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Foz do Iguaçú and the value of experiences

| Category: Travel

I happened to spend a couple of days at Foz do Iguaçú last week upon my return to Brazil. The small city, situated at the triangular border with Argentina and …

Focus on the core, independent components

Suppose you have a challenge you need to address. See if you can identify the causality relationship from the root of the challenge to the goal. Represent it in the …

About not sure what

| Category: Travel

I’ve been entertaining a recurring thought about my arrivals in Brazil. Each time I return, just a tiny sip instantly triggers the immense pleasure found in the unmistakable taste …

A few words on programming yourself

Over breakfast I skimmed most of the book Mind Hacks: Tips & Tools for Using Your Brain, by Tom Stafford & Matt Webb. It explores the functioning of our brain, hearing, vision …

At a bunker

| Category: Blog

I always enjoyed taking meals in a basement. You could also call it a bunker. It need not be a glorified bunker either. It need not be a Bavarian beer …

Toastmasters from physical to virtual

I had to transition from my Toastmasters club in presence of impending travels. How was I to proceed with public speaking development, which I had adapted like a healthy sport …

Jazz tastes

| Category: Blog

My taste buds for jazz listening have become considerably spoiled. A classic bop composition no longer excites me in the way it used to. Too many chords. Too much rhythmic …

On the great purge, house plants, and enduring creatures.

| Category: Blog

Around the year 2009, I found myself aggressively simplifying, eliminating and organizing - mostly the first two, since upon the simplifying and the eliminating, there was little left to organize. I …

A few stoic ideas from an ancient text

Simple ideas have survived the test of time. Or have they? In my on-and-off attempts to read Marcus Aurelius, I’ve encountered much allusion to Stoicism, the same guiding principles …

On marginal value of books

I see several reasons for wanting to read a book.

  1. To learn new material.
  2. To be inspired.
  3. To be entertained by the content.
  4. To enjoy fantastically written prose.

The more …

An enhanced, but compact shell-command processor

| Category: Linux

Not long ago I devised an enhanced command processor in shell script, and called it exec-cmd. It might be the shortest (60-70 line) most-handy utility I had written, although shell …

How to practice improvised speeches for lazy folk, part 2

I created a routine to invoke the all-inclusive topic generator/speech recorder/logger, per the previous post using an exec-cmd command.

The routine requires

  1. exec-cmd.
  2. sent, from suckless.org, which …

How to leverage a multi-language OS environment

| Category: Linux

If you’re a multi-language fanatic like myself, you want the ease of switching between languages in a variety of contexts. These include typing, spell-checking and interfacing with applications in …

How to practice improvised speeches for lazy folk, part 1

In Toastmasters, we dedicate part of each meeting to Table Topics, an improvised question and answer portion related to a specific theme. A Table Topic master asks a volunteer one …

Quick, but killer exercise circuits with aid of technology

I only exercise at home or outdoors. Sometimes, I postpone my exercise until close to the evening time-frame, right before a timely event or commitment (of importance to me), leaving …

Plus one minus two rule

| Category: Lifestyle

I don’t recall where I drew inspiration for this rule, if any source in particular, or if I derived it on my own. However, in solidifying the mentality for …

Shades of modern and old English

| Category: Languages

I recently finished reading Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, featuring some of the most beautiful English-language prose I’ve encountered. In fact, the last such experience may have …

Speculative execution in Computer Architecture

In Computer Architecture, speculative execution is one of a multitude of strategies processors have employed for decades to maximize computational throughput (speed). Specifically, SE is an Instruction Level Parallelism technique …

More Inspiring Technologies

Three years ago I had written an article on the three most inspiring technologies in my routine. The personal impact of those three items still by far prevails over any …

How daily journaling alleviates hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia

| Category: Blog

I haven’t maintained a consistent journaling practice for some time. And I regret this state of affairs. 10 minutes daily can result in an effective and informative chronicle of …

Single-tasking workflow in Linux with DWM

| Category: Linux

In a series of Linux-related articles recently, I have provided a number of strategies to eliminate distractions and superfluous features in your workflow. The strategies largely rely on ultra-minimalist command-line …

Slide presentations in seconds from plain text

| Category: Linux

Creating slide presentations not in minutes, but seconds, from a few lines of plain text with Sent.

Cell phones and travelling

| Category: Travel

As one among the cell-phone-averse elements of society, my reasons are fairly standard. I don’t wish to elaborate on an already saturated issue. I will only briefly mention, they …

Achieving an action-oriented workflow in Linux

| Category: Linux

How an action-oriented workflow stimulates more focused attention than an interaction-based workflow.

jrnl, from plain CLI journaling to time reporting

| Category: Linux

What I love about simple CLI Linux utilities is that one, many are old, well-documented and extremely light weight, two, they are modular and can easily interact with other CLIs …

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