: Found this in the mailbox yesterday. Thanks, @anirbanm@mastodon.social !!!

: Hard to decide if I should support India or USA in the T20 World Cup.

: Now with both the kids back home from college, we went for the first hike of this Summer. Forgot to …

: Flipped the switch this morning to connect our newly installed solar panels to the grid. Doing our …

: Daughter starting today as a Summer intern in a different department at my workplace. Looking …

: Was at the company HQ in NYC for a couple of days during last week.

: Oh No! Look where I am at. Hide my credit cards please.

: Yesterday (June 2nd) Lyme Land Trust had organized their yearly fundraising event - Tour de Lyme. …

: GUILTY AF!

: Sunspot AR3664 that created the fantastic display of Aurora went around the Sun over last 2 weeks …

: My kids always correct me for using these terms improperly. Poison is a toxin that gets into the …

: This is one of my most favorite spots on today’s bikeride. I have ridden by here in every season and …

: Just realized that today was Bob Dylan’s birthday. Happy Birthday, Robert!!! Thanks for so many …

: Went hiking with Ashwini at Ames open space in Old Lyme. After the heavy rain today, there were …

: It has become a tradition that around my birthday I go on a bike ride for the same number of miles …

: Tadej Pogacar has been phenomenal in this year’s Giro d’Italia. In yesterday’s monstrous stage, he …

: Pink Lady’s Slippers are blooming!!!

: Today’s lock screen with a photo from last Friday.

: Heard on the radio that it will be warm (~70F) this afternoon and I started dreaming about a bike …

: I was chatting with my daughter and we realized that we should express some serious gratitude to the …

: For people who are undecided about the US presidential election, life must be really really hard. If …

: TIL : Jehovah’s witnesses only celebrate the birthday of Jesus. Celebrating personal birthdays …

: Only a little bit of Aurora was visible on Sunday night around 11 pm before the clouds moved in.

: The cause…. And the effect….

: This huge sunspot 3664 on the right is causing the beautiful northern lights show which will …

: This was the best birthday gift ever!!!

: Thanks to the huge coronal mass ejections from the Sun, we could see northern lights from …

: Starting another revolution around the Sun, today!

: It is so cloudy and rainy and dark this morning. Feels like being in Mumbai monsoon.

: I have been doing a 10 minute morning meditation for a few months. The instructors say a lot of …

: My 4 years old iPad still works perfectly for the things that I need it for. The new features are …

: For me, Eastern redbud is the quintessential highlight of Spring blooming season.

: Sign on the highway in Massachusetts: It is the way - Obey speed limit May the fourth be with you!

: Back to work after 4 days in Mexico City and I have no idea about what I did here last week and what …

: Sun rising over Mexico City.

: First meal in Mexico City was excellent. Looking forward to many more.

: Listening to the Dead after a long time. Feels so so good!!! music.apple.com/us/album/…

: People usually say that as a young person, they were idealistic liberal and then turn into crabby …

: The totality lasted only for 3 minutes and 33 seconds but the whole eclipse went on for about two …

: Blue and green stained glass windows from La Sagrada Familia - Antoni Gaudi’s famous church in …

: 🚴 Another 70F day and another afternoon bike ride.

: What a glorious day for a bike ride. It was our first 70F day of this year.

: Applying some newly learned processing techniques to bring out details in solar corona.

: It’s mating time, y’all!

: Not a good way to end my bike ride.

: Wordle 1,029 2/6* ⬛🟨⬛⬛🟨 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 Woohoo!

: Both the kids have secured summer internships involving lab-based research. It will be good for them …

: We stayed with our friends in Albany and drove up to Plattsburgh, NY to view the eclipse. Took us …

: From all the photos taken during the total Solar eclipse on Monday, this one is my most favorite. It …

: 📷 Day11 : A sky full of stars!

: 📷 Day10 : Train - somewhere near Cumberland, MD

: Today’s Lock Screen

: A collage of eclipse progression and 2 photos taken during totality - one showing the corona and the …

: Three minutes and thirty three seconds of totality - an amazing experience! Here are three shots …

: Halo around the Sun. Hope the clouds remain at this level all afternoon.

: All set up! Ready to catch the Solar eclipse in Plattsburgh, NY. Hope the clouds won’t ruin the show …

: Tonight’s entertainment!!!

: 📷 Day02 : flowers (@davegullett)

: 📷 Day01 : toy (@pcora)

: Taxes for 2023 season are done and dusted. One more chore completed.

: Absolutely gorgeous day for a bike ride. Was worried about my eclipse trip to enjoy it fully. A …

: A month ago, he was pushing sneakers. Last week, he was pushing bibles. When will he be pushing …

: Sun on Sunday, March 24. So many sunspots! I guess there is a higher chance of seeing northern …

: To prepare for the Solar eclipse next month, I have been taking test shots and playing with …

: New comet in the sky named 12P-Pons-Brooks. Getting brighter every day. It is possible that it will …

: It is a clear night today. Hope to see and image the comet tonight.

: We were planning to go watch ‘Dune2’ in a theater last night. But by the time my daughter came back …

: Today, my daughter presented her research from last year’s Summer fellowship at Connecticut …

: Unilever to Cut 7,500 Jobs and Spin Off Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Unit Cool! Doesn’t matter …

: Typical pretty Winter day in New England! Most of the time there is no snow. Even when there is …

: Heard on the radio yesterday: SYDNEY JORDAN: There are estimates that Americans consume, on …

: Halo around the moon tonight.

: As I continue planning for the total Solar eclipse next month, I reserved a campsite at Buchanan dam …

: It is the Spring equinox today - first day of Spring. Did my bit of Spring cleaning and shaved off …

: Finished reading: An Abundance of Katherines by John Green 📚 ★★★ Seems like all John Green books are …

: Last night, started watching “Shogun”. Haven’t read the book so, didn’t know …

: Signs of Spring are sprouting!

: On my walk yesterday evening, heard a lot of spring peepers at the pond. That means Spring is almost …

: Heard on the news this morning that trump was calling facebook, the enemy of the people. Maybe, it …

: Did another community outreach program last night about the solar eclipse. I think I did the …

: East Bay Bike Path in Providence, RI I have been thinking about riding on this bike path in Providence for a while. Finally an …

: Kids only have this weekend overlapping between their Spring breaks. They want to do something fun …

: Typical calm Connecticut beach on Long Island sound.

: Yesterday, we had a public event to talk about the upcoming solar eclipse. A local amateur …

: Either the Christian nationalists are too stupid and trump is using them to grab power or they are …

: These photos were taken about 24 hours apart. From the movement of the Sunspots we can appreciate …

: Sun on Feb 25, 2024. The huge sunspot group AR3590 is as wide as 10 earths. It can be seen even with …

: “Wisdom comes from doing something too much to know how much is enough.”

: Alrighty! Had enough of this week. Time to hang up the boots and step into the weekend. You all have …

: OMG! She will be 21 in 2 weeks. 🥰

: My favorite constellation in the sky. Playing here with a diffuser filter to get that soft dreamy …

: I just hate dealing with insurance companies, especially when I have to file a claim and follow up. …

: “Prodigies can very quickly learn what other people have already figured out; geniuses discover that …

: Contribution limits for retirement accounts for 2024 (source): 401K - $23000; for 50+ - $7500 …

: Two breads were baked over the last two days: Sandwich bread Sourdough loaf

: I like John Green’s excellent writing. His novels are well written and are a good read …

: Actually DNF. It started out very well but became too violent and I didn’t want to keep reading. …

: “To be alive is to be missing.” — Turtles All the Way Down by John Green a.co/hDdwZZM

: Started watching season 5 of “Fargo” over the weekend. Really liked the first two …

: Today’s lock screen. This picture is of a fort in western India, called Peth aka Kothaligad.

: Bright blue skies on today’s hike. The spikes that I bought for my hiking shoes are working really …

: It was a cloudy day with light flurries but not too windy and cold. Perfect for a forest bathing …

: Today’s Lock Screen

: During yesterday’s Nor’easter someone slid on the icy road and knocked down my mailbox. …

: Happy Valentine’s Day!!! Heart nebula in Cassiopeia is an emission nebula located in the Perseus arm …

: This year’s presidential election in USA comes down to selecting a good, decent man over …

: Big fat snow flakes coming down. Can’t wait to finish some work and go out for a walk in fresh …

: A nor’easter is barreling down upon us and everything is shut down - not only schools but even …

: Yeah baby yeah!!! Go Chiefs!!!

: “We are about to live the American Dream, which is, of course, to benefit from someone else’s …

: On the second ride of this weekend learned about some local history. The president of Connecticut …

: Snagged the really warm day for my first outdoor ride of 2024. It was just beautiful! The forecast …

: Last night, it started out as a Facetime call from my son to discuss some chemistry problems he was …

: Another attempt at capturing the horsehead and flame nebulae in Orion. This time, there was no …

: We visited Barcelona during the last holiday break. On the way back home, our flights were cancelled …

: Same object from Feb 2021 and Feb 2024. Finally, learning how to use all the equipment properly.

: 2024 version of the Running Man (NGC1977) and Orion Nebula (M42). This star forming region in the …

: Excerpts from a chat with my son this morning. Made my day. 🥰🥰🥰

: A pond in my neighborhood.

: Yep! I am heading that way soon. You all have a good one!

: Looked at the Weather app on Apple Watch this morning and noticed that it has improved a lot. There …

: After some hemming and hawing, we finalized our plan for viewing the Total Solar Eclipse on April …

: Finally, after a lot of hemming and hawing for years, signed up to get solar panels installed on our …

: Finally, after a lot of hemming and hawing for years, signed up to get my genome sequenced and get …

: Listening to the new Green Day album. It is quite good. They have the same energy as they did 30 …

: 35F and rain is the absolutely worst kind of weather and that is what we have for this whole …

: 2023 was the first year since 2013 when I did not do a century ride. The longest bike ride for 2023 …

: 28 years!!! Kudos to her for tolerating me and my nonsense for so long!

: The first computers I used when I started grad school in 1991 were MacIntosh IIs and Silicon …

: Foggy evening for a walk

: List of classes my daughter is taking in the Spring semester of her junior year: Perspectives in …

: Today’s Lock Screen

: Muted someone who continues to be obnoxious even after telling them about it politely.

: A conversation with my kids today.

: It is 22nd work anniversary for me today. Can’t believe that it has been so long. Time flies …

: After a break of about one month, we are back to empty-nesting! Not saying it is better or worse. It …

: It was a cold and quiet day on campus yesterday when I dropped off my daughter in Maine.

: Moss and ice (icicles, plates, crystals?!?) growing around it.

: Today’s lock screen

: My son starts the Spring semester of his freshman year at college today. Good to see that he is …

: Happy to see some snow (~4 inches) here. With sub-freezing temps for next few days, it will stick …

: Our issues with airline travel continue. My son going back to college today was on a 9:15 am flight. …

: It is going to be a candle-lit evening. Power company expects to restore electricity by 11 pm.

: Looks like our whole town just lost power. It has been super windy all day. Must have brought down …

: In 2023, I was fortunate to witness and photograph two extraordinary astronomical events: A …

: The story of Centralia, PA and its everlasting coal mine fire that has been going on for the last 60 …

: On yesterday’s hike, the trail was blocked by a flooded stream so I decided to go off trail and …

: Went on a hike on this foggy morning after a lot of rain overnight. The trails had turned into …

: A look back at 2023 It is a little late but, want to get this post written. 2023 was a very busy and eventful year. It …

: Ahead of Monday’s caucuses, Republicans have spent $200+ millions on advertising in Iowa that …

: This morning, several fire engines rushed by when I was driving to work and I was wondering what …

: Micro.blog is not like other social networks and doesn’t need a built-in ‘news’ …

: Needed to pick up my car from the shop after oil change. Instead of waiting for someone to give me a …

: Fiery sunrise this morning as clouds gather in the sky ahead of an impending storm today.

: The Horsehead and Flame nebulae from Orion. The bright star (Alnitak) between them is the leftmost …

: Rowing on Concept2 rower is so enjoyable and have been doing it for the last few months. All this …

: After the pandemic hiatus, my airline traveling picked up significantly during 2023. Went on 4 …

: Made a college payment for my daughter’s Spring semester. This is her junior year and that …

: Barcelona - Day 7 and 8 After spending 6 wonderful days in Barcelona, we were supposed to come back home on day 7 but, …

: Barcelona - Day 5 and 6 On the last two days we decided to take it easy. Planned only one activity per day in the afternoon …

: Have been using Lillihub for a few days now and absolutely loving it. Wish the official Micro.blog …

: At Barcelona airport for third day in a row. Hopefully, we will get out of here and reach home …

: Barcelona is turning into Hotel California. Can’t get out of here. Not sure if I should laugh or …

: I think our household brings the average down. There is no way we waste $150 worth of food every …

: Average number of steps increased significantly during the week of vacation.

: Finally our long stretch of good luck with travel has come to an end. Our flight from Barcelona to …

: Happy New Year!!! Wishing you all a great 2024!

: My Strava stats for 2023. averaged more than one hour per day of exercise about 10 miles logged per …

: Barcelona- Day4 This must have been the most touristy day of our trip. We started off with a visit to one of Antoni …

: Barcelona - Day3 We went on a day trip to Montserrat. It was a guided tour that took us about an hour by bus to go to …

: Lit up streets of Barcelona

: Unleashing an adult into the World. Can’t believe it is his 18th birthday.

: Barcelona -Day2b In the afternoon, we visited the most famous landmark of Barcelona - La Sagrada familia cathedral - …

: Barcelona - Day2a In the morning we went for a walk around the old city aka the Gothic quarter. This city has been …

:

: Barcelona - Day 1 Arrived in Barcelona for the holiday break. Line for immigration was so long and it took forever to …

: One of our neighbors paints these rocks and leaves them by everyone’s mailbox as a holiday gift.

: Went hiking on George & Rosemary Moore trail and saw some pretty mosses and lichens.

: Signed up for a challenge to row 100 kms on the rowing machine between Thanksgiving and Christmas. …

: Took the car in for 110K miles service. After hearing some horror stories here on micro.blog I was …

: Elephant’s Trunk nebula in constellation Cepheus is an emission nebula that is about 2400 …

: Watching season 3 of Fargo. Already done with 3 episodes and this story is not as gripping as the …

: Startrails from my front yard. No Geminids. Hope to catch some tonight.

: California nebula (NGC1499) from the constellation Perseus. It is about 1000 light years away from …

: Just now remembered that during yesterday’s walk, I took a photo of the sky after Sunset.

: Fargo is so dark and depressing and scary but I can’t stop watching it.

: Lake, river and woods from hike and bike ride over the weekend.

: Tried these pickled radishes and turnips on day 8. They are so crunchy and delicious. It started out …

: I was finally able to upload my Twitter archive to my Micro.blog account. This was one of my first …

: At the Garde Arts Center in New London to watch another performance of the Nutcracker. This has …

: Portree harbor, Isle of Skye, Scotland

: Photos from a hike up on Arthur’s seat in Edinburgh last month.

: 80% Indian or 90% After resisting the urge for several years, I finally ordered a ‘23andme’ genome …

: While visiting Edinburgh, from whatever little Scottish history I learned, it is clear that the …

: Today’s Lock Screen.

: Pickling some vegetables from the last CSA share of this year.

: 20231202 hike Went for a hike this morning on Goodwin_trail and connecting smaller trails. LIstened to The Long …

: I had forgotten that with Nikon SnapBridge app, photos taken on my camera can be transferred …

: Some photos from today’s hike in the woods. Mushrooms, mosses and a glacial erratic.

: Over the last few years, we enjoyed advent calendars made up of whisky and wine. This year, we will …

: No surprises here…

: Can’t believe the republicans in the house expelled George Santos for being the best of what they …

: It is December 1st and they have started piping Christmas music in the hallways at work. Now, I am …

: Today, I am using a monitor that is not curved and it feels so weird.

: When I saw the headline “All trapped Indian workers rescued” I thought the news article …

: As I am using and enjoying my rowing machine a lot this year, I decided to join a challenge to row …

: It was cold this morning; the lake is starting to freeze. The moss is still very green and alive.

: It was a great Thanksgiving feast this year. We had an extra unexpected guest but it wasn’t a …

: Our Thanksgiving menu is set and have started prepping several dishes already. Looking forward to …

: Picked up my son at the airport as he came back home for Thanksgiving. He was booked on a late …

: Went to get a haircut and asked the barber to trim my beard too. He made look like Bad Bunny. Not …

: Can’t believe that Thanksgiving is next week. As always we are hosting. Expecting about 20 people. …

: Worked from home today and went for a #bikeride during lunch as it was a beautiful warm and sunny …

: Some big changes were announced at work while I was on vacation. Learned about them when I got back …

: Driving around Scottish highlands on almost empty roads was the highlight of this trip. Can’t …

: Having a gin and tonic with breakfast at the airport lounge in Edinburgh. Last bit of fun as this …

: Had a great week traveling around in Scotland. It was good to meet our daughter and know that she is …

: Selfie under a double rainbow during the golden hour on isle of Skye.

: Had a nice visit to Glenmorangie distillery today. Learned a lot about how single malt scotch …

: Listening to live Scottish music in a pub in Inverness.

: This is our day 5 in Scotland and we have seen very little rain; that too only in the nights. The …

: Within one month, we have visited 2 monuments to lost battles. The Alamo in San Antonio and Culloden …

: Driving from Edinburgh to Inverness was one of the most stressful driving experiences ever. It was …

: Good morning from Inverness, Scotland.

: Full Scottish breakfast this morning. Eating haggis and black pudding for the first time. I like it!

: First day in Edinburgh turned out to be sunny and quite nice! Sunday roast for dinner at the Queen’s …

: Fall… leaves…

: The pier at my neighboring town of New London is the staging ground for off-shore wind turbines that …

: Went for a bike ride on Mohawk Hudson bikeway with Manoj adding to our streak of riding together by …

: Chased diminishing sunlight on the bike ride this evening. Had a shitty day at work and really …

: 🏏 What an exciting match between Pakistan and South Africa!!! Finally, a match going to the wire …

: Annular solar eclipse 2023 - first empty nester trip When we watched the total solar eclipse in 2017, I knew the next one was going to be in April 2024 …

: Fall foliage in my neighborhood, captured during a walk last evening.

: Another mass shooting The news about recent mass shootings in Lewiston, ME is really horrible and they haven’t …

: Went to our favorite Japanese restaurant for dinner tonight. Waitress: I am new here. So, you’ll …

: Heard a story on NPR this morning about an organization called PinkAid. They provide compassionate …

: Over the last 6 weeks or so, we were getting used to our new life as empty nesters. Yesterday, our …

: Excellent guide to forest bathing from NPR podcast, “Life kit”. Surprised to see the …

: On NPR, heard an interview with Republican congressman from South Dakota who blamed Democrats for …

: As a part of parent weekend, the music department at Davidson put on a great show. This photo is of …

: At Davidson College for parent weekend.

: Posting photo of new lock screen again, now that Apple Frames shortcut is working again for me.

: Was at the Bushnell in Hartford to watch the taping of one of my favorite NPR shows, “Wait wait …

: We were talking about the cost of meals and prices on the menus at the restaurants. It was quite …

: New lock screen

: Is there an updated version of “Apple Frames” shortcut for iPhone 15?

: Made a quick video from the images taken around the time when ring of fire was seen during the …

: A few different composites of the eclipse photos.

: It was just amazing to experience an annular solar eclipse aka the “Ring of Fire”.

: Some photos from today’s eclipse event. I was really bummed when it started out cloudy but it nicely …

: It was so nice to finally meet you in person, @pratik , after knowing you on the interwebs for about …

: I hope the clouds clear out soon.

: Quiet part of the Riverwalk in San Antonio.

: Wonder how many birds crash into this building and die every day.

: Back to Texas after 20+ years. Last visit was in the Summer of 2000.

: Overheard at Hartford airport: “Going to Miami for the Dolphins game.” My thought was …

: Today’s #bikeride : Usual 20 mile ride Beautiful sunny Fall day. Felt so good to ride today. …

: Received the updated COVID vaccine. Still remember all the excitement from the time when the first …

: At the time of ordering, my iPhone 15 Pro was supposed to be delivered in the week of 10/20-10/27. …

: Solid advice The true investor will do better if he forgets about the stock market and pays …

: Today’s #bikeride : Commute to home It was a cool Fall day, cloudy and windy. Got a little …

: Checking out the equipment and making adjustments to get it ready for next week’s solar eclipse. …

: Some photos from today’s hike

: Went on a hike this morning. It was a pretty Fall morning - cloudy and still. Saw a lot of mushrooms …

: Went for a run after a couple of months. Glad that I could go 5K without breaks. Listened to: The …

: Interesting stuff!!! Three genes with possible role in vegetarianism. Genetics of vegetarianism: A …

: Have to find time today to watch the final episode of season 3 of “Only murders”. Just …

: Excellent news!!! Congratulations to Drs. Kariko and Weismann! Nobel Prize in medicine awarded to …

: Today’s #bikeride : Strava link Cool and cloudy Fall day. Starting to see some Fall foliage …

: September 30: “treasure”

: I have not closed any of my rings and I don’t care!

: September 29: “contrast” The contrast of the dark nebulosity over the background of red emission …

: According to the actuarial tables used by Social Security Administration (link thanks to @miljko), …

: Today’s #bikeride : Strava link Cool and sunny Fall day. Couldn’t have asked for better …

: September 28: “workout” Hiking on Franconia Ridge trail is a workout but the spectacular views are …

: Interesting!!! Spoiling vs overindulging a kid Unlike spoiling a kid, which is about catering to a …

: September 26: “beverage” Akvavit in Stockholm

: Some photos from weekend hike.

: September 25: “flare” In May, we witnessed a Supernova flare up in the Pinwheel galaxy …

: September 24: “belt” That shimmering belt of stars, nebulae and dust is our Milky Way galaxy.

: September 22: “road” Calle de la Fortaleza, Old San Juan, PR #mbsept

: September 21: “fall” A small waterfall and hint of fall foliage

: September 19: “edge” Rocket launched from over the edge of the world, seen from an airplane. #mbsept

: Looking at upgrading to iPhone 15 Pro. If I get it from Apple, $250 trade-in value for my iPhone 11 …

: September 17: “intense” Lagoon nebula (M8) is illuminated by a star that shines intensely with …

: September 16: “oof” The most beautiful season is almost upon us.

: Wordle 819 2/6 🟩🟨⬛🟨🟨 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 Third time in 6 days. Really should go out and buy a lottery ticket.

: September 15: “red” Old San Juan, PR. #mbsept

: September 14: “statue”

: Watched first 2 episodes of “Drops of God”. Absolutely loved it! Can’t wait to watch the rest.

: 139 Kms on the rowing machine in the last 2 months. This is more than my yearly totals in the years …

: September 13: “glowing”

: September 12: “panic” It will take a moment to realize the panic we felt as we got to the end of …

: September 11: “retrospect” When we look up in the night sky we are looking in the past. …

: Try hard but not that hard - I like this!!! The trick—be it in exercise, or anything—is to try for …

: With all the showboating, the men’s tennis is just so boring to watch. Wish this match gets …

: 20230910 Bike ride Bike ride around East Lyme, Old Lyme and Lyme. Went down to the coastline and then up into the hills …

: September 10: “Cycle” aka my trusty therapist

: Dropped daughter off at the airport last evening. Woke up this morning to find that she made it …

: September 8: “yonder” Oh boy! So many photos to choose from. Here is one of my …

: A service engineer came in to fix one of the instruments at work and turns out that he is from same …

: September 7: “panorama” Haleakalā crater, Maui

: Trifid nebula (M20) is one of my favorite objects. In one field, there is bright emission nebula, a …

: September 6: “well” done! #mbsept

: Last night, we paid the bill at University of Edinburgh. Turns out that by going there for a …

: Rode my bike to work this morning. The pedestrian/cyclist lane on Gold Star bridge has been fixed so …

: September 5: “forest”

: September 4: “orange”

: September 3: “precious”

: The Drop-off Last week, we dropped off our son at college. They made move-in really easy for everyone. As we …

: September 2: “buildup”

: Does anyone know if a livejournal blog can be imported to micro.blog? @help

: September 1: “abstract”

: Super Blue Moon It is just laughable to see all the hype in the news about SUPER BLUE MOON. It is a stupid …

: I want to know if Hurricane Idalia is headed to Mar-a-lago or not. Then I’ll know if I should …

: Calluses! They are called damned calluses. Wanted to text my brother that I have calluses from …

: While in North Carolina, what we had as daily low temps are now our daily high temps as we are back …

: Albert Camus “Go out for a walk. It doesn’t have to be a romantic walk in the …

: Oui oui oui

: Argh! After last few days in North Carolina, it feels good to think that only one more month of …

: When you have 3-4 kids, it seems right to refer to the oldest and youngest of the flock. With only 2 …

: Another day of nice after ride coffee. I am going to miss this when I go back to riding in the area …

: One of the claims to fame for Davidson college before Steph Curry showed up!

