Spring Break in Silicon Valley 2015

Last Spring Break, I was on the immersion-course trip, Spring Break in Silicon Valley (or SBinSV), a once-in-a-lifetime experience specially designed for Syracuse University students. It was an experience of the lifetime. We visited companies like LinkedIn, Twitter, Dropbox, Box, AirBnB, Elevate Labs, Aruba Networks, Mattermark and 26 more companies and interacted with people who make these companies. Visit the link below to learn more about my learnings in the trip.

Source: Have You Applied to Attend ‘Spring Break in Silicon Valley’ Yet?

Thoughts on the book ‘Slay the Dragon’ | Virtual Reality Storytelling

I finished reading ‘Slaying the Dragon’ a couple of days ago, and I am glad I did.The book is not only about art of storytelling in games and a lot more! I definitely recommend the book to you regardless of your interests. It is just a very good book to read with things to know. Read about my thoughts about the book from the link below.

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An Interview with Dan Hurd – Design Lead ‘Lucky’s Tale’ | Virtual Reality Storytelling

I interviewed Dan Hurd (@thekrakenisme) from Playful Corp over phone(Thanks Dan!). Dan is the Design Lead on the VR game ‘Lucky’s Tale’ made especially for the Oculus Rift and will be released with the consumer version of Oculus Rift. It was an excellent food for thought conversation and I emerged a lot wiser about the platform from the conversation. Please check the link below to know about my learnings.

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My quit smoking tips

This blog was written in March 2016. Following Image is my progress as of July 15, 2017

cigarettes not smoked: 3414 – 10 (1 day relapse in Miami) = 3404

money saved: $1,877

I had been smoking for about four years now. I used to do about 8 to 10 cigarettes a day. 2 years ago I started feeling I should quit smoking for good. Mainly because I felt it was affecting my productivity. After many unsuccessful attempts I have been able to be smoke free for about two months now. But now I am fairly confident of being smoke free for a longer period of time.

I would like to share my experiences of the journey so far in hope that it will help someone trying to quit smoking too.

Why did I quit?

  1. The main driver for me to quit smoking was the realization, that if I smoke cigarettes I will keep craving them for all my life. But if I quit smoking cigarettes I will still crave them but I will not smoke and harm my health. I guess, its better to crave something and not spoil your health then to crave something + spoil your health. And moreover if I stay smoke free for a longer period of time then slowly I will stop craving cigarettes altogether.
  2. Being a smoker reduces my productivity by hampering my health, endurance and concentration. I always try to improve myself professionally as well as personally,  and be more productive, being a smoker did not allow me to be the best version of myself. Now I can stay focused on a task for a longer period of time without loosing focus
  3. I used to panic if I went out of cigarettes. What started as just a new experience became a need. I realized that I went out of my way to get cigarettes when I was running low on them. I guess this realization was really the spark which fueled the desire to quit smoking.

Knowing why you are trying to quit and agreeing with the reasons that you came up for quitting smoking brings you on a quit smoking path even if you relapse. I completely agree with the reasons I mentioned above which was really helpful in my efforts to quit smoking.

I tried a lot of techniques to help me quit smoking and read followed recommendations of many authors. Following are some of the tricks I found helpful Tricks to help you stay on track of quitting smoking.

When you get a craving, use following techniques:

  • Hold your breath for as long as you can
  • Do quick 20 push ups(or any quick physical activity)
  • Keep eating, EAT A LOT
  • Drink 2 espresso shots
  • Take deep and long breaths and enjoy your smoke free lungs

With addition to the above going through the following content will further strengthen your resolve to quit. Well I know that you would feel what is the need to go through such a length? Trust me, the first step to quitting is accepting that you are addicted. And going through all of these excellent resources introduced me to different perspectives on the journey of quitting smoking and I could create my own strategy to quit.

Benefits of quitting,I noticed so far

  1. Improved energy
  2. Improved appetite
  3. Improved taste buds
  4. Meeting and conversing with people at parties without being out of the location for a smoke
  5. Lot of money saved

These are all my personal experiences and quit smoking tips which I wanted to share with you. I had my reasons to quit and I am sure you do too. Hope this helps. I look forward to hearing your experiences too.

#iSchoolGlass – Developing apps for glass

I love learning about new technologies and working on them. I work with some passionate group of students every Friday to develop apps for Google Glass also called as ‘glassware’.

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Me and Aravind are part of a student led group at iSchool called NEXIS. We work on new technologies and create cool stuff. They provided me with The Google Glass to work on.

Currently we are working on 2 apps:

Glassboard: This glassware is to be used by people in education. For teaching teachers how to teach. This provides instant feedback mechanism for teachers and students. Students can see the feedback from their teachers instantly on the glass while they are doing their thing. You can check the prototype here – Send Messages: http://aravindgee.com/glassboard/

View Messages (On Glass): http://aravindgee.com/glassboard/glass.html

Quiz App: This app is to be used by for learning purposes. Especially for children with disabilities. The prototype is ready and we are making good progress on it.

 

I will keep you updated with all the developments!

Spring Break in Silicon Valley!

Update (11/6/2016) : SBinSV was an awesome experience. Read about my thoughts here

I am going to spend my Spring Break in Silicon Valley!

This is going to be such an awesome opportunity. I was selected from a pool interdisciplinary applicants to visit Silicon Valley’s startups, established companies and VCs during my spring break 2015 for a credit bearing course. We are going to visit awesome companies, For ex:- Google, Dropbox, Box, Linkedin, twitter, udemy, Elevate and many, many more.

I am very excited to go on this tour because Silicon Valley has this reputation of being home to some of the most stupendously successful companies. I want to experience what makes these companies successful? It will be an excellent opportunity to interact with people behind these companies. Also because I have never been on the west cost of the country!

We are flying there in the first week of March. More on that soon!