Bridges of bay area

Whenever you are flying over an area just after the takeoff or before landing, most of the time landscape below looks like a organized jumble of residential and commercial buildings with criss-crossing roads and highways. Since our mind is such a great pattern matcher, occasionally you recognize a landmark or building from up above and your mind feels happy.

But this morning in my regular early morning flights to Portland, OR I was in for a treat.  Few minutes after takeoff I noticed marshlands and thought we are going over the bay area parallel to 101 side of the bay. Then I noticed the first bridge and thought that must be San Mateo 92 bridge. But then the 2nd bridge became visible and I could make out that 1st one must be Dumbartan bridge and this one is San Mateo bridge. Now it became clear that flight took the path of flying over south bay, east bay parallel to 880 north. So next I could see bay bridge and SF downdown lights and said wow. Now my eyes started looking for Golden Gate and San Rafael bridge and lo and behold you could see them both. Infact you could see San Quentin prison lights at the end of San Rafael bridge.

I thought to my self the only bridge to be seen now is Benecia bridge near Fairfield. I could see two very close small parallel bridges but wasn’t sure if they are the ones I am looking for. Since I cross Benecia bridge every two week I knew the landmarks to look for. When you are driving over the bridge you could see these big parked boats and I spotted them from the air. So it was the one I was looking for.  You could also see the orangish brown round structures of the oil refinery so it was double confirmed now.

Overall it was too much fun to see and locate all the bridges of the bay area, seemed I am part of this land. Right now flying over this incredibly beautiful landscape of snow studded mountains with a lake in between. Don’t know where it is.

OK even the Flight Attendant pointed at the beauty of this. We are flying over Mt Shasta and Crater Lake should be coming in about 10 minutes. See the pics. . One reason these were closer was because I was flying on this plane which flies at 20000 ft rather than the normal 30000 ft.  Will post this when I reach Portland.

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I have been slowly reading ”Thinking fast…

I have been slowly reading ”Thinking fast and slow” by Daniel Kahneman. It is full of fun phrases like ” nonregressive assessment of weak evidence” still it is an important book in understanding of human biases and how we decide what we decide. I am sure toread it multiple times. One really good thing is you can pick any chapter and read it a they are independent.

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BYO or otherwise – Breaking the 10000 server…

BYO or otherwise – Breaking the 10000 server barrier via Gigaom

It’s in that 5 to 7.5MW area where the company starts having to know about the niceties of chillers and power systems, he said.

“When you break through the 10,000 server barrier — that’s when you start needing 3 to 5MW of power and now you’re getting into major facility costs where you have to have multiple diesel generators, and complex power and cooling systems. And it’s in that 10,000 to 100,000 server zone where costs soar. At that point, there aren’t many companies on the planet that can achieve the scale of an Amazon, a Rackspace, a Google, or a Microsoft. So why not trust your loads to the experts?

Do BYO data centers make sense anymore?

In this era of cheap-and-reliable renta-data centers run by Amazon, Rackspace, and others, does it make sense for a company to build a new data center on it's own? Unsurprisingly, Amazon's own James H…

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Towards more lighted pixels It has been…

Towards more lighted pixels

It has been more than three years that I have had a DSLR(T1i) My usage has been mostly family outings with friends and family. But only after these years of use I have come to terms with most of the controls in the camera except for flash. Last night we were at global wonder winterland ( where I didn't have to think about setting to change and it came naturally. Still there was one instance where I was in hurry and I used the short cut to Auto :)

Another interesting thing that I have been noticing is the trend of everyone moving to DSLRs. At the global wonder winterland one could see more DSLRs and less P&Ses Ofcourse there were our iPhone photographers too.

