Happy New Year

Happy 2011 to everyone. Also, Happy Prime Year.

We had a fun time going to SF for the fireworks off Embarcadero near Pier 14. Lots of people on caltrain and on the streets. The best part was that even though rain was forecast to start at 8pm, we only had a few drops until the fireworks finished. And once they did, there was a downpour. Luckily, my OCD means I check the weather a lot and we were carrying umbrellas.

Clicked a couple of photos from my 3GS.

My Toyota Camry’s mileage

Tracked the mileage of my car for about 3 years. Most of my driving was city driving and about 15-25 miles a day. Took a few road trips as well, longest being to Las Vegas, Grand Canyon and back to bay area. Some of the numbers are missing and some are skewed because of getting different amounts of gas filled but the average mileage does come out to about 20-22 mpg.

Date Miles Gallons Amount Price Mileage
10/30/06 355 15.092 $35.00 $2.319 19.613
11/13/06 651 14.332 $34.10 $2.379 20.514
11/23/06 945 13.942 $34.56 $2.479 25.463
11/29/06 1,300 15.001 $36.14 $2.409 21.465
12/19/06 1,622 15.480 $41.01 $2.649 20.672
01/09/07 1,942 14.368 $38.35 $2.669 21.297
01/27/07 2,248 14.732 $37.55 $2.549 22.061
02/14/07 2,573 15.288 $42.79 $2.799 22.109
03/02/07 2,911 16.074 $48.05 $2.989 18.290
03/10/07 3,205 12.090 $38.68 $3.199 28.040
03/24/07 3,544 15.365 $49.15 $3.199 21.282
04/12/07 3,871 15.209 $50.78 $3.339 24.328
04/20/07 4,241 15.647 $52.71 $3.369 21.474
05/13/07 4,577 16.001 $55.51 $3.469 16.061
05/25/07 4,834 10.738 $36.93 $3.439
05/26/07 5,229 14.077 $47.85 $3.399 22.661
05/27/07 5,548 7.023 $25.14 $3.580
05/31/07 5,758 14.522 $49.65 $3.419 21.898
06/22/07 6,076 15.975 $52.70 $3.299 22.160
07/05/07 6,430 15.987 $50.18 $3.139 21.517
07/14/07 6,774 14.929 $47.61 $3.189 22.373
08/07/07 7,108 15.436 $46.91 $3.039 21.379
08/25/07 7,438 14.856 $42.18 $2.839 22.281
09/07/07 7,769 15.579 $45.01 $2.889 24.584
09/24/07 8,152 16.550 $49.47 $2.989 23.142
10/12/07 8,535 15.955 $49.76 $3.119 21.811
10/26/07 8,883 15.678 $50.47 $3.219 23.536
11/11/07 9,252 16.274 $55.64 $3.419 10.630
11/18/07 9,425 7.864 $27.36 $3.479 50.483
11/26/07 9,822 15.581 $53.89 $3.459 20.538
01/06/08 10,142 14.811 $50.34 $3.399 23.496
01/18/08 10,490 14.921 $49.08 $3.289 21.781
02/01/08 10,815 15.337 $48.45 $3.159 23.342
02/18/08 11,173 15.779 $51.74 $3.279 21.801
03/03/08 11,517 15.932 $56.38 $3.539 22.219
03/13/08 11,871 15.953 $58.05 $3.639 22.692
03/29/08 12,233 5.497 $20.00 $3.638 29.471
04/01/08 12,395 15.965 $58.74 $3.679 22.863
04/19/08 12,760 15.558 $60.04 $3.859 24.296
05/04/08 13,138 15.697 $61.67 $3.929
05/22/08 15.948 $65.06 $4.080
06/08/08 13,810 10.372 $45.00 $4.339 35.866
06/21/08 14,182 16.487 $75.00 $4.549 22.442
07/07/08 14,552 15.003 $67.95 $4.529 26.728
07/26/08 14,953 15.224 $66.77 $4.386 23.975
08/15/08 15,318 15.094 $62.78 $4.159 23.122
08/27/08 15,667 14.551 $57.90 $3.979 25.222
09/15/08 16,034 15.227 $59.07 $3.879 23.248
10/01/08 16,388 14.544 $54.38 $3.739 24.684
10/17/08 16,747 15.093 $52.21 $3.459 27.430
10/29/08 17,161 7.671 $25.00 $3.259 27.115
11/03/08 17,369 16.543 $48.95 $2.959 21.943
11/23/08 17,732 15.059 $32.51 $2.159 24.172
01/12/09 18,096 15.338 $31.22 $2.035
01/25/09 16.237 $34.08 $2.099
02/13/09 14.644 $33.08 $2.259
03/03/09 12.829 $28.47 $2.219
03/21/09 14.982 $32.05 $2.139
04/13/09 19,889 15.671 $36.03 $2.299 24.759
05/07/09 20,277 14.845 $36.06 $2.429 19.333
05/22/09 20,564 11.333 $29.91 $2.639 18.265
05/22/09 20,771 6.846 $18.20 $2.658 51.855
05/23/09 21,126 12.561 $30.64 $2.439 14.887
05/24/09 21,313 6.978 $18.83 $2.698 61.479
05/25/09 21,742 14.330 $38.82 $2.709 24.703
05/25/09 22,096 12.850 $35.71 $2.779 32.840
06/11/09 22,518 15.301 $46.19 $3.019
07/04/09 14.119 $42.34 $2.999
07/20/09 23,303 14.826 $42.09 $2.839
08/16/09 15.099 $46.79 $3.099
09/24/09 15.670 $50.13 $3.199
10/11/09 14.757 $46.62 $3.159
11/12/09 14.591 $43.76 $2.999
12/10/09 15.355 $44.82 $2.919
02/28/10 14.865 $44.58 $2.999

Here are some graphs from OpenOffice to visualize this information.

