The Lizard

This lizard posed in the perfect way for this post. I’ve heard about the lizard brain and about survival. I know where the lizard is in this tree, but there might be some who would not see it.

I don’t know much details about that concept of the lizard brain. But this made me think that when it comes to survival, there isn’t time to think. You have to just act.

How many times have I considered too much the past or the future when making a decision. How many times too much logic makes me feel like it’s no longer a human matter.

In closing, I’ll leave this quote from Star Wars: “Feel, don’t think!”

Perpetual Upgrades

I received an email from Microsoft/Skype today about the importance of upgrading Skype and how they will stop support for certain versions.

This gave me some inspiration as to write this post. Because, do upgrades always matter?

A while ago I read an article about how Microsoft (and I guess pretty much any software company these days), was using sort of a strategy to push its users to continuously upgrade by discontinuing support.

The point that was made was that, someone with basic needs for an operating system or computer needs in general for that matter, didn’t necessarily have to always buy/upgrade to the latest software version.

I’ve also seen constantly the push for upgrading my iOS software and even the content management system that I mostly use (WordPress) with vulnerability or security issues.

Now that these days everything is the cloud and we rely so much in the internet to do just about anything, it is very important to upgrade.

But for me, the questions remain:

  • How much of new technology did we really need? Or better yet, do we really use?
  • Is there a hidden strategy that companies know that works when pushing upgrades and renewing fees and charges for services/products?
  • Have we become so used to buying software and online services just as it has happened with material consumerism?

Whether upgrades are good or bad, necessary or unnecessary, the idea of perpetual upgrades still continues to trigger some thoughts to ponder.

Simple Living

Recently, I saw a Tweet about an article called "How to Do. One. Thing. At. A. Time" and it made me think about The Minimalists.  Sometimes life moves on and I don't spend the same time I used to in terms of consuming content from my favorite sources.  But that's ok.

Then I saw the email with that podcast episode called Simpleliving.  I must say these guys have continued to improve how they deliver their message of living a meaningful life and spreading the word about what it means to be a minimalist. 

Now they have the YouTube version of their podcast episodes which gives another perspective than just listening to them.  Here's the podcast episode and below the video I will include my own notes as I watch/listen:

Eat, Fast, Live Longer – BBC

Almost every time I talk to someone about Intermittent Fasting, I get a reaction and a face as if this is something totally crazy.  It is interesting to me to see that most people think that we as human beings have always been eating three meals a day.

To this I can only say that it is yet another one of those side effects of the industrial revolution.  And to this I can say that we are not robots or machines, we are humans.

Now. Before you jump into any thoughts based on what you just read, watch this documentary.

JSON Viewers

As I am working on a web application using WordPress and Pods.io, I had the need to find something specific on a very big array.  This took me to a few searches as to how to best output this array for my troubleshooting.

I ended up finding some good JSON Viewers that pretty much helped me solve my (array) challenge.

I think most of them are great, I even installed the Chrome extension which lets me see view local JSON files.

Here’s the list for someone out there looking for JSON viewers … or even for my own reference:

Way of Life

Persistence, perseverance, practice.  Some of the words that came to mind as I watched this documentary.

What defines the greatness of Men? Is it just the results you get? Or the commitment to pursuit your dreams? Why some people are afraid of the ocean while others can’t live without dropping 40 feet waves?

This short documentary follows the story of João de Macedo, an underdog big wave surfer who tries to run the world tour without a major sponsor. Filmed over the last 6 months in some of the most iconic big wave surf spots around the world.

Chronic Obesity

The inevitable result of loosing seasonal variation is obesity and chronic disease. As proof, he doesn’t point only do the population of his home state, which ranks at number five of the most obese states in the nation, but also to the fact that our pets are fat, too. “The only two animals in the world that suffer chronic obesity are humans and the pets we keep at home”, he says. “There’s a connection”.

The key to fixing the problem, according to Cronise, is to artificially introduce seasons back into our lives. Drawing on the growing literature on brown fat and metabolic analysis, he prescribed himself daily hour-long walks in sub-6O degree temperatures along With moderate exercise and calorie restriction. In the course of just 6 months, from June to November, he dropped almost 40 pounds.

How To Structure a WordPress Plugin

There are different ways to organize the structure. And as other say in this Stack Overflow post, it depends on the plugin and what it does.

It is good to test what works best in terms of having things organized in order to find easier and maintain code.

As it happens with coding, sometimes you start with just a few lines of code and end up with hundreds and a few files to include and then there’s the classes and the styles, and, and, and.

This reminds me how it goes with any type of project when the scope becomes not so clear.  And this may be in part because of the many parts involved not understanding the technical parts and what it really takes to make structural or functional changes.

What is quantum computing?

I was listening to a podcast episode by Kevin Rose where he mentions at the end Quantum Computing and so I found out more about it.

Quantum computers are incredibly powerful machines that take a new approach to processing information. Built on the principles of quantum mechanics, they exploit complex and fascinating laws of nature that are always there, but usually remain hidden from view. By harnessing such natural behavior, quantum computing can run new types of algorithms to process information more holistically. They may one day lead to revolutionary breakthroughs in materials and drug discovery, the optimization of complex manmade systems, and artificial intelligence. We expect them to open doors that we once thought would remain locked indefinitely. Acquaint yourself with the strange and exciting world of quantum computing.

I’ll have to explore more about this, so here is the link where I got this from.