Thursday, June 30, 2016

The great pointless race

Is life a race to pay the bills,
To stay afloat, to keep abreast?
Keep up the pace and hone the skills,
There's no lifeboat, no time to rest. 

Day after day, year after year
Keep chasing carrots like an ass.
Seek out more pay, shift up a gear,
Earn extra merits, top your class. 

No time to stop, to look around,
To take a breath, to meditate.
C'mon, chop chop, no sitting down!
Pop! Comes your death and it's too late. 

Slow down, my friend, you're still alive.
Life doesn't need to be so tough. 
Put off the end, relax and thrive.
Reduce the speed, enough's enough. 

Stay with the now and be aware.
Life slips away in chasing whims.
Perhaps somehow all that glare
Is not the way it always seems.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Day 6 of Idea Machine

10 Ways You Could Make Your Traveling Easier Next Time You Fly:

  1. Definitely take a blow up pillows, ear plugs and eye masks for all of us because when you want to sleep, these things really help.
  2. Take Battery packs for tablets, phones and Kindles.
  3. Make sure all bags have wheels (I know Claudia had this idea first, but it also applies to us).
  4. Bring pocket scales to weigh the luggage when packing it again.
  5. Bring wet tissues to stay clean throughout the journey.
  6. Load cartoons and kids' books and stories onto the tablets and iPods to keep the kids occupied on the flight. 
  7. Bring some paper and markers for the kids.
  8. Definitely international power converters and a compact powerboard to plug our Australian appliances into.
  9. Lots of vegetarian snacks for everyone.
  10. Maybe light slippers for the airplane. 
Okay, they are not that original and look more or less like my usual list of things to take along. 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Day 5 of Idea Machine

Okay, I've already missed several days because this should be an every day process. But well, I will just pick up where I have left off.

So, it's day 5 of Idea Machine. Today's prompt is

10 new technologies for smart refrigerators:

1. My fridge is great, but the ice cute technology has not improved much in a long time. Every time I want to make new ice cubes, I take out a double tray and fill it up with water. Then I carefully try to carry it back to the fridge and to re-insert it into the freezer compartment to avoid spilling it. Well, my freezer is at the bottom and I keep spilling the water, even if only a little. Some ends up on the floor, and some on other items in the freezer. I think it would make a lot more sense if I could just pour water into some part outside the freezer and it would let me know if I have poured enough. And if I pour in too much, it would either store it and perhaps filter it and make it available to drink or get rid of it somehow. 

2. My little son is very interested in the fridge and every time somebody opens the door, he is there to stick his little fingers in it. Because our kitchen is quite little, when you open the door it blocks the passage way and sometimes the person who opened the door takes whatever he or she needs, half closes the door and walks around it to place the items on the surface and then comes back to close the door. But our little man is there with his fingers on the floor of the fridge compartment, and then you can't half close the door because he's blocking it, so you can't even get to him to move him away. Okay, my idea is to let the door open in both directions. So if you have approached the fridge from the left, you open it to the right, and if you have approached it from the right, open it to the left. 

3. I want to be able to adjust the height of the shelves on the go, with whatever they have on them. Let's say I want to put a large pot of soup in and it doesn't fit. The shelves above have some space between them, so I want to be able to press some buttons and they would move closer together and make some space below for my pot. 

4. Make the fridge hand you the right ingredients for a recipe. I don't care how, just do it. :-) 

5. Make a fridge app that would know what you have in the fridge and other storage in the kitchen and suggest recipes based on the ingredients that are available. 

6. Quick defrosting of frozen items. Well, there are microwaves and ovens, but why not at the source of the frost?

7. Solar panels on the fridge to reduce energy consumption.

8. Self-cleaning for the shelves and boxes. 

9. Detection for things that are off with warning on external display. 

10. Camera inside the fridge so that I can see what is inside without having to open it. 

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Day 4 of Idea Machine

I needed a place to write down the ten ideas for today, based on the book Become an Idea Machine by Claudia Azula Altucher and James Altucher that I am reading / using right now.

Today's prompt is: Ten Coursera courses I would like to take and what would they have in their curriculum.

