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January 31, 2014

Love is blind and so is anger

For the curious this is a poem that I had written, perhaps a decade ago for some college competition. Luckily, I stumbled on that very paper on which I wrote this poem. Just make sure I don't loose my work, I'm now filing it in my blog.

Like a western story telling style, I leave the plot of the poem to the good imagination of the readers.

January 30, 2014

Sweet Interaction Design in Github

Github is one fantastic example of simple and sweet user experience design. Its fascinating that they constantly take strides to make user experience better and even better.

Let me run you through an example to see how they make a mark in what they do.

(Almost) Everything I need to know about sleep

This blog post is a note to self so that I can read and re-read it to help me get on track.

It is said that man spends anywhere between 20%-40% of his lifetime, sleeping. Now that is a lot and is it required? A big yes. It is during sleep that the body does all the maintenance activities to keep one hale and healthy.

January 19, 2014

Conference: Dev Day 2013, Colombo, Sri Lanka

I had the good opportunity to deliver a talk in Dev Day 2013, Colombo, Sri Lanka. What was more interesting is the fact that there were many opportunities in the form of surprises resulting in a lot of learning. So I played the roles of an audience member, a speaker, guest interviewee, and finally an interviewer. I can't ask for more, can I??

Conference: JSConf 2013, US - Javascript Masterclass by Angelina Fabbro

I stumbled on this talk by Angelina Fabbro on Javascript Master class in JSConf US, 2013 which to me is very enlightening. Her talk is about becoming an expert as an intermediate (Javascript) developer.

Angelina Fabbro is a programmer based in Vancouver, Canada and works at Steamclock Software. Angelina has a background in cognitive science, building clever robots and researching what people pay attention to. Her record as a web developer is balanced with modern iOS experience and a keen sense of design. Angelina also both teaches and mentors for the Vancouver chapter of Ladies Learning Code.

January 12, 2014

Schooling and Learning

Our (Indian) educational system is terribly pathetic. It pains. It hurts. Because the foundation is so bad, there is no wonder that we see a ton of problems unsolved to say the least.

Parents send their kids to school not with the goal of enhancing the kids knowledge through education and learning. They do so because they want their kids to participate in the race of discrimination very early on in life, hoping it would prepare them to land in cosy jobs. Tell them that what they do is wrong, they instantly hit back citing the corporate advertisements or job boards. Heck, it's a vicious circle that nobody wants to break.

January 1, 2014

Lessons from Steve Jobs by Guy Kawasaki

Guy Kawasaki shares his top 12 lessons that he learnt from Steve Jobs as below:
  1. "Experts" are clueless
  2. Customers cannot tell you what they want
  3. Action is on the next curve
  4. Big challenges beget the best work
  5. Design counts
  6. Use big graphics and big fonts
  7. Changing your mind is a sign of intelligence
  8. Value is not equal to Price
  9. "A" players hire "A+" players
  10. Real CEOs demo
  11. Real entrepreneurs ship
  12. Marketing = Unique Value