Short-form blog posts

It has to be okay to write one-paragraph posts, otherwise I’ll never end up getting what’s in my head out somewhere.

I just don’t happen to be an essay-writing kind of person, I can’t bring myself to write long blog posts, it isn’t something that comes out of me naturally, seems like a lot of work to make happen, and what’s the point1 of second-guessing myself or waiting till I have the “right amount” to write, when the whole idea of having a blog in the first place (for me, at least) is to de-clutter my mind and (secondarily) to share what I’m thinking with anyone who cares?

There has to be something between the pithiness of Twitter and the multi-page topical essays that other people seem to favor … for me, it’s a 1-3 paragraph thought form, and I’m content to reuse this blog to host them.

  1. On the downside, this may be perceived as spamminess, but that’s for you to decide. I guess every post should be greater than 280 characters 🙂

Interesting links: December 2018

Asperatus clouds

Monthly recap (December 2018)

Dramatic cloudy sky on the cab ride back from the airport

Major updates:

  • Trip to India to visit parents/friends/relatives
  • A unicorn-themed birthday party for Tara at home!

Minor updates:

  • A first movie night for me and Shivi (i.e. also a first for Tara being babysitted): watched Bohemian Rhapsody. An absolute delight!
  • Caught up with a lot of movies/reading this month

Watched/read:

(This is how I catch up on the movies of the year!)

  • Rewatched Raiders of the lost Ark (always good)
  • In the plane: Mission Impossible: Fallout (wow!), The predator (2018) (yuck), Avengers: Infinity War (okay), The Meg (okay), The house with a clock in its walls (okay), Ready player one (good), Bad times at El Royale (wow!)
  • While on vacation: 15:17 to Paris(okay), Andhadhun (wow!)
  • At home: Masters of the Universe (fun), Civilizations (okay)
  • Read Zero to One, Atomic Habit; finished reading The Prague Cemetery and The power of full engagement after many months

Annual recap: 2018

Me/Family:

  • I moved from Google to Pure Storage
  • Went for a memorable Warriors/Cavaliers game
  • Ran a 10K
  • Shivi moved to a new team in engineering
  • Experiments: gave up coffee for a month, did a 3-day fast
  • Travel: San Diego, Monterey, Sydney, Melbourne, Maui, Cabo, Delhi

Tara:

  • First bike
  • First board game
  • Made some shirts for her on Zazzle
  • We went on a couple of hikes
  • Kite-flying
  • Watched Disney on Ice

Review:

  • I did get to run a 10K
  • I didstart sleeping earlier (I used to routinely sleep past midnight earlier!)
  • I haven’t really become a morning person yet 😐

Tentative New Years’ Resolutions:

  • Wake up earlier in the morning
  • Write more frequently, share more of what I’m thinking, doing, learning
  • Run two 10Ks