Intuitive Hair – Day 49

My previous post has a comment by a friend of mine who says long hair increases intuition. I was very intrigued by this idea and I started doing some reading on my own. I read this really interesting article. Give it a read yourself and tell me what you think.

https://www.quantumbalancing.com/spiritualhair.htm

I haven’t cut my hair from December 2016 and it is around the length of my shoulder now. This is the longest I have ever grown my hair. There are quite a few changes that I actively recognize in my life but I never thought that this could be because I grew my hair/ I started doing stuff that I won’t normally do. I started meditating, I quit eating non veg, rather abruptly.

I stopped watching films. I have now stopped eating artificial sweets. I convinced myself that this was because my will power somehow got stronger? My will power has never been this strong for the past 24 years. Is it because I have always cut my hair at regular intervals ever since I was a kid? Is it because this is the longest I have ever been without cutting my hair?

They say hairs are extensions of our neural networks that extends from the spinal cord. Could this be true? If it is true, why are we cutting our hair?

It does sound a bit like psuedo science but what if its true?

Wow, this is a revelation. I am not going to cut my hair from now. Thanks for this insight Sharath.

Guys, please give this article a read.

What is this new view? – Day 48

I had an epiphany today. I wanted to create music. I decide to download the FL Studio version 12. FL Studio is a music production software which lets you create good music at par with the professionals. I had ambitious goals of spending the Saturday creating good music. However, fate had other plans.

Naturally, FL Studio is a paid software, and I am broke. So like all of us overachieving broke people, I navigated to one of many torrents’ proxy site. I downloaded a decent 600Mb file which claims to be the cracked version of the directors edition of FL Studio V12 (the latest).

I get excited, download the file and extract it.

There is one notepad file in the folder with the name enjoy.txt. As a pioneer of downloading pirated software over the internet, I know that a .txt file inside a compressed folder generally has instructions of installation with keygen and crack.

However, this particular .txt file only has the following string

‘lololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololol’

This is pretty unusual, but I was really excited to create professional music and become the next Armin Van Buuren! So I double click the setup.exe anyways. The setup file starts like a normal setup and then navigates to a webpage asking my email address. Apparently, I should sign up on several websites to receive the keygen.

I have never felt so stupid in my entire adult life*. Right that moment, I know I am trapped.

Everything is a blur after that moment. My browser goes haywire, opening multiple tabs automatically. Even if I close the browser, it still gets fired up and opens random pages. There is some random processing going on in my processor. My task manager shows that my GPU is also being used for the processing! My computer starts heating up, I disconnect the internet right away.

And Boom! Windows 10 Blue screen error. This is the first time I am seeing one of those on a Windows 10 computer. PFB image for reference.

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I hard boot the device and show hidden files and manually start checking folders in the C drive. I find a bunch of malware hidden everywhere. I try deleting a file, but it doesn’t work. I try scanning my PC using Windows Defender and it detects some malware, but before it could resolve it, it starts crunching lots of numbers. Summons the GPU and computer starts heating up again and BOOM! Blue screen error, again!

I hard boot the device again but now it only lands to the Blue screen error, even after multiple attempts. Now my only option is to format my device. Within a matter of minutes I transform from the mindset of a professional electronic music producer to a professional software engineer. FML.

Unfortunately, I don’t have a partition in my hard disk except one stock 15 gb + 800gb partition that came with the machine. Luckily, I have a 32 gb thumb drive which I use to backup extremely critical data**.

The computer then starts its 3 and a half hour long pilgrimage towards enlightenment where it purges all clutter and information and is reborn as a different personality. I lose a lot of other data***.

Even though my computer abstains all the unnecessary data in life, it leaves me hanging while I go through a lot of emotions in this 3 and a half hour period, desperately checking if my computer is back.

This turned out to be the perfect experiment for mindfulness. I consciously decide to delete all images of the past because I don’t need them. Then, whenever I feel restless that all of my data collected over 7 years is gone, just like that. I acknowledge the fact that I am restless and sad and grumpy.

Right when I acknowledge this fact of feeling such a vivid array of emotions, almost magically, I find myself to be calm and at peace with the present. Despite the present being a very emotionally driven event.

If you have read this massive blog post and if you don’t meditate already, I really urge you to do so. Meditation does make a huge difference.

I feel like I have a new world view, both in my WordPress account because of an update and in Life.

I also have a tiny pony and some Carpohydrades in my body from the bottled Badam milk I had at lunch. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

*I downloaded a 1.5gb film @60kbps (12 long grueling hours) which claimed to be Avatar when I was a teenager. I realized I was duped, when the compressed file was asking for a password. It then redirected me to a link asking for my email address to sign up for some random service.

**memes.

***memories from college stored on the magnetic disk one might call life.

5 minutes – Day 47

I have 5 minutes till the next candle in crude is formed and then and only then can I decide if I can place a sell position or wait for a better entry. That is the reason I am going to try and complete this blog post start to end in 5 minutes.

