San Francisco’s Bay Bridge Lights Go Dark »

From back in March:

Leo Villareal, the artist who designed the Bay Lights, said that he was optimistic the organization would raise enough money to reinstall the light sculpture, which, he said, was inspired by the patterns of the water and the fog surrounding the bridge.

Watching it go dark on Sunday, Mr. Villareal added, was “bittersweet.”

“There’s a certain sadness to not have that be part of the landscape,” he said. “It’s really become part of the fabric of San Francisco.”

This piece was installed right around when I moved up to the Bay Area. It reminds me of when I started my new life in the Bay Area. It is sad to see the lights turned off.

A Map of Places in the US with the Same Name »

I noticed when we lived in the Bay Area, a lot of cities had the same name of other, more popular cities. For example, in the Bay Area, there are cities named Brisbane (not Australia), Pittsburg (not Pennsylvania), Richmond (not Virginia), Newark (not New Jersey) and others that are not coming to mind.

I immediately thought of that fact when I came across this site.

Widgetsmith += 100,000,000 »

David Smith, developer of Pedometer++, Sleep++, and Widgetsmith, recently broke the 100,000,000 download mark for Widgetsmith. He’s a one man shop and by all accounts, is the nicest developer in the Apple community. He commemorated the milestone by writing a post.

…gratitude when left unexpressed is ultimately selfish.

What a profound statement.

I know I have a hard time accepting compliments and expressing gratitude. It’s mostly because I don’t want to seem full of myself or boastful. I have started to come around due to my wife, Mary, since she believes accepting praise, gifts, and compliments leads to more.

I can also see how, when done right, expressing gratitude publicly aka sharing your wins, can help inspire people as well.

What I Think About LeBron Breaking My NBA Scoring Record »

Kareem Abdul Jabbar on Lebron James breaking his all time scoring record:

In the months leading up to LeBron breaking my record, so much was written about how I would feel on the day he sank that record-breaking shot that I had to laugh. I’d already written several times stating exactly how I felt so there really wasn’t much to speculate about. It’s as if I won a billion dollars in a lottery and 39 years later someone won two billion dollars. How would I feel? Grateful that I won and happy that the next person also won. His winning in no way affects my winning.

What a gracious answer. It’s not zero sum, we can all appreciate what both have done.