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May 27, 2022

08:06: OMG! It’s been quite a ride.

May 26, 2022

17:00: After I send an email in Outlook for Mac, I want some of them that I mark before or just after I send it so that they appear in one of the folders …

17:47: I’m thinking of trolling my employer on my “professional” Twitter (yup, still have that active) for not having the Juneteenth holiday. Feeling more …

18:32:

In our home, we are still processing the events at Uvalde, Texas. Having a kid in elementary school makes the danger seem even more real. We remember …

19:51: Give them unarmed protesters, they’ll act all macho. A single guy with a gun, these buggers will shit their pants. The Cowardly Blue Line

21:31: Latest Better Call Saul 😱📺

22:03: Sometimes I’m curious what’s going on inside my dog’s brain. But I’m not sure I want to know 🐶

23:30: Books Read: A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel by Amor Towles 📚 What a delightful read. I was almost sorry when I came to the end.

May 25, 2022

08:46: Oh, for fuck’s sake, WaPo! Really? I mean, really?

10:16: I try to stay positive and not rant on here, but today is not that day, especially after yesterday’s events. I’ll be better tomorrow. …

May 24, 2022

16:31: One of those workdays when I’ve done dozens of small tasks, so don’t feel like I’ve made progress on much but good to get those …

20:26: Celebrating a personal event with this intricately labeled fizzy wine.

21:49: The count is up to 18 now 😔 The shooter was wearing body armor. Like that racist guy in the grocery store. So much for “good guys with guns”.

May 23, 2022

07:32: We attended a 3-hour dance recital for a couple of our friends daughters (not in this video). It had been a long time since we saw a live Indian …

10:35: For my must-categorize-all-transactions brain (enabled by Mint), I love that Costco automatically adds your in-store receipts to their app. Now, even …

12:01: I’ve been using @Gluon’s excellent timeline filter to ‘Hide replies’ and even the underrated ‘Only show long …

17:46: I howled at this Meghan McArdle column especially at the excerpt. Only if such nuanced reading of the data on crimes were accorded to other races.

18:25: No, you cannot stop ten feet behind the stop sign at a four-way intersection and act like you came first. 🛑 🚙

19:17: Baptists: Catholics, hold our beer Key takeaways from the bombshell sex abuse report by Southern Baptists

May 22, 2022

08:04: I spent some time last night reading Carolyn Hax’s best of columns on its 25th anniversary. Some great gems of advice in there.

08:32: It’s like someone turned on the air-conditioning for all of Austin. So nice out.

10:16: Of course, the one EPL game I want to watch is not on Peacock 😐 I guess I’ll watch MCI-AVL which affects the other one ⚽️

11:31: Dear Liverpool, Gerrard’s Aston Villa is doing all it can to help you. All you have to is to win at Anfield. That’s not a big ask. C’mon! ⚽️

11:43: Man, Man City! What a turnaround. Deserved champions. Unless… ⚽️

11:57: What a season! An awesome Championship Sunday indeed ⚽️

13:56: Paper BuJo users who live in a two-story house - do you carry your notebook with you or have two notebooks for each floor? I know, I know, first-world …

20:28: Text with textile

May 21, 2022

07:57: The poor kid has a martial arts belt test at 7 am on a Saturday. Why would you do that unless the point is to “build character”?

10:44: The United States of America was born in symmetry. Well, if they all signed at noon, midnight, or 6’O clock.

11:57: Although I managed to convince a few of my Twitter friends to move to Micro.blog, there’s still one who is holding out. His style and writing is …

12:51: Bad captaincy by Rishabh Pant in the field today 🏏 Kohli will send his thanks soon.

17:57: A 🤯 but not surprising fact I read today - if China and India were to lose one billion people each, they would still be the number one and two most …

18:32: Memory is a weird thing. I always remember May 21st, 1991 for some reason. My grandfather and a couple of his friends were staying with us for some …

19:22: For the longest time, I thought this song was Nepali coz that’s what I was told when I first heard it in India but in fact it’s in Aramaic. Still …

May 20, 2022

13:39: My regular afternoon beverage. My first coffee with cream + Splenda® though.

17:07: The pandemic is over for Americans so no mask mandates but the pandemic is still raging for migrants 🤔

17:09: The new front door got delivered on a huge pallet encased in a wooden crate (think Indiana Jones). But now the handyman who was supposed to install it …

May 19, 2022

08:11: Our custom front door has finally shipped…after ordering it in early March. We were afraid of it being delivered while we were on vacation. …

09:28: Even my dog knows that I’m displeased with him if I use his actual name.

10:29: Books Currently Reading: A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel by Amor Towles 📚 I didn’t think I would but I’m quite enjoying this one.

13:36: Maximizing Mental Agility

This post was originally posted on Medium on March 14, 2017, and is shared here for my archival purposes.

One of the advantages of working for a Tier …

13:59: Would MuteMe - The Illuminated Mute Button be a good gift for my work colleagues?

18:20: It’s definitely an indulgence for us to upgrade to a 2 gig fiber from an already high 1 gig fiber connection.

18:33: Makes me fondly remember my aughts blogging days. Never change, Dubya 😏

May 18, 2022

09:12: We finished watching Grace & Frankie last night 📺 Apparently, at 7 seasons, it was the longest-running series on Netflix. It’s even more …

13:30: Loved this video by Cal Newport on The Perks of Living without Social Media. Thanks to @lukemperez for pointing it out to me.

18:34: Just catching up on election primaries news. Apparently the shitbag Madison Cawthorn lost to a dirtbag Chuck Edwards. But he lost by just over 1,300 …

19:05: The last few days I have been feeling like I’m straining at my leash. I know why but not much I can do now until we wait.

May 17, 2022

07:39: The kid’s 11th birthday! 🎉 🥳 Where has the time gone?

17:40: I don’t how rich people do business. Apparently Elon Musk is worth $265 billion but he has to scrounge around for $44 billion from other rich people …

May 16, 2022

12:12: Timeless.

13:50: Excerpt from this Vox article. This talks about how being on different social networks gives you a different kinda brain. Or is it that people with …

16:41: Arsenal is hell bent on letting Spurs finish in the top four, right? ⚽️😆

May 15, 2022

10:38: This is a prime example of how outrage is manufactured and how a social network is designed specifically to make such outrages viral. You’re …

11:22: Thanks to @rknightuk’s CSS code, now I can show off the grid view on my photoblog in neat little squares. The page loads pretty quickly …

18:07: It’s a chicken liver masala night

22:08: Glass has finally enabled viewing landscape photos when you turn the device around. It looks especially great on the iPad.

May 14, 2022

08:02: Funny to see Republicans getting bent out of shape over baby formula shortage. I don’t see it mentioned in the Bible (or the Constitution). Feed your …

08:20: Our new couch looks great in our refurbished living room. We’re loving our choice for mid-century modern aesthetic.

10:04: Looking forward to enjoying some exciting football in the FA Cup final ⚽️

22:55: Tomorrow, I’ve two Micro.blog zoom calls 😳 My Sundays are starting to look like my workdays

23:01: My son’s friends are at an age now that we can have real conversations. Some banter about Mumbai and Chennai’s woes in IPL, why I’m not afraid of …

May 13, 2022

16:22: We spent a week at this quiet beach community just a couple of months before COVID. Just minutes from the beach, it was our most relaxing vacation.

16:24: We are on 2 Gig speeds now. But now I realize my network switch is only compatible with 1 Gig speeds. Sigh! Need to upgrade it, but those look much …

17:55: I had forgotten that in Reeder, you can add individual Twitter accounts (or your Timeline) as a feed. That way, you can read people who only tweet via …

May 12, 2022

08:35: Betterment Cash Reserve interest rate is now 0.75% up from 0.1% earlier this year. Ally has gone up to only 0.6% up from 0.5%. Time for that dance to …

10:45: I worked out of a coffee shop (Madrone Coffee at Oak Hill) after ages. Since I mostly now use my iMac for work, it’s difficult to get back to …

11:17: That’s what makes languages so dorn interesting

11:23: This popped up on my Photos widget. Just in time for some tranquility.

17:02: I’m seriously considering not taking my DSLR on our London vacation. I bought a tripod for my iPhone so I won’t miss the weight.

May 11, 2022

08:31: TIL you can take unpaid leave on a H1-B/O-1 visa if you initiate the request. The employer cannot “bench” for lack of sufficient work. I learned this …

09:15: Bleed maroon

11:26: This is an interesting angle on expanding abortion access and keeping it out of local government hands. If Native Americans can do to abortion access …

17:44: Vince Gilligan sure loves macro shots 📺

22:23: For $30 more per month, I upgraded our home internet to 2 Gig fiber. More is always better when it comes to internet speeds, right?

May 10, 2022

08:54: Are folks on Micro.blog going to post photos of their “stash” for today’s photo challenge? 🤭

09:45: Staying Decluttered tip #257: Don’t buy new hangers for your clothes.

10:56: Not too long ago, the norm was just one interview, and reference calls in our field. Maybe a second interview if one of the interviewers …

15:17: Our state’s pension fund managers, Teachers Retirement System (TRS) of Texas has a new website and system to check your account balance. But you …

16:20: Fighting for space with the pots. Central time zone folks, note the time of this post 😉

17:21: Bosch is back 📺 And I was glad he was still living in his awesomely-located house until…(#spoiler). It’s based on the book I read last year; at least …

21:28: Shining Girls is confusing as heck until it starts to make sense. Very addictive though 📺

May 9, 2022

09:36: In BuJo, how do you handle tasks that you know should be done on a specific date in the near future i.e., in the next week? You can’t really …

19:04: I love that this feature is built in iOS

19:24: Just tell me when it’s all over and I can peek at my portfolio again 🤢

May 8, 2022

10:54: It’s been more than 13 years since I was a graduate student. So I found myself at a loss to answer some questions of an Indian grad student …

11:09: Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms who are doing the best they can and more. Special shoutout to that person who creates the graphic for …

14:09: Severance started slow and took a while to build up but last two episodes 🤯📺

18:16: Union

May 7, 2022

08:43: I’m not a brand-conscious person when it comes to clothes. But after buying a pair of Paige jeans a couple of years ago via Trunk Club, …

14:02: Remind you of someone?

14:49: Picked this up at Central Market today. Let’s see how far food science has come.

18:00: Trying a different Glen tonight.

May 6, 2022

15:07: Every other house in our neighborhood is changing its siding. It’s like an epidemic almost. Although ours is in decent shape, I wanted to change …

15:11: Much of my day today was spent wrangling our Institute’s budget projections and evaluating the impact on (long-overdue) merit raises for our …

19:23: I guess intermittent fasting has helped

May 5, 2022

09:16: One of my new work colleagues thought I was ten years younger than I actually am. I guess, thanks to the lack of too many grey hairs.

11:02: Shooting a long-ass panorama photo gives you a tiny hint of the roundness of Earth, but of course, you’re distracted by the sheer beauty of …

11:36: Thanks to the good-hair genes, my soon-to-be-11-years-old son may need to shave his upper lip for the first time in his life 🥹 Parents of teenage …

12:51: If they can, why can’t we?

13:54: Adding actual daily reminders at fixed times to have certain healthy snacks or snacks even coffee has worked wonderfully. ☕️🍌

18:41: Leo in his thundershirt (nope, it didn’t help last night). My son says he looks like he’s going to the office 🤣

May 4, 2022

11:44: Interesting meeting with an consultant helping us with the restructuring of our Institute. More interesting because now I’ve to navigate university …

15:20: Whoa! A second interest rate hike this year. Now points to a target range of 0.75% - 1.0%. I’m glad @parag reminded me about the I-Savings Bonds …

15:42: Spurred by the news from SCOTUS, I took some action today thanks to a nudge from Act Blue. You can too although your list may be different.

17:37: How does Costco always manage to shelve exactly one item on my list at a different place each time I visit?

21:58: Books Currently Reading: Bloodlands by Timothy Snyder 📚 I keep saying OMG out loud as I read this book. So insane that it’s recent history. …

May 3, 2022

07:52: Waking up to the news of the SCOTUS opinion on Roe v. Wade leaking before being announced. The horrors of the decision aside, how did it leak? Perhaps …

09:56: I’m going all experimental and trying out bullet journaling for the month of May. I even got a Rhodia and everything.

16:47: I know watching Ozark was always stressful and depressing but did it also have to end that way? 📺

May 2, 2022

08:03: From our school district’s weekly newsletter. Sigh! When online craziness comes to your doorstep 🙄

09:28: I will re-post this photo of one of my favorite photos for the MB May Challenge.

14:04: Although I still use iNaturalist to share my observations, I love that iOS now has a built-in AI-powered identifier for plants in its camera app. In …

23:06: Books Read: The Diamond Eye: A Novel by Kate Quinn 📚★★★★☆

May 1, 2022

10:33: New folks on Micro.blog may not be aware of the ‘newsletter’ feature. Nothing fancy but you just get all (or some) posts from the past …

16:27: It took me longer than usual, but I think I’m done processing my DSLR photos from our Utah trip (mid-March). At times, it seems exhausting, but …

April 30, 2022

08:30: It took exactly 7 days since the first positive test but this was my second consecutive negative test. Phew! That wasn’t exactly mild.

12:18: I’m glad that the Japanese Maple that I bought (online) and planted last fall has taken root and is growing. 🌱

15:22:

Quitting Twitter wasn’t easy. Although I rejoined late last year, I found the conditions were the same as five years ago. Thankfully, Elon Musk gave …

15:33: Dog breed explains little about behavior Breed accounted for only about 9 percent of behavioral variation in individual dogs, and no trait was unique …

April 29, 2022

07:56:

I don’t judge people on whether they choose to stay on Twitter or not. I understand the allure of an existing social network they have cultivated over …

09:40: I just got a call from Austin Public Health asking about my health following my positive COVID test on Saturday. The person was very helpful, …

11:02: On getting away from the lure of ‘likes’ and ‘retweets’

April 28, 2022

08:20: It’s crazy how the last symptom of your illness takes the longest to go away. In my case, it’s the cough 😷 I have no idea how CDC …

10:29: It takes a while in life to understand this but once you do chef’s kiss

10:42: Excellent advice by Alan Jacobs for people leaving Twitter to be on Micro.blog. As he said, it’s about unlearning bad habits which is almost …

17:19: It’s crazy hot on the Indian subcontinent, yo!

21:35: After hearing me blabber on about Micro.blog for nearly 5 years, my wife has finally joined in. She doesn’t want me to “promote” her. I’ll let her …

April 27, 2022

13:06: Got this in my Day One memories 😝 I did end up changing jobs in the December of that year but I’m still not a US citizen.

14:42: What are we ignoring today that we will be nostalgic for when it’s gone?

17:25: Using the time off from work, I once again thought about delving into bullet journaling. Watched a couple of videos. But don’t want to start one more …

18:54: I can understand why people may yet not quit Twitter. But I don’t see why anyone would want to work there? For their sake, I hope it’s sooner than …

April 26, 2022

08:11: Damn it. End of my streak. I was hoping I would be one of the few when this thing ended 🦠

09:39: On the other side of the health front, my intermittent fasting is working out great for me (yes, even during COVID). Just over a month later, I have …

10:03:

I rarely meta-blog these days, i.e., write about blogging. But since a few of my close blogger friends came over to Micro.blog from Twitter, I will …

16:27:

Books Currently Reading: The Expectation Effect: How Your Mindset Can Change Your World by David Robson 📚

The Expectation Effect quote

17:21: Remote working has made it difficult to take a complete sick day when you think just sending a couple of emails and responding to some Slack messages …

21:35: So after Musk bought Twitter, it has become more right wing? Then I’m glad to have left it. Twitter’s follower count change is organic?

23:40: Books Read: The Expectation Effect: How Your Mindset Can Change Your World by David Robson 📚

April 25, 2022

13:35: More than 95% of the time when my credit card has gotten skimmed, I can trace it back to a gas station. So much so that I started keeping a dedicated …

14:05: Glad I got an excuse to not be on Twitter.

14:55: I recommended Micro.blog to a handful of people I interact on Twitter. If they end up joining and blogging (err…tweeting) here, I hope they reply to …

17:33: Instead of hashtags which can get chaotic, Micro.blog uses emojis to categorize and discover writing. These are the ones that are used right now. …

18:10: We finished season 2 of The Great last night. Although the season was better than the first one, the ending wasn’t satisfactory 📺

April 24, 2022

10:25: Two thoughts about the newsletter feature blockquotes are not working. It’s a sub-optimal experience editing the newsletter in the new version …

12:22: Glad to hear that Glass is working on the feature to display landscape photos in their full glory when you turn your phone around. As a…landscape …

22:33: I checked out The Problem with John Stewart after a long time and watched the most recent episode on racism. It wasn’t bad. And oh boy, has Andrew …

April 23, 2022

08:23: The Lion King is a musical that seems like a movie was based on. Such a glorious experience. The production value is on another level of ingenuity.

12:44: Crypto is secure and anonymous, they said 🤣

April 22, 2022

08:00: What’s the real purpose of the prosecution?

I wrote this post on Nov.26, 2014 on Medium. Cross-posting it here for posterity

Like most people that may read this, I also got hooked on the Serial …

19:38: Now playing

April 21, 2022

09:31: This may be a minor thing, but I’ve seen that Grammarly doesn’t show up in MB mentions text box on the web. Also, my keyboard shortcuts …

10:37: It’s official, barring unforeseen circumstances, we’re visiting our motherland for the first time! You know, England. Well, just London actually. …

13:41:

Recovered quite a few posts that I never realized were missing in my Archive (mostly from 2017 & 2018) thanks to @amit’s Post Stats plugin …

15:47:

I’m always surprised by the lack of understanding of free speech among Americans considering they pride themselves on it. In fact, it is one of …

15:49: I took a sick day from work today. Slept in. Watched an IPL match and enjoyed vintage Dhoni finishing it off in style. Bought the last season of …

17:00: I watched a 20- minute video by the Agenda developers on their latest features. I learned a lot about features I didn’t know existed and plenty of …

April 20, 2022

11:58:

Since we work in education research, we have become those parents who will reach out to the teacher to ensure they are using best practices in …

14:41: I realized I had a Medium blog when someone commented on a post last night. I have only five long-form posts on there, but for some inexplicit reason, …

15:25: Look, ma, I passed the one novella line on @amit’s stats plugin. BTW according to my MB export, my first post was made on 08/31/2017 but the …

19:24: What can you possibly make with a shit ton of fresh oregano?

21:38: Sore throat. Body aches. Runny nose. Slight fever. Chills 🤧🤒 But no COVID.

April 19, 2022

20:27: Quite a day at work. Some communication issues addressed. Some apologies issued. Harm to trust and transparency being worked on.

21:43: Third month in a row where we don’t have to pay our electric bill 🌞🔋 And we’re banking credits for when we ultimately do (Texas summers after all).

23:17: 🔗 Phil Schiller on Glass?

April 18, 2022

12:04: Books Currently Reading: Bloodlands by Timothy Snyder 📚 Just one chapter in and horrified with how Stalin caused a genocide in Ukraine. Sadly, it …

April 17, 2022

09:25: My intermittent fasting is putting a dampener on our weekend breakfast ritual. Should I be eating dinners early on Friday and Saturday? Or taking a …

11:52: Happy Easter 🐰

12:49:

17:19: While consolidating my notes across Drafts and Ulysses, I completely forgot that I used Bear for nearly a year. I remembered when I was trying to …

17:19: Sometimes attributed to community organizer Saul Alinsky, but likely adapted from a story by Irving Zola: A group of people is standing at a …

April 15, 2022

10:21: Is indigestion more of a gut feeling?

18:01: I spent a better part of my mornings organizing my notes collection. I’m now using three (paid) note-taking apps and redistributed my notes this way: …

April 14, 2022

22:27: Has Micro.blog seen an uptick from people trying to quit Twitter post-Musk hostile takeover? I have seen quite a few I will quit Twitter if this …

April 13, 2022

09:24: We received a vague email from the President of the university I work at regarding pay increases for FY 22-23. It took all of my will power not to …

20:23: The triptych is back on the newly-painted walls but in a different location.

20:26: I was invited by Texas Global as part of their Meet a UT Scholar series to talk about my international journey and my research. It was fun sharing my …

April 12, 2022

11:23: I want to claim time for doing this as well.

12:58: I’m having trouble with my payment going though at Act Blue. I’m trying to set up a monthly recurring donation for the midterms but when I click on …

22:49: Now that we can, I donated for the first time to a political campaign. I set up monthly contributions to the Beto for Texas and Warnock’s GA senate …

April 11, 2022

16:45: Experienced it first hand.

17:27: I get along with all dogs. Lounging at a friend’s place over the weekend with her foster.

April 10, 2022

08:59: I started using DayOne exactly ten years ago today. Of course, l learned this from the ‘On This Day’. I have used it in sporadic streaks over the …

April 9, 2022

10:25: Love writing in my Hobonichi Techo. Generally use it for quick work and personal thoughts and to jot down my ‘Done’ list.

15:01: I had to pull over and let my wife drive the rest of the way to Houston coz I was feeling sleepy after lunch. Lunch:

20:43: How many reigning monarchs in the UK fathered children in the 20th century? An excellent quiz/trivia question if you think about it.

April 8, 2022

09:08:

We love visiting National Parks at least once a year. We love the mountains, the beaches, and the woods equally. Something I started collecting on our …

17:30: New poster for our walls. Purchased at Moab, Utah.

19:30: Nothing like enjoying a glass of Glenlivet on a Friday evening after a busy week 🥃 🫠

April 7, 2022

08:38: Excited about our next vacation in June. We’ll be flying outside the U.S. and it’s neither to India nor in North America. So we still need to get our …

14:44: History 🎉🥰

16:58: We got a new coffee machine ☕️ Nothing fancy; just a drip coffee maker but can use grounds or pods. We can make a single cup which we’ve been doing …

April 6, 2022

12:56: I want the calmness of a TV character who plays the role of a news anchor, walking around the set, and has been told there’s 30 seconds before they go …

April 5, 2022

10:55: Posted this on Twitter. Let’s see what people say. Yes, yes, I know it’s kind of a subtweet to gauge interest for Micro.blog. But you can …

April 4, 2022

10:02: Thanks to @ton’s suggestion during yesterday evening’s Reading Republic meetup, I’m now using Zotero to also store my PDFs, Word …

11:15: Elon Musk just bought a 9.2% stake in Twitter, making him the largest shareholder. I don’t know if there’s a better sign than that for …

12:04: I switched my subscriptions to Ulysses and Micro.blog to the annual plan. There’s enough in both for me in the long term.

21:26: Want to make your living room look bigger? Paint it white.

April 3, 2022

08:17: Yes, please. From the last page of this month’s Fast Company

April 2, 2022

07:30: About yesterday’s The Batman. I liked it. It took a while to warm up to it but the noir treatment for the caped crusader as opposed to the flashy …

10:33: Twitter is just the same depressing toxic place even if you curate your list. You get unexpected negative tweets even from folks you’ve known for …

12:59: I’m loving the only-posts timeline on Gluon. Also, love that it starts at the last post read so you have to scroll up. This would be my first stop in …

13:39: New addition to the family. Also managed to successfully change my Lamy nib 🖋 Thanks again to @cygnoir for the tip, pun intended.

14:32: Books Currently Reading: Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals by Oliver Burkeman 📚 I am slightly more than halfway through but loving it …

April 1, 2022

14:57: Thanks @jean and @burk for the stickers. Micro.Camp was fun!

22:52: First movie in a theater after 26 months 🎥

March 31, 2022

09:17: I finally did what I was always afraid of doing it. I took my dog’s seizure medication instead of giving it to my dog 😑Luckily, it wasn’t …

11:11: I might be using it wrong but Oliclip is not quite working well for me 😟@cygnoir

11:27: I shouldn’t but I too laughed

17:13: Bid farewell to a work colleague. She retired. We gathered yesterday in-person on the patio of our academic building on campus with some excellent …

17:41: I’m working with a consultant as part of our organizational restructuring. She sent me these books she wrote. Anyone heard of them? With a name like …

March 30, 2022

11:29: I know the fallacy of post hoc ergo propter hoc, but I’ve lost 7 lbs since March 11th. Perhaps it was our long hikes in Utah or the intermittent …

March 28, 2022

20:17: One of the funders that we spoke to last week wrote to me thanking for the work we do and how he looked up the schools we worked with. Also, in the …

21:53: We started watching Pachinko on Apple TV+ today📺 I loved the book when I read it couple of years ago.

March 27, 2022

14:15:

As we drove from Salt Lake City to Torrey, the landscape changed to a starker look with distinctly shaped cliffs and mountainsides. The redder hues …

16:34: Excellent pro-tip from my sis-in-law: dissolve Benefiber® in your water bottle and keep drinking it throughout your day instead of gulping down …

17:06: Verizon claims to have sent my rebate gift card via email (twice now), but I’m not seeing it in my inboxes, including spam. Have you experienced …

22:51: Quite an eventful Oscars evening. This is going to be debated ad nauseam on Twitter tomorrow 🎥

March 26, 2022

20:05: Has England forgotten how to bat? 🏏😆

March 25, 2022

17:32: Whew! What a week! Last work call ended Friday 5:05 pm. Four calls with funders with one more coming up (NSF) on Monday. Plus check-ins with all my …

21:13: We celebrated my FiL’s 70th birthday (belatedly; he’s Feb.29th born) at Salt Trader’s. Great seafood!

March 24, 2022

08:29: Our gas/fuel costs from our Utah trip that spanned 7 days 🫠We drove 1,049 miles.

12:20: I’m trying out the intermittent fasting (no breakfast) routine. Currently on Day #2. Let’s see how long I last 🥘

16:54: No Italy again in this World Cup?! ⚽️😳

22:30: Our son got this in the mail after our trip from Utah. Don’t be fooled by the ‘citizen’ part coz India doesn’t offer dual citizenship. So this ‘OCI’ …

March 23, 2022

22:12: With the greats in Salt Lake City

March 22, 2022

22:28: We added three more to the collection

March 21, 2022

11:14: Our flight home is delayed due to bad weather…in Austin. It’s glorious out here in Salt Lake City. We’re staying right opposite Vivint Arena. Random …

15:23: After we landed at Salt Lake City last week, my son asks, “Is this where the morons live?” I said, “you mean, the Mormons, right?” He said, “yeah …

15:42: Hopefully this is indeed my (our?) last one.

21:00: Landing home to tornado warning 😳 We had to circle the airport for an hour

March 20, 2022

13:09: Night life in Moab, Utah 😋

16:24: Driving at 80 mph in blinding snowfall ✅

17:59: We have to find another way to vacation - Our ten-year-old son.

March 19, 2022

17:58: For reasons unknown 🙄 Humans are trash 🤬 Heck, they even named it Dead Horse Point.

20:06: Not a bad way to start the day, right?

22:16: While browsing thru an indie bookstore in Moab (Utah), we chanced upon the John Muir collection. Once I saw the cover I knew I had to buy it 📚

March 18, 2022

13:44: Wait for it…

13:47: Thanks to the push from Micro Camp, I rekindled my paper travelogue with our Utah trip

15:52: Instagram vs. Reality is usually just panning a few inches up.

21:36: Remember to breathe in

21:50: Siri just asked me if my dog was wearing my Apple Watch 😡

March 17, 2022

09:38: We found a mini Grand Canyon in Utah. Just as spectacular but maybe not as grand.

09:55: Thank you for the wishes but it’s Patrick’s and I’m no saint.

17:15: Given the landscape of the National Parks in Utah, I’m considering shooting entirely in black & white on my iPhone while in color using my Nikon. …

22:57: Making our way through a slot canyon to find a hidden arch at Arches NP

March 16, 2022

13:26: It was a rainy morning but we got some great sights including a drive through a narrow canyon🏜

14:14: Driving through a canyon

14:42: We had one of our best Mexican meals in Torrey, Utah, a small town outside Capitol Reef NP 🤯🌮

March 15, 2022

10:47: Just 40 mins from leaving home to clearing security with TSA Pre ✈️ To be fair, we live 20 minutes from the airport but had to also park our car in …

15:32: You know you’re in Salt Lake City when…

22:15: Filled gas for…

March 14, 2022

09:00: For some reason, this tweet annoyed me. Forget the fact that the potential employee has already spent plenty of time preparing their application, …

19:33: Packing my blacks and dark blues which I have plenty of coz the background is gonna be plenty red and orange #Utah ✈️

22:47: I just finished updating my iMac, Work MBP, and iPhone to the latest OSes. Universal Control is as magical as it sounds. But I’ll have to wait a week …

March 13, 2022

09:14: Too bad there were so few tech bros at SXSW EDU where the focus this year was on race and equity.

11:18: I read the fine print and realized why the total amount on the Apple Card on Mint is different from that in the Wallet app. It turns out that Mint …

12:23: I guess MB Newsletters are not set up for Daylights Savings coz my weekly noon newsletter hasn’t gone out yet. Maybe it will at 1 pm @help

16:16: I’ve set up quite a few keyboard shortcuts (iOS & Mac) for inserting shortcodes in blog posts but as number of shortcuts increase, how you keep …

16:35: There is planning for your vacation and then there is planning for vacation by my wife. I guess we are expected to know what to order before we get to …

19:06: Re-watching Saving Private Ryan, one of my favorite movies, with my son. So many awesome actors in otherwise minor roles 🎥

March 12, 2022

00:32: Wordle2 104 6/6 🤍💛🤍💛💛🤍 💛💛🤍🤍💛🤍 💛💛🤍🤍💚🤍 🤍💛💛💛🤍🤍 🤍🤍🤍💚💚💚 💚💚💚💚💚💚 Maintaining my 100% record but just barely.

11:01: Look what arrived in the mail yesterday after the Pens + Ink meetup with @cygnoir. Thanks to @pilchuck for the Pen Chalet recommendation.

14:48: Someone else is also enjoying the sun on this cold-ish Austin afternoon

March 11, 2022

09:01: We’ll be heading to Utah next week ✈️ although it’s still pretty cold out there. It was either now or in 100ºF weather. Excited to visit …

12:55: Does anyone knows if any UX research exists on the ideal post length for a timeline view? Twitter has 280 chars (a remnant from SMS). I think FB …

19:29: Why are you still wearing a mask? The government says you don’t have to. I was never wearing a mask just because the government said I should. Were …

March 10, 2022

16:41: Dental Hygienist: Some of your gums are bleeding. Me: thinking to myself Well, you poked it with a sharp metal instrument. Later the dental …

March 8, 2022

23:49: SXSW EDU has been more race & equity and less edtech this year. That’s good.

March 7, 2022

16:10: Back at an in-person conference after more than 2 years!

16:14: SXSW EDU and SXSW Interactive must be the only two consecutive conferences at the same venue that has different lengths of line outside the two types …

March 6, 2022

11:12:

I read this on Twitter and thought I should share how we do it…the household finances, I mean.

18:25: Real conversation in desi land Them: Our property taxes should only go to the school our kids attend. Also Them: (after hearing you have to apply to …

March 5, 2022

10:04: We ordered a new custom front door from Doors4Home based in Austin coz the ones we liked were unavailable at Home Depot/Lowes. Those puppies are …

March 4, 2022

23:51: First Rod Marsh and now Shane Warne. Australian cricket, or rather world cricket, is having a lousy week 🏏

March 3, 2022

11:19: Mint now supports Apple Card 🙌🏽 Still some bugs because the account balance is not accurate and I’m seeing a couple of transactions that are not …

13:17: I’m getting back into writing by hand on paper. Of course, if I do, I want to use an ink pen 🖋 I have always used the Hero Fountain Pen. I used …

19:20: We got our Global Entry approved today so hopefully can use TSA Pre the week after next for our trip to Utah. Inexplicably, we forgot to take our …

March 2, 2022

15:23: SXSW EDU is next week. It’s back to being in-person (and online). Our Institute has a couple of events that we are collaborating on: …

15:42: A simple and nice way to list the books you have read. Clicking on the book name takes you to the review followed by the book details. Although I will …

March 1, 2022

11:28: Is Ukraine the new Pride Month for corporate America? PS: That’s the Grammarly indicator on the writing screen

17:40: Remember to take backups if you are using any cloud services especially GoodReads

20:01: We don’t have a HOA in our neighborhood and it’s been great. No outrageous things (yet), only fun and quirky like a mannequin outside someone’s house …

20:10: I’m running out of words/phrases to start a work email. Don’t want to jump straight to business and want to start off friendly. What do you use these …

22:42: Just remembered that today is my COVID vaccine (first dose) anniversary 🦠💉

February 28, 2022

11:05: I’m not a geopolitical expert, unlike @lukemperez but I can’t see what Putin’s endgame is. The last time they invaded an entire …

19:05: Tax refund ✅

February 27, 2022

00:49: Books Read: A Line to Kill: A Novel (A Hawthorne and Horowitz Mystery) by Anthony Horowitz 📚

11:31: I’m trying to highlight some posts in my MB newsletter by changing the background color and adding a border, just like how a blockquote does but …

15:14: These journalists are saying the quiet part out loud 🤷🏽‍♂️

19:37: Public service announcement [via]

February 26, 2022

10:30: After refusing to take in Afghani refugees not too long ago, I’m happy to see that Eastern European countries are now welcoming Ukrainian …

11:20: We went for Bill Blagg’s magic show at Austin’s historic Paramount Theater last night. We had booked these tickets for 2020 as an early birthday …

12:00: CDC has released new masking guidelines depending on your county’s COVID hospitalization and the total number of new cases(look up yours). …

15:17: Trying to convince myself that white walls with white baseboards won’t look too bright. We’ve built-in bookshelves in black.

