Hiatus from Hapkido

After realizing that I only have 2 days per week (and weekends) to work on my side projects, I decided to axe one of my hobbies. Unfortunately Hapkido got kicked out (no pun intended) of my schedule. Sad day. I really enjoyed Hapkido and I hope I can get back to it once things settle down a little bit.

So what am I going to do on these free Wednesday nights? I have a few ideas:
  • Snowboarding
  • Learn Javascript
  • Learn Titanium and port pTimer to Android and iOS.
Lets see how this turns out. 

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....