Goodbye chaitanyamsv.com

I just shut down my self hosted WordPress, chaitanyamsv.com.

It is not too long ago that I moved to .org. I learned a bit about how things work in the self-hosted world. But its value to my current mission is little. So I imported my content and deleted it. This action plants some broken links on this blog. I will fix them when I find time.

For the record, this is how many times I moved my blog over the years:

Blogger to WordPress.com to WordPress.org to WordPress.com and WordPress.org to finally WordPress.com.

Sigh! One less baggage.

What is permanent in this world, anyway?

150 workouts

This evening I exercised for 150th time since I told myself that I will workout and not lose out.

This habit is also an example of how I hoped to deal with my new year resolutions:

Identity – I saw myself as the type of person who never misses the workout. So I only cared to show up. I never worried about the weight I could lift or the weight I lost. There is only one person in our workout group who showed up more times than I did.

Habits and Processes –  5 p.m. to 6 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Just backpack the workout clothes and shoes. No willpower required.

Evolution  – Compared to when I started, I can hold the band tighter, swing the rope higher and last the plank longer. I am now comfortable with heavier kettlebells. I can finish all the sets and reps on the whiteboard.

I am not after any particular results although I believe that results happen by themselves. I am training for life. So the effort continues.

Facebook iPhone app user experience sucks

Dear Facebook,

I installed your app after many months so I can easily set one of the photos in my camera roll as a cover photo. This time I hoped to keep you on my iPhone.

However I am disappointed that you haven’t stopped infesting my feed with “People You May Know” list. I understand that as a service provider, you want my social network as large as it can be and my privacy as screwed as possible. But when I check my feed I expect to see my, well, feed. Not a list of people with who I have no intention of sharing my feed or personal photos.

You should know that not every user is alike. I am not like many of your users who let lots of people lurk in their social graph, as you call it. If I am dying to have someone as my Facebook friend, I can search and add them; your search is pretty cool.

I will see you again the day you make user experience your priority. Until then continue resting in the iCloud.

Yours truly.

Not giving a fuck

Tim Ferriss tweeted and I retweeted this great post titled, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck.

It has so many f-words in it but it is a great post I read today and I am glad I read it. So please don’t get offended or distracted by the overdose of f-words and try to understand the point it is making.

If I have to remember only one thing from this post, it is this:

Because when we give too many fucks, when we choose to give a fuck about everything, then we feel as though we are perpetually entitled to feel comfortable and happy at all times, that’s when life fucks us.

Adventurous Life

You don’t have to jump off the planes or cliffs to be adventurous. You can also live an adventurous life by not accepting the status quo, not giving in, not listening to cynics, and not stopping to learn.

All it requires is the belief that anything you don’t like at any stage in your life can be changed and a daily dose of action to back that belief.

Besides the hardcore stereotypical heroics, these other “soft” kind of life adventures can also get your adrenaline rushing and give you that sense of achievement.

There is nothing sanctimonious about either of them. All it matters is to be adventurous one way or the other.

CSS

I spent a fair amount of time on my blog’s CSS when I switched the color scheme to aqua. But I always had a feeling that blue text on white background is not nice to the eyes and perhaps nothing beats the black text on white background for readability.

I am finally changing the text color to black and what is a best place to save the CSS than this blog itself. So for what it is worth, here is the Source Code Shortcode in action.


/* 31/Dec/2014
Links style
*/
.entry-content a,
.entry-summary a,
.page-content a,
.comment-content a,
.pingback .comment-body > a {
border-bottom: 1px solid #55C3DC;
}

/* 12/Dec/2014
Remove page title
*/
.page h1.entry-title {
display: none;
}

/* 15/Dec/2014
Align post titles to center
*/
h2.entry-title, h1, h4 {
text-align: center;
color: rgb(85,195,220);
}

/* 15/Dec/2014
Landing Page: Background color
Landing Page: Align text to center
*/
.post-353, div.site-info {
background: #e9f2f9;
text-align: center;
}

/* 15/Dec/2014
Contact Page: Submit Button color
*/
input.pushbutton-wide {
background-color: rgb(85,195,220);
}

/*16/Dec/2014
Color of WordPress.com credits
*/
.site-info a {
color: #55C3DC;
}

/*16/Dec/2014
Add WordPress genericon
*/
.menu-item-336 a:before {
content: '\f205';
}

/*17/Dec/2014
Change text and link colors to blue #0085BE;
*/
.site-content, a, a:hover, a:focus {
color: #55C3DC;
}

/*16/Dec/2014
"More about me" button styles
*/
a.btn-default, a.btn-default:focus {
color: #55C3DC;
background-color: #e9f2f9;
border: 2px solid #55C3DC;
padding: 10px;
border-radius: 15px;
}

/*22/Dec/2014
"More about me" button styles hover style
*/
a.btn-default:hover {
color: #55C3DC;
background-color: #ffffff;
border: 2px solid #55C3DC;
padding: 10px;
border-radius: 15px;
}

/*
4/Jan2015
Site footer background
*/
.site-footer {
background-color: #E9F2F9;
}