19:49: Republicans are so conflicted on whom to support coz white people are fighting other white people. They don’t know how to process this.

20:54: We’re finally caught up with Ozark. So addictive! 📺

February 25, 2022

14:22: Support Ukraine against Russia even if you don’t rely on any products made in Ukraine or don’t know any Ukrainians. Support it because it …

14:42: This was not the ideal solution but best given the circumstances. Ideally, I would like to see the profile of the stairs, but the way the wooden post …

February 24, 2022

15:38: We’re getting rid of our old-school wooden railing at the bottom of our stairs. It was a rickety old thing that came with the house anyway. R …

16:23: You might think we have invented all the words in the English language. And then you start playing Wordle.

20:52: Our son finally gets to be in his school’s Eco Team, an environment club whose logo he designed when in kindergarten (school-wide competition).

22:48: I’m no geopolitical expert but I know a bully when I see one 🇺🇦

February 23, 2022

15:26:

A few of my online friends scattered across the U.S. joke about the states we live in. We all are originally from India and came to the U.S. for grad …

17:48: Micro.blog should have at least a couple of photoblog themes, no?

18:22: The weight of ice

February 22, 2022

12:14: I just got off the phone with a reference check for someone we just hired. The call went well. Probably a little too well since I got an email within …

18:34: I had a good day on word games today: Wordle2 69 2/6 #wordle2 🟨⬜🟩🟩⬜⬜ 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 Worldle #32 1/6 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 Wordle 248 4/6 ⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜ ⬜🟨⬜⬜🟨 🟩🟩🟩🟨⬜ 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 I felt a bit …

18:57: Can someone who is using a free version of Micro.blog (read and reply only) please respond to this post? I’m curious to see if we have any people like …

23:01: “…so they did not find the testicle“, my wife blurted out. I looked at her puzzled. Turns out she was talking about our foster dog’s second neutering …

February 21, 2022

13:14: iPhone’s Photo widget has a ‘Back in the Day’ memory. It’s showing me photos from 2010. C’mon, Apple!

17:55: Shared without any comment 😶

18:14: Was ‘Putin Invades Ukraine’ taken?

18:15: Now looking for a Drafts action to upload a text file and a photo on…Google Drive. cc: @jmreekes

19:42: Last ten seconds of Ozark Season 3. WHOA! 🤯

February 20, 2022

14:15:

Today, my son submitted his Choice Sheet for 6th grade in his new magnet school. In addition to the core subjects (Math, Science, ELA, and Social …

17:19: Books Read: The Genetic Lottery by Kathryn Paige Harden 📚 This is one of the controversial topics where I work. But she offers plenty of food for …

17:28: Ouch! Three own goals by New Zealand’s Meikayla Moore in the first half against USWNT should make you feel like you’re having a great day. …

23:00: How many seasons can you have in a week? 😤

February 19, 2022

09:49: One of those months when the power company owes us money for contributing to the grid rather than consuming from it 🌞 🙌🏽

11:45: Way to bland-ify the one place where I had meaningful one-on-one interactions with friends 🙄

16:37: Books Read: The Person You Mean to Be by Dolly Chugh 📚 Excellent read. I would recommend people read this book for the upcoming MB forum on …

18:22: Our son is going to be a band geek 🎺 We visited his new middle school today to try out for the fine arts elective. He has to choose between orchestra …

February 18, 2022

20:50: Now that we can trust R to not slam a glass door, we got rid of his shower curtain and got this installed in his bathroom.

February 17, 2022

11:26: We are finally getting our crepe myrtles pruned. We usually get our oak trees trimmed once every two years but so far had let our crepe myrtles grow …

19:23: We have new mailboxes! We have been picking up our mail from the post office since Labor Day

February 16, 2022

15:32:

Since we work from home full-time, my wife and I go out for lunch once a week. We try to stick to outdoor seating places thanks to friendly Austin …

February 15, 2022

19:16: Increasingly disturbing news from the Indian state of Karnataka about asking school girls to take off their head scarves if they want to attend …

21:04: Taxes done. We’re owed a refund but not too much. That means we got our withholding right.

February 14, 2022

09:12: Wordle 240 5/6 ⬜⬜🟩⬜⬜ ⬜⬜🟩⬜🟨 ⬜🟨🟩🟨⬜ ⬜⬜🟩🟩🟩 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 Struggled with this one but satisfying when I finally got it.

12:50:

We got two more immigration-related matters taken care of in the last two weeks.

We applied for and were approved pending an in-person interview for …

13:24: Is there a Drafts' “strip line feed” action equivalent in Ulysses? This is action is extremely useful when I copy-paste text from OCR …

19:00: Our son’s Valentines from school today. I think we are doing a good job 💕❤️ Diego’s made me go awwwww!

February 13, 2022

13:16: The newsletter got sent out while I was out grocery shopping. The introduction I wanted to include is too long to be a micro post. To comment on a …

13:22: The Indian consulate lets you print a FedEx label to mail the OCI Application but insists it is in a FedEx envelope and not a regular one. So now I’ve …

20:48: Finally a halftime show for the real millennials.

February 12, 2022

14:45: Do you also still point the remote at the TV enough you don’t have to?

19:00: You know, I am fine with working in-person. Not eager but fine. It’s the getting to the place to do in-person work that’s the sticking …

21:52: Welcome to Earth on Disney+ is an amazing show. Brilliantly shot and produced by Darren Aronofsky. Narrated and experienced by Will Smith. It takes …

February 11, 2022

12:01: I’m getting concerned about the irrational hate for Apple on Micro.blog. Draconian, communist, etc. are some words thrown around. But love for Android …

15:52:

I visited my general physician for my annual exam after two years. The last time I saw her, I had to schedule a visit to Texas Oncology and Austin …

16:35: Anyone know of bootleg Wordle that’s not on NYT domain? Found plenty that will let you play yesterday’s word but that’s no fun. Playing with everyone …

18:20: Too bad Russia has started playing the victim in the Olympics (even Medvedev in Australian Open). We should stop the farce of allowing Russian Olympic …

21:39: Now that’s a high ball, amirite!

February 10, 2022

12:42:

My son was accepted to two magnet middle school programs - Kealing and Lively (formerly Fulmore) - that he applied to last year. We attended the open …

14:36: This is a test for the Lightbox Gallery plugin

23:49: Mint now offers an ad-free option for $0.99 per month. It also has another premium tier for $4.99 but the features don’t seem clear yet. It’s one of …

February 9, 2022

12:36: Some more about our new foster dog. The poor thing has been woozy and trembling since we got him a couple of days ago. He recently was neutered, and …

February 8, 2022

23:21: We have this daft foster dog living with us these days. The bugger ran out the front door today and made me run half a mile through our neighborhood …

February 7, 2022

11:27: Apple’s machine learning algorithm is getting better. Apart from plants, it can now identify dog breeds too. Since Leo is a mixed breed, I was …

15:57: I think I have to work on sounding more friendly in my writing, but hey, at least I’m confident in my optimism.

18:09: My son got into both magnet middle school programs - Kealing MS and Lively (formerly Fulmore) MS - that he applied to 🏫 He’s very happy! So are we 😀

February 6, 2022

09:46: India lost its greatest singer (complications from COVID) today. It’s hard to find a comparison outside India to help you understand her musical …

10:00:

I ended my last year’s reading review with – “I will try not to focus on the number, but rather on what I am reading.” I followed through with my …

17:53: They say, best way to slice an onion without shedding tears is to put it in the freezer 15 mins before you cut them. But just like me, you’ll remember …

February 5, 2022

00:40: If corporations are people, isn’t bankruptcy or dissolution akin to suicide or murder ergo illegal? 🤔

09:40: I updated the favicon on my microblog after I found the old one in my previous blog’s archives. It is created from a photo my wife took of me in …

17:28:

Today, I will talk 1about a couple of books I have read recently based on a common theme that has profoundly influenced me. We have all been made …

19:24: We replaced our coffee grinder coz I wanted to upgrade to a burr grinder. Plus the existing one was “leaking” ground coffee on to the counter. I …

20:07: Wife: be liberal with the ghee on the tandoori chicken in the oven. Me to tandoori chicken: let me put this ghee on you and I’ll forgive your student …

February 4, 2022

12:24: The sun is out ☀️ And the temperatures are finally creeping above freezing. We just may have escaped last year’s horrible experience.

12:57: Books Read: The All New Don’t Think Of An Elephant!: Know Your Values And Frame The Debate by George Lakoff 📚 Just the thing progressives need …

17:01: Just got done with a meeting with prospective Ph.D. students that may join UT Austin and work with our Institute. Always fun to meet people at this …

February 3, 2022

10:04: It’s already super-cold outside. It sleeted all night, and the ground & trees are iced over. We’re staying put at home and have …

12:29:

This is my third installment of the “Eating Out” annual series. Things between 2019 and 2020 were very different, considering that the onset of the …

17:32: Sorry if you lost money but I’m loving it. But then again, if you were investing in $FB, chances are that we won’t get along.

February 2, 2022

11:57: Outside faucets wrapped and plants covered or brought in. Prepping for the winter storm that starts tonight. Weather expected to be in the teens and …

13:33: I sent this to my (also white) therapist 😝 (desi = South Asian)

14:05: Income percentiles in India (via Twitter). The U.S. median household income (50th percentile) in 2021 was $67,463. The 90th percentile was $201,052 …

14:23: Austin ISD is closed on Thursday and Friday for the winter storm. UT Austin may follow suit at least for tomorrow. If you are in Central Texas, stay …

February 1, 2022

10:50: I think @manton can make a killing if he offered a feature to let us lock down the Design & Plug-ins pages and to unlock it to make any changes, …

12:00:

As I mentioned yesterday, we are running into problems trying to add my wife to our cellular plan on Verizon. The AT&T account is currently in her …

17:42: Fortnite servers are melting down. And so is my 10-year-old son 🙄

January 31, 2022

13:24:

We have been trying to switch from AT&T to Verizon after the former’s lackluster performance when I was in India. I say trying because, as simple …

13:44: Exactly a year ago we had a similar forecast and things didn’t go well in Texas. Brace yourself.

16:37:

Books Read: So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love by Cal Newport 📚

Reposting my review from …

19:35: This three-tweet thread is why I can never forgive NYT for 2016. Their subsequent actions have made it worse.

23:23: We got our COVID tests from the government today.

January 30, 2022

12:01: Even for people with mild COVID, you never know what other side effects you may get.

14:19: Georgia on my mind 🎶

16:58: He asked for payment for the NFT I bought. I sent him a photo of $100 note.

January 29, 2022

09:27: How do I correct someone who keeps pronouncing Thai as ‘thigh’ without being that guy?

11:33: I’m still not sure why the email alias I created for blog comments on Micro.blog is attracting so much spam. It gets tagged as spam but still 😡 …

13:02: Austin ISD’s Doss Elementary School wins the Caudill Award, the highest honor in the annual Exhibit of School Architecture competition. Great design. …

14:22:

Books Read: War Minus the Shooting by Mike Marqusee 📚 ★★★★★

Highly recommend this cricket book. Although it recounts the author’s journey …

16:47: As always, amazing pictures and I love reading about how they were created. Flickr’s 2021 Shots of the Year

18:34: Best part about living in Austin. You can grill in your backyard in January.

January 28, 2022

11:27: I’m not sure why I wasn’t using the Help forum for Micro.blog instead of spamming the timeline with my support requests. Regulars on the …

14:05:

In my first week in India, I went on a morning walk every day to clear my head and get my steps in. Of course, it helped that I was walking around the …

17:30: For a moment, I got irrationally excited reading that Universal Control was finally here on the Mac. Until I realized that it’s in the beta …

January 27, 2022

14:28: Thanks to @amit for allowing me to use his Musings theme for my microblog. Best of all, it now lets me order my posts chronologically within a day …

18:57: Trying to quit Amazon but want to stay subscribed to other streaming services?

January 26, 2022

16:27: I met up with a colleague for the first time in person on campus. I was on campus to participate in a study at the Blank Center for Stuttering …

16:54: Getting ready for Black History Month

18:04: The last point in my observations about Safari 15 continues to infuriate me. I hope Apple fixes it soon.

January 25, 2022

09:13:

I use @sod’s Reply by Email and Conversation on MB plugins and they work great on the single post page. However, I have had @cleverdevil …

18:35: Busy day with five Zoom meetings but I couldn’t help tweaking my blog in the time I had between meetings and emails. It’s addictive and reminded me of …

January 24, 2022

09:11: “Aye Captain, I’m still on track.” “Ok, then stop tinkering and go back to writing”.

10:32: Next time I go to a coffee shop, I’m going to tell myself, “It’s just the price of an online subscription. Go ahead, treat …

18:26: Thanks to @Moondeer’s excellent Bookshelf plugin (available on MB), my MB-powered bookshelves are beautifully presented. I also appreciated his …

January 23, 2022

13:59: Enough tinkering. Reverted to Ink theme. Now my front page is blank 😐 Or is it MB’s aggressive caching? Cleared cache. Opened in a new browser.

18:11: Wondering if the latest Magic Keyboard will work with the first gen. iPad Pro? 🧐 Only one way to find out, I guess.

January 22, 2022

09:58: Last year, I had resolved to do less tinkering in the backend and focus on the frontend (writing). But this sudden explosion and richness in …

10:01: Is anyone even using the “long-posts only monthly” option for newsletter subscriptions? I wish the monthly part was flexible. I …

11:56:

I found some old photos of mine while at my parents'. Behold my hippie days in college!

Circa 1997-98

January 21, 2022

06:53: Dad tested negative on Sunday and Mom today. It took Mom 13 days from her first positive test. Well, in the end, everything turned out fine. Phew! …

09:35: I weighed myself after my trip to India. I had gained 6 lbs. in three weeks 😳Not too surprised given the rich food. But I weighed myself today and I …

11:29: This message can be confusing if you use a theme via a plugin. I was able to edit the theme file by clicking on the Ink theme and then adding code for …

18:50: AirTag Safety

Picked up my son from school for a much-need haircut. We have an AirTag in his school bag but it’s tracked only via my wife’s phone (why not two …

19:36: You may love visiting your parents’ but nothing beats cooking in your own kitchen 🏡

January 20, 2022

11:22:

While waiting to board the plane to Mumbai at Newark Airport, I asked an older lady if she wanted to sit down because all of us had been standing …

January 19, 2022

08:13: I wish everyone who offers newsletter subscription on MB also installs @sod’s ‘Conversation on MB’ plugin. It lets us access a post in the timeline …

08:52: My employers’ W2 arrived early this year. We have to wait for our brokerage statements and until mid-February anyway but good to get started on taxes.

January 18, 2022

17:49: The first day back at work was rough. I was able to take care of emails in the morning but started feeling the effects of jet lag in the afternoon so …

18:35: My mom insisted that I take books from my childhood with me. Most are hardcover heavy encyclopedic books, so I really couldn’t. But I couldn’t resist …

January 17, 2022

06:51: Back on the homeland from the motherland. Still 6 hours to go before I can sleep in my bed (post-shower). PS. Highly recommend melatonin tablets for …

09:57: My newsletter subscribers this weekend must be like, whoa! This guy was busy writing. I think it was my most productive blogging week in a while. …

09:58: Hands-on mobile(s) Yes, we drive that closely even behind two-wheelers.

16:12: Home! 🏡

21:26: After 24 hours of plane travel. A PCR test has been scheduled three days later to be absolutely sure.

January 16, 2022

10:49: Not the best onion rava dosa I’ve had but even at airport prices along with filter kaapi (coffee; not pictured), not bad at $5.5

11:55: Mumbai Airport leveled up 😳

January 15, 2022

00:22: Dare you to achieve this

01:22: As I remained cooped up at home, forced by quarantine rules, I have had the chance to take in the changes that have occurred in my hometown since I …

20:49: Hearing the laughter club on the field in front of our home. It sounds creepy more than joyful. Ho Ho Ha Ha. Dude, what?

21:00: I’m more nervous about today’s antigen test more than all the PCR tests I did this week. Coz if it’s positive, I’ll have to …

January 14, 2022

02:25: What I will taking back to the US if I test negative on Sunday as well. Sign of the times.

02:30: Of the usual social network sites, I’m still on Instagram because that’s my last connection with people from high school, college, and other folks in …

05:33: Micro.blog being slow these days couldn’t have happened at a worse time for me 🙁

January 13, 2022

00:57: Hey @manton, been using MB from India (Navi Mumbai) for the past week but compared to other sites, it is pretty slow to load the Timeline, mentions, …

01:23: We stayed strong last year. Others didn’t hence here we are

02:30: More than 84 percent of our power consumption came via solar energy in 2021 compared to 71 percent in 2020, so definitely a significant improvement. …

14:30: Indian homes and even apartments have excellent ventilation. The windows are designed to be opened every morning to let the fresh air in, and there …

January 12, 2022

01:34: These days I’m scrubbing my hands more than Meredith Grey does in a day. Well, at least my dad must be happy that I’m acting like a real doctor.

05:22: Ever notice how in the 18th second of your “thorough hand washing”, you remember something you should’ve done before starting to wash your hands? …

12:32: TIL you cannot use international credit cards in apps in India 🤯 This is mostly because of high fraud cost borne by startups and e-commerce companies. …

January 11, 2022

08:30: Today, we are on Day 3 of our self-isolation quarantine after my parents, and her nurse tested positive from COVID-19 on Saturday. The other maids and …

13:13: A “cauldron” of biryani 🤤 At least the food is good in the quarantine.

January 10, 2022

00:57: Amidst all, at least the weather is great and sunsets from our balcony overlooking the cricket field (behind the trees) are great.

02:30: I found an old boxed iPad Pro in my dad’s now-dusty home office. My mom said, please take it away since it has never been used. I turned it on and …

January 9, 2022

02:33: Trip in India took a sharp downward turn. Mom, Dad, and their nurse tested positive for COVID-19. surprisingly, I tested negative although I had spent …

22:47: If caring for your 70+ parents that are self-isolating for COVID wasn’t hard enough, doing it for one with dementia and signs of Alzheimer’s is even …

January 6, 2022

07:00: Is this kid living the life or tempting fate?

January 4, 2022

07:01: The one thing I look forward to in my otherwise uneventful trip to India is my morning walk around the Society ground. I usually take about ten rounds …

23:09: Apparently there’s a service like Uber in India but sans a car. You simply call for a driver who will drive your car in case you don’t want to. Great …

January 3, 2022

21:41: The mornings & evenings are smoky but on the plus side, it makes for great sunrises and sunsets.

22:50: Quite a contraption to have above your head while in the shower. False ceiling would’ve helped here. Especially unnerving coz one of my friend’s mom …

23:06: But on the other hand, I like this fan for when I’m on the pot. PS. Photo taken when NOT on the pot.

January 2, 2022

00:12: My mortgage bank wouldn’t let me open their website from India. No error message either. But I’m sure they still want my mortgage payment. …

00:41: Chuffed to see that my hometown named a road after the school that my mom founded and ran for 35 years.

01:24: After a depressing New Year’s Eve 1, I decided to start my new year with an early morning walk around my hometown field, or as we called it, ground. …

03:39: The municipal corporation of the town just sent healthcare workers to our home coz they knew I had traveled from outside India. They ended up testing …

December 31, 2021

22:32: Happy New Year to folks who’ve already crossed the midnight hour!

22:41: Haha! It’s always fun to read the ‘On This Day’ entries in my DayOne journal

December 30, 2021

23:34: The view from the home I grew up in has changed (more green) but is also a floor up now coz my parents demolished the original house & moved into …

December 28, 2021

10:34: Tested negative for the pre-flight COVID test. Completed Air Suvidha, the self-declaration form including details for contact tracing that India …

December 27, 2021

11:59: I just weighed my one (and only) checked bag for my India trip. I’m almost done packing, and the bag is still 13 lbs underweight. This would be …

12:20: Any idea why the avatars are center-aligned in the comments for the Ink theme? I don’t have any custom CSS that’s to blame. I’ve dug …

14:20: Major Purchases in 2021

Thanks to Kaa’s post, I, too, decided to take a second look at what we bought and regularly use (or not) in 2021. I use Mint to track our expenses, so …

December 26, 2021

11:25: Who else had their email alias that they set up as ‘Email to Reply’ get instantly crawled by spambots?

17:35: How to ensure that you don’t work on Christmas 🙃

22:22: Are we sure Don’t Look Up is not a documentary?

December 25, 2021

12:37: The Christmas gift has already been assembled

13:34: Took 50 hours to get the result but relieved.

17:41: I’ve gone from wanting an afternoon nap to needing it.

18:38: Pre-Christmas dinner snack

21:35: Tandoori chicken and rack of lamb for Christmas dinner

22:15: I’m glad the Griswolds down the street are still at it

December 24, 2021

09:58: Micro.blog celebrates Christmas (and other global holidays) for two days, starting with folks in New Zealand and ending with those in Hawaii 🥳

11:49: The results from our PCR test from yesterday are still not available. In-laws are waiting to hear before they leave home. They’re only a couple …

December 23, 2021

15:03: From now until before I leave for India on 29th morning, I have three COVID tests lined up. Got one done this morning and will get results by evening. …

18:15: Hmmm…🤔

December 22, 2021

10:00: 2021 Retrospective We started 2021 with hope and trepidation. I’m sure it was similar to most of us. Here are some quick highlights from the past year. USCIS approved …

15:46: Now whenever news of any COVID infections, hospitalization, or deaths is reported, it should be reported by three groups - unvaccinated, fully …

18:11: Currently reading: The Mother Tongue by Bill Bryson 📚 So many fun facts in this book around English’s origins and continuing evolution to …

23:21: So many Sense8 actors in Matrix Resurrections.

December 21, 2021

11:26: New post coz can’t embed images in replies @khurtwilliams This is what I see in the Applications folder on my Mac. Desktop is the new one. By …

11:52: You may have mentioned this before, @help but why do duplicates show up in the theme files and how can we get rid of them?

12:30: 14 years

15:00: Exporting notes and highlights from the Libby app. Did you guys know about this? If yes, why didn’t you share this earlier? 🤯 I have not been …

15:25: Thanks to @maique’s simple hack, I was able to add “Comment by Email” to my Photoblog. I was using a third-party commenting system …

18:47: And then they came for the fascist.

December 20, 2021

09:26: As the planet warms up and most are complaining about a non-white Christmas, this is something I wrote couple of years ago about the myth of white …

13:12: More than ten years after it was the subject of my dissertation, some of America’s most toxic sites will finally get cleaned up.

15:13: Thanks to Grammarly now supporting all apps on the Mac at the system level means it can now review all of my writing; work or otherwise.

December 19, 2021

17:50: Waiting to test out this bad boy but cloudy skies are not helping. An early Christmas gift for all of us.

December 18, 2021

09:28: People keep asking me if I am excited for my India trip. I’m not sure I am 😒

09:39: After setting everything up nicely in Drafts, I’m now dabbling with Ulysses. Somebody stop me! BTW does anyone do Ulysses to Blot?

12:48: Why do I even do this? I’m not even sure if I still have the things that I have boxes for.

December 17, 2021

08:54: One of the most ridiculous things to exist are limited digital copies of a book in a public library. Jeez, not everything has to be replicated from …

14:22: We definitely need more themes for a photo-focused blog on Micro.blog. Currently, we only have Cypress. Since photos are an integral part of MB (since …

14:53: Ulysses users, how do they appear on your blog if you use footnotes?

16:03: Was feeling crappy all day so took a home antigen test. Negative. We all are taking a PCR test next week before my in-laws come over for Christmas. …

17:01: UT Austin ending Fall 2021 semester with a bang.

December 16, 2021

13:56: Me: You should get the AirPods Pro Her: No, I don’t like those soft things poking it in my ear. Me: Try it. I’m sure it’s all in …

14:41: I bought an AM PM pill box for my medications. I’m officially old.

December 15, 2021

09:22: I sold our Sonos One speaker yesterday via Craigslist. I bought an HomePod Mini over Thanksgiving for $15 less than its usual price. So now we are all …

16:04: Finished Reading: Ratchetdemic by Christopher Emdin 📚 This has been a revelation in more ways than one. Although this book talks a lot about what we …

December 14, 2021

09:40: These are the Actions I use in Drafts for posting to Blot and Micro.blog. I could perhaps work to integrate the separate ones for iOS and Mac @munish

11:55: After a long time, I went to a Best Buy (to return a Black Friday purchase). By a long time, I mean, after more than 6-8 years. The place has changed …

December 13, 2021

11:54: What is the Drafts action you are using to upload an image to Micro.blog to create a markdown link to insert in your draft? This one is no longer …

17:41: We went to Barnes & Noble for the first time since the pandemic started. That’s after nearly 22 months! Visiting B&N was a regular …

December 12, 2021

11:31: My first weekly MB newsletter just went out. It sent me a notification 30 minutes before it was scheduled, letting me make minor edits. I deleted a …

17:08: This may be antithetical to Micro.blog’s principles but wondering it had an end of the year wrap up. E.g., posts written, photos shared, replies sent, …

18:47: I’ve started packing for my India trip. Chocolates are the least controversial of the gifts. Just different sizes depending on how close. A poncho …

19:04: Googling this error hasn’t helped so still stuck. Something about Lightroom’s compatibility with Shortcuts 🤔 Basically, it selects RAW photos taken in …

December 11, 2021

11:16: Role Models Being Vulnerable I have attended group speech therapy for the past three years at UT Austin’s Blank Center for Stuttering Education and Research. It has helped …

12:01: Heartbreak for Leeds. But a good game overall ⚽

12:49: The kid is writing his first “admissions test” right now over Zoom. It’s for the magnet school application. So the rat race …

14:44: Among all the jingle bells and let it snow, it was a pleasant surprise to hear this Bollywood classic at the holiday recital

December 10, 2021

10:05: Thanks to @ridwan, I realized that my profile URL was not pointing to my micro blog. Now updated. You can always go to the main domain for my …

14:16: I kinda like browsing through the feedback page for Glass once a month. I added a feature request today and upvoted/subscribed to a few. I also like …

20:55: Costco Returns So I got a set of two solo Eufy outdoor cameras with two solar panel chargers from Costco. I guess it came as a set, although it came in four …

December 9, 2021

13:22: CEN Speech Fall 2021 My sixth Communication Excellence Night speech was at the Arthur M. Blank Center for Stuttering Education and Research. This culminated a …

December 8, 2021

13:04: Now upgraded one of my MB blogs to Premium to test the new features. Somehow I haven’t heard much about the Bookmarks and Highlights. Does …

13:44: I have now enabled the “newsletter” subscription for my microblog. Please subscribe. I’m trying to post a couple of long-form posts …

15:21: Work Retreat at Holdsworth Center, Austin On the weekend, I attended (that I organized) our Institute’s Retreat. We hadn’t met in more than a year and a half as a team. Some team …

15:28: Ask someone, “What do you do?” and they will assume you mean for a living. Bullshit Jobs by David Graeber.

19:34: Do we have a list of microbloggers that have enabled newsletter subscription?

23:59: With the option of subscribing to people’s posts via newsletter, do we have to rethink our decision to follow them on MB or via RSS? How do you choose …

December 7, 2021

08:58: I was out yesterday and the night before organizing and attending our work retreat at the awesome Holdsworth Center in Austin. Beautiful place, …

08:59: I guess I missed the launch of the newsletter subscriptions feature on Micro.blog. Still looking into it and wondering if I should upgrade to Premium …

13:53: Safari 15 Behavior Safari’s behavior since the update has been unpredictable. I’m glad they reversed most of the design changes. Still, with the introduction …

14:41: Hallelujah! Grammarly Desktop for Mac now makes it available everywhere, including Drafts and Outlook. Those were my two primary use cases.

December 5, 2021

08:59: EPL also has one regular photo and one crazy photo? Photographer must be a dad. ⚽️

10:02: I use Bobby app for tracking my recurring expenses. For streaming, we are now paying $72.82 per month. This includes Netflix, HBO, Peacock, Disney+ …

10:48: We ordered a faucet from Home Depot on Friday. They said it would arrive on Thursday. It unexpectedly showed up at our door yesterday. I just got a …

11:09: Removed my GoodReads RSS from cross-posting to the MB timeline. The built-in Epilogue now works better to share on the timeline since it’s …

18:22: Guys, get a room 😆 @gaby @ridwan

December 4, 2021

11:44: This must piss off JK Rowling big time www.instagram.com

12:02: Hate that NBC is not consistent with what they show on Peacock. I signed on specifically to follow EPL and support Liverpool (don’t ask why. …

12:09: Since @manton is hammering out features and fixes, I am making a plea for this one I proposed three years ago today. The auto-complete helps, but I …

12:52: Wife mused on what would be a great thing to buy. Turns out it was my Christmas gift for her. I was afraid she would just go out and buy it (we are …

15:57: Finished Reading: Gold Diggers: A Novel by Sanjena Sathian 📚 Magical realism with a dash of outsized Indian-American parental expectations. Loved the …

December 3, 2021

10:49: Listening to Hidden Brain’s Deep Work episode with Cal Newport, I realized that my current role may not be suited for ‘deep work’ as …

14:17: Is Micro.blog down? Can’t seem to upload a photo or post with a photo via the web?

14:26: It looks like a yellow Tesseract

19:44: Done with my sixth Communication Excellence Night speech at the Blank Center for Stuttering Education and Research. I think it went great although I …

December 2, 2021

14:23: After the initial excitement about Drummer, I don’t see myself using it anymore. I know I can use it to post to Micro.blog but it’s an …

December 1, 2021

08:43: Trying to log in to submit my mortgage payment. It accepts my username and password but it won’t let me past a secondary security screen. The …

14:47: Doesn’t surprise me anymore. This might be one of his lesser crimes.

16:28: Bought a BookBook for my iPad Mini from Twelve South. Is this blasphemous for book lovers?

November 30, 2021

19:45: Someone slap me. I bought an Apple Pencil Gen 2 without realizing that you need an iPad Pro to charge it 🤯

November 29, 2021

13:07: The downside of booking a flight to India just one month out - gonna spend 16 continuous hours in the middle seat 😒

22:15: Late dinner but good one.

22:29: Me: I don’t feel like doing this today Her: Why not? Me: global supply chain is experiencing unprecedented challenges.

22:59: The guy who literally wrote the first tweet has now left Twitter.

November 28, 2021

12:07: Visiting India might happen sooner than later due to parents’ health (not COVID). Brother is in India right now finalizing a 24-hour nurse. I’ve to …

November 27, 2021

12:49: This is one of the best shopping ideas list I found out there (Apple News+ link)

November 26, 2021

12:28: What are your sources for Black Fridays deals for apps and/or subscriptions? I typically like to try out services that I was on the fence about.

21:09: My longevity pay went up by $20 this month. That means, I have completed 15 years of state service for Texas. I guess now I’m a honorary Texan …

November 25, 2021

08:36: Happy Thanksgiving 🦃 Our first one at home in a very long time.

11:29: I’m considering buying the Apple Magic Keyboard for iPad to work with my iPad Mini since I’ve no plans of buying an iPad Pro right now. Change my …

11:38: Since we didn’t have time to cook a meal this year due to our trip, we ordered the (ham, not turkey) Thanksgiving meal from HEB for 4 (we’re just 3). …

12:55: After enjoying Nespresso coffee for a week, we’re now considering getting an espresso machine. Not the pods kind though. Wondering if we should a …

November 24, 2021

14:10: Back home 🇺🇸 Feels great to say that.

November 23, 2021

11:36: Antigen tests negative. The US will now let us back from the Great North tomorrow.

16:13: One Bloor, Toronto as seen from the sun roof

November 22, 2021

14:56: Uncle Tetsu Cheesecake 🤤

17:19: Squirrels in Toronto are the new black

21:45: My son ate a Ferro Rocher for the first time and he said, ewww! That looks like COVID 🤣

November 21, 2021

13:48: Rasta Pasta in Kensington Market, Toronto is an awesome spot for foodies. Jerk Chicken and Rum Punch (super strong) for lunch.

November 19, 2021

08:21: A beautiful but cold morning in Toronto 🇨🇦

17:41: Now drinking 🥃

22:21: It was a glorious day to be outside in Toronto (Chuurrono?). We leisurely walked the Don Valley trains in the morning, had scrumptious lunch at Pai, …

November 18, 2021

14:08: Fly to Panem via Pan Am instead? Even Austin Airport is keeping it weird

November 17, 2021

19:25: “Steve Jobs” 🤣

November 16, 2021

10:26: My lil cousin turns 33 today. That makes me feel super old as I still remember being there when she was born. One regret from my inability to travel …

10:28: My lil' cousin turns 33 today. That makes me feel super old as I still remember being there when she was born. One regret from my inability to travel …

13:11: Our COVID tests for the Canada trip came back negative! We are all set for our short vacation to a foreign country in nearly 10 years!

14:59: Our COVID tests for the Canada trip came back negative! We are all set for our short vacation to a foreign country in nearly 10 years!

23:18: I’m packing my full sleeve tshirts for our Canada. All four of them 🥶

November 15, 2021

09:12: Beto O’Rourke is running for TX Governor! And we can now contribute to political campaigns.

