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Monthly recap (December 2018)

Dramatic cloudy sky on the cab ride back from the airport

Major updates:

  • Trip to India to visit parents/friends/relatives
  • A unicorn-themed birthday party for Tara at home!

Minor updates:

  • A first movie night for me and Shivi (i.e. also a first for Tara being babysitted): watched Bohemian Rhapsody. An absolute delight!
  • Caught up with a lot of movies/reading this month

Watched/read:

(This is how I catch up on the movies of the year!)

  • Rewatched Raiders of the lost Ark (always good)
  • In the plane: Mission Impossible: Fallout (wow!), The predator (2018) (yuck), Avengers: Infinity War (okay), The Meg (okay), The house with a clock in its walls (okay), Ready player one (good), Bad times at El Royale (wow!)
  • While on vacation: 15:17 to Paris(okay), Andhadhun (wow!)
  • At home: Masters of the Universe (fun), Civilizations (okay)
  • Read Zero to One, Atomic Habit; finished reading The Prague Cemetery and The power of full engagement after many months
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Annual recap: 2018

Me/Family:

  • I moved from Google to Pure Storage
  • Went for a memorable Warriors/Cavaliers game
  • Ran a 10K
  • Shivi moved to a new team in engineering
  • Experiments: gave up coffee for a month, did a 3-day fast
  • Travel: San Diego, Monterey, Sydney, Melbourne, Maui, Cabo, Delhi

Tara:

  • First bike
  • First board game
  • Made some shirts for her on Zazzle
  • We went on a couple of hikes
  • Kite-flying
  • Watched Disney on Ice

Review:

  • I did get to run a 10K
  • I didstart sleeping earlier (I used to routinely sleep past midnight earlier!)
  • I haven’t really become a morning person yet 😐

Tentative New Years’ Resolutions:

  • Wake up earlier in the morning
  • Write more frequently, share more of what I’m thinking, doing, learning
  • Run two 10Ks
Curated

Interesting links: November 2018

Orbital sunrise (credit: ESA/NASA)

 

Happy Holidays!

Self

Honey Yogurt

I had slowly gotten used to the flavored Chobani yogurts (strawberry, peach ….) but the one I liked most of all was the honey flavored one.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have easy access to this anymore … but I did have plain yogurt around, and I did have honey, and … I mixed them together and it tasted pretty good!

So — I’m clocking in at a few times a day now, gotta slow down, but — this is my new addiction!

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Monthly recap (November 2018)

 

Random train tracks …

 

Major updates:

A week in Cabo!

  • A lot of hanging out at the pool
  • A lot of eating
  • Wandering into the towns, encountered some music
  • A boat ride and just randomly walking around (nice and warm)

Minor updates:

  • Adventures in fixing a faucet and water heater

Watched/read:

  • Read The power of full engagement
  • Watched Season 6 of House of Cards (meh)
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Angst about the static blog (again!)

This is beyond frustrating … after I moved everything this year to a different layout and thought I was “finally done”, I’m now wondering whether the static site is a good idea at all.

The big bottleneck turns out to be having to SSH somewhere and regenerate/refresh the site that way, which was okay earlier, but feels like a drag now.

I really want to write whenever I get time, since I’m not always onmy laptop. So I resorted to making it “async”, decoupling the writing from a separate time when I go and copy-paste everything into new posts and re-generate … except I then forget to do this sometimes, and every time I write something, I realize I have to now remember to do this other step at some point.

It would be so much better if I could just publish whenever I write. This seems to suggest one of the usual hosted platforms, and then I have to wonder why I even have two separate blogs, and I think of all the effort it would take to convert what I have into a new format (sigh!).

I’m sure there’s a sweet spot that exists somewhere. Is this the kind of thing that Ghostwould provide? Or is this what Tumblr was supposed to be?

Is having a personal hosted site simply too old-school and I need a new kind of place for this?

Or should I just have this WordPress place and — I do want to keep these two “worlds” separate — have two sets of posts? Is that possible?

I just want to be able to write and publish and forget about it 😦

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Using “x-ray” in the Kindle

(Note: this piece had been lying around from about three years ago! I had just never posted it!)

I recently discovered the “x-ray” feature in the Kindle, partly because I only recently resumed reading something on it (“Moby Dick”, two-thirds of the way in).

I can imagine it being super-helpful when going through a really big book with lots of characters etc., but clearly, it has its share of amusing entries. See the one below for “Jove”.