Excursions by Amit Gawande

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

It’s been around two months now that we’ve no television at home. And surprisingly I do not find it painful. Sure, I could use the larger 40+inch screen on my wall for shows and movies — but the cable is not something I or my family has been yearning for. It’s no longer a must.

Fri, Jun 14, 2019 thoughts

A great overview from @viticci on iPadOS. Looks like this is the beginning of a bundle of iPad specific features - something the powerful Pro hardware was screaming for sometime now. It’s promising that Apple has shown that it is aware.

Fri, Jun 14, 2019 thoughts

I have read reactions to WWDC from many folks now. And almost each one of them has found a different thing to be extremely exited about. Tells you Apple delivered a blockbuster one this year. So many groundbreaking announcements — loads of promises and busy summer for devs.

Tue, Jun 11, 2019 wwdc thoughts apple

Watching Agents Of Shield, the series is surprisingly good. Initial few episodes were ok, but it has grown on me towards end of season one. Low expectations of mine - thinking it is just an attempt at milking the Avengers craze - did help. Look forward to more of these agents.

Sun, Jun 2, 2019 thoughts

It’s been crazy times recently. Times with changes abound, changes in every facet of my life. At work. Off work. Renovation” is a possible connotation for change - inherently positive, may be. But one can’t be afraid of change and still sign up to renovate significantly.

Tue, May 28, 2019 thoughts

When people declare on Twitter they would be at some place in town and are open for a meet, are they looking forward to meet strangers? Don’t think Twitter’s a network of people you know in real life.

Mon, May 20, 2019 thoughts

I do not understand this narrative of folding phones being the smartphones of future. Why would you carry a device which is physically more prone to damage, is a lot less comfortable to hold in all dimensions — and I believe a lot less useful too, both folded and unfolded 🤔

Tue, Apr 30, 2019 thoughts

A hot Sunday Summer afternoon is well spent with the whole family over a game of Dobble. Lots of teasing, lots of fun, lots of laughter. Don’t think there’s any better way to beat the heat.

Sun, Apr 28, 2019 thoughts

Are podcasts wasting our time?

Chris Richards, putting his perspective through, does kick a hornet’s nest. Something even I have done earlier.

I’m against podcasts. I think they’re tedious and samey and sedative, and when I’m feeling especially cranky, I consider them an enemy of music. Most podcasts are conversations for people to eavesdrop on — recorded talk that precludes real-life talk about real life with zombie talk about podcasts. Also, I like music. With all of the world’s unheard songs beckoning us with their endless mystery, why would anyone choose to waste their precious listening hours on a podcast?

Yeah, the topic is a pretty polarizing one. Most vocal voices on online forums may not agree with the Chris’s perspective. I myself believe this medium of entertainment or infotainment” needs some control to make it useful. As I had quipped earlier.

I hate podcasts, because the medium is demanding. It demands so much time from me, demands focused attention to follow along. I wish I didn’t find them so damn useful to keep giving in to the medium’s demands.

Yes, I have put some measures to not let podcasts be the static noise in my ears all the time — voices and perspective of others on everything. But the reason for that isn’t that I do not like those voices. Or the fact that they don’t sound good”, as Chris seems to argue.

I disagree. On the contrary, I believe they sound too good, too polished for my liking. I feel the recent interest in the medium from all the big production/media houses has brought in a lot more investment and so the production chops. The medium does not need that. I tend to stay away from all these new shows.

Anyway, for me, the reason that I put restriction on the amount of time I allow podcasts is simple.

I have lately felt hindered by the time I am listening to the same repetitive thoughts from other people on podcasts. Experts talking about, dissecting, the tech news. Or blabbering about something I would not be interested in typically.

I have realized the measure I had put in place to limit the medium has worked well for me. I listen to music more. I listen to the audiobooks more. Are they better at not wasting” one’s time? Now that’s purely subjective.

Wed, Apr 24, 2019 opinion podcasts

Managed to book tickets to Endgame — boy, the craze for the movie is off the charts. In recent times, I’ve avoided the frenzied rush to the theaters. But I had to catch the end of this saga in all its glory with its most ardent fans, myself included. I join the frenzy, hence.

Wed, Apr 24, 2019 movies marvel

I am done binge-watching all the seasons of Brooklyn 99 - it was a refreshing time-out at the end of a work day. I am back sifting through the list of the shows recommended here earlier. I started Sherlock and How to get away with murder again. I may stick with later.

Mon, Apr 22, 2019 thoughts

Publishing to the open web

I read this note from Dave Winer on state of publishing on the open web. The first part reads like a fact.

It’s too hard to publish something to the open web. It has to be available as simple content. Not rendered inside a commercial template.

Sure, I agree with this. Publishing on web is a need of time, every person with some access to the internet wishes to post his thoughts and pictures online. More often in closed groups — like Whatsapp, iMessage, Messenger etc. But then also on easily accessible and free services - like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc. Highlighted aspects are important.

Technically it’s a very simple problem, actually. And the raw serving capability is dirt cheap. But it needs a corporate entity to run it.

It is those highlighted aspects that makes this a tricky problem. From the demand’s perspective, those aspects are of a lot of importance. Majority of the people are neither ready to spend their energies nor their money for the ability to post online. Open web currently fails to address both at the same time. Accessible solutions aren’t free. Free solutions aren’t accessible.

So the supply, mostly from the corporate entities, then caters to just those demands, bringing along the price for serving it.

Mon, Apr 22, 2019 open web opinion reply

Missed a great innings from MSD yesterday — boy, the man can do anything. He has his own style of working a game of cricket. Sure, it fails to click every now and then. But he has got a signature method for handling the pressure. Calmness personified. #IPL2019

Mon, Apr 22, 2019 cricket opinion

I believe Indian selectors went with the safe options, calm heads over fireworks, while selecting the cricket World Cup squad. Most of the team picked itself - selection of the couple was going to be tricky, whichever way the decision tilted. Overall squad looks fine though.

Mon, Apr 15, 2019 thoughts

Do people use Anti-virus software, especially on Windows? I never used one on Mac, but since moving to Windows, that is one aspect I am pretty split on. I have been primarily using Windows defender, but every one around suggests that might not be enough.

Sun, Apr 14, 2019 thoughts

I realise I have a very different taste in music than majority of the people out there (or so I am made to believe). I enjoy none of the global trending/top songs, most of them are hip-hop/rap. I am surprised that’s the genre people groove to the most.

Fri, Apr 12, 2019 thoughts