On life being difficult

On life being difficult. From the book “The Road Less Traveled”:

“Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult-once we truly understand and accept it-then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters.”

― M. Scott Peck

I constantly remind myself this.

Indulge lesser

Don’t overindulge. Share your gains. It’s a good reminder for me.

Don’t Indulge. Be Happy.

The value of underindulgence casts a different light on the current debate over restricting sugary sodas. Driven by the childhood-obesity crisis, many school districts around the country have banished soda from their campuses. Leaving aside the potential health benefits of these initiatives, banning soda for a large chunk of the day may actually improve its taste. Researchers at Arizona State University demonstrated that people enjoy soda significantly more when they can’t have it right away. (The effect doesn’t hold for prune juice, a beverage that rarely incites overindulgence.)

…rather than focusing on how much we’ve got in our bowl, we should think more carefully about what we do with what we’ve got — which might mean indulging less, and may even mean giving others the opportunity to indulge instead.

Source: NYTimes

How to reduce backlogs in life

There are items I want to have completed yet I did not get around completing them. It is a bad habit and I am trying to fix that. It all stems from procrastination.

As I transit out of my previous company ONG&ONG Group I had more time to assess the situation in greater detail. It’s not unfixable and I’ve done up a huge To-do list to ensure my backlogs can be cleared. This includes abandoning some of my previous endeavors. I now need to follow the plan.

Steps to clear backlog:

  1. Ask yourself why is there a backlog. For me it’s procrastination — an area I have to reduce.
  2. Make a list, not this list, but a To-do list of backlogs you have to clear. I try to follow David Allen’s approach from Getting Things Done.
  3. Identify tasks that are no longer goals in your life and rid them from your list. That means to let go of these things emotionally.
  4. Follow the plan.

I find myself reviewing to my huge To-do list over and over again to reprioritize the tasks. I tend to put one tiny task at the start of my day, followed by a big task and smaller ones after that. Completing the tiny task is encouraging and striking one task of the list feels great. I think it works differently for many people. You’ve got to try different strategies and determine which one suits your needs more. If your tasks require you to perform at a certain location, you may want to group them by proximity rather than task effort.

Steve Wozniak talks on iPhone antenna and more

Steve Wozniak on iPhone antenna issues, Google taking over, and Steve Jobs. (via Jeremy or @echoz on Twitter)

Steve Wozniak talks iPhone problems, Apple, Google, Steve Jobs and youthful idealism

Always like Steve Wozniak. Seems like one of the nicest people in the tech industry. When placed next to Steve Jobs, he seemed extremely humble.

Sam Harris discusses morality

Questions of good and evil, right and wrong are commonly thought unanswerable by science. But Sam Harris argues that science can — and should — be an authority on moral issues, shaping human values and setting out what constitutes a good life.

Sam Harris: Science can answer moral questions

Stephen King’s alcohol and drug abuse

Stephen King reveals how wasted he was in the past:

In his 2000 memoir, On Writing, King revealed that he’d been so shattered by his alcohol and drug abuse in the 1980s that, even today, he cannot remember working on many of the books he wrote back then. There were times when he’d been doing so much blow that he wrote with cotton wads stuffed in his nostrils, to prevent blood dripping on his typewriter. (Source: Life)

How light could reveal alien life

Garik Israelian is a spectroscopist, studying the spectrum emitted by a star to figure out what it’s made of and how it might behave. It’s a rare and accessible look at this discipline, which may help us an Earthlike planet friendly to life. (Recorded at TEDGlobal, July 2009, Oxford, UK.Duration: 15:52)

How spectroscopy could reveal alien life: Garik Israelian on TED.com

Obama: Lift stem cells ban

I totally agree on this one. The whole idea of the ban’s rather silly anyway. I don’t consider stem cells human apparently.

Obama Wants Congress To Act On Lifting Stem Cells Ban

Obama, who favors medical research on stem cells derived from human embryos, told CNN he was still exploring an executive order to revoke Bush’s ban.

“But I like the idea of the American people’s representatives expressing their views on an issue like this,” he said, lauding a “bipartisan” consensus in Congress that such research is ethical and potentially life-saving.

If the research could yield hope for victims of degenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, “I think that sends a powerful message,” he said.

In blocking federal funding for stem cell research, Bush sided with religious conservatives who argue that research on embryos destroys human life, albeit at its earliest stage of development.

Stem cells are primitive cells from early-stage embryos capable of developing into almost every tissue of the body.

Scientists believe they could prove key in finding a cure for a number of serious diseases, including also diabetes and cancer. (Source: Physorg)

USA probably lacks behind in biosciences just because of this ban.