: Explored the lakeshore communities on today’s #bikeride - aka gawking at million dollar McMansions. …

: Went on a longish bike ride on the northern side of Charlotte, NC. It was so hot that I forgot to …

: It is so nice to be in suburbs where I can get a decent cup of coffee when I decide to rest on the …

: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you, and …

: Various sculptures on Davidson College campus.

: Found Mark Twain outside Cornelius public library during my first ever bike ride in the state of …

: Went for a 1.5 mile walk after driving 750 miles through 8 states during the day.

: Grilled veggies, cheese, bread and lots of olive oil for dinner tonight. Oh yes, and rosé of course. …

: Trifid nebula (M20) and Lagoon nebula (M8). Really like how the blue color of the reflection …

: So much rain and thunder on the way to work this morning. It was hard to see the road. I pulled off …

: New Home Screen.

: The famous “Pillars of creation” captured from my front yard. It is an area of intense star forming …

: Saw my backyard hummingbird catching an insect this morning. Interesting! I thought they only drank …

: Heading off to orientation trip at college. Traveling all by himself for the first time. We will see …

: Getting some brunch at out favorite local diner before heading out to the airport.

: Fedex has gotten so bad lately. At least half the packages that I receive are either delayed or …

: I refuse to go near a place where this happens. Boy, 6, dies after being shot in head by 9-year-old, …

: My friend came along to join me as I was having coffee this morning.

: Had a busy weekend pushing my son to get his stuff together as he packed to leave for college. …

: Strikethrough

: 🚴‍♂️ Saw this blooming Crape myrtle on today’s #bikeride.

: 🚴‍♂️ On this morning’s #bikeride , mixed up some old routes to create a new one for today. The …

: Last night, it was one of the best Lyme Land Trust public Astronomy nights at Alan’s …

: Came into work to find that our latest paper is now available online. Congratulations to all my …

: Can’t believe Jerry Garcia was only 53 years old when he died in 1995 on this day. I am the …

: I haven’t been to a theater to watch a movie since Dec 2019 and I don’t feel like going …

: Well done, Ohio voters!!!

: 🚴‍♂️ Being there to take in this view is a good enough reason for riding 20 miles on the bicycle.

: How is Scribe going to work? Looks good I like how easy formatting is. Thanks, @amit !

: 📺 Finally, finished watching “Hijack” on Apple TV last night. It was a good thriller …

: 🚴‍♂️ It was great to see Mathieu Van der Poel winning the Elite men’s road race at the UCI …

: Thanks to the flat tire on my bike, I am sitting here by this stream listening to birds and cicadas. …

: 🚴‍♂️ From today’s #bikeride that ended with a flat tire. Didn’t have a repair kit so ended up …

: M51 aka the Whirlpool galaxy along with its companion dwarf galaxy NGC5195. They are at about 24 …

: Another satellite trail going right through the target I was shooting. I see at least 1 satellite in …

: I am so happy with this morning’s bike ride that it doesn’t matter what happens during rest of the …

: “Hijack” on Apple TV is so good. Have to stop watching. Have to work tomorrow. Damn!

: Pumped up the tires, lubed the chain and I was flying on today’s #bikeride . Not sure if it was the …

: Finally some cooler weather in the mornings! Loving it.

: TIL ‘Secret’ is something that you share with some people and keep from other people …

: August Apple Fitness challenge for me is to complete 11 cycling workouts of 5 minutes or longer this …

: Heard news on the radio about an ongoing trial of a school shooting in Oxford, MI. I don’t …

: “Take Five” by Dave Brubeck is one of my most favorite Jazz pieces. Here is a cover by a …

: Study abroad As our daughter is getting ready for her semester abroad, we have to control our urge to help her as …

: The Long View from Morningstar.com is one of the best financial podcasts about retirement planning. …

: Yesterday was such a beautiful day. Sunny, 77F and low humidity. After being stuck in a car in …

: Goldenrod and Queen Anne’s lace are blooming everywhere.

: Found this huge and pretty caterpillar on today’s #bikeride . After some looking around, it is from …

: Another weekend in West Windsor, NJ.

: Queen Anne’s lace and clouds in the water.

: All the heavy radioactive elements like Uranium and Plutonium are created in Supernovae where stars …

: It was a still windless morning - perfect for all these reflection photos on today’s #bikeride along …

: Duck river on yesterday’s #bikeride .

: Have switched over to this for the pleasure of having a G&T on weeknights.

: Seeing rave reviews for Barbie from everyone including my kids. Hope it comes to streaming soon so I …

: Hi everyone! The whole damned world is burning. Let’s stop pretending that everything is OK.

: Evening #bikeride yesterday to find some peace after a busy Monday at work. Strava file.

: Hey @pratik : Booked our tickets to San Antonio to watch the annular solar eclipse on October 14th. …

: With a late start for Tour de France this morning, I had enough time to go for a longer #bikeride . …

: “I see a red door and I want to paint it black”

: Went for a quick #bikeride this morning as I didn’t want to miss much of today’s Tour de France …

: After doing everything he could to help his team leader Vingegaard to become the race leader at Tour …

: After absolutely smashing the time trial yesterday, Vingegaard took another 6 minute lead over …

: It has been a month since the official beginning of Summer. Can we please end it ASAP? Wanted to go …

: With all the rainy weather, Canadian smoke and short Summer nights, there was no chance to do any …

: Loved this article about “The Dark Side of the Moon”.

: Black eyed Susans are blooming in the garden currently.

: Nothing to worry now @pratik . Everything will be alright.

: After very little or no air travel over the last few years, we have several trips planned this year …

: We are under a Tornado watch since this morning! Where the heck am I? MF’ing Oklahoma?

: Warm and sticky #bikeride on familiar roads in East Lyme, and Old Lyme. Love how green this whole …

: Fear of death is a waste of time. Death is a part of life. -Dalaï Lama

: I don’t like Summer. The days are too long, making my bed time later and later. No matter when …

: Right now it is one of those times when there are problems all around in personal and work life with …

: On the bus with my bike to go over the Gold Star bridge (I-95). The pedestrian/bicycle path along …

: Today is July 11th - 219 years ago, on this day, Vice President Aaron Burr shot Secretary of the …

: I don’t mind doing the work, I actually enjoy it. It is the structural hurdles that drains my …

: Professional cyclists are just so incredibly strong and efficient at generating power. Vingegaard …

: Elton John announced his retirement from touring after 4000+ concerts over 50 years. That is just an …

: Trying something new. Posting my outdoor bike rides 🚴🏽 here for the month of July. This ride is my …

: Hippocrates, the father of medicine believed that brain was a mucus secreting gland. #TIL

: Hilly #bikeride on a warm and still morning. Had to ride my heavier bike to pick up our CSA share on …

: We have made this house our home for the last 16 years. Moved here over the 4th of July weekend in …

: Currently reading: Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach 📚

: I started working out on the rowing machine again after a long time. Finally, I have figured out how …

: If Francis Scott Key wrote something else instead of And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting …

: Booked a flight for my son to travel to attend college orientation. This sh!t is getting real. Also, …

: Rt 1 - Rt 156 #bikeride on July 3rd. It was steamy and cloudy.

: Got back home from Bar Harbor. Another nice week at Acadia NP - 11th or 12th visit over the last 16 …

: Morning ride on foggy and misty Park Loop Rd. There were very few people out there only around Sand …

: New profile photo! Finally have a selfie that is halfway decent.

: Water lily in Witch Hole pond and assorted mosses and lichens.

: All that rain is making pretty waterfalls. Seen somewhere along a carriage road in Acadia NP.

: This is just perfect, @wrenman

: Flowers from my walk this morning.

: After many many visits to Acadia National park over many years, I found one of those iconic granite …

: One of our favorite places to walk on - Jordan pond trail. It was great to be there in foggy and …

: Last night we ate lobster poutine. I was a bit skeptical ordering it as I find regular poutine with …

: Early morning walk along Eagle Lake in Acadia National Park. Found a couple of pink lady’s slippers. …

: “Me porto bonita” by Bad Bunny music.apple.com/us/album/…

: Went hiking to areas of Acadia National park we had not covered before. We could climb up on Bald …

: Today’s hike was up on Dorr mountain. Took the Ladder trail up and came down on Gorge path. It was …

: Bike ride partly on Park Loop Road and partly on Carriage roads in Acadia National Park. Back to my …

: Inspired by my daughter to make a playlist where one song is added every day. Starting off with one …

: Jenga!!!

: Yearly goal writing and performance evaluation was bad enough. A couple of years ago they switched …

: Fedex has really reached rock bottom. An overnight package (with protein samples on dry ice) sent to …

: I hope I get to mark today’s Summer solstice with a hike or forest bathing this afternoon.

: Went running this morning after more than a year. Will be on a lookout for aches and pains to set in …

: Wordle 732 2/6 🟨⬛⬛🟩🟩 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩

: Why would I want to know anything about this? Stop trying to waste my time, Apple News.

: Niantic river as it meets Long Island sound.

: And…. We have a high school graduate! Off to bigger and better things this Fall. Stay tuned!

: Today is high school graduation for my son! Crickey! We will be empty-nesters this September.

: Duck river this morning in Old Lyme, CT.

: Great episode of 99% Invisible podcast about the sounds of street vendors of Mexico City. I remember …

: The ocean and the river.

: A famous quote from the poet, Robert Frost. In three words I can sum up everything I’ve …

: Such bright color on this Geranium!!!

: This big guy was inside my compost bin. Not sure why it is called the dark fishing spider.

: Mars in the Beehive Mars and the Beehive star cluster (M44) in Cancer, which is one of the closest star clusters to us …

: Mars and the Beehive star cluster (M44) in Cancer, which is one of the closest star clusters to us …

: Mountain laurel is in full bloom around here. It is the state flower of Connecticut and …

: Indian team for the World Test Championship match includes Pujara and Rahane. Have they become so …

: I don’t see myself buying Apple vision pro right now but if I am to be alive in 20-30 years when the …

: Tour de Lyme 2023 Today’s Tour de Lyme was the 10th anniversary version of the ride. I have missed only one …

: Needle galaxy and other distant galaxies The needle galaxy (NGC4565) - perfect edge-on view of a spiral galaxy that is at about 30 light …

: While scanning the TV channels last night, there was Scripps National Spelling Bee and the preview …

: Painted the Adirondack chairs to add some Color to our deck.

: Rhododendron and pink dogwood in the yard.

: Snagged one year of Peacock premium subscription for only $15. They had a 50% off special on the …

: What a beautiful night. Have the fire pit going; made some s’mores; enjoying the clear cool night.

: Voyager2 is the only spacecraft that has done a close flyby of Neptune. Look at this badass photo of …

: Right now, there is so much talk about mental illness/wellness/health everywhere - in the news, at …

: During Spring and Summer, I often ride my bicycle to work that involves crossing a mile-long bridge …

: These days when I have to dress up, I put on jeans.

: Why? Don’t the people moving to Florida know that in 15-20 years, their houses will be turning …

: Supernova SN2023ixf Supernova SN2023ixf was spotted on May 19th and it continues to brighten. Took the top image on May …

: Supernova SN2023ixf was spotted on May 19th and it continues to brighten. The top image is from May …

: Sunspots seen just now. The big sunspot at center left can hold 4 earths. 😳

: Planning a 3-day bike ride from Albany to NYC in coming weeks. This is going to be so much fun!

: That was too much time spent in the car over 3 days. From Friday morning to Monday morning, I …

: One minute of recording in Merlin app and found so many birds by sound ID in a meadow in West …

: Saw this snapping turtle on a walk this morning.

: A quick trip to Maryland in DC area today to celebrate 90th birthday of my wife’s uncle. It will be …

: Yesterday drove my daughter back home from Bowdoin college. Can’t believe that she already completed …

: It’s May 19th - time to look for pink lady’s slippers, one of the native orchids in northeast US. …

: Now with his final high school concert and all the AP tests done, my son has to show his face at …

: Now that I am in my 50s, here are the topics I discuss with my peers: Back pain Aging and dying …

: It has been estimated that, thanks to the availability of Covid-19 vaccines in the U.S., from …

: Sound ID works so well in Merlin Bird app. It was my first experience with it and am thoroughly …

: They say that married people start to look like each other. It hasn’t happened to my wife and …

: A face-on spiral galaxy, M101 aka the Pinwheel galaxy is at 21 million light years away in Ursa …

: Wordle 695 2/6 🟨⬛🟨🟨🟩 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩

: Four star evening! Taking away one star as it is a little chilly at 60F.

: My boy is back. @wrenman

: While watching the highlights of stage 7 of Giro d’Italia, noticed someone flying the confederate …

: This photo of Rosette nebula that I posted last week is featured on my company’s internal …

: I found out yesterday that Jerry Springer died two weeks ago. So sorry to hear that. He was a very …

: Periwinkle and Cinquefoil growing in my yard.

: In 17th and 18th century the supply of nails was strictly controlled by the British empire. For …

: Want to read: Nuts and Bolts by Roma Agrawal 📚

: Completed another lap around the Sun, successfully! 🖖🏽 ✌🏽

: Hey @mikehaynes : Loving your micro.blog theme “Outpost”. Thanks for sharing!

: Went for my birthday ride a couple of days early. Started this tradition of riding the same number …

: I have planned a 2-day trip to Texas this Fall. I must make sure that before leaving, I have my will …

: Last night was the year-end concert of Connecticut Youth Symphony. It was one of the best concerts …

: Pretty young leaves all around me on this warm sunny spring day.

: Watched a movie - “Bridesmaids”. My favorite was the cyber security lady. She was the …

: Wordle 686 2/6 🟩⬛⬛🟨🟨 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩

: For a long time, I used to bite my nails to a point where they started bleeding. About 12-13 years …

: Rosette nebula - April 2023 The Rosette nebula from Monoceros constellation at ~5000 light years, is one of the brightest nebula …

: The Rosette nebula from Monoceros constellation at 5K light years is one of the brightest nebula in …

: My son will be going off to college in North Carolina this Fall. We have a few months to wrap our …

: Love these Spring days.

: May 1st is college decision day. It is final. This Fall, my son will be joining the class of 2027 at …

: Anyone have Bluesky invite codes to share? Thanks in advance!

: OMG! Just realized that my streak on Day One is longer than one year. Thanks for getting me started, …

: This Eastern Redbud is absolutely the most favorite tree in our yard. I planted this as a little …

: On grieving I grew up in a religious household but, in my current life, I am not religious and am a …

: What is there to explain? All washed up quarterbacks end their careers at the Jets.

: One thing I like about Apple Music is that when you search for a song by its name, it finds all the …

: If you are planning to buy I-series savings bonds, do it today. You can still get 6.88% interest …

: “In 20 years, this country will be run by people who were homeschooled by day drinkers.” Saw this …

: Ready for the last of the ceremonies to bid my dad a farewell.

: Spotted this parrot during my walk this morning.

: My dad passed away last night in his sleep, just a few months short of his 80th birthday. It was …

: The number of pickup trucks outnumber cars on the road in all 50 states. I really wonder why! People …

: What a lovely day to be out today.

: Mars and M35 Mars visiting Gemini on March 30, 2023. Open star cluster M35 at the bottom is at 2600 light years …

: One of the Tennessee legislators that got expelled, Justin Pearson, is a Bowdoin graduate. My …

: Not sure if it is allergies or if I caught a cold, but it surely isn’t Covid. That is what the …

: First admitted students day for my son at Bates College in Lewiston, ME. They have a full program to …

: Two planets together - bright Venus and Uranus (pointed with the arrow).

: Mars visiting Gemini. Open star cluster M35 at the bottom is at 2600 light years away and made up of …

: Rhode Island capitol in Providence, RI.

: Here is some proof that practice most definitely improves your skill. Also, better equipment helps. …

: Heard a nice description for people in United States congress today… “these people who …

: Comet Neowise and its reflection in the mirror that is Lake Pattagansett. I love capturing …

: A little slice of our galaxy captured last night through my telescope. M42 aka the “Great Orion …

: The first time I heard about this story of engineers working on Graphing calculator even when they …

: Spam on my cell phone is just getting out of hand. These days I never pick up if I don’t know …

: Some daily prompts in Day One are good and others not so much. #mbmar

: The support structure under the Gold Star Memorial bridge on Pequot (aka Thames) river. #mbmar

: I always get confused between the flags of Puerto Rico and Texas.

: This superconducting magnet is a part of NMR instrument that I routinely use to study molecules. …

: Typical spice container in an Indian kitchen. #mbmar

: Fortaleza street in front of the Governor’s residence and other colorful streets of Old San Juan, …

: Windham courthouse in Willimantic, CT. #mbmar

: Can someone please educate me about what user data on TikTok that everyone is so worried about? And …

: What is the chance of capturing an airplane transiting the Sun at the same time as planet Mercury …

: This praying mantis in my backyard is one of the coolest insect I have seen. #mbmar

: Doors of Old San Juan, PR.

: Galaxy M110 (bottom center) is tiny compared to its neighbor M31 aka Andromeda galaxy. #mbmar

: My favorite Houseplant is orchid. #mbmar

: Walking around in San Juan, PR.

: Free analog books on a sidewalk in San Juan, PR. #mbmar

: Portico at the Pantheon in Rome. Reminiscing about a great Spring break trip while on another Spring …

: Saw a rocket launch from Cape Canaveral out of the plane window! 😳

: Still remember those early days of COVID pandemic with home made cloth masks. #mbmar

: Last night’s state championship meet for my high school senior was probably our last swim meet …

: Son passed his driving test today. People in Southeastern CT, watch out! Now, we have one more …

: This road is for everyone - some are fast but, others are not! #mbmar

: Absolutely the worst decision (and the biggest regret) of my digital life –> shut down my …

: Takes a bit of patience to make a long exposure image showing the Earth’s rotation by combining …

: Looks like more problems with banks and a rough day ahead in global stock markets.

: Daughter applied for a fellowship at her college to do Summer research at a land conservation trust …

: So many horizon shots to choose from. Here are a couple of photos from my most favorite place - …

: Made last-minute vacation plans. This must be the first time for us to book a vacation within 10 …

: Trying to find all the right connections. #mbmar

: The biggest shiny object in the night sky. #mbmar

: Gimcrack awards given out to kids that win their heat at swim meets. #mbmar

: While setting up equipment for astrophotography, it is a ritual for me to check focus using a …

: A gentle reminder… “anyone can be an ally and everyone can use an ally”

: So many things happening in the next couple of weeks for my son. State swim championships (2 days); …

: We traveled from different continents and got together when we turned 50. Most of us were in the …

: Walking on Martian landscape on the rim of Haleakalā crater in Hawaii is an unforgettable …

: Test Made some changes in IFTTT format. Let’s see how this looks.

: Testing IFTTT connection to DayOne…

: Daughter turned 20 today! 😳🤯😍 Can’t believe how quickly the years went by. It seemed like …

: There is this whole galaxy out there for us to explore. #mbmar

: Lot of cool engineering in this astro imaging setup including the use of masking tape to attach the …

: Feedly or Feeder? Any recommendations for RSS reader?

: Tiles of art made by my kids in elementary school about a decade ago still hangs on my wall. #mbmar

: Ziplining in rain, foggy Costa Rican rainforest was such a blast. Want to do this again. #mbmar

: At our last Eastern Connecticut Conference swim meet. Can’t believe this is the sixth year for us …

: Sometimes solitude is therapeutic and is exactly what one needs. #mbmar

: Venus Jupiter conjunction After missing the closest approach yesterday, I was relieved that I caught some break in the clouds …

: Airplanes kept photobombing while I was shooting Venus and Jupiter.

: After missing the closest approach yesterday, I was relieved that I caught some break in the clouds …

: Caught Jupiter and Venus conjunction tonight through a break in cloudy weather. #mbmar March Photo …

: Wordle 621 2/6 🟩⬛🟩⬛🟩 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 Yes!

: I have been using Obsidian for about 6 months or so to keep track of my cycling, astrophotography …

: Nothing… I mean nothing says secure better than duct tape. #mbmar

: March is National Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Awareness Month. For those over 45, screening for …

: As I am getting older, it seems like this whole idea of ‘mindful living’ or …

: Expecting more snow tonight into tomorrow. Looking forward to it. Want to use my snowshoes for a …

: Moon, Jupiter and Venus Moon, Jupiter and Venus in the western sky. Couldn’t catch them when they were closer to each other …

: Moon, Jupiter and Venus in the western sky. Couldn’t catch them when they were closer to each other …

: It was a cold and quiet morning for an enjoyable stroll in the forest. I like making bootprints on …

: Yeah!!! Finally some snow. Thank you, winter gods!

: At San Diego airport on my way back home almost 2 hours before boarding starts. What should I do?

: Thanks @pratik !!!

: “The only people who can betray us are the ones that we trust.” Whoa! That is deep.

: Dipped my toes/feet in the Pacific Ocean at Coronado beach today. Last time was maybe 15 years ago.

: Took this photo of downtown San Diego from the ferry to Coronado island and Siri is telling me that …

: Skipped a couple of sessions at the conference and visiting Coronado Island.

: Oh my!!!

: Italian seafood stew - Cioppino. Very delicious!!!

: Delicious poke bowl was had today.

: What is going on in the red room?

: Walking around downtown San Diego this morning.

: First fish tacos of this San Diego trip. There will be many more.

: Onwards to San Diego…

: Flame and Horsehead nebulae shining brightly along with blinding Alnitak. So satisfying to see this …

: First time at the new Denver airport. It is so huge!!

: United airlines is charging fees for checked-in bags and then they offered to check-in my carry-on …

: Going for a conference to San Diego after a long long time. Interestingly, the weather in San Diego …

: Canvas print Got this photo of Elephant trunk nebula printed on canvas. It looks quite good considering its big …

: Jupiter and Venus are lighting up the western sky. They will come very close to each other in 2 …

: Orion is looking pretty in the sky tonight. #astro

: Got this photo of Elephant trunk nebula printed on canvas. It looks quite good considering its big …

: The inflation came down compared to last June but, that doesn’t mean prices will come down. …

: The Pleiades The Pleiades (M45) aka The Seven Sisters aka Subaru is an open star cluster ~444 light years away. …

: Check this out…. My photo of Elephant Trunk nebula was featured here.

: The Pleiades (M45) aka The Seven Sisters aka Subaru is an open star cluster ~444 light years away. …

: There weren’t any great commercials on SuperBowl broadcast last night. I thought the phone …

: At a USASWIMMING swim meet this morning - first in 3 years and most probably, the last ever. So many …

: New lock screen for the phone.

: Orion Nebula 2013: How it started…. 2023: How it’s going….

: Orion Nebula 2013: How it started…. 2023: How it’s going….

