Hi, and welcome to #TalkbackTuesday. This week’s interview is with Mr. Advait Moghe. See his interview below.
Talkback Tuesday is a weekly interview with everyday people. It is always inspirational to look into the life of another person, and realize it is just as complex and large and confusing as your own.
1. For the readers, who are you, what do you do, and what is your current side project?
For starters, my name is Advait Moghe. I’m currently living in The United States, working as a software developer in Kansas. I got my Masters in Computer Science here in 2014.
My current side project is learning Python and working on my photography hobby.
2. Python is all the rage right now. Can you explain to beginners why Python is a good skill to pick up, and in general, why more people should learn to code?
Python is predominantly a scripting language. That means it can be tailored to work in a specific environment to automate a number of tasks that might have initially required human intervention. That’s the main reason it’s all the rage right now: a simple python script can perform a function in seconds which humans might take a long time to do.
Python is a good skill to pick up because it’s relatively easy to learn and will help you get started in coding. If not professionally, you can learn python to work on personal projects, as I am.
Learning to code helps you solve complex problems in a simple way. If you can write logic so that a computer can do something in the least complicated way, you start applying the same philosophy in real life.
Programming on a high level is nothing but problem solving. It helps you think logically and outside the box.
Also it’s fun as hell. I think of it as making a computer do your bidding.
3. Talk to me about your photography hobby. What do you enjoy shooting, and what do you think of photography as an art form?
I picked up on photography around 10 years ago. Being a bit shy and introverted, I’d always ask my friends if I could take their pictures so I wouldn’t have to be in them. I hate posing for photos.
I soon realized I enjoyed taking photos, mostly of landscapes and vistas. Every trip I took thereafter, I would take hundreds of photos of the places we went to and the people I went with. After I got my first job, I purchased my first DSLR, which is one of the best investments I’ve ever made.
I’d always ask my friends if I could take their pictures so I wouldn’t have to be in them.
I started watching tutorial videos on YouTube on how to manipulate the ISO triangle to get the best shot in the lighting I have. For now, I’m only comfortable shooting portrait photos of my friends and landscapes.
As an art form, photography requires patience which is also one of its strengths. Standing at a place for some time, waiting to get that perfect shot is oddly calming. It also allows you to take a longer, better look at what you’re photographing allowing you to take everything in.
Like everything, photography requires practice. My initial skills with the DSLR sucked.
It’s also very easy to get into, but like everything, it requires practice. My initial skills with the DSLR sucked. It’s taken me almost a year and half to improve.
4. From what I gather, you have the virtues of patience and commitment – both coding and photography require these attributes. In a fast-paced and attention-deficit world, how important do you think it is to be patient and committed to your cause? What advice would you give to the reader about these two attributes?
The way the world is right now, everyone wants to be the first one to get at something. They want to be the first one to comment, the first one to achieve something and the first one to fight you if your views are different than theirs. Patience teaches you to take a breath and look at everything critically.
In our current post-fact world where everyone is busy making up something that supports their point of view no matter how wrong or illogical that might be, patience is a great virtue to have. Being patient in this sense means taking some time to fact-check and find something that bolsters your argument, and also taking the time to understand their point of view. If everyone did that, the world and the Internet would benefit greatly.
Being patient means taking time to fact-check, and to understand their point of view.
As for commitment, it’s a double-edged sword. Too much commitment to one thing or one point-of-view makes you blind and deaf to someone else’s words and views. It stunts your growth. Too little commitment and you won’t accomplish anything of value. You’ll just be bouncing from one thing to another without actually learning anything.
So for commitment, you need to learn to get a balance between the two extremes. It’s very hard but it’s important to learn.
5. Great. Finally, do you have anything you’d like the audience to explore? It can be a business or movement, or it could be anything from a video to an idea.
Oh I know! I’m a HUGE YouTube buff, I watch content uploaded by people on YouTube more than I watch TV shows. So here’s a few of my most favorite YouTube channels:
- EXTRA CREDITS: It’s a channel that teaches you how to design good games and gameplay. They also have a spin-off channel called Extra History, which is a goldmine for every history buff. They pick a topic in history and make 4-6 animated videos explaining how and what happened. It’s amazing.
- HISTORY BUFFS: The guy who runs it watches historical and true life stories and point out historical inaccuracies.
- CGP GRAY: Science and educational videos on a myriad topics.
- KURZGESAGT: Scientific videos in different topics mostly biological.
- LINUS TECH TIPS: For reviews, benchmarks and tech help.
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