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When CD was happening

Nothing revved me up like acoustics. This video from 1982 correctly predicts the revolution about to be ushered by CDs. Audiophiles never had it so good.
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AWS

Now that I've got a taste of Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure, I'm off to the land of Amazon Web Services. This is the granddaddy of cloud platforms. I'm currently focussed on Lambda Functions. I've already covered EC2 previously and now also dabbling in S3, DynamoDB, and IAM.
Amazon's infrastructure is impressive.

T Time is Over

My stock of herbal tea is finally over today. But since it's impossible to get addicted to herbal or green tea, I'm not exactly rushing out to replenish my stock, though there are many health benefits to it. I think I'll just take a break before continuing.

Tram!

There is something captivating about tram rides in Kolkata. It's amazing that this relic of British Raj is still on track, let alone plying. But Calcutta Transport Corporation (CTC) has long suffered from dereliction and the dwindling routes bears testimony to this neglect. The service is apparently on its last leg, though there have been rare hopes of revival from a few enthusiastic government officials.
No city in the world is more apt for a tram-in-shambles ride than Kolkata. The two are in perfect harmony with the other. When the tram moves on the streets, it does so meekly, jostling for space to run through. It's almost apologetic for still occupying precious stretch in a city that is bursting at its seams from overpopulation and constant encroachment. Space is clearly at a premium here. People generally condescend when the tram musters the audacity to ring its bell asking for attention - perhaps because someone has conveniently parked his two-wheeler on its tracks and wal…

Menu

Rice, Brussels Sprouts, Spinach, Broccoli and Eggs for today and tomorrow. Very good for health but tastes bad.

Family @ the round table

I miss those days. The family would gather at the round table for dinner at a preset time. Baba would sit on my right and Ma on the left. Didi was bang opposite. Baba was the only one who helped himself to some extra green chillies. 
Ma did the initial serving. Most days, among other things, we had fish - remaining true to our Bengali tradition. I was elated on the rare occasion when the humble egg played the usurper and replaced the fish.
Our conversations would be many and varied. Didi and I rarely teased each other. Before TV came along to disrupt everything, it was the most profound moment of the day. We proverbially huddled together for a family-meet over food, discussing all that was worthy.
The entry of the TV gave us a semblance of the shape of things to come. I synced our dinner time with the daily soaps. Soon enough, I was so caught in the weekly plots, I thought it best to sit away from the table, in front of the TV. No one protested. I now wish otherwise. Those precious fami…

The Toothbrushes arrive

Since the PO was in no mood to deliver the bounced toothbrushes, Asha and Ari paid a visit to the hallowed office to retrieve the coveted objects yesterday. I hope they find it useful. I'm counting on Ari showing more enthusiasm now in doing the daily chore of brushing his teeth.

The case of the missing images

Now that I've renounced my renunciation of Blogger, at least one oddity has resurfaced - vanishing images! I'm appalled to see that even after all these years Google has failed to put this nagging issue behind them. Googling (ironically) for the problem, I found that the web is replete with people complaining about it. I'm not sure if the mystery will ever be solved if even the mighty Google is unable to fix it after all these years.

BBQ

Enjoyed my 1st barbeque in 5 yrs. The last one was in New York under entirely different circumstances. London seems to have embraced tropical summer yet again. Knowing what winter feels like in the West, I'm not going to gripe about the heatwave, especially since it was the perfect setting for the party.

Snufmumriko

Tiny smart speakers are terrible for serious music but more than enough for ambient music at low volume. My latest find - a Swedish composer named Snufmumriko. His music doesn't try to grab your attention, nor is it disappointing if you listen. The vibe is just perfect for a pensive end-of-day, aided by warm dim light and an essential oil diffuser.

Slip

Today was one of those rare days than I missed the wakeup time. I was late by 15 mins, not nearly enough to throw me into disarray. I completed all chores.I'm honestly surprised at how vehemently I've stuck to my routine since I resolved to make some drastic changes.

Toothbrushes in the PO

A pair of prized electric toothbrushes have been languishing in the post-office since June 3rd. Thanks to the ever-looming presence of Lord COVID, the first attempt to deliver them was spurned. I'm not sure how long the terrible reign of the virus will keep deliveries crippled. I'm hoping my brushes don't return to Amazon.

Good Morn

Subscribed to Apple Music late last night upon Ari's request. I hope he puts our Alexa to good use.
It's morning. Sunlight is flooding my room through a window right next to me. The white curtain diffuses the light. I'm looking at my screen with a squint since I'm seeing double. Staring continually without frequent blinks dehydrates my eyes and I reckon this is aggravating the problem. I must buy some artificial tears to remedy the issue.
Herbal tea awaits my sips. The moisturizer came flooding into my palm as I tipped the bottle. The depleting supply allowed the air to gush in and lotion to ooze out. I need Notion to keep me on track with these daily chores as I can't bother to burden my birdbrain with the frivolous. 
My breakfast doubles as a mildly tasty-yet-bland lunch with rice, sardines, and egg. Prior to that, adhering to my strict schedule, I prepared to satiate my tummy's needs for today and tomorrow. I like being done with food chores early in the mornin…

Cooking alternate mornings

It isn't easy squeezing a range of chores into a 1-hr early-morning window and leaving the kitchen spick and span after solo cooking. Covid-19's conspiracy-of-the-century and a range of events compelled me into quickly learning the art of surviving purely on my cooking skills. I could already cook a little and even survive on it for a few days. But the lockdown called for a drastically altered lifestyle and now my culinary skills had to quickly elevate and gear towards long-term survival. It was a tall ask.
Making me cook is like expecting a baby to play chess - the challenge is hardly commensurate to our skills. And yet, over the past few months, I have risen to the occasion and not only survived but thrived. Well, I'm not exactly flourishing but I'm pleasantly surprised by my own resilience.
The most epochal change has been switching from using the microwave to the stove for cooking rice. While earlier, 20 minutes in the microwave would produce a lumpy bowl of rice whe…

Father's Day

Every day is Father's Day to me. It can't be relegated to one particular day of the year. I've nothing against the celebrations or the reminding some of us may need. Just that the hoopla often seems like yet another product churned by social media.