: Running man and Orion nebulae This must be my best effort at capturing the running man and Orion nebulae so far. This nebula is a …

: This must be my best effort at capturing the running man and Orion nebulae so far. This nebula is a …

: “I just don’t know what I’m gonna do I was alright ‘til I fell in love with …

: As I look at this picture again, it feels like I see an old friend there, whom I haven’t seen …

: The results came out this morning and my son was selected to play viola in Connecticut All-State …

: When my kids were younger I tried to get them interested in Astronomy but, it seemed like it …

: There was a time when our lives revolved around swimming. When kids were younger, they’d go …

: Green Comet and Capella The green comet is so close to a bright star, Capella right now. I’d be out taking pictures if there …

: The green comet is so close to a bright star, Capella right now. I’d be out taking pictures if there …

: A big Oak

: I am so grateful to have these beautiful resources, land conservation trusts and town open spaces, …

: All through my working life, we have had employer-sponsored gold-plated cadillac healthcare plan. …

: Veil nebula print Got my Veil nebula photo printed. This is the first time for me to get an acrylic print. It was …

: Green comet Comet C2022/E3 (ZTF) or the green comet as mentioned in the news was captured on the night of Friday …

: Last week, our work on branched chain ketoacid dehydrogenase kinase inhibitors was published in the …

: Comet C2022/E3 (ZTF) or the green comet as mentioned in the news was captured on the night of Friday …

: Different processing to dim the startrails and bring out the dust tail of comet ZTF more clearly. …

: Comet C/2022 E3(ZTF) This is a stack of 30 sec exposures over 24 minutes. It moves quite a bit with …

: Wish I could bottle up this day and sell it….

: Capturing the green comet tonight.

: Want to live to be 100+ years old? Hope you have good genes. If you do then make sure you live in a …

: Got my Veil nebula photo printed. This is the first time for me to get an acrylic print. It was …

: 27th anniversary today! Now, I have been married longer than I was single.

: Completed 21 years with my current employer. Amazing how quickly the time flies by when you enjoy …

: On January 26th, the documentary series on “1619 project” will be available for …

: Next Sunday will be the AFC and NFC championship games. Dang! I completely missed this NFL season. I …

: My first outdoor bike ride of 2023. [Strava link]. The temperature was at freezing point but without …

: Had some home shucked local oysters last night. Bought them off the dock so almost zero carbon …

: Some changes are being announced at work. Some reorganization and some layoffs. A few people that I …

: Sunrise seen from my exercise bike.

: Comet C2022 E3 (ZTF) is still a little fuzzball through 70 mm camera lens. Hopefully it will get …

: This article just doesn’t seem right. Wonder if it was sponsored by the single use coffee pod …

: Bonjour! Je m’appelle Parag. Je suis étudiant en français. J’aime Duolingo.

: Test post from Obsidian Checking how posting to micro.blog works from obsidian.

: Today’s New Yorker cartoon.

: Last night, my son sent out his last two college applications. After a lot of blood, sweat, tears …

: Watched Glass Onion. It was excellent! Loved it!

: All the green moss on the ground grabbed my attention on today’s forest bathing hike. Such a stark …

: At the first home meet for high school boys swim team. Has been almost one year since I officiated a …

: Elephant trunk nebula is one of my most favorite targets for astrophotography. This star forming …

: Back in Sep2021, saw that Paypal was offering cryptos. Bought some with play money. In late 2021, it …

: Roads - built for going quickly from place A to place B. Streets - places to go to for shops, …

: After hearing a feature on NPR this morning, I am again getting excited about the annular solar …

: My son wanted his baby picture for the school yearbook. After some digging around, I thought this …

: Watched a few minutes of “Golden Globes” last night where they announced 3 awards. I had …

: Lobster trap tree in Stonington, CT. The tree is made by stacking lobster traps and the ornaments …

: Listened to Nikole Hannah-Jones talk at a work event on diversity, equity and inclusion. She is an …

: Orion the hunter is one of the most beautiful and recognizable constellation in the night sky. The …

: Seventeen!!!! How did that happen so quickly? 🥲

: Some photos of moss and mushrooms from New Year’s Day hike that I forgot to post earlier.

: Only 1 in 4.3 billion of the Sun’s photons are intercepted by the eight planets of our Solar …

: Malcolm Gladwell or Barack Obama - excellent orators that can hypnotize you with their word wizardry …

: This whole election of house speaker is so sad and disgusting. McCarthy lost the vote 11 times. When …

: FWIW – It has been 6 years since I stopped using Facebook and I don’t miss it at all. I …

: 42 months. That is enough time to get an undergraduate degre. I wish he was awarded more to add a …

: During the holiday break, this article with me as a co-author was published in J.Med.Chem. Congrats …

: First day back to work since Dec 16th. It was such a nice break. Glad that I could log into my work …

: Finished watching season 3 of Jack Ryan. DO NOT watch this show. It was horrible. I’ve taken a …

: Keeping up with my usual start of the year —> To make up for all the gluttony of last month or …

: reelgood.com Check out Slow Horses on Reelgood. See where it’s streaming and more!

: Finished reading: What We Carry by Maya Shanbhag Lang 📚 What a fantastic memoir!!! A breathtaking …

: A look back at 2022 Adit: now a senior in high school college visits, applications selected for New England music …

: ““Home is where you go when everything is closed. Like when Ben and Jerry’s is closed and the park …

: Posting some of my favorite astrophotos of 2022 in this thread over next 2 days. #Paragastro2022 …

: Posting some of my favorite astrophotos of 2022 in this thread over next 2 days. #Paragastro2022 …

: Posting some of my favorite astrophotos of 2022 in this thread over next 2 days. Link to previous …

: Posting some of my favorite astrophotos of 2022 in this thread over next 2 days. #Paragastro2022 …

: Posting some of my favorite astrophotos of 2022 in this thread over next 2 days. #Paragastro2022 …

: 2022 activities in numbers Strava does this year end summary of all the activities posted through the year. I like that I can …

: Posting some of my favorite astrophotos of 2022 in this thread over next 2 days. #Paragastro2022 …

: Finished reading: First Person Singular by Haruki Murakami 📚

: Currently reading: What We Carry by Maya Shanbhag Lang 📚

: Posting some of my favorite astrophotos of 2022 in this thread over next 2 days. #Paragastro2022 …

: Posting some of my favorite astrophotos of 2022 in this thread over next 2 days. #Paragastro2022 …

: Posting some of my favorite astrophotos of 2022 in this thread over next 2 days. #Paragastro2022 …

: Jupiter and Moon over the Empire State Building in NYC.

: In downtown Manhattan waiting on some random street while our guests visit 9/11 memorial.

: Went to 3 stores in search of Green Chartreuse and it is sold out. Don’t know what the popular …

: It is balmy 55F here this morning but as the storm moves through with high winds and cold rain, the …

: Great Conjunction of 2020. Jupiter and Saturn close together in the sky on December 21, 2020.

: Came across this huge oak on today’s hike. It must be at least 200 years old - probably even more. …

: Leaves under a sheet of ice in a frozen stream - spotted on today’s forest bathing session in Old …

: Tree decoration was finally completed last night.

: Happy Winter solstice everyone! As of just about an hour ago, we are officially in Winter now. …

: Day 2 of 2 week long break during which I am planning to stay away from any news. On a 2 hour walk …

: Saw this interesting ice formation during my forest bathing outing this morning. Water in sandy soil …

: “As a general rule, people, even the wicked, are much more naïve and simple-hearted than we suppose. …

: New Lock Screen on the phone using the latest image of Western Veil nebula.

: Not sure if it my TV or Amazon Fire stick providing the closed captioning but it keeps calling …

: Western Veil nebula A part of the Veil nebula complex from Cygnus. This is Pickering’s triangle and Witch’s broom …

: Pretty nice morning for forest bathing. Hiked almost 5 miles and came across only 1 person. Had the …

: Hey @pratik, let me share something more impressive - The Virgo Supercluster of galaxies. I have …

: A part of the Veil nebula complex from Cygnus. This is Pickering’s triangle and Witch’s broom …

: So, what was the MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT by trump yesterday? Was it the trading cards? I am just being …

: I can’t change the website listed under my profile to my mastodon account …

: Only 2 working days left for me in 2022. Half of today will be at a holiday party and tomorrow will …

: The final for World Cup is set!!! France vs Argentina. It is going to be a cracker of a match.

: Qatari administration is absolutely dog water. They keep showing again and again that they are as …

: After hearing good reviews from @ani, @supremus and @cinemapaithiyam, decided to watch …

: Pac-Man nebula Pacman nebula (NGC 281) is in the constellation of Cassiopeia. This bright emission nebula is at …

: There is a lot of wildlife in the wooded areas of my work campus. Just a few months ago, there was a …

: I never have to blur the background during my virtual meetings because I never turn on the camera.

: A man said to the universe: “Sir, I exist!” “However,” replied the universe, “The fact has not …

: Nebulosity (IC 1318) seen around the star gamma Cygni (Sadr) at bottom right. This area is aka …

: Last night’s performance of the Connecticut Youth Symphony was fantastic. It is exciting when there …

: First proper and legit snowfall of this season. 💙💙💙

: After my daughter’s concert on Wednesday, we head off to watch my son play viola at the …

: Pacman nebula (NGC 281) in the constellation of Cassiopeia. This bright emission nebula is at 9200 …

: What a beauty, Neymar!!!!!!!

: Bowdoin college symphony orchestra had their concert on Wednesday. Impossible to travel midweek to …

: Harry-Megan documentary Does anyone really care? I surely don’t.

: It was cloudy last night when the Moon-Mars conjunction happened but then cleared out early in the …

: Went to Cambridge for a work party in the afternoon/evening. Four hours of train ride for a two hour …

: Top 10 drugs based on projected sales for 2023. Interesting to see that small molecules are in a …

: Which way is up?

: A beautiful morning for forest bathing. Great start for this Sunday.

: Watching season 2 of “Only Murders in the building”. Finished watching episode 3 and so glad that …

: My current Lock Screen. Thanks, @gaby !!

: It is the time of the year when I listen to Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite at least once a day.

: Mozart’s music is universal. Even rats like it.

: Day 1 of wine advent calendar!

: This year, we are doing a wine advent calendar. Looking forward to opening the first compartment of …

: It has been so warm and rainy here for the last few days that the forsythia plants are getting …

: Sorry to see Mexico not make it to round of 16.

: Yale law graduate - Stewart Rhodes Harvard law graduates - Ted Cruz, Ron Desantis, Josh Hawley These …

: Sharing my favorite photo from last month again. Elephant trunk nebula is one of my favorite objects …

: ⚽ Watching India vs Pakistan USA vs Iran World Cup match.

: Done with my #givingtuesday donations. My employer is doing a double match (2:1) today instead of …

: Wide angle long exposure photos Playing with long exposure (3 mins) photos with a 40 mm lens attached to Nikon Z6 on a SkyWatcher …

: Today is #givingtuesday. Please consider making a donation to any cause(s) you believe in. The …

: Murakami is the best

: Trying to get back into exercising on a rower using Apple Fitness. It is different than what I used …

: I am just sick and tired of seeing Musk in the news all the time. Is there a way to filter him out …

: Thanksgiving weekend in 4 photos

: Only 3 more work weeks left in this year. We have Christmas week off and I am taking the week before …

: Now that the long weekend is over and guests are gone, I am back to checking my social apps. There …

: Thanksgiving prep is going well. Looking forward to seeing friends tomorrow.

: Today is our big cooking day for Thanksgiving. Have gotten started already. Daughter is on 4 am …

: Ron Desantis is a graduate from Yale and Harvard Law. These ivy league colleges should issue an …

: Another long exposure (3 min) photo showing Pleiades (bottom right), and ghostly reddish glow of …

: Playing with long exposure (3 mins) photos with a 40 mm lens. Here is one that shows Andromeda …

: The official start of Thanksgiving and Christmas season in our household means making homemade Chex …

: Doing the first round of shopping for thanksgiving.

: Damn! Only 6 weeks before this year ends!!!

: There will be lunar occultation of Mars on Dec 7th, 2022. My location is just outside the area that …

: ✔️ Shingles vaccine ✔️ Colonoscopy Done with all the voluntary unpleasantness in life for a long …

: Playing around with my astrophotos for iPhone lock screen. This one with Elephant trunk nebula looks …

: Got cancer screening procedure done today. No bad findings. Set for 10 years before I need to do …

: Bubble nebula - Nov2022 The Bubble nebula (NGC 7635) and an open cluster M52 in the constellation Cassiopeia. They appear …

: The Bubble nebula (NGC 7635) and open cluster M52 in Cassiopeia. They appear next to each other but …

: A historic store in Northville, NY

: November 15th!! It is going to be a busy day as some deadlines for my son’s college …

: We have reached the “8 billion humans on Earth” milestone today. Interestingly, 200 …

: Hey @pratik look at what you made me do.

: I really like this oak tree in the cemetery.

: Another 70F day in mid November. Great for a bike ride.

: Just heard Dr. Fauci on Science Friday promoting “structure based antigen design for vaccines”. I …

: Holy Cow!!! 2million acres? The University of Texas' endowment has grown to $42.3 billion — and it …

: One of the last maples in the neighborhood not ready to give up its leaves.

: Alex Jones has to pay additional money in the Sandy Hook trial. I’ll be happy when he loses …

: Does the stock market realize that inflation is lower but 7.7% is still a real and big number?

: Future solar eclipses Looking at future dates of solar eclipses and dreaming about them. Have to make plans for these …

: Looking at future dates of solar eclipse and dreaming about them. Have to plan these trips. October …

: Lunar eclipse composites Here are attempts to put together the photos taken during the course of yesterday's total lunar …

: Here is one last post about yesterday’s total lunar eclipse. Made a timelapse video from …

: Composite of this morning’s eclipse photos

: Done with voting in the US midterm elections. In the past, I used to vote for people I knew in the …

: Total lunar eclipse - Nov 8, 2022 It is hard to get excited about lunar eclipses. They are not as dramatic as the solar ones. The …

: Total lunar eclipse Nov 8, 2022.

: About 30 minutes to totality.

: It is happening.

: Up already to view the eclipse.

: It is hard to get excited about Lunar eclipse but, the sky is going to be clear tonight. With that …

: As of today, there are about 6500 artificial satellites in orbit around the Earth. Half of them were …

: This looks like a video of a photograph but it is a live video of the still landscape. Nothing is …

: Great Sacandaga Lake loop ride Went bike riding around Great Sacandaga lake in upstate New York. Turned out to be an unusually warm …

: Went bike riding around Great Sacandaga lake in upstate New York. Turned out to be an unusually warm …

: Cygnus wall from the North American nebula (NGC7000). About 4 hours of total exposure with 5 minute …

: Right now, there is a focus on disabilities at work with posters highlighting colleagues or their …

: Senior pictures for school yearbook.

: Although I like emojis, I am not fond of gifs. I hate them especially when people use them at work …

: Today is the first deadline for “Early Action” college applications. Surprisingly, my …

: Now that my kids have grown up, I don’t care much about Halloween.

: Eagle nebula aka Star Queen nebula (M16) in constellation Serpens, at about 7000 light years is home …

: Eagle nebula - Oct2022 Eagle nebula aka Star Queen nebula (M16) in constellation Serpens, at about 7000 light years is home …

: Another technicolor Fall sunset

: Only a 60s exposure of Eagle nebula from last night. Excited to see how the final image will turn …

: Another fantastic Fall day. So happy to be alive!!!

: Took these photos around sunset a couple of days ago but got busy and forgot to post them. Seeing a …

: Fall colors around Pattagansett lake

: Darn it! My MacBook Pro is from 2016 and Ventura is only available for MBPs that are 2017 or newer. …

: Really enjoying the day.

: Love these foggy, rainy Fall mornings!!!

: Just found out that my aunt passed away from brain hemmorhage after a fall. During last 2 years, two …

: Had a perfect brunch complete with mimosa and Bloody Mary at “Artisan” in West Hartford. The bread …

: Taking senior photos of my son on this cloudy Fall day. I like days like this to take pictures …

: Dorms at Colby college. One more college visit for our son.

: This is parents weekend at my daughter‘s college. We spent the whole day on campus & are awed …

: I don’t mind staying in a cheaper hotel if I can get a nice fancy meal at a good restaurant.

: Elephant trunk nebula - Oct 2022 Another attempt at capturing Elephant trunk nebula (IC1396) in Cepheus. This large cloud of gas and …

: Another attempt (wide angle with Nikon Z6) at capturing Elephant trunk nebula (IC1396) in Cepheus …

: “The endowment at Harvard has grown to be larger than the GDP of Iceland.” — heard on NPR this …

: Things I learn…. You can order wine on Amazon UK. This is not an option here in US; only …

: Hey @pratik could you please hook me up with the Arc browser that everyone is talking about?

: Trifid nebula (M20) in Sagittarius shows a nice combination of a star cluster and emission, …

: Finished reading: Happy-Go-Lucky by David Sedaris 📚 In this collection, Sedaris is funny and …

: the grass ain’t greener 🎶 the wine ain’t sweeter 🎶 on either side of the hill 🎶

: I thought the drought from this Spring and Summer was going to be bad for Fall colors. Happy to …

: Tom Petty’s music makes a great soundtrack for bike riding on an absolutely gorgeous Fall day.

: Soul nebula Soul nebula in Cassiopeia at about 6500 light years from us. This large emission nebula is often …

: Soul nebula in Cassiopeia at about 6500 light years from us. This large emission nebula is often …

: Four years ago when we were in the market for a car, we seriously considered a Tesla. It …

: Rain and wind are bringing down all the fall foliage.

: “A day in the life photo challenge” - 7:15 am October 14, 2022 in East Lyme, CT.

: Fall walks are just lovely.

: The Lagoon nebula The Lagoon nebula (M8) is a large emission nebula in Sagittarius at about 5000 light years away. Its …

: The Lagoon nebula (M8) is a large emission nebula in Sagittarius at about 5000 light years away. Its …

: The evergreens are not supposed to change colors in the Fall but these white pines are turning …

: Our neighborhood trees are putting on their yearly colorful show.

: This looks like endless lawn because that is what it is. It is a turf farm near Kingston, RI.

: Wellness day ride turned into a metric century. Check out my ride on Strava. …

: Taking “wellness day” today. At mile 30 on this morning’s bike ride.

: Viscid violet corts

: Three of my favorite things: lichen - mushrooms - ferns

: Remembering the wonderful kayak trips I did with my daughter in Damariscotta lake back in August. …

: This report about higher excess death rates due to Covid for Republicans in Ohio and Florida is not …

: I don’t need to read this. I drink both. I am an equal opportunity caffeine consumer. Coffee …

: After several cloudy and rainy days with high temperatures in 50s, it has dropped to 60F inside the …

: My son is applying for a job at our town swimming pool. As the aquatic center is part of the school …

: Pfizer team that worked on Paxlovid received this American Chemical Society “Heroes of Chemistry” …

: Was watching Philadelphia Eagles game today and was surprised to find that Andy Reid is not coaching …

: Mushrooms (amanita, bracket, golden trumpet and unidentified) seen on today’s hike at McCulloch …

: Along the waterfront in New London, CT, they have these mini wind turbines and solar panels on the …

: Want to find some good news in this terrible tragedy unfolding in Florida. Is Mar-a-lago under …

: NGC 869, NGC 884 - Double Cluster in Perseus. These clusters consists of very young (3-5 million …

: Dumbbell nebula (M27) is one of the brightest planetary nebula in the sky. It is made up of remains …

: Elephant Trunk nebula - Aug2022 Elephant Trunk nebula (IC1396) in Cepheus. This star forming area lies 3000 light years away. The …

: As we approach end of September, we are only about a month away from some of the college application …

: Wow! We just rammed a spacecraft on an asteroid that is 160 meters across at 11.5 million kms away …

: It has been chilly over the last 2-3 mornings with temps dipping into high 40’s. My son …

: Reprocessed Elephant Trunk nebula (IC1396) in Cepheus. This star forming area lies 3000 light years …

: Andromeda galaxy - Sep2022 My best Andromeda galaxy image so far. It is only 30 minutes of total exposure but autoguiding makes …

: My best Andromeda galaxy image so far. It is only 30 minutes of total exposure but autoguiding makes …

: We received many little saplings over the years from Arbor Day foundation (@arborday) but, this …

: Went for a 17.7 mile Ride this morning. The shifter cable on rear derailleur snapped and was stuck …

: Let’s not forget…. Anyone can be an ally and everyone can use an ally!!!

: I’ll never buy any book written by news reporters with material that they should have reported …

: End of September into October is the time when I am at my minimum bodyweight in the yearly cycle. …

: Don’t know why @NPR had to cancel @MorningEdition for the morbid coverage of the Queen’s …

: As the next step of his driver’s training, took my son driving on an interstate highway (I-95). We …

: My bicycle rides over the last ~10 years. For comparison the circumference of the Earth is ~25000 …

: New astrophoto posted.

: Pelican nebula - Sep2022 Pelican nebula (IC 5070) is located in Cygnus constellation, right next to the North American …

: Got a bivalent Covid booster and flu shot at Costco pharmacy. There was a lot of drama with …

: Was up till late last night capturing 3 hours of exposures of Pelican nebula. Had a tough time …

: Ran a 5K after a long time - almost after one year. Happy that I could do it in 35 minutes. Hope to …

: Perseid meteor showers - Aug 2022 On the night of Aug 13th, set up my camera to capture Perseid meteor showers. Over 5 hours, caught 3 …

: Challenge fatigue In 2021, I bicycled 4400 miles and decided set up the same target for 2022. I have closed the …

: Here are all the winners from last night’s Emmy awards. Only show on this list that I have …

: Gas prices have come down even in Connecticut where the prices are always above National average. …

: Heart nebula - Sep 2022 The Heart nebula (IC1805) lies about 7500 light years away in the Perseus arm of our galaxy. It is …

: Yesterday was the first Connecticut Youth Symphony rehearsal for my son. After drop-off, we went for …

: A freezer at work needed to be defrosted. While cleaning it out, found some samples that were dated …

: Cropped photo of the Heart nebula that I had posted a couple of days ago. I really liked how all the …

: Getting Shingles is just horrible as I have learnt from my brother-in-law’s experience. He was …

: Because of the drought in this area, it seemed like many trees had given up on growing season and …

: Tried to watch a movie called “RRR”. In about 20 minutes, I was on the floor in a fetal …

: The Heart nebula (IC1805) lies about 7500 light years away in the Perseus arm of our galaxy. It gets …

: This image of the Heart nebula In Cassiopeia is two hours of total exposure time. Collecting more …

: FDA authorized the bivalent Covid shots targeting Omicron variant along with the original one. Get …

: Looking through several startrails photos that I have taken over the years and I think this is the …

: First day of senior year in high school for one and the other one is off to sophomore year in …

: Dropped off daughter for her sophomore year at Bowdoin college. This summer went by too fast.

: Had seen this house in the middle of Androscoggin river while driving on Route 1 many many times. …

: Sunset behind the clouds today was spectacular on Orr’s Island in Maine.

: There are 5 justices on the Supreme court that were installed by Presidents who did not win the …

: Climate change led to dinosaurs' demise. Now, drought reveals more of their tracks Something …

: On the night of Aug 13th, set up my camera to capture Perseid meteor showers. Over 5 hours, caught 3 …

: Currently reading: Happy-Go-Lucky by David Sedaris 📚

: I like traveling on public transport. On the T today in Boston for work. I am sure I’ll hate it if I …

: Witnessed this awesome event exactly five years ago from Nashville, TN. Those two minutes of …

: Elephant Trunk nebula (IC1396) in Cepheus. This star forming area lies 3000 light years away and is …

: Very badly done composite to capture the whole Milky Way. 11 mm lens is not ideal for doing this …

: Best wishes to India on celebrating 75 years of independence from Britain. 🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳 Democracy in India …

: Set up for capturing perseid meteors on Saturday night. Caught 3 meteor flashes and a nice picture …

: Quintessential Americana

: All the excuses from trump apologists are about how the documents are not important or someone else …

: Changed CDC guidelines regarding COVID-19 put more responsibility on individuals. I wish that all …

: Part of the Milky Way galaxy that goes over the zenith and to NorthEast horizon. The three brightest …

: Saw a sign for University of Connecticut that read “U Connecticut”. Reminded me of what …

: Milky Way galaxy captured in Maine. The bright area at the bottom of the picture is the galactic …

: trump in the past: if you are innocent, why are you taking the fifth amendment? trump, today: I take …

: In Connecticut, I always see dead racoons and skunks by the roadside. In Maine, all the roadkill I …

: Hope that people in Kentucky are realizing that their god is finally punishing them for electing …

: Hope that people in Kentucky are realizing that god is finally punishing them for electing McConnell …

: Back from vacation. Can’t say that I wanted to be back but, that is always the case. It was a good …

: Pro-tip for bike rides: In a new unfamiliar area, it is always nice to ride on a road that has “old” …

: More kayaking today with my daughter but this time it was in a stream and not in the lake as the …

: Time will tell who has failed and who’s been left behind; when you go your way and I’ll go mine

: Fresh Oysters out of Damariscotta river! Learned how to open them last year and surprised that I …

: The scenery here in midcoast Maine is just fantastic!!!

