Jatan Mehta

Hi, I’m Jatan and this is my personal blog. So instead of talking about space exploration and science, which I do at jatan.space, this place is about all my other thoughts and interests. This includes consumer tech, my poems, life updates and more.

Geeky and techie

I have my idiosyncrasies, which are most prominent in usage of everyday technology. I’m obsessed with good UX. I can spend an uncomfortable amount of time tweaking things to make them right or talking to you about usability issues in a certain tech product.

Seeing use of good quality fonts makes me happy, which most websites lack unfortunately. I prefer text over video & audio formats for information consumption. Speaking of text, I love e-ink displays, the kind found in a Kindle; they’re a delightful piece of consumer technology.

Building an open world

I contribute to open source movements whenever possible, because the world needs to be a transparent and collaborative place. I’ve made bit-sized contributions to open source software including elementary OS, GNOME and indie projects. I also love editing Wikipedia. I care about digital privacy and think everyone deserves individuality, not Google.

What about “human stuff”?

Well, sometimes I write poems for people I care about. Hugging dear ones gives me a sense of comfort which I rarely get. I also enjoy making cards for people to write those poems in and gifting people a nice book. Though I’ve never received a card myself or been written a poem for.

What do I wish for?

I want to go to the nearest star. I want to live on a planet that goes around multiple suns, not just one. I want to explore worlds in our solar system. In the absence of the fulfillment of these dreams in real life, science fiction books quench my appetite. Like every space nerd out there, I love 2001: A Space Odyssey, Asimov’s Foundation, The Expanse, and more.

Hope you find something interesting and thought provoking. If not, go to jatan.space! πŸ˜‰