November 14, 2021

14:15: Loved the first MB Writers meeting. Thanks to @cheri and @pimoore for organizing this. Excellent conversation on writing. I already feel inspired to …

19:14: Lamb Shank Tagine for dinner 🤤

November 13, 2021

11:22: A couple of new photos show up in my Mac’s Photos app but don’t in the media manager (the one you click from within a Mac app to upload …

11:35: Installing an Ecobee thermostat has been working out great for our home. Notice a 4ºF difference in our TV Room downstairs compared to the bedrooms …

November 11, 2021

12:58: Whatay a fantastic second semi-final too! Never has there been a starker difference between a bowler’s first and last over than Afridi’s. …

20:59: Stuck at DFW waiting for a flight to Edinburg (TX) with no end in sight. Even if we leave at 8:30, we won’t reach before 10pm. Day starts at 7:30am …

November 10, 2021

12:34: KIWIS WIN!!!!! Sweet justice for their 2019 WC loss 🏏

November 8, 2021

22:47: Such a difficult read but read you must 😢 A dog’s life

November 7, 2021

09:18: My mentions notifications have also stopped working (again) @help

17:41: At Jewboys Burgers. Heard of it a lot. On Yelp, it’s one of those rare places with a full five-star rating from 750+ reviews 🍔

November 6, 2021

08:28: No choice but to pickle them now

10:21: Am I the only who did not feel much side effects from any of the three COVID vaccine shots? Or did I get a placebo? 😳

14:50: Glad to see the $1.2T infrastructure bill finally become law. I fail to understand why The Squad couldn’t vote for a bill that Bernie voted for in the …

16:59: The latest chili pepper (Serranos) harvest from the vegetable garden. The gift that keeps on giving.

November 5, 2021

08:26: Was reading the posts from ‘On this day’ on my blog from 2008. Ha! O' sweet summer child I was.

17:34: Love how wasabi peas hit the spot…in your cerebellum

November 4, 2021

10:36: Happy Diwali 🪔 folks! Especially to my desi peeps @purisubzi @amit @ridwan @uncertainquark @dezinezync @khurtwilliams @munish

12:21: I got my COVID-19 booster today, just eight months after my last dose. Here’s to building a continued immunity to this dreadful disease that has …

November 3, 2021

18:04: After the debacle of Dems in Virginia and a recent conversation with a few (Indian) friends, I’ve a post brewing but need the long form format so has …

18:56: These lillies we got from Costco have bloomed fantastically and have a peculiar aroma. Not bad but the first time they bloomed, we thought something …

November 1, 2021

11:37: My boss can’t make it so he sent it to me (and family) ⚾️🏟

12:41: This T20 World is Pakistan’s and England’s to lose. Both have played consistently well after being tested by their opponents 🏏

12:41: This T20 World is Pakistan’s and England’s to lose. Both have played consistently well after being tested by their opponents.

October 31, 2021

10:19: India has been absolute shite in this T20 World Cup. Now I’m wishing Afghanistan goes all the way. So much heart in that team 🏏

12:48: In more than two years, my BMI is now 24.99. At least scientifically, I’m no longer overweight.

October 30, 2021

12:38: So much love from Texas farmers for Elon

October 29, 2021

08:12: My first COVID scare. I met with an ex-colleague who was fully vaccinated and she even got her booster couple of days later. She tested positive on …

12:44: Man, what heartbreak for Afghanistan! But phenomenal hitting by Asif Ali. Pakistan is going all the way but Afghanistan is my new favorite team

16:29: This is a good tip for people making Shortcuts work on iOS and Mac ✏️ cc: @jmreekes

16:30: Just did this too

October 28, 2021

10:05: Thanks to the new Shortcuts app in macOS Monterey, I managed to get the Import Images to Dropbox for Blot shortcut working on the Mac. Earlier, even …

10:45: Flickr Pro annual subscription is now $63.95? I’ve paid $24.95 in the past. I guess I still like the service enough to keep it. Since 2005.

October 27, 2021

11:38: Don’t tell my boss but working from home lets me play the T20 World Cup on a second screen while I work. Namibia has been quite a surprise for …

14:29: I click on Continue and nothing happens 🧐 No prompt for permissions, etc. @jmreekes

October 26, 2021

11:44: The Pak-NZ match is shaping out to be a thrilling one. The Kiwis are fighting back after a lowish total, and I had expected Pakistan to run away 🏏

11:49: If the Drummer - Micro.blog techies are looking for something else to tinker with, may I suggest a way to know the character count on a Drummer post …

October 25, 2021

17:52: Upgraded to macOS Monterey. And look at that. Safari is back to its good ‘ol self (although Apple still says - Explore a redesigned Safari.) I …

18:01: I nearly forgot about Universal Control. I have my work MacBook Pro lying closed next to my iMac so maybe now I can control both with the same …

October 24, 2021

09:31: This is why you should let Pakistani players play in IPL. Not only coz they’re good but then you get to learn to play them 🏏

12:34: Quite a humilating loss for India; its first against Pakistan in any form of World Cup (ODI or T20). Pakistan was clearly the better team 🏏

16:09: Today, I saw an India-Pakistan cricket match after ages. Unfortunately, for the sport, India no longer plays Pakistan unless it’s an …

16:11: Also, India has never lost to Pakistan in a World Cup match be it a ODI or T20. I’m not exactly how sure the streak has lasted given the likes …

October 23, 2021

07:22: Commentators keep saying this is a 140-150 pitch but South Africa were bundled out for 118 and Australia is not looking good either 🏏 The second round …

09:54: Sigh! I thought thanks to T20, West Indies was seeing a resurgence in their cricketing fates.

17:47: Our chili pepper 🌶 plant is having a late and perhaps final resurgence. I picked more than a dozen chilis yesterday and there seem to be an equal …

17:49: I agree with almost all of the pros and cons from Jack’s notes on Drummer. It still is a big pain on the phone. It does make you appreciate …

October 22, 2021

07:51: TIL Ember mug can even raise the temperature of your drink by as much as 15º

13:28: Today is International Stuttering Awareness Day. Here’s what I wish others knew about stuttering @utstuttering

17:28: Austin is back to Stage 2 (for COVID). We’re thinking of dining indoors at our local neighborhood Mexican restaurant tonight. Looking forward to …

17:31: I miss the days the kids sat still for photos

19:33: Our favorite Molcajeté 🥘

October 21, 2021

07:53: Getting excited for our trip to Toronto to meet my brother and his family! We’ll be meeting after 5 years!

07:54: Getting excited for our trip to Toronto to meet my brother and his family! We’ll be meeting after 5 years! Got a pretty cool gift for him that …

09:27: Testing the image from Drummer again with the image attribute with a slight change. Let’s see if this works and I smack my forehead for making …

10:59: Of course, he’s stealing. What else did you expect?

14:55: Not sure if it’s Safari or the new refurbished Micro.blog editor, but I’ve had trouble inserting emojis in replies on the web. Works fine …

18:16: Now watching for the kid’s next year. So it begins.

October 20, 2021

07:49: I created a separate microblog OPML for posts that I want to share here. I didn’t want to be restricted by how and what I post on my regular …

22:45: I’m surprised the App Store doesn’t yet make the app write explicitly in the description what extra features the users get via in-app purchases.

October 19, 2021

07:29: It’s next to impossible to select text to copy-paste once you have posted it in Drummer. You can select one word but not multiple words. This …

09:44: Colin Powell has a complicated legacy. His stint as a Secretary of State, although the highest and perhaps the most prestigious office he held, was …

12:51: Sweet Eats Farm, Austin

13:32: Given Google’s spotty record with supporting their flagship phones, do Android users who prefer a quality smartphone get just as excited with a …

16:56: Selena Gomez has quite the following online. I merely made a tweet saying how I like Only Murders in the Building and how she belongs in the same …

22:14: The season finale for Only Murders in the Building was hilarious. Steve Martin is a treasure! 📺

October 18, 2021

11:02: Drivers license now renewed using my Green Card. It’s now valid for the next 8 years; the longest I’ve got it for (earlier was tied to our visa which …

11:46: The drivers' license is now renewed using my new Green Card. It’s now valid for the next 8 years; the longest I’ve got it for (earlier was tied to our …

11:46: Hopefully next time I’ll renew online as a citizen.

12:59: Not including the countless ones in Outlook where I seem to live for most of the workday.

15:10: We tried out a new good service, Shef that’s best described as a Uber for home cooks. You plug in your zip code and see home cooks that can …

16:58: Hello from Drummer. Beltalowda!

October 17, 2021

09:22: Tinkering The Glossary feature looks useful. I may have to dig into it a bit to fully understand its utility as I perceive it. Update: Now using Glossary to …

10:02: Look what you made me do, @amit thanks to your post. Aaj khush toh bahut honge tum.

10:17: The first thing that comes to my mind when I say Drummer

10:23: Since I imported all my Instagram photos to my photoblog (hosted on Micro.blog), the On This Day feature helped me remember that today was the day I …

11:39: Walking around the neighborhood in mid October always makes me wonder how unique Halloween is among the various American holidays. Horror has a niche …

12:26: How do you deal with non-sexual nudity in movies around your kids? We were planning on watching Titanic with our 10-year-old and don’t want him to …

12:30: Updating this on the phone is a pain. First, it doesn’t seem to be adapted for webview. I couldn’t even see the Twitter sign-on in portrait mode. Once …

14:46: Ok, ok, I guess I will give Drummer a try mainly because I’m exploring the “outliner” form of blogging or rather note-taking.

15:47: Watching Titanic after a long time. Cue It’s been 84 years meme. But I surprisingly still remember a lot of lines.

18:59: We watched Titanic after a long time. Mainly we wanted our 10-year-old son to see it. We agonized over whether it was appropriate because of that …

19:06: Writing for Drummer is easier on the iPad Mini and quite a pain on the phone. Of course, desktop is best. It needs to be designed for mobile. I nearly …

October 16, 2021

13:07: Think I’m going to like this

17:57: Hello, world!

20:02: Introducing the kid to The Edge of Tomorrow 🎥

October 15, 2021

13:12: A plumber we contacted for a small job quoted a $225 hourly rate 😳 I’m thinking of going to trade school now.

17:43: Bought this beautiful cast iron pan for all my mutton dishes

19:00: We’re watching Maid on Netflix. It’s a surprisingly good show about a topic that would typically make me mad (or really sad). But there’s always that …

October 14, 2021

07:40: Only Murders in the Building is a surprising and endearing show. You wouldn’t think Selena Gomez belongs in the same frame as Martin Short and Steve …

08:34: The new desk pad and the monitor stand I got from IKEA. Still getting used to the added inches but at least the cables can be hidden.

13:33: This is a much cleaner way to charge my two accessories to the iMac

19:14: Wheels of hay

October 12, 2021

16:08: Got a new leather desk pad and a monitor stand from Ikea. Much less visible clutter on the desk

October 11, 2021

10:55: For a kid, even this place can be hygge

17:17: We had our parent-teacher conference today for our son. It’s surprising how kids can act differently at home and school. But then, at home he probably …

October 10, 2021

08:44: iPhone’s macro mode doesn’t work that well in low light in case you’re trying to take photos of your food in a dimly lit restaurant.

09:11: Quite a Saturday in college football 🏈 👀

17:57: Looking for a clipboard manager that will let me a) selectively clear snippets b) exclude apps c) pin certain snippets even if I ‘Clear All’ d) be …

October 9, 2021

10:11: Wish we could auto-import only RAW photos from our Camera Roll to Lightroom for iOS. Maybe can set up a shortcut in iOS?

16:33: Heading out later tonight for dinner at one of our favorite restaurants in Austin to celebrate our recent change in status.

21:07: Safe to say, we had a good time 🥃

October 8, 2021

11:36: Something crazy happened on our street. Apparently a (drunk?) driver ran off the street, dragged a huge landscaping rock, and skidded away. Left the …

16:29: I use Tweetbot on my iPad and recently downloaded it again for my iPhone. But it’s read-only on iPhone. I can’t even favorite which would’ve been …

October 7, 2021

12:08: Part of our spice cabinet. I know, I know I have to refill the turmeric (haldi) and relabel some bottles.

15:04: Know that feeling when you are transferring funds from one account to another and it has left the original account but not yet showed up in your other …

16:28: In our school district email. What the heck is going on out there?

20:00: In practice, this is a killer feature in iOS 15

October 6, 2021

17:21: People in developed countries have no idea what a big deal this is for public health WHO endorses use of first-ever malaria vaccine

October 4, 2021

10:34: Can it not happen quicker please?

16:05: A sharp drop in our use of non-solar power over last year (thanks milder summer?). If we have produced 86% with the hottest days behind us, this …

16:28: I don’t understand why Facebook had to take itself down to prevent the whistleblower story from spreading. They could have always used their …

October 3, 2021

06:49: A penguin and its baby while running from a seal hunting them on an abandoned ship came straight toward me so I leaped to get out of their way. Then I …

09:53: The majority did not vote for the psychopath both times.

11:26: Capture the Moment seems like an amazing type of app for iOS. No more missed moments. Anyone use this type or app or know a better one?

17:53: Celebration 🍾 Thanks to my sis-in-law for Favor-ing this yesterday.

October 2, 2021

07:49: Me testing the new iPhone in the dark

October 1, 2021

07:33: Soft to the touch 🐶

08:03: For now, cut-pasting into the Grammarly Mac app works but given this latest development, is Drafts going to incorporate Grammarly within its desktop …

10:10: Never have I been more expected to see a “Out for Delivery” notice on USPS. Not being hyperbolic.

13:14: One reason I may never move away from Blot is because of David Merfield. Never have I worked with someone who is so helpful and prompt with his …

17:09: After 20+ years of living here, welcome to America 😇

20:08: In other news, we replaced our home network with Google WiFi mesh. Since we’ve Google Fiber, we got two points for free. Setup was easy. But we may …

September 30, 2021

18:08: Sex Education is one of those rare TV shows that get better with each season 📺 Finished season 3 yesterday 👍🏽👍🏽

September 29, 2021

07:49: After a mild August, September was unseasonably hot with no rain. I could smell parched earth on my morning walks. Last night’s thunderstorm and …

September 27, 2021

17:59: Do Americans really want free healthcare? More than 30% don’t seem to want to get the free one offered right now to avoid a deadly disease. Or do they …

September 26, 2021

16:00: I spent more time than I should have in cleaning up my contacts on iCloud, iPhone, and the Mac. But it was a long pending task. Mostly, merging …

September 25, 2021

08:24: This Man U - Aston Villa game is as the kids say, cray cray ⚽️

13:24: One of the things I was looking forward to but was announced last year was shooting in RAW with the Camera app. No more trying to remember to also …

September 24, 2021

13:22: Does Safari > Preferences > Advanced > Reading List: Save articles for offline reading automatically mean that you can read it if you …

13:39: Yay! It’s here. PS. This is not an unboxing.

16:30: Getting used to the macro on iPhone 13 Pro. Like the reviews said, the lens switch can be jarring. I’m glad it will be fixed soon.

20:05: Now watching the rebooted The Wonder Years. The original was the one of the first American TV shows I watched as a kid in the early 90s when India …

22:22: My previous attempt may not have been a macro. This may be an actual one. Guess what this is 🤔 Need to control my hands from trembling though 😐

September 23, 2021

16:50: We have been waiting on hear back on a certain thing for almost a week now. Difficult to get anything done these days although I’m trying to …

September 22, 2021

15:12: Nice little macOS app that lets you choose a browser depending on the application the link is in. Very useful for me since I want links in Outlook to …

September 21, 2021

10:55: With 1.2 billion Indians in total, you can see why it is tough to be an atheist in India.

September 19, 2021

18:02: The White Lotus was depressing as shit. 📺

September 18, 2021

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September 17, 2021

07:30: iPhone 13 Pro ordered. I’m getting the 128 GB Sierra Blue. Delivery next Friday. Wife traded in her iPhone 11 for iPhone 13. I’m handing down my …

17:53: Throwback to when we ran into hipster Frodo in our local grocery store. Apparently my son wasn’t too impressed then.

September 16, 2021

16:12: Idaho moves to ration medical care statewide amid surge in covid hospitalizations. Or as Sarah Palin would call it, death panels. Hey, @gaby, …

September 15, 2021

08:05: Too bad Apple Card doesn’t link to Mint although it does have a web interface.

17:36: We managed to get a doctor’s appointment on short notice to resend our medical exams to USCIS. Even the doctor was confused on why they’re asking for …

September 14, 2021

16:43: Excited for iPhone 13. Instead of going the Citizens One loan route, I finally got the Apple Card. I’m looking forward to all the camera …

September 12, 2021

11:22: We’re trying to sell our old bed frame, side tables, and box frame for a measly amount. Almost all the people who contact us don’t seem to …

11:23: Taliban now says they will allow women to attend university but just not alongside men. I didn’t know Taliban was Catholic.

17:02: Love our new light fixture for the half bathroom. We’re now considering it even for our hallways.

September 11, 2021

08:41: I wish iPhone’s Camera Roll also had a shared option similar to 1Password’s private and shared vaults. You see both on your Camera Roll but can choose …

08:47: I lived with two other Indian guys as roommates in grad school when I first came to the US in 2000. Our birthdays were Sept 11th, 14th, and 18th. …

September 10, 2021

10:26: Anti-vaxxers are claiming my body, my choice defense. But in Texas, now that doesn’t hold true.

16:41: Argh! It seems like USCIS lost our medical exams and is now pretending that we never sent them and asking us to submit them. I hope the doctor can …

18:01: On the bright side, we got a new colorful armchair for our living room to replace the bulky beige one that we threw away last week. We also got a new …

September 9, 2021

16:06: The Matrix Resurrections – Official Trailer is 🔥 Looks more like the original movie than its sequels.

17:13: Anyone else got invited to Quora+? That site was so good until it deteriorated so quickly. Now they are switching to a subscription model but not sure …

September 8, 2021

08:20: Damn it! Betterment has dropped their APY on their Cash Reserve accounts from already low 0.3% to a measly 0.1%. CapitalOne’s Performance …

11:31: A feature profile in the New Yorker on one of the faculty in our Research Center. I’ve heard her speak on her topic and was admittedly also …

September 7, 2021

13:58: Meanwhile south of the border. Unanimously 👏🏽

September 6, 2021

10:34: England staring down at yet another loss in Test cricket at home. After the resounding loss in the last one and giving up a lead, India truly bounced …

18:23: Today I cooked goat curry based on a recipe called Railways Mutton Curry. Apparently it’s based on the curry cooked for the first class passengers in …

September 5, 2021

00:42: Just remembered that Aug 31 was my four-year anniversary on Micro.blog 🙌🏽

September 4, 2021

12:31: We should let them take Ivermectin as long as they don’t show up at the local hospital.

13:54: Dug Days on Disney+ is hilarious. It’s the post- Up life when Carl has adopted Dug. More coz we have a Retriever mix and is exactly as smart as Dug.

15:34: I bought one quart of High Meadow Organic Half & Half from Costco fully confident that I’ll end up throwing half of it even if we keep it …

17:06: My brother and I had an hour-long philosophical argument about Naomi Osaka’s loss and her reaction. He is of the opinion that she should have …

September 3, 2021

10:25: Glad that Glass is not planning on adding editing tools to their app. I was opposed to this suggestion.

September 2, 2021

07:24: We are now seriously considering whether it’s worth living in Texas 😡

09:30: Up early to attend the Global Symposium organized by OECD PISA folks on impact of teacher growth/fixed mindset practices on their students outcomes. …

15:18: We’re on our way to tour a magnet middle school for our son. These tours start earlier and earlier, don’t they?

19:05: After the neighborhood late night kerfuffle last week, we looked at several options for security. We finally settled on a Eufy Security smart …

September 1, 2021

09:34: Curious about importance given to dark mode. Is there a sizeable portion of the non-tech users that are asking for it? I mean, even Apple made such a …

August 29, 2021

08:33: We dumped our two oversized and now shapeless armchairs on the curb for bulk collection. We plan to get only one and more leaner armchair. We’ve …

11:45: I was experiencing some lagginess in the Internet last week. Reset the router couple of times and even checked the wired connection for any nicks or …

August 28, 2021

12:50: Am I crazy to consider lining our AC closet with felt boards so as to dampen the sound? My ‘home office’ is right opposite and when …

August 24, 2021

09:53: Our neighbor’s 5-year-old kid has COVID. Of course, her private school has no masking policies in place and the poor kid is not yet eligible for …

August 22, 2021

08:29: This week’s Ted Lasso was much better than the out-of-place and extremely corny Christmas episode. Only the Higginese part of the Christmas episode …

09:08: On my M1 iMac, I can now log in to Mint with my Touch ID. Although logging in with 1Password is just as easy, I appreciate this option too.

August 21, 2021

22:57: I wonder what else the article says coz I think the sub-heading fully explains the headline.

August 20, 2021

10:45: Wild night in our neighborhood yesterday. Someone walked into a neighbor’s unlocked house two doors down, took a shower, got in his bed, and …

19:53: FDA expected to grant full approval to COVID vaccines as early as Monday 🙌🏽 Expect private businesses to unleash a wave of vaccine mandates. But will …

20:30: Nice way to start the weekend at Shore Raw Bar & Grill.

August 19, 2021

07:36: A house for sale in the neighborhood few roads down is still on the market after more than a month and it has already slashed its asking price twice. …

17:49: OnlyFans will prohibit any sexually explicit content on its app. What’s next? Instagram banning photos? Facebook banning rightwing content? Maybe you …

August 17, 2021

18:22: Sheesh! My IFTTT applet for importing my MB posts to DayOne stopped working while we were out. No idea why. The feed seems to be up & running just …

August 16, 2021

14:32: Taking the Monday off after a week-long vacation was the best idea. I could get settled back, check my work emails to see if there were any fires to …

15:33: An excellent column in Time magazine by the Austin ISD superintendent. Love her focus on children’s health and safety and away from defying the …

17:31: My usually reliable 2012 Prius is now giving me battery-related issues. Won’t start and when it does, shows me P Lock Malfunction when parking …

17:55: Even the Taliban was surprised at how easy it was to simply roll into Kabul. Heck, most of the news/media staff and personnel are scrambling to get …

August 15, 2021

07:54: You may have a great time on your vacation but nothing beats sleeping in your own bed and waking up to your coffee.

11:48: Shower water pressure ought to be in the top five factors that hotel rooms are rated on. Very rarely I’ve been satisfied about. Last place we …

15:15: Postcards and stickers from Pike Place Press just off the waterfront and couple from other gift shops along the way. Kiddo has already written out the …

15:24: Never wage a land war in Asia and remember that Afghanistan is called graveyard of empires for a reason. That’s it. You can swear me in as a Sec of …

August 14, 2021

09:26: Oh! For some reason I thought Micro Camp was Sat-Sun. Guess I’m gonna miss all of it.

17:21: I’m also on Glass (@pratik). I’ll always try out a new photo sharing service in search of the perfect one (no such thing). I’ll continue posting to my …

18:58: Compared to other National Parks we’ve visited, we saw a lot more Indian-Americans at Mt. Rainier. I guess, thanks to Amazon and Microsoft.

August 13, 2021

16:59: A nice but tiring hike up the Skyline Trail to cap off our vacation. We return to Austin tomorrow.

August 12, 2021

18:43: Nothing messes with your head more than seeing a snow capped mountain a short distance away and standing in 90°F+ weather 😓

August 11, 2021

12:47: We visited the magnificent Hoh Rainforest yesterday evening and today we’re on a beach as we were the evening before last. Just couple of days ago, we …

15:24: Final Destination vibes 😐

August 9, 2021

23:35: Driving through areas with low connectivity even in terms of cellular coverage. It’s amazing how little you can do your ‘smartphones’ without …

August 8, 2021

09:18: Wait, did Micro.blog fix displaying multiple photos? I notice a slight separation between two photos. I had been secretly wishing for that 👏🏽

21:40: Back on vacation mode

August 7, 2021

09:07: Good morning, Seattle. I’m listening.

09:11: First ever track & field Olympics gold (yeah, I know) for India 🥇🙌🏽 in javelin. Take a bow, Neeraj Chopra.

13:09: To quote Niles Crane, Pike Place smells (and looks) like a fish died and all other fish sent flowers.

13:22: I put on Old Spice in the morning and now I am on a boat.

16:25: In true Seattle fashion, I’m on my fifth coffee right now. Still one more to go at least. My daily average is 1. So I guess I will be…sleepless in …

22:29: Great meeting up with @Cheri and her spouse today! We had a lovely time talking about Seattle while spending a nice evening on the pier and walking …

August 6, 2021

07:41: Allyson Felix medals in the 400m and equals Carl Lewis record of being the most decorated track & field American athlete 🙌🏽 So lucky to have …

09:00: In the absence of the Americans, the 4x100 Men’s Relay was still a phenomenal race. Man, that last leg by the Italians! So good!

August 5, 2021

07:54: India’s Men’s (field) Hockey team won a bronze 🥉ending a 41-year drought at the Olympics 🙌🏽

August 4, 2021

17:35: Why didn’t I discovered the trick to Quit All Applications via Automator earlier? You can even specify which applications you want to not quit. …

17:43: This poll proves that even if the FDA grants full approval of the vaccine by the end of the month, as they say they will, it’s not going to …

18:08: Do you enjoy Kevin Hart and Snoop Dogg’s Olympics commentary? Fo shizzle my nizzle! 😂

21:46: Shocker! US 4x100 Men’s Relay come in 6th in their heats and fail to make it to the final. Even Ghana pipped them to the finish.

August 3, 2021

18:54: Perfect behavior modification strategy. Let’s see if it works » If Florida doesn’t want it, we’re going to give it to Mexico.

August 2, 2021

12:59: Do you also have problems with your AirPods when you have the phone next to your iMac? Mine will not even show up on my iMac and will continue to …

18:49: India’s Men’s and Women’s (field) hockey teams are in Olympics semi-final 🙌🏽 It’s been decades since that happened especially with men’s considering …

August 1, 2021

07:49: No Jamaican in the men’s 100m final in this Olympics? 😳 Top qualifier is from China?? Live in 2 mins.

July 31, 2021

08:01: Waking up to the news that my trade-in iMac value is now $0 due to “multiple cracks or shattered display”. Dafaq! But in hindsight, the packaging …

08:33: Not sure if people saw the Women’ 100m final but the race was 🔥 The Olympic record held by Flo-Jo for 33 years tumbled. Be sure to watch it including …

19:51: This might make me a racist but I love watching Olympics races.

July 30, 2021

16:21: Breaking news on a late Friday afternoon in the world of college football. From the President via email right now - The University of Texas at Austin …

16:53: If I were a mildly evil person, I would read this news and start attending anti-vaxx rallies as a silent spectator with a mild cough 😈

18:09: I received my Employment Authorization Card (EAD) in the mail today from USCIS. I had to shake some trees by contacting our Congressman to expedite it …

July 29, 2021

07:22: My first IPO investment.

07:44: The U.S. is back, baby! Now only if the rest of the idiots get vaccinated, we can work on expansion.

09:41: So happy for Suni Lee and her gold in all-around women’s gymnastics (Team USA’s fifth straight). I’m sure Simone Biles is more proud …

18:17: Jeez! Take Olympics away from NBC and give it to Netflix. Why do I need a cable subscription to watch a global event on a network channel?

July 28, 2021

09:40: Right now, the only way to get the holdouts to get vaccinated is to ask Hillary Clinton to air ads in red states demanding people NOT get vaccinated …

July 27, 2021

18:43: We gave our 10-year-old a sip of wine as part of toasting a professional achievement for my wife. He’s still rinsing his mouth in the sink. I hope he …

20:00: The lower bound offered by a OpenDoor mailer for our house is now $65K more than the lower bound they had offered few weeks ago.

July 26, 2021

18:31: It hit 100°F in Austin today.

21:27: What a swim by Lydia Jacoby! Gold in Women’s 100m breaststroke. And she’s coming to UT Austin as a freshman in fall.

July 25, 2021

07:54: Works fine when I’m viewing it in a RSS feed reader but when I use IFTTT with a Micro.blog feed, only the first photo of a multi-photo post gets …

09:30: I’m loving the Touch ID-enabled keyboard on the new iMac. I haven’t typed in any password in a long time. I might just forget my master …

July 24, 2021

18:42: I should’ve done this a long time ago. Now using IFTTT to create a journal entry in DayOne from my Micro.blog posts.

22:01: Back at Zach after more than a year! Beatles covers by other famous singers (Joe Crocker, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, etc.) sung by some of Austin’s …

July 23, 2021

09:32: The Pictograms part of the Olympics opening ceremony was the coolest part

12:48: This is the fastest I have set up a new computer. All applications I needed are installed and signed in. All files are accesible via cloud services …

17:28: Are healthcare workers expected to uphold their Hippocratic Oath unless the unvaccinated take the Hypocrite Oath before seeking treatment?

July 22, 2021

07:19: I don’t think there’s any other way to describe the latest COVID surge in the U.S. other than as Republican voters genocide perpetuated by the GOP.

07:24: Yay! My new iMac is out for delivery. Landed exactly between when UPS said it would deliver and when Apple said it would.

09:51: In terms of processing speed, does it matter if your source RAW photos are saved on the internal SSD or an external SSD?

July 21, 2021

07:19: UPS had initially indicated it would deliver my iMac today but considering it’s in Alaska right now, I doubt it’s out for delivery from …

10:38: The rug we got from Ruggable didn’t work out. The selling point was that it is washable. But after we do, it shrinks a little and then is too …

20:26: Best crossword app on iOS that’s not NYT’s?

July 20, 2021

18:41: People who are opting out of Covid-19 vaccination should be treated like smokers in terms of their health insurance. Triple their premiums coz they …

July 19, 2021

07:31: England celebrates ‘Freedom Day’ and lifts all Covid-19 restrictions in spite of surging cases. I guess, it is finally coming home. PS. Ironically, …

July 17, 2021

22:13: Must be the new meds I’m on but I haven’t had a single mosquito bite all summer 🤔 My wife claims to be eaten alive by them each time she steps out in …

July 16, 2021

18:36: Since now I store almost everything on my external drive or on Box/Dropbox, I don’t have to back up a whole of stuff before wiping my existing …

18:40: It looks like my brother has a major windfall in his future. He’s a PM in the company and recently helped launched their Japanese version.

July 15, 2021

17:46: We got our child tax credit deposited to our bank. My new iMac got shipped today. The two things are not related, BTW.

July 12, 2021

07:43: I love the young England players and even Southgate. But the English fans are the worst (and predictable). Shameful.

July 11, 2021

15:27: Now the game is alive! ⚽️

16:55: Woo hoo! It’s coming…Rome ⚽️

July 10, 2021

20:35: Brazil has resorted to simply falling down in the penalty box hoping to get a penalty. Do they just practice this shit? ⚽️

20:53: Happy for Messi. His first silverware for Argentina ⚽️

23:25: 🔗 Beyond Goodreads: Four tools that help readers track their books

July 9, 2021

09:56: Lotsa exciting soccer this weekend. The COPA final (Brazil - Argentina) and the Euro final (England - Italy). I’m rooting for Argentina and …

July 7, 2021

14:38: That was the perfect free kick ⚽️

16:40: Oh well! Good game though. But that was clearly a dive ⚽️

July 6, 2021

07:31: What a fantastic recruiting get for Howard. UNC messed up badly and it’s their loss. Nikole Hannah-Jones, Ta-Nehisi Coates to join Howard University …

17:21: I got the basic AirPods free with my iMac. Both of us have our own pair. These usually retail for $160 (plus tax). I’ve been having trouble …

20:02: If these were black people, they would be called ungrateful. The stimulus helped these Trump voters pay rent and bills. But they blame it for a range …

22:03: What? COPA doesn’t have extra time? ⚽️

July 5, 2021

17:05: We have a new foster from the Austin Animal Shelter - a small 6 lbs Chihuahua. She stays around my wife and son but she’s very skittish around me. I …

July 4, 2021

19:09: Had a perfect Move and Exercise week in a long time thanks to daily morning exercise walks.

July 3, 2021

10:12: I have now spent more money trying to grow tomatoes than I have buying tomatoes in my entire life. Yet not a single tomato. It’s not about the …

15:23: Man, England is beheading Ukraine ⚽️

17:00: OpenDoor is offering us more than 100% over (at the lower end) what we bought it for 8 years ago. Austin market is truly crazy right now.

July 2, 2021

16:47: iPadOS beta seems pretty stable. Tempted to install Monterey but it’s my primary work device so probably not.

17:24: Still pissed about Sha’Carri Richardson’s disqualification. How is marijuana a performance “enhancing” drug? As Robin Williams once said, it is …

July 1, 2021

07:41: One of my bosses just created a LinkedIn account (academics rarely do) and added me. Do you think he’s looking for a new job? 😝

15:42: Work often can bean immense learning experience. Like right now, being on a Zoom learning session with one of UT Austin’s foremost calculus …

17:26: Last month we truly got past the pandemic.

June 30, 2021

07:27: Now this is an Austin summer I can live with.

15:13: Why can’t you pin tabs in Finder? Or can you?

21:16: Although I loved Promising Young Woman, the ending did not sit right with me. The Bill Cosby story today proved my fears.

22:12: Just watched the series finale. All I can say is, Sigh! Fucking Bosch. 😆 📺

June 28, 2021

07:39: 🔗 Next time you think of being a ‘good guy with a gun’.

16:56: Now 69% of Travis County (Austin) is vaccinated (with one dose). Nice!

