Notes.

Amit Gawande

I’ve pushed an upgrade v1.0.1 for Anatole theme today – it fixes a few minor issues with the categories on the archive page & images on smaller screens. The theme now also supports mastodon profile in the social links list. The upgrade is available in the plugins directory now.

Amit Gawande

I watched The Adam Project today. It’s such lazy movie - it had all the ingredients to be a brilliant movie. It’s good fun in parts, has some nice moments. But makers were lazy to not be interested in making it any better, enough was enough.

Amit Gawande

After returning to Safari from Arc, I realized how pathetic the experience with this default browser is. It looks dated, is slow, and has terrible interface choices (tabs bar, bookmarks, home page and on & on). I tried Chrome, too, and it is ridden with bugs. So I’m back to Arc.

Amit Gawande

A Day in the Life in Pune, India. A stairway to the blue skies on the other side.

Every afternoon for the past few days, the clouds crowd the skies as I wait to pickup my daughter from the school. They didn’t disappoint even today.

14 October 2022, 3:30 PM

Amit Gawande

I love this view everytime I visit the place. Looks so far out, but I usually just driven past them. Can never get enough.

Amit Gawande

This is one of the major obstacles to practicing mindfulness with any regularity: you need to be interested in experience in order to observe it, but how do you sustain an interest in the mundane stuff of life, when it’s mundane by definition?

Mindfulness Means Letting Things Surprise You

Amit Gawande

If you write a blog and are interested in conversing with your readers, do include a link for the reader to do so right below your every post. I would love it if every blog post had a way for me to respond. A comment form. An email address for me to mail the writer at. Or even a link to the social media where the post is syndicated. Basically, redirect me, the reader, to any place where the conservation is taking place. I can, of course, theorise why most people have stopped doing that.

First, the spam industry has dampened one of the promises of the internet — having open connections with people on the web. We are afraid now that we will be bombarded by comments and messages that we have no interest in sifting through. Second, most blogging platforms have stopped providing an easy way to enable conversations, which came built-in with WordPress and others. It’s an added decision (and even a cost in some cases) for the writer to provide such an option to its reader. A trouble that many folks just don’t want to sign up for.

I wish that wasn’t the case. My conversations with people around the words I write have been an essential aspect of my blogging for the past many years. If you haven’t tried that, or you did but aren’t doing it actively anymore, give it a chance again.

You take the trouble so that your user doesn’t have to.

Amit Gawande

I don’t want to speak to even customer care now. If there’s an option for chat, I will always prefer that than get on an phone call and stay waiting. A waste of time and resources. Happy that more and more service providers keep chat as an option. Phone call is a last resort.

Amit Gawande

I’m done with my Arc browser experiment. I don’t use any of the unique features. Plus I miss the ability to use the bookmaklets (I had no idea I would need them this regularly). By being back to the regular browsers, I would know if and how much I miss the Arc’s newness.

Amit Gawande

Do you start your mornings with a potent dose of caffeine from a freshly brewed cup of Joe? Or do you prefer a slightly less caffeinated nudge from a warm and gentle cup of tea?

Tea, any day for me.

Source: Coffee vs. tea: Which is better for your health?