A signature can give you an idea

Recently I had to do a lot of signing. Not the digital one. Hand written signatures. And I was terrified to find about my inability to write a proper signature. Almost felt like an illiterate. I remember the time in college when we had to do lot of writing in notebooks. Teachers did read notes fast to finish them on time. We used to write fast to keep ourselves synced with them. Our hand would run like an athlete. And now, my hand get frozen while writing a signature.

My job requires me to spend most of time on computers. Writing codes by typing them on keyboards. Not on papers. Which would be a total waste. Hence, now for me, it is very difficult to write on a paper.

While putting all those signatures, had been frozen at some point. Frustrated for not able to end it properly. I needed to resolve this.

So I decided to make some time out to start writing again. And bought a new ink pen. A beautiful black Parker pen with matte coat.

I am already loving it so much. It looks so cool, that it excites me to write more. Now on, I will try to write on paper more often.

Anything… I can write anything. It would like a first draft of most of the future blog posts.

That would be a great idea. Would help to improve the handwriting and also content of posts as in second draft on computer.

All this began with an idea of resolving the inability to write a proper signature fluently.

 

This post was first written on paper. Which was very different than what you have read here.

So, with a hope to write more on paper and on blog, I am pausing here. For one step at time.

A walk for some goodness

This Tuesday it was my birthday. We had a small celebration at our office. My colleague said I should do something good after office. I was feeling little out of mind for couple of days.

Well, I wanted to do something different anyway. So I decided to walk from office to home instead of booking a cab. Not much. Just 3.3 kms. It was nice. I felt good after walking so much far after a long time. And a little hard on my legs.

Not planning to walk everyday though. A 6.6 kms of up & down every day, on foot, is not my cup.

Yet.

Light is now my new Dark

It is a human nature that one chooses a favorite color based on inner feelings and personality has been developed within yet lifetime. From my young age I was very attracted to black. A darker theme with black canvas and white elements has always caught my eyes. In a way, I think, it was a representation of my inner-self.

Now it seems like this representative wants to change it’s avatar from being more dark to be more light. Now I tend to choose themes with white canvas in many places.

It is telling me to fill the vanilla canvas with many colorful elements. It now sees the life as of The Matrix like simulators where I can load any program for colorful output and experiences.

With the hope of keep being enlightened I have changed this blog’s theme color to a lighter one and I am loving it so much.

PS: I still use Darcula theme in Android Studio.

A new habit for the life

When I was in school, very often used to read books out of academy. Books from the libraries, at school and nearby home. By time, I lost interest to make time for such readings. Not the interest to read though. A long time later, now again I am able make time. Well, I am not talking about the articles, tutorials and news related to my profession and the daily news. Its the books. Books by authors themselves.

Well, it has been turned out to be more interesting. It brings back those tiny fractions of moments from childhood. The very moments when the brainwaves kicks in with imaginative illustrations, various thoughts and excitements. Its like watching a cinema. All those texts you read get turned into moving films. If you are such a reader, you might know what I am talking about.

For the sake of this habit to keep going on, I created a profile at GoodReads.com. It is a kind of networking website for book readers. To search about the books, authors, keep tracks yours and your friends’ reads, who obviously has an account on it. So I can keep inspire myself to read more. Maybe I will find something new for my taste.

Recently, I finished Kunal Nayyar’s ‘Yes, My Accent Is Real’. It was a great experience. And, as of now, I am turning to a very interesting part of ‘The Universe In Your Hand’ by Christophe Galfard:

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With some childhood memories of reading, new knowledge from new books and new imaginative experiences; I think, the more I read, more I will want to.

A smooth upgrade to Fedora 25

Last time they introduced new feature in Software application to upgrade Fedora to next stable version within ‘Updates’ section. I wanted to try it when they released 24. But availability of 24 from Software application was delayed for 2-3 days. I was so excited and could not wait that much. So upgraded using DNF.

Now this time I did not forget to check Software application before starting with DNF. I was checking on release day itself. So thought they may not make it available so soon. But I started to doubt myself as it was taking more time to check for updates than it ususally takes. May be taking this long to download update info of new 25. And yeah… After few minutes there it is. 25 has already been available on the very same day of its release. Way to go upgrade button.

It was not showing anything in details like what is getting dowloaded or how much of download already has been done. Just a progress bar which stayed at one position for a while. I like to see all those quick changing details when something important is going on. Even though I do not understand them. So addictive. And here it was getting bored by staring at that progress bar, which is not moving a single bit. So I started with a movie. I was so into the movie that did not even think about the upgrade. After movie ended, it had downloaded all packages and now upgrade button changed to install button.

I pressed it > Reboot > Lenovo & Intel logos > Kernel selection > now it was showing the progress of upgrade in percentage. After some time it rebooted again. And it was ready with Fedora 25.

