Nighttime Routine

Vian: Will you be available later today to answer some questions? Me: Sure, I'll be around. What questions do you have? Vian: What was the best part of your day? Worst part of your day? things like that.... Me: Dude, asking each other about our day is not an interrogation.

May 13, 2024 · 1 min


Background context - Sempi likes to be very precise. Sempi: I'm going to have some tea before I get in the shower. Me: Hurry up you have 5 mins to finish your tea. Sempi: It'll take me more than 5 mins to just make the tea. Me: It's already 8 o' clock. I don't think you have time. Sempi: Ok. (Checks his watch) Me: (realizes he is precise) Technically it is 3 mins to 8....

May 1, 2024 · 1 min


I’m on a walk with Vian. We’re strategizing about this new Donkey Kong vs Mario game. Vian: How can we make sure we finish the levels before the timer runs out? Me: What if we go for different keys in parallel? Vian: Oh yeah! I'll go for the silver key and you can go for the gold key? <silver key is usually harder> Me: Why? You don't trust me to get the silver key?...

April 8, 2024 · 1 min

Data Driven Decisions

OKR - Objectives and Key Results Plenty of companies have chosen to use OKRs as their planning tool. Each team publishes a set of OKRs at the beginning of a quarter to signal to the rest of the company what work they intend to do. This is written in the form of an Objective (Eg: Make Builds Faster). Then comes the Key Result which is usually expressed as a measurable metric (eg: Reduce build time by 25%)....

April 2, 2024 · 2 min

Social engineered by my kids

It’s a Sunday afternoon and the kids chose to do 1:1 with each other. They are watching some minecraft tutorial videos on Youtube. Suddenly I hear Sempi running towards me and asks for 5 more minutes. I say sure and get back to my own activity (reviewing PRs on personal projects). Then 5 minutes later he comes back and asks for 3 more minutes to finish the current video. I agreed since it felt like such a small time frame....

March 24, 2024 · 1 min