: This morning’s bike ride was the smoothest of all so far. Maybe, pumping up the tires and lubing the …

: Perfect day to go kayaking with my daughter.

: Maine ride 3 - around Damariscotta lake Ride no.3 in Maine was enjoyable. Started out cloudy but became sunny half way through. The route …

: Ride no.3 in Maine was enjoyable. Started out cloudy but became sunny half way through. The route …

: Second ride in Maine was more eventful than the first one. Strava kept sending me to non-existent …

: Whenever I see a photo of trump or justice thomas in the news, without reading the words, my first …

: Nice thing about this vacation rental is access to Damariscotta lake.

: Don’t know what I did while playing around with the camera but formatted the memory card deleting …

: First ride in Maine on this vacation.

: Nice dark skies here in Maine. This photo of the Milky Way taken on iPhone. DSLR photos will have to …

: My son is in Tuscany, playing chamber music and doing some sightseeing. I am so jealous.

: Cygnus wall Cygnus wall is a part of the North American nebula (NGC7000) with the most concentrated star …

: What am I doing wrong with Markdown in this post below? Seems like the link I am trying to use is …

: A local friend built an observatory for his huge telescope. Absolutely thrilled that I get access to …

: Alright, summer. Time to move along. Go and bother people in the Southern hemisphere now. I am so …

: This is why I like David Sedaris.

: Another disgusting day here. Already 80F at 7:30 am. Hopefully, we will get some thunderstorms and …

: Crepuscular rays around sunset yesterday.

: College-hunting for my son continues. We were at another small liberal arts college yesterday in the …

: On the last climb of the day in Stage 17 of Tour de France. The top 2 contenders, Vingegaard and …

: Comet Neowise from two years ago on July 20, 2020. Two tails were clearly visible and a photobombing …

: Sixteen stages of the Tour de France area already over. Only 5 days remain. Can’t believe it …

: Comet Neowise from 2 years ago on July 15th, 2020.

: Got Pfizer/BioNTech Covid vaccine booster shot for my parents who are visiting from India. A good …

: I see people posting on socials about completing the season of so-and-so TV show and feel very …

: Today is an epic climbing day at Tour de France. But, NBC is not showing it live like other stages …

: Whole Veil nebula complex. It is made from material blown from a supernova that happened ~15000 yrs …

: Camera and image framing Now with some experience with 2 different cameras on the same telescope, I can see how these …

: Oh Wow!!! This is amazing!!! NASA’s Webb Delivers Deepest Infrared Image of Universe Yet - NASA

: My son auditioned for Connecticut Youth Symphony - one of the highest level orchestras for high …

: Western Veil nebula in Cygnus. This is in such a rich star field. Have to do some star reduction …

: New post on my astronomy website. paragvs.wordpress.com/2022/07/1…

: Camera and image framing Now with some experience with 2 different cameras on the same telescope, I can see how these …

: Another try at imaging the Cygnus Wall in North American nebula (NGC7000). I think this is my best …

: We moved into this house and made it our home, 15 years ago on 4th of July weekend.

: Got a lumbar sprain yesterday when I bent down to put a dish in the dishwasher. Back is all stiff …

: Today is June 30th! Half the year is gone! Time is just slipping away like a handful of grains of …

: Fireflies from a meadow next to my home from last night.

: Not so easy to get the fireflies photos to look good. Don’t want want to make them too bright or too …

: So many fireflies!

: Spent the whole weekend doing bike rides and tinkering around with new astronomy equipment. Now when …

: New images from last night. M57 aka Ring nebula. Ring of material from exploded star can be seen …

: With the new telescope setup, I am sitting inside, controlling it on the iPad and looking at the …

: New camera and computer Last night was the first time using my new astrophotography setup with a dedicated astronomy camera …

: New astrophotography setup Last night was the first time using my new astrophotography setup with a dedicated astronomy camera …

: On this day On days like this, I feel good that I work with natural laws that were not made by shitty humans and …

: The January 6th committee hearings make one thing abundantly clear that trump and his supporters are …

: Not very surprised that this Supreme Court of USA is providing protections for the rights of gun …

: Got invited to a wedding and am looking forward to it. Have to think about what to wear. Haven’t …

: Glad that Summer solstice is behind us and now the days will start getting shorter. It is just weird …

: Picked up this snapping turtle and helped it cross the street like I have done before for painted …

: Hummingbirds visiting the newly installed feeder.

: Beautiful Saturday bike ride.

: Just received some new astronomy equipment (ZWO ASI Air plus) in the mail. All the folks who live …

: The most amazing part of yesterday’s hearing was to learn that trump called Pence a wimp and pussy …

: Daughter: Last whole year my life has been filled with so much negativity. I got worried when I …

: Awaiting two big announcements today: Advisory committee read on COVID vaccine (Moderna and …

: Did some Astronomy outreach for young kids. Hope to inspire a few of them to get interested in …

: Some I-series US savings bonds from 2001 are earning 11.72% interest right now due to the higher …

: Have heard many instances of only a few members in a family testing positive for COVID, getting mild …

: Watched a few overs of India vs South Africa T20 match in Cuttack. 🏏 It seemed like no one wanted to …

: The chamber strings group that my son plays with was invited to play before the performance of …

: Went to Hartford Symphony Orchestra concert. It was very nice, even the Philip Glass piece. My jet …

: Travelled on these trains when I was a young man, long time ago.

: Royal Poinciana or flame tree - one of my favorite tropical flowers/trees.

: Getting to eat a lot of delicious Alphonso (हापूस) mangoes 🥭 on this trip to India. All the immense …

: Test of endurance - a century ride from 2021.

: Fish along with corals. 📷 mbmay

: Stripes of nebulae and stars and dust in the Milky Way galaxy. Captured on Sheepscot river near …

: Fair weather to go out for a hike. 📷 mbmay

: New post on my astronomy blog.

: M51 - reprocessed Back on April 21st, I captured an image of the Whirlpool galaxy (M51) and processed it without any …

: One of Lincoln’s most inspiring and memorable speeches is written on his memorial. 📷 mbmay

: Never felt so anxious about going on any trip before - not even that first time when I came to US 30 …

: Tight rehearsal schedule before the concert. 📷 mbmay

: I am sure everyone knows this but it is worth repeating to realize how fucked up this is. In Texas, …

: Franconia ridge - the best hiking trail in the White mountains of New Hampshire. 📷 mbmay

: Intricate structure of our nearest neighbor - Andromeda galaxy 📷 mbmay

: Found more pink lady’s slippers today’s hike. These are orchids that grow in the northeast US and …

: Breakfast parfaits made with plain yogurt. 📷 mbmay

: Century bike ride shirts - my favorite pieces made of textile. 📷 mbmay

: Hard to believe how time is flying by. My daughter finished freshman year in college already and she …

: Big day for my son today. The string ensemble he plays in had the end-of-the-year concert this …

: Startrails photo One of my photos was published in the newsletter for a local land preservation trust, Lyme Land …

: Symmetry of the underside of Gold Star bridge over Pequot (aka Thames) river in New London, CT 📷 …

: Here is the original star trails photo that is mentioned in my post yesterday. I like how some …

: One of my photos was published in the newsletter for a local land preservation trust. I have plenty …

: There is nothing like an ice cold gin and tonic on a hot afternoon - My favorite beverage . Looking …

: I really don’t like Mayim Bialik as the host of Jeopardy. Don’t know what TV show she was on; I …

: Over indulgence : On that day when I learned how to shuck oysters, I didn’t want to stop. Can’t …

: Some order emerging out of random ness. 📷 mbmay

: It was a historic stage win for Biniam Girmay yesterday on stage 10 of Giro d’Italia. 🚲 First …

: Just holding on… 📷 mbmay

: Hey @pratik look what you made me do. 3 weeks in a row. Hope this continues.

: My son asked me to name a living person whom I admire. Sure there is Bob Dylan (close second) but …

: Oldtimey way to know the time. 📷 mbmay

: This is a favorite spots on one of my bike routes. I keep taking pictures here in every season. One …

: Total lunar eclipse happening tonight but it is cloudy here. 😐

: Clouds !! 📷 mbmay

: Trying out a new gin today. This is supposed to be the official gin of Wimbledon.

: Fence 📷 mbmay

: Hi @jean just wanted to let you know that my post for “community” photo challenge is not on the …

: Community of galaxies in Virgo (Markarian’s chain) that are about 50 light years away. Zoom in to …

: Tranquility 📷

: “Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose” - Kris Kristofferson

: Maroon orchid blooming 📷

: Instant pot full of paavbhaaji ingredients, ready to cook. 📷 mbmay

: Rosette nebula in Monoceros. Looking just like a bloom ing rose. 📷 mbmay

: After working on French in Duolingo for a few months, I think I have learned the most important …

: Union 📷 mbmay

: Birthday lunch.

: My favorite spots to sit and enjoy nature in Acadia National Park : Jordan pond with Bubble …

: From the partial solar eclipse photos last year, this is my favorite shot. Zoom in to see the …

: Silhouette of the moon. Taken during partial solar eclipse on June 10, 2021. 📷 mbmay

: Thanks to **** Earth’s**** rotation for making this photo possible. Startrails captured for about 2 …

: After blasting some rap by Kendrick Lamar on the car stereo during the drive here, my son is now …

: Microblog May photo challenge - Thorny Fed this carpenter ant to Venus fly trap and then felt really …

: Three months ago, signed up for a 100 mile ride on Long Island in May. Now the string ensemble that …

: Experimental 📷

: Bought an Apple Watch for wife on her birthday. Scoring some brownie points. 😄

: Number of times I have taken my kids to - Disney : 1 Universal : 1 Acadia National park : 11 Can you …

: Photographing the hunter. 📷 #mbmay

: When they took out the dam, it switched from being Ed Bills pond to Eight Mile river.

: Grand old oak overlooking the cemetery.

: Pinwheel galaxy The Pinwheel galaxy aka M101 is located in Ursa Major. This face on spiral galaxy is about 21 …

: The Pinwheel galaxy aka M101 in Ursa Major. This face on spiral galaxy is about 21 million light …

: I had added my son as a user on my MacBook a few years ago before he got his own laptop. My …

: The Orion season is coming to end as it sets earlier and earlier in the evening. This is probably my …

: Our eastern redbud is just about ready to bloom.

: Mortgage rates are in 4-5% range now and will most probably trend higher in the near future. Glad to …

: After listening to many many TED talks, I have realized that a lot of them are just bull droppings - …

: Teaching my son how to drive. Isn’t as bad as I thought it’d be. Making him drive on narrow back …

: Forsythias are blooming!!! A big change during the last week when we were out.

: M51 - The Whirlpool galaxy I find M51 as one of the most striking images of a galaxy. M51 aka the Whirlpool galaxy along with …

: Comet Hale-Bopp Almost 25 years to the day when I took this photo of comet Hale-Bopp at Princeton Battlefield park …

: Markarian's chain This is my first try at capturing Markarian’s chain in Virgo. This is a stretch of galaxies that are …

: Galaxies in Leo Spring is officially galaxy season. Here are two groups of galaxies from the constellation Leo …

: Rosette nebula again Another attempt at capturing Rosette nebula. This time I was able to get about 2 hrs of exposure …

: Rosette nebula I so wanted to capture this for a long time. Last night I set up everything but clouds rolled in in …

: M33 : Triangulum Galaxy Triangulum Galaxy (M33) is a spiral galaxy that is ~2.7 million light years away. It is one of …

: Horsehead nebula Orion is my most favorite constellation and my most favorite deep-sky object is the Horsehead …

: M81 and M82 Reprocessed data from June 2021 for Bode's galaxy (M81) and Cigar galaxy (M82) from Ursa Major. …

: Nebulae in Orion January has been a very cloudy and rainy/snowy month. On a couple of clear nights, there was a big …

: Sunspots on 20220112 Several sunspots can be seen in photos of the Sun on January 12th. After going through a trough over …

: Orion I am sure everyone agrees that Orion is the most recognizable and the most beautiful constellation …

: Strava stats for 2021 My Strava stats for 2021. This has been the best year so far. My goal was to average 1 hour of …

: My Astrophotos of 2021 Here is a post of my favorite astrophotos of 2021. All of these did not make it as a post during the …

: Remains of exploded stars As the stars (of the size about 1 to 8 solar masses) age, they get bigger and become red giants. In …

: Seacoast century ride 2021 It has been more than a month since this ride and I am really late posting about it. On Saturday …

: Eight mile river This is a river conservation story that I witnessed happening over the years. One of my favorite …

: Andromeda Galaxy in September 2021 During last Fall and Winter, I was able to image Andromeda Galaxy (Messier 31) a few times. In fact, …

: Startrails Collecting long exposures to record the movement of Earth creates these beautiful trails. You can …

: North Fork Century Link to Strava Saturday, May 22nd was the day for a century ride on Long Island. I had signed up …

: Sirius fun When one thinks of astrophotography, these two aspects come to mind: 1. Rock solid mount with …

: Andromeda Galaxy The Andromeda Galaxy, also known as Messier 31, M31, or NGC 224 and originally the Andromeda Nebula, …

: Ride to work It was a bright and beautiful Saturday morning. I needed to pop into work to take care of an …

: Spring equinox and warm weekend The first day of Spring was a wonderful warm Saturday but, had a busy morning and afternoon with …

: Twinkling colors of Sirius Saw this article in BBC's "Sky at night" magazine and decided to try my hand at capturing a similar …

: Warm March evening ride With the temperatures in 50s, I couldn’t resist the temptation of going out for ride even after a …

: Dark skies of Acadia National Park Being in the Northeast USA which has some of the most densely populated areas, there is a lot of …

: Venus in 2020 Venus put on a great show in the evening sky during the Spring and Summer of 2020. It was joined by …

: First outdoor ride in February 2021 I am glad that an outdoor ride finally worked out on the last day of February. We have had so much …

: Comet Neowise It was really nice to have Comet Neowise stay around for a few weeks in Summer. There were many …

: Astrophotography in 2020 Last year turned out to be great for astrophotos. Due to the COVID pandemic, there was a lot more …

: 2020 Stats 2020 was a quite horrible year but, it was great for cycling. Clocked the most number of miles in a …

: Morning ride in NJ Went riding with Adit and Sujit around West Windsor, NJ. It was a nice change to ride on flat roads …

: Bike ride 2020.06.03 Went to pickup CSA bread in Old Lyme. It was a warm afternoon. Rain was promised in the forecast …

: Bike touring 2019 Last year in May right after Memorial Day, went on a nice long bike trip from London to Amsterdam. …

: V: Adit, please don’t scream and shout! Talk softly. A: but why, mommy? V: If you keep …

: Man on the moon Chat in the car this morning. Adit: Where is the man on the moon? Me: There is no moon in the sky, …

: Blood donation Donated blood at American Red Cross blood drive at work. Did my good deed of the day AND lost one …

: Do not touch the queen On NPR’s Morning Edition, there was a report about Michelle Obama charming everyone in Europe. …

: Venus on 031709 - pt2 A better way of looking at those three Venus photos from the last post. When they are put …

: Venus on 031709 As Venus is coming closer to Earth, its overall size is getting larger but, the Sun-exposed area …

: Happy 6th birthday, Ashwini!!! Ashwini turned 6 years old last Saturday. Now that she will start 1st grade this fall, she …

: Vision checkup Got my eyes checked with the eye doctor. It was just a periodic check-up and I passed with flying …

: 50th anniversary This week marks 50th anniversary of 2 products; both of which are somehow related to women. One …

: Care bears Recently, Ashwini and V took some older baby books from home to a second-hand book store to make …

: Dark chocolate According to the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2007: Small amounts of dark …

: Two crescents Venus has been shining brightly in the evening sky for quite some time now. Moon is coming along to …

: Two movies Watched two (actually, one and half) Hindi movies in the last few weeks. Chak de India: A good …

: Ashwini, the ballerina Ashwini has been going to a ballet school for more than an year. She is still in …

: 25 random things about me Don’t remember if I got tagged here or on Facebook, but here we go… My left index …

: Two floating heads

: Kindergarten rules Saw this list of rules in Ashwini’s classroom. The most amazing thing about these rules is …

: Radio lab One of my most favorite shows on NPR is “Radio lab”. Their new season began late last …

: The Boss “Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band” provided the half-time entertainment at …

: Chopsticks at Nanami Last night, we ate dinner at a Japanese restaurant. We usually take the kids to places that we know …

: Lace and fur! While traditional gifts for 13th wedding anniversary are lace, fur and textiles, what I received and …

: Inauguration of Obama I could catch bits and pieces of the Obama inauguration on the web at work while it was happening …

: 66666 It has been just over 6 years since we bought this V70 with 6 miles on it. Today, the odometer …

: Happy 3rd Birthday, Adit!!! Adit turned 3 years old last Sunday. He is very happy to be a big boy now and so are we. Earlier …

: On Friday night, the Moon was at its closest to Earth. When it is full Moon at this position is …

: On Saturday night, first real snow fell. There was about 2-3 inches of snow when we woke up on …

: Kissing wedding Ashwini: Did you kiss Daddy when you got married to him? V: No. Ash: Aren’t you supposed to …

: Triple conjunction For the last couple of weeks, Venus and Jupiter have been lighting up the evening sky. They came …

: Upromise A few months before Ashwini was born, I read about a website, Upromise.com. It is a consumer …

: Diwali and Halloween photos... Blue from Blue's clues and piglet ballerina.

: Mr. Adit While watching a very scary Halloween episode of "Dora the explorer" on TV. After Ashwini dressed …

: Really?!? Ashwini had an epiphany in the car this morning. “Daddy, did you know? The slow songs have slow …

: I voted! This morning on my way to work, I voted in my first ever US presidential election. Unlike other …

: Stargazings 10-18-08 It was a quick half hour session with Adit calling me to come in every 5 minutes. A clear and cold …

: Planetarium Over the weekend, we went to the Children’s Museum in West Hartford, CT. On display, were some …

: Store signs OK! Time for some juvenile humor. Recently, I came across a couple of store signs that made me think …

: Mt. Monadnock hike From Mt. Monadnock All Summer long, I was planning with my friend to go for a day-hike in New …

: David Sedaris live On Friday, we went to a David Sedaris program. I was expecting it to be a book reading with him …

: Another beach evening We are enjoying this beautiful beach-weather while it lasts. Here is a link to a video I shot …

: Science experiments We have a couple of Science experiments ongoing at home. This could also be categorized as growing …

: When I grow up... I have probably posted about this before. Adit keeps saying, “When I grow up, I’ll be a …

: A day with Ashwini On Friday, Ashwini came with me to my work. She was very excited to get her own badge and was …

: The Dark Knight Watched “The Dark Knight” on Friday. It was well made but, was damn too long. There is …

: One and a score years ago... I am not sure if it was the 2nd or the 5th but, it was August of 1987. My first day at College. This …

: An evening at the beach Sunday evening was just perfect for going out to the beach. It was sunny and clear but, not too hot. …

: Cloning photos I had created images with cloned children like this one here, a couple of times before. This was …

: More startrails Star trails from an hour long exposure. Nikon D70: 18-70mm at 18mm: ISO 1600: f/3.5: 120 thirty …

: A handful of kids Click to see bigger version

: Ashwini's new dress Ashwini's aaji sent her a couple of nice dresses with me back in January. Now that Summer is upon us …

: Star trails First attempt at capturing star trails by stitching multiple images instead of one long exposure. …

: When I grow up... Ashwini: When I grow up, I am going to be a doctor and a teacher. How about you, Adit? What do you …

: Green electricity Sometime earlier this year, I changed my electricity supplier to Community Energy, which produces …

: Happy 2.5th Birthday, Adit! On Saturday, Adit turned two and half years old. I think the last progress report I wrote was on his …

: Analemma ver 1 Partial Analemma. Click to see a bigger version. As the Earth makes its trek around the Sun, due to …

: Bubble time Kids await very eagerly for warm weather as they both love blowing bubbles. Cold temperatures are …

: Ol' turkey buzzard Click for bigger version. As we got out of the house this morning, we spotted this huge turkey …

: Breaking news Stop the presses…. Adit just peed in the potty! Another year and we’ll be diaper-free. …

: Two moms Ashwini and I were lounging on the couch the other day. I was reading “Sky and …

: Ashwini on a carousel Ashwini always likes to ride the "Merry-go-round". This photo was taken on last weekend at Hoffman …

: Father Adit has decided to address me as ‘Father’ over the last few days. Whenever he does that, I start to …

: Adit: I want that umbrella. Ashwini: No. That is not your umbrella. It is mine. Besides, it is not …

: Vermin Last year, we had a lawn service cutting our grass, but this year I decided to do it on my own. On …

: Mortgage/credit crisis Lately, the mortgage and credit crisis that brought down several financial companies to their knees …

: Getting closer Long long time ago, I don’t recall if it was before we got married or after, V promised me …

: Adit's umbrella Adit has a new umbrella and he has been using it a lot. No matter how many times I tell him to rest …

: Painted Lady Butterflies Over the two weeks, I didn’t get a chance to update on the progress of our caterpillars. They …

: Birds of the outback Birds of the outback are back at Mystic Aquarium this year as well. We went for a member’s …

: Just photos Ashwini with her new Summer haircut Keeping an eye on her parent's cooking. Making sure that they …

: Seafood and more seafood Last week, our old friend, Shailen came to visit us from Oxford, England. He stayed with us for four …

: A girl in washbasin While I was changing Adit’s diaper in the bathroom, Ashwini came along and climbed into the …

: They're growing The caterpillars have been busy eating and growing over the last few days. On Saturday, they climbed …

: mangoes, sweet mangoes As I bit into my first mango of this season, the sweet taste brought back a ton of good memories of …

: They're back We are raising ‘Painted Lady’ butterflies this year, too. The caterpillars came in the …

: Birdfeeder As it gets warmer and warmer, Adit and Ashwini are very excited about the fact that more and more …

: Moon occults Pleiades It was quite a sight to photograph. First couple of photos show Moon near Pleiades (M45). Moon was …

: A celestial event The forecasters predict a clear sky tonight. I hope it comes true because tonight, a thin crescent …

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Pangea day seems like a brilliant and powerful idea. here is some info from their website… …

: Taxes 2007 Finally, finished with filing our tax returns for 2007. Shelled out additional $55 for using e-file …

: Spring has sprung It is such a beautiful day: sunny and 60’s. First decent day after ages. I took the kids to a …

: Chocolate bunny One ear for Ashwini, one ear for Adit and they were both happy!!!

: Drastic measures Ashwini: When is Devenmama coming to visit us? Me: I don’t know. Ashwini: He came such a long …

: New books Pre-ordered two new books from Amazon.com. 5% extra discount for pre-ordering. When you are engulfed …

: Riverdance Ashwini was very impressed with irish dance done by a troupe of schoolgirls at her daycare on St. …

: न्यू जर्सीला जाण्याचा फायदा: ताजे अळू !!! खूप खूप दिवसांनी अळूची आमटी आणि भात खाल्ल्यामुळे हा …

: an upset bunny “Who are these silly little kids that are stealing my chocolate filled eggs???” The …

: Diego live On Saturday, we went to see the Diego Live show. Both Adit and Ashwini were just totally amazed to …

: Where is that cow from? Heard on A Prairie Home Companion podcast: Oli was visiting Sven who had recently bought a new cow. …

: Hairband When Ashwini got ready to go to school on her birthday last Friday, she was very excited to show off …

: Happy 5th Birthday!!! Happy Birthday to my dearest BIG girl. A birthday post will follow soon…

: 8 words “My daddy put powder cheese in my mouth”, Adit told his sister last evening. …

: La Jolla, CA Beach at Torrey Pines State Reserve in La Jolla, CA is just breathtaking.

