Night Snowboarding @ Sundance

We went snowboarding for the first time this season. This is the first time I've hit the slopes after 5pm. It wasn't bad at all, the lifts were empty and the slopes were free. 

Too bad I don't know how to snowboard well enough, because I kept falling on my bum. Yoshi hasn't figured out if she is regular footed or goofy footed and she kept trying both, hope she hasn't confused her brain beyond repair. 

I'm excited to go again soon. Maybe this time I'll get those damn toe turn to work without destroying my bum.

LaTeX on Mac OS X

I used LaTeX when I was in school to create reports, presentation (using beamer) and even sometimes class notes and assignments. Recently when I was looking for a presentation program in Linux I was crestfallen by the lack of polish in OpenOffice Impress. So I created my presentation for the Salt Lake Linux User Group in LaTeX and it looked professional (nothing surprising there).

But that was created on my tiny Netbook running Meego. I wanted to make some edits to it with my wife's MacBook, so I started looking around for LaTeX on Mac. I found MacTex which completely took me by surprise, because the download size of the MacTex package was 1.6GB and the installed size on the computer was well over 3GB. It took me a good one hour to download, install and configure that thing. Seeing the 1.6GB zip file getting downloaded made me realize how much work has gone into LaTeX which I've always taken for granted.

I bow before thee LaTeX. 

Happiness .....

My wife and I were in Burlington coat factory today and she finally found a pair of gloves that fits her stringent requirements. Her joy knew no bounds. I've never seen anyone so truly happy. She has been wearing them since we got out of the store and haven't taken them off. Its been more than 4 hours.

Reminds me of the time, I got my first bokken and carried it around everywhere. It was with me at all times, I had it while I was eating, playing, computering, walking around aimlessly etc.  I even remember the threats she made if I brought the bokken with me to the bed and how I promptly ignored her and paid the price. Good times...

Shopping for India Trip

I'm getting ready for the India Trip in January and it is one hectic process. I'm getting all these gifts for my parents, brothers, cousins, uncles and the list keeps on growing. Perils of having a large loving family. One of these days, I'm going to make enough money to get all of them the gifts that I really want to give. 

One of these days....

Hands on Intro - Git

Today I presented in the Salt Lake Linux User Group meeting. The topic was "Hands on Intro - Git". It went well and I actually enjoyed it quite a bit. I choked twice once while trying to explain how to git apply patches that you receive via email, but then recovered from it with some help from the audience. But the second time I choked while trying to explain how to pull from multiple remote repositories, I couldn't recover from that. I do that so rarely it never occurred to me. Oh well, the first time is the hardest.

 
Off to prepare for the talk tomorrow at the Utah Python Group. I'm presenting "Hands on Into - PyQt4". 
 
Here are the slides from that talk. LaTeX Source: https://github.com/amjith/git_present 

 

Exhausted

My body is aching from Hapkido. My head hurts from the constant context-switching. My brain is tired from the messy debugging I had to do at work. 

But life must go on. 

I have to prepare two different presentations for next week. A Git presentation for the Linux User Group and a PyQt4 presentation for the UtahPython Group. I think I can manage it. 

But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep. 

Back from Thanksgiving

We went to Bryce and Zions for Thanksgiving weekend. It was beautiful and freezing. I think at one time, the car thermometer read 2 degrees Fahrenheit. But we had a lot of fun. I found out that I'm really good at pictionary, well not at winning but making people break into paroxysms of laughter.

Well everyone has a different talent. 

Much ado about nothing

Some of the news papers claimed this is the worst blizzard in Utah since 2001. My work sent all of us home earlier than usual. My friend advised me to stock up some food, in case I'm stuck in the house without emergency supply. 

I was pretty excited with anticipation, got some tea and curled up in front of the computer. I was all ready to witness a downpour that was going to rival  the "Day after tomorrow". 

What followed was a snow fizzle that didn't even leave a trace on my car this morning. Anti-climatic of epic proportions, which was in the order of Apple announcing

I love snow storm

My work let us leave an hour early in the anticipation of the most intense blizzard (aka snowmegeddon) this afternoon. It just feels good to be home at 4:15, ( I just realized how sad that sounds). 

There's something about watching the falling snow with a cup of hot beverage that is unmatched. 

Hopefully it doesn't pour down on us when we are in Bryce or Zion in a couple of days. 

Grown Up...

There is an interesting thread on reddit titled: "When did you realize that you were an adult". I still feel that I haven't quite reached that realization yet. I've come close though. 

During 2nd year into my master's, I was guiding a tour of the University's Robotics lab for middle school kids. After wowing them with some cool robots, I let them play with some of them. One of the little girls came up to me and asked shyly 

Sir, Can I shake your hand?

I was blown away by the question. I said "Of course" and shook her hand. She seemed impressed with herself and walked away, making me realize some of these kids actually think I'm a scientist.  

I still feel this way: 

I've successfully postponed any purchase that could make me feel like an adult, a TV, Couch, House. 

It's only a matter of time.