Tuesday, February 3, 2015

You are the architect of your life

Life without challenges is a life never lived, challenges in life are like thunderstorm and sometimes they hit you very very hard. You can stand in the rain and let it affect you or can save yourself from the light rain with an umbrella, but to fight with the thunderstorm, you will have to build your own house. The house that will shield you from the outside world, that will keep you in the comfort of love, care and knowledge. The World is a tough place and the greatest investment you can make is the investment in yourself.

Teach yourself not to fight but to create your own World, teach yourself how to be an architect, how to build the World around you. Nothing works alone, you can't see every side of things, you need someone to see the other side for you.

We connect and share with people throughout the life, and more or less our relationships shape who we are. Invest in relationships with people who matter to you, the universe will create its own version for you with that relation.
The connections or relations two people share with each other is unique and different in it's own way, its your universe with that person, what you share and live with each other, most of it is with you both. 
You are living in a multiverse of connections and relationships that makes you who you are. The Multiverse of relationships you create will help you build your house, your world and to fight with the hard times, the thunderstorms, which an umbrella can't handle. Investing in your relations is almost like investing in yourself. don't be afraid to connect, who knows which part of life is still hidden from your eyes.

Inspired by a lovely relation in my life, My Chaechu (My elder sister and Mentor)

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Finding another Earth among dots in the Sky

Go outside and look up at the Sky and start counting the number of Stars. Wait wait, not now, just finish reading this, if it's day outside you will only see one and if night, you will see uncountable number of dots. Now our star, "Sun" has 8 planets (excluding Pluto) and one of them has intelligent beings, "us, Humans". Now think (just little thinking), there are so many stars and like Sun, those Stars also have Planets and could have some living beings, at least in a few Planets.
Finding other planets similar to Earth and looking for life outside the solar system is one of the fields which has fascinated Intellectual minds (if you are reading this you are one of those "Intellectual ones").

Recently in search for finding the Habitable zones, we have started looking into young stars, which is making the search easier. The young stars are hot and the conditions like Earth can be spotted farther away from the parent star. With their location away from parent Star they can be observed with the next-generation of ground based telescopes.
One of the important signs we are looking for, is the temperature of the planet should be able to hold water in liquid state.
A fun fact: Earth, our own planet added water from heavy bombardment of water-rich asteroids. 
So if we are looking to switch planets we can take water with ourselves or may create some water, but we just need it in liquid state, I don't want to switch planets and eat ice or smell vapours when I am thirsty. The search is on for a new place to live and also find some other living creatures.

Explore more: Finding infant earths and potential life just got easier

Monday, January 19, 2015

Let others think you are a fool

Don't care about what the world thinks about youWe all are one of kind and unique in our own ways, we know it, but still we waste a lot of time justifying people how good we are. We keep trying to be smart in front of others, but they don't really care. Any random person you met today and tried to impress, doesn't really care how good you are, because they don't fully know who you are. It's not easy knowing someone, ask yourself, how many people you care about? The answer will not be a large number, because there are only a few close ones, whose points of view matter to you. The total number of points of view is equal to the total number of people in the whole world, every one is unique in a way, it is impossible to make everyone happy with what you do.
Don't waste your time justifying or proving yourself, Just Act, and focus on what you do best.
It's not about telling them who you are, but about making them realise your real value. Give the most time to the person who really needs you and understands you the most.
There is only one person in this world who knows about every second of your life and really knows what you are, and that's YOU.

Just focus on exploring who you are
Yes, the goal looks so far
But you have it in you, though
It's just that you didn't know...
- My Chaechu (My lovely sister and Mentor)

It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.
-Mark Twain 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Make the user do the next most obvious thing

People say designing is an easy job, but is it really so easy to turn a 0kb blank file into a great layout photoshop file, of 150MB. A designer needs to keep in mind a lot of stuff, from the user’s age to devices they use and every single detail about the product’s features or a website’s functionality.
Every single pixel you see on the screen has a meaning, there is a designer’s thought, a vision, how s/he wanted you to interact with it.
UI(User Interface), what you see, is just the small and visible part of the overall User Experience (UX). The story behind that design is hidden and you don’t even care what mental stress designers have gone through to create every pixel of it, just to satisfy you. The times when the ideas were flowing, the vision was clear and those times when the mind was out of ideas the designer felt like giving up, all these things are part of a design process to make every pixel speak and drive the user.

