Srikanth Perinkulam https://srikanthperinkulam.com Sat, 21 Sep 2019 05:52:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.3 https://i1.wp.com/sriperi.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/03112012/SP01-550afdebv1_site_icon.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 Srikanth Perinkulam https://srikanthperinkulam.com 32 32 120822608 Tit for Tat | Radiolab | WNYC Studios https://srikanthperinkulam.com/2019/09/21/tit-for-tat-radiolab-wnyc-studios/ https://srikanthperinkulam.com/2019/09/21/tit-for-tat-radiolab-wnyc-studios/#respond Sat, 21 Sep 2019 01:52:03 -0400 https://srikanthperinkulam.com/?p=6084 Another good one from radiolab! Real-life prisoner’s dilemma situation playing out in WW1.

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Do we really live in a selfish, dog-eat-dog world? Or has evolution carved out a hidden code that rewards genuine cooperation?

Another good one from radiolab! Real-life prisoner’s dilemma situation playing out in WW1.

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Marina rain run https://srikanthperinkulam.com/2019/09/20/marina-rain-run/ https://srikanthperinkulam.com/2019/09/20/marina-rain-run/#respond Fri, 20 Sep 2019 01:03:06 -0400 https://srikanthperinkulam.com/?p=6071

A wonderful morning run on the Marina today. Barefoot as always! With a ‘gloomy’ weather and not many visitors this early morning, we had most of the beach all for ourselves! As S and I were just about turning around after reaching Ice House, the slight drizzle very soon turned into a full fledged rain. …

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A wonderful morning run on the Marina today. Barefoot as always!

With a ‘gloomy’ weather and not many visitors this early morning, we had most of the beach all for ourselves! As S and I were just about turning around after reaching Ice House, the slight drizzle very soon turned into a full fledged rain. Pouring rain, early morning waves and an empty beach is something I could take in every single day! Shasta seemed to have a terrific time too.

Meena happened to click this picture of us running from the distance. So glad she got around capturing this moment!

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https://srikanthperinkulam.com/2019/09/17/response/ https://srikanthperinkulam.com/2019/09/17/response/#respond Tue, 17 Sep 2019 06:00:11 -0400 https://srikanthperinkulam.com/?p=6059 Rightfully so! There are two beaches with the same name on both coasts of the peninsular region. The one in Trivandrum is way better than the one I biked to on the east coast. Kerala is bestowed with some really good scenic places. I did a long backpacking trip several years ago. Some of my …

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Jackie has told me stories of her visits to Kovalam Beach from when she was living in Trivandrum! She was puzzled by your map, though, which seems to show something on the right coast. Isn’t Kovalam on the left coast? Reply to: Kovalam Bike ride | Srikanth Perinkulam Possibly related posts (auto-g...

Rightfully so! There are two beaches with the same name on both coasts of the peninsular region.

The one in Trivandrum is way better than the one I biked to on the east coast. Kerala is bestowed with some really good scenic places. I did a long backpacking trip several years ago. Some of my best memories of exploring that state!

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Kovalam Bike ride https://srikanthperinkulam.com/2019/09/15/kovalam/ https://srikanthperinkulam.com/2019/09/15/kovalam/#comments Sun, 15 Sep 2019 06:46:30 -0400 https://srikanthperinkulam.com/?p=6051

Good to be back on the saddle after a while! ~50km ride to Kovalam and back on a very relaxed pace with folks from TFI Chennai. If only chennai had some better weather!

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Good to be back on the saddle after a while! ~50km ride to Kovalam and back on a very relaxed pace with folks from TFI Chennai.

If only chennai had some better weather!

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Nawab land https://srikanthperinkulam.com/2019/09/01/lucknow-impromptu/ https://srikanthperinkulam.com/2019/09/01/lucknow-impromptu/#respond Sun, 01 Sep 2019 17:02:26 -0400 https://srikanthperinkulam.com/?p=5948

Just back from an impromptu trip to Lucknow! Miss V got a few days off school, so we decided to fly north to visit Manni’s parents. Absolutely floored by the  city of the Nawabs and its numerous parks. Oh, but so hot and humid! While the prime intent was to spend time with Mama and …

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Just back from an impromptu trip to Lucknow! Miss V got a few days off school, so we decided to fly north to visit Manni’s parents. Absolutely floored by the  city of the Nawabs and its numerous parks. Oh, but so hot and humid! While the prime intent was to spend time with Mama and Mami, we did get to hop around the city quite a bit and also indulge in the gastronomic pilgrimage!

Day 01 – Sikander Bagh

We head out to Sikander Bagh for a stroll in the National Botanical Research Institute. Drove past the fortified walls which once were stormed in by the British in 1857 during their seige of Lucknow. Feasted on some Kastha and Dahi-Jalebi for breakfast and devoured some ‘chat’ in Nishat gunj for dinner. Shasta enjoyed the ride in the e-rickshaws!

