Apr 29, 2006

Paul Graham Eats Breakfast, Afterall!

Yes I am an eye witness to that but before I could whip my camera out, he sat down with his bagel and a cup of, I guess, coffee. So, here is the truth ppl - Paul Graham eats his breakfast, even in auditoriums that say "NO FOOD OR DRINK" on every wall.

I attended Startup School today, with my friends Lax & Arun. It was worth every cent of what I payed to fly down from Seattle (no, I don't work for Microsoft). That reminds me of a guy who was sitting behind me today. I over heard another person asking him where he was from and he said "Seattle". Then he hesitantly said "Well, actually, I work for Microsoft" and got a "oh okay" as response as if he had said he is a contract killer or something. Considering the crowd cheered enthusiastically with audible giggles, much to the surprise of the speaker Ann Winblad, when she said that Microsoft's share price dropped by large percentage few days ago, he was probably right in being hesitant. (Ann, I think, was trying to show how tough it is in software business now - with the 'consolidation'... her shoulders jerked in surprise when the audiance clapped)

The Google guy Chris did a wonderful job. I follow Google and anything Google with fervor like most of you do, but his speech did make Google's image go way up in my mind. Since he raved about Google the whole time, audience punished him by asking the equivalent of the toughest interview question 'whats the worst thing about you?'...ie.'whats the worst thing about Google?'. His eyes popped a little bit but he did field that very well by sorta beginning to complain about the enormous size and ending up bragging anyway about how well they are doing despite. Hmmm. A tip that might come handy in my job interview.

Flickr co-founder made the crowd crack up by referring to the conference as PG as Paul Graham apologized for saying 'hell'. So she only said fu* :-) I hope she was also punning on the abbreviation of Paul Graham's name. May be not.

Needless to say, Paul Graham was amazing.

Do hear all the podcasts of this day. It will be very instructive as it was for me. I am not going to give you the gist of the conference or anything. Hear the whole thing dammit. I can't believe you passed up the opportunity to attend this in the first place!

Oh you say you were rejected? Well, my friend Arun was "rejected". Jessica had emailed a link after my "acceptance", to confirm that I will be coming. I used this to insert Arun too. I guess at some point they ran a cross check and removed his name. I guess they'll be giving printable e-tickets with bar codes next year :-D Anyway, Arun got in. When I applied, I was thinking that I'll do a hunger strike in front of the conference hall if they rejected me. Serious. Yeah I am telling you again - if you didn't come, you missed a lot - at least get something from the podcasts.

BTW, I am typing this offline as the net cnxn in my hotel room is not working. So I dunno if there are other blog posts about the Startup School already. Also I am not gonna give you any links. Go Google urself.

As an icing, the weather was glorious at Stanford and we had (+have) rented a convertible. No jealousy plz - we are from Seattle.

Apr 26, 2006

Vancouver, BC

Spent the last weekend in Canada with Gopi & Lakshmi.

the group...

toasty sun... can't beat it.

holding up some snow...

...which is already there...

and, of course, the shadow...

frying head and freezing ass...

the march in april...
did some thinking too...

how can we miss the capilano?

trekked up

i trekked all the way. victorious at the top!


Yeah... unfortunately I can... well, if can't...

Apr 19, 2006

Mundane Stuff

Lots of mundane stuff, everything from filing the taxes to work deadlines have kept me occupied in a bad way for a while. Also, several small incidents and thoughts about the future have impacted my cheerfulness index a bit. Nothing to worry about though. I am still bouncing back but definitely on my way.

Now that you know the reason, you also know that you should come back soon :-)

Apr 17, 2006

Apr 9, 2006


Its time you had a look at this:

Please remember that it is a work in progress.


I just felt like watching a nuclear explosion.

Myth 'Bust'ers

First let me give you a link to look at:
Kari, the Myth Busters HOT chick with an amazing smile (opens in new window)

Of course I love Discovery's MythBusters for more reasons than that :-)

I am watching an episode right now. They just busted the 'Water Bottle Rocket' myth. Its so cool to see how they analyze, build stuff, work, collide trucks and blow up stuff. Never fails to bring a smile - often a grin. Once they made two trucks collide Matrix style ('Car Pancake' episode). Wow! You hear their evil laugh when something unexpected happens - like they did with a water cooler bottle today? Yeah, I can totally relate to that.

Just a cool programme!

Apr 6, 2006


No real post today. Here are some pacifiers, though :-)

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Apr 5, 2006

Appreciating Life

You know how you take something for granted only to lose it and then realize its value? It is sleep's turn this time. I am "on-call" for work - I slept at midnight; they woke me up at 00:30 - I stayed up till 02:30; slept again, only to be woken up at 03:30 - this time unnecessarily. By the end of it, I felt like a prisoner tortured by being woken up often and asked to state the name and number while facing a glaring light. I had unnecessarily (or not-so-necessarily) stayed up nights prior to that. Yesterday is when I finally got to sleep well after almost a week. 4 more days of on-call support to go. Hmm. Fingers crossed. How enjoyable sleep really is!

The main reason I didn't want to become a doctor was because I thought they get woken up all the time to deal with emergencies - and they have a moral obligation to not decline. Well, my situation now doesn't look too much different :-) Consolation is that 4 more days ( & nights :-( ) to go.

Anyways, here are few UTubes for you that I enjoyed recently:
Self-replicating repairing robots
Comment-rant by a kid
Vaada En Machi, Vaazhakka Bajji <- Tamil audience special :-) (tx2dinesh)

Also, I read this when I needed it the most. Check it out. tx2reddit
("Five things likely to make you happier in the short term")

Apr 2, 2006


Well, for the past few days my body has run mostly on coffee. Yesterday night is when finally sleep won the war.

As a result, dailyben.com got some protein. So did KickAssWeb - a pet project. Reading 'When The Market Moves, Will You Be Ready?', 'GTD' & 'The Monk And The Riddle'.

Enjoyed this video clip today (a girl & Zaheer - tx to Gopi.C). But I am told that this is quite old. I found the sequence beautifully natural and adorable. Oh yeah! I saw 'Ice Age II'... do I have to say what my opinion is? (clue: I loved it)

Disappointed by Google :-( Apr 1 being their birthday and everything, I was hoping for a bold new thing from them... like an OS may be :-)) Now my GOOGs are just trading sideways. I reach for more coffee...

I should say 'fooled by Google'. Dammit! And their dating-site prank was, lets just say, "unimaginative". Anyways, I called up my friend and left a message saying the cops caught me for DUI. I asked her to come get me. She says I got only her husband ;-) ( Apparently, he went "Oh shit!" and then on realizing, "Let him rot in jail" :-D )

Do you have this compulsive feeling to balance paranthesis even in ordinary sentences and feel like escaping ur smiley as ":-\)" so that the final ')' won't make it ":-))"?

And yes, the next stock market game is on. Join up!