A great design always has a direction and a goal in which a designer thinks to make you follow the flow of the design and get the job done. For you it’s all about getting things done and as designers we have to think how we can help you get that task done, taking your less effort and making you do the most obvious things in the design flow. It is important to express with design, what you want the user to do, what message you want to convey, if the message and the flow is not clear, any great design is useless (at first place they are not great at all, they might only be good looking).
It is no more only about the UI, but the overall experience and interaction of a user on your website or application or your pixels. Thinking of the user as the main driver, we as designers need to create effective and powerful tools for them.
Keep creating pixels and help the world get things done by effectively interacting with it…..

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Power of sharing what's in your mind

Let's start from the beginning

We as humans are evolved to share our ideas with other. Sharing is an important part of life as without sharing the inventions would not have happened and we would not have evolved.
What if the idea of apple falling to the earth with gravity would have stayed in Newton's head and never came out. Hmmmm.... may be trampoline would not have been invented without the knowledge of gravity and we would have missed thousands of videos of people falling from it.
No satellites so no Google maps, and may be we would have still believed that jumping too high will take us to the Moon .

Sharing your feelings

Sharing in the digital age

Sharing is evolving , the internet age is making it easy to express but with some loss of information or sometimes incomplete information. One positive in sharing via digital form of communication is, it reduces the awkwardness, you don't have to worry about how you are looking, how you are smelling and things like that, you can directly focus on talking.
But with words its difficult to express everything, your tools are limited, you don't have expressions and eyes to tell the hidden stories (Yes, you do have emojicons but they are also limited ಠ_ಠ ).
We share statuses, photos, videos and other digital content on social media because we want others to know them, share our life experiences, we are proud of having some shareable memories.
The so called offline form of communication is still the most effective way to share the deepest secrets, but it is easier to express them with online form of communication.

Why share?

Now that you have chosen the medium of sharing and the person or persons for sharing what's on your head, why?
Is it really needed to share with others?
If it's a good idea or some experience, yes definitely the world want to know it and you have evolved in such a way that you cannot control the urge of sharing it with others. Sharing things will give you different views and sides of the same idea, it will trigger interactions that will help evolve that idea (It could be a life experience or your next business idea).
Now the problem is we share the best parts of ourselves but what about the other side?
That is where things get a little messy, so let's try to use the power of share to clear things out.

Using the power of Share to remove bad memories

Our brain is where all the actions happen and when we have something with us which is only with us we don't want to loose it.
That is what happens with the bad things, bad experiences, we hide them in our head and they never come out, we remember them as lessons in life, the problem is not lessons but the remember part of it.
We think the time will wash bad memories, but it takes time and bad things are difficult to forget than the good things, because we are constantly reminding our brain not to remember them. Our brain also knows that we are the only one holding that information, so it is important. The story is different with good things, we have shared them and we have backup for that information, so we are not reminding our brains to remember them. Share bad things with someone, so that you don't feel like the only one with that experience, share it, backup your brain. Bad things happen and they will, sharing will give you the options to teach others and allow you to free up your brain and use the extra made space to learn and experience something new.

Now that you have discovered this article, you have the power to share this article, you can share it or keep it in your mind, choice is yours.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Making someone smile is making a happier World

Stress & Tension in our daily life

Life is full of stress and daily life tensions. Life starts up well and as we grow older and older we are more responsible and with responsibilities come Stress. Life is long and we are not perfect and we make mistakes, be it small or big, but we make mistakes and sometimes those mistakes are the ones responsible for the stress. In chasing the perfect self, which is practically not possible, we miss the present.

The present or the moment as it happens, before we realise is already the past. These realisations keep us thinking about the past and what we do at this moment is distorting our future.