Day 02 – Janeshwar Park and Science center

On landing in Lucknow, on our way home from the airport, we drove past quite a few impressively lit monuments and parks. Mayawati during her term as the CM apparently ‘invested’ a lot in building parks and memorials. Lucknow did look very glamorous that night and we wanted to visit a few of the parks while we were here. We were bowled over by Janeshwar park that we visited on the second day morning. Reminded me of the historical state parks in the U.S.!

Later during the day, we took Miss V to the science center. While a few of the installations were rusty and not quite maintained, this is one good space for kids to spend a decent couple hours exploring around.  Aminabad was on cards for the day. However, with the heat, we decided  to save this for another trip.

Day 03 – Bara Imambara, Chota Imambara, Roomi Darwaza, Chattar Manzil, Clock tower, Bhool Bhulaiya, Shahi Bawli

Covered most of these historical spots on the third day. Bhool Bhulaiya and the Bawli were pretty interesting. Just as we were about to leave, a strong thunder-shower held us back for about an hour. Skipped Chota Imambara and head to Indira nagar(?) for a late lunch in a basement Dhaba. After a much needed nap at home, we head over to a Pappaji’s place for dinner.

Day 04 – Ramakrishna Math and Mission Mangal

Decided to take it easy. Mama wanted to visit the Math and we gladly accompanied. Later that evening we head over to the recently constructed Umrao mall to watch Mission Mangal with Mami. Our first movie in the theater after Shasta’s birth! She slept through most of the movie and everyone did have a fabulous time!

 

So glad we were able to make it to Lucknow! This was also Miss V’s first trip to the north and we’re so glad we were able to give her a glimpse of this part of the country. She sure does have a better appreciation for Hindi now!

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For Good, For Now https://srikanthperinkulam.com/2019/08/10/for-good-for-now/ https://srikanthperinkulam.com/2019/08/10/for-good-for-now/#respond Sat, 10 Aug 2019 16:30:17 -0400 https://srikanthperinkulam.com/?p=5910 Meena, Shasta and I moved back to India from the US a few days back with bags and no baggage! With most of my family in the states, this was one tough decision to take and it has been on our minds for the last three to four years. Our 2018 vacation in Uganda solidified …

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Meena, Shasta and I moved back to India from the US a few days back with bags and no baggage! With most of my family in the states, this was one tough decision to take and it has been on our minds for the last three to four years. Our 2018 vacation in Uganda solidified our resolve to enter the Foreign Service and work towards a more holistic life that involved sustainable travel. During one of those long car rides, we decided it was time and planned to ‘initiate exit procedures’ right after our vacation. Just as we were finalizing things back in the US, we’d realized that we would be having Shasta that year and decided to push the move to next year. Come 2019, once we had Shasta’s paperwork in place and she was ready to fly, we head back to Uganda to spend a few months there with Meena’s father and finally made our way to India with a short stay in Dubai.

I resigned from WTW in April and decided to take some time off to spend with Shasta. She’s growing way too fast and I am beyond thrilled that I am able to spend some real quality time with her and Meena. On the work front, working towards the FS career, I passed the IMST test in May and am very optimistic of a call for the Oral Assessments. Though with anything in the foreign service, this is going to be one long shot and highly likely it’s going to be at-least a year for things to start shaping up. Spinning in tandem, I have an interim offer for a job in the U.S Embassy in Kampala. The security clearance is currently underway for over 10 months now and I am now cutting it wee closer to the September deadline. Fingers crossed! In the interim, I’ve been helping few universities in Uganda with their branding and plan to kick-start online test-prep courses for the GRE and SAT through W2SG. There’s another opportunity in Maine, U.S. that I might explore a few months down the lane.

The rest of 2019 is going to be as fluid as the last few months have been and I trust things will start shaping out soon. The other day, I was telling Meena how straightforward this all looks in retrospect – we were mulling over it over several interspersed discussions across years and all it takes is a few hours for one to uproot, move and get settled to a new normal! Friends and family keep asking us if our move to India is permanent. We tell them it’s ‘For good, for now’. I coined that phrase not knowing any better way to describe the shift we’re going through and the more I think of it, the more I like it! At the least, it does make the discussion a bit lighter!

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Baseline Road Trail https://srikanthperinkulam.com/2019/03/19/baseline-road-trail/ https://srikanthperinkulam.com/2019/03/19/baseline-road-trail/#respond Tue, 19 Mar 2019 20:27:35 -0400 https://srikanthperinkulam.com/?p=5813 A beautiful 6 mile hike/walk near Miss Bama’s home. Shasta slept through most of it in the carrier and Dhruv had a ball of a time! So glad we fit this in. Probably one of our longest walks in Florida. The march of dimes event happens here every year.

