Category «Personal»

Recharging my batteries

I took one week off from work to do nothing. Just to sit at home and relax. Usually vacation turn out to be more stressful than going to work. Not that I enjoy travelling, which I do, but more often than not there is very little relaxing going on. So I thought, why don’t I …

Mid-year check-in

Summer is already over. 2012 ends in a little more than 4 months. I am now 34 years old  and my nephew, whose birth coincided with my arrival in US, is now 6 years old. We celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary last weekend. I can’t imagine how quickly time is flying. Forbes suggests that it is a …

Year twentyTwelve = new Year()

It is that time of the year when you sweep some stuff under the rug and decide that they are a thing of the past. It is also the time when you get the feeling that you need a brand new start. The new year is a time of renewing resolutions, forgiving yourself for your …

Coming Home

C++ was my first programming language. We were “taught” C++ in our first semester for our Engineering curriculum. Needless to say it was a nightmare. C++ is too big and too hard as a first programming language. At least it was for me. I didn’t own a computer at that time and I hadn’t really …

A Learning Project

Binil and I have decided to study Computer Systems: A Programmer’s Perspective together. We are going to use the first edition because we both already own that and the 2nd edition is damn costly. Binil is in California and I am in Washington, so it is going to be a long distance combined study. We …

Starbucks Economics

I am not a big Starbucks fan but today afternoon I was a little bored and I thought I would go for a walk and have a coffee at Starbucks on the way. I had a Chai Tea Latte and including the tip the total came around to $4. I found it a little bit …

The battle to lose Stuff

As I mentioned in a previous post, I am trying to minimize the “stuff” in my life. It was something that I have been wanting to do for a little while now, but the decision to go ahead with it came after reading The Power of Less , by Leo Babauta, the second time. The …

New Books

I got a 40% off coupon from Borders so I decided to indulge myself a bit. Unfortunately the coupon could not be used on Borders.com which meant I had only a limited choice that the stores offered. The Redmond store is a little better than other Borders stores I have been to, but still the …

Filling in the blanks

Towards the end of the last year I had bragged about some new year resolutions. One of them was that I would be posting more frequently here. Well it has been about 2.5 months since my last post. Not good going. The status of the rest of the resolutions are very similar, if not worse. …

Plans for 2010 Part 2

As I have posted here, I have made some resolutions for the new year. If nothing, just for the fun. I have to add two more things to the list. Learning F# and Reducing my weight. I have been trying to learn F# for over a year now (maybe even a little more). I have …