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San Jose [Jun. 4th, 2006|09:01 pm]
Arvind Narayanan
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Yesterday was surreal. At the Austin airport I ran into J Moore (of Boyer-Moore fame) whose class I took this semester. And then a guy two cubicles away from me, and his girlfriend, who were also flying to San Jose.

I met my new roommate (an awesome dude, BTW) and we talked about how many people we both knew, and concluded that "in the end, everybody knows everybody". We went to a nearby Saravana Bhavan for dinner, where I (separately) ran into two people I knew back in India (who are both in Stanford now). Half of my old friends seem to be either working or going to school in the Bay Area. Scary.

My apartment is a nice change from my grad student rathole. Click and drool. It's more like a hotel, really. There are two TVs. There's only one bad thing - the lights are a joke. Now that I think about it, most homes in America don't seem to use fluorescent lamps. What's up with that?
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[User Picture]From: ephermata
2006-06-05 04:22 am (UTC)
I can't speak for all Americans, but I tend to associate flourescents with schools, dingy department stores, and other industrial-size buildings. Not with the kind of place I want to go home to.

I somehow missed the fact you're going to be in SJ. If you want to catch up sometime, let me know. Also if you're interested in stopping by Berkeley, let me know that too.
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[User Picture]From: arvindn
2006-06-05 04:40 am (UTC)
Are we talking about the same thing? As far as I know fluorescent lamps emit pleasant, bright white light. Most offices have them. CFLs are not as white, but still way better than incandescent lamps, which are dull and hurt my eyes if I try to work under them. Maybe we are conditioned to like one or the other based on what we grew up around as a child. Weird.

I'm definitely going to be visiting Berkeley some time. I don't know when. I'll give you a call.
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[User Picture]From: ephermata
2006-06-05 04:59 am (UTC)
I'm thinking of the long tube lights, like these
http://www.americanvan.com/catalog/standard_large.cfm?FamilyID=106

In fairness, I have a few of the small coiled type fluorescents in my bathroom...and I have friends who've replaced most or all of their lights with fluorescents. It probably does have something to do with where we grew up...

Do you have my cell number? If not e-mail me and I'll send it to you...
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[User Picture]From: skthewimp
2006-06-05 09:30 am (UTC)
where are you interning?
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[User Picture]From: arvindn
2006-06-06 06:01 am (UTC)
Let me just say it's a large an successful company that employs a not inconsiderable number of cryptographers.
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[User Picture]From: annamaryse
2006-06-05 10:31 am (UTC)
Saravana Bhavan in Sunnyvale? It's one of my favorite restaurants in the bay area... although friends have complained of the service I can't complain of their dosa...

re lights: you can get those compact flourescent bulbs at any hardware store or at Long's Drugs and they work with incandescent light fixtures perfectly fine...

nice place - good luck ")
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[User Picture]From: arvindn
2006-06-06 06:12 am (UTC)
Re. fluorescent lamps: yup, I'm aware; I swapped out all the bulbs in my old apartment and lived happily ever after. But this one doesn't even have any real fixtures that I can plug my own lights into. I'll figure something out though.

Re. the Saravana Bhavan, have you tried their 'mixed Paratha'? I haven't seen that elsewhere and it was awesome..
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