: what day? Sometime last evening… Adit: Happy Balancesteins, Ashwini. I love you. Ashwini: Adit, it is …

: Colorful clouds Sky over Phoenix as my plane took off around sunset on Feb 13th.

: I like it... Whenever Adit asked for anything… food, toy or book… he always says, “I like it. …

: which garden? V was talking with someone: Ashwini will be 5 next month. She will go to Kindergarten in September. …

: I be princess Ashwini: When I grow up, I am going to be doctor and teacher. Adit: I grow up be princess. Ashwini: …

: Valentine's Day It looks like beginning of a new tradition. For two years in a row, I had dinners at nice …

: Trip to San Diego I picked one of the worst days to travel. There was an icestorm on the east coast on Tuesday night …

: The Cog Here is the original Honda ad made using spare parts and here is a video with similar idea seen in …

: Bodies revealed I had heard a lot about it for the last couple of years and finally, I got to see it with my own …

: Epiphany Ashwini had an epiphany and she told me about it yesterday. “Dad, if you fart and move away, …

: Questions and Answers P1: Do you know where we live? P2: Where? P1: In the Milky Way galaxy. All the planets and Sun and …

: Venus and Jupiter These two bright objects are hard to miss in the morning sky these days. They are seen in the …

: Back in the USA Came back from Hindustan over the weekend. I had a such a nice time for two weeks, I didn’t …

: NYC to BOM This was my time on Air India and It was one of the best airline experiences ever. Direct flight …

: Earlier this week, my reusable insulated coffee cup with University of Nebraska Medical Center …

: Blood Donation Yesterday, it was time for the bimonthly blood donation drive at work. Usually, my hemoglobin is …

: Last night, I made paav-bhaaji after a long time. While we filled ourselves with the stew… V: …

: Toys for Adit Adit was a very happy boy last week as it was his birthday and Santa dropped by too. He received a …

: 10 years of online shopping Ten years ago, I placed my first ever online order at Amazon.com in Dec 1997. In the last 10 years, …

: are you monogamous? The following post is not explicit, but acknowledges the existence of sex. Use your discretion. At a …

: Moon's position in the sky As a response to premkudva’s comment, I wrote this stuff about the position of Moon and times …

: Happy to be together again They were very excited to see each other after three weeks and really are very happy to be together, …

: Before And….. After

: Adit on Fort Griswold Adit and I went for an outing to Fort Griswold in Groton, CT. It is a revolutionary era fort on a …

: Countdown They are counting down the days before they can see each other next Sunday. This has been the …

: Ashwini update Ashwini at the wedding Ashwini had a blast, modeling at the wedding. After the bride and the groom, …

: Holiday cards If you wish to receive a card from us this year, please reply with your name and address. Comments …

: Our photo Picture of me and V along with our pets in Dofus, the alternate world that we have been living in, …

: The Sun and Winter Solstice. December 22nd is Winter Solstice: the official shortest day of the year. But, that doesn’t …

: It has been just over one week since V went to India. So many people have asked me about how I have …

: Airline logic. On international travel, passengers can check-in 2 pieces of luggage. The baggage weight allowance …

: The Blair Witch Project

: Adit on 11-30-07 Ho Ho Ho… In his sister’s Dora jammies that he totally adores. I just loved this …

: Adit on 11-29-07 When Adit wakes up in the morning, he calls out for either me or his Aai. He gets very upset if the …

: Adit on 11-28-07 Adit was trying to eat with his eyes closed. He had the spoon going to the right place without …

: Happy 1.916667th Birthday, Adit!!! Adit is just one month short of his second birthday. It has been a couple of months since I wrote …

: Adit on 11-27-07 I plan to post at least one photo of Adit every day for his Aai and big sister. Here is Adit getting …

: HIndi movie download I just recharged my RelianceIndiaCall.com calling card for India. It came with a coupon for a hindi …

: The days of boys Last night, Ashwini and V got on an airplane and left for Hindustan. For the next three weeks, …

: BIIIIGGGGG What is the largest object in our solar system? If your answer is the Sun, then you are wrong. It is …

: Diwali 2007 V made some Diwali treats and we put on lights, but due to various reasons, this year Diwali …

: Happy Diwali Recycling last year’s photo to wish you all a very Happy Diwali and prosperous New Year!!!

: just photos Another attempt at capturing Comet Holmes. More fall colors from the same window as before.

: Who needs paper money? If someone asks me, “How much money do you have in your wallet?”, I’d be clueless. …

: Why do I deserve all the candy? The answer is simple. Look at the photo below. If I hadn’t pulled them around in the wagon to …

: Leaves just after Sunrise on Nov 3, 2007.

: Comet 17/P Holmes: part 2 Finally caught it on camera before it disappears. The comet is currently heading away from the Sun. …

: Trick or treat. Introducing Mr. Blue and Ms. Tinkerbell. (Actually, Blue from “Blue’s clues” is a …

: Comet 17/P Holmes An unexpected comet, called comet 17/P Holmes is visible in the night sky for the last 3-4 days. In …

: First photo with M90 Sony DSC-S85 along with a 32mm eyepiece was connected to the new scope and aimed at the easiest …

: Minor victories Ashwini slept in her own room, in her own bed all night long; two nights in a row. First time since …

: Making sure that he’ll get praised at his first dentist visit next week.

: Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus)

: Telescope update. Follow-up to my new telescope post: The package is on the UPS truck “out for delivery”. …

: Apple picking 2007 It was unseasonably warm yesterday when we went out for apple picking. Probably for the first time …

: New glass After a long wait of about 5 years, just ordered a new telescope: William Optics Megrez 90 doublet …

: Popsicles! Enjoying the last few popsicles of this year as Summer comes to an end.

: End of Summer Summer officially ended last week and so did the “Summer hours” at work. No more Friday …

: Nike Freestyle Nike Freestyle must be one of the coolest TV ad ever. I remember watching in awe, every time it came …

: Kids' activities As the schools started this month, a lot of out-of-school kids' activities have taken off as well. …

: Ganesh Chaturthi 2007 Ganapati Bappa Moraya!!! Modaks: Ganesha’s (and ours, too) favorite food. Kids in festive …

: Happy 4.5th Birthday, Ashwini!!! Taken at “Birds of the Outback” exhibit at the Mystic Aquarium. Ashwini talks and acts …

: Public restrooms It is conventional wisdom that men go into public restrooms, finish their business as fast as …

: Yaaay! While I was getting all depressed with all the life/work troubles, Adit made my day. It was his …

: Happy 1.6667th Birthday, Adit!!! Adit turned 20 month old yesterday. It has been 4 months since I wrote his last progress report. Our …

: Youtube goodies.... This is so hilarious. Heard about this on the NPR news quiz show, “Wait Wait Don’t tell …

: Almost every parent of a two year old kid experiences this…

: Wide Angle: The Dying Fields A documentary about cotton farmers in Vidharbha airs next Tuesday (Aug. 28) on the PBS show, Wide …

: Summer heat We have been blessed with cooler temperatures for the last few days. It almost feels like Summer is …

: TV shows. As it is, among all the kids' TV shows that I watch with A & A, Noddy is my least favorite. …

: The bottomline: I enjoy driving and love going on roadtrips, but I hate to take the car into New …

: The bottomline: I enjoy driving and love going on roadtrips, but I hate to take the car into New …

: dhak dhak Someone once said to me, “What kind of Madhuri Dixit fan are you if you haven’t seen …

: dhak dhak Someone once said to me, “What kind of Madhuri Dixit fan are you if you haven’t seen …

: The Simpsons First 10 seasons of The Simpsons on dvd are 55% off. Go, buy them quick!!!

: MI-CT homes When we were looking for houses during our recent move, we had our work cut out for us: Find a house …

: Summer skies

: Summer skies

: Harry Potter mania! Our own pre-ordered copy of “Harry Potter and ……” (book 7) arrived in the …

: More beach photos taken over the weekend. My friend, Hrushikesh from New Jersey was visiting us.

: More beach photos taken over the weekend. My friend, Hrushikesh from New Jersey was visiting us.

: The beach It is quite nice that we are about 2 miles from the beach and the ocean (actually, long island …

: Haircut Everything is more expensive in Connecticut compared to Michigan. When I saw the sign for “$10 …

: We've moved. Two weeks ago, after spending more than five wonderful years that doubled the size of our family, we …

: Disaster "It’s like America running out of steak. Sushi without tuna just would not be sushi." TADASHI …

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: Ashwini: June 2007 Ashwini in “Lata Mangeshkar” hairstyle.

: An afternoon at the zoo Last weekend, we went to the Toledo Zoo. Thankfully, this is a small zoo as our kids last for about …

: "Kill Bill" movies are just so beautiful and poetic. I can watch them again and again and again …

: Count them all There are 4 on the top and 4 on the bottom. All the incisors have come in. The canines have decided …

: Most valuable body part A couple of days ago, I went for my first ever visit to the Emergency Room. I have been there plenty …

: What story was that? radio: … they had no food, no milk, no bread. All the markets in Gaza …. me: quickly …

: House for sale Interesting description for this house in the ad. Want space, amenity, comfort, and safety for the …

: Yahoo! Mail Yahoo! Mail now provides unlimited storage for no cost. I only hope they continue to support the …

: Is that a bird? Is that a plane? Is that SUPERMAN? Dada, what the $%#& was that?

: Ashwini, the shutterbug Ashwini wanted to take photos while we were playing outside. I showed her the classic …

: Sunday afternoon bake The cat is away again and the mice are enjoying their freedom. While Adit was taking a nap, Ashwini …

: Coinstar Decided to cash in a big coin jar that sat on the kitchen table. I didn’t like using coinstar …

: Some spring photos Blooming Crabapple Young Maple leaves Dandelion seeds

: Couldn’t agree more with what Heather of dooce said… Before we woke up from the dream …

: It is just annoying when people who know we have two kids call after 9 pm. Not that we answer the …

: Ashwini wrote it all by herself, and look at that pretty flower she drew. I hope to receive many …

: Playing in the backyard... Don’t just stand there taking photos, put me in this swing!!! By the way, Happy Birthday to …

: Home of the brave As of today, everyone in our household has the same status as far as the government is concerned. V …

: New Videos Adit is learning from Ashwini how to dance. Yellow tweety bird hanging on the door is the source of …

: Ashwini: Excuse me, I farted. Me: Ewwww! Stop it, Ashwini. You are stinking up the room. Ashwini: …

: Twitter Is there anybody who uses Twitter? If you do, can you please add me to your list? My ID is garap.

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: Aurora in Alaska. One of the many many reasons I want to visit Alaska is this… Aurora in Alaska

: A nice collection of Puneri patya.

: Mr. Tambourine Man My favorite verse of this popular Dylan song… Then take me disappearin' through the smoke …

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: After a busy playday... After running around in the yard all afternoon and getting wet while washing the cars, on a warm …

: After a busy playday... After running around in the yard all afternoon and getting wet while washing the cars, on a warm …

: Goodbye ol' tree While driving by this afternoon, I noticed that the farmer finally cut down this dead tree that I …

: Goodbye ol' tree While driving by this afternoon, I noticed that the farmer finally cut down this dead tree that I …

: Happy April fool's day You gotta love Gmail’s April fool’s day prank.

: Happy April fool's day You gotta love Gmail’s April fool’s day prank.

: Starvation for Sanjaya Let me start this post by stating that I never watch any reality shows. I think the whole idea just …

: Starvation for Sanjaya Let me start this post by stating that I never watch any reality shows. I think the whole idea just …

: Saagar kinaare V's brother made a CD of assorted Hindi songs for her and it is being played in the car for some …

: Happy 1.25th birthday, Adit!!! Today, Adit is 15 months old. Here is his monthly progress report. Although I have missed several …

: Happy 1.25th birthday, Adit!!! Today, Adit is 15 months old. Here is his monthly progress report. Although I have missed several …

: Kids were in bed by 9:15pm last night as usual. But, somehow Adit, Ashwini and I ended up downstairs …

: Spring is here Spring is in the air. It is starting to get warm outside. That means it is time to blow bubbles …

: A trip... It was the first time for Adit to travel on an airplane. We were worried about how he'll do, but he …

: Diamond studded path leading into the woods

: Happy 4th Birthday, Ashwini!!! Tangled up in blue and white on her birthday. Although it is hard for us to believe, a couple of …

: Tangled up in blues Bob Dylan was singing, “Tangled up in Blues” while we got out of the house this morning. …

: Ashwini: cold box This post is very very overdue. Should have wrote about this last summer. We had noticed Ashwini …

: This American Life on TV My favorite radio show, This American Life, comes to TV (Showtime) on March 22. Here are a couple of …

: Letter to Dad Ashwini has gotten much better with her writing skills. She can write most of the letters pretty …

: Get that hair out of your face...

: Ice ice baby After a winter storm that dumped freezing rain instead of snow, everything was encased in a layer of …

: Adit the grouch Oscar the grouch from Sesame Street is Adit’s most favorite character. He behaves like Oscar …

: Vagina?!?! What is that, aunty? Eve Ensler’s very famous book, “The Vagina Monologues” and its dramatized version …

: Big helper V left early this morning for a business trip and will be away for a couple days. My conversation …

: Fun in the snow - 2007 This fall/winter had been very funny. First there was no cold and there was no snow. Then came …

: Food... food... food It was a busy and fun weekend. My brother and sister-in-law came to visit Ashwini and Adit. They …

: Just a photo Marathmoli Ashwini

: New kids videos [youtube www.youtube.com/watch [youtube www.youtube.com/watch If you can’t see them, you are …

: Chance to see Mercury Mercury and Venus are close to each other in the evening sky. Venus will serve as a good guide to …

: Teacher in making...

: Curious headgear While changing clothes, Ashwini used to have fun with leaving her shirt over her head. Such …

: 11 years and counting… Hope to reach at least half century.

: Popsicles After the recent freezing rain/ice storm, everything is covered with ice and there are icicles …

: The Indian Autorickshaw Challenge The Indian Autorickshaw Challenge This must be a really exciting race. Should follow it in August.

: Winter is here... It is cold, but not cold enough for good snow. We had a lot of freezing rain. Now, everything is …

: It is 1:59 am Monday morning. If you know what it means to be drunk with Tequila and be playing role …

: Who is my wife? While talking with me, Ashwini always referred to V as “Aai” and she referred to me as …

: Comet McNaught C/2006 P1 A new comet is in the sky, Comet McNaught. It is getting quite bright as it is rounding the Sun. It …

: Happy Feet and Don Went to watch Happy Feet with Ashwini on Saturday. It is a beautifully made movie. The animation and …

: Kids notes – It just so happens that during 95% of our waking hours, all four of us are within a 20 …

: New photo smile Ashwini decorating cupcakes for Adit’s birthday and sporting a new smile that she uses while …

: Cricket: Sreesanth Swinging His Bat..... Dhoom Machale?! "Cricket: Sreesanth Swinging His Bat..... Dhoom Machale?!" on Google Video Cricket: This is the # …

: Happy 1st Birthday, Adit!!! Adit turned 1 yesterday. We had celebrations at home with just four of us and V’s brother who …

: Two A's Currently, I am in love with two A’s. Not those obvious ones… these are foods. Almonds …

: Tannenbaum 2006 We are ready for Santa. Lots of space for him to drop the presents.

: Holiday cards I wasn’t sure if I would get time to make cards this year, but te deed is done. If you’d …

: Halloween 2006 With all the trouble that followed Halloween this year, I forgot to post photos of the spider, the …

: Celestial gatherings Early morning on Dec. 10, 2006, there were two groupings of celestial objects worth noticing. …

: Flowers on Buddha plant

: color of the sky = winter cold blue One of the most beautiful things about winter. Camera: Nikon D70 Exposure: 0.001 sec (1/1000) …

: Another Ashwini conversation Location: In the car while going to school. A: Aai, I want Daddy to drop me at school. V: But, he …

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: just a photo. Adit looking at the falling snow through the window.

: Ashwini, the foodie Saw an article in Parenting magazine (or something similar) about what children from around the …

: It's the wrong trousers, Gromit! One of the best films ever: Wallace & Gromit in The Wrong Trousers This clay animation won the …

: A bedtime conversation Ashwini: Aai, I'll tell you a secret in the morning. V: What is it? A: I'll tell you in the …

: White Infidel Call me a wine-snob, but when one goes to a fancy restaurant and orders a whole bottle of a White …

: QOTD Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans. – John Lennon.

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: Happy Thanksgiving Thanksgiving dinner has been a tradition in our house since 1998. Some of our friends have attended …

: Adit vs. Streptococcus sp. Almost last whole month had been quite rough for Adit. He caught an ear infection that turned into …

: GM diet details... So many of you have been asking for information on GM diet. Here is what I had received from a …

: Casino Royale 2006 Whoever did the casting for Casino Royale has totally messed up. Daniel Craig, the new James Bond, …

: Diwali 2006 Celebrating Bhaubeej at home.

: Two weeks after GM diet It has been two weeks since we did the GM diet. I lost 7 pounds during those 7 days of GM diet. Even …

: Breast Cancer Awareness Month October is “Breast Cancer Awareness Month”. It is one of the most prevalent cancers in …

: Adit in a snowhat I don't like wearing hats, especially these girly kind.

: Happy Diwali Wish You All a Very Happy Diwali and a Prosperous New Year!!!

: Transit of Mercury Mark Nov. 8th in your calendar. Mercury will transit over the Sun. It should be easily seen through …

: Here is what Ashwini sees when she looks up from her bed. These butterflies are about 2 feet wide. …

: Here is what Ashwini sees when she looks up from her bed. These butterflies are about 2 feet wide. …

: Quick change of outfits I was always amazed at the heroines from Bollywood movies who changed clothes so often and so fast. …

: Flu shot Ashwini received her influenza immunization this evening. While we were going to the Doctor’s …

: Unemployed lined up at the FDR Memorial in Washington, DC Nikon D70; Nikkor 18-70mm at 44mm; f/4.5; …

: GM diet At this morning weigh-in, I have lost about 7 pounds in one week of this diet. I don’t feel …

: Week of GM diet Today was the last day of this diet. Tomorrow morning, I’ll weigh myself to find out how much …

: Third day of GM diet. Today we get to eat both fruits and vegetables. Don’t know how credible this whole GM diet …

: Fall is here... Summer is definitely gone. I have been too busy to enjoy Fall this year and it is slipping away. …

: Yikes! This is one of the most emailed photos on Yahoo. IMHO, whoever thinks that this woman looks …

: New Friends Last month, Ashwini’s best friend, Payton was taken out of the preschool and she started going …

: Apple picking Saturday was a perfect fall day for an outing: 60 degrees and sun shining in the cloudless deep blue …

: Boy full of mischief... Adit’s teachers call him, the “Pacifier Bandit”. He doesn’t use a pacifier, …

: Eating a 7 year old I ate my first lobster last night. To get to being of marketable size, i.e. about 1 pound in weight, …

: Interesting... If the brand names of cars available in USA are arranged alphabetically, our two cars, Acura and …

: More Adit on YouTube In the future, all videos will be private, for friends and family. If you want to view them, please …

: The crawler [youtube www.youtube.com/watch

: Ashwini and Adit [youtube www.youtube.com/watch

: Happy 0.75th Birthday, Adit!!! Adit, seen prowling around the house. Today, Adit is 9 months old. Last month has been a growing up …

: Eric Clapton live We were supposed to see Eric Clapton in a concert tonight, but uncle Eric had laryngitis and had to …

: Ashwini enjoying the mild fall weather and reading a book in the front yard.

: Ashwini enjoying the mild fall weather and reading a book in the front yard.

: American Heart Walk '06 Everyone knows someone in their family or a friend that is affected by heart disease or stroke. To …

: The Summer is gone and now as we move into fall, the mornings are getting colder and colder. In our …

: The Summer is gone and now as we move into fall, the mornings are getting colder and colder. In our …

: Roger Waters and The Dark Side of the Moon Went to see Roger Waters of Pink Floyd in concert last night. It was alright, not as good as the …

: Back from vacation We are back from vacation after spending a week in Washington DC and New Jersey. Here are some …

: Back from vacation We are back from vacation after spending a week in Washington DC and New Jersey. Here are some …

: Rock and Roll week Today: Roger Waters Saturday: Eric Clapton

: Adit at daycare Some photos of Adit sent by his teacher. eating lunch lounging with a book finger painting out for a …

: Watch out! The little monster is on the prowl. Adit has figured out how to roll, crawl, sit up and lie down all …

: Ashwini dancing to music to entertain Adit… Asha Bhosale sings: tan ki jwala thandi ho jaay …

: Vacation Plans We’ll be travelling next week to visit friends and family. We’ll be in Washington DC …

: Happy 0.6667th Birthday, Adit!!! Adit, just a few seconds before he pulled out some grass and put in his mouth. All through this …

: Butterfly release Last Sunday, after keeping the ‘Painted Lady’ butterflies in our house for a week, we …

: Come! Don't be scared. Let me take you into the deep dark woods...

: There was a survey in Time magazine that asked questions to find out how healthy you are. One of the …

: Fortune Fortune from my fortune cookie at lunch: You are soon going to change your present line of work. …

: New family members Please welcome 3 new members to our solar system. International Astronomical Union decided to bestow …

: Sex: Everywhere we look These days, it is so difficult to raise kids in a clean environment. We try to keep sex and violence …

: Crocs: You gotta love 'em We have two happy users in our house

: Summer evening

: Ashwini's dream Two nights ago, Ashwini woke up crying/screaming in the middle of the night. V went to see what …

: Acura MDX My impressions after driving first 1000 miles… It is a bloody gas-guzzler. After driving a …

: Metamorphosis continues... Ashwini’s pets, the hungry caterpillars ate, ate and ate a lot of food and have turned from …

: Ashwini and Swati Swati was one of the names on the short list when we were thinking of names for Ashwini. I had put …

: New pets Recently, V bought a nice gift for Ashwini (and me). It is called, Butterfly Garden. The kit had a …

: Ashwini - growing up A couple of notes from Ashwini’s teacher: Jul. 21, 06: I feel as though Ashwini has matured …

: Happy 0.5833rd Birthday, Adit! Adit getting ready to go to the waterpark. Adit turned 7 month old today. This last month will be …

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: These flowers are so fragile with their paper-thin petals.

: How many times must a man look up before he can see the sky? . . . How many times can a man turn his …

: Big change Goodbye, dear old friend! I shall miss you after our 10 years together. Hello there, stranger! Hope …

: How is your vision? Thanks to good genes inherited from my parents, even at 36, I have perfect 20/20 vision. I …

: Ashwini and Cinnamon Ashwini feeding her other baby, Cinnamon.

: Just four of us... After about 8-9 months of having parents from India visiting us, the whole of last week, it was just …

: Julia Sweeney Julia used to be on Saturday Night live in early 90’s. Her popular skit was “It’s …

: Ashwini I realised that I hadn’t posted Ashwini’s pictures (by herself) in a long time.

: Ashwini I realised that I hadn’t posted Ashwini’s pictures (by herself) in a long time.

