Saturday-Pentacle – Week 43 – 2017

Saturday-Pentacle, Week 43 Issue


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Product of the week –

Backblaze

After an accident with my laptop in past year, I was looking for a backup service which is professional quality and can continuously backup my data to a secure cloud instead of a physical drive. Why?

Two important factors –

  1. Scalability – If you buy a physical backup hard drive, it has a limit and post that you need to buy a new physical hard drive.
  2. Maintenance – If you buy a physical backup hard drive, you have to take care of it pretty much all the time and if you are travelling, it’s more pain in the neck.

With Backblaze’s professional level backup service you can forget to worry about the above two points. Now comes the price point which sold me in. It’s 5$ (320-350 Indian Rupees) per month and there is no limit to your data backup size. But the pricing is per computer. For example – If you have 1 windows pc it will be charged 5$ a month for unlimited data backup storage. However, if you also have a Mac, it will be charged a separate 5$ a month fee for unlimited data backup for this separate machine.

Just in case if I got you curious, you can go check out by clicking here or the Backblaze logo above.


My most popular Instagram post recently

Basilica of BOM Jesus!
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There is a BOM Jesus Church in Panjim, Goa’s as well but this Church in Daman has a strange attraction to it which makes me always going back to it, whenever I’m in Daman.
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Sitting in a corner of Nani Daman, this enormous church appear to fit in a seemingly small area.
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This time it was closed but we still prayed outside before heading back.


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

Why I Can’t Post On Time – This is funny that I can totally relate to this post, even though I’m not a perfectionist. But when I try to publish quality content I tend to lean towards perfection. Which eventually leads to your work/post never getting published.

Tim Urban’s writing on his ‘Wait But Why’ Blog always fascinates me. He is a perfectionist and in this post, he confesses his perfection and why his posts don’t come on time. Even if you are not a blogger but a creator or a normal human, still there are gems in this post to learn from.

It takes courage to talk about your vulnerabilities, but Tim totally kills with this piece. A Good read.


I’m reading/watching/listening to

The Storytellers: All You Who Sleep Tonight – Roshan Abbas – This one is a heart-wrenching one. There are storytellers and then there are magical storytellers.

Roshan Abbas is a Theatre Director/RJ/TV Host/Filmmaker/EventManager he is a slasher by profession! Here he talks about a life-changing incident from his radio days.


Quote I’m pondering on lately –

“No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.”

― Heraclitus


Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 38 – 2017

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App of the week –

Rainmeter – Desktop Customization Tool

This is an amazing tool for customizing your windows based desktop. It can literally be used to customize your desktop in any way possible. With putting life into your music player into or visually delightful active desktop screen. It can do it all plus it’s free and open source.

Take a look at my recent customization to get a feel of it –

P.S.: The dock used here in this example is Rocket Dock app which is also open source and free.

Just in case if I got you curious, you can go check out these two apps –


My most popular Instagram post recently

Chai is always a GOOD idea!
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When rainy day, cool breeze and great ambiance set the mood of the evening. Chai is usually a GOOD idea!


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

The 10-Minute Exercise Tony Robbins Does Every Morning to Have More Energy – Tony Robbins is a legend in personal growth space from past few decades. He has so much energy that it inspires you. If you want to start your day the same way he does you only need to set aside 10 minutes.

Summary of the article – Tony Robbins calls this 10 mins exercise – ‘Priming’

  1. Breathing Exercise – Robbins created his own version of an ancient yoga technique called Kapalabhati Pranayama breathing. The breathing exercise should take around a minute with each of the remaining three steps lasting around three minutes.
  2. Express Gratitude – Take a few minutes to think of three things he’s grateful for, spending about a minute on each.
  3. Experience connection – Imagine a light flowing into the top of your head and then spreading into the rest of your body, strengthening and healing you. This makes you feel connected.
  4. Visualize success – Last three minutes visualize what it is like to achieve a goal. “Don’t think about making it happen, see it as done”.

I’m reading/watching/listening to

Inside the mind of a master procrastinator | Tim Urban – Tim Urban is one of my favorite bloggers and writers. But he too faces the same problem we do – procrastination. But I din’t imagine he would show his world of procrastination with this detail. It blew my mind in a funny but eye opening way.


Quote I’m pondering on lately – 

“Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.”

― Victor Borge


Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 30 – 2017

Saturday-Pentacle, Week 30 Issue


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App of the week –

Pocket

This is my favourite app for ‘Read it Later’ purpose. For example – If I’m reading any article on the interwebs (internet), so I just need a pocket chrome extension for 1 click save that article to Pocket. So that you can get back to that article later for later reading.

