that’s the blog speaking more literally than me. finally a happy turn’s come in my life and i want to get back to talking to my old friends…people who always care (but are lazy to get off facebook), starting with this blog. many months and many unfinished drafts went by. it’s hard to ignore all the time spent writing all that stuff and let them go…but it is far more boring to review those drafts and perhaps summarize the good parts (like how lives are presented on social networking sites). i did realize how difficult it becomes to be easily open about the not so bright side(s) of our lives. The armor of understanding can also turn to an iron maiden of misunderstanding. There’re never second chances in some cases.
Title is the starting dialogue of the main player character of the game Blood. the delivery is still awesome for me.
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I have got so used to keeping everything locked within myself unlike my initial days of using this platform to vent out, express, share and ask about anything and everything that even writer’s block is not a good enough excuse for the kind of detachment that has grown between me and the blog. Nevertheless to keep the writing flowing, the best I can try to start with is something impersonal. Something that I am not holding privy and something that a web search could possibly answer you better but still a start is a start.
Most importantly, the update in real life that I gotta share is that I can finally make rice myself (including lemon rice) and it’s been such a relief to be able to have that simple meal (not to forget the butter and oregano seasoning on it). But this post ain’t about how to go about that. I am not insulting your intelligence in such a crass manner.
What I am always at ease with writing and sharing about is technology. Tools that help ease our work. And I end up bugging people by bogging them down with all the information that sounds quite awesome and useful to me. I want to talk about text expansion utilities today. I wish to introduce this more to people who are not tech savvy in particular.
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Tags: Autokey, Keyboard shortcut, text expansion, typing
the thought process has become microbloggy. a long period has passed since the last post and last year had seen the lowest number of posts ever on the blog. to summarize, i had (and still have) stopped remaining jobless and loveless. i held onto trying to complete a post i started back in september having fresh reactions from my move to a new city, new state, new phone number, new company but i just never got done with reading and posting tweets. happily facebook free for 22+ months. a lot of things have happened and i have thought of sitting down and writing down as much as i can of as many important events that i can remember since the last post. in twitter style, the events since then are as follows :-
- I tried for jobs in Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore. Got in the last place
- Visited Hong Kong for a vacation. If people were simply that well behaved here…
- Moved to Bangalore for starting with the job on August 22. Got acco almost after a month. Posh neighborhood.
- Job involves working on python (something i love) based web (something i worked with) frameworks (something new that i wanted to learn)
- Attended Metallica concert with a bunch of losers. Missed out on being more closer to the stage.
- Love happened. 30th December 2011 onwards. Twitter (DM) -> Skype -> Meet -> 🙂 (awkward change for the abusive tone, but for the better, right? :p )
- Every day has been awesome and noteworthy ever since, but it’s way more so every time I get to go back home. 😉
- Visited Singapore to dump back sister at her b-school there and check out the country (its so small i think of it as a city)
- In Singapore, visited Universal Studios at Sentosa. Weirdly enough missed out on Sea World, that everyone back in office seemed to ask.
- Ate tasty local food. Chicken rice and Laksa are my easy favorites. Food places -> Newton food hub/court, Clarke Quay (world cuisine), etc.
- Planning home trips on upcoming long weekends. So less holidays ya! no Saturdays off also! (will never get used to it)
I really really wanted to not just post and keep the blog up and going but needed to let out stuff that had to be shared with you all and since my writing skills have dwarfed down to 140 characters or one liners, I thought of giving the writing a start with my favorite form of answering subjective questions. Get the points across. I will hopefully take out time and recollect (high hopes) details of the some of the events outlined above and get the blog running again. Petrol is not cheap re!
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Have you ever thought what it is to ‘live’ the night? To be as functional as you’d rather be in the day? Do all those day chores in the night instead? When the night becomes the primary half of your daily life and the day, the time of rest. When you are expected to be fully productive and not while away the hours online lamenting about how horrible the day was? The worst thing about my mind is when it does seek a routine, it gets painfully bored too soon…and the routines, it finds too soon. Of course one cannot question the rotation of the earth as it sees the sun on different halves of it and hence the day and night. It sets the base of all routines. So what came over me?
