Blue Thunder and Moon

Ayden was a curious and adventurous five-year-old boy who loved nothing more than riding in his favorite monster truck, Blue Thunder. He spent hours each day practicing and perfecting his skills, always dreaming of one day becoming a professional Monster Jam driver.

One day, as Ayden was practicing his jumps in the backyard, he suddenly found himself soaring higher and higher into the air. Before he knew it, he was hurtling through the atmosphere, leaving the Earth far behind.

As he flew through the vast expanse of space, Ayden couldn’t believe his eyes. He had always dreamed of going to the moon, but he never thought it would actually happen.

Finally, after what seemed like an eternity, Ayden’s monster truck landed softly on the surface of the moon. As he climbed out of the vehicle, he was amazed to find that the moon was made entirely of cheese!

Ayden couldn’t resist the temptation and began to dig in, devouring as much of the delicious cheese as he could. He knew that his little brother, Zayn, would love it too, so he carefully packed some of the moon cheese into a bag and climbed back into Blue Thunder.

As he flew back towards Earth, Ayden couldn’t wait to show Zayn his incredible discovery. When he finally landed back in the backyard, Zayn was overjoyed to see his big brother and immediately begged for a taste of the special cheese.

Ayden happily shared his lunar treasure with his little brother, and the two of them spent the rest of the day eating and laughing together. It was a day that Ayden would never forget, and one that he would always treasure as one of the most amazing adventures of his life.

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Hacker News Books of 2022

Hacker News is community of engineers, hackers, geeks, and entrepreneurs. Here in this thread, they discussed their favorite books of 2022.

A Good Enough ParentBook about parenting, ofc. There are many more recommendations in the same thread.Thread
Clean Architecture – Robert MartinRead this myself also. Enjoyed learning about various software architectures. Thread
Project Hail Mary – Andy WeirFiction, will check it outThread
Sanderson’s Skyward Flight seriesFiction, will check it outThread
Exhalation by Ted ChiangThread
How to Be Perfect: The Correct Answer to Every Moral Question” by Michael SchurThread
Red PlentyThread
4000 Weeks: Time Management for MortalsThread
Neuromancer by William GibsonThread
There Is No Antimemetics DivisionThread
On Writing: A Memoir of the CraftThread

Everyday is a vacation

I think a lot of people would love to live their life as if they are on a permanent vacation. Before I was married, I didn’t make a lot of money but felt like that everyday was a vacation.

For me, vacation means:

  1. Eating out/not cooking
  2. Not cleaning
  3. Spending time outside
  4. Not working
  5. Ready to travel

Eating out is cheaper than cooking, if you are not picky. I ate mostly fast food. Of course, it is not healthy but it is vacation. Also it is still better than overeating home-cooked meals.

Cleaning is easy if you live in a small place, don’t own too many things, and not cook in your place.

And cleaning becomes even easier when you don’t spend a lot of time inside your home. I would rather sit in coffeeshop than watch TV on my couch.

Not working is hard but it helps when you do something that you enjoy. Programming and technology are fun for me.

Ready to travel just meant that I was minimalist. As a minimalist, whenever I wanted to buy something, I would to ask myself, “if I was on a real vacation, would I bring this thing with me?

So other than TV and Playstation, I could pretty much put everything I owned in a carry-on suitcase.

Time to plant

Yesterday, I ordered some tissue culture and planting supplies.

Indoors plants market is huge. There is a lot to learn. There are new terms, new communities to join. But it is pretty exciting.

The main reasons I decided to explore this space is because:

  1. It is slower paced. Cannot pull all-nighter to make plants grow faster.
  2. My kids should enjoy it. And I can get them involved.
  3. There are interesting methods to master like creating perfect environment for optimal growth, growing exotic plants, etc.
  4. It can be scaled to more commercial operations, renting a greenhouse or something similar.
  5. Plants are good for the planet.
  6. If it fails, I will have plants for our home.


Follow up to my last post, the people I admire the most are usually startup founders or business people. And then creators of open source softwares.

This weekend, I also met my engineer turned entrepreneur friend and saw Jobs movie. It seems I know what I should do.

I want a business that gives a lot of freedom, especially freedom to be with my kids. If I can involve kids in the business, it would be even better. Would love low stress business but it is not a requirement.

A few of businesses that I considered but not ideal are:

  1. REALTOR – Love meeting new people, driving and exploring but it takes too much time away from kids. Maybe when they are older.
  2. Photography – Love it as a hobby but again too much time away from kids. Scalability might be an issue.

This brings me to what I am considering right now:

  1. Software startup – Of course, this is what I do all day. A SaaS maybe the easiest option for me. Or I could look into gamedev. Harder but something different from the day-job and my kids may find it interesting. The biggest con is that I have done this before and whenever I put in 10+ hours programming each day, I would get burned out. Also hard to get kids involved.
  2. Sell stuff online – I have considered e-commerce many times. There are many things that are fun to sell. Unique toys and gadgets, plants, robotic kits, etc. My kids can not only enjoy but maybe even help with some aspects. This maybe scalable too.

My friend really inspired me to think deeply about e-commerce.