Ramblings of an Eccentric Soul...

Husband to @HariniSaladi, moving web media forward, a musician, a gadget-freak, a committed geek, an artist, a babbler, a cook, a Tbird, Dark Knight on call.


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I love this campaign. Love it.


Finding Beauty in Everyday Origami with @white_onrice

For more images of Ross Symons’ origami creations, follow @white_onrice on Instagram.

"I started with the crane and I lost count of how many times I folded it,” says Cape Town Instagrammer Ross Symons (@white_onrice), describing his obsession with origami art.

“What I didn’t realize at the time is how origami was going to become such a massive part of my life,” he says. “At the beginning of 2014 I decided that I would post one different origami figure every day for the whole year. I did this for myself to prove that I could do it.”

He considers fold time to be the most important measurement of success for his work: the more discipline and patience he has, the faster he folds the figure.

“‘It’s just paper, it shouldn’t take long to make’ is a response I’ve heard before,” Ross says. “I feel there is a misconception that because origami uses paper to create something, that means it’s easy to do.”

On Instagram, Ross connects with a global community that shares his fascination with folding paper. “The people I chat to on Instagram are from all over the world,” he explains. “There is something really rewarding about folding a model and getting it right, no matter how complex or simple. I love—and when I say love I mean I’m totally obsessed with—folding paper.”

@redman has written a snippet on his accidental foray into Android development that I have personally experienced and heard from quite a few iOS developers who have entered Android development.

My favorite section in the article is this

Simulators and Emulators

One of the biggest surprises to me was the difference between the iOS simulator and the Android emulator. The iOS simulator is lightning fast compared to the Android emulator. However, this is for good reason and there is method behind Android’s emulator madness.

The iOS simulator is indeed very fast to boot, reset and load new apps, but it fails to provide a perfectly accurate representation of an iOS device. It uses the host computer’s CPU and memory, which have a huge effect on the performance of an app. This means apps run much faster in the simulator than on a device, particularly older devices, masking performance related issues. Device testing in the Apple world is an absolute must.

Android’s emulator, on the other hand, is effectively a virtual machine running a virtualized CPU and limited memory. It is a much closer approximation of a real world device. And when dealing with Android’s inherent fragmentation, the emulator is a natural choice as you can specify any permutation of device specs for development and testing, and be reasonably confident the system is behaving accurately. However, device testing is still an absolute must! You just probably don’t need as many.

Highly recommended read.

I am clearly not the target market. I believe in content that lasts.

However, I get the appeal.

The question is - is Snapchat ephemeral or built to last?

On a related note, I found this comic to be just as apt.

On a related note, I found this comic to be just as apt.

On a related note, I found this comic to be just as apt.

On a related note, I found this comic to be just as apt.

Not many traditional companies can pull off an ad like this. GE does it and has been staying relevant and with a strong brand for years now.


$74MM mission to Mars and success at first go.

I still remember gathering at the ISRO colony as it would do live broadcasting of the entire launch. I remember how my dad would go sad about a failed launch and then pick himself right back up to work to ensure the next one would be an amazing success.

Being the son of a rocket scientist had its perks =D!

Good luck to ISRO and kudos on an incredible accomplishment. :)

For any Indian company, even established ones, reaching Alibaba’s level will be difficult because the domestic market is already crowded. Though there is enough room for growth, global giants with deep pockets are competing with Indian players. Amazon CEO Jeff Skilling, at the time of announcing a $2 billion dollar investment in India — which was in response to Flipkart’s $1 billion fundraising — said that “At current scale and growth rates, India is on track to be our fastest country ever to a billion dollars in gross sales.”

Shishir Asthana from Business Standard really needs a fact checker. Also, why is Business Standard writing Business Insider type articles?

But burn rates are exactly that. Burning cash. Losing money. Emphasis on the losing.

I’m really happy that I’m not alone in thinking this way. At some point you have to build a real business, generate real profits, sustain the company without the largess of investor’s capital, and start producing value the old fashioned way. We have a number of companies in our portfolio that do that. And I love them for it. I wish we had more.

Thank you. More please.

You could say that writing iOS and Mac apps is like living in a town where one company provides most of the jobs. (Sure, you could work at the diner, but all your customers work at this one company.)

And writing web apps is like living in New York City, where choice and contrast is everywhere, and sometimes A and B (and C and D) are all equally cool but different.

The web is the cosmopolitan environment.

Brent Simmons on web development

Selling Your Soul
DOGHOUSE DIARIES, thedoghousediaries.com

And here’s today’s installment of Will harassing Ray & Raf with the most mundane things he can think of.

I agree. I agree….


Great tool for Chromebook buyers by @dantup