However, mind plays funny games when you set your mind on doing something. Throughout the day, my mind was overflowing with ideas I could blog about today. However, the moment I decided I must complete this post in 5 minutes, I cannot think of anything! Strange isn’t it? I have 3 minutes left and this is still a pointless exercise. I must stop writing anything no questions asked as soon as 5 minutes are over. So I cannot really decide what should I write about.

I was listening to the Kevin Rose show today and the guest Tim Urban who has a website called Wait but why? talks about how Elon Musk thinks and it is a really unique way of thinking, which revolves around questioning everything that you observe. So if you think that water is liquid, you ask why is water liquid. Because the molecules are ..

Times up. But crude didn’t form a red candle so I going to continue writing.

.. not close to each other like solids, yet not as far as gases. Why are the molecules at just that distance is something I don’t know. Elon musk however, goes the extra mile to know the molecules are just the right distance in water.

Ever since we were kids we have been taught to believe something because everyone else thinks a particular thing is true. What if it isn’t? What if by breaking down everything you have known so far right down to the fundamentals, you discover something nobody else knows because they didn’t bother?

Food for thought.

Note – Took 9 minutes to complete this whole post.

Quantum Computing – Day 46

I attended a meetup at Thoughtworks Coimbatore today on Quantum Computing and Face Recognition / Detection. Quite intriguing, I tell you. I was first introduced to Quantum Computing in the year 2012, and Google’s D Wave was already churning Quantum information in the form of Quantum bits a.k.a Qubits. So unlike traditional /classical computers, quantum computers follow a totally different underlying hardware architecture. Instead of bits, these Quantum computers implement something called Qubits.

We all know how classical bits work. If there is a 1 bit computer (lol), we can have 2 possible states, either 0 or 1 at any given point of time. However, a 1 qubit quantum computer has 2 possible states all the time, i.e. until it is measured. It is a little counter intuitive at first, even I don’t fully understand it yet, but if you consider potential applications of this tech, it is literally mind boggling.

It is based on Quantum physics and borrows a lot from the Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle. What this principle states is until a given event (which has possible outcomes of 1 or 0) is observed, it is 1 and 0 at the same time. Once the event is observed, it then assumes either 1 or 0.

Now, what really interests me is the applications of Quantum entanglement. Suppose you take an entangled qubit and then you travel an infinite amount of distance. Theoretically, when you change on part of the entangled qubit from 0 to 1, the other should change accordingly depending on the intermediate quantum gate and channels used. So, theoretically the information between two entangled ions transfer instantaneously. Literally!

This defies the laws of fundamental physics and hence they lie in the Quantum realm. Einstein himself claimed Entanglement as ‘Spooky action at a distance’. Because, the information transferred between two entangled ions is FASTER THAN THE SPEED OF LIGHT! Yes, you read that right!

Imagine the efficiency of information transfer that is achievable by using this tech! Imagine USB thumb drives of the future carrying 256 Qubits giving us instant access to the Quantum Internet, where all information is truly open, impregnable, fast and free!

P.S – 256 Qubits is a distant dream because the most sophisticated quantum computer just has 50 Qubits and it has to be stored in a super cold box that is extremely cold! Think of this tech as Vaccum tubes of the past before the invention of transistors and NAND gates. The future implications of this tech are tremendous! Read, research and prosper!

Nirvana – Day 45

Mindfulness is a trait which is very hard to achieve. I have been meditating recently and the guy in the Headspace app always asks me to be mindful of my surroundings and how I feel at all times. I couldn’t quite get it right.

Coincidentally, I was reading Sapiens this morning and I read a line where the author explains beautifully how Gautam Buddha attained enlightenment and how did he go through the whole process. I am pasting the paragraph from Sapiens below for your reference.

“Gautamaโ€™s insight was that no matter what the mind experiences, it usually reacts with craving, and craving always involves dissatisfaction. When the mind experiences something distasteful it craves to be rid of the irritation. When the mind experiences something pleasant, it craves that the pleasure will remain and will intensify. Therefore, the mind is always dissatisfied and restless. This is very clear when we experience unpleasant things, such as pain. As long as the pain continues, we are dissatisfied and do all we can to avoid it. Yet even when we experience pleasant things we are never content. We either fear that the pleasure might disappear, or we hope that it will intensify.

Gautama found that there was a way to exit this vicious circle. If, when the mind experiences something pleasant or unpleasant, it simply understands things as they are, then there is no suffering. If you experience sadness without craving that the sadness go away, you continue to feel sadness but you do not suffer from it. There can actually be richness in the sadness. If you experience joy without craving that the joy linger and intensify, you continue to feel joy without losing your peace of mind. But how do you get the mind to accept things as they are, without craving? To accept sadness as sadness, joy as joy, pain as pain? Gautama developed a set of meditation techniques that train the mind to experience reality as it is, without craving. These practices train the mind to focus all its attention on the question, โ€˜What am I experiencing now?โ€™ rather than on โ€˜What would I rather be experiencing?โ€™ It is difficult to achieve this state of mind, but not impossible.”

These words really made me think. I was focused on the question ‘What am I experiencing now?’ than ‘What would I rather be experiencing?’ I felt a lot better and I was calm the whole day.

