This is about something interesting I read today

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”

Every time I think, what would I have been if I wasn’t an IT guy, the answer is almost always a big question mark. Other than feeling like an insect after reading this particular article, all I could do is really love the idea.

There goes yet another year

And, here is ‘yet another’ brand new year. I’ve never been a fan of new years. They always come with a lot of hope and leave just the same way the previous one has left. I don’t expect 2014 to be any different, but I really hope it will be more peaceful than all the other years for all the people in all the countries and of course .. all of you :) So, 2014, please be a nice duration of Earth’s arbitrary travel around Sun.

I started this year with a big TIL moment. I always thought Earth revolved around Sun in plain elliptical path. Well, apparently I was wrong. This is one awesome video that explains how an year is measured. After watching that video all I could think was awesomeness of Eratosthenes who calculated this 22 centuries before.

And, this is yet another TIL for me.

End of an episode

Dreams, reality and passion

Few years before, one of my roommates dreamt of becoming a musician. He quit is day-job at one of the leading MNCs in order to pursue his dream. I consider myself a practical person. In my opinion, taking risk in pursuit of dreams is important, but a risk of a good career for something which is way too hard and involves a lot of luck? I thought to myself that he was making a huge mistake. I wasn’t close to him, so probably that’s why I had never told him what I thought. But I just assumed that he is going to waste few years and will have a hard path back into IT.

Then, I moved out, new room mates, different life, and sure it does pass very fast. 4 years have gone by, and I sat listening to lovely tunes thinking that it wasn’t him who made a mistake; it was just me, who assumed that he was making a mistake. His debut movie’s music has released and got very good reviews. Now, I feel happy for him that he succeeded in climbing the very tough first step. And now I’m sure that, with his passion he will become very successful at the career he chose for himself.

In love with these fonts

Lately, I’ve been keeping an eye on fonts. And looking for fonts whenever I find typography of a site extremely pleasant. Here is a small list that made into my good books

  1. Open Sans - Kind of over used lately, tops my list too.
  2. PT Sans - This font from Russia was in my good books from the day my team started using it for a project at my work
  3. Source Sans - Adobe’s first open source font. This is extremely nice too.
  4. Droid Sans - Was default on Android. Droid Sans Mono has been my editor font for a long while before I changed to Menlo. Still a great fan of this font family.
  5. Asap - Another lovely font introduced to me by my team.

Other interesting open fonts are Roboto, Quicksand and DejaVu. And few interesting non-open (from what I know) fonts that I liked lately are Proxima Nova, Futura PT.

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