Actual conversation with my 5 year-old. I was trying to explain about scavengers

Me: Do you know what are scavengers ?

him: Yes, आकाशात राहणारे superheroes ना ? (Superheroes that live in the sky, right ?)

Me: … ???



Me: No. Those are Avengers and they don't live in the sky. Some of them can just “fly”

Me : Scavengers (stressed sk sound when pronouncing) are those animals who do not hunt, but eat leftovers when other carnivores are done eating.



him : Like hynas ?? (He is really into lion king, lion guard cartoons)

Me : Yessss

*Photo by David Clode

Tech Interview

These are actual exchanges from a technical interview I conduced recently. The person had 2 years experience in an MNC, in what they described as DevOps

Me: You have mentioned “Troubleshooting problems on unix platform. Which platforms have you worked on ?”

Candidate: Unix

Me: Which one ?

Candidate: SunOS. I think Solaris. It was UNIX.

Me: Why are you leaving this job ?

Candidate: I want to grow technically.

Me: What steps have you taken to do that.

Candidate: I learnt Django on my own. I created a small app. (Goes on to describe, album cover art, music file, songwriter etc.)

Me: Which database did you use ?

Candidate: SQL

Me: Which one ?

Candidate: NoSQL

Me: Which one ?

Candidate: I don't remember. I think it was mongodb.

Me: Did you have to use any plugin, or was it supported “out of the box” (From what I remember, Django ORM does not support NoSQL, hence the question)

Candidate: No plugin or extension

Me: …

Candidate: I don't remember.

Me: Can you explain kind of automation you did, as part of your job ?

Candidate: We have 100s of servers each with different authentication. We deploy via ansible playbooks. We do not store the username password in the playbook.

Me: Since you mentioned 100s of servers, where do you keep all the auth details ? (I expected them to say “Spreadsheet”)

Candidate: It is stored in git

Me: … (Wha….)

Me: Isn't this a security risk ?

Candidate: No, this repo has “read-only” permission.

Me: I hacker only needs to “read” the password, isn't it ?

Candidate: Only my team has access. Developers do not have access to this repo at all.

You Are a Writer


You are a writer. (So start acting like one)

I started reading a book by Jeff Goins, with the same name as the title of this post.

In his book, he compares his relationship with writing to his relationship with his girlfriend. How initially everything is exciting, and how later the excitement dies and both people are in a relationship because they “can't get out”

He mentions that he “divorced” his first blog, for the same reason.

This resonated with me immediately.

This blog has been neglected for entire of 2018, except for one post in January. (I have been writing more on my other blog)

So I reflected on “why that is ?””

I realized that my old blog was “boring” (Or may be it was just an excuse)

So I decided what any geek like myself might do : “Give the blog a make over.”

My old blog was in pelican - and it does not have good themes.

Yes. I have read several blogs which are in (essentially) plain HTML, but have a lots of content. But decent looking blog does not hurt, right ?

My other blog uses hugo. So I knew that hugo has host of great themes.

So I am excited again to start writing.

This time I am considering writing without thinking to much. A lot of writers whom I admire say, start generating content (volume) - quality will improve eventually.

Photo by Christin Hume