Smile and be more happy

When you are stressed and depressed, your mind is filled with negative emotions and smiling can actually help. So let’s just dig into some details and add some fancy science. When you smile you are triggering chemicals like, Serotonin, Norepinephrine and Endorphins. So what? Ok, so less regulation of Serotonin & Norepinephrine is linked to high stress and depression and if regulated enough can lift up your mood.
In simple words smile more and be more happy.
Smiling and laughing triggers Endorphin which is directly linked to happiness and the amazing feeling of feeling good. Now consider you being able to make someone smile or laugh, how much good you are doing to them, you are helping them to be more positive and happy. Smile is contagious, if you smile at someone they will smile back at you (most of the times).

Be a giver, Keep Smiling….!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Pomodoro Technique: This is how I became more productive

What is Pomodoro Technique?

  • Pomodoro is a productivity technique that allows you to focus on a single task for a chunk of time.
  • Original technique is 25 mins of work on a single task, you can modify it according to your own tasks and your concentration span, but research shows that 25 is the right amount of time to continuously focus on a single task.
  • You just need to turn on the timer of 25 minutes and start working on a task and continue working without any breaks as long as the timer is ticking.
  • It is more effective when there is tic tic sound to go with the timer, it gives you the sense of time passing and and allows you to focus more on the task in hand.

How I use it?

I have been using this technique for a few years now, my workflow is such, that I am almost all over the place online. When I am working on something, there are times, when I get lost somewhere is youtube or an article. So I started using this technique to keep myself working on a single task for at least 25 min. In the beginning it seemed like I am forcing myself, but after sometime the temptation to look for a new article or a youtube video slowly started dying and I found myself more productive. You wouldn't even realise, but you will be able to get more stuff done with the same time, you once felt was less to get things done. So get all the items in your todo list and assign them at least 1 Pomodoro session in a day and you will get closer and closer to your end goals.

Apps that can help you

There are many tools that can help you practice this, one of the free solution is Focusbooster, it is available for mac and windows and is one of the best pomodoro technique app available for windows and mac. The other option is for mac users, called Pomodoro Timer, it will cost you $2.99 but it also offers some extra functionalities like Pomodoro goals for the day, and it also tells you how many Pomodoro sessions you have completed in a day. You can surely find many options to try out and you can simply use pen and paper to track the number of sessions and a simple phone timer to track your session timing. It depends on you, what app or workflow suits your needs and make you more productive, but I will surely recommend you to try this technique in your work to boost your productivity. Don't forget to tell me your experiences in the comments section below.

Know more about the technique on it's official site: The Pomodoro Technique 

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Pocket - The article saving service now has premium service

If you read articles online, than chances are, you know about Pocket, a service that allows you to save articles for reading later. Pocket is one of the services which I personally love using and if you love reading online and still not using Pocket, I will recommend you sign up for the free account.
Pocket was a fully free service, but now they have introduced a premium service with some additional features for the ones who are willing to pay and want to do more with the app. This is surely fair enough, supporting developers for such a wonderful service.
The plan starts from $4.99/month or you can go for a little more saving with $44.99/year.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

bye bye Springpad, closing down services

Springpad shutting down
Just a few days back I got a mail form Springpad, describing that it is shutting down its services from 25th of June. From that day the Springpad will not be available online and the sync services in the mobile apps will stop working. Springpad is now providing the option to save the content by downloading an offline copy of all the content in HTML format, which you can open in any web browser. The other popular option which most will prefer is a direct import to Evernote.
You can save your content on Springpad by visiting the Save My Stuff page on Springpad.
There are rumours that it is more of an acqui-hire by Google and it looks like being conformed by Springpad team that now it is moving to Google. The team will be working on Google’s Play Newstand app, which Google recently launched as its main news aggregator.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Google’s car has no steering wheel

You must have heard of Google’s self driving car up till now, the cars that drive by themselves, without any need of a driver.
Google has been working on this car from quite some time now, it has already traveled around 700,000 hours since it was first started in 2009.
It’s an all electric car so the only source of energy is the electrical energy and it is already evident that electric cars are the future.
Google’s self driving car runs on with software, sensors and GPS working together in sync with each other, so as the car drives itself the steering wheel or pedals or even an accelerator is not needed and is absent in the new prototype.
Just push a button and the car starts driving, you just need to sit on the car and relax and with all the usual driving stuff missing you can use the driver’s seat as a new seat in the car to sit and relax, maybe you can keep a check on the car, whether the car is driving well or not.