Sunday, November 2, 2014

#Humblebrag - This blog got featured in a documentary on Aaron Swartz

 TL;DR - Some code that I wrote got featured in the documentary "The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz".
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Some code that I wrote and blogged about in memory of Aaron Swartz in January 2013 got featured in the documentary on Aaron's life "The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz" below. Skip to 5:41 if you're curious.

How do I know its mine? The novice level of the crudely written code is uniquely me. I was supposed to improve upon it later but I never really got around to actually doing it. Meanwhile some people who forked the code from my Github repo did a far better job anyway. This project was more of a tribute than anything else and so it was a humbling experience to have randomly spotted it while watching the documentary again yesterday. 




Tuesday, July 1, 2014

30 Day Challenge - July 2014 and a brief summary

July has arrived and with it comes 31 new days to attempt another 30 Day Challenge (with a one day buffer ;) ). For those of you who are not familiar with the 30 Day Challenge, I would encourage you to watch this TED talk by Matt Cutts, who heads Google's webspam team. The idea, the rationale and the aim have all been wonderfully presented by him in less than 4 minutes.


Here are the list of 30 day challenges that I've attempted in the past. I've had fun doing some of them and have blogged about my experiences.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Report on 30 Day Challenge - Read 15 books in 30 days

This past year during the month of June 2013, I attempted a 30 day challenge - to read 15 books. While I got off to a good start with 4 books in 11 days, however, I managed to complete only 11 by the end of the month.

This post has been long overdue but considering that I did not attempt to complete the remaining four books until now, I guess this post is not so ill-timed after all. I should mention here that my previous (best) failed attempt at this same challenge was 12 books. I am hoping to beat this sometime in future but that would depend on whether, and when, I would get my hands on a stack of books this engaging.

During the course of the challenge, I read a few great books which I would gladly recommend to any fellow bibliophile. The list goes as follows (in no particular order):