18:11: Looks like I missed a great France - Switzerland game. The highlights were amazing. Full props to the Swiss coming back from 2-goal deficit in spite …

June 27, 2021

08:11: The U.S. Olympics Trials reminds me of our 10th/12th board exams in India. You may be great and do well all year but if you’ve a bad day on the day of …

12:49: Portugal - Belgium ought to be fun ⚽️

18:51: Hearing about these extreme weather records, I still can’t wrap my head around that during the ‘cloudburst’ monsoon in 2005, Mumbai received 37 inches …

19:59: Hey, Bosch is back! 📺

June 26, 2021

11:17: New addition to instructions while depositing a check via mobile - “Write deposited in (bank name) only” Are people depositing the same …

June 25, 2021

09:40: Placed an order for the new iMac. Getting $420 for my 2017 Fusion Drive (🤮) 21" iMac so with education discount and back to school sale, …

June 22, 2021

08:22: Contrary to others’ experience, at our institute, we are getting an overwhelming response to job postings. Plus we’ve a task for finalists to …

17:24: Whatay day today! Zoom meetings from 9am - 4pm with a measly 30 minutes crammed in between for lunch. Brain is now fried!

June 21, 2021

07:33: Allyson Felix, so used to coming in first, delivers a second-place finish for the ages. www.washingtonpost.com. I’m so glad she made it to the …

June 20, 2021

09:05: Finally we removed these as well from our cars. End of an era.

June 19, 2021

09:09: Damn it! Subscribed to ESPN+ but it only has an alternate feed with weird camera angles for Euro 2021 ⚽️ Have to rely on ABC for some games. But can …

09:11: For those complaining about worker shortages and not wanting to pay more, have you reached out to the ‘immigrants are stealing our jobs’ lobby? I’m …

09:19: Seattle peeps, currently we have two nights in Seattle, 4 nights in Olympic National Park, and have two more nights to spare. Currently we are …

17:41: A near-disaster averted in the kitchen. Bowl of goat meat marinated in yogurt, garlic, red chilies, salt slipped from my hands but landed on its base. …

June 18, 2021

11:34: We travel after 1.5 years and our credit card gets skimmed somewhere. Two digital orders on Amazon using my wife’s name, our mailing address but …

18:12: We finished all three seasons of The Kominsky Method last night. We enjoyed the show (still like Grace & Frankie more) but liked the first two …

June 17, 2021

22:35: ERCOT asked Texans to conserve energy during a heat wave and not one Republican threw his front door open saying, no way I’m losing my freedom to air …

June 16, 2021

19:18: No wonder the plant is called Elephant Ears.

19:55: I’m waiting for Mobius to say Wow! to Loki.

21:54: Satisfying finale for Cruel Summer. Highly recommend 📺

June 13, 2021

09:23: Highly recommend these hiking boots by Merrell. Been using these for 3 years now and have hiked in Yellowstone and Grand Canyon. It has protected my …

17:51: Does your kid also trash-talk to the TV and yell out his frustrations while playing video games or is it just mine?

June 12, 2021

11:32: Lake Mead reaches lowest level on record amid exceptional drought Washington Post. Much truth in this article. Based on my anecdotal observation …

17:31: Back home after a week of vacation. We added four more to our collection.

June 11, 2021

20:26: Boy, am I glad we are not here next week 🥵

June 10, 2021

00:25: Been that kinda day.

15:03: We had the most hearty lunch at Cameron Trading Post on the Navajo reservation. Navajo Taco & Hot Beef served on the best fry bread I’ve had. …

23:37: It seemed like we were headed straight into the smoky haze from the wildfire near Flagstaff but luckily the smoke was being dispersed away from our …

June 9, 2021

16:22: I’m liking our schedule for this vacation - breakfast, intensive morning hike, bagged lunch, refreshing shower, afternoon nap, and light hikes or …

June 7, 2021

16:18: Missed today’s WWDC. Was busy hiking 7 miles on the West Fork Trail outside Sedona. Pictures to follow.

June 5, 2021

05:43: Off on our first out-of-state vacation in a long time. First time at the airport since…

19:38: You don’t mind being in traffic if you have a view like this

19:40: Coming to Sedona proves that if any country wants to prevent a US army from advancing, it should just put up roundabouts in its path 😵‍💫

June 4, 2021

08:05: Austin Airport is asking people to come 3 hours before your flight during peak hours (5-8am, 11-1pm, 3-5pm) 😳 We have our first flight in more than a …

May 30, 2021

08:56: Is there such a thing as an anti-placebo effect? That is, you’re so hyper aware of the placebo effect that you attribute genuine effects (for …

May 29, 2021

13:07: Texas lawmakers pass bill requiring national anthem to be played by pro sports teams What I don’t understand is that why would you insist on playing …

May 28, 2021

12:44: We got our AirTag today. My wife: OMG! It’s so small. What if it gets lost? Me: Did you just really say that?

19:24: If I long-press the power button on the new Apple TV remote, I can the TV off but not turn it on by doing the same 🤔

May 26, 2021

22:06: The trio

May 25, 2021

19:33: New Apple TV set up. If nothing else, sound is definitely better.

May 23, 2021

08:34: Austin housing market right now (not my photo).

17:31: More on Austin housing market. Either realtors have no idea how to gauge current demand and list at appropriate prices or something crazy is going on. …

17:34: The realtor business needs disruption. That’s why I’m long on $RDFN. And I want it disrupted also coz they’re the first (not the biggest) reason for …

May 22, 2021

08:34: Anyone watch Cruel Summer on Hulu yet? I was skeptical but now we’re hooked. Very interesting narrative style as well 📺

10:50: HomePod and HomePod mini currently use AAC to ensure excellent audio quality. Support for lossless is coming in a future software update. Source: …

May 21, 2021

17:59: I don’t want to go back to the office. And I’m not alone. Washington Post

May 18, 2021

18:27: The USCIS biometrics office was right next door to an H-Mart so naturally we picked out our dinner

May 16, 2021

08:58: If you could eat tomato plant leaves, I’m having a bumper crop. If you need tomatoes, try elsewhere 😤

May 15, 2021

09:53: Instagram has enabled the ‘Hide Number of Likes’ on my account. It’s a good first step but it still displays the people who have liked it. I’m not …

14:40: I like this and glad to pay

May 14, 2021

12:06: Does Box Drive have any major issues with Macbooks with M1? Our IT dept is discouraging us buying them just yet.

23:28: No new posts on Daring Fireball for 3 days? Hope Gruber is ok.

May 13, 2021

10:07: Manuscript on teacher mindsets accepted at Psychological Science journal after 3 R&Rs 🙌🏽

May 12, 2021

09:39: The professor I work with has some thoughts on Instagram for kids David Yeager warned the 10 to 13 age group is one of the most significant periods …

19:14: Never thought I would live to the day a Cheney joined The Resistance.

May 11, 2021

11:54: Venmo is hounding me to add my SSN. I use Venmo only as a medium for payment since it’s directly linked to my bank account. I never keep any …

16:08: Currently reading: The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker 📚

May 8, 2021

12:58: Harry Bosch’s house is a real 2 bed 2 bath 1,513 sq ft house and current Zestimate is $1.8M. Not bad, eh?

17:49: So far I have had ‘Ask App Not to Track’ from only three apps - Instagram, Betterment, and Mint. Seems low.

May 7, 2021

18:14: Most jobs were lost in manufacturing and transport yet unemployment benefits that don’t go to those sectors will be blamed for this month’s …

19:12: 👉🏽 www.washingtonpost.com It’s not a ‘labor shortage.’ It’s a great reassessment of work in America.

May 5, 2021

14:41: Drafts Web Capture - Drafts User Guide The Markdown bookmarklet examples open capture with information from the current page in Markdown format, …

May 4, 2021

08:12: This is so emblematic of the tech bro culture. I’m no longer going to try to argue against it coz it’s futile. I’m glad I (inadvertently) made a …

16:41: App won’t even open in iOS 14.5. I guess they haven’t adhered to the privacy rules yet.

May 2, 2021

19:46: What’s Khaleesi’s favorite snack?

May 1, 2021

08:46: We have not lost our keys ever so I’m struggling to think of uses for AirTags. One for our son’s bike and one maybe for our dog. What else are you …

16:52: One more step closer to our green card. We just got our notice to get biometrics taken on May 18 🙂 🙌🏽

April 30, 2021

17:10: Ordered the new Apple TV. But arrives in first week of June 😒

April 29, 2021

10:41: How does Facebook always make “mistakes” in favor of despots?

22:27: Forget Basecamp, who’s ready to give up on Spotify?

22:30: I’m on the verge of completely losing my voice thanks to a cold but managed to notch yet another successful talk at Blank Center for Stuttering …

April 28, 2021

10:41: If I was working at Basecamp, I wouldn’t be allowed to share this story with one of my work colleagues which I just did.

April 26, 2021

17:10: iOS 14.5’s Face Mask unlock is perfectly executed. Also love that you have the ability to lock it from your watch in case of mistaken unlocking.

22:47: I want to live in Harry Bosch’s house 📺

April 25, 2021

10:18: People with Apple M1 devices, is it enough for image processing tasks e.g. Lightroom, Photoshop, etc?

16:57: It seems that India’s “official” daily COVID cases (and deaths) are off by a factor of…20*. Now go and check today’s official count and be …

April 24, 2021

15:37: Talking to our new foster Sissy is not going well with Siri thinking I’m talking to her instead.

April 23, 2021

22:04: Fantastic season finale of For All Mankind. 📺

April 22, 2021

14:14: Caught the bug that my son had over the weekend. First time since the pandemic began, I’m sick and it’s not what caused the pandemic. 🥴🤧🍃

April 20, 2021

16:45: Such a big relief to see that guilty verdict come through. We can finally return to believing our eyes and ears.

19:03: Just finished watching the Apple keynote. Love the Apple TV and iMac updates. Definitely getting the former and very much tempted to update my …

19:06: Brutal feedback on a one-pager I wrote recently at work. “It reads like it was written for a bureaucrat”.

April 18, 2021

17:38: I’m cooking Goat Pepper Fry by following a recipe. But it asks to add 10 tbps of black pepper powder. Even though pepper is in the name, I’m extremely …

April 17, 2021

16:15: Had to cancel going to a kid’s birthday party (would’ve been our first group gathering in a year) coz our son hasn’t been feeling well. Did a …

16:48: Austin FC’s first-ever regular season game about to start in 10 mins. Let’s go! ⚽️

April 16, 2021

15:37: Couple of days ago, I bought $5 worth of Dogecoin on a lark. Last night, I saw it blowing up and people on Reddit were losing their mind.

16:30: Something very strange has been going on. We are hiring a Research Coordinator and I have invited 5 candidates for an interview over a period of two …

April 13, 2021

17:43: Don’t tell the 1995 me but I bought some dirt off the Internet. Coz he would laugh in my face. Sure it was soil for aquatic plants but still.

April 10, 2021

18:48: I edited a sunset photo only to create a perfect example of purple fringing. I’m sure if I don’t say anything Instagram will eat it up. They LOVE …

18:56: When I start getting ’forwards’ on WhatsApp showing how India is great, I’m pretty sure there’s some bad news brewing. I was right again …

April 9, 2021

15:24: Our view for the weekend

April 8, 2021

13:48: India’s vaccination drive stalls. 23M? Were they planning on only vaccinating Indian Twitter users? Yup, that’s how many people in India …

April 7, 2021

11:40: Either something is wrong with Zillow’s algorithm or with Austin. Our Zestimate (tm) shot up by 15% in one week! It has been trending up all of …

April 4, 2021

12:16: I have been using Sleep Cycle app for 3 years now and love looking at the stats. But lately wondering if even tracking sleep is affecting quality of …

18:19: Highly recommend The Great on Hulu. A dark satirical comedy on the early life of Catherine the Great of Russia. Huzzah! 📺

April 3, 2021

10:53: I’m not sure if @manton has fixed something in the backend but lately picking up external RSS feeds to display on the timeline has been super …

12:45: Now even Vanguard is venturing into robo-investing.

18:14: Me: Hey Siri, play songs that I like. Siri: Sure, here are some songs just for you. Plays Backstreet Boys Me: dies inside

April 1, 2021

16:30: Added a small sprout as part of my backyard pond revitalization plans. Aquatic plants will take at least two more weeks to arrive. Hoping for the …

19:12: Damn it! It’s stuck.

March 31, 2021

18:08: A cool fact to 🤯- if the Moon was 2000 more miles away from Earth, you could fit ALL planets in our solar system between Earth & the Moon.

March 28, 2021

12:19: Finished our mulching for the season. Now need to look for some aquatic plants before fill our pond back up. 🌿🌱🪴

14:53: Thanks to @walter’s recommendation on this post of mine, I bought couple of T-shirts from Uniqlo. They look, feel, and fit great.

March 27, 2021

18:01: Considering getting a Japanese Maple (Acer Palamatum) for our yard. Deciding between the 20' tree or the 30" shrub. We may have space now with …

19:12: Do you also ❤️ steak?

March 26, 2021

16:48: We received our “receipt notices” from USCIS for our Green Card application. Basically, our forms were filled out correctly and they don’t need any …

21:14: Superstore series finale. 🥲📺

March 25, 2021

15:37: Go see a Star War. RIP.

March 23, 2021

08:09: Our local dentist is opting out of our dental insurance provider (Delta Dental) because of interminable delays in getting reimbursed. The dentist …

March 22, 2021

16:48: I’m getting our still-unlaunched Institute’s website designed. What are the initial things I should tell the designer? I’ve already sent examples of …

17:59: Either I’m having a stroke or I’ve completely forgotten how I managed to display my photos in a grid on a MB page. I think it’s a …

19:30: Nothing says the US is getting back to normal than news of mass shootings every few days.

March 20, 2021

09:59: I think Natural Gardener in Austin has jumped the shark. Long line of cars just to get into the parking lot on a Friday afternoon. I can’t …

11:55: England seemed on track to make it a close match in the series-deciding fifth T20 but three quick wickets have definitely put them on the backfoot …

21:59: We saw half of ZS Justice League today. Wife is asking, is the movie 4 hours long coz of the many slo-mo scenes?

March 19, 2021

09:59: 99% of my email from an actual person is at work. That in itself makes Hey not useful for me.

10:10: Now fully vaccinated 🙌🏽 One week later, I’ll be fully protected against COVID-19

15:13: Hope springs eternal

17:10: I spent more time than necessary trying to remember my password for the Day One app on the Mac until I realized it is device-specific. I’m …

March 18, 2021

11:35: My Facebook account has been deactivated since Jan 2017. I finally logged back in after more than 4 years to permanently delete it. I didn’t …

13:56: The anti-Asian discrimination although not entirely new to the US was always simmering below the surface. Long tagged as a model minority, it lulled …

March 17, 2021

16:16: Why do we have to click ‘Ok’ in the Calendar app on all your iOS devices once you have accepted the event invite on one? Just go ahead and …

March 14, 2021

10:59: Is this the first time in months that U.S. is not leading in the count of daily COVID-19 cases? Brazil unfortunately is experiencing another spike …

16:29: Either something’s wrong with Zillow’s algorithm or Austin’s housing market is burning hot at insane levels. Our Zestimate has been …

18:23: With crawfish now in season, yesterday we ordered takeout from our favorite neighborhood Cajun restaurant. Worked out just perfect.

18:26: Looks like Grey’s Anatomy is back to its character killing days.

March 13, 2021

16:17: The canvas triptych mounted on our dining room wall. Now it makes me want to repaint the wall. And that’s how most home renovations begin. BTW I found …

March 12, 2021

19:30: And the end result.

23:39: Apple discontinued the HomePod biggie? Why? The Mini still continues on though.

March 11, 2021

20:25: It’s so great to listen to a real President reassure you that things are looking up and we can look forward to a better future.

March 10, 2021

18:52: My 9-year-old son has asked for half of his $1400 stimulus check to be deposited into his savings account and the other half to his college fund. Good …

March 9, 2021

20:27: 😂

March 8, 2021

18:45: Can you read me now?

19:24: Think what you may of the French but they dealt with their monarchy in a more permanent manner.

19:26: That said, the Meghan-Harry interview was indeed heart-rending. History seems to predictably repeat itself in Buckingham Palace. Either that or they …

March 7, 2021

14:26: Taking a chance with the Texas weather and planting my vegetable garden. To start - tomatoes, serranos, and mint. Also, emptied out our compost …

14:37: Since there are other people more deserving, we donated our share of December’s stimulus from the federal government to the local food bank …

18:37: Cracking the 300% today

March 6, 2021

09:55: UT Austin finally sent out a clarification that the email they sent nearly 10 days ago was indeed an invitation to create a vaccine appointment. Few …

11:42: A very minor quibble with Drafts. I wish its macOS app supported Grammarly. Right now, I have to run it using the iOS app.

17:10: COVID makes an entry in my One Year Ago - Day One journal. This time last year, SXSW in Austin was cancelled. Quite a year!

17:15: One thing I love about Twitter is how it displays threaded tweets. I wish Micro.blog could do that. Sometimes instead of a long form post, I want to …

March 5, 2021

19:04: Know of that party game where you send one person out of the room and the others decide on a body part? The person then comes back in and you offer …

March 4, 2021

14:13: Ordered a canvas triptych print for this photo I took at Grand Teton NP

19:32: My wife volunteered for 6+ hours at a vaccination site in Bastrop and they vaccinated her too at the end of the shift 🙌🏽 She’s neither 1A or 1B and …

March 3, 2021

22:53: Rarely does a bowler get a hatrick and then get clobbered for six sixes in the next over. Akila Dananjaya from Sri Lanka managed to do that against …

March 2, 2021

11:36: I have a standalone licensed copy of 1Password ver.7 that I can use on my Macs. My wife is trying to move away from LastPass and is wondering if she …

18:07: Getting Merck to manufacture J&J vaccines is like asking Pepsi to bottle Coca-Cola. That’s where federal leadership comes in handy.

22:25: Would a cop with pre-existing conditions who shoots a mask-less person coz he feared for his safety be convicted?

22:55: I finally succumbed and signed up for 1Password’s family plan after wife gave up her LastPass. The onboarding or rather shift from a license-based …

March 1, 2021

09:51: Actually this is the reason I liked Nomadland. Subtlety still has its virtues.

14:26: I can haz COVID-19 vaccine! Got my first dose today via UT Austin Health.

February 28, 2021

14:33: HomePod wasn’t responding to our voice commands. Restart didn’t help. Before resetting, tried unpairing and pairing stereo. Worked. I think switching …

February 27, 2021

15:16: Our poor prickly aloes all dead like some weird sea creature

February 26, 2021

16:27: Whoa! We already received our federal tax refund. Just took 8 days from date of filing. I think it was the quickest we have gotten it.

February 25, 2021

09:24: And that’s that. India win the second test by 10 wickets just after tea on the…second day. Down 2-1 in the series, England now out of …

February 24, 2021

12:33: A good day of Test cricket for India at the new stadium in Ahmedabad 🏏 Never saw that England collapse coming. The pink ball strikes again!

February 22, 2021

19:22: During the pandemic, the home was a safe space where we felt secure, warm, and comfortable. For Texans, the snowstorm shattered that refuge as well …

19:25: IRS has extended the filing deadline for Texans by two months. Ironically, when we had power (and Internet), we wrapped up our taxes and filed them …

February 21, 2021

08:29: We are at Holiday Inn Express ten miles outside Austin. They’re offering an hour-long slot for people without water to take a shower. For free (left a …

11:03: We can haz water 🙌🏽 Low pressure and boil notice in place but still great.

16:37: With water now back to normal pressure (yet not potable), we are now figuring out what to do with all the melted snow water we had collected. I would …

17:09: It’s 73°F right now. It was 0°F on Monday night.

February 20, 2021

09:08: Now I know what the tundra smells like when the permafrost melts 🤢

10:18: In better news, our solar panels have started generating power and feeding it back to the grid 🌞🔋You’re welcome, Texas.

11:21: We are finally above freezing temperatures. Hopefully for the season. Water is still out and Austin Water is not inspiring any confidence. Grocery …

13:48: Today compared to yesterday for our solar panels

February 19, 2021

08:42: One more night of freezing temperatures on the horizon and then we should be in the clear. Thankfully, the sun’s out today but roads are gonna be …

09:10: 😱 Texas’ power grid was “seconds and minutes” away from a catastrophic failure that could have left Texans in the dark for months

16:27: I finally got out of the house today. Picked up food from an Indian restaurant nearby; mostly coz it lasts us more than one meal. We took our usual …

February 18, 2021

18:33: We are collecting snow in big containers to melt to use in our toilet. I’ve half a mind to climb out on our roof and slide that snow off our …

19:57: My wife just suggested I use sous vide to melt snow 😶 The planet will kill me if I do it.

February 17, 2021

00:56: Can they stop adding new emoji for a while and let me use the ones we already have at least once? 🥸👹👾🧞‍♂️Ok, more later.

08:35: …and we just lost power. 😞

February 16, 2021

10:51: The Life Cycle app is concerned I haven’t stepped out of the house since Friday. If this was Instagram, I would be getting ads for thermal underwear.

15:39: An email from Maciej Ceglowski asking to convert the one-time fee for Pinboard to the new subscription one. I’ll have to review my use to see if it’s …

17:56: Noticed an anomaly in TurboTax just before I e-filed and you may want to check it too. Ordinary dividends from one of my investment services is …

19:08: Me to Wife: Oh! It’s gonna be much warmer tonight. Wife: Really? How warm? Me: Errr…21°F. That was the lowest we had experienced in Austin …

February 15, 2021

21:14: Dear Texas, next time before you threaten to secede, make sure you can reliably ensure your residents have access to power and heating. Jeez!

February 14, 2021

11:17: Day 3 with my Ember mug and I’m loving it. It lets me do my thing and drink my coffee at leisure yet keep it hot. Now that’s technology I …

18:03: Our university is closed for the next two days. Although we have been working virtually, the Dean made it clear that even virtual meetings should be …

20:38: Our backyard patio is an ice rink now. Excuse Leo’s sight of relieving himself in the background. Neither of us wanted to be out for any longer than …

February 13, 2021

15:35: Using containers to capture water from the inevitable dripping from indoor faucets during the cold and it to rinse & wash hands instead of turning …

February 12, 2021

10:16: I noticed the Ember mug in one of my colleague’s hands on a weekly Zoom call and casually remarked how I have been planning forever to get one. A week …

14:51: If I was a tap/faucet seller for the Sunbelt in the US, I would design a built-in drip mode.

February 11, 2021

17:54: RIP our outdoor plants. No matter how well we cover them, I don’t think these Texas plants will last seven days of temperatures below freezing.

February 10, 2021

22:52: I have to take breaks in between reading Caste: The Origins of our Discontents because I simmer with rage if I read it for too long.

February 9, 2021

13:56: I was wondering why I haven’t received my 1099-INT from CapitalOne (formerly ING Direct). Turns out we didn’t earn more than $10 in …

17:12: Inside the Worst-Hit County in the Worst-Hit State in the Worst-Hit Country. An excellent essay by one of my favorite non-fiction writers. Sad, …

February 7, 2021

11:50: Do you also demote your old tshirts to night shirts before finally tossing them in the Goodwill pile?

February 6, 2021

13:54: Now enjoying

February 5, 2021

09:53: Our lawyers submitted the I-485 application yesterday, exactly four weeks after my I-140 was approved. Now we wait.

17:11: Pets might be the easiest prompt for a photo challenge

February 4, 2021

15:45: Dealing with the Indian Consulate is a nightmare. Here are the fee instructions for a simple attestation of some documents. They want a separate …

19:32: A single Rihanna tweet caused the Ministry of External Affairs in India to issue to a press release. Jeez! How insecure can some governments be?

February 3, 2021

19:45: Comfort food tonight.

February 2, 2021

08:54: Today is Groundhog Day. Or was it…yesterday?

16:47: Too late to share my morning beverage with a Frank Lloyd Wright coaster?

17:03: What did they think would happen? I’m sure some influencers asked the rest to hold the line while they quietly sold their shares. GameStop shares …

February 1, 2021

15:12: Since Leo is so camera shy, I love taking close up shots without him knowing.

January 30, 2021

10:31: Although I haven’t yet subscribed to Apple One mostly because Apple extended its TV+ free trial to July, I love that people who did subscribe are …

January 29, 2021

12:00: It looks like we may have finally adjusted our withholding accurately. So far, we don’t seem to owe taxes as much as we did in previous years.

16:36: I requested my lifetime (basically 5 years) record of driver history from Georgia to document the one ticket I got. Apparently, it is no longer on my …

18:29: There’s no better smell than freshly ground red chilies to remind me of my mom’s kitchen.

19:52: Made my famed Laal Maas goat curry. Translates to red meat but the red is for the chilies 🌶

January 28, 2021

12:00: Hallelujah! Mint is now finally playing nice with Robinhood. Account balances have finally updated. Not that I own any $GME stock but it had been …

20:29: I’ve listened to two Time to Walk episodes now - Shawn Mendes and Draymond Green. I love the pace and stories of their personal journey on my chilly …

January 26, 2021

11:59: My son’s photo is featured on the YMCA Austin’s website. I’ll let you guess which one is him 😀

18:23: I’m also using Scan Thing now. My Yeti tumbler that I use daily.

January 24, 2021

09:54: What gives? “Portland has been a hotbed of both extreme-right and extreme-left activity”

11:10: More than a year after I made this observation about The Rookie, they have now depicted at least two dirty/bigoted cops and are now showing its …

16:51: So this football game is over, right? Never doubt Brady in the playoffs. We may have to pass a constitutional amendment to get him to stop playing 🏈

January 23, 2021

15:51: Watching the new edition of All Creatures Big and Small on PBS. A big fan of the book, I’m loving this edition compared to the previous older one. …

19:41: The one thing that infuriates me about the Indian media is to find an ‘India’ angle in every news. I talked to mom about Biden’s inaugural speech and …

January 22, 2021

16:30: Public service announcement:

January 21, 2021

21:12: Watching Long Way Up and they seem to be mostly concerned if their bikes have the charge. It’s like owning an iPhone in the late aughts.

January 20, 2021

11:07: Notice how there isn’t one unmasked person at the Capitol today. That’s how you set an example.

11:59: Historic

19:56: I was racking my brains for details on a traffic ticket I got in 2003. Until I realized I could just check my blog archives. Yup, there it was.

January 19, 2021

08:16: Just woke up to hear the news of India’s fantastic win in the last Test (and the series) against Australia at the Gabba. No Kohli, no Bumrah, no …

12:03: Only 24 hours to go 🙌🏽

January 18, 2021

10:04: As someone who doesn’t own a (pickup) truck in Texas, I’m glad Austin offers curbside pickup of your hazardous waste. We could finally get rid of all …

12:00: I know I walked less in 2020 but I didn’t realize how much less. Sure, lack of hikes during vacations are to blame somewhat but I think …

January 17, 2021

16:38: I had resigned myself to paying to retake the MMR vaccination for my GC-related medical exam. Thanks to us deciding to organize our documents box, I …

21:28: Do you keep the mortgage documents for the homes you no longer own or live in? I’m guessing not but do you hang on to anything at all?

January 16, 2021

13:14: It looks like my work laptop’s keyboard issue was resolved after the repair. I wrote an entire post without the problem of double space and …

13:22: Trying to answer this question on our green card application: Have you EVER been arrested, cited, charged, or detained for any reason by any law …

14:07: See, it was that simple. Too bad it wasn’t done earlier.

January 15, 2021

17:09: So NRA is filing for bankruptcy. Another business that was adversely affected by school shutdowns. Thoughts and prayers.

20:05: Once you switch your TV audio output to HomePods, you cannot go back.

January 14, 2021

09:04: Turns out my fellow Minters had a very similar experience (unsurprisingly) in 2020. You can only imagine the impact on those businesses.

16:20: This seems significant - Costco shutting down photo centers in all stores.

January 13, 2021

16:01: I was mulling this in the shower so thought why not let you also chime in. Let me know what would you do (or have a fourth option).

January 12, 2021

09:12: Now even Trump’s money is dying. Literally. Good riddance.

12:56: I wish we could embed live photos as images on Micro.blog. Or is that considered a video?

January 11, 2021

13:51: Love Burger King’s new logo (via Kottke)

January 10, 2021

10:56: It’s snowing in Austin! ❄️

January 9, 2021

09:46: About to head into my office after 10 months. Nope, not to work but to drop off my MBP for repairs. The spacebar key is giving me problems enough to …

17:06: The first freeze of the season later tonight & tomorrow. It has come much later this year.

17:15: Halfway through Obama’s A Promised Land. So far, it’s not as depressing as I thought it would be. His early life and campaign obviously was very …

19:01: I just read that Drafts Pro increased its annual subscription from $20 to $30 starting Jan 1. Luckily I had subscribed on Dec 30 without knowing this. …

20:21: Tandoori Nights

20:28: Where is he gonna rail? 😝

January 8, 2021

14:10: Users of Drafts - You don’t use it to edit your published blog posts, right? Where do you do that? Right now, I’m using iA Writer since it …

16:39: I just discovered an action for inserting footnotes in Drafts. Hallelujah! This makes me miss WordPress even less.

18:51: Twitter is great again.

January 6, 2021

08:15: What happened with the Senate? - my son’s first question when he woke up today. Raising a political junkie we are.

14:05: I’m filling out an immigration form. It needs copies of all pages (even the blank ones) of all your passports. Indian passports have 36 pages. And I …

15:17: Events in Washington DC right now. Shameful.

January 5, 2021

17:33: We patched a hole in our ceiling today but all this reminds me of is Dexter 😈

23:43: Today is a very good day. That is all 😇

January 4, 2021

13:17: My father-in-law (65+) got his vaccine today. The rollout hasn’t been exactly smooth in Texas and it took him to be proactive to make sure he …

13:51: Slack is down. That means, we don’t have to work today, right?

January 3, 2021

15:29: After averaging more than 4 books a month up to that point, I read only 3 books in the last two months of 2020. I guess the aftermath of the election …

January 2, 2021

16:54: Nicely pruned and ready to prosper in the spring

19:52: I’m rewatching Signs after a long time. Love this movie. Fun fact - I got my now-dead blog’s (circa 2003) name from a line in this movie.

January 1, 2021

11:41: Two years since I moved my blog to Blot. As it says in my journal, “to focus more on writing instead of getting mired in design stuff.” …

17:08: The app Life Cycle informed me what I spent the least time on in 2020 compared to the usual. I’m not complaining about the commutes.

December 31, 2020

13:39: Digging into our spending trends via Mint. This is Coffee Shops. Wonder what happened March onwards

14:45: Waiting on a big personal decision. Depending on how it goes, 2021 will either be a great year or another shitty one.

17:54: Trying out a new recipe for whole roast chicken for NYE dinner. Marinated with roasted (Sichuan peppers + black tea + salt) and granulated garlic …

20:15: Turned out good. Although the recipe timing was off so had to put it back in for some extra time.

December 29, 2020

19:10: The COVID variant is now in the US. The British have arrived!

December 28, 2020

23:01: Interesting choice by The Good Doctor. After two COVID-related episodes, they have reverted to a reality post-COVID for the remainder of this season. …

December 27, 2020

15:17: Couple of our friends have their cousins visiting from Florida while we haven’t met up with my in-laws who live two hours away in case you’re …

December 26, 2020

10:28: I’m too enamored by Gal Gadot to judge any Wonder Woman movie objectively. This is the way.

18:04: Anyone with Hugo tech skills know how to exclude posts with no titles from appearing in a list of posts (archives)?

December 25, 2020

10:34: Millions of Christmas gifts are stuck in the mail and not delivered today. Now imagine if a group of people said that since those didn’t arrive by …

11:55: One of our friends who is a doctor (pediatrician) got her vaccine. Glad to begin hearing vaccines news instead of positive CVOID cases within our …

14:01: Lamb shanks with mustard and mint for Christmas lunch. 🥘

December 24, 2020

11:45: Don’t know why was I surprised when one of my Hue bulbs fused. It has been a while and after all, they are a fixed life.

13:27: I knew I shouldn’t have blogged about our home improvements in 2020. The year isn’t over yet and we just discovered a leak under our …

14:56: Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to all. Here’s wishing everyone on Micro.blog a renewed hope for a fresh new start for 2021.

December 23, 2020

14:35: I just published my first blog post to Blot with Drafts thanks to Actions provided by @kordumb and @jmreekes. This was exactly what I was looking for. …

16:40: Ambedkar smashing myths in Annihilation of Caste that defenders of caste are unfortunately still spouting

19:46: One of my favorite local beers. Never fails to give you that ‘feel good’ buzz and also extremely flavorful.

December 22, 2020

14:30: I’m still looking for a faster way to write on my Blot blog. I think the friction in typing it in Bear/iA Writer and then moving it to Dropbox …

16:14: I finally got the one update I was waiting from at work and now I can close shop for the holidays.

17:42: Thanks to the Drafts fans on here, I may have dipped my toes back into trying it again. If you have any favorite blogging-related Actions, I would …

19:52: Facebook and Google agreed to “cooperate and assist one another” against possible antitrust action. These guys are incorrigible, right?

December 19, 2020

09:34: In true Star Wars tradition, the Mandalorian S2 was awesome and better than its predecessor.

December 17, 2020

16:17: The AirPods Pro finally work on my iMac too. You also see the options to switch spatial audio and noise cancellation/transparency in the Control …

16:25: Asking Siri in HomePods to raise/lower volume by X% works much better than asking to set at level X.

17:02: Cancelled my son’s next appointment with his usual hair stylist coz just learned that she’s been kicked out of the premises for non-mask …

December 16, 2020

17:32: Have you ever driven more aimlessly than after jump-starting your car while parked at home?

