Looking back (An annual review – 2016)

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From past three years, I’m doing an annual review of my life. Cause I want to pause and reflect back on my successes and failures of the previous year and publishing it here in this Blog keeps me accountable for the next year.

Looking back (An annual review - 2016)

 

This is my fourth annual review, you can access my previous reviews for 2015 (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3), 2014 and 2013. This year also I’ll answer three questions, same as past 3 years:

  1. What went well this year?
  2. What didn’t go so well year?
  3. What’s am I working toward?

So this is gonna sound cliché but I’m the man of making resolutions and working on them, every year. So this year also I created a list of new year resolutions like last year. Coincidently I’m posting this annual review almost at the end of second quarter of the year like last year.

I think I’m liking this schedule as it gives me some more visibility on the new year’s resolutions and I can add some more context to the happenings of the year. If that doesn’t make sense, just read it as I was feeling lazy!

Just kidding.

After the successful year of 2015, last year was not that successful overall but it was no less satisfying. I also experienced various sort of serendipities.

serendipity
sɛr(ə)nˈdɪpɪti

noun
the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.

Ok! That was not an editorial mistake I knowingly put that word definition above. Why? Because I’ve fallen in love with this word “Serendipity”.

Serendipity in my own definition is a state when we fall in love with the universe and start accepting and loving the present moment, then the universe starts loving you back in the strangest of ways.

There happened many serendipitous events in the year of 2016. Through which I felt strange new feelings derived from wandering, wondering and affection.

I’m keeping this post as a single post, unlike last year’s 3 part post which took so much time and complexity to get published. Hope it will be insightful and interesting for some of you.

Lets cut to the chase.

Looking back (An annual review – 2016)

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 25 – 2017

Saturday-Pentacle, Week 25 Issue


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Saturday-Pentacle - Week 21 - 2017


Post of the week –

Review of the Katy Parry/Neil deGrasse Tyson Talk – Witness Worldwide

As you know, I really love audio production and love creating podcasts and interviews on SoundCloud. This Anchor radio app which I featured on this Saturday-Pentacle issue of week 22 as well, really blew my mind when I first used it this week to see how much time it takes to create the similar 8 minutes podcast production, which usually takes me 2 hours to produce and publish through my blog and believe me or not the total process took 10 minutes including the 8 minutes of recording.

So this above piece is the first recording or segment (as they say in Anchor app) from yours truly. It’s a review of an interview which I heard very recently and it blew my mind. This interview was part of promotion I guess of Katy Parry’s latest album Witness and this particular interview/talk event was called ‘Witness Worldwide’.

Guess what? After this interview, I’ve started liking Katy Parry more than I usually did. Psss… I always thought her as a teenage dreamer.

Guess what one more time? She is 32! Not a teenage dreamer after all!

P.S.: If you are not able to see Anchor Player window above. Click here to listen to this review.


My most popular Instagram post recently

Underneath the air traffic control!

Go…go…go!

A piece of a vlog from a few weeks back!


Article(s) I’m enjoying (and pondering)

51 Popular Books Summarized in 3 Sentences or Less – In a hurry but want some quick wisdom? This article from James Clear is a neat collection of 51 books review in 3 sentences or less. Of course, many of us don’t have time to read the number of books we should generally read as humans or some of us aren’t just readers by choice. But this collection can really help you level up your wisdom in many areas like -Intellect, Business, Productivity, Goals settings etc with the least investment of time.


What I’m reading/watching/listening to

Well! This talk event really blew my mind. So putting the original video in this section this week.

I was so thrilled after listening to it, that I did a review of it on my Anchor Channel.

I see Katy Perry in a new light now and hats off to Neil deGrasse Tyson!


Quote I’m pondering on lately – Pss…This week’s quote is also referred from the Neil, Katy talk.

“The Bible shows the way to go to heaven, not the way the heavens go.”

— Galileo Galilei


Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 24 – 2017

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App I’m enjoying using –

Life Cycle – Track Your Time Automatically

If you are a health or Lifestyle data nerd. You gotta check this app out. Basically, it tracks your every move. Like Sleep, commute, office hours, home hours, outing hours and everything else in your 24 hours. If you integrate it with your apple health kit data or Google fit data (in the case of Android devices), it provides more accurate results.

By using it for past 6 months, I’m able to see patterns like my health go down in fewer sleep months or I feel amazing if exercise hours are more. If you are not a data nerd, don’t bother. It might be overwhelming for you. But if you are! It may be worth having a look.

Just in case if I got you curious, you can go check out this app –

  • iTunes App Store (for iPhone users)
  • Android Play Store (for Android users) – Not yet available on Android, but probably will shortly, keep on watching.

My most popular Instagram post recently

A modern Thhela!

Carrying the plants of today, a carriage of yesteryears.

