Gaurang's Thoughts

Illiterate chooses a illiterate leader? - thoughts about democracy

An illiterate majority might/will always elect an illiterate leader. An educated one, however, will probably vote for an educated one. Getting out of clutches of poverty requires hardship and love for their country but when the countrymen are deprived of it, and are self-indulged, self-engrossed to make oneself richer, more affuluent than the fellow countrymen, the nation won't rise.

Not only the Industrial revolution in the USA but also deep love for their country along the countrymen's dream to become a global power made the USA one of the greatest countries in the world which was the case with UK, Singapore, Japan and all major developed economies. Countrymen respects their army, the leaders will give up their lives for their country but the case with developing countries is quite opposite as most of them are engrossed in corruption in different levels and just wants to stay lazy and make themselves rich.

Singapore had a great leader who took out his country from the clutches of poverty. Being such a small country - yet in a few decades they rose to prominence, to become one of the affuluent countries is indeed a big deal.

So why's that our India isn't rising to the top?


p>Possibly because most of the leaders have become a road blocker/bottleneck for any possible development. There is a major red tape in all levels of government operations and all the departments works in silos and their pecular ways of functioning an

something happened recently

So I think that I am a chilled out person who rarely gets angry. But something recently made me extremely angry and disappointed. DrupalEurope was the event I was looking forward to attending and it would have been my first ever International Conference. So totally excited, I submitted my session about how someone can be a community leader and can organise a DrupalCamp in their city/ town/ state or country. The session was based on my experience and learnings from the DrupalCamp Goa which I led along with my team early this year.

Voila, after a few weeks I received an email stating that my session got selected for DrupalEurope. It was a big deal for me as that was my first session submission and session acceptance.

But sadly I had to step back and inform the organisers about my inability to attend the conference.

So here is the thing. I rarely depend on anyone whether it is the organisation I work with or people around me to help me out as seeking favours is just not me - but this was personal, a big learning in disguise. Due to my sheer inability to sponsor myself to attend the DrupalEurope and deliver my session opened my eyes wide open.

I introspected, retrospected and concluded that I am doing my finances wrongly and I am not putting too much thoughts  (i am but still) in allocating the budget for activities which will lay different levels of impact on my life either personally or professionally.

So, here I am, having a budget allocated specifically for *unexpected activities* which will have profound impact on me either personally or professionally. A fixed percentage of 20% of my earnings will go directly into it.

Academia holds another 20% as I believe that in your 20s you should invest significant amount of money in educating yourself.

So yeah, as a reader - besides my rant, I urge you all readers to have this kind of budget for yourself as well.

That one thing can prevent situations like that.

Goof up by Google Adsense - Email from 21 Jul 2016 sent on August 7 2018

Nobody is truly perfect and this time, Google Adsense did a goofup. 
They have sent an email titled "Google AdSense: Check your recent payment" to their Adsense Publishers containing the information about the recent payment they have made to the publishers. 
Following is the content: 
Check your recent payment
We sent a payment for your Google AdSense earnings on 21 Jul 2016.
If you haven’t received your payment within 5 business days from the date of this email, please contact your bank for more details.
The email was received on August 7 2018. Possibly this is a false alarm and many of the publishers received the email.
Here is the screenshot. 
Did you receive the email as well?

Best accessories you must buy for your GoPro?

GoPro cameras are amazing!

They are best friends of every traveler cum photographers - human beings who are hybrid combination of both worlds - which means they have their set of unique requirements from the camera like the camera should be sturdy, strong ( enough to withstand sudden drops ), is water proof, records videos with lesser shakes, is light and small, supports time lapse ( travelers these days are in love with them ) and this list keeps on growing.

We love the quality of the pictures it takes. The video stabilization is excellent. User friendly. 4K video recording is the most awesome feature in this camera.

Some more benefits:
- Its like your palm size , can be fit into your pocket as well.
- Control it with one button situated at top (for taking pictures, recording videos) or by voice command as well ( Say - GoPro Turn Off like commands ).
- Perfect companion in tight and crowded places where you can use it easily and put back into pocket .
- Video capture , image capture , time lapse and other features like image burst all included with ease of use.
- in built mic and if you want to buy external mic like rode and all buy a extension ( usb c to Audio jack connector )
- it really helped us shooting Videos for Workouts , travelling, vlogging and all hassle free.
- easy to use , simple to understand and no such fancy settings like Dslr .

One recommendation - Always get the official GoPro accessories as the original accessories have such a great quality that you will be proud of your choice. Yes, there are cheaper options available and they may look equally good but you never know when your GoPro falls down from the accessory. Then the loss would be in multiples of the savings you did by purchasing accessories of inferior quality.

Once you are done with buying your GoPro Camera, you must buy following accessories to expand the possibilities with your GoPro:

1. GoPro AFHGM-002 The Handler (Black)

Ever seen the Vloggers recording videos while walking/ trekking - most likely they are using the Official GoPro Handler which is light and easily portable. Check more details by clicking here.

2. GoPro Super Suit AADIV-001 Dive Housing for HERO5 Black

Ever thought of going for Scuba Diving and recording the videos of Corals, fishes and whatever marine life you will discover in the deep sea? You definitely need a Dive Housing for that.

Click here to check details about it.

3. GoPro AGTSM-001 Pole Mount

This is a great accessory for the Bicycles and other vehicles where there is a pole like structure. This is highly rated accessory and great for bicycling enthusiasts.

Click here to check details about it.

4. SanDisk Extreme 64GB MicroSDXC Memory Card

Memory Card is critically important

Since the video files and photographs clicked byGoPro are in high resolution, therefore the file size is massive as well. But since memory cards are usualyl having 20Mbps speed, you must buy Memory Card which has A1 sign on that and has Class 3 which are one of the fastest classes of Memory cards and which makes the process of recording videos using GoPro faster.

This is a must buy for every GoPro owner.

Click here to check details about it.

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