole days we spent jamming on the streets of the Kalaban Coura neighborhood brought back memories of another meeting, dating from 2003, with the Moroccan singer-violinist in Marrakech, Jalal El Allouli: absolutely unexpected and intense. What could be more natural than to envisage bringing together our musical feelings through this new project colored with blues, sounds from the desert and, of course, guitars! – Quentin Dujardin

I’m still going through their album, but I’m really digging this song.

Orens Hummus Shop and Boba with Annie and Julia

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Pulled beef served inside hummus.

After watching the sunset near Pacifica, we went to Orens Hummus Shop.

Oren Dobronsky, a technologist with 4 successful start-ups under his belt was drawn to the Silicon Valley, the epicenter of today’s technology innovations. Life in the valley was good, but one thing was missing: a big plate of creamy Hummus like back home in Tel Aviv, with fresh Pita & Mediterranean salads. A true entrepreneur, Oren decided to take matters into his own hands. With the help of his wife Nancy, an experienced restaurateur, the couple opened Oren’s Hummus, an authentic Israeli restaurant.

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Julia and Annie waiting outside and enjoying the evening weather.

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Seasoned fries with a lovely spicy mayo sauce.

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Chicken kabob dish with rice and falafels.

I thought the chicken kabob was pretty good. However, the rice was advertised as “basmati rice”… which felt a little unauthentic compared to some other basmati rice I’ve had.

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Annie and Julia posing in front of the chandelier in the restaurant.

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Boba at Teaspoon after dinner.

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Fresh mango smoothie.

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Annie getting her tea with tapioca.