Thoughts, stories and ideas.


Stuff I learnt in 2019

I enjoy learning new things, especialy if I am able to either build something out of it or put it to use to improve my life. Here are some things from the top of my head that I managed to learn or start learning in 2019.

Learning new technologies is a never-ending endeavour. I built at least one public-facing hobby project starting from zero with the following:

  • React Native for building iOS & Android apps
    • Published an iOS app with another in the works.
  • Django
    • Built a personal portal to track who I meet, when and how often
  • Dokku
    • How to setup and deploy projects with Dokku
  • VueJS
    • Built few personal utilities using Vue. This completely changed how I view JS
  • Basics of modern JS (ES6)
    • While I wrote a fair amount of Javascript a decade ago, revisiting it made me realise its an entirely new world. Touch basing this has been an uphill battle.
  • Build automation with fastlane
    • Android & iOS
    • React-Native apps


  • Home security
  • Home automation
  • Using VPNs
  • Securing browser stack

Built at least one working thing with each of the following

  • PCB Design
    • Design with KiCad
    • Auto-routing
  • Design for manufacturing
    • BOMs
  • SMD soldering
  • ESP8266s / NodeMCU
    • Programming
    • Components on NodeMCU/Lolin boards
    • Using bare ESP8266
  • ATTiny85
    • Using deep sleep mode
  • Simple Diodes
  • Voltage dividers
  • Voltage regulators
  • Voltage step-up circuits
  • PIR sensors circuits


  • Swimming!
    • Dutch A,B & C diplomas.
  • Health
    • Slowing down and self-care
    • Mental health
  • Taking care of a cat

Food & Cooking
I think I can make a reasonably decent meal out of many of these without having to look at a recipe while making-do in case of missing ingredients.

  • Pasta
    • Creamy Mushroom Pasta
    • Aglio olio
    • Cacio e Pepe
  • Mushroom Risotto
  • Fried rice with mushrooms
  • Fried noodles/Chow mein (with mushrooms)
  • Chinese Noodles
  • Palak paneer (the hand blender way)
  • Spice blends
    • Blending spice mixes for palak paneer & paneer butter masala
  • Soups
    • Bell pepper soup
    • Tomato soup