M1A2 Abrams tank

I’ve been making many models, but until now I have never done a tank. I was never attracted to a tank model. Dusty dull colors. Angular boxy shape. It just screams lack of sophistication. But armored vehicles are a major genre in model making. I figured, at least I should do one. And wow, what…

2022 in review: Launchable

Well, this has been a challenging year. My previous experience at CloudBees taught me that a startup journey is not a straight road, but I feel the urgency to move the business forward, yet the progress is slow. The nature of things is such that it’s hard to publicly retrospect this in a place like…

2022 in review: Model making

I continue to make models. In the beginning of the year, I had a long pause because I took on a project too big and it stalled. I also spent more time cycling. But still, I made 6 models. The one that moved me the most is a scale model kit of a Ducati motorcycle….

2022 in review: Watercolor

My watercolor journey continues this year. I’ve drawn about 50 pieces, bringing the total to over 100. I bring the painting kit when I travel and draw on the road. I’ve become comfortable with basic watercolor techniques; mixing a different color on top of another color white it’s wet; do the same when the base…

2022 in review: Cycling

This year, I rode ~320 days, covering 13500km, climbing 120km. Those are up significantly from last year. On weekdays, I ride about 1hr going 25-30km. Saturday, 100-140km. Sunday, I do a relaxing ride for 1-2 hours. Those are my routines. In last year’s review, I wrote that I want to join a local cycling club….

July cycling update

Another time for my quarterly cycling update. My previous one is here. I participated in AIDS/LifeCycle ride. That was very intense, unforgettable experience. I wrote about that in length, and it was really disappointing that I wasn’t able to finish that. Between the COVID recovery and increasing business/vacation travels, there are more and more days…

AIDS/LifeCycle 2022

Pre-ride AIDS/LifeCycle is a charity cycling event organized by San Francisco AIDS Foundation and Los Angeles LGBTQ center. Thousands of riders come together to ride 535mi/860km from San Francisco to Los Angeles. My friend Tyler did this a few years ago, and his travel blogs from that event got me intrigued. I wondered what an…

April cycling update

A season has changed since the last time I did a cycling update in my blog. I’m still dilligently riding my road bike, and I still don’t know why. The first big change is that I started riding with a group. Every Saturday, they ride about 40-50 miles and climb 3000-5000ft. I’m starting to frequent…

AIDS/LifeCycle training ride

This summer I signed up to ride my bike from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise awareness to AIDS. I’ve been riding a lot as training toward the trip. Generally ~1000km/650mi per month in 2022. This weekend was a key milestone in that effort. Day 1: Official training ride Saturday was an officially organized…

Gitlab DevSecOps global survey 2021

This might be a bit of an old news, but the other day I saw that Gitlab issued a “DevSecOps landscape” survey. So I decided to take a look.

Making your CI/CD 10x faster

I came across the following post today on Twitter: What was interesting was the reaction. It really shows the big diversity in the kind of software development we are involved in, and how people seem to be unaware of it! At one end of the spectrum is people whose CI time can be measured in…

I’m supporting AIDS Life/Cycle

I signed up to ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles this summer, and I need your help. This is an annual charity fundraising ride for SF AIDS foundation and LA LGBT center. Since 1993, this event has been raising awareness to AIDS and people who were lost to it. I’ll be riding 545mi/877km over…