Hi. I’m Sameer Vasta, a snail-mail boy living in an email world. I'm an over-user of the discretionary comma.
I pass my time reading my never-ending stack of library books, writing letters to penpals, and exploring the urban landscape on foot.
If you'd like to get in touch, feel free to send me an email or find me on Twitter.
- When ChatGPT takes my job May 08
As someone who does a lot of writing for work, whether that be in briefing notes or presentation decks or memos or just in Slack, I’ve long thought about what it would mean if a machine could do my writing better than I could.
- Looking for delight Apr 04
Every day, I look for the little moments of joy, the little bits of delight that cross my path.
- Things I learned these past few months Apr 02
A quick roundup of a few of the things I learned in over the past few months.
- How To Be Perfect Mar 28
The pursuit of perfection is an impossible one, and that’s something How To Be Perfect acknowledges: no matter how we strive for it, we will never achieve perfection.
- The Banshees of Inisherin Mar 28
The question I’ve been asking myself recently has been: am I the Pádraic Súilleabháin in this friendship?
- Forty-one Mar 02
Forty-one is about gaining an understanding of what it means to be entering the middle of your life. It is a year when you stop marvelling at the milestone and instead start thinking about what is yet to be unveiled—and start preparing for what life will look like in the coming years.
- Dining at restaurants with children Feb 17
Taking our daughter to a restaurant is not only an opportunity for her to learn what it like to live with others, but also to have collective, social experiences that enrich her life.
- What We Do In The Shadows Feb 13
What will my daughter remember from her childhood? Will she remember the nights spent rocking her when she couldn’t sleep? Will she remember the swimming classes and the dance classes and all the activities we took her to through the week?
- How will you afford to spend your final years of life? Feb 12
Dying at home has become a luxury not many can afford: it often requires the kind of round-the-clock care that is not possible for immediate family members and their life situations, and can be extremely expensive when outside help is brought in.
- Stop and pause Feb 10
Whatever happened to the “stop” button for audio/video?
- Tennis lesson Feb 02
During our recent vacation, I decided to take a beginner’s tennis lesson. I had taken a tennis lesson years before, when I was younger and spryer, but everything I learned in that lesson had already left me. I was starting fresh and anew.
- Everything Everywhere All At Once Feb 01
Everything Everywhere All At Once, aside from being an entertaining (and really strange and quirky) film, is a great jumping off point to start asking these questions about our choices.
- Wednesday Jan 20
The standout moment of Wednesday comes when, at the school dance, Wednesday Addams starts dancing.
- When We Were Sisters Jan 11
My brother and I know that no matter what the circumstance, we can lean on each other to persevere, to grow, and to thrive.
- Thinking a little bit about snow Jan 09
These days, when I think of the snow, I think of snowdrifts and slush. Perhaps I need to find a tray and go sledding; perhaps I need to get in a snowsuit and make snow angels.
- The answer to what’s next is in what once was Nov 30
The internet as we know it is dying; the internet as we once knew it may be coming back.
- This website won’t be updated for a while Jun 28
I shut down my blog (and newsletter) a few months ago. When you go to my website, it now has a disclaimer that the site is no longer updated.
- I don’t have any hobbies Nov 18
I’ve been thinking a lot about my hobby of collecting stamps recently because I’ve realized that I don’t have any hobbies, anymore.
- A few things I learned these past two months Jul 29
A quick roundup of a few of the things I learned in June and July, 2021.
- New beginnings, new returns Jun 25
After almost a year away, I return to work next week. Zoya will be starting daycare early in the week, and both L and I start work shortly after that.
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