: Bathtime Bathtime is so full of fun in our home. Both the kids just love being in water. I think it is one of …

: Adit's first week at daycare Notes from Adit’s teacher during the first week. July, 5, 2006: Adit had a fantastic first …

: Adit's daycare Today is Adit’s first day at the daycare. He gladly went to his teacher with a big smile. …

: Adit's daycare Today is Adit’s first day at the daycare. He gladly went to his teacher with a big smile. …

: 4th of July We had some backyard fireworks last night. Mostly, it was fun. Kids (even Ashwini) didn’t like …

: Eating solid food Over the last couple of days, Adit started eating solid food. He started out with rice cereal mixed …

: Pet peeve There is a world of difference between alone and lonely. This hasn’t happened to me in a long …

: For the first time in my life, I have eaten fish every day for the last 5 days. Monday: Seared Big …

: For the first time in my life, I have eaten fish every day for the last 5 days. Monday: Seared Big …

: Happy 0.5th Birthday, Adit! Adit sitting up with “The Hungry Caterpillar” Adit turned 6 months old today. Half an …

: Father's day card Ashwini’s preschool teacher helped all her students make Father’s day cards. She asked …

: Poop Ashwini thinks adding the word “poop” or any of its many variations such as poopy, …

: Saturn in Beehive cluster, M44 Saturn is the bright one at bottom right. reprocessed photo taken in Mar ‘06.

: Us minus one Three of us

: Funny One of my colleagues has this ‘out of office’ email message. I am out of the office and …

: Happy Father's day Wishing a very happy father’s day to my dear father, who is enjoying the Summer with his …

: Joke Got this forwarded to me today… Thought for the day: There is more money being spent on …

: Joke Got this forwarded to me today… Thought for the day: There is more money being spent on …

: Assassination Vacation Assassination Vacation was my second Sarah Vowell book. It was so entertaining and educational. The …

: Orkut Finally, after the whole world has done it, I have an Orkut account. Please feel free to add me in …

: Elvis Costello It was Elvis Costello and the Imposters with Allen Toussaint last night at the Ann Arbor Summer …

: Work?!? A: What does Dada work with, Aai? V: He works with big magnets. A: What do you work with? V: I work …

: Face recognition Followed a link from Urmila’s post and used the face recognition software. Used this photo as …

: Concerts '06 - II Tomorrow: Elvis Costello 9/18: Roger Waters 9/23: Eric Clapton

: First haircut Just like his sister, Adit starts to feel hot very easily and gets uncomfortable. This leads to him …

: Eyes

: same question; different answer. A: Can I have a lollipop? Me: Why? A: Because, I am good.

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: Goddess Durga Ashwini knows some of the Hindu deities: Ganesh, Ram-Laxman-Sita, Hanuman, Shiva, etc. On our last …

: QOTD “The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, …

: Monthly progress report for Adit Laughing out loud. Here is Adit’s monthly progress report: Adit ... continues to be a smiley, …

: Hot hot summer It has been so darn hot over the weekend and it was 81F (28C) at 8am this morning. When I dropped …

: Angry maavashi Ashwini chanced upon an issue of Filmfare, that V’s mom brought from India last year. She …

: Happy 0.4166th Birthday, Adit!!! five months old

: We used lollipops as bribes to get Ashwini do things like sleep in her own bed, go to the potty, …

: It is a typical arranged-marriage scenario in a Maharashtrian household and the guy and the girl are …

: Ghalib was found urinating outside his lover’s house. When asked to explain for his behaviour, …

: Potty training Finally, it has been accomplished! After us fretting about it for a long time, Ashwini on one fine …

: Wump of Mr. Gump I made a post about Dr. Suess' One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish sometime last year. It is …

: Concerts '06 Roger Waters: “The Dark Side of The Moon” at The Palace at Auburn Hills, MI on Sep 18th, …

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: How do you answer a five-year old, whose mother is in prison, asks, “Is my mommy a bad …

: Adit fell asleep in my arms and I was putting him in his crib. Didn’t realize that he was …

: Biting nails, no more. Don’t know when I picked up this habit, but as far as I can remember, I bit my fingernails all …

: peas in a pod, enjoying a spring day

: peas in a pod, enjoying a spring day

: Half way through... Thanks to Prem and Aish11 for birthday wishes. Today, I completed 36 revolutions around the Sun. …

: Spring flowers White Dogwood, my favorite this year. Redbud Yellow Tulips and Daffodils Pink Tulip Last but not …

: Hello everyone, how are you?

: Hello everyone, how are you?

: A day with Thomas Last Thursday, Ashwini and I went to meet her favorite Thomas, the tank engine. Thomas comes to …

: Oh, funny bones!!! On Sunday, Ashwini and I were out early morning for the “March of Dimes' walk. Thankfully, …

: Happy 0.33rd Birthday, Adit!!! Adit turned 4 months old on the 28th. He is a handful and keeping us busy. Wearing his …

: Saturated colors Playdough art; by Ashwini & me.

: 1996 VW Jetta GLX: turned over 150,000 miles (240,000 Km) today.

: Be nice to me. I donated blood today!

: Be nice to me. I donated blood today!

: Spring flowers

: Brain fried... Yesterday, I was listening to my favorite NPR radio program, This American Life. In …

: Zoo playmat Ashwini loved it when she was a baby and Adit likes it too. Tiny Love Gymini Super Deluxe - Lights …

: An easy solution. OK.. OK… OK…. Before you start sending me angry hatemail, there was no baby in the …

: Kids... Aditis such a smiley boy. He smiles even when he wakes up in the morning and sees someone near him. …

: Kids... Aditis such a smiley boy. He smiles even when he wakes up in the morning and sees someone near him. …

: Hey, Mr. Tambourine Man... … Let me forget about today until tomorrow. …

: Adit's room More than 3 months after his birth, Adit’s room is finally getting ready for him. Finished …

: No matter how many times I have heard it, whenever someone refers to “my dad’s …

: With a loving wife, two wonderful kids, work and house/yardwork, my life is so full that it is …

: Almost Spring The green grass and the bright blue sky is here. All we need is some flowers and leaves.

: This same field looked so much different in bright sunlight.

: Haircut After getting a series of bad haircuts, I decided to get a fresh start. So, asked the barber to give …

: They look so similar... We were looking at Ashwini’s old photos and comparing them with Adit’s photos taken …

: They look so similar... We were looking at Ashwini’s old photos and comparing them with Adit’s photos taken …

: Sex and the city Saw a post about the show written by locks and I had to post my thoughts. Yes, I confess. I have …

: Google Romance... Google is getting into personals ads business, too. My wife is going to kill me when she reads …

: Fortune cookie and Pythagoras This is what it said at lunch time today: The future is in your hands. Turn your fate into destiny. …

: Fortune cookie and Pythagoras This is what it said at lunch time today: The future is in your hands. Turn your fate into destiny. …

: Know your colors... Learnt something new while watching Blue’s clues with Ashwini. Primary colors: Red, Yellow and …

: Angry or Calm? Another wonderful optical illusion. If you watch the above images from your seat in front of the …

: Spectacular astro event tonight Don’t miss the Grand Occultation of Pleiades by Moon this evening. Here is more info. Looks …

: What are you talking about? I took this photo along with others that I posted a couple of days ago. But the expressions on their …

: Ashwini update Ashwini’s lip has recovered very nicely. It has been only 3 days since the accident, but you …

: Happy New Year! Wish you all a very happy and prosperous new year. Best wishes for Gudhi Padva / Ugadhi.

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: Photochallenge winner My photo received the most votes and was the winner of Photochallenge #158. Yay!

: Happy 0.25th Birthday, Adit! I am planning to write monthly reports for Adit, just like I did for Ashwini. Hope to keep it up …

: Customer service My last two phone calls for customer service were extremely pleasant. Didn’t have to go …

: Customer service My last two phone calls for customer service were extremely pleasant. Didn’t have to go …

: kids... Adit pooped after 4 days. After a brief period of unconciousness, everyone recovered to find a …

: Quest for a cure Ever wondered … how a drug is discovered? how much research ends in failures before one drug …

: Eating an apple After eating so many apples over so many years, it took someone to point out the following obvious …

: nothing new. In the last test match againast England, India did what it knows best…. crumble under …

: Spring is getting close... Today is Vernal equinox, the exactly 12-hour day (and 12-hour night) that marks official beginning …

: Salaam - Namaste Our first movie of the year was Salaam - Namaste. I was at home sick with flu-like symptoms. So, …

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: just a photo...

: QOTD We do not so much need the help of friends as the certainty of their help.

: QOTD We do not so much need the help of friends as the certainty of their help.

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: Starbucks Mocha Currently, I am listening to Sarah Vowell’s The Partly Cloudy Patriot. I first listened to …

: True Friendship: Forwarded email It is not very often that something good arrives as a forwarded email. This one really made my day. …

: Good boy, Adit!!! When it happened last week, we thought it was just a one time deal, but it happened again last …

: Happy 3rd Birthday, Ashwini!!! Ashwini is 3 years old today. I can’t believe that my little daughter is growing up. I still …

: Adit at 2 months Went for the 2 month doctor’s visit. Adit has done such a good job of eating well and growing. …

: Oscar Awards - II Reese Witherspoon was talking on the stage. Ashwini walked in the room, glanced at the TV and said: …

: Oscar Awards Didn’t get to watch a lot of the show. Caught a bit where the worst looking actors with the …

: Saturn in M44 Lately, Saturn has been sitting in the constellation of Cancer. Last night, I took this photo with …

: Cool UI The computer user interface seen in the movie “Minority Report” is close to becoming …

: Sunrises and sunsets Last few days, I have been seeing stunningly colorful sunrises and sunsets. Unfortunately, I was …

: A.Word.A.Day Today’s word from AWAD website: adit (AD-it) noun Access; entrance; admission. A nearly …

: Surviving the death of a spouse A very interesting article was published earlier this month in New England Journal of Medicine about …

: Photos, after a long break...

: Overheard in NY This website has become my latest addiction. I can’t help take a peek whenever I have a few …

: Thinking... Ambition is the last refuge of the failure. – Oscar Wilde

: One more week One more week went by without serious nail-biting. I stopped myself from biting on a few occassions, …

: Balls of bull I have been busy working in the lab whole morning. One of my colleagues was trying to extract a …

: Overheard on NPR On Morning Edition today, there was a segment about this website, OverheardInNewYork. S. Morgan …

: Eg..sited Yesterday, Ashwini went with me for her first ever movie in a theater. We watched ‘Curious …

: One week of no nail-biting completed. Tonight, I trim them with a clipper. YeaY!!! See more progress …

: Photo Booth Photo Booth is quite cool. The Eye The Chin I am thy lord, God, fear me!

: Optical illusion This is one of the best optical illusions I have ever seen. If you look at the movement, you see …

: The World Is Flat. Finished reading (listening) this excellent book by Thomas Friedman, The World Is Flat. It is a very …

: Whatever.... Ashwini and I rushed out of the house this morning. As I strapped her in the car seat, the following …

: Happy Republic Day I had seen this video for Jana Gana Mana quite a few years ago on TV. Found it on Google video. One …

: Anniversary presents. It was a nice day yesterday. We couldn’t really go out and celebrate with a 4 week baby in …

: Ten years and counting... When fun is being had, time just flies by. I can’t believe that V married me 10 years ago on …

: Adit at 3 weeks V is not going to like this photo in ‘red’ dress. But, I don’t have too many …

: Arithmetically speaking: One almost 3 year old and one 3 week old = 2 kids In terms of time and work …

: Meaning of Adit I didn’t think ‘Adit’ was an uncommon name, but have received several queries …

: Center of the Milky Way Have you ever wondered how our own galaxy, Milky Way, looks like? On a dark night, one can make out …

: Adit at 2 weeks Adit turned 2 week old yesterday. He seems to be doing well. His conehead is not as pronounced …

: Happy 2.833rd Birthday, Ashwini!!! Ashwini’s portrait, taken at home. Ashwini had a nice Christmas holiday break. No daycare for …

: Garrison Keillor I am a big fan of Garrison Keillor and his radio show ‘A Prairie Home Companion’. Here …

: Adit and I

: Brokeback mountain I have heard a lot of good reviews about this movie. But, I am not going to watch it. I am very …

: New Year's resolutions. In my opinion, there is no sense in making New Year’s resolutions. They are bound to fail just …

: Adit on day 5 Adit is a ‘natural born sucker’. He is very efficient about filling up his tummy. His …

: Adit We are pleased to welcome the newest member of our family. Adit was born on the evening of Dec. …

: Merry Christmas Wish you all a Merry Christmas. Here is Ashwini singing a carol for you.

: Ashwini in 2005. Review of what Ashwini did and how she looked as she grew up through 2005. January 2005: Ashwini's …

: Holiday cards 2005 - II If you missed my earlier post about holiday cards, here it is again. Fill out this poll to receive a …

: Master's thesis in a trash Linda Cerniglia lost her only copy of her Master’s thesis saved on a jump drive when a burgler …

: Left or right? Every time I sit down for a proper ‘sit-down’ meal at a banquet or a reception, I …

: Ashwini update Note from her teacher last week: Rachel asked Ashwini today when her baby brother was coming. …

: My PhotoChallenge entry for "Narrow" Shot in Venice, Italy.

: Dr. Suess These days, Ashwini is into Dr. Suess books: The Cat in the Hat and One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, …

: More winter photos Snow is here to stay till April/May

: Happy 2.75th Birthday, Ashwini!!! Ashwini still sleeps like a frog. Here is Ashwini's monthly progress report. A couple of notes from …

: Snow makes the world go B&W This photo was shot in color and hasn't been tweaked to remove …

: Soft fluffy stuff...

: This is the way we brush our teeth... Brush our teeth … Brush our teeth … This is the …

: Change of seasons Fall is definitely gone. Winter is here to stay.

: Baby, we were born to run... ‘Born to Run’ is my most favorite Bruce Springsteen album. It was first released 30 …

: Holiday Cards 2005

: Thanksgiving 2005 - II I know these are not great pictures, but, didn’t have much time to spend with her on Thursday …

: Thanksgiving 2005 Thanksgiving this year was wonderful. We had a full house with 23 friends and family members …

: People in the background All morning shows on network TV, feature the weather(wo)man standing in front of a group of …

: Yesterday, Ashwini and I were coming home. It was raining and was already completely dark at 5:30pm. …

: I know an old lady Ashwini’s preschool has this book, I know an old lady, that she likes very much. So, we bought …

: Good Morning... indeed I usually turn on the TV while getting ready in the morning to check the weather forecast. While the …

: O Brother, Where Art Thou? In the highways, in the hedges In the highways, in the hedges In the highways, in the hedges …

: Dilemma about smoking As a result of the big multi-billion dollar settlement between the tobacco companies and several …

: Rockstar for toddlers Laurie Berkneris often called the rockstar for toddlers. She used to be a teacher and makes great …

: Happy 2.6667th Birthday, Ashwini!!! Ashwini helping me clean up leaves from our deck. This month, I am late by 3 days. This is not …

: lolli Contemplating the future of a lollipop…

: One of her father’s bad influences

: Is USA not good enough? Last week, I was called to sign my name on a patent application. That form also asked for the …

: Flu vaccine Ashwini received Influenza vaccination last night. While we waited in the examination room, Ashwini …

: Trick or Treat Loook, it's Blue from Blue's clues....

: Happy Halloween Happy Halloween Wish you all a very Happy Diwali and a Prosperous New Year!!!

: U2 - part II Bono proved his greatness as a singer. He recorded “Miss Sarajevo” with Luciano …

: U2 It was an awesome show. The music was great and they performed very well. Show started with …

: Anticipation... Will leave early from work today to go to see U2. The concert is supposed to start at 7:30pm. But, …

: More fall colors More pictures from my backyard. Colorful canopy Light play

: Gross thousands I can’t believe that it’s been 9 years since we met first. I don’t exactly …

: Ashwini enjoying the fall weather in her bug jacket made from recycled plastic soda bottles. Ashwini …

: Finally, it's fall. My favorite season is definitely here. After what seemed like a long summer, it is finally getting …

: random update Stop taking my pictures. I am not going to smile anymore. This morning, when we left the house, Moon …

: On the way to work this morning.

: Parineeta I was pleasantly surprised by ‘Parineeta’, at least the first 75% of it. First of all, …

: Breast Cancer awareness October is “Breast Cancer Awareness Month”. October 21st is “National Mammography …

: Happy 2.58333 th Birthday, Ashwini!!! Taken atop Konica tower near Niagara Falls. We receive a note from Ashwini’s preschool every …

: Spencer Tunick I remember seeing a documentary on HBO called ‘naked states’ on works of Spencer Tunick, …

: Do you know what 'sad' is? As told by Ashwini’s teacher, Sara: We have been talking about feelings and emotions in the …

: The young 'mahut' During our Canada trip, a couple of weekends ago, we visited the African Lion Safari in Hamilton, …

: V: Ashwini, we have to clean up this room. Pick up all your toys and books and put them away. A: …

: Good morning, Niagara Falls, ON

: New found religion My life had no direction or meaning till I discovered the grace of His Holiness. My schools are …

: Weekend trip It was a wonderful weekend. A very well planned and executed trip to meet some old and some new …

: chugga chugga ... wheesh Ashwini received her first train set on her 2nd birthday, earlier this year. Since then, I have been …

: what...tarian? I always wondered how to describe my food preference. Now, I know the word I should use… …

: After the floods Heard on my favourite radio program, This American Life: First-hand accounts of people from New …

: The Complete Calvin and Hobbes Calling all Calvin and Hobbes fans… The biggest and most complete Calvin and Hobbes …

: Setting Moon Setting Moon early this morning.

: Bappa & modak Ganapati Bappa Moraya; Mangalmoorti Moraya

: The left foot I had to post this photo after seeing premkudva’s this post. Ashwini was about one month old …

: Happy 2.5th Birthday, Ashwini!!! Taken on the shores of Lake Michigan in South Haven, MI. Two major changes happened in Ashwini's …

: American Heart Walk Everyone knows someone affected by heart disease or stroke. I have set a personal goal to raise …

: Evening sky... It was a beautiful evening sky today. Venus, Moon and Jupiter came together close to create this …

: A new beginning When Ashwini goes back to daycare next week, she will be going to Preschool. It will be a big change …

: wini-me By popular demand… presenting Dr. Evil’s new sidekick, wini-me

: caterpillar -> cocoon -> butterfly It would have been nice to have a photo accompanying this post, but, unfortunately I don’t …

: boohaahaaahaa... boohaahaahaa Ashwini has learnt to laugh like Dr. Evil from Austin Powers movies.

: Ashwini's photography These days, Ashwini is getting interested in being on the other side of the camera to take photos. …

: Good advice This morning, I was saying goodbye to Ashwini and she gave me some pearls of wisdom… …

: Iron Chef “Iron Chef America”, the American version of the original Japanese cooking competition …

: Another one... ETA: Jan 2006

: Another beautiful sunset taken on Aug. 15, 2005. taken on Aug. 15, 2005.

: Ashwini went on a field trip today to a waterpark. I went along with the group too. It was too much …

: August 16, 1991 India’s Independence day always reminds me of another important day in my life. For the first …

: sing from benigan Last week, Ashwini said the following many times while music was playing on the CD player in the …

: Polite streak... For the last couple of days, Ashwini has suddenly become polite. She always used to say, “I …

: Veggie flowers I was always curious about how the veggies start out on plants. Here are a couple of answers… …

: New pull toy new toy toppled over. needs some maintenance.

: Disclaimers Last night, while watching NFL, I saw an ad for CIALIS, one of the erectile dysfunction drugs. They …

: Perseids 2005 Early morning of Aug. 12th is going to be the peak for 2005 Perseid meteor showers. I missed last …

: Bond... James Bond Being a James Bond movies fan, I must have seen every Bond movie at least 5 times and some of them …

: Happy 2.416667th Birthday, Ashwini!!! Getting to know the Gorillas. Taken at the Toledo Zoo, last week. Ashwini's talking has been the …

: The swamp This is where the bird from my earlier post lives.

: Water fowl Found this in a pond/swamp near A’s daycare. Don’t know exactly what this big bird is. I …

: Page 3 Finally, the search for a likeable hindi movie is over. It took more than one year since “Ab …

: 237 channels and nothing's on... The situation is quite pathetic when the best choice of program to watch on TV is a crappy movie …

: Here is the current roster of Indian Cricket team: *Rahul Dravid Sourav Ganguly Virender Sehwag VVS …

: First harvest Fresh from our veggie garden. Tomatoes, Cauliflower and Okra (Lady’s fingers) are on their way …

: A visitor We found an uninvited visitor in the veggie garden this evening. Ashwini was happy to see a real …

: Yellow stain I was standing front of the mirror, brushing teeth, this morning and noticed a yellow spot on my …

: ye re ye re paavasa Finally, I captured Ashwini singing Marathi songs. Click here to hear. The english translation of …

: Over the last 2 years... When I saw this post by draupadi, I had to copy the idea. Just couldn’t resist… July …

: Yesterday Woke up at 5:45 am to find thunderstorms and rain. Had to cancel 6:30 am tee-time. The rain stayed …

: Doodles Ashwini has suddenly improved her sketching techniques. Till recently, the only thing she could draw …

: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Continuing our Summer of concerts, we went to see Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, last night. It …

: Sunset on Jul 18, 2005. Nikon D70; 18-70mm lens @ 70mm; F/4.5; aperture priority; ISO 400. Slightly cropped and curves …

: Bunty aur Babli If someone tells me that the producers of this movie bribed the news reporters to write good …

: kabause Our latest trick to get a quick laugh is to ask Ashwini a ‘why’ question…. V: …

: RTM Early this morning, I found V reading the manual for her new hair dryer. If Ashwini was around she …

: Golf... My best performance of the season so far. 62 strokes on 9 holes, even after losing 3 balls. I got my …

: A nice day at the lake

: Ashwini's first camping trip Last weekend, Ashwini went on her first ever camping trip. And, she absolutely loved it. I could see …

: Happy 2.333rd Birthday, Ashwini! If you come by our house these days in the evening, you’ll find Ashwini in this same pose. …

: Young leaves taken with Nikon D70, 18-70mm lens at 70mm; f/4.5; 1/250sec; ISO200

: Some new photos of Ashwini... Sporting her first 2-piece swimsuit

: Long weekend I am sure everyone in US has plans to do something over the 4th of July weekend. I always like to …

: Coool goooogle Google at its best ever… Google Earth is ADDICTIVE. Adjusting tilt is just a little too much. …

: Typical day... A typical day in Ashwini’s life: 7:00amwake up, get ready, some breakfast 7:40am leave home …

: copied from radhika74 If you have absolutely nothing better to do Please leave a one-word comment …

: two day stubble This has always bugged me…. What do women find attractive in a man with a two day old …

: Crappiest movie ever Yesterday, I watched one of the most crappiest Hindi movies ever, on AZN masala weekend. My brother …

: It was the first visit of the year to the emergency room for Ashwini. We came home from daycare and …

: Book tag Finally, a meme about books that has been making circles in the blog world. Although I love to …

: Yes, she IS my daughter. We had a little incident today. Ashwini’s daycare teacher arranged an outing for all her kids …

: My 3rd Father's day A’s teacher: Ashwini, what did you do for Father’s day? A: My say happy father’s …

: Pulp Fiction accessories This is an essential accessory for all the “Pulp Fiction” fans out there. I would love …

: Fly away, bubbles... fly...

: What's the next word? Follow-up to this post about Ashwini’s Punjabiness… Yesterday, V made my favorite aloo …

: Happy Father's Day Happy Father’s Day to me… Over the last two years, I grew up as a father and learned so …

: Colin Mockery and Brad Sherwood show Went to see the stars of the TV show, “Whose line is it anyway?”. They kicked off the …

: Petting farm Ashwini’s class went on a trip to a petting farm on Tuesday. I decided to go along and give a …

: Plough A: Plough. I want to eat plough. That is how she answered to our queries about her food preference …

: Don't expect me to cry... Have been listening to “Nirvana: MTV unplugged in New York”. This song “Jesus …

: The Revenge of the Sith Thanks to “Summer hours” at work, we went to watch “The Revenge of the Sith” …

: HOT HOT HOT It is so hot, I feel like I am melting. It was 75F at 730 in the morning when I got out of the …

: Golf IV Yesterday was extremely hot when we began and then got soaked in a thunderstorm. Managed a score of …

: Happy 2.25th birthday, Ashwini! The greatest achievement for Ashwini over the last month is singing songs in tune. Many of you must …

: Cleaning the CCD After I wrote about the dust on the CCD of my Nikon D70 yesterday, did some digging around on the …

: Problem with Nikon D70 Noticed that a couple of small particles of dust and small fiber have gotten onto the CCD of my …

: Health... Since Ashwini was born, I haven’t done any regular exercise like I used to. I haven’t …

: Cloning....