Its very obvious that I stay awake often as late as the last of the sun rays have come out. What I do miss out from these hours is that I find myself to be doing nothing that one would be capable of in the day time. In short, to live the hours of darkness. To live the hours of waking. Not to have peace and quiet of the sleeping world to write blog posts nor to go out to get entertained or whatever, but to have my full attention demanded to all the daily chores and work/job. I wouldn’t want to be including the people working on a desk job at this hour who just like us nocturnals (who stay online and) pass the hours in the confines of closed boundaries/rooms. Being in a town, that calls it too early a night and shuts down, these kind of ideas do seem more imaginative and far fetched than life in the cities.
Regardless of how much work gets done in the day, the night remains the time to do more of what we would personally like, for our personal satisfaction. Where you are the boss, the employee and the client. Even if you consider the graveyard shift office goers, night for them would be the day time and thus the idea would translate. I guess I talk much like a person with serious problems with sleeping and waking at right times of the day.
Things I often feel like doing in the deserted night are to drive overnight. I have been on overnight journeys on buses. I wished to watch a movie in a hall, which I happened to have done recently when I had been in Mumbai. I’d wish to have like a proper meal like say lunch, not raiding a fridge or whatever, but actually preparing and cooking. Besides probably a lot of pseudo indoor stuff, like playing metal music on my home theater box at insanely loud volume. Meeting up with random people. Sharing life stories. The list goes on and on and keeps getting unrealistic.
I don’t want to disrespect the sun nor do I want to interfere in the routine of the scary nocturnal animals. Its just a thought and someday it will probably be realised. 🙂
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Tags: illogical, Night sky, Philosophy
I-rix 2011, the inter-collegiate tech fest, hosted by SPCC (Chowgule’s College) for first time was, as far as I see it, a fantastic first attempt in, what I know of as, a relatively short time. Thanks to @geekblues (blog) I got a spontaneous offer to judge the blog competition. I accepted it after much nakhrebaazi 😛 and geekblues has been real awesome to take care of all the details. Albeit regardless of my commitment to the task, being a blog fan, I did help with discussing and formulating the judging criteria. Perfect use case of Google Docs.
The blog setup (powered by WordPress 3, which supports multi-author blogs) was done by @vailancio, the apple fanboi who builds sites in matter of hours. These sites only run on the awesomest of browsers. 🙂 Truth be told he shoves Android down his iPhone and writes hidden “I Hate You IE6 & Flash” messages in the websites he cares for. He helped speed up the presence of i-rix on the web a hell lot. WordPress is an ideal choice as its not niche n expensive product making it far more accessible to students (Education system pay heed). Each team leader was to create the primary account and the blog to go with it. The leader would then add the other team members.
As far as my work was concerned, I was checking the blogs (roughly 5, of which 2 were almost never updated) through most of day 1 and then day 2. The resulting blogs at end of day 2 were collectively hopeless, and read more like a stupid FB feed. What I intend to present here is my PoV on whereall things may have gone wrong since Infofest 2007 the first time I judged blogs on similar criteria. Continue reading ‘i-rix 2011 Blogging Competition: Was it judged right?’
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A new year has begun (as per the Christian calendar) and the overpriced HNY 2011 SMS’ have been exchanged. The other info that people seek from each other are their new year’s resolutions. Something that’s predictably a matter of much laughs and gags coz being serious about it is so being left out. Well, this year I choose to consider it slightly differently. New Year’s resolutions can be rewarding and beneficial to you if you take it up in the right spirit. What follows are a few ways of perceiving the daunting task of keeping your word to your self more manageable and exciting…ok motivational at least.
Time to Decide
You may be on-dot about sending out your new year wishes to all the world at exactly 00:00 of 1st Jan as per your timezone, but there’s no hard and fast rule of coming up with resolutions at that very instant. In fact, as far as resolutions are concerned, only your commitment and time is required. You set the rules or you bend the rules. You decide how much progress makes you happy. When deciding what you would resolve to do in the span of one calendar year, take your time to list a bunch of ideas. Prioritize them. Shortlist them by reasoning and estimating how much time you could give each of those resolutions in a day, week, month, etc. These resolutions can’t be too time critical. You don’t choose clearing annual exams in April as New Year’s resolution. That’s something higher priority than your resolutions. The sooner you decide on your resolutions, the more long-term or complex they can be. As June gets over, you would think of smaller tasks or feats to achieve in the remaining time. No pressure on how soon or how big a resolution you are going to take up. Continue reading ‘New Year Resolutions: Are you making any?’
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Tags: New Year, New Year's resolution, Project management