Incremental changes

SEE what you can Achieve by improving yourself by just 1 % daily, 
& till what extent you can deteriorate yourself by doing the opposite
in just a year (i.e 365 days). 

 

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Overnight success

I start early and I stay late,
day after day, year after year
it took me 17 years and 114 days
to become an overnight success.
– Lionel Messi

My wife and I have built a new home with a lovely garden which houses  lovely bamboo trees. I got reading on the Chinese bamboo and learned  that the tree takes 5 years, 3 months to grow to its whole height of 80  feet. Yet, for the first 5 years, you only see a tiny green shoot, but  in the next 90 days, it grows into a full-fledged tree. But in those  first 60 months, it is growing its strong network of roots underground,  to support the tree.  In an era of instant gratification, we settle for  shorter trees, but remember patience has its reward. These are your  years of growing that strong network of roots but be sure when you  finally achieve your success, people will call it “overnight success”.  If only they knew of the Chinese bamboo! — From the book ‘The habit of winning’

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Chand Baori

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chand_Baori

Chand Baori is a stepwell situated in the village of Abhaneri near Jaipur in the Indian state of Rajasthan.

Chand Baori is one of the oldest and most attractive landmarks in Rajasthan.[3] It was built by King Chanda of the Nikumbha Dynasty between 800 and 900 AD [3] and was dedicated to Hashat Mata, Goddess of Joy and Happiness upon completion.[4]

The state of Rajasthan is extremely arid, and the design and final structure of Chand Baori was intended to conserve as much water as possible. At the bottom of the well, the air remains 5-6 degrees cooler than at the surface, and Chand Baori was used as a community gathering place for locals during periods of intense heat.

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Books

June, 2014:

The Racketeer

July, 2014:

Where good ideas come from

The diamond age

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The water on Earth

How did water form on Earth? What is the source of it?

Some geologists think water arrived in comets as they struck the planet, but the new discovery supports an alternative idea that the oceans gradually oozed out of the interior of the early Earth.

A reservoir of water three times the volume of all the oceans has been discovered deep beneath the Earth’s surface. The finding could help explain where Earth’s seas came from. The water is hidden inside a blue rock called ringwoodite that lies 700 kilometres underground in the mantle, the layer of hot rock between Earth’s surface and its core.

Jacobsen’s team used 2000 seismometers to study the seismic waves generated by more than 500 earthquakes. These waves move throughout Earth’s interior, including the core, and can be detected at the surface. By measuring the speed of the waves at different depths, the team could figure out which types of rocks the waves were passing through. The water layer revealed itself because the waves slowed down, as it takes them longer to get through soggy rock than dry rock.

The hidden water could also act as a buffer for the oceans on the surface, explaining why they have stayed the same size for millions of years.

Reference: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn25723-massive-ocean-discovered-towards-earths-core.html#.U5v3fx-xc38

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Darkness as new light

How can we improve printing material so as to make the books readable in darkness? Which one is more easier: coming up with a new printing material or better ink technology? Or something different altogether?

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Random questions

How to learn more quickly what works and what does not?

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