A modern Thhela! . Carrying the plants 🌱 of today, a carriage of yesteryears. . #plants #thhela #minimal #nostalgic

A post shared by Himanshu Sachdeva (@sachdevahimanshu) on


Article(s) I’m enjoying (and pondering)

Michael Phelps to race a great white shark as part of Discovery Channel’s ‘Shark Week’ – I think the title says it all. But check out this BBC article for details.

It’s gonna be The Great Gold Vs The Great White this shark week on Discovery.


What I’m reading/watching/listening to

This video blew my mind. We are heading toward the future or it’s already upon us?

The 3D printed guns! Augmented reality! and now the shapeshifting food?

Excited to be alive in these times!

 


Quote I’m pondering on lately –

“The existential vacuum manifests itself mainly in a state of boredom.”

—VIKTOR FRANKL, Auschwitz survivor and founder of Logotherapy, Man’s Search for Meaning


Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 23 – 2017

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App I’m enjoying using –

 

Awareness – Subtle awareness of time spent on the computer

As I adore minimalism, this desktop app is one of my favorites to make myself be aware of my computer usage. The best part is the sound of Tibetan singing bowl every hour which doesn’t stop you from doing what you are doing but makes you aware.

It senses when you take a five-minute break and then resets the one hour clock. When you start using your computer back, it starts the alarm clock. It also displays how long you’ve been using your computer without a break in windows taskbar area (in the app tooltip), which is pretty handy.

Just in case if I got you curious, you can go check out this app here (It’s free for Windows and $1.99 in the Mac App Store) or click the Tibetan singing bowl icon above to download.


My most popular Instagram post recently

When Gandhi looks right into you!

This piece of art was surreal. I was feeling like Gandhi will open his eyes anytime and will scare the bejesus out of me.


Article(s) I’m enjoying (and pondering)

Inside an “Anything Goes” Sex Club – Well, the title of this article may sound a bit too much and I won’t lie this article can get too uncomfortable at many places. But it does have a happy ending. Aaa..sort of!

Neil Strauss nails this one.

Get out of your comfort zone! Read the heck out.


What I’m reading/watching/listening to

Attention Charlie Puth

This song is on repeat mode on my Spotify. If you have Spotify click the play button below. No Spotify? No problem here is the YouTube link.

Psss…Don’t forget to turn the volume up to loose yourself from this sane world.


Quote I’m pondering on lately –

“Most people can do absolutely awe-inspiring things, Sometimes they just need a little nudge.”

— Timothy Ferriss


Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 22 – 2017

Saturday-Pentacle, Week 22 Issue


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Saturday-Pentacle - Week 21 - 2017


App I’m enjoying using –

Anchor — Radio, reinvented

Anchor. This app might just be the next big thing in the Audio section.

This is like the radio, reinvented. Just like this app’s punch line says. As I’ve used this app for a few weeks now, I can do a small review about this one now. Important features –

  • One stop for your news, weather and general news on Audio. There is a special channel for that which is called Daily Rundown.
  • You can create your own channel like YouTube and start producing Audio content, right from your Phone. Just hit the Red Plus button. This changes everything.
  • You can also put amazing background music in your content right from the app.
  • If you are a podcast creator, you can record an Interview right from the App through a phone call. Though this feature is just available in US right now, expecting they’ll extend it to another country as well, soon.
  • Just like any other traditional radio talk show, you can get call-ins. Wait! What? I mean yes, literally listeners can call-in to a show and the creators can play that audio in their show! How convenient is that?
  • Amazingly fresh bit sized and long form content from new creators.
  • The design of the app is way too amazing. You can change channels with a flick.

Just in case if I got you curious, you can go check out this app –

My most popular Instagram post recently

Everything you know is picture perfect! 🎼

Soaked in another sunset 🌅 today. Grateful for being alive!


Article(s) I’m enjoying (and pondering)

Introducing the Virgin Orbit brand – This is not exactly an article but an introduction page to a project by the Company – Virgin. As I admire Sir Richard Branson, who is the founder of Virgin, for his ‘Screw it! Let’s do it!‘ nature.

Well, now I can safely say Sir Richard and Virgin has decided to go all in on the Space front. This particular project is a commercial project of taking a spaceship into earth’s orbit which will do rounds of earth and deliver Satellites for its clients.

Way to go Sir Richard!


What I’m reading/watching/listening to

MALDIVES – Visual Vibes – There are a few very very talented Film Makers on YouTube. Mr Ben Brown is definitely one of them.

How I admire his style of Filming/Editing. It’s so dope. He shoots Vlogs (update – he quit vlogging a few months back, may probably start doing again, but who knows!)  and Visual Vibes – a project of his which is totally mind blowing cinematography.

The below one is his latest produce, right from the Maldives. Go check it out.

Psss…Don’t forget to put your headphones on.


Quote I’m pondering on lately –

“It is vain to do with more what can be done with less.”

—WILLIAM OF OCCAM (1300–1350), originator of “Occam’s Razor”


Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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