About Me#

Hi! I’m Vinay Keerthi.

I am a software developer based in Bangalore, India. I write about technology, Rust, Python, Raspberry Pi, the Internet of Things, and I also speak at Meetups and Conferences.

I currently work at Merkle Science, where I build internal tools that help accelerate developer productivity and data engineering.

Previously, I’ve worked at Visa Inc, building tools and internal services that powered the Data Platform team, and before that, I worked at GKN Driveline, helping the Engineers automate mathematical calculations that power cars around the world.

The stuff I enjoy building are usually distributed systems, developer tools and the odd automation that no one else usually enjoys. I love making things work like clockwork.

I have a code of values that I adhere to, and I constantly try to adhere to it.

I also write about hearing loss and single-sided deafness, and how to cope with it.

You can reach me on Twitter, LinkedIn or Email, though I’d rather you just send me a tweet.

My Gear#

I am a certified geek. I build mechanical keyboards, run Kubernetes on a 4 node Raspberry Pi 4 bramble (a smaller cluster), have about 18 Raspberry Pi boards in all, and I also do a lot of MicroPython and IoT work.

I love Linux, and I enjoy tinkering around it, trying to disassemble how it works.

Here’s a small gallery of my workspace.

Keyboards#

I assembled these keyboards and flashed the QMK framework on them, programming them to suit my preferred layout.

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Corne Keyboard with Cherry MX Blue Switches#

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Daisy 40% (Cherry MX Green)#

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Lily58 Keyboard (Cherry MX Blue)#

Workspace#

This is my older workspace from my previous house. I’ve since moved into a larger house, where my books are right behind mehouse, where my books are right behind me.

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New Workspace and Library#

I moved into a larger house near a lake, and I’m glad I did, because I was finally able to buy some IKEA bookshelves and arrange my books all around me. I’ve also bought a gorgeous standing desk from Monarch Ergo, which I use for work.

For writing, I’ve bought a custom made desk that’s mostly commandeered by my cats.

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Why Stonecharioteer?#

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I was born in Hampi, Karnataka, India, and I often write about it as well. I was lucky enough to find the domain, and the ID in all my frequent portals.

Dog Tax#

Meet my dog: her royal highness “Subbalakshmi” (Subbi). We’ve had her since Sept 2019, and she’s one of the friendliest dogs we’ve met. She’s an indie, adopted off the road when she was a few weeks old. She’s the cuddliest thing ever!

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Cat Royalty#

I got a cat in Jan 2021, and his name is “Vibhishana” (Vibhi). He’s an indie too, and I got tricked into adopting him and becoming his servant. He doesn not love cuddles.

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More Cat Tax#

I have always wanted more cats, so I adopted this feisty monster in October 2021. Her name is Ganga, and she’s just as naughty as her elder brother, if not more so.

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The two of them love each other very much.

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Exhibit A#