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Pound the rock and dig out a deep hole

While reading the book What I talk about when i talk about running, I came across this para about Talent vs Persistent hard work. This got to be the best lines I read this week

I think this viewpoint applies as well to the job of the novelist. Writers who are blessed with inborn talent can freely write novels no matter what they do—or don’t do. Like water from a natural spring, the sentences just well up, and with little or no effort these writers can complete a work. Occasionally you’ll find someone like that, but, unfortunately, that category wouldn’t include me. I haven’t spotted any springs nearby. I have to pound the rock with a chisel and dig out a deep hole before I can locate the source of creativity. To write a novel I have to drive myself hard physically and use a lot of time and effort. Every time I begin a new novel, I have to dredge out another new, deep hole. But as I’ve sustained this kind of life over many years, I’ve become quite efficient, both technically and physically, at opening a hole in the hard rock and locating a new water vein. So as soon as I notice one water source drying up, I can move on right away to another. If people who rely on a natural spring of talent suddenly find they’ve exhausted their only source, they’re in trouble.

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Digitopoly is becoming my favorite blog…

Digitopoly is becoming my favorite blog as they seem to touch the very topics I am interested in. Future of libraries and books is something I think often. Let us say everytime I visit the local library. Here is there thinking on why reading book should be more like going to cinema rather than owning a physical artifact. You can always argue that there are folks who like to own discs/tapes but that would be minority compared to folks who see the movie.

“Here is the central fact about book publishing: lending is the natural state. Authors produce a book that is improved by others (including editors etc). Then people read the book and that is where it has primary value. Notice that there is no ‘then people buy the book’ stage in the middle or ‘then people place the book on their shelves forever more’ after these. Those are things people did because (a) they had to buy a physical copy and (b) they got used to keeping the physical copy. But for libraries, none of that was relevant.

The issue book publishers face — and so many have said it I really shouldn’t bother, but I will — is that they are wedded to a strategy whereby they sell owned copies rather than reading. That model did translate over to eBooks and, in many respects, eBooks are actually harder to share as owned copies than physical books. Amazon and others have tried to break those constraints but it is safe to say that sharing is hard. Although, when you have a family account things become simpler. But institutionalised lending of eBooks may be very attractive to readers.”

Lending is the right model | Digitopoly

Digitopoly. About; Authors. Erik Brynjolfsson; Joshua Gans; Shane Greenstein. Posts by Author. Erik Brynjolfsson; Joshua Gans; Shane Greenstein. Blog Network. Core Economics; Economics of Information;…

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Me Myself and Big Data It seems the future…

Me Myself and Big Data

It seems the future for self big data is not very far and I think it would be a good thing. Few days ago I read about Up from Jawbone ( which tracks activity data you in the hope it would nudge you for healthier style. But Larry Smarr from UCSD, chronicles

Quantified Health:
Towards Digitally Enabled Genomic Medicine:A 10-Year Detective Story of Quantifying My Body (Link below)

The amount of data collected as part of this detective work is truly amazing. I am sure it must have required a lot of effort and motivation to do this over 10 years. This required effort to collect self bio markers over long periods would definitely decrease in future with more and more things like Up resulting in insights that were unthinkable earlier.

Strategic News Service – Recent IssuesSTRATEGIC NEWS SERVICE

In This Issue. Feature: Special Letter: Quantified Health: A 10-Year Detective Story. of Digitally Enabled Genomic Medicine. Nutrition, Exercise, and Sleep: The Foundations for a. Healthier Self. Your…

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Trouble with bright kids There is very good…

Trouble with bright kids

There is very good discussion going at Hacker News ( on an HBR blogs article. TL;DR version is that bright kids get praised for smartness plus our education system works for the lowest common denominator which means less challenges for the bright ones. These two things work against the bright kids.

The Trouble With Bright Kids – Heidi Grant Halvorson – Harvard Business Review

Business bloggers at Harvard Business Review discuss a variety of business topics including managing people, innovation, leadership, and more.

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Photography is an art. Dance photography…

Photography is an art. Dance photography is an extreme form of it due to low light conditions, fast moving objects etc. Peter Norvig, a legendary programmers shares his thoughts on Dance Photography in a really good tutorial form. Read and learn (Most of the indoor parties are simpler examples of dance photography

Dance Photography

Table of Contents 1: Initial Disappointment 2: Basic Photo Editing 3: Basic Equipment 4: Types of Blur 5: Subject Motion Blur 6: Camera Shake 7: Plane of Focus and Depth of Field 8: Noise 9: Exposure …

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