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A beautiful 6 mile hike/walk near Miss Bama’s home. Shasta slept through most of it in the carrier and Dhruv had a ball of a time! So glad we fit this in. Probably one of our longest walks in Florida. The march of dimes event happens here every year.

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Bringing the cloud home https://srikanthperinkulam.com/2019/02/26/bringing-the-cloud-home/ https://srikanthperinkulam.com/2019/02/26/bringing-the-cloud-home/#comments Tue, 26 Feb 2019 17:55:51 -0400 https://srikanthperinkulam.com/?p=5724 I finally got my Shoebox server setup working! I now have three Single board Computer [SBC] working in tandem behind my home router to accomplish what I’ve been wanting to do for quite sometime now – Setting up an easy-to-maintain, in-house server for all my data and web hosting needs. Fixing this all together has …

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I finally got my Shoebox server setup working! I now have three Single board Computer [SBC] working in tandem behind my home router to accomplish what I’ve been wanting to do for quite sometime now – Setting up an easy-to-maintain, in-house server for all my data and web hosting needs. Fixing this all together has been a tremendous learning experience. I still need to weed out some pesky issues but I believe I have the bearing right now.

Here’s my current setup:

  1. NexcloudPi installed on a Raspberry pi 3B+ board
  2. Yunohost installed on an Odroid XU4 board
  3. Diet-Pi installed on another Raspberry pi 3B+ board

I’ve been using Nextcloud as my data storage solution for more than a year now. It does what I expect it to do and much more. NextcloudPi handles the intricate details and takes out the hassles that come with hosting data on personal servers.

On the ODroid-XU4, I installed debian stretch as the base OS and then manually installed Yunohost as my web server. I use ServerPilot on my Digital ocean servers and was looking for a close match while self hosting. Love YHs web-ui and they did seem to support quite a few web apps. I also have my eyes on cozy and caprover. Might explore these at a later point in time if decide to switch to a different SBC.

Both NextcloudPi and Yunohost have letsencrypt tools to setup and manage certificates for the domains/sub domains. While super useful, I realised to benefit from that feature, I had to rely on haproxy. With some pointers from the Nextcloud forum, I decided to use another pi to front as the main server. Installed Diet-pi on it since it’s just something I really liked and configured haproxy on it to map to the corresponding server based on the hostname. While at it, I also added in a switch between the router and various servers.

I still need to work on making this more robust. One niggling issue is the speed is heavily compromised. I’m guessing it’s do with my haproxy config and I should be able to fix it pretty soon. Once I have this sorted out, I need to spend some time hardening the security of the server, further configure Yunohost, device my backup strategies and finally moving my websites over from Digital Ocean.

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Skiing at Liberty https://srikanthperinkulam.com/2019/02/24/skiing-at-liberty/ https://srikanthperinkulam.com/2019/02/24/skiing-at-liberty/#respond Sun, 24 Feb 2019 07:29:48 -0400 https://srikanthperinkulam.com/?p=5805 Sneaked in a day at Liberty at the very end of the skiing season. Was so totally worth it! Meena didn’t get around taking the slopes since Shasta was pretty much tethered to her. Kids and I had a blast! Last time we were here [Dec 2017] I barely made it down the hill. This …

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Sneaked in a day at Liberty at the very end of the skiing season. Was so totally worth it!

Meena didn’t get around taking the slopes since Shasta was pretty much tethered to her. Kids and I had a blast! Last time we were here [Dec 2017] I barely made it down the hill. This time around, I followed Nik’s strategy of letting gravity do it’s job and maneuvering only when I had to. Totally see how this could be addictive!

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River ridge trail https://srikanthperinkulam.com/2019/02/09/river-ridge-trail/ https://srikanthperinkulam.com/2019/02/09/river-ridge-trail/#respond Sat, 09 Feb 2019 19:51:00 -0400 https://srikanthperinkulam.com/?p=5808 Shasta’s first visit to Patapsco state park. Sharath, Meena, Shasta and I planned to head out together initially. Was pretty breezy and cold. Shasta initially was showing signs of queasiness, so Meena suggested Sharath and I head out while she’d stroll closer to the car. Started out on the downhill and entered the woods around …

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Shasta’s first visit to Patapsco state park. Sharath, Meena, Shasta and I planned to head out together initially. Was pretty breezy and cold. Shasta initially was showing signs of queasiness, so Meena suggested Sharath and I head out while she’d stroll closer to the car.

Started out on the downhill and entered the woods around the corner. Meena joined with Shasta as we were heading back covering about three miles. A wonderful, refreshing day out!

We head out to Hot Pot later that evening. Delicious food and some real good time with the whole family!

