Tuesday, April 26, 2011

How to save your time with RSS feeds?

You may be one of the many people who loves the internet. So you love going to some specific websites and don't want to miss a single update on that page. But often your efforts go in vain when you find that the page hasn't been updated and you are looking at the same old page that you looked at two days ago.

Now you should know that you are special. The internet wants to take care of you and wants to save your time. So the concept of RSS feeds has been developed to help you with this matter.

In this post, I will show you how to use RSS feeds for your favorite websites and save your time.

WORDS OF CAUTION: Although 80% of the websites support RSS feeds (roughly), 20% still miss them.

For Firefox 4:

1. Step 1: Selecting the link

After opening a Webpage on firefox 4, CLICK the orange button on the top left corner (in my case blue)>;  bookmarks>;  subscribe to this page>; subscribe the link with the RSS at the end. (click on the image to enlarge it)

2. Step 2: Subscribing

Click the "Subscribe now" button. (click on the image to enlarge it)

3. Step 3:  Confirming the subscription

 Click "Subscribe". (click on the image to enlarge it)

4. Step 4: Viewing

Now you can check for updates without actually going to the page. Just check the title. See if it interests you. If yes, then check it.

Orange Button>;  Bookmarks>;  Bookmarks Toolbar or The Title of the site

Don't click unless you want to read the article. Keep on moving your mouse. Click when you want to read it. (click on the image to enlarge it)

For Google Chrome:

Google chrome doesn't support RSS feeds directly, but there is a browser extension to do so.

Considering that you have a Google account (e. g. Gmail account), you can easily subscribe to pages in Google Reader.


Click the install button which will install an extension on your browser.

Next time when you visit a page you will see the following subscribe button on your navigation bar:

Click that icon (click on the image to enlarge it). It will take you to your google reader page and give you an option to subscribe.

So that's all for the technical aspects of RSS feed.

For you I have collected some RSS feed links. Play with them.

For Firefox:

1. The New York Times.

2. BBC Science and Environment.

3. TIME.

4. CNN.

 5. My Blog.

For Google Chrome, just follow the aforementioned procedure:

1. New York Times

2. BBC Science and Environment


4. CNN.

5. My Blog.

If you want to know how to send/receive 2 GB of data for free even using the world's slowest internet connection, read this post. Thank you.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

The science learner does not read newspaper

This idea was originally popularized by MEGA bloggers like Tim Ferriss (The 4 hour work week) and Leo Babuta (Zen Habits).

If you open a daily newspaper, you will discover few amazing things. I will point out a few:

1. Brad Pitt's toilet habits.

2. Lady Gaga's brand of underwear.

3. How many times Britney Spears winked when she was getting out of her car.

There are even more:

1. How scandalous the politicians are.

2. How meanly you can criticize a team's performance.

Coming to this point, you may feel I have exaggerated my points. YES, I have exaggerated my points. The whole purpose of this is to tell you that there is hardly anything worthy to read in the newspaper. And if there is any, you don't need to know them.

All that said, I am not putting down the value of news. When something important happens, you won't have to look for it, the news will come to you. If you don't believe me, think about all the major incidents that happened last few years. How many of them did you discover in a newspaper in the first place?

Newspaper is full of negativity. If a person lives an awesome life, he will never appear in the front page of a newspaper. But if that person makes a mistake, or better, gets involved in a scandal, he has a high chance to make it to the front page.

Again, don't confuse between news and information. News usually vanishes in a week, sometimes in a month. Information stays forever.

What I want to say is that all the things you find in a newspaper are not as important as you think they are. Take a skeptic look at the newspaper articles you have read this morning. Are they really worthy of your time? Do they deserve to occupy a place in your brain memory cells?

Again, the information a newspaper presents is often dumbed down because each newspaper article is written keeping in mind about the understanding ability of the dumbest person in the world. Because even the dumbest person wants to buy a newspaper to look smart, and the newspaper companies don't want to lose the pennies from him.

I suggest you find a website which presents information of your taste and intelligence. As you are reading this article, I have no doubt that you have access to internet. Use RSS feed so that you won't have to check every piece of article. Read only what appeals you.

Remember, by newspaper, I mean the DAILY NEWSPAPER. I have high appreciation for magazines like National Geographic, TIME, Reader's Digest, NEWSWEEK, TOP GEAR, PC WORLD and many many more. Magazines or periodicals are usually written putting a lot of thoughts behind each article and they want people to keep the magazines in their shelves for years. So usually the contents are timeless and worthy of your time.

So, what's your next move? Are you gonna check the newspaper tomorrow morning?

Monday, April 04, 2011

The feedback problem in Time Travel

Imagine Bob Dylan was singing in a concert holding the microphone in his hand. Suddenly a screeching sound occurred out of nowhere, got picked up by his microphone and got amplified by the amplifier. Now the amplified sound will again be picked up  (the feedback problem) by the microphone, again be amplified. Again be picked up and again be amplified. Again be picked up, again be amplified. It wouldn't stop until it damaged the whole sound system (in real life filters are used to avoid this problem).

Now imagine Steve who is the only son of Mark. Steve was born in 2000, Mark was born in 1970. Mark was again the only son of Greg who was born in 1940. Steve is a smart boy and knows how to travel back in time. So he traveled back in time and killed Greg in 1960.

Now two problems occur.

1. If Greg died in 1960, Mark was never born. So who is that Mark that Steve knows? Isn't he a ghost?

2. If Mark was never born, how come Steve exists? Who gave birth to Steve?

There is a hypothetical solution to this problem.

When you travel back in time, you can never affect the natural course of incidents. You can only be a observer and you will be invisible. The reason you will be invisible is that if you travel back in time, you will not be in the same time-space coordinates that you are in. There the concept of time will be different and the biological configuration of the humans won't allow them to see you. So you can only observe and cannot change anything.

So even when Steve will travel back in time, he won't be in the same space-time coordinates. And also, he cannot affect things there. He can only observe Greg and his activities.

I remember reading somewhere, some famous person said "I am not I. I am a copy of I".  What it means is even if one of the 'I's gets killed, the other 'I's will still survive in another universe.

It will be nice to remember that there is hardly any difference between a sound wave and a radio wave except their wavelength difference. We can hear the sound waves, we cannot hear the radio waves. So if our biological structure hasn't grown to sense that band of frequency, we won't notice it naturally. So in a parallel universe, you have a higher chance to be invisible assuming that the creatures there have responses to another band of frequencies.

Some interesting points come out from this discussion.

1. History won't follow the same pattern for the same person in different universes.

2. History synchronization is not possible. Even if it was possible, it would hardly overlap.

3. People can be treated as variables in a universe. While the number of variables will be same in different universes, they will have their own functions (something like the role of X in different mathematical equations. Based on the equation, X will give have different values (in our case, different life history)).

So what do you think? You wanna meet your other self? Does your other self love the same person you love?


You may find out some even better logical deductions.

Till then, cheers!!

Disclaimer: The above post is purely a child of thought and should not be used as a reference. The purpose of this post is to encourage the readers to think differently and produce even better ideas.

If you have missed my other two posts on time travel and parallel universe, you can click the green links.