Archive for May, 2006

Sooo busy… but not really.

May 31, 2006

Lot of stuff to write about, and maybe I will someday. Suffice it to say, Lockheed and I decided to part ways. It was a couple of weeks sooner than I would have preferred, but thems the breaks.

In more interesting news, Dilbert has finally started to tackle the problem of outsourcing to India. Now that Scott Adams has actually started making comics about it, I realise that this should have been done much earlier, given that one of the main characters is the (intern?) Asok (which should be spelled Ashok, but I digress). Anyway, if you haven’t read them, they started on Tuesday, May 30. You can read the first one here , then continue on the website.

No, no… I’m not leaving… yet

May 23, 2006

Just wanted to clear up a potential misunderstanding. I’m not moving back to India. It was just a suggestion my dad made, and I’m considering it. And even if ;I did, it would ;only be for a year while I work ;with him at his company. I think ;of it as a year-long internship, learning from one of the best business minds I know. ;It’s tempting, to be honest. Then again, I’m also tempted to become a full-time bartender for a while.

In all seriousness, I don’t know what I’m going to be doing in the short term. My lease runs out in 3 weeks, and I don’t want to sign a new one, because I don’t know where I’m going to be. I guess I can always get rid of it on Craigslist by transferring the lease. Either way, I’m exploring my options. I just hope some of those companies I’ve applied to get back to me soon. Personally, while I’d like to stay in the Bay Area, I wouldn’t mind getting a cool job in NYC.

Marathon training is progressing wonderfully. Since I only ran thirteen miles ;instead of twenty last week in Houston, Sheetal suggested I run the full twenty-miler this past weekend, because that long run was essential to my training. Since she’s run ;four marathons successfully, I listened to her, and I’m glad I did. I can’t say I enjoyed running for over four hours, but I am now convinced that I’ll be able to finish my marathon. Hell, I might even make my goal time of 5:30. Suffice it to say, I was a very proud man on Saturday afternoon.

Wow, I just realised… I’m twenty-five, and I’m still not used to referring to myself as a man…

Err… I mean, as opposed to referring to myself as a boy. ;Why? What were you thinking?

*edit* One benefit of going to India for a year? Since I’ll be in Baroda, I won’t have jack to do on the weeknights, so I’ll be able to catch up on all my games.

*edit 2* Wow . Just, really… wow .

Hidden Messages and Some Music

May 18, 2006

I was watching the season finale of Prison Break last night, and I heard what I thought was a very creative method of in-show advertising. One of the escaped convicts is attempting to hotwire a car, and he’s talking about how he used to do this all the time. “Now, if you get an Acura, or one of those Chinese cars, then that’s a different story. Steering wheel, computer chip… but this is easy.” I paraphrased slightly, but that was basically what he said, and he was obviously trying to steal an American car. I just thought it was really funny.

One of my favourite computer games of all time is a role-playing game called Planescape: Torment , and I’ve always believed it was one of those games that could be used as an example of why electronic entertainment can be considered art. It had one of the most engrossing stories ever, and was one of the few games that could actually be called “thought-provoking”. It didn’t sell nearly as well as it should have and is hard to find now, but you should play it if you ever get the chance. Anyway, the soundtrack for that game is freely available here , and I highly suggest you check it out if you like good music in that genre. ;They essentially created short themes for all the major game characters and locations, as well as for a few specific events that happen in the game, so every piece is under two minutes in length. Some of it sounds quite … contemplative, and all of it is very well done.

*edit* Speaking of cool things, check out the Evolution of Dance . Try to remember how many of these you tried.

*edit 2* Another funny link , especially for those of us who’ve ever had to interact with technically… challenged people.

I’m who, now?

May 16, 2006

Funny story… the BBC was scheduled to interview a computer expert and ask his opinion on the Apple vs Apple verdict. Turns out, they actually interviewed a minicab driver who was there to apply for a job. There’s a video of the interview linked in the story above, and the look on the guy’s face when he realises the mistake is priceless.

And yet another movie trailer parody

Ah, Houston

May 16, 2006

Visited the Birthplace this past weekend for my sister’s graduation ceremony. She’s not technically done with her coursework yet, but she decided to walk now instead of next year. It was also Aashna’s second birthday party on Saturday, making two celebrations in one day. Great fun was had by all. I’ll try to post a picture of her on the blog, if only so that people can see how good-looking my relatives are.

Saturday was supposed to be the big marathon training day – a brutal 20 mile run. Unfortunately, because of the heat, I could only manage around 13 before having to go inside. The bad news is, my 16-miler two weeks ago remains my longest training run, so I haven’t gotten the best possible training for the main event. This means that when I do the actual 26.2 on June 4th, I won’t hit the proverbial “wall” so much as I’ll crash into it. The silver lining is that the 13 miles felt pretty OK, which is important because I was running on the roads outside my cousin’s place, and I’ll be running on roads in San Diego. The keys for me will definitely be
1) Take it really slow on Race Day.
2) Hit every water and Powerade stop.

To tell you the truth, I’m actually excited about it. ;Anyway, the plan is, Mom and I will drive down to San Diego on Friday June 2, then drive back after the race on the 4th. I should be done with the marathon by 12:30p (six hours), so we can get a good lunch and leave early afternoon, aand hopefully get back home before it’s too late Sunday night. Then probably a half day at work ;on Monday.

Had a good discussion with dad regarding the direction my career is (or should be) taking. I now have another option to consider in case I don’t find a new job soon enough, though I’m not too sure how much I’d like moving back home. If my life is dull and boring here, it would be doubly so back in Baroda. *shudder*

In other news, I made an impulse purchase today. In less than three hours, I’ll be taking possession of a used PlayStation 2, along with ;three games (only one of which I want) for the low price of $75, cash. Given that a new system would cost $130 (plus $20 for the game), I think I made out OK. The biggest upside though, is the number of games I’ll be able to try thanks to the magic of game rentals. ;Fun times ahead…

Marathons

May 3, 2006

Saw my first marathon this past Sunday, down in Monterey . It was quite interesting, and got me more psyched for my own misadventure in five weeks ;(which I officially registered for during the Big Sur marathon Expo on Saturday). I also purchased an actual running shirt and shorts , as well as some gel . I actually got to use all three of these while doing my long training run on Sunday night. Sixteen miles. That’s a 1 followed by a 6. As in, three miles more than a half-marathon. This was the very first training run where my legs actually hurt at the end. In fact, even during my cooldown walk, my legs were aching. But I did it. Now I have a 20 miler on May 14th (which is when I’m Houston… lovely), and then it winds down until the actual race on June 4th. I’m excited…

Work’s been pretty slow lately. My motivation isn’t helped by the fact that my cubemate plays Myst on his laptop because he doesn’t have any work to do either. Ugh…

Also, I’m actually considering staying at LM for another year or so. Reason? The World Cup . It’s probably going to be my only chance to actually go to an event like this, and it’ll be really hard for me to get 4 weeks of vacation less than a year into my new job. Definitely a tough decision…