Category Archives: Web Design

Day 42: A flashy day!

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It’s official. I’m in love with Flash CS4. Kudos to a site that I came across that had the Actionscript sequences for a number of cool videos. That’s when I began to realize the power of flash, and things started falling into place. Here’s the website, incase anyone is interested:http://www.pixelhivedesign.com/tutorials/

Check out the live water demo. How awesome is that!!

I’m cautiously optimistic about the website now. After a lot of struggle and having spent over half of my allotted time, I now have a mental image of what the site should look like and how to get there.

Let’s see where this is headed.

 

Day 26: Windows is here!

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Finally, after 25 days of whining, screaming and annoying myself, I finally have Windows XP installed on my Mac using VirtualBox. I can finally run windows and hopefully use softwares that are more windows compatible. I could begin with Dreamweaver and then move onto ASP.NET. Finally start with Abacus and get the Torsion part of my work done.

I am going to stay at my Aunt’s for a few days from tomorrow. I intend to write during this time – finish up a couple of short stories more: I need to have four or five done if I need to keep my target of getting twenty stories done. I finally had a good review on the Coconut Baron from H – She’s very critical, so I believe her review. It simply confirms my belief that I am a good story teller! ūüôā

Also, I am quite fed up of being home – I long to be somewhere else for a change.

Just tired. Oh for a good sleep.

I am reading “The crippled Tree” – which is a fascinating account of China. Amazing, I’m really enthralled by that country – How I wish I could have spent a few months there! I will..one day!

 

Day 23: What is boredom?

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I was afflicted with the same disease today as yesterday – complete and absolute boredom. I had no motivation to do anything – I tried reading a book, moved on to tweaking dreamweaver, then lay down thinking I wanted to sleep, then got up and made some soup (My own proud invention). Then I decided that I wanted to write but ended u watching Alien (1979) again. Great movie by the way.

Also, didn’t go to the gym.

So, what’s happening Lord? I ask myself. I ask you. But who are you but nefarious optical fibers that link servers floating around in ¬†a virtual universe? (Evasion, is the first step of a coward), Focus! What is happening to me?

That question itself is not well constructed.. “What is happening to me? ” – It first of all claims innocence on the part of “me” – I am not at fault, please help! A kind of passive of a crime by deigning helplessness. Nothing is happening to me – I am happening to myself. (Philosophizing, second step of a coward).

The lack of motivation is definitely true. The Gym is perhaps the foremost example. I find myself making constant excuses not to go to the gym. Once there, I simply can’t wait to get out. I fool around and then wait for either A or D to finish off so that I can run away with them. I finally found that Artisteer cannot be used to maintain a website, so that kind of rules out that program for the website. I had Dreamweaver installed on my brother’s laptop, but then found out that the heavy volume that I bought is only a Bible of Dreamweaver CS4 and does not really tell you how to learn with it. I feel like I have learned enough Java and there is no progress with it. The same with Tensors – reached till Ricci tensors and then proceeded no further. Bought 10 CD’s of the Bhagavad Gita and heard only one and a half. All my books are half read. I’m basically a ruminating cow now – with a full belly but no nutrition. The “hunger” that I ¬†felt before is replaced by something much less defined – something that’s like a mid summer sun at high noon – oppressive and lethargic. Lethargy – just don’t know if that is the cause or the effect. All this when time lime 25 is approaching – a full 25% of my allotted time.

I am definitely bored. I could blame it on my stomach bug – it seems like i’m pregnant with a food baby all the time. But that won’t go away that easy – been the bane of my life for some time now.

Maybe, like Godin, I should wait, wait?

But I don’t wanna be bored. I loved it early, when I was full of energy and ethusiasm and looked forward to doing everything. Achieving a lot. How did things change? What set this up? Could it be because, i had kind of reached a stalemate in all my goals? Possibly. How do I get out of this?

I’ll sleep on it, and like Scarlett O Hara, will deal with it t0morrow!

Day 12: The three days to time line 15

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There are three more days to reach Day 15 – which is my official time line 15. I feel like my initial enthusiasm is coming down and I’m reaching my ground state. ¬†Which is not necessarily a bad thing – equanimity is always more preferable to euphoria.

At this stage, the website development is kinda stalled, largely because I do not have a windows enabled PC and is in no way able to do an installation in my virtual box. I haven’t written a single story, Laila is still serving Rasheed his mutton Korma (you won’t get that), I’m stuck with the Christoffel symbols in tensors and hasn’t done anything on torsion. The gym is going well and so is the blogging – but that’s pretty much it.

