Saturday, October 1, 2016

The Infinite Loop Of Learning and Unlearning

To learn something, unlearn something!

On Learning

Let me begin with a common scenario. An inquisitive young boy grabs a toy. What you expect that boy to do? Play? No, you just can't expect that because sooner or later he will make that into pieces. What's the psychology behind that? Yes the curiosity prompted him to do such action. He wants to know how the toy is made up of or what makes the toy moving or making sound.

All of us have an urge to learn new things. When we see something new, we ask many questions to get satisfying answers. Yes, that's learning. In that perspective, learning is a life long process. Age doesn't matter. Keep on learning and we discover new things and a reason to go ahead.

Knowledge as we have it today has been subjected to constant interaction of culture, religion and science. It is from Generation after Generation.  As humans, we have amazed lot of knowledge on different subjects and the hunting it is still continuing.

On Unlearning

To complete the learning process, there is lot of unlearning is sometimes involved. That's how the science has been progressing all the way to our times. Old theories made way to new theories and still it may change. This is how we should see it. To learn new things, we have to unlearn old things with an open mind. This is the most difficult part for many people as they tend to become adamant as they they get older. As many think they are themselves masters about the subject, it's a false positive. Never get into that attitude as it will ruin your career and will have a very bad effect on your personal life. People will see you as arrogant and they will get distanced from you.

Life is a great teacher and during the journey of life many of our assumptions may found to be wrong and we are required change our assumptions and even attitudes. People who are open to such unlearning will emerge as ultimate winners.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Some Thoughts On Real Estate Investment

what time is the right time?

Investment in real estate will not always yield good returns. Real estate market always fluctuates. With every policy decisions, real estate prices witnesses huge fluctuations. As one of the main pillar of the economy of a country, it functions as an indicator how strong the economy is. 

As in the every other market, real estate market also function on the basic principle, that is, the demand vs supply decides the price. Rumours also causes the price sky rocket.  

The rise and fall of economy is closely tied with the housing prices. Remember the housing bubble some years back. What happened was banks were lending too much money and people started investing in the real estate thinking that it will never come down. Housing prices were testing the new limits and then? What happened?  Soon the bubble broke and prices came down sharply. Many people were homeless. Banks who were once lending without asking too many questions has made themselves in a very bad situation. They became desperate in auctioning the houses at their disposal adding to this fall in housing prices. 

Inkscape A Great Companion For Graphic Design

Image created in Inkscape vector software
Inkscape is a great opensource software that can be used to produce some amazing graphics illustration. It's ideal for you if you don't have money to buy expensive graphics software. For quite a few years I have been experimenting with Inkscape learning new techniques on how to create vector images nicely.

What is Vector ?

Ordinary image types tends to loose resolution when they are resized to a higher size. This makes them unusable in certain situation where a large scaling is required. Unlike images that are of the type jpeg,png, vector images retains their resolution whatever the size you resize them. That's the basic characteristic of a vector image which makes it very useful in the print and digital media. Inkscape has some great features through which you can create stunning vector images. All you should know is the basic understanding of how vector images can be manipulated using various tools available in the software.

Recently I started submitting my illustrations to shutterstock. For vector submissions, we are required to upload both a jpg file and an eps file. Jpg file conversion is not available in the Inkscape. What I am doing now is first export the image to png format and using mspaint I open the .png file and save it in jpg format. It is very easy. Vector files are stored in Inkscape using svg format. But to upload to shutterstock I need to upload both .jpg and .eps files a the same time. I needed to convert the .svg format to .eps format. It is also very simple. Simply save the svg file as .eps format. So far my experience is great with the Inkscape and would like to learn more. You can review my shutterstock image set here.