Souvenir Clothing

I stared at the clothing in the souvenir shop. “Cancún” is written on the cap. “Cancún” is written on the chest. Cancún written on the derrière. In myriad fonts and sizes. I wondered who buys all these souvenirs. I have occasionally purchased souvenir clothing in the past. But it is usually lower quality, overpriced, and seems to give a garish look. Then this guy steps into the shop.

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Crowded or Popular? Exclusive or deserted?

An expensive place full of tourists is considered a popular destination. While an inexpensive place full of tourists will be called a crowded one.

An expensive place lacking tourists is termed an exclusive destination. While an inexpensive place lacking tourists is considered deserted.

It is never about other tourists, it is always about how much you spent.

Why I prefer Obsidian for taking notes

I started using Google Notebook around 2008. Once I received a notice that it will shut down, I switched to Evernote around 2012. Unlike Google, note-taking is the central business of Evernote, I thought I would be fine. I was wrong. Evernote became terrible over time. Then I heard about a service called Notion. I deliberated and decided to wait out. Turns out a new cool kid on the block showed up soon enough. It was called Roam Research. They had such an enthusiastic fan following that they decided not to even have a freemium model. I was tired of moving notes from one proprietary system to another. And decided not to use either Notion or Roam research.

Finally, in 2020, I came across Obsidian and decided to make the move. Obsidian is a simple Markdown-based note-taking application. The best thing is that it does not store your notes. You can store your notes on your favorite cloud provider. And if Obsidian ever shuts down, your notes are not only readable in a plain-text editor, but also can be modified/viewed by a gazillion other Markdown editors. Obsidian isn’t as fancy as Notion with dynamic views or anything like that. But it gets the job done. And I can be certain that my notes will be accessible for decades to come.

A day at Santa Fe

Continuing the drive from Carlsbad, New Mexico, we drove to Santa Fe. There isn’t much to do in Santa Fe. The drive is perfect. And the drive to Albuquerque is full of great hikes.

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Infinite network timeouts in Java and Go

Java made a huge mistake of having no network timeouts. A network request can block a thread forever. Even Python did the same. The language designers should have chosen some conservative appropriate numbers instead.

What’s surprising is that the Go language repeated it!  Here’s a simple demo

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The five different ways to pronounce the name “Chavez”

Latin script is the most recognized script in the world today. Most western European languages, including some widely spoken ones like English, Spanish, and French use the same script with minor differences. The pronunciation variation, however, is a different matter altogether. Nothing illustrates it better than the popular Spanish last name Chavez. The name has three syllables. And is pronounced in 5 different ways! Read More