Experimenting Life

Hi, I'm Ashutosh. A wannabe tech blogger and a thinker(daydreamer) and a die-hard geek!! A Computer Science engineer by degree and an avid learner!
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The year 2014 has already started. People make resolutions to start the New Year. But how many people stick to these resolutions? The reason resolutions don’t work is people never take the first step. The hardest part is getting started.

Getting started is the toughest part! And I know it very well. For example I wanted to write a blog post about “Getting Started” from past few days. I though I will write on 30th Dec, then I postponed it to 31st, then on the New Year and so on. I wanted to start this post on 2nd anyhow. But still it took me a whole day to just get started. Why? Because we humans are designed to procrastinate.

Most of the time I know that I am procrastination and I like it. I like it because it gives me short term happiness. But at the same time, the thing which I really should be doing echos in my mind. It screams and makes me feel uncomfortable at the end of the day. The fact that I did nothing productive makes me feel cringed. Sometimes I can’t even sleep even if I am very tired. And that is really bad for my health.

Why do we procrastinate is explained brilliantly by Oliver Emberton. 

Is there even a solution to this problem of procrastinating? Yes, indeed. The solution is getting started and it is the toughest one. Taking the first step is very difficult. We need to overcome our urge to procrastinate. We need to persuade our brain to concentrate on that one thing which you
always wanted to start. Sometimes this will make us tired and thus we fail. We might fail for some more time but if we keep on trying, we can take the first steps. And we have a very simple and successful “2-Minute Rule” to stop procrastinating by James Clear. And that is what matter. Getting started is everything. Once you start, you shouldn’t stop. Keep doing it daily. Make it a habit and enjoy the process.

As Buddha said -

There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth…not going all the way, and not starting.’”

I have a taken a resolution of starting everything that I always wanted to and I will keep taking baby steps to complete my goals. The secret of getting ahead is getting started and getting started is more important than succeeding.

I took the first step by writing this blog post. What about you?

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Following are emails between a high school student in Jeju, Korea and Steve Wozniak. I could only find the korean version of the student’s email, which I’ve translated into English.


Mr. Wozniak! I’m a high school student in Korea. I am in second year of Se-Hwa high school in Jeju. My…

Yesterday, I watched a video called “The Art of Glitch” on PBS Off Book, a web series from PBS that explores cutting edge art, internet culture, and the people that create it. The video was about how glitches have evolved into an art.

What is a Glitch?

According to Wikipedia,a Glitch is a short-lived fault in a system. It is often used to describe a transient fault that corrects itself, and is therefore difficult to troubleshoot. It is also called data-bending.

My first encounter with Glitch

My first encounter with Glitch was at a very early age while playing video games. At that time, the video games used to have what we called game cartridges. Whenever the cartridge was not inserted properly, there would be random colorful lines on the display(T.V). I didn’t know at that time that it was called a glitch. Also, no one would have never imagined that glitch would evolve as an art. This is what is know as video game glitch. This glitches were due to some technical fault.

Glitches also occurred on television when the broadcast signal is corrupted due to reasons like damaged cables or weather. These kind of glitch are technical faults. But now a days, many artists and programmers, have embraced these crisis moments and discovered beauty in the glitch. By hacking familiar systems, they intentionally cause glitches, and manipulate them to create art.

Below is the video from Off Book about the Art of Glitches:

After watching the video, I decided to created a glitch out of a JPG image. Making glitches out of a JPG is easy. But before starting, make sure you have created several copies of your image file cause glitching an image will permanently damage them. Also, never ever glitch your original images! 

First step is to open the JPG file in the hex-editor of your choice. I used the freeware hex editor XVI32 (for windows only). Your screen should look like this: image

Now, its time to bash some random text into the hex codes (on the left hand side) or into the right hand side that has some garbage looking text. Now just save the file (Ctrl + S) and open the image file. The result will be the glitched image. It might not look practically beautiful, but that’s the way to created glitch images.

Below are some of the glitched I created using the above method:

Glitch 1:

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Glich 2:

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Glitch 3:

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Glitch 4:

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Note: You may find it difficult to upload glitch images on sites like tumblr, flickr etc. I too had difficulty uploading glitch on tumblr. But as you can see, I have uploaded glitch images. So the trick is to open the JPG image in any photo editing software like Photoshop, Paint.NET or even MS paint, and resave image as JPG. That’s it! Your glitch file is ready for upload.

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A couple of days ago I came across reading list of Om Malik. This is how I came to know about the book Mastermind by Maria Konnikova.

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I installed GNU Emacs(24.2) for windows yesterday for SML. GNU Emacs is an extensible, customizable text editor—and more. At its core is an interpreter for Emacs Lisp, a dialect of the Lisp programming language with extensions to support text editing. For more info: http://www.gnu.org/software/emacs/

Its easy to install, looks outdated but still great at various things that I ought to find out in couple of days.

I am listing some Emacs tutorials that I found useful:

Currently I am using it for SML. But will surely share my experiments and experiences with Emacs.

What is Git?

Git is a distributed version control system (DVCS) and source code management (SCM) system initially designed and developed by Linus Torvalds for Linus kernel development. Every Git

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Canon discontinues 5D Mark II, the DSLR that changed video

Today we bid a fond farewell to one of the most influential DSLRs ever made — the Canon 5D Mark II. CanonRumors points out that the camera has been moved to the “old products” page on Canon’s Japanese site, and the body is no longer available to purchase from the company’s US store.

Noooooo!!! I was really thinking of buying Canon 5dMk2 in next 3-4 months and I just got the news that it has been discontinued! I don’t whay the heck did they discontinued one of the best DSLR while it was still in demand!! Now what? I really wish that I’ll find a 5dmk2 and I just want it. I now it would be a bad choice for novice like me but still this is my only choice. I really liked it from the day it was launched. I guess I would now have to settle on some other Canon but yes it will be only Canon.

I joined Goodreads in November 2009, but never used it. I wan not an avid reader back then. But still I liked reading since childhood and I read everything I find around me. For e.g. I liked reading English newspaper, magazines and then I learned Gujarati (Gujarati is my mother tongue but I didn’t know how read and write till I was 13). I still read a lot but now-a-days most reading happens on web mostly using my laptop. But still I find time reading Gujarati magazine esp. Chitralekha and Gujarati newspaper.

It was February, 2012 that I came to know that Goodreads.com conducts giveaways. It was just too simple to take part on Goodreads and win. So I started using Goodreads and took part in some giveaways And then I won my first book. It was “Open The Windows” by Sukant Ratnakar. It was a good book. I liked and completed reading it. Today I received my third book and I am damn excited. Apart from other features of Goodreads, the giveaways are my favorite and the only reason I like Goodreads so much!!

Wow!!! 135 shots that will restore your faith in cinema..

Truly artistic and amazing!!!

Wakoopa Social also popularly know as “Last.fm for software” is going down forever. One of my favorite tracking tool and one of its kind social network is closing. The team of Wakoopa are closing their most popular product Wakoopa Social and will now continue their focus entirely on the corporate research community.

I joined wakoopa on 13 May 2010 and till now I have used 754 different applications. Most used software being Firefox, VLC and Facebook. This is really sad for me because there’s no alternative to wakoopa. This is and was one of the best software tracking application that logs the usage of a software.

I just wish they bring back wakoopa later in time.