Sunday, October 21, 2018

Can Physics be cool ?

I came across Physicist Michio Kaku when I used a quote in a blog, Goodbye Stephen!
“Not since Albert Einstein has a scientist so captured the public imagination and endeared himself to tens of millions of people around the world,”

His, The Universe in a Nutshell presentation is a must watch. You may have to force yourself. But I think  in the end, it'll be worth it. I learnt more about the history of physics in 40 minutes than I had throughout my life. Wish this was the complete physics course. It covers more. :)

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Charles Darwin & The Galapagos Islands

A couple of days ago, I was driving friends who had just returned from a European cruise home. They loved the trip and I was eager to learn about their experiences. It was a long drive and the subject moved to what next. Al mentioned that one of the trips he wanted to make was to the Galapagos. Naturally, I was curious to know why ? And he thought I was joking. Everyone knows that Galapagos is the place where Darwin figured out the Theory of Evolution and has all of the animal species.

I obviously was not paying enough attention in school as I had no idea. But I guess its never too late to learn, and so I checked out the Galapagos Islands. I'm sure most of you know all about it. However if you are like me, check it out. Its interesting and fascinating.

History of the Galapagos Islands

Natural History

The natural history of the Galapagos Islands has fascinated visitors since their most famous guest landed there in 1845. Darwin's observations during his voyage on the HMS Beagle laid the foundation for a theory that greatly impacted western thought --the theory of evolution.

Upon rediscovery of the islands, your mind will also reel with delight --leaving you slack-jawed with awe, your camera flashing.

Amid the volcanic geography of these islands 600 miles in the Pacific Ocean, plant life takes root in basalt rock, centurion turtles roam and penguins swim in equatorial waters.

In the 450 years of human history, the islands have been used as prison colonies, naval ports and research stations.

Charles Darwin in the Galapagos

Perhaps our first association with the word "Galapagos" is the name "Darwin." Darwin's visit to the Galapagos Islands had a resounding impact on the formation of his Theory of Natural Selection.

A rather unmotivated and failing medical scholar, Charles Darwin accompanied Captain Robert Fitzroy as a travel companion and naturalist on the HMS Beagle. His book the Voyage of the Beagle is an account of his worldwide journey.

When setting off from England in 1831 for a five-year voyage, Darwin had little ambitions for groundbreaking scientific research. After surveying the coasts of South America, the ship stopped over in the Galapagos Islands.

During his visit to the islands, Darwin noted that the unique creatures were similar from island to island, but perfectly adapted to their environments which led him to ponder the origin of the islands' inhabitants.

Among those that struck Darwin so greatly were the finches that are now named in his honor. Darwin would later base some of his thought from the supposing that these finches were all descendents of the same lineage.

Years later in 1859, Darwin finally consolidated all of his observations into his famous book On The Origin of Species, drastically and controversially altering the scientific view on the biological origins of life.

And after all of this, The Galapagos Islands is on my "To Visit" list.

For those who want to read even more, about Charles Darwin and the Galepagos Islands, here's an interesting article on the subject.

G├ílapagos Islands and Darwin’s Theory of Evolution
K R Shivanna

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Will our startup succeed ?

A friend is at an advanced stage of launching his startup. (Saying 'his' is a way of distancing myself, should it not do well).

And it was but natural that I wanted to do whatever best improves the probability of success. And so I was extremely thrilled to come across a TED talk titled, "The single biggest reason why startups succeed."

Great. All I had to do was find out the biggest reason and ensure it was implemented. Wish life were that simple.

The single biggest reason why startups succeed
Bill Gross

Bill Gross has founded a lot of startups, and incubated many others — and he got curious about why some succeeded and others failed. So he gathered data from hundreds of companies, his own and other people's, and ranked each company on five key factors. He found one factor that stands out from the others — and surprised even him.

And Reia, if you're reading, don't stop working. And wait for timing. Hard work and a great idea matters too. :)

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Legend of Ram

One of the items on my To-Do list was to get to know about the Ramayana. And like all good To-Do lists, mine contained all the things that, to put it mildly, I did not like. Or were super difficult. And most were both. And so I started looking for an easy out.

I came across the "Legend of Ram, Stand up Comedy. I love comedy. And I had to see this. I wasn't disappointed. Not only was it funny, it also educated me on the Ramayana. Although not enough to check mark the list item. Have a look.

I'm a believer of crash courses. Even in flying. Except that was called "Accelerated Flying". And so I looked for and found a crash course on Rama and the Ramayana.

Even more interesting is the complete series. "Crash Course Mythology". Do check it out.

Crash Course Mythology

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Robin Robins – Salesperson Extraordinaire

Earlier this week I attended a Cyber Security Roadshow organized by Robin Robins. It was extremely interesting. And for a techie who know nothing about sales and marketing an absolute eye opener.

Robin Robins was the lead speaker and was impressive. What was more impressive was the content. Simple, yet effective. Who would have thought a rubber duck can get so much interest. And business. And recurring revenue.

You can check out her website at:

Or see a brief video at:

After attending this roadshow, I realized something that should be obvious. And probably is to most. But wasn’t for me. For any business to be successful there needs to be a structured process. For Sales & Marketing.

And if like us, you were fortunate enough not to have needed it since you’ve always had more work than you could take on, it still makes sense. To grow. And to scale up.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Making better decisions

I recently came across an interesting tweet:
There are only 3 optimizations
a.     Do Less
b.     Do it less often
c.     Do it faster

The largest gains come from 1, but we spend all our time on 3.

I agreed completely. And thinking back, I seemed to make what is an obvious mistake a lot of the time. So what could I do ?

Maybe think like a computer. And I found a Ted talk that seemed to not only agree, but actually show how I could do this.

3 ways to make better decisions -- by thinking like a computer
Tom Griffiths

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Does God exist ?

The question about the existence of God is always a great question. And I found an attempt to answer these questions by 2 famous Indian personalities.


Does God exist? | J. Krishnamurti


Jaggi Vasudev aka Sadhguru  

Does God Exist? – Sadhguru