Dreading the Ides of April

March 26, 2007

Certainty? In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.

-Benjamin Franklin

I give up!! I tried doing my taxes this year on my own and have failed miserably. Why ?? Oh, Why?? does my mind go blank when this time in the year roll around??


Pinging the Blogosphere…. Resume Writing

February 26, 2007

All th blogging that I had done for the past two months seemed a excessive, so I decided that I was going to take a little breather, and let my thoughts gather. Unfortunately, any ideas for blogging topics that I have, are either incoherent or a victim of my procrastination.

So instead, I decided that I would simply write a bunch random notes, on things I saw today. just to let everybody, I’m still alive. I’m not kicking, but I am alive.

This is a blog post by a software engineering manager, about resume writing tips to getting past that 30 second look-over. I’ve read a lot of these resume tips over the past couple of years. The last time I updated my resume was about five months ago. In about a month or so, I’ll be updating my resume (something I do every six months or so). I’m not currently looking for a new job, but updating a resume every six months or so has allowed me to take an honest appraisal of where my career has been going.

My first cut of my resume is brutally honest. It’s so brutal, that I would call it resume self-flaggellation. This would not be a resume that I would send out, but a resume that would allow me to do a very honest self-appraisal of where my career is going. Depending on how I come out of that experience, I make a decision on what I need to do. My last experience, left me somewhat ambivalent about my career. I had some mixed feelings on where I wanted to be.I could’nt make up my mind whether I was happy or not. So I re-editted my resume into something that was more likely to get a second look and I looked around half-heartedly to see what was out there. Nothing came out of it. Landed a phone screen interview, but could’nt get past it. Dissappointed, I stopped trying.

Lesson learnt? In my opinion, that ambivalence really set me up for failure from the get go. Because, I had some mixed feelings, I was’nt really aggressive enough to go after what I wanted. I was’nt even sure what I wanted. Resume tips are all right, but if you really don’t have that drive for that something different, you’re job hunt is DOA.

End of March, I’m going to update my resume again in the same way. Let’s see where how that excercise ends.

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Smoking & Working out

July 6, 2006

The Seattle Times: Health: Do benefits of getting buff make it OK to take a puff?. Brought to you you via here

I can relate to this. I used to be one of those people who smoked and worked out, and I really got a high from that first cigarette. I finally kicked my habit about 10 months ago, after having been a smoker for ten years. Best decision I ever made


The Weather today….

July 4, 2006

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A lot of barbeque’s are going to be ruined today…. I just hope it does’nt spoil the fireworks tonight. This is how the weather looks from my living room at 11:18.

Weather on July 4th 2006

Update:

I guess, I’m going to eat my words. BBQ’s wont be ruined. Its going to be sunny after all. Fireworks will still happen. Here’s the udpated view from my apartment. Note how the clouds have moved in the Doppler map

This is what it looks like from my apartment at 14:18.

Updated Update:

It suddenly started raining. The poor lifegaurd at the pool had spread out all the deck chairs for people, Now she’s waiting in her car for the rain to stop, so that she can stack up the chairs again. This is what it looks like from my apartment a little before 5:38 pm.

at at 5:40 pm it finally stopped raining.


I’m Back…

June 20, 2006

Well Hello There!! My non-existent readers….

After a long hiatus, I’m back. I’m not sure why I stopped blogging. Probably a combination of reasons, work, mood swings, lethargy, feeling morbid, low self-esteem. But I’m back. Not sure about the reasons about why I’m back either, probably some obscure reason again, but really I dont think anyone really cares.

For the past couple of weeks I’ve been following Rocketboom. This is a video blog thats become quite popular around the internet. Great content, pretty good-looking host. Todays newscast was about twin bombshells that were dropped on the computing industry, namely, first Robert Scoble’s departure two weeks ago and then Bill Gates’ announcement that two years from now, he will work part-time at Microsoft as a non-executive chairman and immediatly cede his role as Chief Software Architect.

Here are my 2 cents on the matter.

Robert Scoble‘s role at Microsoft was a little tad confusing for me. His technology evengelism on Channel 9 was awesome, but his blog sometimes bordered on childish petulance especially when people outside the company criticised it. This was really evident, in my opinion, when Joel Splosky criticised Microsoft. I cant find the links to those blog flame post war between Splosky and Scoble, but I think Splosky came out better in that “debate”. Plus, Scoble’s continuous posts seem to make him over-exposed. I generally skim through this posts after 20 or so posts accumulate. In contrast, other bloggers seem to only post when they genuinely have something to say and then can say it well. I guess that makes me look forward to their posts.

As far as Bill Gates is concerned, people tend to forget that he’s been in the same job for 30 years. Thats a pretty much my whole life. and thats enough to sicken anyone, not matter how passionate someone is about their jobs. I think he made the right decison to move on. New people can now move in and make the tough decisions that need to be made to compete effectively. People may say a lot of things about Microsoft and Bill Gates, but a lot of people in the computing industry (including your’s truly) owe their careers to Microsoft’s vision.

As for the stock market, I’m not a big fan of using the stock market as a barometer of a companies performance. Its kind of hard to believe that a company which has shown a profit quarter after quarter, and has billions of dollars in the bank is somehow doing badly.


My 2 cents on the penny, that’s actually 2.8 cents

April 22, 2006

The New York Times had an interesting article on much a single penny costs to manufacture. With the rise of the prices of metals, a single worthless penny (to me anyway, because I hardly every use it) costs about 1.4 cents. As for me, I’ve always hated the penny. Not a single vending machine ever accepts it, and if every want to use it at a retailers I never haven enough. I think they should do away with it.

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How Geeky are you?

March 29, 2006

How Geeky Are You

My score was 53 (heading towards geekdom) according to Newweek. You can take the test here.

I took a similar test a couple of months about my geek rating. I posted the results at my old blog here.

Your Geek Profile:

Movie Geekiness: High
Music Geekiness: High
Academic Geekiness: Moderate
Fashion Geekiness: Moderate
Gamer Geekiness: Moderate
Internet Geekiness: Moderate
Geekiness in Love: Low
General Geekiness: Low
SciFi Geekiness: None

How Geeky Are You?