Going out for a little walk

For anyone remotely familiar with me, you’ve noticed (by now hopefully) that I’ve gone off the beaten path in the last couple of years. Now if you are in my parent’s group you will have no idea why I’m doing the things I’ve been doing.

A lot of people remember George Mallory’s quote about why he climbed Everest: ‘Because its there’. Now for those who follow Ben Saunders (Polar Ben), might remember his incredibly inspiring TED talk about ‘Why Bother Leaving the House‘, a topic on which I had blogged earlier. Ben quoted George Mallory’s response to what is the use of climbing Everest.

My answer must at once be, ‘It is of no use. There is not the slightest prospect of any gain whatsoever. Oh, we may learn a little about the behaviour of the human body at high altitudes, and possibly medical men may turn our observation to some account for the purposes of aviation. But otherwise nothing will come of it. We shall not bring back a single bit of gold or silver, not a gem, nor any coal or iron.
If you cannot understand that there is something in man which responds to the challenge of this mountain and goes out to meet it, that the struggle is the struggle of life itself upward and forever upward, then you won’t see why we go. What we get from this adventure is just sheer joy. And joy is, after all, the end of life. We do not live to eat and make money. We eat and make money to be able to live. That is what life means and what life is for.’

Now I’ve wanted to go checkout Everest for a while but after seeing the Ben Saunders talk, I definitely knew I had to do it. So in the spirit of leaving the house, I’m heading on an everest trek next week. Now I don’t want to climb everest (yet), but I definitely want to go sit on Everest’s footsteps and maybe get a feel of how Mallory felt when he first encountered the mountain. To make things slightly challenging, I’ve scheduled back to back treks. So the day I reach Kathmandu from everest, I’m flying to Himachal to go on the Saar Pass trek. I’ve never gone for a month long trek where I’m walking every single day but hopefully my body holds up and I feel the same joy for life that Mallory once talked about.

Newsp.in

I was using using my domain Newsp.in as a glorified version of the google play store to advertise my android apps. The site didn’t serve much purpose to anyone other than a couple of lost people (analytics, you can be so cruel sometimes).

In a quest of making better use for it, I stopped my mobile development and concentrating on web dev again. So Newsp.in now lets you follow the Indian stock market (National Stock Exchange). I’m trying to build trends with historical charts so people can check what’s going on with their favorite stocks.

There was also an itch that needed to be scratched. Back in 2008/2009 when I was trying out google appengine for the first time, I wanted to try out websockets for this finance application. Unfortunately it wasn’t supported at the time and I shelved the idea. It’s been 5 years but I’ve finally built a site with websocket support, yay!

Game dev is where its at.

I developed Newspin after a few months work (mainly deciding on technologies etc.) and its received middling acceptance, even after promoting it to friends and acquaintances.

After publishing it, I decided to try out game development and published World quiz. I promoted it to no one (no one really reads this blog). Surprisingly in the couple of weeks since it was published, it has already overtaken Newspin in downloads.

Looks like I was wasting my time with app development, game development is where its at boys and girls.

Goa day 7 – Bondla to Panaji

Distance: 50 km

The last day was pretty laidback. We took lots of stops to take in the scenery as we got out of the forests and back to civilization.

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We passed through old goa and stopped by the churches. The last 10 kms from old goa to panaji was tougher than I expected. The road was very narrow and we had to cycle through strong head winds. All in all this was a wonderful trip. It wasn’t as tough as the ladakh cycle trip and it was lovely seeing goa for all its natural beauty (and not just for its beaches).