Main thing I liked in 25 is the stable Wayland. Really great. It uses less memory than earlier. I had tried it in 23 and 24 too. It was very buggy. Now it is not. That is why it is a default choice.

So that’s it. I did not have to type any command in terminal, change any version number or update any repo details. Upgrade button > wait > Install button > wait > and done. Very Smooth.

A serious potato fry

As always, I wanted this Sunday to be a productive one. Productive means what would be the normal for other people like doing a full laundry, cleaning, etc. Because most of the weekends ends with miserable laziness. Although, as usual, I woke up very late, this time I was very determined. So, yes of course, had done with almost all laundry, cleaned the kitchen and the bathroom.

And then I saw a left over potato and a tomato in the kitchen from our recent cooking by my friend who visited us recently. First I thought just to boil the potato. But then, since I have never done any serious cooking before, decided to give a try with the potato along with some spices. (Had to trash the tomato. There was a wormhole on it.)

Always wanted to boil potato to peel its skin as seen in this video. It was magical while peeling it. I was very quick and nervous while sprinkling spices on frying potato pieces. Suddenly got a thought to add little water. Wasn’t so sure. But then, who cares. I was just experimenting. At last it turned out to be good enough to eat. Even though some part of potato was not boiled enough from inside.

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Well, even it wasn’t so big thing, for the first time it almost felt like I was doing some serious cooking. And had wonderful productive Sunday.

तेरे नाम कि यादें (Memories of your name)

मेरे हर सासोंमे है तेरा नाम,
नाम के हर शब्द पर है मेरा ध्यान|

हर कदम पर उछल्ति है तेरि यादें,
उन यादों मे दुबि रहति है मेरि नज़रे|

चाहता हुं उन्हि सासोंमे कदम बढाए जाऊं,
तेरे साथ शब्दॊ कों युहिं बुन्ते जाऊं|

पता नहि क्युं सोचता हुं तेरे बारें में,
सोचता हुं बस जीना चाहता हुं तेरे दिल में|

यह दिल तो है हि प्यार का भिकारि,
एक हि सोच मे बलिदान हो जाति है प्यार कि अमीरी|

याद तो बोहोत कर लिये पुरानि बातें,
क्युं न हो जाये और भि नये मुलाकाते|

तेरे एक नाम से झलक उठति है यादें पुरानि,
अब क्युं न हो जाये और भि नयि नयि|

दो किनारें (Two Seashores)

हवा गुंज रही है ऐसे,
गुनगुना रही है कुछ पंक्तियाँ।
फैल रही है ऐसे,
कह रही है कुछ कहानियाँ।

किरणें उड़ रहे हैं ऐसे,
जैसे आखों ने किये हो इशारें।
इशारों पर नाचति आखें,
जैसे समुंदर के दो किनारें।

मत लिखना और नाम इस रेत पर,
खींचति है वह लहरे किनारे।
मिटते नहि यह नाम पल भर,
जब तक किनारे ना भीग जाये पूरे।

छा गये बादल काले काले से,
तेज़ हवा है भीगि भीगि।
बिजली गरजति है तोड के,
लहरें बनती है ऊँचि ऊँचि।

गिरती बूंदों के धार से,
भीगते है किनारे, भीगता है नज़ारा।
एक एक कण भीगि रेत कि,
मांगती है एक हाथ का सहारा।

आसमाँ उजला, किनारे उजले,
उगते सूरज के किरणों से।
चम चमाते दो मोति उगले,
तितली के पंखों जैसे।

हवा गुंज रही है ऐसे,
गुनगुना रही है कुछ नयी पंक्तियाँ।
फैल रही है ऐसे,
कह रही है कुछ नयी कहानियाँ।

The free world of Audacity on Fedora

My friend was getting married and he asked me to create a small wedding invitation video for him. He knows that I have one and half year of experience on video and audio editing. So I agreed.

But unlike 5 years back, now I do not use any professional tools anymore for video – audio editing. There are many professional software available for GNU/Linux but most of them are paid and I do not have to spend on them. Because this was a very small project. So I tried Kdenlive, Openshot and Pitivi. Free of cost and open source apps available. Pitivi is very basic. It was not enough. Kdenlive and Openshot were fine. Both were crashing for some reasons. But Openshot did the job fine.

Before all that, I had a music to cut down as for background score, from its original 4 minute duration to 1 minute. Obviously Audacity was the answer. This was the first time I was trying Audacity on Fedora. During installation I found two packages. audacity and audacity-freeworld. I was not sure what freeworld package is for.

So installed audacity first. Then I realized this one does not include some important components like mp3 support. I recalled, 5 years back, on Windows we would have to install Lame Mp3 lib separately. First thought to do the same. On second thought, instead, installed audacity-freeworld. And voila. It worked. No need to install additional lib.

I did not research on this much. I am not sure whether audacity-freeworld has lame mp3 lib included or not. It worked for me. That’s enough for now.