Deaths

There are three deaths. The first is when the body ceases to function. The second is when the body is consigned to the grave. The third is that moment when your name is spoken for the last time. – Sum, David Eagleman

On Dining

I’m going to avoid using mobile phones at dinner tables and restaurants. At home dad doesn’t let me read or watch TV while at the dinner table. I’m slowly recognizing the value of it.

To start with, it shows that you are uninterested in the people who are sitting with you.

Eating and socializing are both objectives of dining together. The weightages are not in that order. 

Swear at me if you find me staring at a screen or thumbing on it..

Changing privileges for mysql doesn’t take effect

Here is a snippet from the manual

If you change the grant tables directly (for example, by using INSERTUPDATE, or DELETE statements) and your changes seem to be ignored, remember that you must execute a FLUSH PRIVILEGES statement or a mysqladmin flush-privileges command to cause the server to reload the privilege tables. Otherwise, your changes have no effect until the next time the server is restarted. Remember that after you change the root password with anUPDATE statement, you will not need to specify the new password until after you flush the privileges, because the server will not know you’ve changed the password yet!

Criticism

Anto Ego in Ratatouille

In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face, is that in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so. But there are times when a critic truly risks something, and that is in the discovery and defense of the new. The world is often unkind to new talent, new creations, the new needs friends.

I’m Awesome

I solved a painful reverse engineering problem working 12-14 hours a
day for a week. I feel kinda awesome and proud of how smart I am. For
a minute. Then reality and experience kicked in. Every time i???ve felt
such pride in the past, there is another problem around the corner
waiting to bring me on my knees. I realize that there are so many
hidden factors to the success, such as
– Experience with similar problems in the past
– Colleague???s picking ur brain
– People willing to help strangers a.k.a the Internet.

Sometimes we also use the corollary of this idea to assume others are
stupid because they can???t fix something. Most of the time they lack
some/all of the above.
So this time I will not succumb to the short lived pleasure; I mean
I???ll shut up. Goodnight y’all.

A stone letter

Long ago before writing, you’d send someone a stone that suited the way you were feeling. From its weight and touch they’d know how you felt. From a smooth stone they might get you were happy, or from a roughy one that you were worried about them.

Departures, 2008

Why years fly by

???In youth we may have an absolutely new experience, subjective or objective, every hour of the day. Apprehension is vivid, retentiveness strong and our recollections of that time, like those of a time spent in rapid and interesting travel are of something intricate, multitudinous and long-drawn out. But as each passing years converts some of this experience into automatic routine which we hardly note at all, the days and the weeks smooth themselves out in recollection to the countless units and the years grow hollow and collapse.??? – William James Principles of Psychology, 1890