December 15, 2020

12:42: I have written and deleted a reply on here couple of times. Perhaps I should just put it on my blog. Replying on here is tempting since there’s …

19:02: Jeez! How long will Apple Watch spend on verifying before trying to update the OS?

December 12, 2020

10:04: The farmers protest in India has finally hit the Apple News top 5. High time the world took notice.

10:07: After nearly 13 years of marriage, I’ve been promoted from unloading to loading the dishwasher. Nonverbal judgments are still delivered from the …

December 11, 2020

13:18: Hey Siri, play songs for a rainy day from Bollywood IT WORKED!

19:46: SCOTUS just declared Biden the winner for the umpteenth time. I’m sure we will win a few dozen more times.

December 9, 2020

18:19: Bought this rechargeable lighter for our kitchen. It doesn’t have a flame but rather an electric arc. It surprisingly works well for the stove and …

December 8, 2020

18:28: Our neighbors across the street sold their house after living in for more than 30 years. They have been moving stuff out. After the last couple of …

December 7, 2020

18:02: Masterworks is the first platform for buying and selling shares representing an investment in iconic artworks. Build a diversified portfolio of iconic …

December 5, 2020

09:33: At some point, end of July 2020 specifically, ‘iTunes’ was replaced by ‘Apple’ on credit card statements as per Mint.

18:52: Interesting finding about HomePod. It won’t act on some of your commands if it’s connected as your TV sound output. Wish Siri could be used to …

December 4, 2020

08:42: We canceled our third vacation for 2020 couple of weeks ago. We had planned to visit Big Bend NP. Postponed to next December. Now glad we did coz I …

December 3, 2020

20:05: Discovered the way to find out what’s playing on the HomePods without asking Siri. Strangely it’s not made obvious. 🎶

December 2, 2020

08:47: Look what I found

19:08: HomePods set up in stereo mode. So good. Siri is surprisingly good. Believe it or not, this is our first smart speaker. Any cool requests you ask of …

December 1, 2020

18:47: We order pizza in proportion to our appetite.

November 30, 2020

12:10: So the gambit of using the gift card offers from Apple paid off. Received the gift card from the purchase of the first HomePod on buying the second …

20:58: Quite a busy day in terms of ins & outs at home. We had an electrician all day putting in recessed lights in the master bedroom and our family/TV …

November 29, 2020

13:52: Canceled my HomePod Mini order and ordered a HomePod Biggie instead. Arrives next week. Plus we get a $100 Apple gift card so effectively $200. Might …

18:41: Cooking up the leftover meat from Thanksgiving into lamb biryani.

19:57: Crushed at Catan today. I was orange.

November 28, 2020

12:31: Having fun with Photoshop’s Colorize neural filter on our old BW family photos. My brother and I circa 1981-82.

12:56: Cue Samuel Jackson meme mouthing, mispronounce my name one more time

15:55: Can we start planning for vacations in May-Aug 2021? Masking for a friend.

November 27, 2020

23:56: Milwaukee finished recounting its votes and added to…Biden’s tally. So Trump effectively paid $3m to lose a second time 😂

November 26, 2020

09:58: We don’t enjoy eating turkey in large quantities so we tend to cook other kinds of meat as the main entree each year. This year, it’s leg of lamb.

23:30: Ordered HomePod Mini from Apple. Earliest delivery date: Dec 29 - Jan 7. Da faq?

November 24, 2020

10:47: Saw a meme that said, Native Americans must be chuckling in sweet irony that “other” Americans are gathering on Thanksgiving to spread a …

November 23, 2020

19:10: Made my Dress-the-Board steak after ages.

November 22, 2020

16:34: At the rate at which GOP Senators are testing positive, it looks like COVID-19 may help flip the Senate.

16:37: Spent more time than needed trying to diagnose why my son’s profile wouldn’t connect to the Internet post-Big Sur update on our iMac. My admin profile …

November 21, 2020

19:45: Cooking Chicken Doro Wat is for the patient. Slow cooked with 30-45 minutes for each step, this is something you can’t have for a quick meal. Smells …

20:15: And done.

November 20, 2020

09:20: Switched back to the show mentions only to the people I’m following. Mostly because I was missing posts of the people that I’m following. …

15:31: After watching the latest season of The Crown, now all I want is for Elizabeth to outlive Charles so he never gets to be king. Man, what a douchebag!

November 19, 2020

16:41: What do you make of virtual happy hours? Especially with 10+ people. I, for one, am not fond of them. First, coz I’m an introvert and second, …

November 18, 2020

15:42: Just realized why 1Password 7.7’s Unlock with Apple Watch won’t show up for me. Coz I’ve not enabled Unlock Mac with Apple Watch.

15:58: Legal documents in India still sound like a town crier is shouting them. Case in point NOW KNOW YE ALL AND THESE PRESENTS WITNESSETH THAT…

17:40: So much for the coastal elites PS. Biden still won LA County 71-27

November 15, 2020

17:47: Pre-ordered Obama’s A Promised Land for us and a copy for my parents in India. I know this book is going to be great.

18:20: I wouldn’t mind if the conservative crazies went away to Parler. We can then maybe make Twitter great again. But I doubt they’ll ever …

November 14, 2020

10:05: Maybe Apple saw my stash and removed accessories from the new iPhone box

17:44: Guess I should get back to sketching. Did these eons ago.

November 13, 2020

08:52: According to the headlines, the Dow Jones rose 1300 points earlier in the week on the news that Pfizer’s vaccine trials were encouraging. The Dow fell …

18:17: 306-232. 5 million vote lead + counting. That makes the other guy a big fat LOSER.

November 10, 2020

19:16: Whoa! The Hardy Boys will be on Hulu on December 4th. They’re younger than in the books but I’ll take it. Devoured these books as a kid.

November 9, 2020

09:03: I know it’s fall but after the weekend, we have a spring in our step.

16:33: Given all the marijuana legalization propositions passing the ballot, I guess congratulations to drugs to winning the War on Drugs™

November 8, 2020

12:45: I bought a new DSLR lens after my kit lens crapped out finally during this trip. It had been giving me issues for past couple of years but given my …

17:24: True to my promise, I deleted my Election Folks list on Twitter. Now I don’t want to care about the minutiae of politicking for the foreseeable …

November 7, 2020

11:29: AP calls Pennsylvania! And effectively for President. Our (4 year) long nightmare is over. 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

22:45: The phrase Now what did he tweet 😒? can be relegated to history.

November 6, 2020

10:05: Waiting for Biden’s lead in Pennsylvania to cross 33K (0.5%) so they call the state and ergo the Presidency for him. Hopefully before noon today.

15:11: If anyone should be suspecting voter inconsistencies, it should be Democrats. The state polling miss was more pronounced this year than in 2016. …

November 4, 2020

07:40: Hardly got any sleep last night 😒 Looks like it’s gonna be a long week. TX results were truly disappointing. I mean, not just for President but also …

16:30: The basket of deplorables is apparently bottomless 😒

November 1, 2020

18:28: Anxiety level is so high that the only thing I see when I read this tweet is that how the heck did he gain one percentage point?

October 31, 2020

12:16: Ah! With the new Apple Watch I can finally adjust Siri’s response volume. My neighbors need not know about my timer duration during grilling.

October 30, 2020

07:12: In my non-work hours, I have been busy text banking for the Texas Dems. In the last week, I was asked to join the team of moderators to assist the …

October 29, 2020

09:20: All I need to know to never ever use Spotify.

22:49: Fact I wish more Americans would understand. You can choose one of the two reasons why you should vote for Joe Biden: You want Joe Biden to be …

October 28, 2020

13:44: GOP 2000: Don’t recount the ballots. GOP 2020: Don’t count the ballots.

October 25, 2020

08:41: Can’t print ballots but want to manufacture iPhones 😒

09:01: Beautiful essay on fatherhood and the presidential campaign. Hunter Biden might not be the son America dreams of having. Joe Biden might be the dad.

October 24, 2020

13:45: Oh well, Halide has also adopted a subscription model. But at least they offer a one-time purchase price. I usually use it only to shoot RAW photos on …

October 22, 2020

11:56: OMG! This happened in our neighborhood and I had no clue. I guess, that’s one side effect of deleting NextDoor.

14:54: Americans proud of long voting lines makes me wonder if the Soviets were proud of their bread lines.

22:17: I guess the mute button won the debate.

October 21, 2020

18:23: Shame on New York for not offering early voting until just a week before Election Day. Almost all the other states are on board in this early voting …

October 20, 2020

10:14: Following your heart and mind.

11:37: This short piece is an excellent example of why most campaign reporting was a sham and has luckily been killed off due to the pandemic. We don’t …

October 18, 2020

08:33: One of my pet peeves about Downtime in iOS is that it applies to all websites in Safari. Jeez! I’m just trying to stay away from some apps. Also, why …

October 17, 2020

09:55: It’s nice to see the NZ PM win her election in a landslide but it also seems that Kiwis reward competence. I remember a moment during the 2016 …

October 16, 2020

11:48: One of my bosses - We have to field this survey before the election in case it’s a contested election and people will be too stressed to respond …

October 15, 2020

07:33: I’m getting $60 from Apple to recycle my Series 2 Apple Watch. That was more than I expected after 4 years of use.

October 13, 2020

13:12: Ever since the weather got better, I’ve been enjoying my early morning brisk walk to kick off the day. Austin is great in October at 0800 hours CST. …

17:56: I’m more excited about the HomePod Mini than about iPhone this year. Probably coz I’m not getting a new phone this year 😅

October 12, 2020

13:59: I get it when Nate Silver and his ilk suggest that even with odds of 10 out of 100, we can’t say Trump will definitely lose. Silver even …

October 11, 2020

10:55: It’s Reply-All on Sunlit but only Reply on the MB native app. Did I miss the memo on why it isn’t consistent? I prefer the former coz easier to …

18:51: Phew! An intensely productive weekend text banking for the Biden campaign. Texted 1,200 people, mostly in Texas. Did some back and forth with more …

19:42:

October 10, 2020

15:28: Attended the text banking training for the Biden campaign this afternoon. Very pleasant and helpful. Although it requires Slack to sign up for the …

October 9, 2020

12:30: Twitter disabling retweets in favor of quote tweets would be an interesting way to use how people use Twitter.

16:23: Our son is tearing around the house with the puppy we’re fostering. In my mind, I’m thinking, good it will tire them out so they’ll sleep early.

17:53: It’s sweet irony that the people who have often called immigrants as ‘diseased’ are the ones now more likely to test positive for COVID-19.

October 7, 2020

16:20: It’s 4:20pm and it’s time for…chai.

October 6, 2020

08:00: It’s surprising to how quickly the President’s slogan has gone from Make America Great Again to Just Live With It.

October 4, 2020

11:01: Each time I speak to my dad in India, I get a first-hand experience of how cable news is destroying the minds of his generation. He agrees when I say …

11:03: Manchester teams are shit this year. ⚽️

11:40: I came up on the photo on the left via iOS’s Featured Photos so we immediately shot an updated version. It seems like my wife has shrunk 😝

14:17: I just finished reading Educated by Tara Westover 📚 Although it was highly recommended by many people I know, nothing had prepared me for that …

14:45: All Aston Villa shots on goal are ending up in the back of the net today; many aided by the Liverpool deflections ⚽️

October 3, 2020

09:04: Horrible experience ordering at IKEA during the pandemic. Last time, our order got canceled just two days before delivering after waiting more than a …

11:15: Signs of a massive coverup as to when the President tested positive emerging. Apparently he tested positive the morning after the debate but we all …

12:57: I’ve 1.6 GB left in my iCloud storage and Apple has been hounding me daily to upgrade. But I’m waiting for Apple One Premium to launch. No idea when …

October 2, 2020

17:47: All of this could’ve been prevented if only more Americans and especially their leaders believed in science and wellbeing of others.

19:32: The super pro-life nominee event might end up killing a lot of Republican senators. Super spreader event

October 1, 2020

09:37: We need to pressure-wash the grime of the last 4 years. Register to vote and then VOTE 🗳

12:11: People who wear masks and are questioned should simply say they are pro-life.

18:45: I’ve no idea why our air quality is this bad. No fires here. But I’ve been feeling crappy all week with a stuffy nose that I blamed on allergies.

19:14: Only 30% of parents in my son’s school have opted for in-person starting in two weeks. The school will start offer 25% capacity next week and increase …

September 29, 2020

12:37: Is the ‘Always’ On feature worth getting the Series 5 or is the SE model better? I’ve no interest in the latest Series 6.

13:51: New web interface at Micro.blog. Looks snazzy :)

17:55: I like the Micro.blog update but wish that the replies on iOS showed the post I’m replying to. And also, no emoji search?

18:09: iOS knows how much I love Facebook

20:54: Expect Chris Wallace to be tweeted about from the WH toilet later tonight. What a shit show!

22:15: Voters who are undecided on Oct 1st in a presidential election year - how do you manage to get dressed every morning?

22:17: After making sure it’s fine with the FEC rules, we signed up for text banking. Training scheduled already.

September 28, 2020

10:36: Taxes paid in the U.S. $750 Taxes paid in India: $125,000 Perhaps tax collection ought to also be outsourced to India 😆

17:41: Office 365 is down. Seems like a sign to stop work.

September 27, 2020

15:28: Notice how we use the word uncanny way more than we use canny?

September 26, 2020

08:30: Crazy end to the Man U - Brighton game ⚽️

11:50: 🔗 I mean, if they photoshop models, why not do it for backgrounds?

16:18: Apparently my GoodReads RSS feed was crapping out so it hasn’t been updating the MB timeline on the books I read. I just finished Where the …

16:34: Tara Westover’s Educated just became available to borrow from our library after a nearly 6-month hold. So I’ll be reading that one next. …

September 25, 2020

08:48: Yay! It’s Ted Lasso day.

15:02: Billy Joel’s We Didn’t Start the Fire is an anthem for the millennials against the Boomers, right? It’s the extended version of Ok, Boomer.

15:22: In the Photos app widget in iOS 14, I’m surprised Apple didn’t provide a ‘On This Day’ version.

17:34: What’s the point of even trying to hold a hearing for the SCOTUS nominee when the GOP Senators had decided to vote Yea before anyone was named? Dems …

19:25: New T-shirt for the next 5 weeks for our daily neighborhood walks.

September 23, 2020

18:07: Since we bought a washer this month after our current one conked out unexpectedly, we’re planning to get a dryer next month before it surprises us. …

September 22, 2020

10:55: Folks on Micro.blog will like this story - Getting fewer likes on social media elicits emotional distress among adoloscents. Hey @manton, science …

September 20, 2020

12:56: The house by the lake we rented had a nice old-timey feel but was well stocked with all kitchen utensils. Noticed this antique coffee grinder.

18:35: Birthday gift from my wife. Basically, stop cribbing about work at home and read this instead 😐

September 19, 2020

23:12: Although we’re away on a holiday weekend, I happened to read the news about RBG’s passing almost immediately on WaPo. My first reaction was, Well, …

September 17, 2020

09:03: After giving it the necessary permissions, my 1Password extension is no longer working with the Safari update 🤔 Update: Apparently it just needed the …

16:59: Why doesn’t the iPad OS have widgets like iOS? I quite like them on my phone.

September 15, 2020

17:13: I’m already at 197GB of my iCloud Plan (Photos takes up half of that) so I guess I’ll be signing up for the Premier Apple One plan. My wife is …

September 14, 2020

11:24: Another example of not talking about surplus funds around your appliances. Our washer conked off yesterday. Spewing water and all making us scramble …

11:47: Reading about the chaotic legal battles concerning mailing of ballots in some states makes me think that before you invade other countries to …

17:26: There are no good choices. Exactly the dilemma that we all face. This is the primary reason for stress i.e. the constant weighing of consequences.

September 13, 2020

12:04: Waiting for deliciousness 🤤

September 12, 2020

12:57: Leeds are having an excellent opening game against last season’s champions. Liverpool defense has been shit ⚽️

September 11, 2020

17:13: After living in Austin for more than 7 years, we finally got around to getting BBQ from Franklin’s. Curbside pickup. Preordered for Sunday. Let’s see …

September 10, 2020

22:06: Young Wallander was disappointing.

September 9, 2020

19:01: Can you really tell me honestly that if Woodward had released that tape in March, things would’ve been different?

September 8, 2020

17:47: First day of school for our son went surprisingly well. They’re virtual for the next four weeks and then they transition to in-person for some …

17:54: With its bewildering rise and today’s 21% drop in a single day, I remain convinced that $TSLA is an illusion.

21:59: Why did no one tell me that the two seasons of Grand Designs on Netflix are completely different from the two I had seen before?

September 6, 2020

12:05: After Monk, we’re looking for another show to watch with our 9-year-old. Since he enjoyed Karate Kid, we decided Cobra Kai on Netflix would be …

22:04: I nodded my head at several of these 🎥

September 5, 2020

16:07: Obligatory Micro.blog anniversary post. Been 3 years now 📝

September 4, 2020

12:54: How a field’s emphasis on “brilliance” can hamper the people in it having a growth mindset

September 3, 2020

15:56: Trilogy to watch for the long weekend 🎥

17:25: “Only two months to go” or “Sigh! Still two months to go”

September 2, 2020

11:58: I know why it is so but if 150 million people cast their vote and one candidate receives 4.5 million MORE votes nationally than the other, he still …

September 1, 2020

19:05: TX Dems stepping up their ground game. Two voter registration forms were dropped off at our doorstep today.

21:30: Lock her up?

August 31, 2020

17:59: No respite yet. The feels like is killing us. BTW this is at 6pm.

August 29, 2020

08:19: Truly shocked by Chadwick Boseman’s untimely death. I had no idea he had cancer. Man, 43 is too young to die for such a promising young and talented …

12:33: I don’t understand how doing a rally in an airplane hangar constitutes doing a rally in that state. By that logic, I’ve visited several European …

15:46: Advanced Brown. Tested in socially distanced masked manner in the park but classes still virtual.

17:35: I guess Alabama is gunning for the National Championship in this “sport” too. 🤷🏽‍♂️ We’re waiting on the impact of UT Austin opening up last week.

August 28, 2020

17:47: June & July were sucky in terms of getting out & about. Thanks to reading Atomic Habits 📚, I managed this atomic change.

17:49: August in Texas not letting up even as we near the end 😓

August 27, 2020

18:00: Congress? Last I checked the House has passed the bill to renew benefits. The Senate controlled by Republicans went home for August. Maybe Trump is …

18:01: I don’t know how I’m going to maintain my sanity until Nov. 3rd. I was getting anxious just watching the Election Day episode of a West Wing rerun.

18:19: NHC projected the path of the hurricane so accurately that it made landfall ~1 km from where they said it would. In the meantime, Nate Silver was 72% …

August 26, 2020

16:03: One of my wife’s aunts in India passed away due to COVID. She was 66. Started experiencing symptoms (shortness of breath) a week ago. Hospitalized …

August 25, 2020

17:45: Although it took us couple of episodes to get into it but we’re enjoying Altered Carbon on Netflix a lot. Joel Kinnaman is great in it 📺

August 23, 2020

17:33: Our car insurance for the next six months dropped significantly. I guess they know we aren’t driving much these days.

18:03: Somehow wasn’t surprised that Gosford Park was less of a murder mystery and more of a movie version of Dowton Abbey.

August 22, 2020

11:17: Turns out you can’t expect developers to tell you the truth either. I’m tired of hearing of this constant bickering between large …

17:04: Although I’m obsessed with polls, publishing probabilities based on polls for an election outcome or even sports results are not much useful. …

17:25: Since Quote Tweets exist, I treat all Retweets as endorsements regardless of what they bio says.

18:28: A ménage à trois with New Orleans.

August 21, 2020

19:53: My son’s library card has locked him out coz he was borrowing and returning e-books too quickly. I’m not sure how to prove it to Austin Public Library …

August 20, 2020

08:48: I recall few months ago even on Micro.blog someone made this counter-argument. To which, I was tempted to add, yes, you’re right. We’re a …

09:50: The Dems must have been planning this convention for months since they had planned to virtual long ago. So although I will not see it, I wonder how …

17:25: Gyro Bowl

22:19: Excellent acceptance speech by Biden. Let’s go win this thing.

August 19, 2020

15:09: I’ve realized that August is not a good month for me for a photo challenge. First, it’s just too hot outside to consider stepping out, …

23:02: Great convention night for the Dems. Historic moment for Indian-Americans (and Black women).

August 17, 2020

14:43: What’s your first reaction when someone at work says - let’s not discuss this over email and instead do it over phone

22:28: Watching the Dem 2020 virtual Convention, you can tell how early they taped their speech by the COVID-19 death toll numbers they cite. A difference of …

August 16, 2020

12:35: Instagram ads are the new ‘As Seen on TV’ ads.

August 15, 2020

11:10: A 1300 sq.ft house on our street was listed for $400K and it got sold after just one weekend. Austin be crazy!

11:25: Quite a kerfuffle about pronouncing Kamala Harris’s name. Interestingly, she prefers it to be pronounced as COMMA-LAH which to Indian ears …

11:55: MS Dhoni retires from international cricket. The helicopter flies off into the sunset. Hats off to one of the most exciting and astute cricketers. …

August 14, 2020

13:14: Biden should start the first debate by saying five random unrelated words and then tell Trump that he might ask what those were at any point in the …

13:44: Is Discord the only place on the web where you can recreate the chatrooms of the early web? Are there any other options now?

August 11, 2020

16:37: Kamala Harris. First Indian-American and Black nominee for Veep. I’m not saying anything else until Nov. 4th. 🤞🏽

August 8, 2020

11:46: I have a hankering to rewatch The English Patient although now hardly remember much of the storyline but I know I loved it a lot the first time I saw …

17:23: Talking about transparency, I really admire David (@Blot) for sharing his To Do list publicly for all bug fixes and feature requests. He also has a …

August 7, 2020

07:48: Strange coincidence that Instagram launches Reels in the same week that TikTok is threatened with a ban, no?

14:42: Sigh! Schools in Austin are delayed by three weeks. Apparently, the teachers aren’t trained yet in remote teaching. They have had 5 months! …

17:22: As much as I try to keep away from political news, I’m excited to know who Biden’s Veep pick will be next week. Especially since Biden is the oldest …

August 6, 2020

11:44: For what it’s worth, today is my 20th anniversary of coming to the United States. It’s been quite a ride.

August 2, 2020

16:17: Succumbed and opened work Outlook after a week’s vacation. Only 200 emails.

August 1, 2020

10:47: Done with my tinkering for my photoblog. Photos now uploaded via the native app or Sunlit also appear just as big as they would when uploaded via …

11:16: I think Micro.blog should give in and support #hashtags. They’re including it in the official photo challenge for the folks who crosspost to Twitter …

22:39: While driving, we saw a billboard that simply said 2:30? Puzzled, we next noticed in small lettering the name of a dental practice. Then it clicked.

July 30, 2020

10:27: Fascism 101 - It’s inevitable that once police start forcing people into unmarked vans, the idea of delaying elections is floated. Now please avoid …

11:26: After resisting for a long time, I’ve started archiving my emails and using the Inbox as a to-reply or to-take-action list. I had underestimated the …

13:49: I briefly flirted with the idea of adding third-party comments to my photoblog. But the look turned me off immediately. I doubt anyone will be …

July 29, 2020

18:08: What are some options to Disqus? Any non-tracking ones? Someone here had written about an alternative called Remark or something like that but I can’t …

22:05: Is it that I can’t find it or does the GoodReads app not have the Q&A section?

July 28, 2020

10:34: Want a good back massage? Wade out into the sea and let the waves surprise you 🌊😎

16:37: Self portrait

July 27, 2020

12:30: I need a better way to post on my blog on Blot than cut-pasting from different apps into the one that’s hooked to Dropbox where my Blot folders …

17:08: Golf carts maybe but I don’t see the need to allow cars much less pickup trucks on the beach. Why not let at least one public space be devoid of cars?

17:16: Day 2

July 26, 2020

20:05: Bliss 😇

July 25, 2020

08:25: Hurricane Hanna expected to hit the Texas coast just as we prepare to head to the coast tomorrow. Thankfully, it hits today and way down south to …

11:52: Wrapping up my work-related tasks to prepare to unplug for next 4-5 days that we would be spending in a house by the beach. One final task of …

July 24, 2020

20:56: So if the government is sending federal forces to “manage crime” in the cities, should we not pay local taxes and thus…defund the police? I’ve …

July 23, 2020

19:57: TFW your previous mortgage is showing up as being paid in full in Mint before adding your new refinanced mortgage. No, dear Mint, my net worth …

July 22, 2020

18:04: Interesting insights by Angela Duckworth during today’s Educator Summit 2020

18:05: …and by Marc Brackett

July 21, 2020

17:40: Ugh! First day with 1000+ deaths in the U.S. after nearly 50 days. All that lockdown, quarantine, etc. couple of months ago wasted.

July 19, 2020

07:50: We finished all three seasons of The Marvelous Mrs Maisel last night. We loved the show. Also, interesting was how nearly every character although …

10:12: To create a Twitter list of the usual election poll pundits or not? Have followed them obsessively for the last 4 election cycles. The trauma of 2016 …

11:48: Anyone here use Grammarly? I have a premium license via work. It seems pretty nifty although have to train it some. Can you use it within iA Writer or …

13:02: Ooh! Flickr has a new look. Options for layout views. Focus on your stats in the sidebar along with the active groups discussions. It seems they are …

17:37: Prompted by Flickr’s changes, I opened up Lightroom after ages and processed some photos from our trip to McKinney Falls from nearly 3 weeks ago …

July 18, 2020

11:55: Using an external keyboard on my iPad Mini. This will let me keep from taking my laptop on our upcoming vacation and yet allow me to write in long …

16:08: After a long time, we finally bought and got around to playing this excellent game

18:24: According to Letterboxd, we’ve already watched more movies this year than all of 2019 or any year before that 😳 🎥

July 16, 2020

10:48: One silver lining about the economy being in the toilet was, we finally made the decision to refinance our home mortgage. Got very favorable rates on …

17:11: After the record heat, our garage fridge and freezer conked off. Thankfully, the GFCI outlet that it was connected to, was to blame. Replaced it and …

19:58: Currently reading: The Alice Network 📚

July 15, 2020

16:30: This is driving me nuts. My phone battery is running down. Battery section in Settings blames Music (background activity) at 76% 😳 I haven’t listened …

July 14, 2020

14:26: I’m directing email sent to an alias to a folder in Fastmail. But I also want Fastmail to auto-delete an email from a specific sender after 7 …

July 13, 2020

20:34: My poor Japanese Aerelia is wilting in 108°F temperatures 😓

July 12, 2020

10:09: Tucker Carlson is so untalented that he needs help even with his racism.

11:19: Gearing up for a 108°F heat index day 😓

16:34: A random scene in a Bollywood movie made me nostalgic about home related to a very specific food-related memory.

July 11, 2020

18:00: I wish when you add a desktop on your Mac (via Mission Control), it wouldn’t display the files, shortcuts, etc. from your other desktop. I would …

July 9, 2020

17:52: With so much news about the impact of opening schools during these times, I found this article in Science an excellent summary of the studies done so …

July 8, 2020

19:34: For all Zoom meetings that start on the top of the hour, you’ll see plenty of people staring down at their watch synchronously at the 50-minute mark. …

July 6, 2020

08:43: Do you have a conversation with your family members that don’t live with you and not talk about the pandemic or Trump? Well, I tried to and learned …

16:14: In higher ed news, Harvard announced that it will go online-only this fall. Almost simultaneously ICE announced that if a college is online-only, all …

July 4, 2020

10:19: Not too long ago everyone was raving about how cool the feature in Feedbin was for newsletters. Now everyone seems to use Hey for newsletters. I’m …

14:49: Watching Jaws. The first hour is literally like watching the current affairs.

18:33: Three-Cup Chicken for dinner 🤤

July 3, 2020

18:11: It’s Hamilton night! On Disney+ obviously.

July 2, 2020

11:34: Two years into our solar panels install, I see (on our dashboard) we now have more than $2,000 in lifetime energy savings. I’m told this is …

15:42: I admit this is hilarious 🤣. This company knows Americans very well given that it’s been channeling their thoughts for the last 10 years.

16:16: Texas now has a mandatory mask policy 😷 Good. The ruling also states that you’ve to wear a mask if you protest. So if you’re protesting against this …

22:04: Curious. Is the fact that Apple Card now is available on the web mean that it can be added to Mint? That’s one thing I’m waiting for before I can even …

July 1, 2020

23:44: Knowing you won’t have much to catch up on after you return from a week or two may be the best vacation there is. But I also know that is very …

June 28, 2020

16:03: Is this a list of countries ranked by descending order of their leader’s craziness and incompetence? Causation or Correlation? We report you decide.

16:07: My wife’s watch (Series 3) screen simply peeled off after we spent a day in water at a state park. My Series 2 is just fine although I spent less time …

20:50: We had a great morning at McKinney Falls State Park today. With the park at 25% capacity, social distancing was not a problem at all. In fact, this is …

June 27, 2020

09:26: I’m glad that non-white characters in animation shows will no longer be voiced by white actors. However, apart from lending their names, I’ve never …

15:22: All because of one man.

15:34: Officially signed and paid up for Fastmail. Sent out the message asking people to change my email ID in their contact apps.

June 26, 2020

17:39: No Grammarly add-in for Outlook for Mac? 😩

22:40: We caught up on all four seasons of The Expanse Loved it. The last season was a bit weak compared to the previous three.

June 23, 2020

08:18: Novak Djokovic and his wife test positive for COVID-19 after he organized the Adria Tour to give players a chance to compete. Three other players also …

16:39: We had yet another immigration-related scare yesterday thanks to who-know-who’s Executive Order. We are unaffected only because we are in the country. …

June 21, 2020

09:31: Nice to see Om Malik get nerdy about cricket

09:43: Logan Lucky was a fun heist movie directed by Steven Soderbergh of all people. I wondered why I hadn’t heard much about it until I realized it was …

12:10: What email alias, if any, do you use for your professional contacts? work@domain.com seems a little on the nose. professional@domain.com is a bit too …

June 20, 2020

09:37: Note to myself for keeping away from Twitter today. But also hope the media has learnt its lesson (ha!) and doesn’t carry his rally live.

11:23: Setting up the MX records for my domain on Fastmail was super easy. Given how often I’ve struggled with anything to do with domain setup, tt was …

11:28: How do you use alias in your email account? Do you create for type of accounts (social media, banking, utilities, etc.) I’m tempted to create as …

16:37: I wish I could also edit my replies on Micro.blog. I see an obvious and silly typo and it frustrates me that I can’t fix it. 🎶 Let it goooooo 🎶

16:41: I’m glad I deleted this shitty app few weeks ago

June 19, 2020

16:22: Except Maryland, all are red states. PS. dunno what to make of Puerto Rico’s 100% rate. Also, if you’re gonna include it among states, you better give …

17:10: We enjoyed watching Trying on Apple TV+. A bit saccharine but such things are uncommon these days. It was the second London-based couple show we …

17:44: I find products that are marketed as ‘Made in USA’ xenophobic. Don’t @ me.

17:48: We at UT Austin were asked to take the afternoon off for Juneteenth and use the time to reflect and spend with family. I continued to get email from …

June 17, 2020

08:10: If I’m going to pay for an email service, I might as well use my domain name via Fastmail, Protonmail, etc. Also, the most email I get is on my work …

20:38: We finalized refinancing our home mortgage today. Two lenders were furiously competing for our business but we finally settled with our existing …

June 16, 2020

17:50: Trends for COVID-19 cases in Hays County, south of Austin are insane

June 14, 2020

12:55: Published in 2019, little did Bill Bryson know that the words he wrote and scientists he quoted would come true so soon. Not so lucky, after all.

17:30: Why do I even highlight text in Libby when I can’t export it after I’m done? Dunno why Libby won’t let you. It’s not like I’m highlighting the entire …

June 13, 2020

18:00: Fun fact, pun intended, the G in G Spot stands for Gräfenberg. Not what you were expecting, right? Via Bill Bryson’s The Body.

June 11, 2020

20:31: Been rewatching The West Wing lately. The most ridiculous fiction depicted in it was that Republicans love this country too.

June 10, 2020

10:19: All meetings cancelled today in solidarity with #ShutdownAcademia.

16:21: In light of recent events, NASCAR getting woke was the last thing I expected.

June 9, 2020

18:00: Six hours on Zoom today. A new personal record.

June 7, 2020

11:55: A bike ride followed by a water balloon fight in the backyard with the fam.

June 6, 2020

09:54: The Lowe’s CEO is one of the only four Black CEOs of Fortune 500 companies. The Home Depot CEO is a Trump supporter. I know where I’m taking my home …

14:03: Guess he got his wall. Just not where he wanted it.

15:12: In trying to get my mind off recent events, I’ve been doing the strangest things in my downtime. I thoroughly cleaned the gas nozzles of our cooking …

June 5, 2020

15:51: Damn! This is like a newspaper asking Bin Laden to write an op-ed on 9/12.

20:47: It’s just June and we’re hitting 100°F already 😓

June 4, 2020

16:12: Is there a way on Micro.blog that I can completely block a person’s content? Nope, not mute. I’m not following that person but get caught unawares …

June 3, 2020

10:26: Noticed a significant uptick in my weight from the stay-at-home and stress over the last few months. Went out on my own for a long walk before …

18:12: Cooking chicken liver for dinner. Been a while since I made this.

