Grateful to be able to do this while many of global citizens are under much stricter lockdown.

Playlist featuring Missy Elliott, ‘n sync, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kings of Leon, Destiny’s Child, Al Green, Backstreet Boys, Young the Giant.

Ready for some carb fueling.


POTW Mar 22-28

The articles that I came across that I found interesting. My picks of the Week.

Interview with the head honcho of China’s CDC – Hoping that he didn’t have to give politically correct answers. Given that possibility, still a useful read.

Bacteria that can digest toxic plastic. Could be very useful to cleanup the earth. However, there will always be side effects.

How they apply Paint Protective film to a Ferrari. Something to marvel at Italian craftsmanship amidst these difficult times for that country

A longer read for those interested in Human history. Explores how we became cow’s milk drinkers. Lord Krishna was himself a cowherd and we know He loved to eat Butter.

SmartHome Technology

Waiting for 5G

Waiting for 5G

The drumbeat for 5G is getting louder. By early 2020, we should have commercial 5G deployments, although some are predicting for that to happen that by mid 2019. Since 5G requires a lot of interplay with local governments and some governments can take their sweet time to decide on permits and regulation, mid to late 2020 seems like a better bet. Verizon and ATT are already conducting pilots in a few metro areas.

5G claims 20 times faster download speeds compared to 4G. 20 Gbit/s vs 1Gbit/s. Latency is expected to in 1ms range compared to 30–50 ms for 4G. In terms of connected devices 5G is expected to support 1 million devices per sq km. More details here.

These specs enable these enhanced use cases

  1. Virtual and Augmented Reality
  2. Internet of Things — Smart Homes, Buildings, Fleet Tracking
  3. Ultra low latency and high reliability — Autonomous Vehicles, Drones, Smart Cities

The core wireless technology that enables the enhanced specifications for 5G is use of millimeter wave (MW) spectrum. MW has been chosen to operate at high frequencies (30–300 Ghz). The 5G deployments are expected to use 30–100 Ghz range. MW is super fast, but it’s distance is limited, so it requires antennas that are placed much closer to people and therefore more antennas in a given area. Expect your street utility poles to start sprouting 5G antennas (also called small cells). The chart below shows expected carrier deployments. Verizon has the lead position among carriers for 5G.



Our daily life changed for so many of us a few weeks ago.

We can whine about all the changes or use it as an opportunity.

An opportunity to acquire some new habits. Because we just got some time saved from our day. If you are the lucky one whose work can be done from home, here are a few savings:

Average commute saved: 30 minutes

Dressing up for work: 10 minutes

Taking kids to school: 30 minutes

Meeting time saved: 30-40 minutes

Granted, some time got added: multiple trips to the home refrigerator; a parent handling kids of all ages at home all day; more screen time reading and responding to COVID infodemic; more cooking because everyone is at home and hungry all the time.

Regardless, this is a very good opportunity to start something new. .

Run? Meditate? Meditate while running? Or running in your meditation? Start a hobby that you have always put off by saying “if only I had…”.

Studies say that people who work from home work longer hours because there is no inertia to getting to your work desk. We are flesh and bone humans, not a gas that always expands to fill up a container.

So, hope you are putting this opportunity to good use. Something tells me this WFH thing is going to be around for at least next 4-5 months.



Gut wrenching read

I cried after the first two chapters.

I felt shocked after reading the next two.

A rage came over me after reading the rest.

Then sadness that some women let their own down, when they could have definitely helped, even just a little bit.

Finally, a realization that someone was this brave to share their story to the public and make it a seminal moment.

With two daughters, I pray that they never have to face similar situations and if they do, that they fight back hard.

Recommend it to your old enough sons to read and internalize.