Saturday, February 17, 2018

Three Wrong Turns

It was an interesting day today. We started as per the plan (at 8.30AM PST) from Pleasanton to San Francisco. Our Itenary includes California academy of sciences and Golden gate bridge. 

The reason to start early was to get free street side parking, I have paid 9 or 10 dollars per hour parking in the garage below the academy so I wanted to be safe and save few bucks.  When I have the route on google maps, it said, it starts at 9.30AM, It never started that soon in any of my previous visits (and that was because all my previous visits were on Sunday :-) ). So was bit worried about getting parking, my plan of going bit early and grabbing the  free parking seems going wrong. My wife some how sure that parking will be available.  The reason for multiple visits is I got annual pass for the academy.

Realized gas is half and took gas break to fill the tank. I don't want to run into issues because of gas (had few minor experiences earlier), so now the time to academy is extended a bit and arrival time as  per google is 9.50AM.

All, good through out the  drive and as promised by google, we arrived at 9.50AM, traffic was usual.  Tried to look for the parking slot and kind of full, little further, we got lucky (my wife now rules, says , "Told you" ). First success of the day. Not going to pay for parking.

Got into academy, first thing we wanted was to go to planetarium, took the tickets for 10.30 show but it is the same earthquake show so opted for next show Dark Universe. (11:15 show).

As we got little over 1 hr for the show, we went into the aquarium, kids started enjoying the fishes and touched few animals (starfish and sea urchin), went upto the living roof, took pictures and came down for the show. It was good,  it is really revealing that the universe is filled with mostly dark matter that doesn't emit or respond to the light and though we could still make out the gravity effect because of it.

After the show, wandered around a bit and then saved money for food,  We brought pulihora  from home and I thought we are saving money and eating good, then looked around, almost all brought food in boxes and eating there. (flashback, in last visit we bought food there spending kind of 50 bucks but no one eat the food well, I landed up eating most as I paid money :-) ).

Went to penguins, and then made a plan to visit "Vista point", explored options of going by Uber or Lyft as I know getting parking at golden gate bridge is mostly next to impossible. Per online reviews, getting parking at vista point is also tough.  But the commitment of showing family the golden gate bridge (its been 2 years and I never took them to see it), convinced me to drive through golden gate bridge to vista point. It was nice.  After a little wait, we got parking too. we are double lucky.

We took few nice pictures there. It is really nice view there. There is another point on the left side of the freeway/golden gate bridge, but we decided to return back home and have hot chai.

Well, the main story begins now. I have set the route to home in car navigation, I made the first mistake to take the first exit instead of staying on the bridge, that landed me to get into the streets and there was interesting right turn that GPS asked me to take, but then it asked me to take right and right leading to the same road I was before (Not sure why it did that).  After some time, it looked like we are kind of good and are getting into the I-80 for bay bridge,  I was driving in 2 lane road and  heavy traffic.  Saw an interesting building that is built on the road, they might have left a 3 story building (height wise)  and built the building spreading left and right of the road, it looked interesting, probably Indian cities too can get benefit out this kind of construction. 

Well, I am still driving, I see one more lane added and that seems mostly empty, I am about to get into I-80 and its terrible slow traffic, I see occasionally one or two cars going in the right most lane, I thought a moment, may be this road helps me,  changed lane to the right most one and then realized a "RIGHT TURN ONLY"  sign board,  following the rules, I took the turn,  we went through some streets that looked like kind of Indian streets (big multi story buildings but people throwing trash on sidewalks(might be businesses or business users), the buildings are so tall and the roads are slim.  Abhinav suggested that some 1000 buildings could be removed and roads get widened, but adith had a better idea, may be just rebuild same number of houses /apartments but smaller ones or may be with few more floors.


Traffic is heavy and we are in the flow of traffic. moving slowly. Interesting observation is we are already more than 1 hr into this and I see "55 minutes" to go home (it was from the beginning), it is not too common to get into this situation.


Finally we made it to bay bridge and now bit confident about the  time to go home. After driving through bay bridge and then into I-580, things look pretty good.  best part so far is me not getting upset for the mistakes.  

