Sunday, September 30, 2007

travel plans

October break (Yes, first years get exams, second years get a week off!) - Mexico
Winter Break - Chile y Argentina

Saturday, September 29, 2007

oh, hello

It's been a while. I suppose you can say that I've been busy. You can also say that I've been chilling out a lot. It's really a bit of both.

I've been busy:
  • Taking 5 classes right now
  • Doing my bit as the leader for the Technology Club
  • Doing my bit as the head of the Academic Committee for Student Government
  • Did my bit as the coordinator for the SOM blog
  • Spending a bit of time talking to people about careers at Microsoft
  • Being an SYA (second year advisor) for the Leadership Development Program
  • Spending a bit of time helping people with resumes and cover letters
  • Actually getting around to working out a few times a week
I've been chillin:
  • Actually getting around to working out a few times a week
  • Spending lots of quality time with the study group
  • Lots of hanging out
So details... classes are going well. It's surprising because the classes that I thought would be the worst are the classes that I feel like I'm getting the most out of while the classes that are supposed to be great I'm finding mediocre. You could interpret this however you want. I'll say that there's something for everyone and maybe in the future I should just pick classes that people don't like. I know I like my stuff much much much more abstract than most people and much much much faster paced than most.

Overall, my month back at business school has been fun. Lots of socializing with both the first year class and the second year class. It's also nice because everything I'm doing now is stuff that I want to do. I'm still busy, but I like how it at least *feels* like I have command of what really needs to be done. And yes, having a job certain helps. I finally accepted my offer to return to Microsoft, so expect to see many more hiking photos in the future!

My plans for today? Maybe go over to the soccer fields to see the Yale SOM soccer tournament, head over to East Rock Park to play some Ultimate frisbee, have some dinner with friends (time, location, and friends TBD), then head over to Playwright's for the post-soccer-tournament get-together. Hopefully I'll see some of the people that I met over the summer from CMU and HBS there. We shall see...

Wednesday, September 12, 2007


Or Vayner?

Wednesday, September 05, 2007


I wonder when school starts...

Monday, September 03, 2007

no love from google

As some would say, Google Docs really sucks the bag. Earlier this year I trusted Google Spreadsheets with my anal record-keeping spreadsheets. You know, the ones about my car's maintenance history and my spending habits and the like that make for really boring blog posts. Today I'm bringing everything back to Excel. Office 2007 is like crack. Once you get hooked, you can't get off. Anyway...

What up with Google Spreadsheets and:
  • How it just throws away formatting data?
  • How it can't remember the last sheet I was on?
  • How it's as slow as cold molasses?
  • How it discards my formatting data? (it's so annoying, it gets listed twice)
I guess I'm done. But if the little annoying things are so bad that I won't bother with the rest of its capabilities (whatever those are), that's bad enough. Google Spreadsheets, goodbye.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

love from google

I recently messed around with my DNS entries so that my blog would show up as instead of or Predictably, my blog vanished from Google's search results.

Thanks to everyone who links, reads, or accidentally stumbles across my blog for making it relevant enough to come to the top of Google's search results once again for Paul Ip!

A historical tidbit - Darin and TC can vouch for me:
Back when I was a junior at CMU there was a while when searching for Paul Ip came up with To this day I don't know why this happened, but it's still good for laughs.

Plans for Labor Day weekend:
Sleeping Giant State Park Bike and Hike - bike there, then hike there
Bike to Lighthouse Point Park
Clean up my apartment
Microsoft related stuff (e-mail, reimbursement, etc. etc.)

I really would have liked to have gone into the Cascades this weekend, but no dice. I miss Seattle.