Mindfulness is wonderful and I think I find myself at peace. ๐Ÿ™‚

Home Alone – Day 44

My room mate permanently moved from Coimbatore to Pune. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am living alone now. There could be a few pros and cons but the pros far outweigh the cons. I am an introvert, except on my blog. This is my ranting place.

I am scared of the dark at times, I might get lonely at times, but I am 24 years old and I think I can get over it. I do have to pay double the rent, but that’s alright. I have the whole room to myself and nobody to answer to. I can do a lottttt of things now. Haha.

I think that’s it for today? I am getting really lazy with these posts. ๐Ÿ˜€

Speed reading – Day 43

My average reading speed is 250 words per minute. This speed is extremely slow and laughable among book reading pioneers. To improve my reading speed, I started reading this book called Speed reading with the right brain by David Butler. The book is well written and I tried the technique mentioned in the book. It seemed to work quite well given I read it last night and I am trying to read everything with my right brain now.

Meaning – I am trying to read fast and visualize the words rather than sub-vocalizing them. Ever since we were kids we have been sub vocalizing everything we read. Sub vocalizing is reading the words in our head. This process is highly inefficient as one first has to read the words and then try and comprehend the meaning.

Contrary to popular belief, we do not have to read everything in the head to understand its meaning. Glancing the word works just as well. The problem is, we are not used to this way of reading and this might take some time to get used to.

I plan on using this technique to increase my average reading speed to about 500 words per minute. It is an ambitious goal, but hey so is reading 180 books a year.

See you on the other side. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Ailbaba and 40 opportunities- Day 42

I just finished reading Entrepreneur: Jack Ma, Alibaba and the 40 Thieves of Success written by a guy called Winson Ng whose personal story is quite impressive. An engineer by education and an acid attack victim transformed his life by writing books by the dozen and creating a publication which goes by the name Think Maverick. They have published close to 500 books so far, according to their website.

This is quite impressive for a couple. This got me thinking, if I can write for 42 days straight (even if I don’t feel like), maybe I can write a book and publish it on Amazon for minimal cost? I might have 0 sales, but hey I’d never know unless I try.

Jack Ma is an interesting personality and Entrepreneur: Jack Ma, Alibaba and the 40 Thieves of Success revolves around his life and principles that he considers to be his secrets for success. However, he dares us to try things beyond these rules even if he doesn’t agree with them and prove him wrong. After all, even he is a human being. From what I have read, Jackย  is portrayed to be a very humble human who is aware of his roots.

Overall, this book a good mid afternoon light read. It barely has 100 pages, so you can glide past them effortlessly.

Meanwhile, I think even I should start writing a book.

Inequality for all – Day 41

I was watching this really interesting documentary by Robert Reich and I realized how stupid I have been all my life. In 2008 when the global economy crashed, I was in the tenth grade and didn’t have a clue. The word recession was Greek to me. My parents didn’t make me realize the gravity of the situation, at that time. But now that I am reading more books on varied topics, I realize how stupid I have been all of my life.

Reading books is a habit that really opens your eyes to a lot of things you didn’t know about. Books set you up, for life. Speaking of, I am still behind on my 1 book every two days target, which I plan on catching up soon.

Meanwhile, I am not going to write a long post today as Sapiens is calling me. ๐Ÿ™‚

Watch Inequality for all. Great documentary.

Work Life Balance? – Day 40

All corporate companies boast of a work life balance but is it all on paper? Do they really adhere to these commitments? I have seen very less people who are truly happy and truly successful at their job. This is a very rare occurrence and almost all of them aren’t bound by restrictions and limits.

My definition of happiness is not just the amount of money you earn or the amount of work you do. It should be a whole lot of other things which includes things you love to do but don’t get paid for. When I see people working 24×7 365, I often wonder what drives them to work so much. Maybe they love work more than anything else in this whole wide beautiful world? Maybe they strive to climb the corporate ladder? But given that there are so many people trying to climb the proverbial ladder, the probability of getting up high reduces drastically. I cannot find a definite answer to these questions and they have been haunting me for quite some time now.

If people know that their probability of climbing the ladder is tiny, given the competition, why do they even try? Why not build your own staircase instead? Better yet, build an elevator!

I often see 30 to 40 year old people with white hair who pull long hours at work. It can’t just be a coincidence or bad genes that all of them have white hair because they are getting old. It must have to do with stress and the amount of work they are handling. It is quite unnatural for a 35 year old person to have white hair, as much as it is unnatural for a fit human being to sit for 10 hours in front of a machine that quite literally runs the world.

Humans have been enjoying work life balance ever since we first evolved. Hunter gatherers only worked for the food and once they ate a deer, they were free to do extra curricular activities that actually make them happy. In this time and age, we are doing something which is completely opposite of what our ancestors did. Working for extensive hours, extra curricular activities – not so much.

In mankind’s eternal search of happiness, are money and work life balance an elegantly crafted global ponzi scheme where both the perpetrator and victim are same?

Humans?