Settling in

I’ve been a bit slack updating this blog, so I’ll try to keep them short and sweet from now on.

In the last month a lot has happened:

  • Found an apartment in Upper Haight/Ashbury which is awesome!
  • Passed my theory test for my Californian drivers license.
  • Did a road trip up to Muir Woods to see then 1000 year old redwoods
  • Took a bunch of photos.

Hopefully now that Adrian and I have got a proper place to live; we will be able to settle in properly.

Work is going well; flat out with everything as usual so not much to report there.

Arrived in SF

I have made it to San Francisco!

Got off the plane at 3pm local time (6am AEDST) at San Francisco International Airport in a very average state. Only managed a few hours sleep on the journey over but thats normally the case for me; I have trouble sleeping on planes.

SFO airport is really awesome though; looks brand new.. Although having said that; anything would look better than LAX :p

The apartment here is pretty awesome; wired with Sonos throughout, high speed broadband & cable tv just to list a few things. Its in the Dogpatch suburb (still find that name odd); so its about a 25 minute walk into SoMa/Downtown SF which is pretty convenient. I’m already scoping out buying a bike!

I ducked into SoMa today to buy a US sim card; which you would think would be easy (don’t get me started on how stupid the system is over here). Normally it is quite easy; but when you want it on an iPhone5.. think again. Ended up with a T-Mobile prepaid sim which seems to only run on 2G at the moment so I can’t imagine I’m going to last long with them.

Anyway; I’ve been up for about 40 hours now; with minimal sleep so I’m going to crash.

The Big Move

Just giving you all the heads up that I shall be relocating to San Francisco for an indefinite amount of time in a few weeks for work. Needless to say I’m super excited about it; but still have a lot to do back home before I can jet off. Trying to get the house finished ready to rent is my main priority at the moment.

Golden Gate Bridge - San Francisco

I have my visa organised and ready to go – so I will catch up with some of you over there; and farewell my friends back home… until I come home to visit that is!

Feel free to drop me any tips for things I should see/do over there!


EMusic & Hunted

We are currently working out of the EMusic offices which is really cool; it means that we are in Manhattan everyday. The EMusic guys are really awesome, and their offices are ace; table tennis, coffee machine etc. It has been great to catch up with Eliot Van Buskirk from The Echo Nest & evolver.fm; who we met at the Sydney Music Hack Day a few weeks ago.

To get to work each day we walk about 10 blocks to N 17th St & Bedford Ave and jump on the L-Train which takes us straight to 6th Ave & W 12th St (half a block to work from there).

Working flat out at the moment so nothing much to report on that front, but I am slowly growing to like Williamsburg; it took me a while to understand it. It reminds me a lot of West End in Brisbane; but kinda likes its great grandfather (the same way London is Melbourne’s great grandfather). Williamsburg is very grungy & (‘scuse the ¬†phrase) ‘underground’.

No further progress on where we want to live though! It is going to be so tough!