Or talk about how terrible capitalism is…

The world we live in isn’t perfect. And if that wasn’t enough, this world is far from fair. It’s so unfair that I can guarantee you that there is someone who’s got it 10 times worse than you and there’s someone who’s got it 10 times better than you—and this applies to pretty much everyone (including those “filthy” billionaires you might hate).

Maybe Mars will be different after Elon finds a way to get us there. However, we’re stuck on Earth, and because Earth has so many problems, it’s easy to find blame for Earth’s—or for your local or…


A response to Hardware is Hard

Hardware is Hard is hands down one of my favorite medium publications. While I am not good at hardware, I love building and designing things and learning about the process and knowing what is involved in hardware.

One of my favorite story is Hardware and the Military-Industrial Complex. The major takeaway I have from it is just how complex (pun intended) it is and how it doesn’t just represent a single entity that’s either good or bad. The Department of Defense (DoD) and the Military-Industrial Complex affects many areas of American lives that highly benefits the society—like roads, fire departments…


This is just me spending time in my head, wondering and wandering in my thoughts.

I started tracking my money since June 2020, and it’s so far it’s been an eye opening journey. This is probably the most eye opening thing I’ve ever done and continue to do. Through the process of doing it, you start to become aware of where your money is and where your money goes.

Naturally, you started wondering, is there any way I can save money? Am I spending too much here? And the answer is of course yes. Even today, after over 6 months…


I recently started reading Thomas Sowell’s Basic Economics. Before starting, I would have never realized how much this book would make me think and questions things. Just recently, it made me realize how much I did not understand supply and demand—something that you’d think is a simple idea!

Before Sowell

My previous understanding of supply and demand was: the more the demand, the higher the price. The more the supply, the lower the price. Like, if more people are asking for it, just raise the price to make more money. If less people are asking for it, then lower the price in…


I’ve always heard people hype Animal Farm up, but when I recall those instances, no one has ever pointed out what was so interesting about it. However, having read 1984, I was definitely expecting some kind of story that represents society going awfully bad. After all, George Orwell is known for that!

My general expectations were correct, but in terms of the raw story, I was kind of surprised with the turn it took. If there’s one quote that really hit me, it was this:

Besides, in those days they had been slaves and now they were free, and that…


Reading Educated was such a rollercoaster. As I was going through it, I kept asking myself, “Am I reading fiction?”—just because of how unreal Tara’s story is. While I can imagine that there are isolated communities around the world that live and act in their own ways that’s completely different from everyone else, this showed me what this can look like in a place like the U.S.

Educated’s book cover

A core theme that I want to retain from Tara’s story is the power and influence of simple things in our lives, and how the lack of education and awareness makes them much…


A Great Read for New Engineers

Introduction

I just finished reading The Effective Engineer by Edmond Lau, and it was an amazing read for someone who is just starting out their engineering career. So, I will break down the lessons I extracted from it by chapter below and then an overall summary.

The book is broken down into 3 parts:

  • Part 1: Adopt the Right Mindset (Ch. 1, 2, 3)
  • Part 2: Execute, Execute, Execute (Ch. 4, 5, 6, 7)
  • Part 3: Build Long-Term Value (Ch. 8, 9, 10)

Chapter Summaries

Chapter 1: Focus on High Leverage Activities

Lau sets the foundation for how to approach any problem that you encounter as an engineer, and that…


This post is part of a series of math puzzles. Here is the list of puzzles for reference:

Now, let’s continue with 4444:

4444: PROBLEM

You may have seen this kind of problem before in 3333. Now, 4444 is kind of an upgrade in difficulty compared to 3333. If you didn’t see it yet, I’ll just describe the problem below (although I’d attempt 3333 before attempting this one because it is much harder!).

The problem goes as follows: you have one number minus another number, and the result…


This post is part of a series of math puzzles. Here is the list of puzzles for reference:

Now, let’s continue with Slicing the Parabola:

Slicing the Parabola: PROBLEM

Before I describe the problem, I want to give a motivation, starting with a slice of watermelon:

Photo by Duminda Perera on Unsplash

I’m sure if you’ve eaten a watermelon before, you ate it in slices because the entire watermelon is too big to fit in your mouth. Now, imagine you had 4 friends with whom you were eating a watermelon that was cut in slices. AND…


This post is part of a series of math puzzles. Here is the list of puzzles for reference:

Now, let’s continue with 6 Inscribed Circles:

6 Inscribed Circles: PROBLEM

6 Inscribed Circles

The premise of this problem is very simple. Essentially, the outer circle has radius 1, and it has 6 circles with equal radius inscribed inside it in such a way that they both touch the outer circle and touch each other.

Robert M. Vunabandi

I’m a human, living on earth, and doing Software Engineering. I enjoy reading thoughtful posts, and I even write sometimes! So, here we are.

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