Writing Backlog

My posts have been very sporadic for awhile. Wish I can fix that and get my thoughts, writings, learnings and tidbits out on a more regular cadence. I have long list of items which I have been intending to post about so in this note, I’m going to actually try and enumerate all those things I should be writing about. This is my way of holding myself a bit accountable and putting a forcing function on!

  1. Shyamapana – the Festival of Forgiveness : Every-year I take a week off to focus, rejuvenate and read something spiritual. This year I wanted to read on Reiki and learn more about Music especially Meditative and western classical. I need to write a post which will be about by Reiki book review and potentially a spotify list of meditative music.
  2. BlockChain in HealthCare: I have been spending a lot of time on developing a blockchain platform applicable in Healthcare IT. I wanted to summarize the learnings from Stanford Medx and launch of IEEE & YouBases’ hackathon. Overtime I’m planning to just compile a weekly blockchain newsletter – more like 10 links by Friday. My post would focus on various blockchain initiatives, the talks at Stanford MedX and all the problems being solved in various hackathons along with sample of my first 10 link blockchain newsletter.
  3. La Victrola: Over last six months I worked on a team which built a 25′ gramophone weight 14 tonnes of steel! I did a lot of art, lifting and playa work for this project as it got installed at Burning Man 2016. My post would focus on this journey, pictures of all the projects I completed and the details behind it and perhaps some stories. I want to take a more story telling approach for this one.
  4. Libar:  So I have made some sporadic posts about cocktail events but I haven’t done much in terms of refining and bringing the whole experience together. In this post I would combine pictures of all the cocktails, menus of all the speakeasies I have been to and pinterests of project which will be interesting to explore in the cocktail scene.
  5. A Vagabond Life – Digital Nomading : Over 18 months I travelled a lot and did some esoteric trips including 5000 mile motorcycle ride. In this post I would like to bring it all together. One post for the entire journey won’t be sufficient but this post will highlight my memories.

So these are my writing projects. I’m hoping to finish them in next couple of weeks. Lets see if this forcing function helps.

Festival Of Forgiveness & Week Of Reflection

The week-long Jain Paryushan ended with Festival of Forgiveness today. As every year I wish to ask for you to let go of my mistakes.

Like last year, this year I decided to focus the week on some spiritual reading, and reflecting.

I picked up the book Siddhartha by Herman Hesse. This is a very well written book on the journey of spirituality. Siddhartha after being a Brahmin, Shraman, Buddha’s disciple starts on a journey of this own with this quote — “Neither Yoga-Veda shall teach me any more, nor Atharva-Veda, nor the ascetics, nor any kind of teachings. I want to learn from myself, want to be my student, want to get to know myself, the secret of Siddhatha!”

In addition, to reading I’m doing some writing, I intend to keep up a very short writeup of my beliefs and ethics, and test it overtime. I got inspiration for it from this Codex.

Well on to next spiritual year!

Le Moto Tour – Feedback Wanted!

MotoTourSo I’m planning to do a motorcycle tour after a long time! I just bought a BMW 1150 RS, and this machine is now all decked up for a tour! The current plan is to tour 12-14 days, and head up from Seattle to Canadian Rockies, the Banff national park, then Glaciers national park and then finally end up in San Francisco after a visit to Yellowstone National park. I should perhaps call this a 2000 mile national parks pilgrimage tour!

I’m super excited about it, but I’m still finalizing the route and the journey details. Currently I’m pegging about 8 days on the route, and I have about 5 days which I need to disperse around. If you have any ideas, thoughts or suggestions please send them my way!

Libar Hard Ciders!

The order is in – I’m getting some apple juice to try and make my first batch of Libar Hard Cider(s)! I’m trying two varieties of yeast with the first batch. Once the carboys are loaded tomorrow it will a couple of weeks for the yeast go to town and then we will (hopefully) celebrate the first case of ciders! Looking forward to plan that Libar Cider party.. :) Continue reading

Tryst with South America Visas!

So turns out among other things an Indian passport and South American visas dont so together! This December I’m planning to do a hiking trip with a good friend of mine starting with Peru, going through Bolivia, Chile and ending in Argentina.

I was hoping roughly to following this itinerary – Peru (Dec 19-23), Bolivia (Dec 24- 27), Chile (Dec 28- Jan 6) and Argentina (Jan 6 – 10). Continue reading

Interactive Barstool – Hmm..

So when I bought my house among other things one of the quirks was that the bar height for the kitchen was too high. The highest barstool I could get was 34 inches but my bar needed 38″.  As I learnt woodwork and finished my storage room and setup a small electronics setup, the desire to build a cooler barstool surfaced.

So among other things what did I want in barstool? Since I already bartend and provide a very unique speakeasy setup I wanted the barstool to be unique, and have a cool design and lots of lights!

Following are few ideas from my pinterest board:
Follow Vaibhav’s board Interactive Barstool Design Ideas on Pinterest.

So in addition to it having a cool design, lots of lights what do I want this barstool to do?

  • Encourage people to talk to each other
  • Make it easy for the bartender to be more hospitable to you
  • Detect when someone is too drunk to drive
  • Provide a virtual coaster — to let people know that I’m still at the seat!
  • Have a coat hook

Now that I have put some thought, how should I go about building it?
I’m planning to use the Intel Edison board to enable this stool to be connected to a phone app and you can program Edison in Node.js! I want to keep the design simple but elegant with Gaudi like curves and a simple hinging mechanism, a laser cutter would be sufficient for the job! I want to add a artisically designed acrylic piece to the wood work so the lights some through. I’m planning to use simple 10-12 LED lights per stool.

Can this be done in 48 hours?
So why 48 hours  you say – well i’m thinking of doing this project at startup weekend makers edition. I think if I have a woodworker, a 3D/2D designer, a couple of softeware devs and one electrial/electronics engineers on my team then we can pull this through fairly easily and even have time to enjoy a couple of drinks and play some fun games with our stools!