22:07: Yup. NY Times is the same as Facebook. Enablers of fascism.

June 2, 2020

16:42: We now know someone who lost a parent to COVID-19 😔 I almost forgot that we’re still in the middle of a pandemic.

June 1, 2020

20:44: Hopefully now Americans will never say, jeez, I wonder how that one guy in Germany managed to wreck an entire nation.

May 31, 2020

09:33: Police brutality in the streets. Futuristic technology in space. It’s 1968 all over again.

May 30, 2020

09:28: On days like yesterday, I’ll try and take @purisubzi’s advice and write my thoughts in draft mode just to get them out. But what I absolutely won’t do …

17:49: Celebrating 10 years, Betterment tells me I was customer #6,983. They have over 500,000+ customers now. I’ve been a happy one since 2012.

May 29, 2020

16:14: Conservatives in 1789 - Why did they storm the Bastille? They should’ve politely knocked.

May 25, 2020

12:33: Thanks to the iOS family sharing bug, nearly 36 apps had pending updates this morning 😳

May 24, 2020

09:33:

I missed the last two challenges this month but wanted to ensure I didn’t miss the Book Recommendation Challenge 📚 for this week. This is my …

12:13: Our son is not on Micro.blog but if he was, he would recommend the Hunger Games trilogy 📚 that we gifted to him for his 9th birthday last week. He …

15:55: We’re taking a break from fostering so we went to return the dog food, crate, etc to one of the organization’s founders’ home. We loved their home. My …

15:59: We just finished the first season of The Expanse. 📺 We’re hooked

May 22, 2020

17:55: Things you don’t have to think about anymore before opening a bottle of wine/beer - do I have to drive anywhere later?

18:11: Coming off an intense week. We may be making a new hire (so much drama), finished up compiling the budget for a major grant to a large well-known …

May 21, 2020

17:45: This week has been insane in terms of work and the week isn’t over yet. Even tomorrow we have a 3pm Zoom meeting. I have missed the book …

May 17, 2020

09:12: It’s my son’s 9th birthday today! 🎂 Wow! How time has flown. Too bad we can’t have a party with his friends. His friends surprised him with a large …

15:23: Some weird bug in our Netflix. We can’t seem to play Back to the Future via our Apple TV. Works just fine on the iPhone (but can’t AirPlay it, of …

15:53: Not a fan of conspiracy theories, my wife had remarked few days ago that once the powers that be in the U.S. realized who exactly was dying in this …

May 16, 2020

16:26: This is a test for publishing to Micro.blog from iA Writer.

17:42: Australia… has lost just under 100 people to coronavirus in three months. Some days, America has lost more people to it every hour. Inside …

May 15, 2020

09:11: I ordered some sandals (summer is here) last week from Walmart and was told to expect it on May 28-31. I’m like, ok. It’s not “essential”. I received …

18:13: An iPad Mini with a larger display? Isn’t that just an iPad?

18:17: This pandemic has proved that the name of the country ought to be changed to States of America.

21:32: Wow! We’re getting some horizontal rain out here.

May 14, 2020

15:36: I love that iA Writer got micro pub support. But I use iA Writer to post to Blot that I use for long form posts. For micro posts, I use the native mb …

May 12, 2020

13:59: How many COVID tests are done in the U.S. if you exclude the testing done in the White House? Asking for a friend.

17:59: We’re rewatching all seasons of Monk with our son (first time for him). It’s strange how his assistant Sharona left the show abruptly in the middle of …

May 11, 2020

11:30: As your local jurisdictions start opening up, this article excellently summarizes the risk factors by the places you visit. It made me feel better …

12:52: A long overdue update. And wow! What a difference. The noise cancellation is great.

May 10, 2020

16:48: Me in a soft voice: Hey, Siri set timer for 5 minutes. Siri announcing to all our neighbors: YOUR TIMER HAS BEEN SET FOR 5 MINUTES.

May 9, 2020

17:31: Although our small pond in the backyard was covered for most part of spring, some live oak leaves still managed to get in and turned the water purple …

May 8, 2020

16:46: I finally made a trip to Lowe’s this morning. Everyone had masks on. Not crowded so plenty of social distancing. I could get my vegetable garden …

May 7, 2020

10:55: How come no one is talking about COVID-19 and Russia? It’s in the top 5 in terms of positive cases with 10K+ increase every day for the past …

May 6, 2020

16:25: One of those days at work where I did plenty of little (long overdue) things so a better feeling of accomplishment. Plus it’s a nice day so could keep …

16:30: I would really like a non-reply version of the Micro.blog timeline. Often I check out a conversation and then see the individual responses again when …

20:23: I don’t understand this trend of developers selling their app to a big tech company and then launching a similar app when the big tech company …

May 4, 2020

17:45: Education is the gradual discovery of your ignorance. Will Durant 💬

May 3, 2020

09:24: Two shows we recently started and are enjoying. Never Have I Ever (Netflix) is a fun, sassy, and engaging high school tale of an Indian-American girl. …

11:20: The fast food breakfast that’s one of my guilty pleasures 🥞🍳🥓

17:16: Whenever I’ve bought an iPad, the smart cover or the case that I usually order at the same time arrives first. Not this time. I’ve been …

May 2, 2020

09:08: I finished all my ebooks and other ones I wanted are on long hold waits. We can’t pick up physical books coz libraries are closed. So now I’m reading …

10:16: We finished all 4 seasons of Catastrophe on Prime last night. We quite enjoyed it. I’m guessing that was the series finale.

17:38: I’m looking to follow more personal blogs. If you write one publicly, please share your blog name and URL here. Since I already follow you on …

May 1, 2020

21:06: The only reason I see why a Democratic nominee will win in November is because the economy is crashing. Republicans mess it up and then Democrats have …

April 30, 2020

08:57: Since I was posting about it over the last month, we received our stimulus payment last night. It was as much as we had calculated it would be …

17:37: Hello from my new iPad Mini thanks to my employer as part of “what do you need to work from home”.

April 29, 2020

17:14: Ever had an internal meeting where you discussed timelines of certain deliverables/tasks only to have them all moved up by three months in the …

17:47: PSA: Costco had plenty of paper towels in stock. The first time I’ve seen them in 6 weeks.

April 27, 2020

09:05: In case you’re still waiting, the IRS portal now has a payment date for when you’ll receive your ‘stimulus’ check (if direct deposit).

12:54: What’s up with this cluster of deaths (weighted for population) in the Texas Panhandle and Oklahoma? I have not read any news that indicates …

15:06: Wow! Texas is allowing malls, restaurants, movie theaters, and all retail stores to open on Friday. Bars, gyms, and hair salon still remain closed. …

15:55: Let’s make this permanent. My WhatsApp is a much improved experience these days.

17:43: My MacBook Pro spacebar has started acting out. Two spaces instead of one so it naturally adds a period at the end of the last work. 😤

April 25, 2020

09:24: I think by now machines ought to have learnt how cars, traffic lights, hydrants, and crosswalks look like, right?

17:43: Got a nice sear on the sirloin fajita meat yesterday

April 24, 2020

09:21: Calvin Seibert Sandcastles - Flickr Brutalism in sand. Le Corbusier would be proud (via Vasta).

11:53: Our university is trying to deal with reopening secure computer labs. These labs contain access to data that cannot be typically put online (think …

14:07: For the next month, I am going to write “sarcastically” about major world affairs that will determine the life and health of millions of …

April 23, 2020

17:46: Back to watching La Casa de Papel. Let’s see how this ends.

April 22, 2020

16:26: Today’s grocery run was much better than the previous visits. No line outside the store this time to enter. Less crowded. Most of the things …

April 21, 2020

16:18: The country with the most COVID-19 cases and deaths wants to stop immigration INTO the country. LOL! Yup, that makes sense. Good luck restarting the …

April 20, 2020

14:41: As expected, Austin ISD is closed for the rest of the school year (6 more weeks of remote learning). We’re more concerned about summer camps. Our kid …

April 19, 2020

13:19: I hope the media is smart enough this time to realize that the so-called protests against the lockdown are a carefully coordinated effort by the …

23:08: Two shows we’ve started watching this week on Prime - The Night Manager and Catastrophe.

April 17, 2020

12:44: We haven’t yet canceled our May-end plans for the Utah NPs vacation. Maybe we are still holding out hope but we may have to cancel it soon. Oh …

18:01: I took a day off from work today just for a mental break and to give a house a scrubbing. We haven’t had the house cleaning crew over (we still paid …

April 16, 2020

08:27: Saw a tweet from a grocery store worker - they call us essential and heroes. But what we really are is dispensable. Ouch!

10:01: It took only four weeks for the U.S. economy to wipe out nearly all the job gains in the last 11 years. Makes you think about the type of businesses …

14:04: What my son has been working on this morning

15:10: Will there be an update to the iPad Mini? I want to get one but find it difficult to shell out $400 when the next size up is $300.

16:19: Few weeks ago, we learnt people dying from COVID-19 in the U.S. exceeded the 9/11 toll. Well, just for today we lost more than we lost on 9/11. And …

April 15, 2020

08:35: In spite of e-filing and using direct deposits for refunds/payments for as far as I can remember (including last year), IRS apparently didn’t have our …

April 14, 2020

19:10: We bought a pound of flour and sugar from a BBQ place along with the rest of our order. Coz they were selling and we needed it.

April 12, 2020

15:23: In hindsight 2020 may not look so good after all.

April 11, 2020

08:42: Gas was $1.49 yesterday

11:12: One of the silver linings of this lockdown in India has been the dramatic improvement in environmental quality.

12:35: I heard Monk mentioned on the timeline so we went back to check out the first ever episode. It’s one of the series that we can watch with our …

17:54: We don’t have have one specific vaccine yet and the world is shut down. Hope we never ever take anti-vaxxers seriously again.

22:48: Just finished Season 2 of Succession. Who saw that ending coming?

22:50: And if this pandemic wasn’t enough, we have a tornado watch until 4am tonight.

April 10, 2020

13:42: Anyone having problems with their glasses fogging up when they wear a mask? We are wearing home-stitched ones.

16:57: Over the last two days, we had Zoom meetings with HS teachers from across the country to understand how they’ve been dealing with this new …

17:41: For my wife’s birthday, I scrub-cleaned our rarely-used jetted bathtub so she could use it. We ordered take-out from our neighborhood Mexican (not …

21:10: First place I’ll go after the lockdown is lifted? My hair stylist. My hair grows very quickly and from past memory, if it grows too long it …

April 9, 2020

09:10: For some reason, it has been a hectic week at work and I can’t wait for it to be over. One of my immediate supervisors has been pushing to do multiple …

09:45: Proof that the stock market is not a good indicator of the economy stems from the recent upward trend of 500+ points daily in contrast to nearly 17 …

17:00: What’s with these houses of worship wanting to reopen urgently? If nothing else, your primary work can always be done virtually.

18:37: Are we celebrating the 400th anniversary or something of getting disease to the New World?

April 8, 2020

08:53: Our foster dog, Nic has received 4-5 applications to adopt him including one from out of state (Virginia) but unfortunately we can’t schedule an …

12:50: Glad he made the right decision to drop out. He clearly didn’t have the support of the majority of the Democratic voters. I wish he had done so before …

14:38: I’m sure no white person has ever given a thought of being mistaken for a burglar while walking into a small store with a mask on, right?

April 7, 2020

08:34: It’s adorable that WhatsApp continues to think that someday people will use forwarding features for good. Until then, it has to resort to such …

15:36: In line outside Central Market and noticing a man trying hard to stay out of the shade. I’m sure someone’s told him the sun kills the virus.

April 6, 2020

11:57: What’s a more efficient way of handling footnotes in Markdown? Don’t you find it difficult to update previous footnote references if you …

12:03: In the list of countries with positive COVID-19 cases, India used to be a few scrolls down the page. Now it takes half a scroll as numbers keep …

April 5, 2020

10:53: In all this mess… A small group of Bernie Sanders’s top aides and allies — including his campaign manager and his longtime strategist — have …

10:56: I called my parents to ask how things are going in India. After talking for 5 minutes, my dad said they have to hang up because they have to switch …

11:53: You remember the time when 5G was linked to cancer. Yeah, good times. Dunno about 5G but affinity for conspiracy theories can certainly rot your …

15:48: We have been binging on Indian stand-up on Amazon Prime for the past week including full seasons of Comicstan (similar to Last Comic Standing). I love …

April 4, 2020

11:15: After a long time, I enjoyed watching the rain out the open window on our live oaks in the backyard. It was a steady drizzle for couple of hours. It …

14:08: PSA: HBO has plenty of its hits to watch for free via their apps. These include recent shows like Succession, Silicon Valley and classics like …

15:35: We watched The Farewell last night. Although it’s set in China, it reminded me of how healthcare of the elderly also works in India. In fact, …

16:04: Having trouble social distancing? Stop wearing deodorant and having breath mints. People will naturally stay away from you.

21:24: Please tell my dentist that not only am I flossing every night but am also using my water pick in the shower after breakfast. Who knew the pandemic …

April 3, 2020

14:51: We had a national oil reserve. Turns out we should have had a health supplies reserve.

18:06: Merit increase freeze. Hiring freeze. I guess we should thankful we still have our jobs.

18:08: I think I’m a bit too obsessed with COVID-19 news and stats. So much so that I’m downloading data from the COVID tracking site and making my own …

April 2, 2020

10:18: I love Macstories but they have a weird obsession with the length of their posts and word counts.

12:59: The graph visualization of unemployment claims that everyone was praising NYT for looks like it could have also been a horizontally-flipped graph of …

17:56: Have any of you watched Amazing Stories on Apple TV+? It’s a good series to watch with kids 📺

April 1, 2020

12:12: Thanks to the Life Cycle app, I can prove I’m doing social distancing right.

12:39: A very productive morning at work today for something I was planning on doing for a long time. Got it done thanks to no calls or Zoom meetings. Even …

16:47: This post on Daring Fireball highlights just one of the reasons I don’t read NYT anymore. I stopped reading after 2016. Even in these times, I …

19:28: The virus originated in a market that also sold wildlife meat. So in the ensuing pandemic, obviously the most popular show on Netflix is about keeping …

March 31, 2020

15:18: I guess whenever we get it, we are going to use our stimulus check to pay our taxes. Not sure that’s what the government had in mind.

15:34: The TX governor for all practical purposes placed a “shelter-in-place” order statewide until April 30. Except he didn’t use those …

15:49: Just when we thought things were going good in Austin, 28 students from UT Austin return from spring break in Mexico and test positive for COVID-19 …

17:37: 700+ deaths in one day. Just another flu, they said. This blood in on their hands 🤬

20:45: They say nine months later we’re going to see a pandemic of babies. Yes, but of course, why would you learn that lesson after being stuck at home for …

March 30, 2020

16:45: Any one else also have a problem installing watchOS 6.2 on your Series 2 watch? Throwing up some random error.

March 29, 2020

10:12: Just filed our federal taxes but deferred payment until the new deadline. Our money can sit in our savings account until then earning almost no …

10:56: For some reason people are now talking via Zoom to people they haven’t seen let alone spoken to in years. Guess hitting pause on your lives makes you …

12:19: Not to scare anyone but looks like the virus may be plateauing in most countries but still seems to be on the rise in the U.S. Not surprising due to …

March 28, 2020

10:58: OF course, it doesn’t help that the giant live oak in our backyard drops tons of pollen at this time of the year 🤧

17:49: Finally, thanks to the latest Micro.blog app update, I can edit posts on my phone. No more rushing upstairs to edit your post where you wanted to use …

March 27, 2020

11:19: Yea, ok, cry me a river.

16:44: The world has always known that U.S. values American lives more than lives of say, Africans. Understandable. But now they are faced with the question …

March 26, 2020

08:39: My employer, UT Austin, has been considerate enough to not charge us parking fees for the month of April. This used to be automatically deducted from …

08:50: Businesses where activity rose the most during the coronavirus crisis. Sigh! Americans never change.

14:47: I hope after these rounds of “bailouts” we will never ask that question for any policy proposal - How are we going to pay for it?

15:52: We completed Succession Season 1 yesterday and plan to re-subscribe to HBO to finish second season and then finally watch Chernobyl.

16:23: A day in America without childcare. A collection of hilarious “micro blog posts”.

17:36: Finished the quarterly progress report for a grant funder today. In the section for Challenges you anticipate for meeting milestone, I started with …

18:33: A colleague from my former workplace texted me out of the blue asking if I have the password for a project website. It’s been 15 months since I …

20:15: I thought I was reading it wrong but apparently, the number of reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S. are up 30% over…yesterday. Just over 17K …

March 25, 2020

09:15: From yesterday’s trip to Costco, this notice outside the store was helpful in not running around the store crazily

17:32: U.S. has hit 10,000 new cases again today. The rate of infection is not slowing down yet. Deaths have dropped slightly so that’s good. All the …

18:03: I have been given two codes for unlocking Sleep Cycle’s premium service for six months. Let me know if you want one.

March 24, 2020

21:14: Went to Costco today to pick up some supplies (milk & eggs mostly). Very orderly and enforced social distancing. Heck, even toilet paper was …

March 23, 2020

10:26: First day of non-spring-break work week. We woke up a bit early although not as early as during a regular work day. Checked work emails and responded …

18:19: My son and I completed the Census 2020 questionnaire today. I let the 8-year-old full in his own details for his first Census 👨‍👩‍👦

18:36: Never let a crisis go to waste, they say. Well, if that’s how we get vote-by-mail and other voting rights in place, so be it.

March 22, 2020

09:28: Heard of the term Zoombombing? Look it up. This is why we can’t have nice things. 😡

15:16: Hope the Theranos debacle has taught us the lesson that Silicon Valley tech will not help us solve public health issues or for that matter, any health …

16:43: If this ruling would be applied elsewhere, the White House press briefings should also be shut down, no?

18:03: Heard the Elon Musk has offered to make ventilators in his factory. This is going to end with him calling some epidemiologist a pedophile, right?

18:06: My son’s martial arts class is now going to be via Zoom for the next few weeks. We just had a school-wide Zoom meeting with 70+ participants to …

March 21, 2020

09:09: As long-time foster volunteers, we strongly strongly endorse this trend during the pandemic. This may be a great time to adopt if you were already …

10:40: Once this is over, I’m not sure what we will take away from this experience. Is it better to maintain in-person experiences or start to slowly …

16:27: I’ve been reading Blake Crouch’s notes on GoodReads from popular highlights on his two books, Dark Matter and Recursion. I read those …

19:10: Older Indian homes (not any more) especially in rural areas used to have a place near the front door where you could wash your hands & more …

March 20, 2020

10:15: There are work-from-home tips and then there are work-from-home when your spouse is also working from home and your kids are not in school and …

12:38: My Life Cycle app is like, WTF! Dude, are you ok? I see you sleeping but nothing else.

12:55: Is there a way to disable seeing your own face on a virtual video call on any of the services (Zoom, Teams, FaceTime)? I find it very distracting.

15:29: One of our grant funders emailed asking about health and state of affairs since we work with K-12 schools for our research. They also told us not to …

20:57: The Worldometer page on coronavirus showing numbers by country.

March 19, 2020

14:43: We went for a couple of hours drive on the outskirts of Austin while our cleaning service worked on our house. We had asked them if they still wanted …

16:28: People who have seen Jack Ryan on Amazon Prime, this current crisis was foretold, no? I mean, if you look at it from a conspiratorial angle.

17:43: Central Market has a limit on how many sausages you can buy (4). A woman tried to haggle with the guy behind the counter. Got firmly told that rules …

19:25: I never thought I would see the day when Tulsi Gabbard endorsed Biden before Bernie.

19:32: I’m sorry to see that the Senate used my thought of using 2018 tax returns as criteria for stimulus checks. I was convinced that means testing would …

20:55: Chinese Virus. Indian malaria. Spanish smallpox. English mad cow. American AIDS. I guess we can just tack on nationalities on to diseases and be none …

March 18, 2020

12:41: The Dow is officially below the point when Trump took office. The so-called economic gains in the last 3.5 years are now gone. I’m afraid to see …

16:30: Anecdotal evidence - I had to get an oil change for my car. Had decided I would drive away if my usual place was crowded. On the contrary, completely …

19:10: Two more COVID-19 cases in the UT Austin community including the first student and the Dean of Undergraduate Studies 😳

March 17, 2020

09:16: Did they cancel THE Ohio state primary?

March 16, 2020

08:02: UT Austin has mandated WFH for all but essential employees until March 30. Students get two weeks of spring break. It’s time to hunker down.

08:34: Sorry I had to delete my SQL post leaving your replies hanging. It mistakenly got posted to my photo blog. Still not sure how that happened …

09:58: A year of being off Twitter. I followed some via list through my “professional life” account but soon removed that as well. Lot less …

11:52: Google’s COVID-19 site wants us to log in with our Google account. I bet they will want us to enter in all our health history data too, right?

15:48: 400 points more and Dow Jones will be at where it was on Jan.20, 2017. No longer can we claim the economy as reflected by the stock market is good.

16:47: This is a fascinating article (with graphics) on how the virus spread in Korea. Just one person makes all the difference.

21:35: My wife and I are both working from home for the next two weeks. Our son is gonna be home for three weeks with no play dates. So what did we do to …

March 15, 2020

13:23: Why wait for the evening for the debate? And why even have time limits for responses? Who’s going anywhere these days. Let them take their time …

13:43: Public libraries closed in Austin until end of March. Books that I want have long waiting on Libby.

15:09: My son and I played catch in the park earlier today. ESPN just contacted me asking if we wanted the 5pm hour tonight.

15:14: How long before someone claims the ban on social gatherings as a violation of the First Amendment (“peaceful assembly”)?

March 14, 2020

12:13: If everything that’s going on wasn’t enough, our primary in-person credit card got skimmed. Not sure how yet. We use it last at …

12:23: Let’s hope you are talking about the vaccine for the virus and not about the virus itself

18:39: Central Market in Austin was organized and less crowded. Sure, some items like yellow onions and unsalted butter sticks were out of stock but all …

21:31: Much ‘social distancing’ is happening at O’Hare among people returning from Europe 🙄 I guess the worst is yet to come.

March 13, 2020

06:45: Austin finally had two cases of COVID-19 but not yet community-based. Schools closed for the day and next week is spring break anyway. UT Austin also …

08:56: UT Austin’s slogan What Starts Here Changes the World in large font size just below the university closing due to COVID-19 banner on the main website …

10:43: Day off from work and people still figuring out virtual meetings. This is a good day to blog so I might write a post that has been festering in my …

13:22: UT Austin’s President’s wife has also tested positive for COVID-19 😳 So he is now under isolation. It seems she picked it up when they …

14:00: There are no Libertarians in a stock market crash.

17:42: Content from third-party feed ➡️ Micro.blog timeline is now fast.

March 12, 2020

08:37: First hand lesson in not tying the fortunes of stock market to the perceived state of the economy. Jan 20, 2017, the Dow was ~20K. After this …

10:14: Imagine the impact on the Instagram influencer business!

16:04: Took a look at my stock portfolio. I guess my kid is not going to college and I’m never retiring.

17:55: With all meetings going virtual, I guess we are the Zoomer generation.

20:34: In other news, the AC kicked on today with the temps hitting 87°F today. Can’t we at least spring for a few weeks?

21:48: Sooo this is the cancel culture everyone’s been talking about.

March 11, 2020

20:47: All-day meeting ended with a wine and cheese party courtesy of a professor who is a renowned sommelier. He brought prize-winning wines and cheeses …

20:53: If only you had elected someone who was, as Chuck Todd derisively called, “overprepared”.

21:01: My wife mentioned that the 2016 & 2020 Dem primaries are almost like the perfect RCT aimed at testing sexism. In a way, Biden and Clinton are more …

March 10, 2020

14:14: I’ve been trying to set up my home iMac with an external SSD bootable drive thanks to @fgtech’s and @alanralph’s suggestion to …

20:25: Finally everything is up and running on the iMac from the externally bootable SSD. Everything feels so fast and spify. Now wondering why hadn’t …

20:39: With the move to virtual meetings, I realize our workplace is not quite set up for large-group virtual meetings. We have conference rooms small and …

20:53: So I’m guessing the Democratic primary is, for all purposes, over. Of course, a certain someone won’t quit.

21:27: We have a 20-person meeting in a small space tomorrow. Tell my family I love them.

22:52: How will people used to free workplace lunches going to cope with working remotely?

March 9, 2020

06:42: Whatever you do, don’t look at your stock portfolio today 📉

12:32: Academic conferences are getting canceled left, right, and center. Quite the few universities including Rice, Stanford, etc. have canceled in-person …

20:45: “Oh my dear son, you’re back from the U.S. How was Austin? Did you get me anything? Noooooooo!.”

March 8, 2020

00:23: Doesn’t the photo at top of the article remind you of a famous Vietnam war photo?

09:59: Apparently Clorox wet wipes are out of stock everywhere, even Amazon. We realized that when we were looking to restock our supply as per our schedule. …

18:05: Italians are fleeing Northern Italy even as officials try to restrict their movement to prevent spread of COVID-19. Oh well, only the other day, …

18:08: It’s also interesting how countries like Japan & Italy with aging populations are being hit hard by COVID-19, a virus that seems to afflict …

18:15: I asked why Nate Silver was trying to predict something that would be more closer to reality after Super Tuesday, just two weeks away. Turns out, that …

18:26: It’s a testament to the community at Micro.blog that I haven’t had to use this feature so far. But in the past few days, I have been tempted to use …

March 7, 2020

08:38: And now unsurprisingly, AERA, the largest education research conference is cancelled. Unsurprising coz it was in San Francisco. The organizers has …

10:03: Few months after Lucy passed, we got back into fostering. Say hi to Nic. The good boy is blind in one eye from an accident with a cactus. His ranch …

11:44: Local businesses affected by SXSW cancellation are now setting up GoFundMe petitions to recover their losses. Many of these same business vociferously …

13:55: I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather for the past week or so. Usually I would’ve thought, damn allergies 🤧 but now… 🤷🏾‍♂️

17:46: After years of vilifying poor Latinx immigrants as diseased, it’s interesting that rich largely white people on cruise ships are now bringing in the …

20:42: Our annual pilgrimage

March 6, 2020

16:08: Wash your hands thoroughly in the restroom and then pull open at least two doors on your way back to your office 😷

17:29: SXSW cancelled. Including the EDU portion where we were going to launch a major initiative during one of the keynotes. Well, damn.

March 5, 2020

08:33: Buying an iMac with the Fusion drive was not a wise decision. Apps are so slow to start up and if you keep them open for couple of days, they start to …

11:20: Sigh! Warren to end Presidential campaign. But understandable. America is not ready. Unfortunately.

14:53: The economy where the stock market alternates between gaining and losing a thousand points on consecutive days is not in a good place. Plus after the …

23:17: This hits home. My nephew has no school until end of March. My brother who lives in Tokyo is lucky that his company lets him now fully work from home.

March 4, 2020

15:36: Teaching Kindness isn’t Enough. We need to emphasize the importance of justice too.

March 3, 2020

19:33: Fall season for live oaks has started in Austin.

March 2, 2020

09:03: SXSW EDU, where we announce a major new initiative, starts next Monday. But not 100% sure if the conference is going to happen thanks to COVID19.

15:23: Amy Klobuchar is quitting to spend more time flinging her stapler.

19:58: You can’t be against the establishment and then get pissed that none of the establishment candidates are supporting you.

March 1, 2020

09:28: Multiple vision

10:36: …and I can haz the February Photo Challenge pin now. It was fun sharing these photos and I’ll continue to do so but maybe more …

10:48: Where’s everyone seeing the pins page in @Gluon? I tried looking in both the TestFlight and the App Store versions and couldn’t find it.

February 29, 2020

08:48: Americans do not fully appreciate the two oceans that have, more than anything else, have contributed to their welfare and growth.

13:13: Have people who have a cure for a disease but don’t make it available taken a Hypocrit-ic Oath?

February 28, 2020

15:27: Went grocery shopping at Central Market. Picked up two orders of chicken quesadillas for lunch. Was asked if I wanted the quesadillas in a separate …

16:40: One of my colleagues tried calling a job applicant using the number she listed on her resume. Turns out she has a digit missing. People, triple-check …

17:03: Me on @Gluon: Wait, I didn’t write that?! Ah! I have to scroll up a little. Every time.

18:34: Why have early voting and Election Day? Just have a voting start and end day.

February 27, 2020

18:09: We bow together …and we bow to each other

21:11: I downloaded Mimi Uploader today. It’s a great tool to post photos interspersed with text. Perfect for my photo blog even when I want to share just …

February 26, 2020

11:39: Starting my work day by letting someone go. Not a pleasant feeling at all. Doesn’t help that the employee was in the probationary period and …

19:24: Escape to the unknown.

21:28: Nice to see the solar production up in the 30s. Hopefully, the next few months are sunny. These are also the ones we bank the most power before …

21:43: New profile photo. From my first birthday. Look at the mop of hair 😮

February 25, 2020

19:44: Every day on my walk from the parking garage, I wonder I should start the day with a hurdle race but then I’ve a fully developed prefrontal cortex …

February 24, 2020

17:47: Double Yellow

February 23, 2020

09:51: Thanks to living in Texas for a long time, I have to dig deep into my archives for a station picture today. Unless I try and be clever making some of …

12:28: We traveled to a neighboring state to see a pretty station

February 22, 2020

19:08: Bespectacled wise🦉

19:11: Full day at work today. Intense 8-hour workshop with brilliant and exemplary teachers. Tiring but satisfying.

February 21, 2020

18:32: How to progress

February 20, 2020

13:55: After months of planning and research, we’re finally ready to host several practitioners this weekend. We hope to learn from their “best” practices to …

16:21: The scale of differences in what parts of plant we eat and what we don’t always astounds me.

20:00: Picking up my dog’s medication. “What’s the last name?” Me having a brain fart thinking to myself, “is she asking for my last name or my dog’s?” 🐶

February 19, 2020

09:51: More stars in space but crappy foreground. Fewer stars but better foreground. Handheld (on a cold night), iPhone.

14:24: At times I don’t even understand why anyone wants to project how many delegates will each candidate have after two tiny states vote. This is …

19:34: Wait, did @vasta just delete his microblog account?

February 18, 2020

11:17: Opposing teams. Same district. Two high schools. Friday Night Lights at Austin ISD, Fall 2019

February 16, 2020

14:16: Remembering our restful vacation over the holidays when even Leo was dozing on the front porch.

16:26: We had a Black Rock Coffee Bar open very close to our home. I’m told it’s a Portland-based chain. Looks nice.

February 15, 2020

01:54: Parasite. Uff! A gut punch. Truly a masterpiece. I can’t really express whatever I feel in 280 characters. I hope to write about it soon.

09:32: Due to coronavirus fears, people are now avoiding Chinese restaurants…in the U.S. To paraphrase, racism finds a way.

09:58: We set up our son’s first email account using iCloud. He’s super excited.

10:14: Maintain balance to break barriers

14:55: Halfway through Bad Blood. I’ve to take breaks between reading it to avoid my blood boiling over 📚

17:49: Such a crappy day, weather-wise. It even affects my mood.

February 14, 2020

10:44: Yay! I see an envelope in the mail (via USPS Informed Delivery Digest) with a Portland return address. Must the Micro.blog stickers from @macgenie

20:23: Thanks, @macgenie. PS. The other one is already on my car.

February 12, 2020

18:02: The attachment between my son and our dog, Leo is stronger after our other dog, Lucy passed away few months. It’s happy and sad at the same time.

18:15: We thought we could call the teachers we invited Mindset Innovative Learning Fellows until someone pointed out the unfortunate acronym.

February 10, 2020

16:02: I bet all students on campus want to stay as far as possible from this (parking) sign.

18:53: I guess @pip needs no February photo challenge. His bio literally says he’s trying to post a photo a day. I haven’t seen him miss in the days I’ve …

February 9, 2020

18:11: And I’m done. Selectively imported all my WordPress posts into my new Blot blog. It took me just over a year but I enjoyed the process. …

21:01: I love Maya Rudolph. That is all.

February 8, 2020

14:16: We are unreasonably excited for the new sliding glass door top our bathtub. Love the sleek and minimal-metal-mostly-glass look. I guess these are the …

20:49: I’m almost done reading Recursion by Blake Crouch. Absolutely loving it. It’s almost but not quite like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. 📚

February 7, 2020

15:04: Sorting our DNS and domains still remains one of the more confusing parts of self-hosting your own blog. I’m still seeing the errors from couple …

18:49: Is anyone else also checking the photo challenge word list to see if they want to save a photo for later instead of posting it immediately? 😬

February 6, 2020

13:58: I underestimated the cold front that hit Austin. My poor broccoli plant 😕

21:39: How long does it take for the Netflix change to autoplaying previews to propogate? My Apple TV one is doing it. Yup, I crashed and restarted the app.

21:46: I have written and deleted several posts on politics in the last couple of days. I’m trying to stay away but it gets difficult to resist saying …

February 5, 2020

19:28: Realized today that I can in fact cancel my WordPress account and get a refund. Moved my “professional presence” to Blot. David @Blot was …

19:32: Are you also seeing this scary message when you hop over to my photoblog? @ronguest started seeing this earlier today. I didn’t see this on my …

February 4, 2020

18:06: A late result is better than a wrong result.

20:56: Not sure why I hadn’t tried @Gluon for Micro.blog before. Added it to my TestFlight now. Great job, @vincent. PS. User names don’t auto-complete?

