Thursday, August 04, 2022

Book Review: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

 

Where the Crawdads SingWhere the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is story of a girl who lives alone in the marsh land of North Carolina near a small town of Barkley Cove. Her parents and siblings leave home in her early childhood and she was left alone. She learns to read thanks to a friend and also becomes an author of several books related to birds and animals of marsh land. This book also has a mystery surrounding the death of a man where the marsh girl Kya becomes the suspect. The book has several poems and nice literary description of the marsh land. For those who love to read literature and are not looking for thriller or murder mystery book will enjoy this book very much.

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Saturday, April 09, 2022

Favorite IntelliJ IDEA Plugins

 Some of my favorite IntelliJ IDEA plugins.

 


I am still waiting to get access to GiHub Copilot at this time.

Font = Monaco with Ligature enabled and size 14.

Theme = Xcode Dark 

All of them work on IDEA Community edition.



Sunday, March 13, 2022

FIRST Lego League Explore 2021-22 Season Cargo Connect

 

Today my daughter's team completed their first season of FIRST Lego League Explore by attending the festival hosted at Meridian World school at Round Rock. Seen above is the team showcasing their poster board showing their team's journey through the season and the Cargo Delivery vehicle they built using the WeDo 2.0 kit and the Explore set parts based on the season's theme of Cargo connect. The challenge was to improve the cargo delivery and the team's solution was to make a delivery vehicle that can automatically stop when it senses (via a distance sensor) an obstacle in its path. This is how we could improve the delivery of the cargo by making the delivery vehicle safer to drive. 

Friday, February 25, 2022

Monday, December 27, 2021

Book Review: Speed Reading: Learn to Read a 200+ Page Book in 1 Hour by Kam Knight

Speed Reading: Learn to Read a 200+ Page Book in 1 HourSpeed Reading: Learn to Read a 200+ Page Book in 1 Hour by Kam Knight
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Good tips on speed reading. Short and to the point book and we can practice what we learn right while reading the book. The habit of vocalization, visualization, spaced reading, peripheral vision and chunking will need to be practiced to be internalized. The last chapter on exercises for the eyes was great. Overall a great read.

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Tuesday, November 09, 2021

Book Review: Airframe by Michael Crichton

 

AirframeAirframe by Michael Crichton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

An American aircraft manufacturing company Norton, lands into trouble when one of its commercial airline customers Transpacific from China had a serious accident during flight which led to 4 deaths and several injuries. The company has a pending sales deal with China which they stand to loose if the bad reputation of their N-22 aircraft becomes a common knowledge. So they put their staff Cassey Singleton to figure out the actual reason why the accident happened. The company believed their aircraft was very well tested and finds it hard to believe that it could be a problem in the aircraft as the root cause for the accident. Finally Cassey gets to the bottom of the issue and saves the company from bad press. The story is simple and the writing is as expected great. A good read.

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Thursday, August 05, 2021

FIRST Programs - FLL Explore and FTC 2021-22 are on!

My family has been involved with FIRST related STEM programs from FLL to FTC for past couple years. It was for my son Rushil. And this year we have my younger one Aarini join in starting her first FIRST Lego League Explore season. It will be fun and i will be mentoring both their teams. 

Here are the season teasers for 2021-22 season for,

FLL Explore:



FTC:


Book Review: The Sentence is Death (Hawthorne and Horowitz Mystery, #2) by Anthony Horowitz

 

The Sentence is Death (Hawthorne and Horowitz Mystery, #2)The Sentence is Death by Anthony Horowitz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is second book in the Hawthorne and Horowitz series. The story is as exciting as the first one and very well told. Its written in the same vein as Sherlock holmes and Dr Watson where Ex-DI Hawthorne plays Sherlock and the author plays his biographer Dr Watson. The story starts with the murder of a divorce lawyer Richard Pryce. Hawthorne solves it in the end after having interviewed all persons involved with the dead lawyer in his last days. Waiting for the next one in the series - A Line to kill.

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Book Review: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

  Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is story of a girl who lives alone in the marsh land of North Caro...