Thejesh GN

A Blog, A Website and A container for all my views with excerpts from technology, travel, films, india, photography, kannada, friends and other interests. I am Thejesh GN. Friends call me Thej

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Right to Fight

Posted by Thejesh GN On August - 25 - 2011

Well I have many reasons not to agree with Team Anna. But what I agree is their (or anybody’s) right to fight. Specially if its against a corrupt system. What raged me is tactics used by Government to kill the movement even before it started. And probably that is the reason I support this movement.

Arun Jaitely talks about the same in Rajya Sabha and I completely agree with him.

First class experience

Posted by Thejesh GN On July - 26 - 2011

I am teaching Processing to Information and Interface Design students at NID, Bangalore. I am just back from my first class. This is the first time I am teaching in a class setup. I have taught before in a corporate setup. Most of my students have visual arts background and have no prior knowledge of programming. While its been a nice teaching experience, its quite a challenge for me not to use programming jargons. Loops and Arrays are quite a part of my vocabulary (and to most blog readers here). Unlearning them isn’t easy. I felt that today but by the end of the class I could match their wavelength. The whole experience was fun. I can say a First Class Experience! I should teach more.

Processing Course Link

Course details are online and in class Processing tutorials are available online in case you want to learn by yourself. Feedback is welcome.

Civics that Your Kid should Learn

Posted by Thejesh GN On July - 19 - 2011

According to me kids should be taught about their city and civics of their city very early. Unfortunately most of the school syllabus ignores that part of scial science. That is where BalaJanaagraha is trying to bring change. A very close friend of mine Sanjana has co-authored "Me and My City" for school children. This year thousands of Bangalore kids will learn about their city and governance from this book. Congratulations Sanajana.

If you don’t live in Bangalore or If your kid doesn’t study in one of those BBMP schools. Don’t worry, you can download and print a copy. Others can check the embedded Scribd copy below.

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Book: Anything you want

Posted by Thejesh GN On July - 10 - 2011

Anything you want

Just finished Anything you want by Derek Sivers. Its not your boring business book even though it talks about CDBaby. Its a small book with lots of stories. It reads like a blog, hence its more personal than most of the business books. But it does have some good suggestions for anybody who wants startup anything.

Some interesting quotes from the Book

  • When you make a company, you make a utopia. It’s where you design your perfect world.
  • “Revolution” is a term that people use only when you’re successful. Before that, you’re just a quirky person who does things differently.
  • If you’re not saying “HELL YEAH!” about something, say “no”.
  • Resist the urge to punish everyone for one person’s mistake.
  • Whatever you make, it’s your creation, so make it your personal dream come true.

Another interesting part of this book is about the way it got published. Its published by Domino Project, started by Seth Godin.

The Domino Project is named after the domino effect—one powerful idea spreads down the line, pushing from person to person. The Project represents a fundamental shift in the way books (and digital media based on books) have always been published. Eventually consisting of a small cadre of stellar authors, this is a publishing house organized around a new distribution channel, one that wasn’t even a fantasy when most publishers began.

For most of us Indians, its not available if its not on FlipKart :( So Domino Project please do push it to FlipKart. Kindle owners don’t have to worry.

What do you do v/s where

Posted by Thejesh GN On June - 14 - 2011

Wanted to write about this from long time but never got that blogger urge until today. I had noticed this during my sabbatical but then it became much more after I quit. In most of those social meets I get asked

“So where are you working now?”

It seems for some reason where we work is more important than what we do. So all of a sudden the interesting stuff that I am doing doesn’t seem to have any value. I am reduced to the most irresponsible thirty year old who doesn’t have any plans for future. It’s quite interesting how people are not a bit curious in what I am doing (and probably earning more than them in the process!) but more interested where I am working. Why brands are such a big deal?

My friends think it is Colonial Mentality where we take pride in working for big people, big companies, big foreign companies. Its insecurity that is playing which has its root in colonial mentality. It’s the reason we feel comfortable, good and secure working for big companies. It’s the same reason why my parents think Govt jobs are the best and my grand parents thought British Govt jobs were the finest. It could also be our education system which is just Job Oriented Training. I think thats how we are conditioned and unless we break the fish bowl we wont come to know world is big.
Inner peace
Coming back to the question. Initially I used to get offended. Now I explain the difference between what v/s where. Most of them get it and some don’t. Can’t help much, right?

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