This app is silky smooth and comes with good functionality like dark mode for reading on a pure black screen, brightness adjustment (on iPhone and Android apps) and also other display settings like changing the reading font, font size, line space etc.

Once you use it, you’ll feel like never reading an article on any site, you’ll always want to save it to the Pocket app and read it from there.

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


My most popular Instagram post recently

Turning back from the hills.

As I stood there in the midst of the road leading to the city. The hills were right behind me, it was ethereal the way the clouds were striking into these hills and making the whole atmosphere moistly cold.

Should I turn around and just get lost in the hills and never go back? My heart thought.

You’ll be free from the prison of a concrete jungle where you are chained to the rhythm, cutting your life short day by day in this vicious circle of eat, sleep, work repeat! Heart whispered again inside me.

But taking a deep breath and then exhaling into a sigh, I turned back…back from the hills.

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Turning back from the hills. . As i stood there in the midst of the road leading to the city. The hills were right behind me, it was ethereal the way the clouds were striking into these hills and making the whole atmosphere moistly cold. . Should I turn around and just get lost in the hills and never go back? My heart thought. . You'll be free from the prison of a concrete jungle where you are chained to the rhythm, cutting your life short day by day in this vicious circle of eat, sleep, work repeat! Heart whispered again inside me. . But taking a deep breath and then exhaling into a sigh, I turned back…back from the hills. . #solitude #clouds #hills #human #moist #weather #matheran

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

The AI Revolution: The Road to Superintelligence – If you are interested in what future hold and want to learn in detail about AI (Artificial Intelligence) then this long article is for you. Tim Urban of WaitbutWhy.com has written this article in 2015. But till today it feels like reading something completely mind boggling. There is a lot (like a lot lot) of knowledge put in this article.

Summary of the article This article can’t exactly be summarized because there is a plethora of topics covered, but or a very broad level it argues on how the progress of human growth has always been exponential instead of linear and we might just be sitting at the edge of a curve where a life altering human progress boom might be brewing. Tim also talks mainly about AI and how it can be so intense that serious people like Elon Musk are also terrified by AI. AI’s calibre has three major categories as defined by Tim in this article –

1) Artificial Narrow Intelligence (ANI): A Weak AI, Artificial Narrow Intelligence is AI that specializes in one area. Think of it as a robot who knows how to defeat someone in a chess game but that’s the only thing it knows.

2) Artificial General Intelligence (AGI): Sometimes referred to as Strong AI, or Human-Level AI, Artificial General Intelligence refers to a computer that is as smart as a human across the board. This is where the problem starts and where AI may be a curse in disguise. That’s the point where job cuts may happen and machines start replacing humans in a workplace.

3) Artificial Superintelligence (ASI): Oxford philosopher and leading AI thinker Nick Bostrom defines superintelligence as “an intellect that is much smarter than the best human brains in practically every field, including scientific creativity, general wisdom and social skills.” This is where terms like immortality or extinction come in picture. Either this level of AI makes the human race better (immortal) or it breaks it and we extinct.


What I’m reading/watching/listening to

Elon Musk’s interview with Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval at the NGA 2017 SUMMER MEETING – As you guys know already, I’m an admirer of Elon Musk and really appreciate what he’s doing in the world of technology (software & hardware). He is the real Iron Man of our world, literally the version similar to what Robert Downy Jr. played in Marvel Studio version of the Film. He has a vision towards which he works, he loves to solve problems and doesn’t have boundaries of domain when he’s trying to solve a problem. Like Paypal solved a big cross border transaction problem, Tesla solved a fuel problem, SpaceX solved the problem by being able to commercialize the Space Travel (well, still a long way to go, but a very good start) or the Hyperloop, which will be solving the problem of road travel by cutting down the times significantly (think Los Angeles to San Francisco in 35 minutes with an average speed of 600 Miles per hour), even though it’s on paper but recently the actual trial started and it’s a step in the positive direction.

So the point is Elon is solving problems which probably would have been solved after a decade or two and that is really fascinating.

Last week when I came across this interview of Elon with Brian Sandoval (Governor of the state of Nevada), it was a treat.

He discussed a wide range of topics including Artificial Intelligence, Tesla, SpaceX, Solar power etc. What I found intriguing was the fact that Elon Musk was urging the government to regulate the development of AI. Because as good as it can be to human race, AI can also become a danger to the human existence, he mentioned.

Elon also answered a few interesting questions asked by some state Governors and the general public.

Please enjoy this treat of an interview.

P.S.: This is an abridged version of the original interview.


Quote I’m pondering on lately – 

“Optimal lives are designed, not discovered.”

— James Clear


Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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