Looking Back


Programming Language

In the review of 2016, I had written about “learning go”.

Well, that didn't happen.

But instead I picked up “elixir”. I loved it. I did several exercises from codewars.

Initially, the exercises looked too “amateurish”, but once I hit a road-block, where I was required to use recursion instead of loops, I realized that “simple” exercises are important to get my head around the functional paradigm.

I also purchased my first Udemy course to learn Elixir + Phoenix.

I had hoped to use it in a “real” project, but that didn't happen.

and towards the end of the year, I again picked up “go lang” (This is for a project I will be working on in 2018) This time, I took another udemy course, by the same instructor.

Non Programming Language

I've started learning Esperanto, after learning about it on one of the freakonomics podcast. I'm using Duolingo.

The language is simple (as claimed) so far. But I am worried that without regular practice, I might forget it.

Visual note taking

Completed Visual Note taking 101 course by sunni brown Completed “Notes a like a genius” course on Udemy

While doing the Udemy course, took “visual” notes based on what I learnt from sunni brown course.

You can look at my new (and old) sketchnotes on my other blog.


In late November, early december, Started journaling.

I'm still figuring it out.

I'm applying some principles I learnt in the visual note taking course. I'm making it “interesting”


I started using “Insight Timer” app.

As of today, I have been meditating continuously for 279 days since I began !

What I liked about it was variety it provides, but it would have been nice if there was an option to download the “favourite” ones, rather than having to be connected to listen to same one daily. (Recent version has this as a paid option)

Eventually, I started using just the timer without any guided meditation.

I'm not really sure how it impacted me (positively) but at least I got a good habit out of it.

Lately (early/mid December) I have started doing “Isha Kriya”. I start the insight timer when I do it, since it is a form of meditation, and allows me to record my timing.


Didn't happen as much as 2016

Drawing - Sketching

I've been much more deliberate this year. I created an instagram account to share my sketches.

Ohh, I also purchased flume, an instragram app for macOS

Plans for 2018

My current project has come to an end.

I've started learning about blockchain, smart contracts and Solidity development. This is the new area I wish to explore.

Since “core” development of both bitcoin and ethereum is in go lang. I may get a chance to put my go-lang skills to practical use.

I also want to blog more regularly.