Four years of high school. Four years of college. Three years of Richmond. And then here I am (post Chicago-Seattle-Portland-Brooklyn) in Cambridge for the next at-least-three months.

Feels weird to be here on my own. Of course it feels weird. The last three weeks of Brooklyn with Pulkit and Konya…

Bellevue—specifically Downtown Bellevue—is one weird place. It’s nice. Too nice. Like free wifi everywhere nice. Quiet streets all the time nice. Teslas everywhere you look nice. …

Now that it’s getting closer to summer, one of the easiest dishes you can make is cold tofu.

You don’t even have to cook. Just grab stuff from your fridge.

The Japanese version is called hiyayakko (冷奴) and the Chinese version is called liang ban tofu (凉拌豆腐). Same thing.

Get some good tofu

What type? Silken tofu.

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Pollen Season is upon us here in Richmond.

I still remember that first spring in Durham. Was rooming with Gabe in Randolph. Think I had the window open one afternoon and was like why’s there sawdust on the windowsill?

thoughts and things from the last week. this week includes books I read, things I wrote, food I cooked, and oh yeah I started a new job

(I started) A New Job

Yeah so Monday was my first day at HubSpot and it just feels good to be at a tech company again.

People are…

originally type(writer)ed up in december. this looks a lot better in single spaced typewriter font but ya know medium doesn’t let you do that.

tuesday, december 8th, 2020

henrico, virginia. 1°C

well. I really messed myself up.

my wrists.

divinity and baldurs gate gaming marathons. fun. not good though.


Despite growing up in a family of watermelon slappers, I’ve moved on to the yellow spot technique. Last Wednesday I was royally rewarded with one of my best melons so far — the highlight of my week.

A year ago, I was going on weekend trips two or three times…

Emptying out the dishwasher.

Doing my productive stuff in the morning so that I can feel good about spending the entire afternoon playing video games.

The living room being clean after Alex took out the recycling and I vacuumed yesterday and then cleaned the countertops this morning.

Dusting off the…

The fall I moved to Richmond and just started working, Andy visited on the way up from Durham. I think we were just talking about life after Duke when I said that one of the best parts of my post-college life would be shopping at Whole Foods . …

After not really reading anything since stay-at-home started, I finished two books (short novels, really, but I’ll take anything to pretend to be productive).

Yesterday, it was Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Chronicle of a Death Foretold. I love Marquez and his winding sentences — I copy them so much — and…

Brian Lin

Brian Lin is a writer, runner, and stray cat lover. A recent Duke grad in CS and English, he is a software engineer by day and a typewriter poet by night.

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