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Dallas Beach, Victoria

May 8, 2022

I recently moved to a new apartment in Fairfield, Victoria. The beautiful Dallas road is just a few minutes walk from my new apartment. I used to go there a lot for walks. But my last few apartments were quite far from downtown, so my visits became less frequent.

Dallas Beach, Victoria, BC

This afternoon, after almost two years, I went for a walk on the Dallas Road Waterfront Trail. It was amazing. They don’t call Victoria the warmest place in Canada for nothing. Even though it had drizzled just a few minutes earlier, the sun was fully shining and the views were spectacular.

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Back to Reading Fiction

April 20, 2022

I watched The Martian and The Hunt for Red October earlier this week and enjoyed them both. They say movies adapted from a novel are like the tip of the iceberg. So, of course, I bought both novels and have been savoring them right before going to bed.

Novels

The last major work of fiction I read was Musashi, which was a couple of years ago. Since I started reading these two books, I realized what I’ve been missing. Human imagination and creativity are too vast to only restrict to reading non-fiction or technical books.

Every night, I am transported either to Mars to join Mark Watney’s adventures or aboard the Red October with captain Marko Ramius as he tries to steer the ship from East to the West.

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What I've Been Up To

November 26, 2021

It’s been a while since I posted on the blog. Lots of things have happened in the last couple of months, and it’s only now that I have some breathing room to start writing again. So, this is what I’ve been up to for the past couple of months.

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Mars Sucks

April 22, 2021

Why do we want to go to Mars? It sucks. Here’s a letter from the Earth to all the humans who want to go to Mars.

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Work From Anywhere

February 15, 2021

The trend catches on. On Friday, Spotify announced their “Work From Anywhere” program, which lets employees work from anywhere in the world, while still paying San Francisco and New York salaries.

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Let Me Unsubscribe

February 4, 2021

Don’t you just love when your entire sign-up workflow is done in minutes, and your bank transactions involving money are done in seconds, but a simple ‘unsubscribe’ from the marketing emails may take up to 10 business days to take effect?

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Google's SEO Guidelines

January 29, 2021

Search Engine Optimization is about helping Google understand and present your website so it’s shows up prominently in the search results. This is an overview of the basics of SEO according to Google.

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Classification of Investments

January 28, 2021

Prof. Damodaran, who is my favorite finance writers, wrote a post on the classification of investments into assets, commodities, currencies and collectibles. Here’s a brief summary.

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Self-Driving Cars

January 5, 2021

Gone is the optimism of just a couple of years ago. All that remains is the delusion of grandeur.

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Hopes and Dreams

December 28, 2020

There was a young man who, in his youth, expressed a desire to become a great writer. When asked to define “great,” he said,

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Travelling from Victoria to Mumbai during the Pandemic

October 25, 2020

Earlier this week, I traveled from Victoria to Mumbai via the Vande Bharat flight from Air India. Here is a short post on my experience, and what to expect during the trip. Hope it helps anyone who is planning a trip from Canada to India.

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Looking for a Roommate

June 25, 2020

I am looking for a roommate to share my one bedroom apartment on Quadra-Mckenzie. It’s a semi-private room, most suitable for students who are looking for temporary stay.

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On Remote Work

April 5, 2020

Since we are all working remotely, here is a thought experiment all the managers can do to test the effectiveness of remote working on programmer productivity.

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Working From Home

March 20, 2020

I have been working from home this week. Though I miss my awesome colleagues at CityView, I am also enjoying the solitude and the quiet work environment at home, where I can work in a focused state for a couple of hours straight without constantly getting interrupted every 15 minutes.

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Library Rules

March 25, 2019

Walk into any library, and the first thing you notice is absolute silence. Why can’t we design our offices like that?

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Joys of Programming

December 15, 2018

My head hurts. It’s 11 pm at night, and I just finished a 3 hour debugging marathon to fix a bug that has been on my to-do for last 2 weeks. What began as a simple list of items not showing up in the browser ended up in an ill-formatted sql caused by mis-match of enumeration in a switch statement in the deep backend. The fix involved changing a single word, but the path I had to take was treacherous and equally fulfilling. The feeling is serene.

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Remembering Gerald Weinberg

August 25, 2018

Rest In Peace, Jerry.

Gerald Weinberg is one of the programmers who has influenced so much of my thinking as a programmer. He passed away on August 7, 2018, at the age of 84. He had simple, but very profound, Zen-like insights on everything related to software development, programming, and many other disciplines. He has left the software industry with a better understanding of what it means to be a programmer.

Gerald Weinberg
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Perceptions

February 10, 2018

“It’s not the external events that cause us trouble, but only our perceptions about those events.”

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End of History

January 29, 2018

History, it seems, is always ending today. It’s easy to imagine how much I have changed over the years. At 27 today, I have almost nothing in common with the 22-year old Akshay. Looking into the future, however, is quite a different story altogether.

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Patterns of Unproductivity

November 7, 2017

I had a terrible day at work. Cannot think of a day when I have been so unproductive. I devoted less than 10% of my brain cells on any meaningful work. There are some definite patterns here. Calling these patterns out might help me avoid them in the future.

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Goodbye

August 21, 2014

I leave for Canada tomorrow. It’s exciting. The year has gone by so fast. It feels like yesterday when I quit my job. So much has happened since then. Here’s a summary of my year so far.

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Canada

October 3, 2013

I went to a study-abroad seminar hosted by GeeBee this morning. They did an excellent job of explaining the process to pursue higher education abroad.

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Hello World!

July 21, 2013

After two weeks, I have left my job at Neeble Technologies. I feel exhilarated. The last four years of my life were dedicated to the single-minded goal of becoming a software engineer, get a high-paying job at an MNC, and live happily ever after. I don’t know what I am going to do next.

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