I needed to stay right before Oakland downtown but I landed up on the left side lanes of the freeway (the 3rd wrong turn), it took another few minutes (though it was bit smoother this time) to get back into I-580 towards Stockton).


Finally, we made it to home and of course had the hot chai. 

But it looks like we can add few more things and make this as a nice movie.  Few  incidents from previous outings.

1. 17 miles drive, we stopped at one of the scenic spot and there is a big car stopped next to us, I see Indians getting out of the car, the girls are pretty but they had smaller\revealing clothes than what Americans could possibly wear. It looked like "Some Indians are more american than regular Americans".

2. Money saving methods: We all try to take annual passes, or use the free goodies (like home depot first Saturday event for kids or the T-mobile Tuesdays, or the coupons that often we get or thanks giving deals \coupons etc)

3. kids asking important questions that are curious and you start thinking\answering them and realize that you missed the exit or took the wrong one. I always get surprised at how kids can ask such curious questions only during important turns/exits.

We could make a Hollywood movie and then convert it into a big review. The idea looks simple but everyone can relate to it.  We need to have a nice SUV that look very rich as people love nice things always. Also some good looking couples (2 of them in the SUV so that we have 3 kids and 4 adults in the movie).  We could release this movie in other languages too if needed.

To spice up, we can add a flash mob dance on the freeway. Also add a bit of academy planetarium movie clip to jazz up the sound and effects. 

It could be lot better movie than the "To go or for here".  Investment is less, but everyone loves it. We need to make it interesting with some jokes or curious questions.  Abhinav badly wanted to go to Alcatraz and he wanted to figure out how the jail break has happened (he asked when we were looking at this island from vista point). While Adith wanted to go home ASAP while all those wrong turns are happening. He always asks how much time and then the time to home is always 55 minutes because of wrong turns, when we are less than 55 minutes, he slept already (kids sleep easily when on freeways with no traffic jams :-) ).







Saturday, September 23, 2017

Avoid building heavens

It's been long since I wrote on my website.  When I got blessings of so many GODs, I realized how the heaven looks like.  Posting this article after midnight (that is when I got one of my application went live for testing getting the blessings of so many GODs(wrote as people initially).

We build systems and introduce processes into it and in that process of building it, we land up building GODs and each GOD with his own set of prayers and temples (and he/she proudly presenting them as his/her process). This is chaotic as we grow the heaven (population explosion with increase in number of GODs), we land up building a HELL.

Let us not build systems keeping an individual or a team in mind, often we land up repeating the mistake after mistake. Every GOD says here is my process, and surprisingly in this world of globalization, these GODs do not communicate among themselves. It is the believer/deist problem to find out who are all the GODs that need to bless in order to get things in shape and what if the GODs have dependency? they pretend they are talking and communicating but it looks like GODs of different religions though talk, they talk in different languages and so can not understand, resulting in the deist learn the languages and offer prayers as per each GODs language and then also provide translation services.

GODs do not order things, but unfortunately they never deliver, you got to go live tomorrow and GODs do not bless, when they bless you will be blogging after midnight.

Let us avoid building HEAVEN and avoid growing GODs and different processes around it. I know the CMM level 1 is all about SUPER GODs who can do anything but why on MARS we need to build them and worry about them? why cann't we make life humanly possible?

Never build processes for  person and NEVER EVER LET A PERSON build a process for himself and pronounce himself as GOD, that is stupid, the hardworking smart class suffers when every other person who need to work for you becomes a GOD and start giving curse while the customer is waiting.


Thursday, March 03, 2016

Photo

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Manila experience

It was a great trip to this Asian city of Manila (Philippines)

Great realization is the Taipe airport, they got so many connections across the globe, lot more than what our Indian cities have got. Being a small island nation, I thought this airport won't be that big, but it has got really good connectivity. Even the connecting flight to Manila,I thought it will be a smaller one with less capacity but it was full blown Boeing 747 400 with huge capacity. China airline runs flights twice a day to Manila.  Big crowd travelling all the time.