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Serpentine Trail https://srikanthperinkulam.com/2019/01/13/serpentine-trail/ https://srikanthperinkulam.com/2019/01/13/serpentine-trail/#comments Sun, 13 Jan 2019 12:49:03 -0400 https://srikanthperinkulam.com/?p=5682 An impromptu and beautiful 2 mile hike with Sharath near the Soldier’s delight Natural Environment area. Winter storm Gaia wasn’t as severe as they projected it to be (in this area). This is definitely one of those trails that I would love to get back to on a full moon night!

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An impromptu and beautiful 2 mile hike with Sharath near the Soldier’s delight Natural Environment area. Winter storm Gaia wasn’t as severe as they projected it to be (in this area).

This is definitely one of those trails that I would love to get back to on a full moon night!

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ODroid XU4 SBC https://srikanthperinkulam.com/2019/01/03/odroid-xu4/ https://srikanthperinkulam.com/2019/01/03/odroid-xu4/#comments Thu, 03 Jan 2019 04:46:34 -0400 https://srikanthperinkulam.com/2019/01/03/5617/ Meena and my family gifted me an Odroid XU4 SBC earlier last month as a Christmas/B-day gift. One of my projects during the year-end holidays was to setup a robust home server; Essentially getting my webservers home from Digital Ocean, where they are currently hosted. This would be a terrific companion to the nextcloud fileserver that …

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Meena and my family gifted me an Odroid XU4 SBC earlier last month as a Christmas/B-day gift. One of my projects during the year-end holidays was to setup a robust home server; Essentially getting my webservers home from Digital Ocean, where they are currently hosted. This would be a terrific companion to the nextcloud fileserver that I setup earlier using a raspberry pi.

Earlier this week, I chanced upon DietPi and decided to launch it on the eMMC chip. One of the first things I did was to install Pi-Hole. With uBlock addons’ that should be some good riddance to ads across my home network! Would be interesting to keep track of these network pings to see what devices are needlessly calling ‘home’.

I’ve ported my web applications to the Odroid board and am currently testing out the server internally before I ‘turn on’ the traffic switch. All looks super-promising so far! Over the next few months, I’ll have to tweak the settings and tune this mini-beast a bit for performance. For now though, I’m more than happy with what it’s delivering!

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Gun Powder Falls Hike https://srikanthperinkulam.com/2018/12/30/gun-powder-falls-hike/ https://srikanthperinkulam.com/2018/12/30/gun-powder-falls-hike/#respond Sun, 30 Dec 2018 13:14:47 -0400 https://srikanthperinkulam.com/?p=5691 Had my eyes on this trial ever since I saw the ‘Gun powder falls state park’ sign on I95. Drove over for about 30mins with Sharath to get here this afternoon. Pretty surprised not to find many folks on this trail. The weather was just right and this short 5 mile round trip hike was …

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Had my eyes on this trial ever since I saw the ‘Gun powder falls state park’ sign on I95. Drove over for about 30mins with Sharath to get here this afternoon.

Pretty surprised not to find many folks on this trail. The weather was just right and this short 5 mile round trip hike was precisely what we needed to close out 2018. The short stream crossing at the end of the trail was an added bonus!

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Liberty Dam Hike https://srikanthperinkulam.com/2018/12/23/liberty-dam-hike/ https://srikanthperinkulam.com/2018/12/23/liberty-dam-hike/#respond Sun, 23 Dec 2018 13:03:36 -0400 https://srikanthperinkulam.com/?p=5686 A bright December weekend calls for a quick hike with the brothers! Here for the third time this year, and it still mesmerizes me!

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A bright December weekend calls for a quick hike with the brothers! Here for the third time this year, and it still mesmerizes me!

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Billy on the Potomac https://srikanthperinkulam.com/2018/12/03/billy-on-the-potomac/ https://srikanthperinkulam.com/2018/12/03/billy-on-the-potomac/#comments Mon, 03 Dec 2018 08:40:01 -0400 https://srikanthperinkulam.com/?p=5554 I’ve had my eyes on the Billy goat trail for a while now. With a beautiful foggy forecast, this Sunday was a great day to head to the woods.  We reached the Chesapeake and Ohio National Historic park  in about an hour’s time, only to realise that the Billy Goat section A and B trails …

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I’ve had my eyes on the Billy goat trail for a while now. With a beautiful foggy forecast, this Sunday was a great day to head to the woods.  We reached the Chesapeake and Ohio National Historic park  in about an hour’s time, only to realise that the Billy Goat section A and B trails were closed due to flooding!

Having come this far, we decided to explore rest of the park. The short hike to Great Falls via the locks was insanely beautiful! So glad we decided to head this way!

After that, we head all the way down the parking lot to hike the Ford mine trail. The trail runs parallel to the C&O canal for about a mile or so and loops back to the parking lot crossing several streams and small waterfalls. Though not quite comparable to the BG section A hike that I had visualized, this was a pretty decent hike.

This region totally calls for a revisit!

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