Made With Paper

I attended JSFoo 2013, a Javascript conference in Bangalore and in a turn of events, gave a small 5 minute flash talk with my friend Chetan.

Today in a world of web-apps, everything runs in the browser, but that means that the web-app itself needs to load every time you access the site. How about the server render it the first time so that you can see the content straight-away?

Head on to Youtube Link. We are at the 6min 35sec spot.

They don’t realize how independent they can be. When you’re a child, your parents tell you what you’re supposed to do. Then, you’re in school, and you’re part of this institution that tells you what to do. Then, you go work for some company, and the company tells you what to do. So people come in like baby birds in the nest and open their mouths, as if they’re expecting us to drop food in. We have to tell them, “We’re not your bosses. You’re in charge now.” Some of them are freaked out by that. Some people are meant to be employees. Other people discover they have wings and start flapping them. There’s nothing like being thrown off a cliff to make you discover that you have wings.

- Paul Graham

Brilliant piece of wisdom from Bret Victor of http://worrydream.com fame.

Realize this: People block themselves.

They believe they are missing something at the moment, so they can’t take the jump or dive and do what they want to do. They wait.

Age, knowledge, money, luck - people are creative in findings ways to block themselves. And then they wait.

They scour for inspiration, motivation and wisdom. And they wait.

Just do. Couldn’t be simpler. Really.

The Double-Crested Cormorant from Param Aggarwal on Vimeo.

A bird that can fly, land on water, do some fishing, and then fly again. Nature. Beautiful.

Videography: Param Aggarwal (paramaggarwal.com)
Special thanks to Rajat Mathur.

Bird: The Double-Crested Cormorant.
Location: Sankey Tank, Bangalore, India.
Camera: Canon 600D with Sigma 70-300mm lens.
Music: “Civilized” by Plastic Flowers (plasticflowers.eu/).

The Unplanned

On a hot sunny day, it rains, and you let it soak you. It becomes the high point of an otherwise planned out day. It’s the unplanned.

Your best buddy shows up at a planned movie-going plan, and you later go out for a fun bowling match. It’s the unplanned.

You plan a dense evening, but the show turns out a flop, so you leave and have a blast with your friends instead. It’s the unplanned.

The restaurant you spent hours deciding, has bad service. So you walk out and try a random restaurant which you end up loving. It’s the unplanned.

The world is full of serendipity. Don’t fight them with your planning.

Embrace.

The Undone

It was perfectly possible to have found time to meet friends, but you didn’t. It’s the undone.

It was a beautiful shirt, you could have bought it. It’s the undone.

It was a good side-project, you could have taken it up. It’s the undone.

It was a superb rainy day, you could have taken a splash. It’s the undone.

It was a good pasta, you could have let the chef know. It’s the undone.

Everyday there are things that could have been done, but became the undone.

Do.

The Unseen

What all did you see today?

You helped a person pick their dropped book, but you didn’t see them smile back. It’s the unseen.

You tipped the waiter, but you didn’t see him bow and thank you. It’s the unseen.

You hurried past a person carrying his food, but you didn’t see that you almost made him drop it. It’s the unseen.

Your supposedly funny joke hurt someone, but you didn’t see the faintest of the expression he let leak on his face. It’s the unseen.

Everyday, there are things that you miss.

See.