Another interesting thing about Taiwan is about its identity itself. It looks like it is an independent country but China thinks it is part of mainland china. It needs some deeper understanding on the political conflicts.  Taiwan (Also known as ROC - Republic Of China) and China (People Republic of China/mainland china) terms are interesting for people with interest in geography and contemporary political history.

Some interesting facts about Taiwan:
Capital city: Taipe
Currency    : New Taiwan Dollar (NT$)
Follows multiparty democracy system (unlike mainland china)

For an ordinary indian, it(Taiwan) looks like Srilanka of India for China.

Back to Manila, the moment I landed in Manila, first thing I did was to take a SIM card with data plan (I was told for 7 days of data $500 pack will do with 800MB of data), so I paid $12 at the counter and took "SMART" company SIM card.

Was expecting cab driver to be waiting for me, moved in the pick up area for some time and few people tried to help me, looked at the emails and called the driver number and he arrived to pick up location after 5 minutes.  It was around 30 to 40 min drive to "One Pacific Place" service apartments in Makati from the international arrivals at Airport.

Took some break and after 1.5 hours, wanted to have lunch in an Indian restaurant (Queens Taj Mahal on Jupiter St.  Ordered Chicken Biryani, but the food I got seemed some kichdi with few chicken pieces. Completed the lunch ritual.

Wanted to go to Intramuros for historical walk in the Manila city, was trying to grab a Uber, but the waiter at the restaurant suggested to pick any taxi as it is sunday and it is normal rate only. She helped by waving at a taxi which promptly stopped and the deal was to drop me at Intramuros, but I eventually landed up hiring him for quick visit across multiple places (all for quick photo ops :-) ).  Agreed for $40 for the entire trip for 3 to 4 hours.  The driver (Rolendo) was really proficient in english and as per him, most of the people speak good english in Metro Manila (Internet said the same as per my research).

 The pictures are attached below.






















It's really cool to travel and do few things that reflect thoughts about future with a book "The Age of Aspiration" a book that reflects Indian story from 1991 May 21 events (RBI selling gold and Rajiv gandhi's assassination till date with major focus on Modi and North Indian companies growth. I say this because I see no reference of south India. The other thing that impressed me is the movie on Steve jobs. 

Only the winners and leaders are remembered and who are just first in something are going into the history. Repeated success can make you rich and can make you contemporary limelight but I seriously don't think they make it into history.


My little brain thinks about the future and I think it lies in Asia and USA and Europe are done with their role.

The little countries like Japan and Korea made damn big advancements and China is the factory of everything while India is manufacturing the brains of the world. Combined together Asia makes the future and it is going to be different future in which we will not have a single leader but like EU probably we need a bigger group for Asia and we need to disperately invent something that is damn cool and super necessary for the world. I am sure we are working on alternate energy and something new for every man can use.

Some how this trip to Manila is exciting to me for some reason and some how i feel it is just the right thing to do







Thursday, February 04, 2016

Infinera

Its new client this February with new domain (SDN - Software Defined Networks)  through Innominds.

First thing I like with Infinera is the bus route. VTA 26 goes straight without any deviations (unlike 55) and takes around 15 min of journey on bus from fair oaks to java drive, that is really cool.

Other real cool thing for me with this bus is, it actually gets filled unlike the 55 which often looks like my  private charter bus.

Infinera, for me looks like mini cisco, they got all kinds of devices for networking and are getting ready for all kinds of high speed networks for the future. Looks interesting (and bit alien for me because of the fact that I come from applications domain).

The first 2 days of training by Ron Litchy on agile was very good. I really enjoyed to an extent that I went ahead and created a website (http://agilemethod.net) taking cue from the training. Agile/Scrum is something most often talked about (well, as kashyap says on his FB shared article about recruiting in HR sector, every executive thinks he is doing good business while trying to still figure how how to do business, anecdote he compared was teenage sex, everyone thinks everyother person doing it and so they pretend they are doing it as well while no one really know how to do it :-) ).

For me agile is also looks something similar.  Even for people who are practising it for years, there are so many questions on "how to do it". For me agile is something that keeps the best come out of everybody, no more lazy managers (project managers or product managers) while keeping developers busy all the time.  On the other side, it makes sure we have better work life balance all the time as we always plan things well and more often.