: Cool wedding A wedding on Mount Everest Now, that must be the coolest place to get married. Congratulations and …

: Ashwini strutted into a large gathering room at her daycare this morning showing off her new skirt. …

: QOTD Kissing a smoker is like licking an ashtray. via kiruba A draconian move by the Indian government. …

: Ashwini's new playset Last few days, I have been busy building Ashwini’s playset. It arrived in about 90-100 wooden …

: Hope... Saw this on a roadside sign yesterday: Man's way leads to hopeless end God's way leads to endless …

: A B C D... Check this out. Learn your alphabets if you have forgotten them.

: Sunset on May 26th 2005 These clouds appeared in the sky just as the Sun was setting.

: Stories at the barbershop... Went to get a haircut yesterday. This old man hacks my hair as if he is a butcher, but, he tells …

: New playset Ashwini is very happy with the new playset that we built for her. It is still not complete, but, …

: I have been reading The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. This is Mark Haddon’s …

: Winged Migration Got my own copy of Winged Migration. Ashwini and I watched it for a few minutes (giver her short …

: Bride and Prejudice silly and stupid. was expecting better from Gurinder. aishwarya spoke in a weird accent that was …

: 2..2..2..2 Today Ashwini is 2years, 2months, 2weeks and 2days old. Thanks for pointing it out, Sujit.

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: Good soup Roasted red pepper and tomato soup from Pacific Foods is most excellent. It is organic with all …

: more tulips

: Long words... Ashwini is getting good with long words these days. Yesterday, she was looking at a book and saying …

: Young Maple leaves

: My movies I think on9thheaven asked me to do this sometime last week… Total number of films I own on …

: Crabapple After the tulips and daffodils, the crabapples are in bloom now. These trees are making more and …

: Spring greenery With the arrival of spring, the woods behind our house have turned into the ‘Shire’ …

: my... my... mine Ashwini is learning the ‘my’ concept. Last week, she was standing in the window looking …

: Golf III I continue to do worser and worserer every time I play. Last night, my score was 70. What is my …

: Spring flowers Tulips When we had a snowstorm a couple of weeks ago, after the tulip bulbs started sprouting, I …

: 35 and counting.... Completed 35 revolutions around the Sun, today. Thanks to the Earth and my parents for making this …

: Happy 2.16667th Birthday, Ashwini Happy Mother’s day, Aai The most significant achievement came just a few days ago. Ashwini can …

: Winged migration Just finished watching “Winged Migration” on TV. It was just beautiful. Great …

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: Golf II Played another round of golf on Wednesday. This time the score was 69. Worse than the first time, …

: Grren leaves and snow together look quite unnatural…

: Saturn from Cassini One of the prettiest photos of Saturn. Didn’t know that the rings were so thin. The moons in …

: The Fountainhead III Finished listening to ‘The Fountainhead’ this morning. I am glad I chose to listen …

: March of Dimes: Walk America The walk was on Sunday. It was a beautiful day to be outside. A little chilly but comfortable for …

: Another speechless moment. V: Ashwini, let’s get ready to go see the doctor. A: nako doctor, aai. V: Do you remember that …

: Golf Played golf after a long long time yesterday. I was substituting someone in the golf league at work. …

: Silhouette

: Little miss pout Ashwini tripped and fell while playing at her daycare and got a swollen lip. Her daycare …

: Bruce Springsteen Just came back from the opening show of Bruce Springsteen’s concert tour. It was amazing. The …

: My music sampada asked for this, so here it is…. Total amount of music files on your computer: On my …

: Food recommendations Bonny Doon Vineyards; Pacific Rim dry Riesling: Very smooth and refreshing. Perfect compliment for …

: Winter is back... After two weeks of Spring/Summer weather, Winter is back again I knew it was too early to get so …

: Make your own Virgin Mary grilled cheese sandwiches eBay item 5574030908 (Ends Apr-26-05 11:25:58 PDT) - OFFICIAL HOLY PAN THAT MADE THE GRILLED CHEESE …

: Eclipse A tulip bud eclipsing the setting Sun.

: Another moon photo from last week. It is actually a mosaic of three photos.

: Aai-bai Ashwini is into rhyming words these days. She calls herself shwinee-beenie. Her teachers are …

: Sunrise on April 19, 2005 Almost same time, almost same location, almost same camera settings except focus.

: Kille Raigad On my fourth trip to the capital of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s kingdom, I cheated. The …

: I was reading my LJ friends page on Sunday morning. I was reading this post by sampada. I looked out …

: Save premature babies, II Reposting this as the date of the walk comes closer. Sincere thanks to those who already made a …

: Power trip I felt so powerful today…. We decided to clear out some area in the woods. We don’t …

: Community service II To continue with the community appreciation theme, Ashwini’s daycare baked cookies and …

: Ashwini hears and learns a lot of words at her daycare. Am not sure if she really knows the meaning, …

: Astro-photos Last night was not too windy and clear. Although, I froze my fingers by the end of the 2 hour …

: Moonlit night Two day old thin crescent of the Moon with some lingering sunlight. A closeup shot of the same 2 day …

: Colorful Sunset

: Bad parents... Some people are just insane and I feel like smacking some sense into them. They are not fit to be …

: Bob Dylan concert Just came back from the Bob Dylan Show as they called it. It was OK. Less than what I had expected. …

: Community service At Ashwini’s daycare, this week is ‘Community Appreciation Week’. Yesterday, a …

: Busy day Saturday was such a busy day. It started with Ashwini’s swimming class in the morning. Did our …

: More music this year... Just bought tickets on ebay for Bruce Springsteen’s tour-opening show in Detroit on April, …

: The Fountainhead.... I am still listening to ‘The Fountainhead’. I found the descriptions of interactions …

: Happy 2.0833th Birthday, Ashwini!!! Ashwini is 25 month old today. I am supposed to stop counting months after 2 years, but, I cannot. …

: Is a beautiful warm and sunny day, today – Had another lunch date with V – More Japanese …

: More Hyderabad photos... Following up my earlier entry with more photos taken around Charminar. Charminar sits in the center …

: The Fountainhead Started listening to “The Fountainhead” by Ayn Rand. I had heard a lot about this book, …

: Long Wait to See Pope Yahoo! News - Mourners Brave Cold Night, Long Wait to See Pope I don’t see the reason why …

: Ashwini's daycare We are just so pleased with Ashwini’s daycare. Her teachers are very nice and caring. Everyone …

: Pepsi free songs part II I bought one more pepsi drink… diet mountain dew this time. It had a free song too. So, I am …

: Daylight saving time I hate it. I know all the reasons for it, but, many of them don't make any sense in this day and …

: Ashwini swim class I was planning to post these photos for a long time, but, just didn’t get around to it. …

: Water on Mars The latest news about Mars: Found: Water on Mars

: It is hard to keep track of what you are doing while deep in thought. This morning, I was planning …

: Spring is here... The signs of spring are definitely here. All the snow has melted away. Had first of our spring …

: Vincent Van Gogh Today is 152nd birth anniversary of Vincent Van Gogh, one of the best post-impressionist artists. He …

: Ashwini wanted to read a book while she drank her milk. She kept saying, “read wamayend, aai, …

: Hustle and bustle around Charminar in Hyderabad, India.

: Went to Ashwini’s daycare for a meeting with her daycare people. While we were there, decided …

: Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Thousand salutations to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, on the occasion of his 375th birth anniversary …

: An oak tree viewed through a window.

: Disgusting.... India lost the last test match to Pakistan in Bangalore by 168 runs. It was just disgusting. …

: Disgusting.... India lost the last test match to Pakistan in Bangalore by 168 runs. It was just disgusting. …

: too much.... not yet Ashwini has learnt how to use these phrases correctly and she uses them at every opportunity she …

: too much.... not yet Ashwini has learnt how to use these phrases correctly and she uses them at every opportunity she …

: Bye bye winter Spring is almost here. All the snow is melting away. Scenes like this are going to be just a memory …

: Bye bye winter Spring is almost here. All the snow is melting away. Scenes like this are going to be just a memory …

: The scent of a female cockroach BIOCHEMISTRY: Irresistible Lure for Cockroaches Determined – Pennisi 307 (5712): 1029b – …

: The scent of a female cockroach BIOCHEMISTRY: Irresistible Lure for Cockroaches Determined – Pennisi 307 (5712): 1029b – …

: Pepsi free songs I have been very lucky about getting free songs in bottles of Pepsi products. In last two weeks, I …

: Pepsi free songs I have been very lucky about getting free songs in bottles of Pepsi products. In last two weeks, I …

: Living will Last December, we decided to draft a living will and other such documents this year. In light of the …

: Living will Last December, we decided to draft a living will and other such documents this year. In light of the …

: Learnt in grad school... I knew going to graduate school would do me good. Two important things I learnt while getting a …

: Learnt in grad school... I knew going to graduate school would do me good. Two important things I learnt while getting a …

: Sunrise form last Saturday This photo was taken at the same time as this photo posted earlier.

: Vernal Equinox Today is vernal equinox. Officially, the first day of Spring. Wish you all a long and warm Spring …

: First lollipop Friday was Ashwini’s 2 year physical with her pediatrician. She is growing as expected. 24.5 …

: Fresh Snow

: U2 Just bought 2 tickets to see U2 on October 25th, 2005 at the Palace of Auburn Hills (home of Detroit …

: Pajama day Ashwini’s daycare has pajama day today. Not everyone came in their jammies but, Ashwini did.

: Ashwini's birthday presents Continuing the series of Ashwini’s Birthday posts… She received quite a few presents …

: Robert Zimmerman Live: Part II After I received my ticket for the Chicago concert, they announced a show in Detroit. So, I bought …

: Blowing candles I forgot to post this in the earlier photo post. Here is a little (1.3MB) video of Ashwini enjoying …

: Ashwini's birthday pics Ashwini’s 2nd birthday was on last Monday. We celebrated it on Sunday, a day early. She wore …

: iTunes I am impressed with iTunes, yet again. Not only it does a great job of organising all the music, …

: Absolute space doesn’t exist. Absolute time doesn’t exist. Space-time is absolute.

: Post-processing of digital photos A lot of people scoff at digital photos that are post-processed using softwares like Photoshop and …

: Good Morning The Sun was trying to show its presence before disappearing in the clouds above.

: More fun in the snow... Spring is slowly showing its signs. Last weekend, we saw temperatures in 40s. The snow started to …

: Happy 2nd Birthday, Ashwini!!! Ashwini is already 2 years old. We can’t believe that these precious days are slipping through …

: Play in water Today was Ashwini’s second swimming class. She enjoyed it as much as the one last week. She …

: March of Dimes Some facts about March of Dimes that I learnt recently… This charity was started by Franklin …

: Robert Zimmerman Live Will be going to see Bob Dylan live in Chicago on April 2nd, 7pm.

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: Happy Birthday, Yahoo!!! It was 10 years ago today, when Yahoo! become an incorporated company. I still remember using the …

: Hear ye hear ye…. All rise and bow to the mighty Sir Bill

: Hulchul Tried watching Hulchul last Saturday. The promos (and that unreliable source, again) promised …

: Hmmm… Interesting. Just noticed the names of these two albums in my iTunes library that …

: really snowed in today... We got a few (4-6) inches of snow last night. The public schools have announced a closing. That …

: Finally.... It was a love at first sight. At that time, we were not meant to be together. I pined in the pain of …

: Come on, jump in... Ashwini went to her first swimming class today. It was called ‘Parent-child Water …

: Sweet dreams After all the tantrums, screaming and running after Ashwini that is involved in making her eat …

: Big crash... What if part of New York broke off and slammed into New Jersey? Something similar happened in …

: Save premature babies... Premature birth is the leading cause of newborn death in the first month of life. It affects 1,305 …

: Snowed in... Over the weekend, we received another healthy dose of snow (about 8 inches). It was cloudy, foggy …

: LJ user-photo collage After seeing everyone’s collage, I had to put mine up too. ~parag~ LJ friendsCollage. …

: In the middle of nowhere I had earlier posted about a show called ‘This American Life’ on NPR. I continue to like …

: Where do babies come from??? For parents who will be answering to their children's "where do babies come from?" question, here …

: Fun in snow It was a beautiful Saturday morning. If we could bottle it and sell it, we could become billionaires …

: Dhoom machaale dhoom... After hearing praises from some unreliable sources, I decided to ignore my dear friend …

: Happy Valentine's day Sick of all the stupid, meaningless, commercialised, syrupy, slushy, gushy-mushy Valentine’s …

: I sure was glad to have my camera with me when I drove by this…

: Legislating fashion What is so offensive about seeing someone’s underwear? Don’t these idiotic legislators …

: HR gobbledeegook It is interesting to see how goal setting and performance evaluation policies are changed by HR. …

: Mandalit del Barco Some people have names that just sound so great. This NPR reporter is one of them. When she signs …

: Don't miss .... …. Aishwarya Rai on the Late Show with David Letterman tonight at 1130 pm ET.

: Hava Mahal (Air Palace) in Jaipur

: Foggy foggy day... Saturday was an extremely foggy day. Not just the morning but the whole day. Couldn’t see …

: Happy 1.91667th Birthday, Ashwini! We were in India last month and missed posting her monthly progress report. Here is Ashwini’s …

: The Qutub Minar The Qutub Minar in Delhi is the tallest freestanding stone tower in the world (approx. 250 feet).

: Back from India - IV After coming back from India, I am missing my parents and friends and then, all the good food. A …

: Pet peeve #3 People that keep their home thermostats set at 75-80F. All that dry heat is so bad for health. It …

: Play ball Come here…. sit (on) balls…. play balls

: Back from India - III Negotiating traffic on the roads of Mumbai, while at the wheel has become more difficult compared to …

: Ashwini's new wardrobe During our trip to India, Ashwini acquired a lot of Indian clothes. Some were brought by relatives …

: Guess where I went during my India trip….

: Cool cool night.... IT is such a beautiful night tonight. Very clear and stars are shining brightly even with almost a …

: Back from India - II If you check out the US government’s guidelines about traveling to India, you would think that …

: Brilliant minds at work... White House Cuts Hubble Servicing Mission from 2006 Budget Request Bush Wants $80B More for Iraq, …

: Back from India - I Left 85F weather in Mumbai on Sunday and arrived in frigid Detroit at 13F with a foot of snow on …

: Enjoying the Sun and sand V and Ashwini enjoying the beach at Guhagar, on coastal Maharashtra, India. This is why we have been …

: Friday funnies... If you are choking on an ice cube, don't panic. Simply pour a cup of boiling water down your …

: Very Escheresque... Check out the zoomquilt at the following link… The Evil Tree Quite amazing!!! Thanks, …

: Holiday cards or postcards from India I’ll be leaving for India this Sunday. If you wish to receive a postcard from India or a …

: Happy 1.75th Birthday, Ashwini! We are planning to use this photo for our 2004 holiday card. Here is Ashwini's monthly progress …

: QOTD In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; in practice, there is.

: Food. I won’t be eating any Japanese food for the next 6-7 weeks during my India trip. My last Plate …

: Biggest panoramic photo Ever tried taking two or three or ten photos and stitched them together to make a panoramic view? …

: Thanksgiving 2004 - contd. Follow-up to my earlier post about Thanksgiving… Ashwini was very happy to welcome all our …

: Sick, sick, sick... Here is a fine example of a person fit for death penalty or at least sterilization so she …

: Thanksgiving 2004... It was lovely to have a white Thanksgiving this year. We had our first significant snowfall on …

: Woooowwwyyy! Date created: 2003-09-02 11:02:49 Date updated: 2004-11-22 20:24:20, 9 hours ago Journal entries: …

: Moon on Nov. 22nd, 2004 First photo taken through my telescope using the Nikon D70. It is not great. I still need to play …

: New outfit Ashwini showing off her new outfit. She wore it to school today and all her teachers just loved it. …

: Veer Zaara Could someone please enlighten me with the meaning of this movie’s title? From the previews, …

: Ashwini notes... Ashwini has a little Bengali influence from don't know where. She says 'eat crackers' and also 'eat …

: Well past expirarion date... In preparation for our annual Thanksgiving gathering, we decided to clean-up around the house. …

: This American Life This American Life is one of my most favorite programs on NPR. It is an hour of storytelling at its …

: Thought of the day “Not guilty” is not the same as innocent.

: It is a challenge to find out what Ashwini really wants. Her answers depend on what question you …

: Happy Diwali!!! Wish you all happy Diwali and prosperous new year. May you have a year full of joy and happiness. …

: The best blonde joke.... period Now, this is the best bloody blonde joke I ever read. Couldn’t stop laughing for hours.

: Moon, Jupiter and Venus Taken on the morning of Nov. 9th, 2004. Moon, Jupiter and Venus, from top to bottom.

: Happy 1.66667th Birthday, Ashwini! Ashwini wearing her gnome jacket made from recycled plastic soda bottles. Here is her monthly …

: Awesomely bad movies Watched the Saturday afternoon Indian programs on International Channel after a long time. According …

: Sunrise A few minutes before sunrise on Nov 6th, 2004.

: Ashwini's hair are getting longer day by day. Pretty soon, we'll be able to tie her hair in one …

: Wild fire Yesterday, I did a lot of yard work. Collected a lot of leaves. The bagger attachment on the lawn …

: Happy Halloween! Carved a couple of pumpkins under Ashwini's supervision Tiger went out on a hunt for candy.

: Fall colors #5 More fall colors from my backyard

: Total Lunar eclipse on Oct 27, 2004.

: Monahan's roasted bluefish This recipe was so good that we had to share it. Serves 2. 1 lb bluefish fillet 1 small onion, …

: Single parenthood V has been away on a business trip since Tuesday. This was my first chance to be a single parent to …

: Fall colors in my backyard

: Party time Mom is away on a business trip for 4 days. Yipeeee! My housemate Ashwini and I are going to …

: Flu vaccine Everyone knows about the massive shortage of flu vaccine in US, this season. Shutting down a plant …

: Amitabh for '04 This is hilarious! Check out Bill Clinton’s message at the end when the credits get over. That …

: Fall colors #4 Fall colors from my everyday drive in and around Ann Arbor, MI

: A little girl Showing off the new outfit her aai bought for the fall

: Sin is sick Yahoo! News - Manila’s Cardinal Sin Rushed to Hospital I know it isn’t nice to make fun …

: Apple/Pumpkin picking Armed with a bag, on the way to apple trees. Can’t decide which way to go… Red …

: dada look motoo Check out these tomatoes or motoos as Ashwini calls them.

: Fall is here... This Oak usually turns from green to brown. There is something special this year that it got this …

: Happy 1.5833th Birthday, Ashwini! Ashwini getting ready to root for the Texas Longhorns in their game against Oklahoma Sooners on …

: Jaai / Jui / Chameli / Jasmine The forecasters were right. It was indeed cold this morning. 25F or -4C. I grudgingly got out of bed …

: Comet Hale-Bopp Comet Hale-Bopp photographed on Friday, April 4th, 1997 from the Princeton Battlefield Park, using …

: Main Hoon Na It is a freaking ri-god-damned-diculous movie. I didn’t watch it for so long but, why the hell …

: Fall Colors #3 My most favorite photo from the same trip to Vermont in 1997. It was all cloudy with the Sun peeking …

: Fat Bastard Fat Bastard is good. Just wanted to say that 2003 Fat Bastard Merlot is very smooth.

: Fall Colors #2 Another photo from the same trip to Vermont in 1997. I have not seen such bright fall colors since …

: Fall Colors #1 This photo was taken in the Fall of 1997 somewhere in Vermont. It was the best Fall colors trip that …

: Harvest Sun

: Ashwini photos Just realised that I hadn’t posted any Ashwini photos in a long time. These days Ashwini wants …

: Movie Friday Thanks for all your suggestions, but in the end we decided that eating Japanese food peacefully was …

: Ravi Shankar Just came back from a live concert by the sitar maestro, Pt. Ravi Shankar. It was awesome. It was a …

: Wrath of God Check this out… If it is true, you know whose side the God is on! Path of hurricanes through …

: Last chance for Summer movies As we officially move from Summer into Fall, our ‘Summer hours’ at work come to end this …

: Autumnal Equinox FYI: Today (Sept 22nd) is the Autumnal Equinox. The day and night are exactly 12 hours each. Also, …

: Ganpati bappa moraya! This year, it was challenging to get all the cooking and Ganesh Chaturthi Pooja done properly with …

: American Heart Walk I am helping the American Heart Association fight the nation’s leading causes of death by …

: Culinary Notes MTR is amazing. On Sunday, I made vada and rassam with MTR ready mix and it was just fabulous. I am …

: Dead birds We have this huge window above the front door of the house. Birds often mistake it as open space and …

: India, an IT powerhouse: Who said so? I am planning to attend a conference in Hyderabad, India in January 2005. There is a website set-up …

: Hrithik is GAY???!!!??? It is official. Hrithik Roshan is gay. Check this out... :) :) :) Evidence of Hrithik's gayness. via …

: Addendum to "Happy 1.5th Birthday, Ashwini!!!" Ashwini is learning a lot of Marathi words along with English. These days she says 'nako' instead of …

: Capriati beats Serena Williams Capriati moved into the semi-finals of the US Open Tennis tournament. It was a great 3 set match …

: Happy 1.5th Birthday, Ashwini!!! Here is Ashwini's monthly progress report The biggest change in Ashwini over the last month is her …

: Ashwini's first foreign trip Ashwini is now foreign-returned. She successfully made a trip to Canada to visit the African Lion …

: Ashwini photos Ashwini being Ashwini Ashwini strolling in the garden

: Optical Illusion Here is one of the coolest optical illusions that I have ever seen. It comes from Dr. Edward Adleson …

: The most reckless, incosiderate drivers drive... Volkswagen Jetta! According to Tom and Ray Magliozzi of Car Talk, a NPR show that is wildly funny …

: The dark side of the Moon Lunar Farside from Apollo 11. The far side of the Moon is rough and filled with craters. By …

: Taken from radhika74 Last Cigarette: 1990 Last Alcoholic Drink: Grey Goose martini; last saturday …

: Nicknames for Ashwini When we were deciding on names for our daughter, we thought about the possible nicknames that she …

: Optimist Definition of an optimist:  A pessimist without enough information.

: Walk in Gallup Park Saturday was a perfect day for any outdoor activity. The weatherman predicted a cloudless clear sky …

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: Ashwini enjoying her deckchairs...

: Interesting names Today we had a visitor at work from England. His name is Alex A. Alex. Wonder what his middle …

: Mid-month Ashwini update Just a quick note so I won’t forget. Five teeth are out. #6 and #7 are waiting in the wings to …

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: 16th August 2004: 13 years and 1 day ago, I stepped on the soil …er… concrete of the …

: Phillips webdesign prize winner Click on this link to see the website. You will see a weird looking guy. Pass your mouse over his …

: Perseid meteor showers Beautiful composite image of Perseid meteor showers using photos taken over 6 hours by Fred Bruenjes …

: Rajanikanth antics I got a forwarded email from a friend describing some deeds of Rajanikanth which are not possible to …

: Rajanikanth antics I got a forwarded email from a friend describing some deeds of Rajanikanth which are not possible to …

: Railroad on summer afternoon

: Railroad on summer afternoon

: Ashwini Dance Video I recorded another version of it. It doesn’t have the great ending as the first one but, the …

: Ashwini Dance Video I recorded another version of it. It doesn’t have the great ending as the first one but, the …

: David Dhavan Was watching AVS or TV ASIA on TV and saw a blurb with David Dhavan in it. From watching his movies, …

: David Dhavan Was watching AVS or TV ASIA on TV and saw a blurb with David Dhavan in it. From watching his movies, …

: New version...

