Google Chrome

Google Chrome

People who use Google Chrome, compared to internet explorer or other default browsers, are 15% more successful at their job.

This is not because of Google Chrome being that much better (although many test studies show that Chrome statistically is better in terms of speed and performance, it is really negligible)

The reason is this:

People who take the effort and time to change their browser are more likely to be the same people who challenge the status quo.

People who take initiative, who seek better options, who seek solutions.

Don’t take the status quo; instead, ask why they exist in the first place and how to improve upon what is currently accepted as “the norm.”

Even simple questions are good.

Leonardo Da Vinci supposedly carried around with him a ledger, where he would write down “playfully curious” and, to most people’s standards, weird questions. Apparently, he would wake up and ask himself a type of question, at one point, posing the question: “What does the tongue of a woodpecker look like”

Another classic question: Why is the ocean blue?

Science teaches us that the ocean is not blue just because it wants to be blue, but because water reflects the color of the sky.

So, then why is the sky blue?

What is color?

Which web browser is the best?

Questioning the default leads us to generate original ideas and thoughts of approaching otherwise widely accepted and mundane aspects of life.

Questioning the default allows us to seek alternative options. It leads to more creativity, originality, and generally, better results.

 

 

 

 

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Some things you just can’t explain

Bitcoin yesterday, along with many other cryptocurrencies, shot up 15% in value in the span of a few minutes.

It was a huge spike.

And I have no idea why.

Most people have no idea why. And that’s because there probably is no concrete explanation.

The only way such a spike could happen is if a person(s) pumped in large amounts of money, and I mean a lot of money, to shift the market like that.

But then the question is: who?

Some things you can’t explain.

Some things I’ll never get to know the answer to.

Like, why does color exist?

Who are these people standing next to me on the subway?

Maybe I just passed by my soul-mate on the street.

There are so many things you can’t explain in life.

Which is why I think it is so important to stay curious

Stay curious so you can understand the things that matter to you most.

Curiosity is a virtue.

Good Luck.

I am working on some new projects…

I am working on some new things

New content

New ideas

New ways to share and start conversations with other people

Even though I work from 8-8 every day, I’ll make the time

This summer…hopefully

I’ll launch my new projects and share them with all who care to join

And I hope that you will be one of the people to join, because I’ve enjoyed your company

Thank you for reading, as always.

Finding time

It’s been 2 weeks since I started working full time at R3.

Every day, 9-5

But really, it’s more like 8-8

Because I have to get up around 8, and by the time I finish work (I always stay overtime… this is bad), eat dinner, and commute back home, it’ll be 8 in the evening.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve enjoyed work so far, a lot actually.

But how am I supposed to find time to do other things I love?

Where do I get the time to read, write, and create?

I haven’t been able to study and perform magic for a while…

And I’ve lost the energy to exercise 4 times a week.

It’s hard to find the time.

But if I am passionate enough about something, I’ll find the time.

I’ll make time.

It just puts into perspective how important it is to cherish certain moments.

2 more months to go.

 

Norman Door

A Norman Door is a door that has a design feature that contradicts its function

You’ve probably run into many of these doors, not realizing that is is a legitimate design flaw.

Those doors that have vertical sidebar handle, that begs you to pull, but the door is actually push.

It’s confusing, and is a simple fix: remove the bar.

A flat door needs no explanation. A flat door is designed so you can only push.

And a door that is meant to be pushed should advertise that fact.

In the same breath, we often do things that contradict our true purpose.

We design our words or actions in a way that do not go in line with our intentions because we either don’t know how to design our actions to align them, or we are simply too ignorant to understand that our words need to match our intentions.

A poorly designed door irritates people. It causes stress and un-needed vexation.

Poorly designed doors need bold, obvious signs, that contradict the design feature and tell you what you are supposed to do.

Imagine walking around with a sign that said “everything I say and do is a lie”

That’s the Norman Door.

Eliminate the need for a sign that tells us a door is meant to be pushed.

Don’t be a Norman Door.


If you want to watch the video by Vox, which inspired this post, click here

 

Context matters

Context matters because context is the difference between wine tasting 20% better…

Even if it’s the same bottle of wine.

But the context: more expensive wine teaches us to expect better tasting wine and creates the context of such a situation to be true in our perspective.

Context tells us that Banksy’s famous art pieces are worth thousands+ dollars when displayed at an art gallery, but when placed on the streets of New York for $60 a piece, only 3 people will purchase the rare pieces.

Or 10 years ago, when Joshua Bell, the famous violinist plays in D.C. metro on a violin worth 3.5 million dollars, only manages to stop 7 people (mainly children) to listen to him play. Compared to now, 10 years later, Bell still manages to pack his concert halls.

Context matters.

Whether we want it to or not, context dictates how we feel and react to certain responses.

But maybe context also teaches us that beauty is all around us

We just need the right context.

 

Obsessed with VOX

The past few days I have been completely obsessed with VOX videos and TED-ED videos.

I’ve probably spent more hours watching YouTube videos than doing anything else in the past few days.

Watching these videos just constantly reminds me that there is so much knowledge out there.

There is so much that I don’t know, and so much that I’d like to learn about, and reminding myself of the very beauty of learning keeps me excited–and it also keeps me humble about the mysteries of this universe.

But at the same time, for so much that I don’t know, there is a lot that I do know.

And I need to remind myself of that fact as well.

 

VOX has hundreds of videos on content and concepts I never knew existed. And as much as I enjoy watching these videos and learning new concepts, I’ll never learn them all. I’ll never be able to consume everything that YouTube has to offer in terms of education, and that’s okay.

In the end, it’s good to have gaps in your knowledge; it’s good to have weaknesses. 

I think we should embrace the gaps and weaknesses because they just show us that there is a lot more to be excited about.

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