Well, I am thinking not just in terms of Coursera but any MOOC sites and any other online education sites.

1. I would love to do a course that would reduce the time and effort required to play keyboard / piano and take advantage of today's technology to facilitate that, the way Fluent in 3 months has done for language learning. And it wouldn't be some dumbed down course like Piano Revolution!, which gives you "fish" but doesn't teach you how to "fish" (as a vegetarian, I don't like using this metaphor, but I don't know of any other that would fit). The course that I would like to take would have all the bells and whistles of a good piano course that takes you from building up your muscle memory to learning the musical theory concepts involved to playing cords, harmonies, to playing by the ear, to improvising. Well, the goal is to be able to freely improvise, so maybe some of this could be cut out, as long as the goal. 

2. I would love to take several programming courses that would take from being a beginner to advanced web developer in RoR, AngularJS, EmberJS and Backbone.js. So the curriculum would start from the beginning and literally take you to the advanced level of using each by taking me step by step and providing programming challenges based on has been learned so far. 

3. I would like to take a course in creative visualisation. The way it would be different from other courses on this topic is this: it would not just tell you the theory or even describe practical steps, but do all that and intersperse the theory bits with practical exercises, guided visualisations that would not be too long, just long enough to exercise one's imagination. The goal would be to exercise imagination to make one's own visualisation as vivid as possible. 

4. A course in hypnosis that would once again teach the practical side of hypnosis and would offer support and feedback on what I am doing right or wrong, perhaps after reviewing some recorded sessions that I would submit at certain points in the course. 

5. A good quality language course teaching Hindi or Bengali. I would love to learn both of them. It would have to have the best ideas and techniques from Pimsleur, Learning Spanish like Crazy!, FluentU etc. It would have videos from real-life situations, interactive exercises. It would teach all the skills: listening and speaking, reading and writing. 

6. A course on how to create, promote and deliver a workshop or a seminar. Ideally it would help you with creating the outline, brainstorming / mindmapping the content, structuring it, presenting it nicely, practising the delivery, trialing it with a test audience, and then all the marketing and logistical aspects. 

7. A course that would teach me to overcome procrastination one little step at a time, and every lesson would leave me so motivated that I would leap out of my chair or into my chair depending on what I have to do and get stuff done. It would help me build a good habit through daily practice and not just dump all the content on me in one go and leave me to my own devices. 

8. A course that would teach me to build a profitable web application, so once again, the ins and outs of development - this time not so much the frameworks themselves, but all the aspects that one needs to take care of when developing and launching a web application, including methodology, project management, things like choosing an application engine host, scalability, marketing and everything else that I do not even know that I need to know right now. Ideally it would teach both how to do it on your own and how to do it with a team.

9. A on-going online salsa course! Need I say more? A non-stop learning, different moves etc., but not just a string of choreographed routines. Instead it would also train you in understanding how to combine basic moves to improvise your own unique dances. Same for bachata, cha cha etc. 

10. A course for strength and agility training without a gym - either with your own body weight with extremely simple accessories or simple weights like kettlebells. It would cover all muscle groups, and start from easy and build it up to advanced. Something simple and safe that can be followed in just a normal suburban home and the surrounding environment.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Who else wants to become an enlightened millionaire?

I have been reading Mark Victor Hansen and Robert Allen's books The One Minute Millionaire: The Enlightened Way to Wealth, Cracking the Millionaire Code: Your Key to Enlightened Wealth and Cash in a Flash: Real Money in No Time recently and thought about how I would love to create a team of like-minded individuals to build wealth together. My vision is to become an enlightened millionaire and to use wealth to benefit everyone around me with the ripples going out from myself to my family and friends, to the wider community.
I have been working on a few online money-making projects, but working alone and not always to my strengths made things slower than they could be if I worked with a team. Right now, it's just a trickle of residual income.
What I need is a fantastic, energetic and enthusiastic team in which we would all complement each other and work to our strenghts to have fun getting wealthy together ethically. According to the HOTS survey on the One Minute Millionaire site that is supposed to give you an idea for your best role on the team, I'm a Hare.
Here is a little bit that pretty accurately describes my strengths and weaknesses from the Hare profile:
APPROACH: Conceptual/Spontaneous

DESCRIPTION: The Hare generates the concepts and ideas. They like to reframe the problem and look for solutions that may be unusual, unique,and/or outside the boundaries of traditional thought. Hares are good at exploring alternatives and perceiving the "big picture".

