Excursions by Amit Gawande

Clouds can spread gloom - but the rain that follows brings out all the colourful umbrellas. The time’s always cheerful.

Sat, Jul 20, 2019 thoughts

Every now and then, I spend some time selecting that one good wallpaper for my lock and home screen. And it never is easy. Recently came across this wonderful app - Vellum which has some great selection of wallpapers. I know this is a personal preference, but a nice little app.

Sat, Jul 20, 2019 thoughts

Apple also wants to serve exclusive podcasts now. This recent craze of everyone coming up with their own exclusive content - movies, shows and podcasts now - is really nonsensical to me. Netflix and Amazon started it with their original content and, although arguable, achieved some moderate success.

However, we are already seeing trends - if Netflix’s recent quarter’s earnings are any indication - of people losing interest. One reason I believe (and suffer from) is the sheer quantity of the content available to be consumed. After all, there is only so much time a person can spend glued to their screens- in addition to the time he already spends scrolling through the unlimited stream of bite sized posts.

As I had argued earlier, podcast is not a light medium for consumption. It is not music. It is not audiobooks. It is a medium known for culturing the relationship with the listeners over years. Listeners choose whom they form that relationship with by subscribing to a podcast.

And they are already weighed down by the choices they have to make.

Fri, Jul 19, 2019 podcasts opinion

Do people use cases or covers for their smartphones? I am always split — keep the perfect weight and feel of the device or keep it safe (or at least convince oneself that it is). And then there is that decision of military grade or thin or ultra thin cases even if if want one. I can never make my mind what exactly what I want.

My old SE could bear the military grade protection. The larger devices just can’t — they become too bulky. Super ironic.

Thu, Jul 18, 2019 thoughts

We had a nice little family dinner at a cozy, laid-back barbeque restaurant. It was evening full of delectable food, soothing music and lots of laughter & chatter. Plus some learning 😬

Tue, Jul 16, 2019 thoughts

So I finally jumped the ship - upgraded to iPhone XR from SE. As much as I liked the smallwe form factor, it was always tempting to use and find comfort with the larger screens of all the available screens around. And just a couple of hours in, I see why these are preferred 🧐

Tue, Jul 16, 2019 thoughts

The ICC World Cup deserved a better end than what played out on Sunday between England and New Zealand. All the debates and controversies around the match marred what was a very well fought match. It soured what England achieved and left New Zealand with lots of ifs-and-buts 🏏

Tue, Jul 16, 2019 thoughts cricket

India's loss in World Cup Semi-Final 🏏

So India lost to New Zealand in Semi-Final of the ICC world cup 2019. I have some thoughts.

  1. It’s heartbreaking as hell. Almost at a level of 2003 Final defeat to Australia.
  2. Fact that India lost doesn’t make it a bad team. They had a couple of shortcomings — all surfaced together at the most inopportune phase of the tournament.
  3. India had a light middle order, fear was top order failure would be challenging for them to handle — exactly what happened.
  4. You can’t call yourself the champions as long as you keep depending solely on your top 3 and bottom 3 players for majority of the matches. It was always risky going in. There are no bowlers who can bat or batsman who can ball. Something that 1983 and 2011 WC winning Indian cricket teams have in common.
  5. Players like Sachin and Sehwag and Yuvraj and Raina who could always spring a surprise and give you a wicket - in addition to the runs they score - were dearly missed.
  6. Specifically this match was a series of wrong choices - review lost unnecessarily on the first ball. Tweaking of the settled bowling unit, and also the team towards the later part of the tournament. Dhoni’s batting position, especially after early wickets - he had to have walked in at 5/3.

Anyway, all said and done, India remain a very good cricket team. They need to work on the middle order - identify those players who bring in a secondary skill. They haven’t lost any respect — it’s a sport afterall. For someone to win, someone’s to lose.

Wed, Jul 10, 2019 thoughts cricket

This ICC Cricket World Cup is of One Day International (ODI) cricket — one day. Deciding finalist via a two-day match just doesn’t make sense - plus it isn’t fair to either side. But then it is the price to pay for scheduling one in England 🙄🏏

Wed, Jul 10, 2019 thoughts cricket

Came across this essay on how it is never too late to be successful and, hence, happy. It made me wonder what exactly is the relation between success and happiness? What leads to what? I continue to believe success is subjective, happiness, the state of mind.

Tue, Jul 9, 2019 thoughts

It’s good to be back to a healthy lifestyle. For past few months, my routine had been completely screwed, plus I had a mind full of stuff. Eventually, it was the health that got neglected. No control on what I eat, minimum exercise. That does not bode well for one’s spirit.

Fri, Jul 5, 2019 journal update

If you have watched or are watching the Chernobyl series, you just can’t miss the companion podcast where the creators talk about the show. It is absolutely fantastic - thanks @Bruce and @vasta for recommending it. Makes me wish every show out there had such a podcast.

Fri, Jun 28, 2019 thoughts

I wish there was a clean Micropub client which could handle long form posts - especially saving drafts. I usually use the self hosted Micropublish instance for notes, likes etc as I prefer the interface. But not for long form which Quill does handle better. However, it just isn’t right.

There have been times - like now - when I think I should just attempt to create one Micropub client focused primarily on long form posts. My needs are simple - a clean, distraction less interface to write. Support local drafts. But then had to stop myself and wonder, may be there does exist such option out there which I just am not aware of?

Fri, Jun 28, 2019 indieweb micropub

With Ive gone, will we see Apple embracing more colors in their designs - especially hardware? Choice of monochrome, aluminum look for all products is getting boring. I wish we start seeing some bold choices — somewhat similar to what we saw with software recently.

Fri, Jun 28, 2019 apple opinion

I started watching Chernobyl this week — 3 episodes in and it has already made me realize how grave the effects of the disaster was. I went in without any idea what the show is about. So, I just wasn’t ready for the hard-hitting aftermath it started with. But am hooked.

Fri, Jun 21, 2019 tv comment

Ah, the hype that was created all around the cricket match of ICC World Cup - India vs Pakistan - by the media has worked on me. I may stay hooked up to the live telecast now. And then there are invites to the group events. Just can’t avoid the craze 🏏

Sun, Jun 16, 2019 thoughts

With my daughter and iPad as a platform growing up together, it is becoming difficult to have a single iPad in our household. It’s becoming my device of choice and it already is so for her.

Sun, Jun 16, 2019 thoughts

After a long time, our whole family visited the movie theatre to watch The Secret Life of Pets 2. It was a nice fun outing - I have never seen my daughter chuckle so loudly in a theatre earlier. And that itself was an enjoyable experience for the rest. Plus we had popcorn🍿🎥

Sun, Jun 16, 2019 thoughts

I finally watched Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse - boy it’s such a fun movie. A fresh premise for a superhero flick with Marvel’s signature fun way of storytelling - meaningful character arcs and lots of humour. Plus the animation makes me curious about comics too now 🎥

Sun, Jun 16, 2019 thoughts