February 3, 2020

18:46: My wife was being recruited for a position that would’ve led to a 25% increase in her salary at least if not more. But alas, thanks to the green card …

February 2, 2020

12:22: The sight of the crescent moon in juxtaposition with Venus (if you can spot it) on a clear cold winter evening is heavenly, pun intended.

15:58: Sometimes I wish Bernie is the nominee just so that Bernie bros can shut up once & for all.

February 1, 2020

09:39: The tax withholding is still a mess. Even TurboTax is not confident in its W4 calculator. We will be owing taxes yet again but thankfully not being …

10:56: I posted to my photo blog 40 mins ago. It’s on my blog but not on the timeline yet. The inconsistency of when posts appear on the timeline is my one …

11:25: All day: In shower for 10 minutes: 3 missed calls. 10 text messages.

17:12: I’m down to the last four months (and 57 posts left to curate) in my manual importing of my WordPress blog to Blot. This script definitely sped …

18:44: Sunlit’s Discover page would be the perfect place to browse the photo challenge submissions this month.

January 31, 2020

12:05: It’s strange that Mint has not yet made handling annual subscription expenses easier. Just because I spent it in January doesn’t mean it should count …

19:17: Every since I read that if plastic bottles have their caps on, they’re trashed and not recycled, I’ve been obsessively separating the two before …

January 30, 2020

20:57: Now I’m regretting not moving my ‘professional presence’ site away from Wordpress to Blot. I don’t think WordPress gives you …

January 29, 2020

14:11: At the risk of coming across as putting my head in the sand, I’ve refused to follow any political news in the U.S. and from India. Everything is …

19:06: By no means a new year resolution but I’m enjoying writing more regularly in my journal (Day One). Even the uneventful days are logged.

January 28, 2020

08:12: Samatha Power’s The Education of an Idealist audiobook that I had on hold for months is finally available. But at just under 21 hours, I will …

17:41: Ha! Now I guess international students are not the only ‘diseased’ people that have to prove their health status.

January 26, 2020

15:02: Oh no! Kobe Bryant RIP.

January 25, 2020

10:35: Flickr’s winners of the 2019 Best Shot contest. I always enjoy reading the ‘How this moment was captured’ descriptions. It always …

19:12: One of my favorite things to munch on the side during any dinner are these dried stuffed chilis that are deep fried. As far as I know, these specific …

January 24, 2020

12:38: Discovered some strange behavior in Outlook for Mac. I’ve two accounts. Primary email (Office 365) works fine. The other work email (powered by …

18:22: Going from mostly work-from-home to mostly commute-to-work, I’ve started to appreciate weekends more.

January 22, 2020

12:46: Glad to be part of this exciting event at SXSW EDU, Austin in March. Do join us if the topic is of interest to you.

January 21, 2020

18:21: I removed Outlook (work email) from my phone. I tried using DND but I kept opening the app manually. My work thankfully isn’t something where people …

January 20, 2020

16:58: If you use a unlimited bandwidth VPN on your computer or phone, do you always leave it on or turn it on & off depending on what sites/apps you’re …

January 19, 2020

16:00: It’s a beautiful day outside. Perfect to be lazy.

January 17, 2020

20:50: New Malm desk from Ikea. It was a breeze to assemble as well.

January 16, 2020

13:03: Picked up bunch of frozen katti rolls as a quick breakfast before leaving for work (quite filling!) But after realizing each of those suckers are 700 …

19:25: Just coz we also have a Golden Retriever mix, I’ll make a one-time exception to posting this Instagram meme screenshot 🥰

January 14, 2020

14:02: If only there was a vaccine for stupidity 🙄

January 13, 2020

12:38: Something weird just happened with Outlook for Mac. The Send button got greyed out. I couldn’t hit Send on any emails; new or replies. …

12:59: This conversation with Twitter’s Head of Product is exasperating. Apparently, SV is all about move fast break things unless it is about dealing …

January 12, 2020

12:28: Windex-ed the hell outta our breakfast window to have a cleaner view of this magnificent live oak in our backyard

13:52: 🔗 Reading will supposedly make you a better person. That’s not the real reason to pick up a book.

18:07: Damn it! She stole my title for a self-help book for married men.

January 11, 2020

13:46: Ha! While importing my WP blog posts to Blot, I found a post dated Jan.15 2005 that talked about importing my posts from Rediff (an Indian news portal …

January 10, 2020

09:57: What happens to accessing your photos if you cancel your Adobe Cloud subscription? I’ve the RAW photos on my desktop but processed photos? I do …

January 9, 2020

12:25: While listening to Andy Zaltzman making fun of the royal family on ‘The Bugle’ podcast, I realized the strange coincidence of taking the …

15:42: Our woes at hiring the Admin Asst. continued over the new year. The second person whom we hired and was supposed to show up on Jan 6th emailed at 7am …

January 8, 2020

20:38: Servant on Apple TV+ is weird. Keeps you hooked though. Typical Shyamalan. 📺

January 6, 2020

16:08: First day back at work started with a 4-hour long-term strategy planning meeting. This year is off with a bang.

January 4, 2020

11:10: I just used this solution to convert my remaining WP posts to individual markdown files that I can now copy over to my Blot folder. I still can review …

January 3, 2020

01:08: We got The Good Fight on DVD from our public library since we didn’t want to add to our streaming subscriptions roster. But oh boy, I’ve missed the …

13:20: Mint gave me a scare by showing me our original loan amount for our home mortgage account on the dashboard. I had to log in to our bank’s …

17:08: Finally the last of the 2019 transactions got confirmed in Mint and I was able to do my annual analyzing of our spending trends. It was nice to see …

17:14: On that note, anyone from Utah care to recommend whether we should spend half a day in Salt Lake City or a full day? We will be driving back from the …

January 2, 2020

14:22: Just two more years left in my manual WP to Blot transfer. But these were the first two years of my blogging so I was quite keyboard-happy ⌨️

17:42: How do you export data from the iPhone’s Activities/Health app? I googled and can’t seem to find a simple way to do it. Strange coz almost …

January 1, 2020

10:06: Please don’t call this decade the roaring 20s. I’m not ready for the Depression 30s.

December 31, 2019

15:28: I fail to understand how winning the Nobel prize (thrice), the Abel Prize, getting an endowment to make college tuition-free for families earning …

December 30, 2019

11:05: We hit this milestone with our solar panels 🔆

December 29, 2019

09:41: At some point during the upgrades, I guess iA Writer started to accept special characters and save your files. Otherwise it was always a hunt to …

21:06: With fewer than 2 days to go, my books read in 2019 will stand at 66. This has been a significant increase from last year. I’ll write more about …

December 28, 2019

12:06: While driving to the coast, we passed several gas flares with flames suspended above tall narrow pipes. But my first thought was, Gondor calls for …

16:18: Breezy, sunny, and balmy 71°F. Perfect weather to sit outside in a coastal town reading a WWII thriller.

December 27, 2019

16:14: I finally got around to reading & workshopping through Betty Edward’s classic Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. It’s right up …

20:54: What better place than an island to get fresh shrimp from a local seafood market and making Cajun seasoned dinner

December 26, 2019

11:08: Off to the beach today 🙌🏽 🏖

December 25, 2019

11:25: Merry Christmas, folks. And Joseph Christmas and Baby Christmas as well runs away.

18:24: One of my Christmas gifts from the wife. The way to a man’s heart is alive and well.

December 23, 2019

21:29: I didn’t know Quora was still a thing until I got an email from them today telling me about a change in their Terms of Service and Privacy …

December 22, 2019

15:49: In the age of streaming, we just bought a blu-ray player thanks to a late realization that the Austin Public Library has an extensive Blu-ray/DVD …

17:39: News from India is extremely distressing these days. Police have killed more protesters in various cities across India than China has during the …

18:03: As part of the December challenge, the Activities app on my iPhone asked me to complete 800 mins of exercise. That’s just under 26 mins/day. Based on …

December 21, 2019

01:00: The Morning Show sure ended the season with a bang. Phenomenal.

17:01: If you block all bots using robots.txt and do not link it anywhere on the main domain, can anyone know a subdomain exists on your website?

18:21: Finally throwing out the duffel bag that I got as cabin baggage when I first came to the U.S. nearly 20 years ago.

December 20, 2019

09:15: I’m glad Joe Biden finally spoke about his stutter in last night debate and then clapped back at Sarah Huckabee Sanders who mocked him on Twitter. …

12:26: Anyone who does high impact methods and tools for laboratory researchers in the life sciences want a free one-year subscription to Nature Methods …

16:58: You may have seen the discount code (25in2019) for Flickr Pro today. Hope you consider signing up. Hopefully these top 25 photos in 2019 will give you …

19:20: Jeez, son, I told you not to keep the glue stick in the same bowl as the lip balm. 😶

December 19, 2019

08:09: Massive protests against the draconian CAA law spreading all over India. Loosely translated, if you go down the path of Hitler, you’ll die like …

09:01: Heading to office although I’m sure no one else will be around. But that will let me wrap some things up before the holidays so I don’t even have to …

12:08: Email from Google Fiber after brief outage: Paying for something while it doesn’t work, just doesn’t work. That’s why we’re issuing you a credit to …

17:13: Reasons I’ll never work in the stock market - One of the mutual funds we own fell by nearly 14% in one day even though the top ten of the stocks …

17:55: Nice democracy you got there…

18:23: Couple of days ago I mentioned spotting Technorati tags in my older blog posts. Most couldn’t remember adding them. So I just looked up if it …

18:35: Working from home tomorrow so technically the holidays have begun 😝

December 18, 2019

08:29: How many countries are represented on Micro.Blog? Not where you’re from but rather where you are right now.

18:38: Ha! I just rediscovered my first blog post about Twitter from 2007 when I joined it. I already have nine friends and seven followers. 😆 Although I …

21:09: Remember the names of those 197.

December 17, 2019

10:23: I’ve reached that point in my blog archives where I’m noticing Technorati tags at the end of each post 😆 Oh! The things we did

15:35: Washington Post finally puts this on its front page The employment green card backlog tops 800,000, most of them Indian. A solution is elusive.

December 16, 2019

19:37: You are having a great day at work and then one email throws everything off and ruins your day. Hate when that happens toward the end of the day 😡

December 15, 2019

15:43: Extremely disturbing news coming in from India. Things are going from bad to worse for the minorities and state-supported violence.

December 14, 2019

09:20: Earlier this week, I was importing my blog post written in 2007 on watching TV shows via DVDs. Last night, we watched the Cormoran Strike series via …

09:58: I’m glad someone has been asking for this. Don’t think iOS 13 still lets you, right? Turning off notifications for a group of apps via Shortcuts

December 13, 2019

08:40: How much more recycling gets done in the holiday season thanks to all this online shopping? 📦

18:32: Glad that Outlook for iOS finally has a Do Not Disturb feature. Strangely, it still displays the badge icons. Ugh!

December 12, 2019

17:56: If exit polls are correct and Scotland has any self-respect, this may be the last election for United Kingdom. Maybe Trump will be re-elected too.

21:17: “Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it.” George Bernard Shaw …

December 11, 2019

07:47: Support the Indeweb, they said.

19:33: See that brightest “star” in the middle of the photo? That’s the International Space Station. Shot with an iPhone.

21:00: Don’t ever tell me that we don’t have the money to cover healthcare.

December 10, 2019

08:07: Microsoft will discontinue Wunderlist. Oh well, I’ll have to look for a new to-do app for work. Which one do you recommend?

15:38: We did this for the holiday season. Hope you do too.

23:08: Next to realtors, blame this site for reduced diversity How GreatSchools steers you toward whiter more affluent schools

December 9, 2019

10:51: I’m all for driving safe but keeping a 10-car distance in < 20 mph traffic is a bit too much, no?

15:38: As part of my speech therapy at the Lang Stuttering Institute at UT Austin, we are expected to share our thoughts on what we have learned over the …

December 8, 2019

11:09: Watching Tottenham - Burnley highlights. Son has to be the most exciting player in the Premier League right now. What a goal that was 😮⚽️

12:01: Mint is a great service to keep track of your finances but ocassionally it stops updating one of your accounts especially the joint accounts. …

13:53: Libby placed a hold and borrowed a book for me that I don’t recall doing 🤔 In a few years, perhaps it will read it and review it for me and then plant …

December 7, 2019

14:29: We spent 3 hours today volunteering at the food bank. We worked an assembly line packing boxes for people in need. It was tiring work. My wife noted …

December 6, 2019

09:56: Tired: See how many Twitter followers I have. Wired: See how many YouTube subscribers I have.

16:32: I’m often bewildered at how seemingly heterogenous groups of people around the world act similarly and often at the same time. I’ve a …

16:49: I did all the Microblogvember prompts including the extra ones in December. Actually, it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. I focused on …

18:02: Although I watch The Rookie on ABC mostly for Nathan Fillion, the show is an excellent example of gaslighting in favor of the LAPD. I wouldn’t be …

18:32: In Memoriam.

21:27: Let this be a lesson to local governments on how to deal with bullying corporations 😆

December 5, 2019

19:35: I’m better versed in prose than in verse. Probably that’s what you call an inverse relationship?

20:31: I just finished importing my posts from 2008 to Blot. Although I moved over only 18% of the total posts I wrote that year, I still ended up with 68 …

December 4, 2019

19:41: Ever notice how much of skill in flicking your wrist determines how great of a sportsperson you can be? Except soccer perhaps.

19:51: “She’s making a maternity cake” “Nativity” “Yeah, yeah. That thing” 🤣

December 3, 2019

17:26: Knock, knock Come on in! Dammit! That’s not how you respond to a knock knock joke.

December 2, 2019

18:05: One of my favorite things to do when visiting a national park is to find the best panoramic views and try to capture them through my camera. Some of …

December 1, 2019

13:15: The winter vegetable garden is coming along nicely.

15:08: Although the state of the world may seem horrible, it’s worth noting that just about 10% of the world’s population now live in extreme …

16:29: Now that I’m in the process of moving my old WP posts to my Blot blog, a theme change was in order. I’m now using the Magazine theme. The …

November 30, 2019

09:48: For me, thanks to HS calculus, integrate is always associated with differentiate. I haven’t used the math in years but the memories remain. Thanks to …

15:47: I just upgraded to the Pro tier for Letterboxd app. It’s a great service for documenting your movie-watching history and also to read reviews. …

November 29, 2019

09:43: Every year, we see fantastic deals for Black Friday or Cyber Monday, but as I age, the urge to shop for the latest gizmos gets less and less.

11:22: Twitter paused its plans for deleting inactive accounts? Damn it, I was hoping to snag my FirstnameLastName handle from my namesake who last tweeted …

14:04: Although not a Black Friday exclusive, I always make it point to pick up a $100 Apple gift card for $80. With subscriptions, it’s pretty handy and …

November 28, 2019

11:13: Guarding one’s property has often been used as a strawman in many 2nd Amendment arguments in spite of living in one of the safest country in the …

11:42: Thanksgiving is a lovely holiday. Very long weekend, lots of food, family, football, and time to sleep in. What’s not to love? Hope you enjoy yours.

12:06: If you could put a GIF as your out-of-office email response, I would put Ross from Friends shouting, We were on a break.

November 27, 2019

13:16: It’s better to be rich in experiences than in material wealth is the kind of advice that people who are rich love. As someone once said, if I am …

15:53: I’m out of beer and I’m afraid to venture out to a grocery store today.

17:04: I love that not only can you put a hold back on an unfinished ebook in the Libby app but it also remembers the point you left it unfinished the last …

November 26, 2019

15:15: 🔗 Why old dogs are the best dogs

16:20: To keep it fresh, you should mix it up. But don’t cite this reason in your divorce proceedings.

17:20: As a person who stutters, this Atlantic article hit close to home - What Joe Biden Can’t Bring Himself to Say I wish he would just come out and …

21:22: Hey, look I found my post on becoming a Mac convert after buying my first Apple computer. Cmd + N 😆

November 25, 2019

08:30: AT&T added 4 GB to our plan effectively doubling our data cap and increased the monthly rate by $5. This was entirely unprompted. Anyone else …

16:17: The only way we know we are secure in our convictions is when we are tested against them. That includes doing the right thing when it is inconvenient …

21:29: When will the random word generator throw up ressentiment as the Microblogvember prompt for the day? Go ahead, look it up. Such a delicious word.

November 24, 2019

10:10: Something that I have to do at work a lot -> Email Etiquette: How to Ask People for Things and Actually Get a Response. Something not mentioned - …

11:18: One of my friends is at the final stages of interviewing at Facebook. He seems excited. I said, I’m happy for him but you will be judged for the …

11:21: Hmmm…@macgenie hasn’t posted the Microblogvember for Nov.24 on her blog and it hasn’t yet been updated on the Discover page either. …

20:37: Anyone know how to aggregate the archives of a Blot blog by year? Right now, it’s a reverse chronological list of all post titles hyperlinked to the …

21:36: Not including my micro-blog posts, I’ve written 22 longform blog posts this year. Although that’s laughable compared to my activity prior to 2012-13, …

23:57: Three cricket test wins in the past week. All were an innings win 🏏

November 23, 2019

00:31: Ok, I’ll say it. The Tesla truck is fracking ugly and an affront to design.

13:32: Leo may finally be realizing what happened to Lucy since he has been sitting around with a woebegone expression. Or maybe we are just projecting.

17:52: Damn it. Blot is down again. I was working on it just an hour ago.

23:17: We went for dinner at a nice restaurant and didn’t take a single food photo.

November 22, 2019

08:33: In all this sadness about Lucy, our other dog, Leo is doing much better in terms of his chronic seizures. He’s now gone the longest since his last …

18:19: The first thing when I see the word hum is not the English version but rather the Hindi version which means ‘we’. There are umpteen songs …

20:45: Uh-oh! I post something to my blog after couple of months and am reading that @blot is down for everyone 😑

November 21, 2019

16:17: Thanks to accents, at times some people used to answer their phones with a Hollow. I used to be always tempted to say, yes, I am feeling that way …

21:23: Sad to admit that I’ve not read as many as I would have thought in this excellent list 📚

November 20, 2019

10:55: My wife and I have been dealing with grief for the past couple of days. She has been sharing poems and videos about losing pets. This video of Jimmy …

13:22: We are looking through old photos of Lucy dating back to the first day she came into our home. We seem to have tons of photos since then. Poor Leo …

November 19, 2019

13:33: We just got ghosted by a new employee. Accepted the offer and said was looking forward to starting in 2 weeks. Never showed up on the first day and …

21:25: The first thing that comes to my mind when I see or hear the word abate is that it was the first word in the GRE Verbal word list. This memory is …

November 18, 2019

10:38: In the vets office on an emergency with Lucy 😢 Vet is running tests now. Fingers crossed that it’s not too serious.

12:38: Rest In Peace, dear Lucy 😭

14:14: This seems appropriate for today. 😢

18:39: We build our memories one day at a time without giving it much thought. Only when it is time to say farewell, we realize how much time we ended up …

November 17, 2019

09:49: What’s up with Discover not being updated since 4 days ago? I hope everything’s alright.

12:28: My mom’s favorite adjective is superb and she uses it liberally to describe my son’s achievements, our house plants growth, or the latest …

22:51: Oh man, I love For All Mankind. Apple has really hit it out of the park with Apple TV+

November 16, 2019

16:35: My son thinks he will die if he drinks beer before he’s 21. I’m neither confirming it nor denying it to him. I’m recording him saying it otherwise his …

18:29: Dinner

November 15, 2019

14:14: I’ve never openly waded into the murky waters of race relations although I’ve strong opinions on the matter. But let me try. For example, …

14:17: All this talk of a Bengal tiger and tea reminds me of my need to name my dog Tiger just so that I could hang up a sign in our yard - Beware of Tiger.

21:34: India lead by 343 runs at the end of the second day of the test against Bangladesh thanks to 243 by Agarwal. Never had India been so dominant in test …

November 14, 2019

14:42: It’s always fun to hear about and explain how things work in each others' neck of the woods. Culture can be fascinating to study as it seems to …

November 13, 2019

16:32: Able-bodied is a term that is used freely but often carries the implication that disabled people do not have able bodies. This may not be true since …

November 12, 2019

18:35: I have never managed to stay put in a place for a long time. I know some like to grow old in the place they were born but for me, getting away was …

19:56: It’s going to be a cold night.

November 11, 2019

10:05: One of the most underrated senses of your physical being - touch. Beyond the evolutionary necessity, it holds the secret of what it means to be human …

November 10, 2019

16:45: When we moved into our new campus during my architecture undergraduate years, each year was given the freedom to paint their studios and the hallways …

November 9, 2019

11:39: One of my favorite malapropisms is from the Sopranos - revenge is like serving cold cuts. So many layers to that one compared to the usual ones. I …

18:14: Home Depot Garden Center now has all self-checkout counters with giant screens. Somewhere immigrants are still being blamed for stealing jobs.

19:25: Alabama bites the dust at home. Great game though 🏈

November 8, 2019

08:01: Rohit Sharma hit a 43-ball 85 to crush Bangladesh in the second T20 to level the series. Sharma continues his form from the SA series 🏏

10:19: One of the scientific tidbits that fascinated me when I first heard about it and still continues to is that the light from a distant star may be …

17:24: We had our smaller bathroom remodeled recently. Demolished some outdated wainscotting, furr down, and an older cabinet. Changed out the tiles, …

November 7, 2019

12:48: One of the more frightening dreams I continue to have still involve me forgetting that I have not studied for a particular exam in my 10th grade and …

November 6, 2019

10:45: The hardest part of goals is not creating them but rather the daily job of trying to stick to them. Much like the goal of blogging every day 😀 …

11:23: Ugh! As with my Goodreads auto-posts, the new macro/micro filter will not work for my Blot posts unless I explicitly link to it on my microblog. I …

13:53: Who will be the first to quote Bohemian Rhapsody to use for 11/07’s MBNov word?

17:51: Did you know that men are less likely to select Don’t know as an option in a survey? One of the resesarchers we know tested it out with false …

November 5, 2019

11:43: As is the norm, street price is often used for cameras and related equipment. To me, it is remniscent of actually buying them in early 90s. This was …

14:40: Remember, remember, the fifth of November.

23:40: I love that Ok, Boomer has now gone mainstream. It’s the perfect retort to being called a snowflake.

November 4, 2019

10:26: Most focus on the average. But rarely does the mean, as it is commonly referred to in statistics, reflect the true value since extreme values …

16:10: Dunno about you but I’m loving The Morning Show on Apple TV+

November 3, 2019

11:06: Always keep a list of your flights of fancy. You never know when it is right for an idea whose time has come.

11:08: Wow! My brother will be handing over the Man of the Match award at the end of the India-Bangladesh T20 that’s currently going on. Bangladesh …

14:01: Lordy, my son just walked out after 36 minutes from a 2-hour music theory test. I better hope he doesn’t have his dad’s tendency to leave as soon as …

20:10: Reading Gretchen McCulloch’s emoji chapter in the excellent Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language and wondering if people of …

November 2, 2019

11:31: Let alone a dent in the universe, most of us are largely afraid of leaving this world without leaving a mark on someone’s life. Like the myth of …

11:45: I just transferred $11.04 so that my savings account would be a round number. Please send help.

November 1, 2019

13:52: The key to success is finding the right lock. In all my readings this year on finding a sense of purpose and meaning in my work, I realized that …

16:54: I’m guessing his campaign never got out of the Beto stage. Should’ve rerun for TX Senate.

18:46: Believe it or not, our first Friday Night Lights

October 30, 2019

07:09: I want Astros to win but I also wanted a Game 7. Mostly coz playoffs is the only time we watch baseball so more the better.

16:10: A 🤍 for dark mode.

17:32: It’s a strange day when Jack “I will not ban Nazis” Dorsey makes a sensible decision to ban all political ads from Twitter. He even …

October 28, 2019

13:31: Damn it, Apple. I bought noise cancelling headphones from Sony couple of months ago (they’re great BTW). I can’t afford to plunk down $250 …

October 27, 2019

12:43: May light drive away the darkness in your life. Happy Diwali from our family to yours.

17:09: …and kids, that’s why you stay in college so you can learn to tell the difference

17:44: A lovely afternoon spent at the Texas Book Festival. Promised ourselves to come down for both days next year. Lots of stuff for kids as well.

October 26, 2019

10:17: Actually it’s the perfect day for the circuit board on our furnace to break. No, I’m not being sarcastic. It’s beautiful out there.

12:58: One of the perks of being published in Nature. One year of magazine subscription for free.

18:36: Hey Dallas folks, we wanted a staycation over the Christmas break to basically chill and go museum-browsing and restaurant-hopping. What are good …

October 25, 2019

07:56: Last night in a span of two hours, it’s rained 5” in some parts of Austin but the strange part is that no more than 0.5 miles away, it rained less …

October 24, 2019

11:55: Provide a safe haven for Nazis and yet your stock drops 20% post-earnings. Gee, I wonder how that “free speech” defense is working out for …

18:21: Carved pumpkin on our front porch rotted and collapsed a week before Halloween thanks to the warmer temperatures earlier. _Now_do you care about …

October 23, 2019

07:08: If a rich Mormon Senator from Utah who was also a presidential candidate of his party has to use a secret Twitter account to voice his real opinions, …

October 22, 2019

06:58: 🏏 Dominating performance (3-0) by India against South Africa in the test series at home. Best of all, they won thanks to the pacers and not spinners, …

October 21, 2019

13:46: Since I’ve been complaining about the heat all summer, let me finally celebrate the coming of cooler weather. From the 10-day forecast, it seems …

October 20, 2019

17:31: The nearest branch of the public library that’s been closed for nearly a year is finally opening tomorrow 🙌🏽 The things we get excited by 🙃

October 19, 2019

23:18: Jose Altuve. Whatay guy! ⚾️

October 18, 2019

18:40: It looks like Yankees have figured out Verlander ⚾️

October 15, 2019

16:36: Flying out to Seattle tonight for couple of days on a work trip. I can’t believe it’s my first time there in all the years I’ve lived here.

October 14, 2019

12:48: Just noticed an Italian guy looking lost asking for spices from our neighbor across the street. Must be Columbus Day.

October 12, 2019

17:28: We were invited for our son’s friend’s baptism today. As we were telling (or trying to) our son what it means, we passed by the church where it was …

October 11, 2019

12:56: America tried to spread democracy and lost many lives. China spread authoritarianism in the U.S. without shedding a single drop of blood. You …

14:10: Just as I predicted, we went from summer straight to winter. It was 95° yesterday. It was 45° this morning.

October 10, 2019

20:00: The university’s inventory management sys.pref pane (LANrev) is still 32-bit so apparently, we can’t upgrade to Catalina 🙄

October 8, 2019

19:27: Catalina upgrade went pretty smoothly. No crashes yet. With all the changes, no one has mentioned not missing iTunes yet 🙃

October 7, 2019

13:51: I got the news that macOS Catalina was out via an email from EndNote, an app I no longer use, warning me to first upgrade the app.

18:58: Before I upgrade to Catalina. Adobe all the way down. This is also how Adobe gets you to finally switch to a subscription model. Also, Pukka 😕

October 6, 2019

10:08: Celebrating a year to the moment I related hard to this Indeed ad right down to that ‘whoo’ moment. Coincidentally, I’m using Indeed …

22:09: I’ve been blocked by John Vorhees (Macstories) on Twitter? Why? The only reason I can think of is that once I mentioned him (on Micro.Blog) …

October 5, 2019

12:52: Trying out the ultra-wide angle iPhone 11 Pro at a neighboring home’s Open House. @johnphilpin This is the one that I was talking about that got …

16:17: Spent some time editing photos in Lightroom on the iPad. I prefer doing it on the desktop but this wasn’t bad. Perhaps I should get a Apple Pencil for …

October 4, 2019

22:38: A few Moscow Mules and some Baileys. It’s been that kinda Friday evening.

October 2, 2019

18:31: 🔗 All they give is love

October 1, 2019

10:41: One of the things that I’ve used to manage stress at work is to journal the good and the bad moments. Typically, I use Day One which has the …

September 30, 2019

20:30: I know pivoting to video is all the rage but this is ridiculous

September 29, 2019

10:20: An abandoned rapidly-dilapidating house down the street was thankfully snapped up few months ago by someone who fixes and flips homes. But now that …

September 28, 2019

10:24: I’ve been watching Hinterland on Netflix, a crime drama set in Wales. At heart, it’s a show filled with sadness. I’ve rarely seen any characters …

12:36: I’ve never understood colleges building multimillion dollar state of the art stadiums and then playing marquee games in NFL stadiums.

14:38: We’re pretending it is fall even though the “feels like” temperature is 96°

17:41: Heartbreak for North Carolina. Great game against the No. 1 team 🏈

18:51: One of my favorites to make - dress-the-board steak

21:33: We were talking about how we haven’t been to Alamo Drafthouse in a while and how Regal has recliner seats that we prefer. We return home and I check …

September 27, 2019

12:02: 🔗 [Testing @burk’s Micro.linker shortcut ](https://burk.io/2018/siri-shortcuts-episode-9)

15:38: After blogging about accessing apps via Spotlight, my phone can’t find Instagram even though I have it installed 🤔

September 26, 2019

11:41: I tried setting up a filter to categorize all my ‘books read’ posts but realized that goodreads.com is its own feed so technically not …

19:39: When’s the deadline for apps to include Sign In with Apple? I just downloaded a new app that has a Sign in with Facebook and other option is to give …

September 25, 2019

17:31: It’s white flight all over again.

September 24, 2019

11:39: It looks like Austin is going to skip fall this year 😓

19:35: Ok. Done. So what does 13.1 have that 13.0 didn’t?

September 23, 2019

09:11: There’s no way to move a post from one microblog to another, right? Since I’ve two microblogs on here, I’ve sometimes posted to the …

15:43: New phone. New home screen.

18:30: Whoa! Have you seen the lyrics interface in Apple Music in iOS 13? Total karaoke feel. 🎶

September 21, 2019

11:10: Testing the wide angle lens indoors on the iPhone Pro

12:00: Does the sharesheet feature for Micro.Blog work for you? Whenever I tap it for a single photo in my Camera Roll, it briefly opens the new post M.B …

16:41: I was at the grocery store when my wife texted to add one more item to the list. She wanted to type 3lb bag. The phone autocorrected it to nag. She …

September 20, 2019

10:03: Upgraded to iOS 13. Giving Dark Mode another shot. I had disabled it after a few week on macOS

10:13: Why isn’t there an option on M.B web app from the Conversation view back to the spot in the Timeline where you came from? For now, I’m …

16:07: Based on my previous years' experience, I’ve now stopped expecting UPS to deliver my phone before 5pm.

19:54: Hello from iPhone 11 Pro

21:57: Maybe I was using Sign in with Apple ID wrong with Micro.blog but it asked me to pick a username after I did 🤔

September 19, 2019

06:54: The iPhone actually detects when it is on a tripod and changes exposure method so that light trails and movement can still be captured. 😳😮 From …

14:39: Nitpicking but complementary or complimentary? Also, PSA for Flickr Pro users.

15:00: I got an email from PayPal (was legit, I checked) that a device using Firefox had logged into my account. The email asked me to change my password if …

September 18, 2019

07:24: I’m the answer to life, the universe, and everything else years old today. But feel far from it. Here’s to one more revolution around the sun.

15:37: We replaced couple of vent fans in our bathroom and the drop in decibel level is astounding.

16:56: Cake time!

September 16, 2019

12:56: Not sure why people make fun of phones having multiple lenses when in fact, having a bag full of lenses is seen as something to be proud of if you own …

September 15, 2019

12:19: Anyone interested in the Moment macro lens (with phone case)? Fits iPhone X and XS models (and Pixel & OnePlus, I’m told). I’ve used …

September 14, 2019

12:51: Why did Apple switch to Roman numerals for just that one year? I still called it Ex.

17:52: Do you edit RAW photos you shoot on the iPhone in Lightroom on the desktop?

September 12, 2019

19:33: How would we pay for healthcare for all? Simple. Mexico will pay for it.

September 11, 2019

08:58: Considering you can shoot video simultaneosly from all four lens on the new iPhone 11 Pro, can you also take four photos simultaneously with one …

17:00: After I quit Facebook, some asked how do I remember my friends’ birthdays. I just wished my ex-roommate today via text. Some dates you never forget. …

September 10, 2019

09:32: Passing by the glass wall of a conference room, I saw a middle-aged man giving a lecture to students dressed in business formals; a rare sight on …

15:53: If you haven’t decided to donate your body to science post-death, this option is not bad either.

18:51: Settling down to watch the Apple keynote. No spoilers please.

September 9, 2019

12:06: You know fall is coming when colors start changing in your Instagram feed

September 8, 2019

11:40: Oh wait, my microblog is now two years old. Or it was a week ago. Glad I’ve gotten over keeping track of blogging anniversaries.

15:24: Apple Card’s cash-back reward doesn’t impress me. Here’s why. Apparently this issue with cashback rewards was only discovered until after Apple …

15:26: Ever notice in any TV show or a movie, how the person who is kidnapped always knows Morse code by heart whereas others interpreting his code have to …

16:41: So the Aussies retained the Ashes; first time on English soil since 2001. Good for them. Admittedly, Smith is something else. But for the rest of the …

September 7, 2019

10:23: For East & West PS. Links to Instagram photo.

