One of the more frequent commentators on my blog other than Dan (who by far has the most comments on my blog) is Kartik Agaram. Kartik and I go way back when we were nerdy geeks at our high-school: K.V. Picket. In addition to being army brats, we had quite a bit in common, from our affinity for gathering nerdy information to playing chess during breaks. Kartik was a bigger chess fan than I, for unlike me, he could play entire games by simply using chess notation. This skill came in very handy during class for while the teachers thought he was taking notes, he was in fact plotting out entire strategies.
We also were suckers for good prose, though I would suggest that he's better with the pen than me. One time both our contributions to the school journal got published the same month. My poem barely made it to the last page while his entire essay length piece was a featured article.
We went our ways until I stumbled upon him finishing his PhD at University of Texas Austin. He has since gone on to reject a job offer from Google to co-found VentureHacks about the same time that I left a promising career at IBM to join Callfire. Looking forward back when we were fifteen, I would never have guessed that life would lead us to somewhat similar points in life fifteen years later. Yet here we are, in the land of opportunity, two geeky kids, with similar backgrounds, trying to make meaning in this world, in somewhat similar ways.
Quote of the Day
As you journey through life take a minute every now and then to give a thought for the other fellow. He could be plotting something.