#20 Always Having a Book to Read - Friday, 21st January 2022

Always having a book to read helped me from falling down YouTube rabbit holes.

January 21, 2022 · 2 min · Navendu Pottekkat

#19 COVID 19 Uncertainties - Thursday, 20th January 2022

The Coronavirus Omicron variant is hitting hard in India and I’m in its epicenter in Trivandrum. These are uncertain times. The “new” normal is just the normal. I live in campus with close to 200 people in the same building. Isolating a case of COVID is hard both from a social and a logistic perspective. Half the people who get tested today in the district are positive. So, here we are, uncertain, hoping for things to get better....

January 20, 2022 · 1 min · Navendu Pottekkat

#18 The Minimalist Presenter - Wednesday, 19th January 2022

It’s Wednesday my dudes! I was working on the slides for two of my talks and realized how minimal they were. I had made it a habit to make my slides into tools that just assists my presentation and not something that is overloaded with information. This has proven to be much effective. Human beings are bad at multitasking. You cannot focus your attention on two things—listening to the person talking and trying to read their slides....

January 19, 2022 · 1 min · Navendu Pottekkat

#17 The Psychology of Money - Tuesday, 18th January 2022

I finished reading “The Psychology of Money”.

January 18, 2022 · 1 min · Navendu Pottekkat

#16 Killing Time and Unintended Consequences - Monday, 17th January 2022

I start off my “work day”—when I finish my morning routine and sit in front of my computer screen—by catching up on some light reading. I usually have a backlog I go to to start me off and I also have subscriptions to my favorite bloggers via email or RSS (yes I still use an RSS reader). Most of what I read are from indie blogs I found through Twitter, Reddit, Hacker News or through aggregators like Blogging for Devs and daily....

January 17, 2022 · 2 min · Navendu Pottekkat

#15 Service Mesh Performance and Asking Questions - Sunday, 16th January 2022

I have two upcoming talks in the next two weeks. My firsts in 2022. And I hope to speak more at conferences this year. The first is at DevConf.cz 2022 on the 29th this month and the second is at FOSDEM 2022 on the 5th of February . Measuring Service Mesh Performance 101 This is my talk at DevConf.cz that dives into how the performance of a workload running on top of a service mesh can be benchmarked....

January 16, 2022 · 1 min · Navendu Pottekkat

#14 The Psychology of Money - Saturday, 15th January 2022

I finished reading “The Psychology of Money ” by Morgan Housel today. It was a real page turner and I finished it in two sittings. I am just starting another book on my Kindle, “The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter and How to Make the Most of Them Now ” by Meg Jay . It has been a while since I read ebooks and this should be a nice change of setting....

January 15, 2022 · 1 min · Navendu Pottekkat

#13 Deep Conversations - Friday, 14th January 2022

I have a good excuse for why I missed my writing schedule the past two days. I was in deep conversations. I love talking to a person and engaging with them completely, taking the conversation to deeper levels. I have been sleeping at ~4-5 AM everyday for the past week because of this. This has been a good change of pace to my normal life and it was much needed....

January 14, 2022 · 1 min · Navendu Pottekkat

#12 Task Tracking Setup - Tuesday, 11th January 2022

A couple of months ago, my system to track tasks broke down. The system was my own brain and depended on its ability to remember things. But it had this bug where it can only remember so many things before an incoming information pushes out “address the comments on the performance testing design spec”. I had a physical book and Evernote to complement my ability to remember things but these didn’t make me more productive or make my life any easier....

January 11, 2022 · 1 min · Navendu Pottekkat

#11 What Matters - Monday, 10th January 2022

But in the end, it doesn’t even matter.

January 10, 2022 · 1 min · Navendu Pottekkat

#10 What Should I Write About? - Sunday, 9th January 2022

What?

January 9, 2022 · 1 min · Navendu Pottekkat

#9 The End of History - Saturday, 8th January 2022

People are unable to predict their personal changes. We see ourselves as finished products at any point of time. Is that the end of history?

January 8, 2022 · 1 min · Navendu Pottekkat

#8 The Psychology of Money - Friday, 7th January 2022

There is no reason to risk what you have and need for what you don’t have and don’t need.

January 8, 2022 · 1 min · Navendu Pottekkat

#7 Why I Run in the Morning - Thursday, 6th January 2022

Doing hard things is hard. But you have to do it to be the best version of yourself. Everyday is a struggle but at the end of the day I’m happy I chose to do the hard things.

January 6, 2022 · 2 min · Navendu Pottekkat

#6 Right Arm Over the Wicket or Why I use my Own Platform to Write - Wednesday, 5th January 2022

I used to write on blogging platforms like Medium and DEV.to. I stopped using them and started writing on my own blog recently. Here, I explore why I chose to do that and make bold predictions on the outcome of a cricket match.

January 5, 2022 · 2 min · Navendu Pottekkat

#5 Word Embeddings and Swiss Army Knives - Tuesday, 4th January 2022

What’s cooler than representing words as real-valued vectors to capture its semantic meaning?

January 4, 2022 · 3 min · Navendu Pottekkat

#4 My Blog Setup and Writing Process - Monday, 3rd January 2022

I recently started writing on my own website. Here’s a look into my setup and the process I follow to write posts.

January 3, 2022 · 6 min · Navendu Pottekkat

#3 Blocked by Blockchains - Sunday, 2nd January 2022

Learning about Blockchain, Crypto and Web3.

January 3, 2022 · 1 min · Navendu Pottekkat

#2 Goals for 2022 - Saturday, 1st January 2022

My goals for 2022, publicly posted for accountability.

January 1, 2022 · 2 min · Navendu Pottekkat

#1 New Year, New Me - Friday, 31st December 2021

I will blog daily. Or at least I hope to.

December 31, 2021 · 2 min · Navendu Pottekkat