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Posts Tagged “diary”

Fri 01 Oct 2021

Dear Vishi, is snoring innocuous?

I was an intern working in Upstate New York. Public transport required hopping multiple trains & buses and was woefully tedious. I found some other interns who were willing to split the fare with me for Uber. Even a ride in Uber consumed more than two hours. Occasionally I used to steal a quick nap. After a siesta of a few hours, I had always woken up with a gaggle of laughter. My peers often pulled my leg, "You were snoring like a pig". However, I dismissed my faux pas as just a mere nuisance.

Recently I was listening to a clubhouse talk about snoring1. I always believed that snoring was innocuous. However, I learned that snoring might be a symptom of a disorder like sleep apnea. Since most of us snore or are more likely to snore in the later part of our lives, it would be prudent to delve deeper into the understanding of snoring...

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Thu 16 Sep 2021

Dear Vishi, does a virus poop?

When the alarm clock breaks my slumber, I roll down on my bed, blindly crawling towards my alarm clock as if it was a bomb to diffuse it. After multiple snoozes, I relinquished my dreams and come to my senses. Gulping water after I wake up is my first activity. Next, I excuse myself to the bathroom for “nature call”. All living things from a simple bacteria to a giant dinosaur needs to perform two basic life function; eat and excrete.

Our world has been ravaged by covid pandemic recently. So it would be apt to talk about viruses. As a child, my imagination often ran wild, wondering how viruses hijacked our bodies, and more importantly did they eat and poop like other microbes?..

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Sun 27 Jun 2021

Dear Vishi, have you seen a ghost?

Do you believe in ghosts? I did when I was a kid. I was infatuated with the paranormal. Sometimes I used to wander around desolate buildings with other kids concocting horror stories. I loquaciously gossiped about ghosts in school which earned me a sizeable audience. I was convinced that someday I would stumble upon an innocuous spirit that would instill some unearthly powers in me.

Vic Tandy, a British engineer, was working at Warwick Laboratory when he thought he saw a ghost. He later said, "I was sweating but cold, and the feeling of depression was noticeable – but there was also something else. It was as though something was in the room with me." He then claimed to have seen a spirit emerging in his peripheral vision, but when he turned to face the figure, it vanished". He later went home perplexed...

Continue reading → diary rambling infrasound



Fri 11 Jun 2021

Dear Vishi, what if Dehradun was in Nepal?

What’s a nationality? The idea of the nation-state is pretty modern. Ancient lands were usually under the suzerainty of kings & queens. While most emperors spilled blood to expand their kingdom, the common man was seldom concerned about borders.

[Peace of Westphalia](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peace_of_Westphalia) was a famous peace treaty in 1648 that ended [thirty years war](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thirty_Years'_War). Historians often cite this as an example of first nation state. It relied on a system of independent states refraining from interference in each other's domestic affairs and checking each other's ambitions through a general equilibrium of power...

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Mon 31 May 2021

Dear Vishi, what's a carcinogen?

If you are not living under a cave, you probably have already heard about carcinogens. News is often awash with headlines alerting perils of carcinogens. In a nutshell, these are substances that have the potential to cause cancer. Not all carcinogens cause cancer. Not all cancer is caused by carcinogens. Cancer is a complicated group of diseases. Of course, it’s not my forte to expound on the subject of cancer. However, we should try to understand how carcinogens are identified and what we should do to protect ourselves.

Cancer is pathological mitosis. The cells go bonkers where they have an insatiable urge to proliferate. Carcinogens have the potential to alter the genetic material of the cell. This genetic mutation sometimes can develop into cancer...

Continue reading → diary rambling carcinogen meditation



Tue 25 May 2021

Dear Vishi, can you meditate like a monk?

Today I tried to meditate again. I used Insight Timer app for background sound. However I think I'll just stick to Youtube as it has more varieties. I struggled for 20 minutes sitting cross-legged as my mind wandered in the labyrinth of thoughts. I guess it will take more practice to hone my skill. Have you ever wondered how monks can meditate for countless hours or days?

There's a very famous picture of a Vietnamese monk called [Thích Quảng Đức](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Th%C3%ADch_Qu%E1%BA%A3ng_%C4%90%E1%BB%A9c). He was protesting against the persecution of Buddhist. He self-immolated himself without making any fuss...

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Sun 23 May 2021

Dear Vishi, is there a time machine?

Did you remember we watched The Time Machine movie together? The protagonist loses his fiancée when a mugger kills her. He then builds a time machine to travel back in time to save her. Of course multiple movies have been made romanticizing the concept of time machine.

I am not sure if the laws of physics allow time travel. There's no scientific consensus if time travel is possible in theory. Even if it was possible in theory, it might take aeons before humans could master this concept. However there's one time machine you see everyday...

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Sat 22 May 2021

Dear Vishi, can you mix Covid Vaccine?

Today the sleep was better. Yesterday I was sleep deprived. Hunger is the best ingredient to make any food delicious. Likewise a sound sleep is like a `manna from heaven` for me.

I hope you are spending time honing SQL skills. I hope you are making some progress in the online course at [Educative.io](https://www.educative.io/courses/introductory-guide-to-sql/). There's also another resource [SQLZoo](https://sqlzoo.net/) that has some fun exercise that you can explore. Next week we can take a SQL quiz together to see how well we fare against each other...

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Fri 21 May 2021

Dear Vishi, do you know about Virginia?

I didn't have proper sleep today. I could barely keep my eyes open. Empty stomach and a heavy mind is a disaster for sound sleep. Yesterday I was brooding too much while trying to sleep. I guess I need to filter noises in my mind. Proper sleep is the basic physiological need in Maslow's pyramid. I guess it's a blessed day not to have a insomnia.

I am beginning to practice meditation. Though I am not a religous person, I reckon meditation is a good practice to adopt from my religion. I like the [babbling sound of the water](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvjMgVS6kng&list=LL&index=1) while I meditate. Today I meditated for 15 minutes...

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