Hopefully this information is helpful to someone.

Long long time ago…

Man…. it’s been ages since I have had a look at my site. I have been just too busy with work and lazy the rest of the time. My last post was on July 29th…

Finally, I upgraded to WP 2.3.1 tonight. As you can see (or might see), I am using the default WP theme right now as HemingwayEx doesn’t work with this version. I have been getting a lot of emails from people regarding this theme and many ppl have been enthu enough to go ahead and fix the theme to work with 2.3 as well. Hopefully, I will find sometime this weekend and do some work on it and answer questions in the forum.

Currently, I am eagerly looking forward to Dec and Jan. Both are going to be very eventful months. I am leaving for a three week trip to India in December and have other things coming up in Jan. Other than that, life is going on as usual… busy as hell on weekdays and boring/sad on weekends… ๐Ÿ™‚

peace…

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows

I finished reading this last night and it left me with mixed feelings. I was happy to have finally finished reading all the Harry Potter novels, but I didn’t really enjoy the last book much. I had figured that after all these years, at 17, Harry Potter would be closer to being a proper hero, not the usual messed up dude, who can’t survive without his friends help. I was expecting him to take more responsibility and see his buddies relying on him.

But, the story was good. There is a good and reasonable (?) explanation for everything that happens. It does get quite complicated during the end with the reasoning for how he survives or why elder wand belongs to him, but then again, this series stopped being children’s novel a long time ago. I was quite ready to see Harry die, but because I had seen Bedazzled, I thought this self-less act of offering himself to he-who-must-not-be-named, would eventually save him :-).

One thing that I really liked was that Rowling inserted the last chapter with describing Harry’s life 19 years later. It just makes a lot of sense as this way, no one is going to expect her to write another Harry Potter 8. I just hope someone else doesn’t start writing about how Harry saves the world again at 45, which has been the case with Robert Ludlum’s character Jason Bourne.

In the end, I have loved reading Harry Potter novels more than anything else I have ever read.

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Finished reading this last night and it left me quite sad… I already knew that Dumbledore would die in the novel, but still… Anyways… I am happy to have finished reading all the novels as now I can peacefully take a break from this series… It’s quite stupid but I have actually started thinking how much better my life would be with all the magic described in the books. It’s something like wanting to have the Staple’s EASY button.

One thing that was good about this novel was that it wasn’t as difficult a read as the one before it… In The Order of the Phoenix, it was heart wrenching to be in Harry’s shoes all the time… He was portrayed as being so very helpless… but in this novel at least thats not the case. Also, this novel makes for a good setting for the next and the last novel.

There are many rumors going around about how it’s all going to end… I find myself discussing it now and again with people… well… everyone will come to know in July… ๐Ÿ™‚

Citibank credit line increase

Sometime back I went to my Citibank credit card’s online site and saw this neat feature. One can request a credit line increase with a click of a button and they get back to you instantly. It’s a feature that you can use once in about six months. Once you get an increase, you can request more incerease, but for that you need to fill up a form. Anyways, for this card, I just got a credit line increase. Here’s a screenshot of the page.

Citibank Credit line increase request

My Home

A couple of days back, I posted pics of a place I would never want to step into. And this is why…

My room IMy room IIMy room III - the attached bath and closet :)My walkinโ€šร„ยถ noโ€šร„ยถ stand-in closetMy Room IV - another shotMirrors from IKEA - dirt cheap and stylishMy Home I - Kitchen and Living roomMy Home II - Living RoomMy Home III - THE COUCHMy Home IV - THE 51โ€šร„? TV

I have been staying here now for over two months and still managed to keep it neat and clean ๐Ÿ™‚

Also, I must mention, I am sharing the apartment with a roomie, who has a bed-bath of his own… so it’s a pretty neat and big place. I like to believe that we are living like kings !!

200

I came to know yesterday that a new weighing scale had been placed in the men’s restroom in one of our office buildings. It had been a while since I had been trying to step on to one, so last evening after workout, I went ahead and weighed myself…

And…. I weigh 200 lbs… well… the scale showed 200.5 once and then 201 when I had a can of Gatorade in my hand ๐Ÿ™‚

So, 200 lbs is approximately 91 kgs. I had never imagined that I would reach such a weight. All my life I have been thin as a stick. In my two years during my Master’s I did put on weight and that was largely expected. Last time when I weight myself at the guy, the figure was 187 lbs. That was about 8 months back.

I attribute all this weight to just sitting in office and working all the time. And, also to owning a car now. I have hardly walked, let alone exercise. I might have walked in two months here in Sunnyvale, what I might in 2 days in Chicago.

ok… having made a big deal about this 200 figure, I must say that it’s not all that bad. It’s the upper limit of weight range that I fall under. I just have to make sure that I work out and convert all this excess fat that i have added on, into muscles… I have been going to my company’s fitness boot camp for about 3 weeks now… it’s been fun and I am sure it’s going to help in the long run.

tc…

I cooked !

Weekends can be sooo boring… that they can drive one to cook !

Finally… after a gap of 8 months, I cooked today. It wasn’t that I was forced or anything. Just that I got bored of eating out all the time and it was a weekend and I had nothing better to do. Went to the nearest shop to pick up some frozen parathas and dishes, and in the process also picked up pulses.

Cooked rice and lobiya (Black-eyed beans), and everything came out well. I have always cooked for 3-4 people, so deciding on the quantities of salt and spices was a little difficult… ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyways, I cooked !! It’s an important day for Makar-kind… It’s the start of a new beginning !!! I thought of taking pics, but I that would have been a bit too much ๐Ÿ™‚