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60 days no rice challenge, my experience

Just a few days before deepavali this year I started learning and practicing goal settings. Setting up your goals and achieving them step by step. One of the ideas about goal setting is that you can learn to get used to setting goals and achieving them. The more you are used to setting goals and achieving them then the more you would be able to set and achieve. Something more the less like that...

Quite a coincidence around that time I saw on my facebook feed the hashtag #60daysnoricechallenge. I thought, "Well, that's a good way to practice goal setting and getting my mind and habit into it. I'll give it a shot". So that was the reason I started the 60 days no rice challenge. Not really to lose weight or anything, but just as a way to practice setting and achieving a goal. But a lot of people didn't know that at the time and when they started to see the hashtag #60daysnoricechallenge on my feed assumed that I was doing it for weight loss. And here's where it…

Painless Functional Specs

Documentation.... Documentation never change.... (end fallout war never change reference)

I don't particularly like documentation. Sorry, let me rephrase that. I LOVE good documentations, I just don't like doing them. That being said, I need to start to really learn how to do it properly and meaningfully so that I too can generate great documentation which everyone loves to refer to but doesn't like to do. So where do I start? From the legend himself, Joel Spolsky. You can read them from his old blog but I'm just going to do a summary here for my own reference.

His first essay is on why functional specs should be done. Well, it's so that Bob the programmer know what to code out, it's so that Tina the marketing exec knows what features are available and what to say to the customers, it's so that Dol the manager knows what on earth he is managing.

Next, he outlines what should be in a spec. In short there should be

A disclaimerA paragraph saying "This spe…

Me and my sleep apnea

I have been suffering from sleep apnea for quite a few years already. It started to show when I was still with OSCC some 6 years back when I would sometimes "accidentally" sleep at my cubicle. Early on I just dismissed it as because I was growing fat (we ate a lot at OSCC.. :P and I barely went anywhere except my cubicle) and also because of babies. Oh babies.. those cute little things that keeps you awake at night so that they can be so cute and charming when your friends and relatives come over the next day. So it was dismissed. Later on I got more and more used to sleeping at work, started associating it with my lack of motivation and sometimes feeling of downright depression. And I kept growing fatter and fatter, which I assumed was the reason why I was getting more and more tired.

But then around 2 years ago a friend of mine suggested maybe I've got sleep apnea. And a few other people suggested I go to a sleep clinic and all that. Put it off for quite a while. Until…