So it is going to be interesting domain for me. I am still waiting for the Philippines decision though.




Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Rohit and Rekha

The movement and the reactive response I see for Rohit is missing the core point of living people facing problems and how do we resolve it? When compared to Rohit issue, I was more saddened by the self immolation of +2 girl Rekha in Nalgonda district, she kept asking her father for building toilet but he didn't bother and it was too much insulting for her that she immolated herself. Overall thing is what next and how do we resolve the problem. Not many people are really looking at the root cause of this and resolving the issues. 
We need to get rid of the caste and religion based preferential treatment at all levels. As much as one want to practice his religion, he could practice his caste too but as long as it does't trouble others. There must be strict regulation that makes necessary fear factor in the society for any crime in this category while avoiding abuse. Provide special opportunities for poor people (not based on religion or caste but just based on the economic conditions) and make everyone competitive!. 



As Rohit says, an individual is just a number, a vote and nothing more, but again when the very same individuals join together for constructive solutions (it is very easy to bunk classes and call for bandhs for few days to few weeks but the harsh reality is that we need to study, we need to get jobs and make money to feed stomach), we make hell lot of positive difference. Do you think you can get rid of religion or caste, no, not possible in the immediate future, but, it is pretty much possible that we can get rid of the influence and make everyone get equal opportunities. When there is no preferential treatment, certain issues will disappear and when the law enforcement makes sure that social life has balance and no one is superior and no one is treated inferior, then people will worry about their own life and careers. Religion should end in the temples (of all religions) and caste should end within the home. When outside all all equal. Freedom is good but too much of everything is bad, so boundaries should be defined well enough. What the students are doing now and what rohit and team earlier are wrong, but they have reasons and certainly tensions will die down sooner or later but not root causes will not be addressed, unless there is a really focussed attempt.


Interestingly, when I stopped agitative thoughts and started looking at the problems and possible solutions, it looks like things are making sense. I no longer hate KCR and family because they have their own limitations and a big quotary to feed.


Also, if we notice it, when chandra babu and KCR started dealing between themselves without feeding media, we see the note for vote scam on the back burner. I am not sure why TDP is letting Jagan to move freely when they claimed so much of corruption against Jagan. It might be because they already have a deal.

So when the political leaders are busy in solving their own problems,  It needs the common man to revolt and fight for what is needed for the society, but it should be with a goal. Where are those telangana JAC leaders now? what happened to them? Some of our universities are at the maximum shelters to the unemployed youth and nothing more. This has to change. They have to be the temples of learning and the makers of next generation leaders in true sense.

Management maintenance

I like this quote of Winston Churchil, "Responsibility is the price of greatness". It's a short sentence having lot of meaning for the managers.

The following page in the maintenance technology magazine is also applicable for managers particularly from software industry too.  It just seemed to be that it is apt for any industry for any type of management (including leaders of nations).



Saturday, January 23, 2016

Thought worker


(this is a very old post was in draft state and published it latest, wanted to write lot more but now its old enough to discard editing more)

Recently I attended the recruitment process at thought works, hyderabad.

I loved the overall interaction absolutely. Many times interviewers are like spell checkers, they check how much you mugged the dictionary (terms, definitions, individual minute details of each work flow etc on the technology areas that you claim to work so far).

Thought works is  completely different, I  keep telling my teams and people I mentor the importance of learnability. The number of years that we spend into a job/career most often lead you to accustom to  certain type of culture, technology and thought process and the very same thing that seem to make you strong often becomes your weakest point too!

Adaptability and ability to unlearn and learn new things is what rules the world in any domain. Thoughtworks exactly focusses on these aspects.  I remember Bharath or vikram saying, there is nothing like a Java developer or Ruby developer, project to project it could change. Basically we grow a step ahead and feel the becoming of a technology agnostic developer/programmer while retaining the fundamentals  of solving problems by writing code. This helps us being a person who doesn't just like a particular technology because he has been working on it (and never had exposure to rest of the world).