So I’ve bitten the bullet finally, and changed my blog layout. For those of you repeated visitors I’m sure you noticed, for the rest of you who are new to my site, it’s worth saying that the old theme has been on my blog since its inception — which is a few good years back, so needless to say I was sort of fed up with it
As you do in such cases, you browse around the WordPress Theme Gallery and finally I came across Intrepidity theme by Top Blog Formula — it looks clean and neat so I installed it right away and started configuring it. I loved it right away, but found a few areas of improvement. So I’ve put on my WordPress/PHP hat, created a GitHub repo and started hacking away at it! The result is right in front of you, as I’ve installed the changes I’ve operated right on my blog!
This is something that I have discovered recently and it’s sort of bugging me — though I accept that this might be mainly to the (wrong) way I use certain applications. However, I still think this would be a cool thing to have. Hence this post
I know by now, by the way, that I can create notes based on calendar events using something like Powerbot. That in itself is a useful tool, if someone sends you an invite with an agenda attached to it and you want to add your notes during the meeting.
This is the 3rd speech I delivered to Toastmasters and it’s part of Competent Communicator manual #3: “Get to the Point”. As a reminder, the objectives of the project are:
With that in mind, here’s the speech I gave for this project:
This is the 2nd Toastmasters speech I put together for the 2nd project: “Organize your speech”. As a reminder, the objectives for this speech, as outlined by the manual are:
With that in mind, here’s the speech — including the props:
Recently, in my news feeds I stumbled across this implementation of Ropes in Java (http://ahmadsoft.org/ropes/) and it captured my attention right away as it boasts a faster (better?) alternative for dealing with characters in Java. Unfortunately the website doesn’t offer any comparative information regarding how much faster a
Rope implementation is than the standard
String implementation, so I set off to write some
stupid simple tests to get some basic measurements for this library.
Just got these — snow and snowdrops!
Ok, peeps, I have to get this off my chest — I tolerated it enough and it’s now time to say something methinks. Please bear with me and my potty mouth throughout this post and understand that really this is beginning to do my head in now — the sole reason behind this post. (Hint: would really like to know if I’m the only one who gets utterly annoyed by this rubbish, so leave a comment by all means, please!)
This is for all you parents-to-be out there, and in fact for all of you who dream of being parents at some point — which I have nothing against, as the post is about to reveal. Come to think of it, this is probably for everyone So just read away.
I’ve decided to write this following discussions and things I’ve observed with some of the startups (in the Bay Area or on the other side of pond), as it just occurred to me that occasionally simple (yet very effective) aspects of a startup are being missed out entirely. Sadly, these results in most cases in either a sluggish operation of a startup or, even worse, in totally slowing down to a halt the actual product development and operations of the business.
One would argue that simple and/or small details surely don’t matter that much — it’s all about the big picture, right? However, if you ever played rugby — though I’m sure this applies to a lot of other team sports — you will hear often, during the training sessions as well as during the game, the coach iterating to the player over and over and over again: “Do the f*** basics right, that’s how we win this game!”. I was puzzled myself initially at the simplicity of these
shouts advices — but having played (well, if you can call that “playing” I guess) for a while, it started to make sense:
You can have a Dan Carter in your team, but if no one else can pass to him, you’re screwed. So, despite what you might think, it turns out that indeed it is the case that you have to do the basics right in order to be able to do the advanced too and concentrate on the bigger picture — think of it if you will as a Maslow pyramid, with the basics being (derr!!) at the base, right?