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The shoe shiner was working on the last pair.

“You know, I have traveled all over the country, and must have got my shoes shined with over a hundred boot shiners. You, old friend, are the best in biz”

He looked, smiled and returned to shining.

I was looking around the station. My pocket watch showed me that I have at least 20 more minutes before my train should arrive. It might be late by a few minutes but never early. I am all good.

I looked at my shoe carrier bag. Three pairs were already inside. Properly wrapped in…


alright then. source

I have acknowledged many times that I am, at best, a below average developer. As I type this, I have retired from active developer roles. Right now, focusing only on tutoring. Still, I started this UI journey some 9 months ago.

The fruits of that long journey are finally taking shape.

The first milestone has been achieved. You can see it here — Responsive Web Design.

This a sequel to my previous post, UI journey of .NET tutor — 9-Aligning with freeCodeCamp and The Odin Project.

Organizing Existing Knowledge

Now that I have a milestone to show, I have some proof about what…


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I avoid social media like a plague. I get my news about the worldwide events from my parents. I read tech news, pandemic news and that’s about it. Every now and then, something bubbles up.

This week, it is the cadbury ad. I have not watched it till now (but watched it just before writing this), but the gist is, it’s a gender reversal of their old ad.

I remember the old ad.

This male cricketer is about to hit the winning score or something. Then, I think, he hits it, and this girl starts celebrating and everybody is happy…


Google Does Love It’s Monopoly. Photo by Joshua Hoehne on Unsplash

When I was growing up, thinking about companies like Google and Facebook was a feeling of goodness. I remember, when I was still in college, people who end up working for Google or Facebook, I would hold them in high regard. I believed that these are companies that are fighting for the common man with their free services, open source dedication and what not.

Of course, now, you know their true monopolistic nature.

Note: Today, I read about this on engadget, which triggered this post. “India says Google abused Android dominance

I mean, look at those cute ads Google India…


Boring But Beautiful. All Screenshots form my iPad

Sitcoms like Friends or Two and Half Men will have at least one scene. The geeky or the boring kind of guy will suggest a movie plan. The movie will invariably be some multi award winning feature, which is also a snoozefest. Being a movie fan myself, I have tried to watch some of these indie movies, and, yes, they are designed to help you sleep.

So, I avoid watching such movies. This game, ‘Hitchhiker — A Mystery Game’, is sort of like that. I got bored. I am the guy who forced himself to watch four hours of ‘Lisey’s…


Every level is unique and beautiful. All Screenshots from my iPad.

The first time I heard about Monument Valley, years ago, I always wanted to play it. These games are expensive, and I was not that big on mobile gaming before. Now, things have changed. Post pandemic, I am stuck at home with way too much free time. Also, Apple Arcade is adding a bunch of classics to its collection (bypassing the expense of buying it), and Monument Valley is one of them.

Previously, I used to think, mobile gaming is just bad and lazy. I grew up as a PC gamer, and later expanded to PS4 and Xbox. You always…


Why would Gadot allow this to happen? source

The DCEU is a mess. It was definitely created in response to the MCU. They rushed through things. I am a DC guy. Since I watched Superman (1978) and Batman (1989), I was hooked. I grew up reading Justice League comics and cartoons. Somehow I never enjoyed Marvel comics or the MCU movies. It’s always DC for me.

By default, I like Wonder Woman. She is strong, she’s extremely hot and can go head to head with Superman! She’s awesome. As fate would have it, Wonder Woman (2017) was one of the better DC movies. …


If only they had a bigger budget. source.

I love a good ‘mysterious monster in strange land’ movie. My first experience was decades ago with the classic Alien from Ridley Scott. Strange planet, mysterious signal, space astronauts. Prometheus was essentially a inferior remake of Alien.

For the first few minutes, I was captivated by this movie.

There is a decent amount of world building. Characters are alright. There are fun moments. However, it’s clear that, the director, is doing his best. So are the actors, the camera guy and everybody. Unfortunately, everybody involved is let down by a low budget. I felt bad for the crew.

Stock Characters


Screenshot of my Trello board for my hobby project, Random Stuff Generator

A few years ago, I was introduced to Trello as part of a new project orientation. Before that, I would use Microsoft Word/One Note to keep track of my projects. I have been a very documentation oriented from a very young age. I like things to be organised, ideas interlinked, attached to dates, revisit topics and improve them.

Majority of projects I worked on as a developer (I am retired from developer roles, as I type this) in the last 9 years, I have played the role of ‘project owner’ or ‘project manager’ or ‘lead developer’ in almost every project…


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Coding is a lucrative career. Although the pandemic and related disasters have dented my financial situation, I ended up making a lot of money, thanks to programming. As an added bonus, I have a ton of free time in my hands. I am my own boss. I work less than 25 hours a week, and sleep like a baby for 10 hours every day.

It has allowed me a cushy lifestyle for a good 9 years and counting to this day. Software, coding, programming, IT…whatever you want to call it. It has been very good for me. I thank the…

Jay

full time freelance coding tutor

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