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.

Is it just me....

... or do most men have trouble keeping track of their wife's conversation.

She started saying something that probably sounds exciting in her head, because I completely failed to see the cause of excitement. The story took 4 different related jumps and I lost track of the thread. Of course, I had to voice my thoughts:

Honey, do you realize you are all over the place? I have no idea why you are telling me this. 

She actually let that one slide, I bet she likes me quite a bit.

I hate meetings

I hate them with a passion. When I see people sitting there trying to formulate sentences for no apparent reason but just to fill the void of silence, it just boils my blood. 

I was reading an article titled "Why Google can’t build Instagram" and I came across this quote

how Larry Ellison actually got efficiencies from teams. If a team wasn’t productive, he’d come every couple of weeks and say “let me help you out.” What did he do? He took away another person until the team started shipping and stopped having unproductive meetings.

I'm no fan of Larry, but the man's right. I would much rather work in a small team that meets for a purpose. 

Dinner and BSG

Yosh and I have been planning to do a BSG (Battlestart Gallactica) marathon for  a while now. Finally we broke down and decided instead of doing a marathon, we'll just one episode at a time with our dinner. Here's to the beginning.

We had vegetarian Chili, Garlic Bread, Hash Browns and Beans with sesame seeds. 

Cows and Bulls == Master Mind

I found out during my Utah Python meetup that the game I created called Cows and Bulls is actually called MasterMind in the US. 

It's a really simple game. 

The computer thinks of a 4-letter word. You start guessing that word and the computer will give hints along the way.

Cows - Number of characters in your guess that match the original word, but placed in a different location.
Bulls - Number of characters in your guess that match the original word, found in the exact same location. 

Based on the hints from each turn we can narrow down the possibilities and finally reach the answer. 

It's a fun game and really easy to implement.