Hares want freedom from constraint, and when a rule exists they may break it. They may act impulsively, letting their feelings guide them. They derive satisfaction from the process of creating,discussing concepts and ideas,and overcoming obstacles.

When everything is in its place,the Hare may become restless,get impatient,and have a tendency to move from one subject to another.

CONTRIBUTION: Fresh,original concepts that go beyond the obvious,and are not constrained by fear of failure.

WEAKNESESS: Because the Hare enjoys generating ideas, they may move from one idea to another without stopping to evaluate the consequences.

If left alone to refine concepts,they will solve the problem within the problem within the problem,and eventually lose sight of the objective.

INSTINCT: Reframing problems to achieve breakthrough solutions,moving in new directions,examining possibilities without regard to risk.

In short, I'm great at generating ideas but I need others to help me analyse, strategise and realise them. Today I already have multiple ideas that I believe could be turned into products, services and businesses that would cost little to implement (mostly time) and could produce a great, often residual income.

So here is what I putting out to the Universe and expecting to attract the people who have a similar vision and strengths and sets of skills different from mine.
I have skills in
  • online marketing
  • SEO
  • copywriting
  • web development
  • public speaking
I am looking for people who have the following skills:
  • project planning and management
  • web development (any technology)
and who are willing, just like me, to put some time and effort upfront to reap the results soon after. Please comment below to contact me.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

We must develop and use our God-given talents in service

I truly believe that in every lifetime God gives every single one of us a unique set of talents. To be more precise, they are some of our eternal talents that we are endowed with due to being His parts and parcels and that at different times shine through our material coverings more than others. I am convinced that we have a duty to develop and use those talents in the service of God and our fellow sentient beings. 

Wasting our short lives following other people's paths is tragic. We may be diligent and expert lawyers, accountants, dentists, labourers, or managers but if we dread going to work every day and get no satisfaction (and it's not due to other factors), something is not right. We spend most of our active life at work (paid or otherwise) and it is imperative that we follow our true calling. As Lord Krishna says in the Bhagavad-gita: "One's righteous duty imperfectly done is better than another's duty done perfectly; by performing actions predicated by own's nature one does not incur sinful reactions." (BG 18.47). I believe it is very important for all affectionate guardians to encourage those in their care to develop the talents gifted to them according to their specific natures in this lifetime. 

Of course, many occupational activities are hard to perform, especially at the beginning, and we must be careful not to confuse this necessary austerity with being wrong for the job. That is also explained in the Gita: "That which in the beginning may be just like poison but at the end is just like nectar and which awakens one to self-realization is said to be happiness in the mode of goodness. That happiness which is derived from contact of the senses with their objects and which appears like nectar at first but poison at the end is said to be of the nature of passion [Serg SKd: 'passionate' in this case means careless, hasty, unenlightened and egotistical]. And that happiness which is blind to self-realization, which is delusion from beginning to end and which arises from sleep, laziness and illusion is said to be of the nature of ignorance." (BG 18.37-39) What is good for us may sometimes taste like poison in the beginning, but becomes like nectar later on. 

And here's another deep one to contemplate: "You have a right to perform your prescribed duty, but you are not entitled to the fruits of action. Never consider yourself to be the cause of the results of your activities, and never be attached to not doing your duty." (BG 2.47) The essence: doing one's duty as a service, feeling oneself to be the instrument rather than the doer, without feeling entitled to the results of one's actions. Many people reported that adopting this mentality makes an amazing difference in life and yes, paradoxically the results can be remarkable. 

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

George Harrison: My Sweet Lord

How beautiful is this song? George Harrison is a person who I really admire and respect - a sincere, unpretentious, humble man with a great heart.