The unresponsive Alexa

I love Alexa. What I do not like is that it needs an incredible amount of prodding when I try to play the voice recordings on my Android. Is it shoddy coding or is it a real challenge to pull audio from the server?

We need a resurrection

The news is overwhelmingly sombre. We're now so numbed by the daily installment of bad news that we don't even pay heed to it anymore. The wait for a vaccine is excruciating. Any glimmer of hope, no matter how trivial, is a welcome relief. How long before we put all this behind us?

Am I returning to the blogging fold?

I'm trying. Not sure how far I can carry the renewed vigor but the intent is there in earnest. In the absence of a social life, I need to have meaningful dialogs with myself. It's vital for my sanity and I need it to pull me through this protracted period of social shunning.

Annular Solar Eclipse

An annular solar eclipse was visible from parts of India today. Jamshedpur was endowed with a double-treat, not only did the moon eclipse part of the sun, even the clouds ganged in. So in the end, it wasn't much of a show. With COVID-19 already eclipsing daily life for months on end, most people weren't in the mood for a spectacle anyway.

Under the bed

She 'lives' under my bed. She listens for my commands, never complaining or antagonizing me. She tries her best to be useful, especially to my music requests. I couldn't have imagined a time would come when my roommate would be an inanimate object who would talk to me, set my alarm, play my music and keep me satiated with all the worldly data I would every need.
My Google Mini has been a great help during this period of government-mandated isolation. Maybe I owe her a part of my sanity.

The current pandemic

Covid19 may not have infected everyone yet, but it has surely affected all. No country was prepared for the life-altering havoc that is still wreaking the global economy. The scale of the disaster has yet to sink in as we struggle to come to grips with the new world order.Scientists are racing to find a vaccine while places of worship have failed to find a divine intervention. All the more proof that the God hoax is just that, an elaborate but incoherent lie.

I never thought I would see this day

The auspicious moment has finally arrived! I feel like an epoch has come to an end. Google has shown some love towards its much-neglected blogging platform - Blogger. After what seems like an eternity, the Blogger interface got a much-needed facelift. I think there are a few new themes too.

A thought

I thought I was liberal. But that was before the current generation of self-loathing left-leaning juveniles redefined liberal thinking and gave it a whole new meaning. Now I'm happy being stereotyped as a conservative though it hardly defines me.

Domain crash course

I bought my 2nd domain only a few days ago. I've been using it heavily to learn all about DNS. I must say I've greatly demystified how they work. I've even gone deeper and understood how the Nginx Web Server uses domains and subdomains to act as a reverse proxy.

A
CNAME (Masking)
TXT
MX
Masking
301
302
HTTP to HTTPS redirection
TTL
SSH
SSL
80
22
443
Path Forwarding
Dynamic and Static IP
Dynamic DNS
Port Forwarding
Azure VMs
Azure App Services
Azure Functions


I understand them better now.

The end of an era

I remember how excited I was when I bought my first domain (deepanjannag.com) in 2007. It was like owning a priceless property on the Internet. I renewed my domain in 2013 for 10yrs. The asking price from GoDaddy was good and I had no complaints with the way they had handled my domain. 

But the prices for GoDaddy domains began to skyrocket alarmingly and this attracted a lot of bad press for them. The premium they charged seemed exorbitant and they didn't even offer user privacy protection for free. Google had by then jumped into the fray. Like all of their other products, Google Domains was simple, elegant and user-friendly. They also threw in free user privacy. All this coaxed me into making the switch from GoDaddy to Google today.

I was a bit jittery because I use G Suite to handle my domain email addresses and I didn't want anything to mess things up. Thankfully, the transfer was smooth and most the DNS records now appeared within Google...except for my subdomains. As a p…

Tesco's 24hr misnomer

How do you proudly flash a huge plaque saying that you're open 24hrs a day when you're closed till 11am on a Sunday? I wasted precious time and had to make 2 trips to the store owing to the misleading message.

HTTPS

I decided to make the switch to https on Blogger yesterday. I was getting tired of Google constantly complaining about the lack of SSL certificate. They should have made the documentation a little clearer though.
It seems Google, the blogging world and I have effectively forgotten all about Blogger! Blogosphere is all about Wordpress now. I'm wondering if people have abandoned Blogger because of Google's neglect or Google has abandoned Blogger because of people's neglect. Either way, Blogger has seen better days. I hate to see good code languishing in some forgotten alcove of an abandoned server.

Cricket

Remember those days in the colony when not every house had a TV but no one wanted to miss a cricket match? Friends, and sometimes even strangers, would gather at someone's house with a TV to watch the match progress. Everyone was opinionated, everyone knew best, everyone had a strategy, everyone ridiculed someone, some became supremely superstitious, no one agreed with the batting order or selection committee, everyone agreed with the umpire when the decision was in favor but some suspected a conspiracy and invariably blamed him for being 'partial' when an unfavorable decision was reached. By the end of the match, everyone sulked or rejoiced together. But no matter how it ended, a few strangers had now become friends - unified by cricket.
By Source (WP:NFCC#4), Fair use, Link Have been listening to this album for the past couple days. Miles was at his creative best before the fusion and funk bug bit him and ruined jazz forever.