Read Today Jul 4, 2018.

Let’s begin with something small. I read a lot on the web. I thought I’ll post the most interesting links I come across and some commentary on them. I call it Read Today. It also gives me an idea of everything I read and what my interests are.

The best of today.

  1. Story about Steve Jobs demoing at UNIX – Steve did things his way. Was incredibly intense all the time but didn’t always know everything. I have had a few conversations with people at Apple who have had the pleasure of talking to Steve and working with them and this story is a classic recurring theme. He will charm you out of your body to an experience like none other. But it won’t be pleasant till he starts.
  2. Losing 100 pounds in 276 days – Clearly Alex is a programmer with the amount of data that he’s collected. But it’s fascinating that it comes down to CICO. Calories in vs calories out. This is an experiment I will now begin.
  3. Founders of Pokemon Go and their AR platform – Apple’s ARKit is probably the most advanced integration between augmentation and reality. Niantic might be parallel building something that’s just as amazing and powerful. Great videos in it too.
  4. The brain of the greatest rock climber in the world – Just watching his videos makes me sweat and I don’t like heights if im not enclosed in something like an airplane. This article talks about how we can work with the amygdala and fear-flight responses a little better.
  5. Anyone can be a designer – Every single time I face this “oh you are in design? Do you do anything?” question, I wonder where to send them to. Design is about collecting references, understanding movements, staying relevant and having the technical knowledge to deliver.

Something small, every day.

At 4 am, three days back, someone in my dream said,

“Big chief you stay big if you don’t make and only if you intake.”

Strange reason, but I had forgotten about that voice in my head. It was the shape of a friend but I can’t recall who it was. I can’t even remember why it never struck me as important or insightful.

Until today.

I chanced up on Austin Kleon’s post,  something small every day. Great post with tons of insights.

Decidedly, I was guilty of ignoring my wife’s requests for writing a blog post. I also hadn’t realized how much my writing muscles had atrophied. Communication, like cooking, is one of life’s skills that you must need to learn and spend all of your life learning. Editing is incredibly hard as well. Both require constant revisiting.

I like how Austin puts it,

“The day is the only unit of time that I can really get my head around. Seasons change, weeks are completely human-made, but the day has a rhythm. The sun goes up; the sun goes down. I can handle that.”

I haven’t stopped reading but I decided that whatever I read, I would post. So maybe not reduce the intake but increase the make. The easiest way to make is to write something daily. Like Neo in the Matrix I have been fed to the system, it’s time to produce something outside of it.

It’s incredibly hard to do. You might have some goal like mine is getting to the top of the rankings for the word Karthick. Or just having enough muscle memory to write memorable stuff. Goals are great to be inspired by but it’s consistency to commitment that really yields results.  This is what Jerry Seinfield says as well,

“The comedian Jerry Seinfeld has a calendar method that helps him stick to his daily joke writing. He suggests that you get a wall calendar that shows you the whole year. Then, you break your work into daily chunks. Each day, when you’re finished with your work, make a big fat X in the day’s box. Every day, instead of just getting work done, your goal is to just fill a box. “After a few days you’ll have a chain. Just keep at it and the chain will grow longer every day. You’ll like seeing that chain, especially when you get a few weeks under your belt. Your only job next is to not break the chain.”

Every day I’d like to get better. I’ll push my self harder to get better. It is a task to do that daily and I might slip. But even if it be just one paragraph , I’ll try to make atleast as much as I intake and hopefully change the equation on that. If you’re looking to do that as well, remember it’s easy to measure in terms of days. When the sun goes up have something to read and digest about. When the day is finished have something to write about. In between if spurts come, embrace them and write about it.

Begin today with me. Something small, every day.



Starting Writing Again

If you want to write, write! Writing is one of the things you can do without a lot of money or expensive equipment, and it is a very peculiar life style, not suited for everybody, so you might as well get started and see if you like it.
– Michael Crichton

When I first began my blog, it was to share thoughts in my head. It wasn’t to be a writer. It was to express on this wonderful platform called a “WeBlog”. It was new, it was exciting, it was something that I figured out on my own.

Then it became a chore.

As someone who is fundamentally a marketer and story teller (and sort of teacher now), I was always drawn to sharing experiences and listening to insightful ones. Except I started measuring my page views,  number of likes, number of comments, replying diligently to everyone and worried about the image of my writing rather than the content itself.  It was dumb, naive and I blame it on my youthful ignorance.

But what I learned was the insights collection, the sharing and the need to express never stopped. I often talk to myself imagining there’s one like me talking to me and I hear my own thoughts with my own voice. I’m not crazy, I am just in need of sharing those ideas. Since writing became a chore it was restricted to talking to myself.

But I really need an outlet. A sense of creation and production. Consuming and not producing just increases the blubber of unproductivity and unfulfillment a lot. So I decided that today, I’d start writing. I have tons of insights into many topics such as professional life, learning design, thinking about product and learning languages, culture and people. I have so many interests and I would like to spend time thinking them through and not eschew it from this blog. My English has also deteriorated a lot so it’ll help re-sharpen the skills.

There are no shortcuts to creating good work. There’s also no schedule. There’s habit and rythm but not scheduling. But once I figure out the rhythm with the blog here, I’ll settle into one you can expect. I don’t turn comments off because I enjoy textual discussions.

Thank you for stopping by, let’s begin sharing.

Welcome to Karthick’s Blog.

For many years I dreamt of getting Karthick to the top of the Google SEO engine. My name is spelt different, I’m Karthick.

I had it some semblance with the other blogs of mine but except for a creative burst between 2005-2011. I stopped blogging. Life came in the way and interests were varied but mostly I forgot the joy of writing. I forgot the joy of creating.

I was so paranoid about maintaining my status as one of the top Alexa ranked blogs (from India) that I used to write things that didn’t really resonate and weren’t timeless.

Then I got hacked. I lost everything.

I didn’t even know I got hacked because I had spent so much time away from the blog that I didn’t even check it till one day I mistakenly got a reference to one of my own cached articles from a friend. I checked that link first and [email protected]##%$3 it was hacked by some Pakistani group. So I had to remove everything painfully from my servers, change passwords etc.

But it gives me a fresh new start now. I also bought the new domain name. I’ll be writing about things in Life, startups, companies, Apple, Design, eSports and Movies. I’m too diverse to maintain a single interest. I am too large to be constrained to a niche.

I hope you have fun reading. I love feedback so give it to me when you can.