12:11: Two potentially exciting college football 🏈 games this weekend - TAMU v. Clemson and Texas v. LSU. My alma mater 👍🏽 & my wife’s alma mater 🤘🏽

17:41: Sigh! It seems like Serena is never going to win that 24th title 🎾

September 6, 2019

13:54: Bear finally got the option to lock notes. Strangely, the iOS app is updated to have that feature but the Mac app doesn’t. I’ve written in …

22:13: The saddest ad is the one for Microsoft Surface that features a guy whose name apparently is Mac Book.

September 1, 2019

10:41: Academia can make for a weird working environment for non-academics. There actually was a discussion whether the usual Monday meeting on Labor Day …

12:16: Appealing to our baser instincts

August 31, 2019

09:18: Nothing is more telling of the times we live in when the platform that the President uses to cause wild swings in the stock market and foreign affairs …

11:24: I’ve heard plenty of such stories enough to offer a completely different name at Starbucks; more so after I was once called out as ‘Prick’.

13:20: Welcome to College Football where everything’s made up and rankings don’t matter 🏈

16:49: “Professional Organizer” (a la Marie Kondo) is the new “realtor” in the suburbs.

August 30, 2019

19:43: Treated myself to an early birthday present by getting this.

20:33: I had to dig out my SuperDrive to pop in CDs I got in response to an Open Records request I submitted to the U.S. Dept. of Education. I had expected …

August 29, 2019

18:21: In the rush to ditch capitalism for the world’s ills, why hasn’t anyone thought of ditching democracy instead?

August 27, 2019

12:18: The one homepage that needs a design overhaul the most is GoodReads. Man, what a messy and cluttered look it is right now.

August 25, 2019

09:31: I’ve been tempted to go back to Instagram; not coz of the likes but for the community I had on there. But I did make a big deal when I quit 🙃

August 24, 2019

17:25: A German-Tamilian beer?

August 23, 2019

10:24: It was fun reading Jared Diamond’s Upheaval. I am a big fan of his Guns, Germs, and Steel. The history of the six nations he presented in this …

15:26: companies are hereby ordered to immediately start looking for an alternative to China. Congratulations! Socialism is here.

19:34: My son got a stuffed toy from New Mexico. He called it Stuffy. That’s like a TV show with dragons calling one of them Drogon.

August 22, 2019

11:56: I recently finished Broadchurch Season 3. This season was more about ‘evil’ than the previous two.

August 19, 2019

12:37: Thanks to @Gabz for reminding me of this feature. It works on Mac OS as well if your photos are synced across devices. I used to love this on …

18:14: My son experiences frequent nose bleeds. They’re often massive enough to make a quesy person faint. “Let’s put a tampon up his nose”, suggested my …

22:47: Season Two of Sacred Games on Netflix was even more crazy and nerve racking than the first one.

August 18, 2019

09:11: You know your product’s design has failed when your users post a “story” that says, New Post.

16:47: After our last vacation, we decided to time our return for our latest vacation couple of days before the first work day. It worked out great. It gave …

August 16, 2019

18:04: Why O' why does Barack Obama use Facebook to share his summer reading list? Well, until he discovers the inde web, we’ve to hold our noses and …

August 15, 2019

10:53: End of our summer vacation and headed back to the cauldron that is Austin. School starts next week for the kid and life will be once again on a …

19:43: As part of watching the Bollywood movies we love with our son, we saw 3 Idiots today. He loved it and was ROTFLing. But it also brought up the topic …

August 14, 2019

13:50: Love the architecture in Santa Fe and its surroundings. Wonder if trapeze artists perform in the Santa Fe plaza, would they be called adobe acrobats? …

14:29: They’re going to leave a giant mess in terms of the economy for the next Democratic president again, right? We clean up, they mess up. Rinse & …

August 13, 2019

15:12: Red chili in New Mexican cuisine is the best. I can never have enough of it especially the adavado dishes.

August 12, 2019

14:42: We chose to take the scenic High Road on our way to Taos. When we came to the junction, my son asked, why aren’t we going where other cars were going. …

August 11, 2019

07:07: Off to New Mexico!

13:06: The first place we stop for lunch in New Mexico turns out to be the location for Henry Standing Bear’s ‘Red Pony’ bar in Longmire

August 10, 2019

13:04: Surmai (king fish) for lunch 🙌🏽

August 9, 2019

12:53: Since the university is a state agency, depending on our years of service, we can only carryover a certain amount of vacation hours every year …

19:46: We’ve been enjoying La Casa de Papel, the Spanish heist show on Netflix. We just finished season 1. Anyone here a fan?

August 7, 2019

12:11: A national experiment reveals where a growth mindset improves achievement, the Nature paper in which I’m a co-author is finally published 🙌🏽 …

August 4, 2019

08:32: I kinda liked this table until my wife said it looks like a giant iPhone and now I can’t unsee it.

10:41: I hadn’t worn my Apple Watch since morning and my first thought was, dammit! I’m not going to meet my Stand goal for the first time 💂🏽‍♂️

12:11: As soon as a BBQ food truck (Whitfield’s on South Brodie) opens up, news spreads quickly and lines start forming. We’re spoiled for choices in Austin …

17:43: You may remember this post about our dog Leo’s seizures. Anyway, he finally had a seizure in the middle of the night. But this one came after …

August 3, 2019

12:02: Our paper in Nature gets published on Wednesday. I’ll post the link when it does. Apparently, they have strict embargo deadlines. Our primary …

August 2, 2019

13:01: Mint asked me to reconnect to my Citi Card account. Did that. Turned out it added a duplicate account. So took care to see which one was the new one …

17:22: Me at the start of summer - Yipee! Less traffic in downtown. City of Austin also at start of summer - Imma gonna dig up half the roads in downtown so …

August 1, 2019

09:34: After nearly running over our 5GB monthly data plan (admittedly we were traveling for 9 days in that month), I reviewed the apps that used cellular …

22:38: Only one more episode until the series finale for Elementary. I’ve loved this incarnation of Sherlock Holmes. Lucy Lui as Watson was a master stroke.

July 31, 2019

19:21: I tried the ‘make text bold’ system setting on the iPhone. Nope, not a fan.

July 30, 2019

19:11: How HBO’s ‘Years and Years’ triumphed at personalizing a global sense of doom Dear TV companies, can we at least watch some TV without breathing into …

20:25: I’m down to the last 10% of Michelle Obama’s book and don’t want to finish it coz, one, I enjoyed reading it and two, I will not …

July 29, 2019

15:17: I’ve been listening to the Get Some Headspace audiobook by Andi Puddicombe while driving to work. But it may not be ideal for a drive since it …

July 28, 2019

10:12: To those who have been asked if it is your adopted dog, have you ever been tempted to answer, No, she’s my biological dog 🐶

15:48: Why are your credit scores set to refresh near the end of the month when your credit card balances are at the highest? One more week and it’s a whole …

20:16: Magic number is 90ºF. Below that and a sunny day, we consume less than we make via our solar panels. Basically, all I’ve to do is to look at our …

July 27, 2019

15:38: Part nostalgia part introducing my son to the movies I grew up watching and loved, we are watching Swades today. This is one of those rare movies that …

July 26, 2019

16:34: It’s been a slow and relaxing week at work with most people out on vacation. We go on another short vacation to the Land of Enchantment next door in …

21:23: Hey, I didn’t even realize I got this. Now I’ve all the pins. What’s next?

July 25, 2019

10:18: You were most likely affected by the Equifax breach in 2017. Don’t forget to claim at least $125. First check if your information was impacted …

July 23, 2019

18:18: I’m halfway through Michelle Obama’s autobiography 📚 and have reached the part where I first heard of the Obamas - the 2004 Democratic National …

20:01: Gah! Lost a close game of Prime Climb to the fam

July 22, 2019

13:45: I continue to be fascinated by one of my colleagues who uses the same slidedeck but customizes how and what he talks about it according to the …

19:32: Me after reading that they’re going to revise the U.S. Citizenship Exam - Shit! They’re going to ask how to brew an Americano. Me after reading the …

July 21, 2019

09:58: Excellent dinner at the newly-opened Comedor in downtown Austin. Salmon ceviche tostados, bone marrow tacos, and octopus in squid ink.

18:40: We bought and rewatched one of my favorite Bollywood movies, Dil Chahta Hai. Apart from being a very different movie at its time, I had seen it for …

July 20, 2019

12:16: He’s a good boy. Sometimes too good for his own good. cc @macgenie

July 18, 2019

17:58: It’s a fact that most global warming deniers hibernate during the summer.

19:58: This may be a perfectly good brand in Nordic countries but it always makes the juvenile me giggle. PS. it means penis in Hindi

20:05: Mindhunter on Netflix was a surprisingly compelling watch. Can’t wait for season two.

July 17, 2019

15:18: This morning, I was told I had an unremarkable brain. But it was by a doctor reading my MRI scans so that’s a good thing.

16:52: The popularity of the Face app, complete with roots in Russia, shows most people don’t care about privacy. Sigh! All for a cheap gimmick 😒

July 16, 2019

12:00: Once I say banchan, I can’t stop saying banchan. Banchan. Dammit!

July 15, 2019

20:05: Our 13-yr-old Westie mustered up enthusiam for a neighborhood walk today. Now she’s sprawled on the cool wooden floor panting her heart out …

July 14, 2019

10:32: Couple more wickets and we may have a match on our hands. Otherwise England is going to run away with it. C’mon, Kiwis! 🏏

10:52: And Kiwis have granted my wish. Bloody brilliant catch! England now 4 down and the hundred is not up yet. Stay the course, Kiwis! 🏏

13:02: Wow! A super over in the cricket World Cup after a tied match. What a game! 🏏

13:32: Heartbreak for Kiwis. I feel for you. By the narrowest of the margins, England win the cricket World Cup for the first time. 🏏

16:45: Read somewhere: Once you turn 40, you don’t have to set an alarm. Your worries will wake you up. 🤣

July 13, 2019

12:17: Had to repost the Independence Hall photo since it got accidentally posted to the main microblog instead of the photo blog. I never got to go in coz I …

July 12, 2019

13:15: The roast pork sandwich at Dinic’s in the Reading Terminal Market is the best I’ve had.

July 11, 2019

12:14: Dang! England won handily. Dear Kiwis, c’mon! Now it’s up to you to do the rest of the cricketing world a big favor. In return, you get to be World …

17:22: Today at Ed Summit: Listening to Jeff Duncan-Andrad’s hard truths about America’s race relations was refreshing. He recounted how his school Roses in …

July 8, 2019

19:29: Flying to Philadelphia tomorrow for an education conference organized by Angela Duckworth’s Character Lab. I’ve half a day free tomorrow so I plan to …

July 7, 2019

09:51: Next week might be all about cricket 🏏 but today it’s soccer ⚽️ with two major finals. First, the Women’s World Cup Final and later in the afternoon, …

11:31: The US women have this game nicely wrapped up ⚽️ And still attacking.

July 6, 2019

14:41: Will South Africa choke again like they usually do against Australia in the World Cups? We’ll find out in the next 8 overs 🏏

15:23: Hey @yorrike, ready for the semi-final? 😊🏏

20:16: I just realized that my first micro econ course was taught by Arthur C Brooks and he even wrote me a recommendation letter for grad school. For some …

July 5, 2019

12:35: Now that the semi final slots have been decided in the cricket World Cup, I hope anyone but England beats anyone but Australia in the final 😉 🏏

July 4, 2019

08:26: When tanks roll on the National Mall, Americans better shop at Banana Republic.

14:54: I just switched my newsletter service from Mailchimp to Buttondown. Thanks to many micronauts for the recommendation. Already love its clean …

July 3, 2019

21:19: The Peru - Chile COPA is insane in terms of speed and a much better game than yesterday ⚽️

July 2, 2019

19:19: Strange. I’m seeing a reply from @johnvoorhees in my notifications but nothing in my mentions. On his profile, it shows up as Posts for this …

19:31: I missed the US- England WC match but now planting myself on the couch for Brazil-Argentina COPA. ⚽️

July 1, 2019

18:08: Too bad Rihanna’s cheering on didn’t guide West Indies to a victory. But at least they seem to put more effort into it than India did against England …

20:09: I’ve seen plenty of Western media and people write Kahn for Khan. Case in point - this Macstories post that links to the Apple press release …

June 30, 2019

09:55: By the current state of affairs, India might lose their first WC match. Well, at least better now than in the semi-finals 🏏

June 29, 2019

10:09: The press box at Lord’s looks like a giant AirPod when seen from air. 🏏

13:00: Starting as favorites, now England is struggling to make the playoffs. Currently #5 in the rankings (top 4 advance), remaining matches are against …

14:06: Kiwis throwing away the match against Australia. First they let the sixth wicket partnership run amok and now frittering wickets away 🏏

20:57: We’re about to introduce Andaz Apna Apna, one of my favorite Bollywood comedies to my son. Slapstick, ridiculous, and full of memorable lines. I …

June 27, 2019

18:01: So Ive went 1099 from W2 today, huh?

18:06: When we migrate, we murder from our lives those we leave behind. 😢 So true. From Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West.

22:32: India-WI was quite the anticlimactic match today. After India’s lackluster batting performance, I thought we would’ve a fight on our hands but seems …

22:44: TIL that Elizabeth Warren was a research associate in the early 80s at the Center I’m currently working at.

June 25, 2019

10:40: Thanks to @canion and @jack’s conversation, I now realize that LR6 desktop version may not work in macOS Catalina? Is that true? 😫 I’ve …

17:58: What’s with these memes of public schools not teaching you how to do your taxes? It taught you to read and do math, right? Also, I moved to this …

June 23, 2019

18:15: I’m making steady progress on processing my DSLR photos from our vacation. I should be able to share them on my photo blog on here soon. I had to take …

June 22, 2019

12:36: A thrilling World Cup match between India and minnows Afghanistan. A bloody impressive performance by the Afghans but India managed to eke out a win …

June 21, 2019

08:37: “You look tense. Everything ok?” Me: “yeah, all good” (in my head: I’m in a building that has Oncology in its name and all the staff are wearing …

20:50: AT&T shows I used 600+ MB at 9am this morning. I’ve no idea how. In fact, I was at home having a shower at that time. I would’ve been …

20:54: The first work week after a long vacation is always crazy. I’m glad I survived it and all caught up (inbox zero and all that). But I cannot be …

21:11: Sometimes I think other sports should also have a West Indies team instead of individual islands/countries.

June 20, 2019

11:11: Work-Life Balance Is a Myth. Do This Instead. Agree. You can love your work or at least aspects of it and don’t have to feel guilty if you do.

June 19, 2019

18:14: Met up with my former work colleagues at the “end of the grant celebration” event. Although I left a year early, it’s nice to see the culmination of …

June 18, 2019

18:28: Riverdale was totally bonkers this past season. I mean, what the actual hell is going on. Yeah, I know…guilty pleasure and all that but we wait …

June 15, 2019

11:47: Sitting at the airport gate, I just took stock of the photos I took at Yellowstone and Grand Teton NP, I’ve 500+ on my DSLR and 400+ on my iPhone. …

16:05: When will Micro.Blog allow for photos within replies? I assume it’s a design choice and not a technical limitation cc: @manton

17:40: On a long layover at Denver Airport (with excellent WiFi). I’ve reached the limit of mentions that Micro.Blog displays in the native app so can’t …

June 14, 2019

15:57: Do you also vacation this way? My legs need another vacation.

16:01: We’re back in Mammoth Springs for the night on our last day of vacation. We fly home to Austin tomorrow and then back to the grind. Thanks for the …

June 13, 2019

08:39: Yo, Siri, please don’t show me ‘Going to Work’ shortcut so when I’m on vacation.

June 11, 2019

09:26: We’re spending 4 more days in the national parks; our longest outdoors vacation yet. Plenty of grand vistas, geological wonders, and hiking with the …

16:25: Hiking in the woods in bear country can be very stressful even when equipped with bear spray. I prefer a clear line of sight in case I see a bear. I …

June 10, 2019

19:19: It has been a fantastic three days so far in Yellowstone and Grand Tetons NP. Yes, we’ve been off the grid mostly (thanks to AT&T) but I’ve not …

June 6, 2019

18:34: I was still replying to work emails until my boss asked me to go home and start my vacation already! So deleted Outlook from my phone and am …

June 5, 2019

17:54: South Africa is struggling in this World Cup. Three losses in as many matches (why have they played 3 in 7 days?) If some team that has not won the …

21:27: We will be in Yellowstone on Friday. It’s going to be 95ºF in Austin when we leave and it’s expected to be 19ºF in Wyoming on Saturday. …

June 3, 2019

17:17: I haven’t watched the WWDC keynote yet. It’s not yet up on the Apple TV app yet. Watch the keynote first or read the posts/tweets first?

June 2, 2019

20:24: Parts Unknown S8E5 on Houston has to be the most ‘real’ America 30 mins on TV. Check it out on Netflix if you haven’t already. I miss Tony 😭

June 1, 2019

08:30: Progress on selectively moving my old blog posts to Blot has been slow. Only 50-odd posts have been moved so far from the nearly 2,300 posts. But then …

20:52: In the process of manually moving my blog posts to the new place, I found this post written a year after our son was born - nearly seven years ago. …

May 30, 2019

19:42: It’s Spelling Bee time tonight 🐝 I know everyone else is watching the NBA Finals.

22:34: At the end of round 17, eight spellers still remain 😳 Three more rounds and those still standing will be named co-champions. We just may have 8 …

23:09: And then they were 8 co-champions. Phenomenal. First-time ever in the National Spelling Bee.

May 28, 2019

09:57: How can school and university being closed for the summer reduce my commute this morning to downtown by nearly 30%? Are students commuting to school …

May 27, 2019

12:23: I worked out of a Coffee Bean nearby a lot when I was at my last job. With my new one, I stopped frequenting it. Last week, I learned via NextDoor …

May 26, 2019

16:31: When they said He is coming, they didn’t tell us he would be a Sytherin 😳 All hail Anna.

May 25, 2019

20:54: I know I shouldn’t be posting anything online after downing a full 750ml of Adelbert’s Tripel B but here I am.

May 24, 2019

17:08: Seen Game Night? Remember the scene when Rachel McAdams is trying to get a bullet out from Jason Bateman’s arm and gives him a squeaky toy to bite …

May 23, 2019

06:49: Shocking results in the Indian elections. But then again, I’m not surprised. Sigh!

12:09: Co-author on a paper in Nature ✅

20:47: I graduated exactly 10 years ago so the email prior to this one was like the nightmare you wake up from in a cold sweat. What’s going on out …

May 22, 2019

17:59: Among all this chatter about ‘spam’ on the timeline from supplemental activity elsewhere on the web, I wonder if my GoodReads …

May 19, 2019

16:56: Changed my username on Pinboard that I had since 2010. It’s part of my effort cleansing the Internet of a certain pseduonym that I used in the …

17:14: I wish more subscription services did this. I appreciate the direct link to the ‘cancel’ page. Emails like these I would appreciate.

17:27: The Cal Newport New Yorker article is now on Techmeme so @manton better expect a lot of sign-ups in the next few days. Hopefully some stick around.

May 18, 2019

11:24: I dunno, apart from ‘Roma’, I’ve found that Netflix movies lack that je ne sais quoi from being really good movies.

May 17, 2019

07:00: Sometimes I think the economy is too good for its own sake 🙄

May 16, 2019

13:06: The acronym for Free Universal Construction Kit is…

13:22: It’s Finals week at the university but there’re already a lot fewer students to be seen around. Campus is going to be a peaceful (and desolate) place …

19:12: The audiobook for Small Fry: The Lisa Brennan Jobs memoir is 12 hours long? That’s Sapiens level length.

20:38: In all the craziness that’s my life right now, ‘Kim’s Convenience’ on Netflix and ‘Superstore’ on Hulu are my …

May 15, 2019

07:00: I’ve been meeting up with my former work colleagues. Almost all of them are feeling that the work no longer feels meaningful but they love the …

17:05: When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure - Goodheart’s Law. Perfect example - Chinese phone cradle for boosting your …

May 14, 2019

19:49: Veep had the most fitting ending to the series. One of the best political shows; truly a zeitgeist for our times.

May 13, 2019

18:25: King’s Landing residents relieved that Daenerys didn’t have a private email server.

May 12, 2019

10:13: So far a riveting IPL Final between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings. Nearly 11 million are watching just on the streaming app 🏏

13:05: Whatay finish to the IPL as Mumbai beats Chennai by 1 run. 🏏

15:58: Filed under the category of “Did you really need that?”, I recently bought a vacuum sealer food saver thingie. Perfect to store & then cook steak …

May 11, 2019

11:23: As the primary season revs up, I’m reminded of an astute observation by a very wise person: Democrats fall in love. Republicans fall in line.

May 8, 2019

07:10: This explains the weird calls I keep getting from Sierra Leone.

18:58: These days it just doesn’t simply rain in Austin. When it does, it pours and floods.

May 5, 2019

08:53: Soooo…the winner of the Kentucky Derby was disqualified coz of interfering with other horses in the race and possible obstruction. This ‘horse …

13:33: And that’s a wrap on the regular season for IPL 2019. The Kolkata Knight Riders messed up big time by not qualifying for the playoffs that begin next …

16:10: Cognitive dissonance is often considered a failure of the human psyche. In fact, it is a vital asset. Had people been unable to hold contradictory …

17:46: As Facebook and Twitter has shown us, a million “Shakespeares” banging away at the keyboard has produced a monkey.

May 4, 2019

08:26: If the Indian & Indonesian elections with eligible voters upwards of 800+ million can wrap up in a month, why can’t the U.S. primary season have …

09:18: We’re finally going to watch Avengers tonight. We’ve been lucky to have not read or heard any spoilers so far. The kid apparently knows …

17:47: Reflection or not?

May 3, 2019

12:15: I use the Touch ID on the Touchbar so often now that I wish Apple sold a Magic Keyboard with one.

21:26: Phew! We got nearly 5 inches (125mm) rain in 3 hours ⛈ and we had to drive around for one of those hours ferrying our kid back-n-forth from a martial …

May 1, 2019

20:46: History is something that very few people have been doing while everyone else was ploughing fields and carrying water buckets. Yuval Noah Harari, …

April 29, 2019

13:37: I just managed to change my web address for my Flickr account after banging heads with Yahoo folks for over 5 years who had told me it was not …

13:54: Usually the city of Austin has a bulk trash pickup twice a year for items they you rather not put in the weekly trash. These neighbors down the street …

17:04: By Game of Thrones standard, no one died in yesterday’s 1.5 hour episode.

19:58: We always pay our credit cards in full. Accidentally, we underpaid our last statement on Discover by $0.49 and got hit with a $9.18 interest based on …

April 27, 2019

07:59: Live Photos are great for taking pictures of people who’re prone to blinking as soon as you click. You just scrub to find the frame where the eyes are …

08:37: Great spot for a wedding, right? Right off the National Mall

14:00: In DC, the US Institute of Peace is about 0.01% the size of the Pentagon. Not surprised 😝

April 26, 2019

12:13: View of Washington DC from the eyes of the African-American Museum

April 25, 2019

05:55: We’re flying out of the South Terminal at Austin. It’s strangely not connected to the main airport. It has a nice retro vibe to it including the …

16:17: We don’t have basements in Texas so the kid is damn kicked to see one finally. “Baba, there’s a whole house down here” 🤣

April 24, 2019

07:07: We’re in DC starting tomorrow and over the weekend for my sister-in-law’s wedding. Her fiancé wanted to take out all guys (a very small group) …

14:50: Does M.B. support IFTTT? I want to cross-post any photos I share on my photo blog hosted on M.B. to Flickr. I used to do it when using Instagram. …

14:55: I’ve been using Flickr since January 2005 and have more than 7,500 curated photos there. I finally switched over to the non-Yahoo-email sign-in …

April 21, 2019

08:49: I’m always in awe of @smokey’s weekly recaps. Each link to a micropost is at times a journey down the rabbit hole to an interesting conversation …

13:22: Whatay rollicking win by RCB over CSK. But all bow to the mighty Dhoni 🏏

April 20, 2019

13:57: There were 5 people waiting in line when I returned my ‘Lethal White’ ebook but the paper hardcover version had no waitlist 🤔

17:27: We are done with (hopefully), as Mint would know it, ‘Lawn and Garden’ expenses for this spring. At least the DIY stuff.

April 19, 2019

17:57: I’m no handy man but my son and I built this planter bed today to prepare for a better vegetable garden than we’ve had in the past.

April 18, 2019

07:05: Yay! Got our first power bill with a credit on it.

12:29: One of my favorite coffee mugs. I broke a similar one (but in white) that I had owned for nearly 9 years so had to get a new one. I violated the first …

April 17, 2019

10:57: I finally made time today to go for my long-overdue annual physical exam. The vital signs look good. Bloodwork results due soon. I like these visits …

16:36: Water (pond) plants are frikkin expensive! Got one water lily plant for $40 to replace the two overly grown ones we had until last winter. Photos to …

19:24: Iceland used to be the hottest tourism destination. What happened? I’ll give it couple of years more to recover before planning a visit

20:01: Regardless of the outcomes it produces at times, the Indian election system is damn impressive. Case in point -> Election workers in India traveled …

April 16, 2019

06:45: Ironically, railing against millionaires made Bernie one.

11:13: It has been a roller coaster of work-related emotions and activities over the last couple of weeks. Hopefully, it’s settling down now. I’m still …

16:48: I haven’t tried out Apple News+ yet. Coz I didn’t watch the keynote yet? My first ever miss since…I can’t remember.

April 15, 2019

06:55: Taking a cue from Cal Newport, I stopped making excuses and bought some lumber to build a planter bed. I’m involving my 7-year-old too so he can get …

18:34: Such a huge loss for architecture 😢 I regret not visiting Paris yet.

April 13, 2019

17:37: One is a preeminent newspaper that holds large organizations accountable. The other is an internet-based listicle-churning media organization. At …

April 12, 2019

12:19: I saw a truck emblazoned with the company’s name ‘Word of Mouth’. I don’t think they quite know how that works.

17:14: It’s been a long week so I’m just going to hang up my boots and drink a beer.

April 10, 2019

17:57: Thanks to @endonend’s post on adding pagination via custom themes and subsequently figuring out how to edit the footer, my photo blog is now as …

April 9, 2019

13:21: I’m listening to Cal Newport’s Deep Work audiobook on my commute to work these days. I have 5 meetings and am co-teaching a class today. …

April 8, 2019

20:29: Solar production was >38 kWh today. That means, long sunny days are back.

April 7, 2019

08:09: The ‘On This Day’ code by @cleverdevil is a perfect fit for a photo blog. With my Instagram archive (dating back to 2010) imported, it gives me plenty …

08:14: If only I could remove ‘Follow XXX on Micro.Blog’ from the footer and add pagination on the front page footer, my photo blog would be perfect. The …

10:22: I’m posting this to my Instagram today

17:17: Killing Eve is back today. Can never get enough of Sandra Oh.

18:49: This is the spiciest shit ever. You’ve to pan fry it in oil first and take care to bite it so that the back of your tongue makes first contact. Else …

April 6, 2019

09:26: In all the talk about text-based editors on M.B, Bear is hardly mentioned 🤔

10:39: Why even have cheerleaders in IPL? They don’t even lead the cheers (they face the field and not the crowd). Also, it’s only white women dressed in …

13:06: Alzarri on fire for Mumbai Indians - 5 wickets for 7 runs. Still bowling his last over. 🏏

13:25: Love the video feature on M.B. Although I don’t see myself using it, I’m loving what everyone else is sharing. How long before we get to see short …

15:22: For work-related related reasons, I’ve to list my top 3 achievements on why I’m an outstanding researcher with international recognition (only 1-2 …

April 5, 2019

14:17: I like our new fence more now that it’s stained.

15:49: If you have a second microblog on here, do your current followers see posts from that as well on their timeline? Anyway, my other mb is a photo blog …

17:13: Andre Russell hit 7 sixes and only 1 four in his 48 off 13 balls. Crazy finish 🏏

April 4, 2019

09:14: Now that I’ve two blogs on Micro.Blog, I think handling of multiple blogs could do with some work in terms of the UI. I struggled on figuring …

April 3, 2019

15:17: While downloading my Instagram archive, I noticed that the timeline on the web version of Instagram has no ads. Not one. Looks so clean and nice. The …

19:11: Sooo…how do you add pagination to your Microblog? I’ve a new photo blog on M.B. but can’t see beyond a set limit of photos. You can …

April 1, 2019

17:44: Just caught the highlights for Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Capitals. Whatay finish by Punjab. Delhi Capitals needed 23 runs from 20 balls with 6 wickets …

March 31, 2019

11:08: Back from an overnight camping trip with my son. His first ever. And he loved it! Although it got a bit chilly last night (47°F)

20:58: After considering Blot for my photo blog, now I’m leaning toward a second account on Micro.blog; mostly coz I can then import my Instagram …

March 30, 2019

11:50: Off to a YMCA family camping trip with my son. It’s his first time camping and he’s the one scared of bugs and such. Let’s see 🙃

12:23: Stopped keeping pollen count 😪

March 27, 2019

19:49: I’m always flumoxxed by how different Mint is on the phone and the web. Dividend payouts from my investment accounts show up on the phone app …

March 24, 2019

10:45: The ending of the Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders game was what my son expects IPL to be like. Better than the snooze fest yesterday 🏏

16:48: We got our first < $5 electricity bill last month since we installed solar panels.

March 23, 2019

08:22: I was updating the progress of the books I’m reading on GoodReads. Later I realized it was pushing all those updates to my friends. Ugh! Thankfully …

08:42: Watched ‘Cricket Fever: Mumbai Indians’ on Netflix to introduce my kid to IPL and now even I’m excited to watch IPL’s new season starting today. 🏏

09:52: We’re watching IPL on Hotstar’s online streaming service. Thankfully they’ve an Apple TV app. Right now, 6.1 million people are watching 😳 Of course, …

March 22, 2019

16:36: The front yard of a home few streets down

March 21, 2019

13:21: The bad part about being punctual is there’s no one around to appreciate it.

March 20, 2019

17:30: I spent 3.5 hours at the Toyota dealership today getting a software upgrade to fix a recall defect. Sigh!

20:56: Out at the park all packed in.

March 16, 2019

09:34: Deactivated my ‘primary’ Twitter account. I’ve no place for that kind of stress in my life right now since it doesn’t even add …

15:42: We visited a brick-n- mortar Amazon bookstore today. Surprisingly it was well designed. One distinguishing feature compared to other stores was that …

March 15, 2019

18:50: I’ve decided to not comment on or read anything about any traumatic event that happens in the world for at least 24 hours. That helps me keep my …

March 14, 2019

14:12: This news is going to make me sign up for paid Dropbox the next time I get a new phone or upgrade my iPad. Thankfully both are new.

March 13, 2019

20:07: Since Instagram is down, M.B (Sunlit) gets first dibs.

March 12, 2019

20:41: I’m getting spam calls from my own number 🧐

March 11, 2019

08:39: It looks like our live oak in the front yard sneezed off all its leaves last night.

March 9, 2019

20:53: New fence looks nice at night too.

March 7, 2019

10:23: We are having our fence replaced tomorrow. Mexico is not paying for that either.

March 6, 2019

21:31: After lunch, I spent some time here reading a book before heading back to work. Glad to see the sun and warmer weather after our first major freeze …

March 5, 2019

21:13: Haven’t we all been behind that one car that wants to keep a 10-car gap in rush hour traffic moving at less than 20 mph? Jeez, you’re not …

March 3, 2019

19:36: Bracing for our first real freeze for this winter over the next few days. In March nonetheless.

19:53: …or a feature?

March 1, 2019

09:50: The Fusion Drive is such a sham. Programs that you open intermittently take forever to open. I wonder how much will it cost me to change it to a SSD …

13:04: I now realize that most of the stats students that are taught about the bell curve must have never seen a bell in that shape.

21:12: Have you ever loved a book that you’re reading so much that you stop reading and walk away coz you’re afraid you’ll finish it too soon?

February 28, 2019

15:53: I finally gave up and bought a single-serve pod (I know, I know) coffee maker for my office. It can also use ground coffee. I used a …

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February 27, 2019

21:12: This edit reminds me of our ‘Rotring’ sketches in architecture school.

February 25, 2019

21:05: After working in the applied field of education research for a long time, it feels great to be back on the research side of things. It was one of …

February 23, 2019

10:49: Bought a pair of nice Vince boat shoes. No boat though.

15:01: Almost T-boned a truck that was trying to scamper though our green light. Screeched to a halt just inches away. The truck continued to scamper and got …

18:12: Everyone’s out having a nice day.

19:05: Today, we met up with a friend from our blogging days. We’ve known each other for 16 years but met in-person for the first time.

February 22, 2019

14:16: Taking a hint from Cal Newport’s latest book, I deleted my Twitter app from the phone. I’ve retained it on the iPad that I use mostly in …

21:06: It looks like the live oak ‘fall season’ is early this year. Our backyard is littered with leaves.

February 21, 2019

19:04: “Offer me a chance to contribute, and I’ll work hard on it, with focus, and once I begin to make progress, I’ll become passionate about it.” Perfect. …

February 18, 2019

10:00: Mint finally added support for Robinhood. So @smokey, I no longer have to make fun of towns in rural Georgia ;)

February 17, 2019

11:19: Yes, she’s still enjoying her Sunday sunspots.

11:25: A new IT guy in my wife’s office near downtown Austin quit after 2 days coz…the commute was too long. Wouldn’t he have known that before …

15:10: Picked up ‘The Consuming Fire’, the second in the series of the Interdependency by Scalzi from the library (thanks to whoever mentioned the series on …

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