I don’t just read books. I devour them

“Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them,
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.”-  The Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien

“Night gathers, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death. I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children. I shall wear no crowns and win no glory. I shall live and die at my post. I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I am the shield that guards the realms of men. I pledge my life and honor to the Night’s Watch, for this night and all the nights to come.” – A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin

“I didn’t fall in love with you. I walked into love with you, with my eyes wide open, choosing to take every step along the way. I do believe in fate & destiny, but I also believe we are only fated to do the things we’d choose anyway & I choose you; in a hundred lifetimes, in a hundred worlds, in any version or reality, I’d find you & I’d choose you” – The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White

“I like to receive money for my work. But I can pass that up this time. I like to have people know my work is done by me. But I can pass that up. I like to have tenants made happy by my work. But that doesn’t matter too much. The only thing that matters, my goal, my reward, my beginning, my end is the work itself. My work done my way. Peter, there’s nothing in the world that you can offer me, except this. Offer me this and you can have anything I’ve got to give. My work done my way. A private, personal, selfish, egotistical motivation. That’s the only way I function. That’s all I am.” ― Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead

Easily Distracted

I read an article about nervous habits and how it can contribute to loss in productivity. I said to myself I don’t do that but my inquisitive mind urged me to check.  So I made a little experiment of video recording myself while studying, I setup my cellphone to the recording feature and positioned it right at my table and started reading a book. I actually made a surprising discovery.

 

Observation

 

For the first 5 minutes nothing happens and subject reads the book with full concentration. At the sixth minute subject gets a little itch on his forehead and engages in scratching it. Then realizing that subject is being watched he sits straight. 2 minutes later he starts feeling his nose. Then scratches his head. 10 minutes to the book reading he starts biting his nails and suddenly stops, sits attentive, 2 minutes after that feels his jawline, scratches his forehead again. Eventually after 2 minutes of reading he feels thirsty and gets up for a drink.

 

Findings

 

Subject made a fool of himself.

 

Nervous habits are a huge problem for me and when I get problems I ask God and Google to help. God works in mysterious ways but Google is simpler so I got my results fast.

 

 

“Nervous habits are there because u get a psychological reward from them” tells a famous phyciaterist with a difficult name. To get rid of my nervous habits I have to wear gloves to prevent nail betting and concentrate harder to keep the distractions away.

 

 

Hope I don’t have to get therapy for this.

 

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Wirelessly wired

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A day ago, our government took a step everyone was expecting: No cellphone coverage in 54 major cities due to some security concerns. I woke up in the morning to discover a cross on my cell phone signals. I imagined that this would be bad but seriously I never missed my phone. That made me think that a late eighty born like me has seen all the technological improvements happen and isn’t addicted to them. I actually was happy that it was out so I never have to hear periodic rings of the texts I get. Carrying a cellphone is like a shackle u have to explain why u missed that call or why u never replied the text. Despite the benefits cell phones for me are a nuisance.

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I am free without wires!!!

Little Visitors

A few months ago, I woke up to a sharp screeching sound outside my apartments window. I went out to discover two newborn kittens laying under a nearby bush.  Immediately felling in love with them, their activities urged me to watch their snuggling for a while.

About two hours later, I heard fighting of two cats near the crib of the little ones, one of them appeared to be their mother. I shouted at them, they broke the fight and dashed away.  I was happy of getting in time and saving the day, if it wasn’t for me the tom cat might have killed them.

After an hour or two the screeching of the kittens began again. I went out again to discover lonely kids calling for their mom,  but she was nowhere to be found. It was getting cold and dark. I waited for a while, thinking of different bad scenarios, worst of all the possible return of tom cat. After giving it plenty of thought I  decided to bring them inside the apartment.

I put them in an old DVR box after filling it with dry mud and rags and placed it under my bed.  Though I have experience keeping pet cats but never this juvenile; So I sought internet for tips and found a lot of them for making solution and wiping them with warm cotton to make them go poo-poo though it was pretty disgusting but my determination to care for them was pretty strong.

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The experience taught me a lot. I never nursed anything that way before. I had to wake up early to make solution, boil water and make a warm bed for them. feed them every other hour.

Third day i noticed that the kittens were getting a little slow in their movement, It made me suspicious and I went to visit a Vet, he told me how new born kittens should be left alone to fate, as they have a very poor chance of survival without their mom. The Internet had given me a staunch hope that I can save them if I dedicated enough time, and did everything right.

I tried everything changed solution increased feed, but they kept getting thinner. After a week the smaller kitten just never woke up in the morning. And the next day the other one perished as well in my hands. That experience was disturbing yet taught full and told me the reality of life and how everything will go one day despite of all the love and care you put in.

I buried both of them wrapped in cloth under the bush where I found them. Six month after the incident I found that the new leaves right above their grave went red, It was such a beautiful sight.

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The Harp I Always Had

I dig music and I usually like weird songs which no one likes and I play them again and again till I remember them by heart and I don’t have to listen them anymore.

2 years ago I got inspired from college kids playing guitar and because it’s so cool and all, so I bought me a cheap guitar and started strumming it.

After 3 months or so I got tired of it, actually I wasn’t getting that feel which guitar players get when they play. When I hold it I want to let go because it doesn’t play right. I guess I’m not the cool kid.

A few day ago as I was cleaning my shelves I found an old harmonica my mom gifted me when I was really young, I don’t remember the age but I always had it as far as I remember. When I hold it in my hands I just felt it, a portable light and cheap instrument which I can always keep in my pocket and play wherever I want.

I immediately cleaned it and started playing it, it sounded weird but it spoke to me I turned on my sound cloud and recorded my first sound. I’m actually so happy to play it that I wanna do it everyday. I’ve added it to my daily calender and will play it everyday. Guess playing is not for being cool to me anymore, it’s for fun.

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The fly in the shinning armor

I was sitting in my living room watching TV, and suddenly sharp buzz rattled my ear. A fly dashed passed my ear and as I could see it flying lazy all around the room I was afraid of it. It was the fly in shinning Armor. I jerked up my sofa and grabbed a swatter but couldn’t find it anywhere. After 2 minutes of waiting for it to show up I sat on the sofa again and continued my journey into the wild world of National Geographic. I’m a thinker when it comes to insects so now my mind was thinking about the fly ; why are they shinning green in color I’ve always wondered. I as a child I always thought it as a king or a knight of the fly colony but as I grow up I recognized the fact that flies don’t really get along with other flies like ants or bees do. Finally Google to the rescue. These flies are actually different than the common house flies they are a different specie known as blow flies. Their food and place to make magic happen is the same though: corpses and homeless guy’s wastes. I always thought these flies are lazy and dumb but they are actually much more efficient. Blow flies can smell their food and corpses from 1.6 miles away, they love sheep and some can leave their maggots inside human skin says wikipedia. That information is quite new for me to absorb. I browsed around more and stumbled on to the article about coffin fly. A coffin fly is another specie which I have never met but it can dig down six feet deep into earth to lay eggs in a human corpse O.O this info is quite scary as I always thought I would rest in peace down there. The scare alarmed my bladder and as I went to the can, I observed the knight fly sitting on the loo right at my throne. I grabbed my toilet shoe and gave it on the head. It got pasted right there. not so intelligent now are u?

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