What Does Independence Mean? – Challenging Assumptions

Freedom By Tatsu Subaru

The following is a post from another blog of mine that I abandoned long ago. Maybe I will revive it one of these days. Today being the Indian Independence Day, it was a cerebral revisit to the same thought pattern again.

As human beings born and raised in a society we are bound by assumptions, prejudices and the values of our forefathers, family and peers.
Most of us do not realize that the way we think, decide and act upon all matters (whether trivial or complex) are heavily influenced by:

1. The morals and the value system of our parents.
2. The peer environment that we had been exposed to as kids.
3. The religion we believe in just because we were born in a family that practices that religion.
4. The culture of the community/nation we were born in.

Some people would say that the above mentioned factors are what define us as an individual.

I happen to have a different view on the same:
I believe that all the above factors do not define you or me as an individual. Rather, these influences change a kid’s beliefs to align them with that of a group, society or cult. Original and free thinking is severely impacted by the way we are raised and the education system we have been exposed to. For example, a kid born and raised in a terrorist outfit would probably hate the western world all his life without even questioning the beliefs and education he was imparted.

While the above is a more extreme example, it does clarify that the way you and me have been schooled and raised, trains and conditions us to be a part of “The Group” rather than promoting free will and original thinking.

Most of the stuff we like, the choices we make, our likes and dislikes are actually not what you or me could really call “My Preferences”. These “preferences” were formed of time and influenced by the moral and the value system we were exposed to.

The icing on the cake is when we realize that we never had the independence or the discretion to choose this system of morals, values and religion by ourselves. This is what we were taught and always believed in. Some of the most important beliefs we live and swear by were never chosen or questioned by us!!

This is what I like to do:
Being naked. Not literally of course. We are not naked when we take of our clothes. We would still be wearing our assumptions. beliefs, faith, religion, morals and values. If you could take these off for an hour and spend that hour thinking like a free man who is unaffected by any external influences and uses logic and rational approach to think for himself/herself, take decisions by self and not succumb to peer, family or societal pressures.

Then, you would have the satisfaction of living life at your own terms and making your decisions.

Remember… Independence Is Challenging Assumptions!!


SmartAss Quotes

If you are pissed and stressed and would like to speak you mind in one-liners.. here are some quotes for you to throw around.

I found these off teh internetz and have used a lot of these in real life… epicness ensued 🙂

1. Well, this day was a total waste of makeup.
2. Well, aren’t we just a ray of f*****g sunshine?
3. Make yourself at home! Clean my kitchen.
4. Not the brightest crayon in the box now, are we?
5. A hard-on doesn’t count as personal growth.
6. Don’t bother me. I’m living happily ever after.

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Create Download Page In WordPress

So you want to create a simple download page on your WordPress powered blog or website and would like to know how to create one? Recently I created such a page for a friend and you would be surprised to know how easy it is to create one.

There are a number of ways you can accomplish this. But we will be looking at a quick, simple and effective solution for your downloads page that you can put up without getting your hands dirty.

Here is what you need to do:

  1. Log on to the WordPress admin panel and click on add new plugins.
  2. Search for a plugin called “Download Manager” by Shaon.
  3. Alternatively, you can download the plugin from here
  4. Install the plugin and click activate.
  5. You should now be able to see something like this in your left sidebar: Read more of this post

Working on a new website

Been a long time since I have updated this blog… hardly getting any time to eat properly. But we are back and working on a brand new website for ContentPad. The current website is a simple and humble affair. I am looking forward to preparing a better and more professional looking version of the website. The website will retain the close personal and youthful touch that the clients have liked so far.

Yes, I am working alone on the project right now… Whew!

It would have been much easier to outsource the work but I prefer to go the “DIY” route and learn a few crucial skills myself. It would make sense to get my hands dirty and learn the stuff myself. You never know where learning might come in handy 🙂

I will be putting up more updates in coming days once this stuff gets sorted out.

Just came across this pic.. liked it.

Add Facebook Button to Email Signature

Note: I will no longer be updating this blog as I have moved to a personal domain name. You can find more posts by me at http://vikramrathore.com/

I have been emailing my clients for quite some time now and the signature at the end of my emails looked like this:

Simple and nothing special about it

Now, I wanted to be able to add atleast a couple of social bookmarks like Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter to make the signature look just a bit better. Nothing flashy though.

Since, I use Thunderbird as my email client, I set out on a long journey to put in buttons and images and then linking them to URLs.. nothing worked.

Then I found, the WiseStamp Email Signature plugin for Thunderbird and Firefox and it worked like a charm.

Wisestamp empowers your web mail signatures in Gmail, Google Apps, Yahoo!, Hotmail, and AOL. Simply add the plug-in to firefox or Thunderbird and configure your signature in a couple of simple steps.

Now my Signature looks like this:

Signature with Linkedin and Twitter Buttons

I have kept it simple and just added two buttons. You can add tons of buttons like:
Amazon, Bebo, Blogger, del.icio.us, DeviantART, Digg, Ebay, Facebook, Flickr, Flixster, Friendfeed, Google, Google Wave, Linkedin, Livejournal, Meetup, MyBlogLog, MySpace, Netflix, Netvibes, Orkut, Photobucket, Picasa, Plaxo, Plurk, Reddit, Seesmic, Slideshare, Stumbleupon, Technorati, Tumblr, Twitter, Typepad, Upcoming, Vimeo, VisualCV, WordPress, Xanga, Xing, Yahoo, Yedda, Yelp, Youtube.

Reviewing Alienware – Mixing Work and Play

Finally! … The weekend is here!

Time to put my feet up and relax. Catch up on a few movies and recharge my batteries for the next week.

Been working pretty much round the clock all week to set-up things at ContentPad. Must say that every thing is falling into place pretty well and we are making good progress. I must confess that I was wary of work turning into boredom, but the kind of projects we have been bagging makes for some very interesting work.

Reviewing an Alienware machine is a pleasure in it self. I have managed to get my hands on an Alienware Area 51 and machine is MONSTROUS!.. and weighs an amazing 40 Kgs! The thrill of playing Call Of Duty MW2 and Crysis on this behemoth is unparalleled!

Work does not get better than this!