As I write this, Windows 7 is being downloaded from somewhere through my utorrent. It says that it would take three days to download – but I am prepared to wait. During this time, perhaps I could rest my Mac rest and focus on the other stuff that has been long time due. Like the depression part – which is largely reading the book and writing in this blog. Things that I can very well do!

See ya tomorrow!

Day 5: The War of the operating systems II

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It’s no fun writing a blog with a stomach ache. I wonder if it would be different it was a blog on stomach ache. ¬†Probably not.

Anyhow, I have stomach ache because I ate too much. I ate too much because I was hungry after getting back from the gym. Yeah, you heard me right. I went to the gym – without the sneers of all those gits who saw me walk in again. And worked out. Boy! Does it feel good! I love how my joints and muscles feel now. Everything except my stomach feels fantastic. Now to make sure that I stick with this and that I eat, drink and live properly.

This is the fifth day since I started this blog and announced my goals for the next hundred days to the blogosphere, by which I mean of course to myself. I realize now that I really have nothing to communicate with others during this time – and hence am really not bothered by the traffic to my site (which is non existent). I am basically writing to myself and in doing so underscoring Covey’s principle of making achievable realistic goals. Now would be a good time to judge the status of my goals since a 5th day is 5% of my allotted time.

1) Gym – Started. Now to be regular, buy those proteins and grill hard hard…

2) Torsion – not really started. I did buy that book on finite element analysis, but haven’t even opened it. Though the most important and challenging among my goals, this is achievable nevertheless. I should have a plan for this, and have something to report by time line 10. (Day 10)

3) Short Story collection – if I need to have 20 stories by the end of 100 days, I should write a story at the rate of atleast one every five days. I already have one – albeit written way before now. So I am on the average track, but again, have one more – hopefully complete Laila by timeline 10.

4) Web design – since most of my days have been occupied by this designing dilemma – as you can easily see from my posts, this is on track. I finally figured out how to have windows installed on my Mac, through a program called Virtual Box. This would solve most of my issues – I could run Artisteer 3, Dreamweaver, ASP. Net and Abacus (for torsion) on my Mac now. Further, Virtual Desktop is free. I can get a Windows 7 installer from T. I did spent some time with Artisteer today – downloaded the Mac version as well, but couldn’t get the key anywhere. This is a gooood program. For one, it has no code requirements. Two, it let’s you an available template and modify it. Third, it has built in flash templates that can do a minimal yet beautiful job of furnishing your website. The background templates available are amazing. I think, this ought to do it. I can do the coding at some other time – when I am less constraint and more focused on adding functionality. I’ll keep you posted of course.

5) Fighting Depression – this is a lot harder than it sounds simply because I am not depressed now. A more appropriate title would be “maintaining positive attitude”. My key now is to uplift myself as the GITA calls for. The Gita has been a welcome surprise. Perhaps My first step would be to write about it. In a blog of course. That could be set as a goal for time line 10 as well.

6) General Relativity – I have Schaum’s Outlines Tensor Calculus – which is my gateway to relativity. I have been doing a few chapters at a time and is somewhere next to nowhere in this. This is a great book by the way. Always been a fan of Schaum’s. I am getting the hang of the subject. And the math is now tractable. General Relativity, here I come. For t-day 10, finish off tensor differentiation (including the problems).

Damn! Erasmus was right – the love of writing increases with writing itself. It’s almost as if I need to forcefully stop my fingers from typing any further. Stop…….!

Day 4: The war of the operating systems

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Dreamweaver, ASP.NET and WordPress are all stuck. I mean of course that I have no idea how to proceed from here. ¬†Maybe I should wait to get Dreamweaver running on my Mac again – and then design a style sheet of my own. But due to some stupid licensing issue all my applications have stopped working as soon as I reached India. But then today I got my hands over a program called Artisteer – which is yet another webdesign software. Oh for a day when I won’t come across a web design package – and yet My site is no where up in the air.

But this proves just one thing. When you are strongly willed to do something, ways open up by themselves. I had no idea how to built a website till 3 days ago – but I am quite confident now that with enough time, I’ll soon have my website running. Oh for that day!

As the Rig Veda proclaims:

aa no bhadraaha krithavo yanthu vishwathaha

Let noble thoughts come to us from all sides.

It seems that I am not making any progress on any of my other goals. I hope to start going to the gym from tomorrow onwards. I am beginning to see the beginnings of a resolve to give up smoking. Being fit is as much about good healthy lifestyle choices as much as it is about working out. PLus, I genuinely need some time away from my home each day, and gym is definitely the best for that.

Have been reading Steven Covey’s book. In the first habit now. I feel that I am proactive enough which could perhaps be why I find it slow.