: Happy 1.416667th Birthday, Ashwini!!! Ashwini has been doing a lot of new things everyday. It is becoming hard to keep track. She also …

: Perfect! It was one of those perfect summer afternoons when you just want to stand still, do nothing but be …

: HELP! Here is a video of Ashwini (1.7MB) that I took without knowing that it can’t be rotated. Does …

: Railroad This railline runs about a quarter mile away from our home. It is not very busy; maybe one or two …

: Kinetic Energy in Pink

: Spicules on the Sun Absolutely amazing picture of the Sun…

: Timepass V and I amuse ourselves with this new timepass that V has found. Everytime you load the front page …

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: No text; just pictures...

: Firefox 'tip of the day' Create a new folder under bookmarks and put all the webpages that you open ‘first thing every …

: Firefox 'tip of the day' Create a new folder under bookmarks and put all the webpages that you open ‘first thing every …

: Firefox 0.9 Just upgraded to the latest version of Mozilla Firefox (0.9). Only 4.7MB to download. It is …

: Firefox 0.9 Just upgraded to the latest version of Mozilla Firefox (0.9). Only 4.7MB to download. It is …

: A day at the zoo This was our second trip to the Toledo Zoo and it was so much better. Yesterday wasn't hot at all. …

: A day at the zoo This was our second trip to the Toledo Zoo and it was so much better. Yesterday wasn't hot at all. …

: Forts of Maharashtra, part II Monsoon is definitely the best time to hike and visit the forts in Sahyadri. The weather is usually …

: Forts of Maharashtra, part II Monsoon is definitely the best time to hike and visit the forts in Sahyadri. The weather is usually …

: Ashwini's car Lately, all I can think of posting is stuff related to Ashwini. Maybe, I'll find time to think and …

: Ashwini's car Lately, all I can think of posting is stuff related to Ashwini. Maybe, I'll find time to think and …

: Bike ride Ashwini and I went for a bike ride in the evening. I think she likes to feel the wind on her face. …

: Bike ride Ashwini and I went for a bike ride in the evening. I think she likes to feel the wind on her face. …

: Eating preferences of Ashwini Ashwini has taken a liking to “Chitale Bandhu Bakarvadi”. It is surprising that she …

: Eating preferences of Ashwini Ashwini has taken a liking to “Chitale Bandhu Bakarvadi”. It is surprising that she …

: Ashwini's Summer activities Ashwini enjoying a Mogra (Jasmine) flower from our garden. It ended up in her mouth soon, but was …

: Ashwini's Summer activities Ashwini enjoying a Mogra (Jasmine) flower from our garden. It ended up in her mouth soon, but was …

: Forts of Maharashtra There are about 350 forts in the Western Ghats (Sahyadri range) of Maharashtra. These were great …

: Forts of Maharashtra There are about 350 forts in the Western Ghats (Sahyadri range) of Maharashtra. These were great …

: Saturday night special Our favorite menu for many-a-Saturday nights in Summer. Grilled Salmon (any wild caught, if …

: Just Blooming Black eyed Susan is one of my favorite flowers of the Summer. We have a lot of them in our garden …

: Now top100 movies of all time Thanks, co_techie IMDB's Top 100 Best Movies of All Time generate this HTML for your own page at …

: Now top100 movies of all time Thanks, co_techie IMDB's Top 100 Best Movies of All Time generate this HTML for your own page at …

: Ashwini's dinner cheese | steamed vegetables | cheerios | blueberries | water

: Perfect Summer Last two days were just perfect. Made me realise why I don’t mind living through Michigan …

: Huh!? Hopefully, we won’t be facing this same question from Ashwini in another 4-5 years.

: Happy 1.3333th Birthday, Ashwini! Time seems to be flying by. It is time for another monthly update. Actually, I am late by one day. …

: Steep walls of the Grand Canyon Most of the people look at Grand Canyon from the rim. It is beautiful - no doubt. But, looking at it …

: The worst of them all Here is a list of the bottom 100 movies of all time according to votes on IMDB. I am proud to say …

: Going to Havasu Falls

: Medusa

: Fahrenheit 9/11 Watched it last Friday and was impressed by it. Very well made with a lot of information and …

: Symmetry in nature

: Yet another Grand Canyon post The narrowest region of Grand Canyon is about 85 feet wide and probably the Colorado is at its …

: Bubbles This happiness arose from watching bubbles blow from bubble-gum. Look at those 4 teeth. More are on …

: Jailbird Somebody please take me out of here!!!!

: Pink Dress Amolmama’s wedding was the perfect opportunity to wear the pink dress that her Aajoba brought. …

: Just say NO! I had noted earlier that Ashwini has learnt to say ‘NO’, and she likes to use it. Here …

: Even more Grand Canyon In between the rapids, there were plenty of lazy stretches of the Colorado river that allowed us to …

: During our first road-trip of this summer, Ashwini got a taste of McDonalds. The only time we eat at …

: More Grand Canyon After the long 7.5 mile hike, we finally reached to cool Colorado. The water was unbelievably cold …

: First photos with Nikon D70 I am just amazed with this camera on the first day. It is so fast. There is no delay after pressing …

: Pet peeve #2 My head starts to throb when people write “their” and mean “there” and vice …

: Devil's Corkscrew This is the most arduous part of the hike on the Bright Angel Trail with many switchbacks. It is …

: Oh, NO! Guess what Ashwini learnt this weekend… She now knows how to say ‘NO’.

: Father's Day It was a great day for me. Must have done something good over the last year. V made my favorite …

: Sunset from Hopi Point, Grand Canyon National Park

: Hike down the Bright Angel Trail

We started our one vertical mile descent into the Canyon.

: From the South Rim

Two years ago, we took a trip down the Grand Canyon to raft on the Colorado River. This series of …

: In the wrong place When I hear someone saying that they are ‘in the wrong place’, it reminds me of a Bob …

: Comment stats Taken from dhempe. 2 rileen 148 comments 18.09% of total 3 savyasachi 59 comments 7.21% of …

: Good Morning, Sunshine! Sporting her new tie-dyed night dress.

: Bollywood invades excellence in sports What do Aamir Khan, Rani Mukherjee, Vivek Oberoi and Bipasha Basu have in common other than their …

: Horrible tragedy In the house next to us lives a typical American family: husband, wife, two daughters, a dog and a …

: Two hands This joke is very crude but funny. Consider yourself warned before you click on this following …

: Two hands This joke is very crude but funny. Consider yourself warned before you click on this following …

: Commensal organisms This will be a shock to germ-phobic clean-freaks. Every healthy human being has about 150 different …

: Da Vinci Code Finished reading ‘Da Vinci Code’ by Dan Brown yesterday. It is very gripping and fast …

: Happy 1.25th Birthday, Ashwini! Today, Ashwini is 15 month old. Ashwini: can walk and run freely anywhere she wants. Doesn't need to …

: New Photoblog Announcing a new version of my Photoblog. Many of my posts contain photographs anyway. But, this …

: I’ve heard you say many times That you’re better than no one And no one is better than …

: Attack of the Clones....

: Yum!!! The story behind the lj-cut is really gross. Lately, Ashwini is into fruits, all kinds of them. She …

: Pet peeve #1 I just hate it when people keep on saying ‘I mean’ or ‘you know’ in a …

: Comet Neat Comet Neat (C/2001 Q4) was visible to naked eye for the last 2-3 weeks. Unfortunately, I could …

: Few of her favorite things Her favorite place in the house is this window, where she can stand and watch the cars, dogs, cats, …

: One of the biggest regrets of my life I was a poor graduate student. One of the best bands ever came to town in Winter of 1994. …

: More spring flowers Taken using a 4MP Sony DSC-S85. ISO 100; F/8.0; 1/60 sec. Adjusted brightness/contrast and cropped …

: No. It is Ashwini’s first finger painting that was sent home by her teacher. But, I surely see …

: Spider

: Strange weather Update: We learnt about the real storm when we got home around 7:30 pm. It seems that we had 95 MPH …

: gmailswap Thanks to my dear friend, pseudofreud, I have a gmail account of my own. There are many around the …

: Nicely said! This appeared in one of the articles about Indian elections in NYTimes today. For India, his …

: Shopping On-line Just ordered something from Amazon.com. In their customer service section, you can list everything …

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: The Catcher in the Rye Finished reading ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ by J.D. Salinger last night. A very …

: Spring/Summer storms Watching the thunderstorms rumbling last night, reminded me of this photo that I took last year. …

: Walking on grass I had noted previously that Ashwini was not very happy to be on the grass. It used to tickle her …

: Current Setiathome Stats Results Received8013 Total CPU Time7.510 years Average CPU Time per work unit8 hr 12 min 35.1 sec …

: Ashwini is getting ready for Summer with some bright Summer colors. Not a great photo, but, …

: Happy 1.16667th Birthday, Ashwini Today, Ashwini is 14 months old. We are tired from running after her all around the house. Ashwini : …

: Happy 1.16667th Birthday, Ashwini Today, Ashwini is 14 months old. We are tired from running after her all around the house. Ashwini : …

: !@#$@!$ Oil prices Yahoo! News - Oil Hits $40, First Time Since Gulf War Oil is getting so expensive and consequently, …

: Friends: Finally over. Tonight is the last ever episode of ‘Friends’. Thank God! I just get this primal urge to …

: Ashwini's weekend Although it was chilly outside, we spent some of Sunday in the yard. Here are a few pictures from …

: It was V’s birthday on Saturday. We just lazed around and played with Ashwini. I took Ashwini …

: QOTD The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. …

: Spring is here... Signs of spring have been around for quite some time. But, it took 2 days of almost 80F heat to coax …

: Goodbye, Bob Edwards :( I hope all of you NPR fans listened to “Morning Edition” this morning. Today was Bob …

: Guess what this is... No. This is not moon. This is Venus from last night. Being an internal planet, we can see a cresent …

: A pot of gold Saw this pot of gold in the backyard this morning. It disappeared by the time I got out to pick it …

: Trivia – Out of 100 people hit by a lightening, only 15% are women. – A pregnant tick gains …

: Violet

: While skiing in Snowbird, a lady was riding the chairlift with me. She was complaining about the …

: Proper punctuation, please! Heard on NPR yesterday: Lynne Truss, writer, journalist and advocate of proper punctuation, has come …

: Guess who is walking? She wasn’t doing it well just a week ago. Now, she seems like a pro. Click here to view a …

: What is this? I know it is a very easy question…

: Cactus flower Christmas cactus flowering in April.

: Help save premature babies (Second posting) Those who wanted to support my walk, but, haven’t made a donation yet, please do so soon. …

: Keystone '04 Came back from Snowbird yesterday. Still walking on two feet, albeit gingerly, after 4 days of …

: [none] skiing is so much fun!

: Off for a week This journal takes one week off. I’ll be in Snowbird, UT attending Keystone symposium on …

: Tahquamenon Falls in Fall '02 At Tahquamenon Falls from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, winter started to show itself in the …

: Happy 1.08333th Birthday, Ashwini Today, Ashwini is 13 month old. Time is going by faster than ever with Ashwini doing new things …

: Where are the people? When I show my photographs taken on a trip, everyone always complains that there are no people in …

: Spring 2004 Blood Donation Did my good deed today. Now, I am free to do some bad things to balance things out. Don’t want …

: Huh!? What religion is this? Received a notice to renew my Driver’s License a couple of days ago. A note was attached to …

: Help save premature babies I am walking in the “March of Dimes” walk on April 25th to raise money for research on …

: Sehwag's triple century First of all, congratulations to the Indian team for a great win. It took 2 overs on the morning of …

: Strange coincindence V and I sneaked out to get lunch at a chinese restaurant near work. At the end, the freakiest thing …

: Birthday Trivia Two of my favorite artists, Norah Jones and Eric Clapton have the same birthday. Norah turned 25 …

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Guess who got her first tooth?????

: Parent's night out! Saturday night was our first night out without Ashwini. It was also our first experience with …

: Thok de saale ko??? Watched ‘ab tak chhappan’ last night. It is just awesome. Nana Patekar plays an officer …

: Many kids at Ashwini’s daycare, including Ashwini have a cold. These kids are so efficient in …

: Recent Publication Some of my work from a long time ago got published in Biochemistry recently. Drastic reduction in …

: Ashwini with her dada

: Ashwini with her mum

: Ek Hasina Thi Watched it over the weekend. It was a good thriller. I like Ram Gopal Varma movies. First attractive …

: Ready for shipping Would you like to receive this????

: Walker Wagon??? Ashwini found a better use of her walker wagon. She likes to sit in it with her toys and books and …

: Old friends This is an overdue post. Wanted to write this since a long time. Last year was very good in terms of …

: More choices at Starbucks Do you know that there are about 19000 different ways of ordering a cup of coffee at Starbucks? …

: The Great Orion Nebula. Compare this with this. Well, actually don’t. It is hard to imagine that these photos depict …

: Antibiotics Heard a really nice seminar by an eminent scientist, Dr. Alexander Mankin about how antibiotics have …

: Ladybugs. Ashwini likes to play with ladybugs. Not the toy kind but real ones. As the spring approaches, we …

: Hubble Ultra Deep Field The Hubble Space Telescope has just finished taking the Hubble Ultra Deep Field (HUDF), the deepest …

: The double Helix The double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA by James D. Watson …

: The goombah are back on HBO for another season. This will the fifth season of ‘The …

: Happy 1st Birthday, Ashwini!!! I had a really great day, even though I was suffering through an erupting tooth and a cold. My …

: Munnabhai MBBS Watched it last week. Had some really funny moments. The casting was horrible. Sanjay Dutt should …

: Yesterday, we had US postal service, UPS, and FEDEX delivery guys at our house to deliver 8 packages …

: Very soon, Ashwini will start walking and running. She is already trying. Wonder how long this will …

: V bought me a nice collection of DVDs for our anniversary: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and The …

: The Complete Far Side The Complete Far Side by Gary Larson I was just amazed by its sheer size. Didn’t realise it …

: Wireless high speed internet All I can say is WOW. Now, I know what I was missing in life. Installed wireless network at home …

: Cruising the internet at high speed Yippieeee! Finally, our hamlet is all wired up. Now, we have high speed internet service at home. …

: Walking slowly... For those who don’t care about my astronomy pictures, enjoy this weekend Ashwini update. She …

: Latest Stargazings Last week had been really good. Warm (more than 20F) and clear nights most of the week. Took the …

: Pleiades (M45) again Better photograph of Pleiades (M45), compared to my earlier attempt. Used the telescope driving …

: Saturn on Feb. 27th, 2004

: Half Moon

: The Great Nebula in Orion (M42) Nursery for new stars… Check out these images of M42 taken by others. Please don’t make …

: Moon on Feb 24th, 2004 Enlarged smaller area with craters and a mountain range at the edge of light and darkness.

: Pleiades (M45) from last night Beautiful star cluster Pleiades (M45), enlarged through the telescope…

: Moon and Venus Moon and Venus from last night.

: Busy studying...

: Fat Tuesday. Aaahhhh! I just love ‘Fat Tuesday’. I don’t know the religious significance of it, …

: Ms. Fountainhead

: Haute couture Queer headgear: just like Erykah Badu

: I am getting old. Most of the times, it is harder for me to read text written in the SMS language (i.e. 4, u, shd, …

: Caffeine-free week: last update My caffeine-free week ended successfully on Sunday. I made a nice pot of coffee to celebrate it. …

: Noooo! In Ashwini’s dictionary, the meaning of the word “no” is: I think Mommy and Daddy …

: Valentines ;) Some really nice valentines. Copied from Charukeshi Kind, intelligent, loving and hot This describes …

: Crawler turns into a cruiser... Hey doggies, do you want to race me????

: Anti-Valentine This year, ask some one tobe your anti-valentine. If you are sick and tired of this Hallmark …

: Caffeine-free week: Day3 More than 72 hours since last caffeine intake. Still no headache. Don’t know what the deal is. …

: Caffeine-free week; Day 2 I am still alive, but barely. Almost 48 hours since the last dose of caffeine. Still, no throbbing …

: Caffeine-free I am going caffeine free this week. My last cup of tea was on Sunday around 5pm. So, my next serving …

: Trivia Penguins need to squeeze 4 times harder than humans to poop. There…. Now you know another …

: Happy 0.91667th Birthday, Ashwini! It is hard to believe that Ashwini’s first birthday is approaching so quickly. One more month …

: Moonlit Landscape

: Slip sliding away... Last night some freezing rain fell in our area. We woke up to a nice 1 cm think sheet of ice …

: States of the Union that I have visited over the years... create your own visited states map or write about it on the open travel guide

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: Watch out!

: Joys of Winter.

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: Santana: Shaman I just love this album. There is a lot of spanish in there that I don’t understand. But, it …

: Happy 8th anniversary to us!

Yes. On Sunday, we completed 8 years of marriage. Hard to believe. It is even harder to believe that …

: Jogger's Park and Baghban Watched these two movies during the last 3 weeks or so. It was good to see that actors were actually …

: Yaaay! A big snow/ice storm is heading this way. May get a snow day tomorrow. Keeping my fingers …

: Hunt begins... We have a crawler on the prowl. Ashwini is enabled with crawling technology as of Friday, January …

: It is soooo coooldddd. It has been almost 4 weeks since the temperatures dropped below freezing. …

: Taos I was here one year ago. It was fun skiing in Taos. Hope to do some skiing this year, too.

: Run..... run..... Run….. Run…… Puff is coming this way.

: New law of physics A phenomenon called ‘Ashwini’ expands to fill up all available space and time.

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: QOTD What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the …

: My Setiathome stats Thanks, kohamm for reminding me to do this by posting yours. Name Parag Results Received 7591 …

: Heard on NPR, on the way to work… Advantages of marriage: It domesticates men. It protects …

: Hello Puff!!! I am extremely happy to welcome my new friend, Puff-the dragon to my new colorful playroom. Looking …

: Jupiter Composite of Jupiter photos. One was taken with shorter exposures to view the surface details and …

: Update on the intern... At the risk of sounding obsessed with this intern, here is another update. Her pictures and herself …

: Another moon photo The big crater in the top left corner is Bullialdus, the double crater in the top right corner is …

: Happy 0.8333th Birthday, Ashwini !!! All decked up to go out in the snowy and frigid January morning. At 10 months, Ashwini is: sitting …

: Expensive time-keepers During the holiday shopping season of 2003, the highest percentage increase in sales of an item over …

: Brrrrr!!! Right now, the temperature is 8F (-14C) with windchill of -11F (-24C). Not the coldest that I have …

: Are you a human being (being what you want to be) or a human doing (doing stuff to be what you want …

: Every January, I feel like I am becoming an alcoholic from all the holiday cheer that I imbibe …

: Happy New Year!!! (Belated) I didn’t really want to come back, but, here I am after a nice more than 2 week long vacation. …

: Update Update to my earlier post about putting your own picture on your office wall… Finally one of …

: Need some horns

: Winter blood donation Donated blood this morning. Feeling my usual high: the false sense of achievement that one gets from …

: Quote of the day. Vision without a plan is hallucination.

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: Kal ho naa ho: part II Finally, I watched it last night. I decided to ignore minor things like: after ordering a double …

: Happy 0.75th Birthday, Ashwini!

: I was walking to a meeting, and noticed that a new intern, who recently started working, has two of …

: It is hard to see them in the photo, but, they were there.

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: Thanksgiving 2003 It was a nice long weekend. Thanksgiving is our favorite holiday. It is so close to Diwali in spirit …

: Kal ho naa ho I haven’t seen this movie yet. Was planning to, but, reading this review on Rediff was enough …

: Green Card Fever Watched a movie called ‘Green Card Fever’. It was well made. Lots of serious issues with …

: US Postal stamp on Diwali I have just read and signed the online petition: “Issuance of US Postal Service stamp on …

: Summer Thunderstorm It seemed like the sky was boiling….

: 122,000 miles... On the way to work today, my car turned over 122,000 miles. Way to go! I hope to see 150,000 on this …

: Know your 80's music???? Find out... I scored 60.5. <a href="http://www.yetanotherdot.com/asp/80s.html"> <img …

: Tiger ready to hunt some candy!!!

: A foggy wet chilly November morning For Suku…

: Ashwini has a boyfriend. ;) This is how her teacher told the story to us… Ashwini is getting used to daycare slowly in …

: Find out where you stand The Political Compass website has a quiz to figure out political leanings of a person and categorize …

: Drummers of West Africa Last night, I was at the awesome performance of this group from Senegal. The leader, Doudou …

: Indian Ghettos I was aware of Indian Ghettos (area with large concentrations of Indians) in Edison, New Jersey and …

: Heard this yesterday during Monday Night Football… Who is the only Superhero without any …

: Happy 0.6667th Birthday, Ashwini!!!

: Ashwini's first day at daycare. Ashwini started going to daycare on Monday. We decked her up in nice new clothes and hat and off she …

: Old(?!) friends... Back from 3 days of vacation. It was just too busy to enjoy it. Two of my very close schoolfriends …

: Happy Halloween, everyone!!!!!

: Moon This photo was taken a few months ago. I got around to doing some processing recently.

: When an angel turns into a monster... For the last few weeks, our little angel turns into a screaming monster in the night. We were so …

: Ads for new MS office Did anyone see the advertisements for the new version of MS Office? They show people jumping around, …

: My Trick-or-Treat Haul I did pretty well. Got lotsa candy… My LiveJournal Trick-or-Treat Haulparag goes …

: Nice lunch. Want a nap now. V and I sneaked out to eat lunch together after a long long time. It was Japanese food after more …

: Diwali 2003 Diwali was very good this year. It was Ashwini’s very first Diwali. From the way she was …

: Happy Diwali Everyone! Rehash of my astrophotos from the last year. This is my version of fireworks in the sky to celebrate …

: Jupiter Jupiter with its 4 Gallilean moons; Io, Europa, Callisto, and Ganymede. The cloud bands on Jupiter …

: Bollywood and India Today I am coming very close to canceling my subscription for India Today. One out of every 3 or 4 …

: Saturn on Oct. 19, 2003 This is from the first round of processing with 6 images. More Saturn images to follow soon… …

: Sign this petition if you support women's right to work I am sure everyone has heard about the misogynistic utterings of Mr. Venugopal Dhoot, Managing …

: IMHO, fall is the most amazing season of the year for multiple reasons. The air starts to cool off. …

: Bob Dylan: Live1966 Am listening to this album for the first time ever. It is just amazing. The version of …

: How does it feel being loved too much??? Ask anyone who has a 7-8 month old child. Ashwini turned 7 months old just last week. There is so …

: I am off to a department party. V has promised to pick me up at 6. 3 to 6… hmmm 3 hours and …

: Bob Dylan Gem This would be a great thing to say while making a new friend… Thanks, Bob! I ain’t …

: Lord of the Rings: partIII Many had mentioned this before, but, after watching the trailer for ‘Lord of the Rings: Return …

: Brrrrr... It got so cold last night. We had a frost advisory, but, didn’t see any frost in the morning, …

: Summer is over! An indication of end of summer, other than the cold temperatures that we are experiencing now, is …

: Football notes from the weekend Nebraska didn’t play, because they beat Southern Miss on Thursday night (38-14) They move up …

: Lost posting On Monday, I wrote a long post with Semagic about the wonderful week and weekend that I had. But, a …

: I was eating Sushi last night. As I chewed on a piece of Salmon Nigiri, I remembered Gollum from …

: Mars from early morning of Sept 6, 2003 Picture of Mars taken on early morning of Sept 6, 2003. The image on the right is the prediction of …

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Every time I listen to some of Bob Dylan songs, I learn new ways to insult someone. Here is an …

: Stargazings from last night It was one of the best nights in a long time. The sudden reduction in temperature made it the …

: The Gender Genie Did anyone ever address you with incorrect gender after reading your writing? Maybe you do write …

: Football season Last Saturday was the first day of College football season and tonight the NFL season starts. Every …