Lessons from subway surfers

You’ve probably heard of the game “Subway Surfers” because it is now the top free game on the play store. They did a great job in getting the people to know it through linking it with Facebook and showing your friends’ high scores to encourage you to beat them and so on.

But what caught my eye isn’t actually about the game, its about my attitude while playing it.
When you’re connected to the internet while playing the game you see the lowest high score of your friends until you beat that score then you see the next high score and so on but when you’re not online you don’t see any high scores of any friends, you see just your own high score.
What I observed is that I’ve never beaten my high score when I’m online, I was offline every time I beat my high score. I never did my best when I feel I’m winning, I never got a high score when beating my friends’ high scores lower than my highest score, I only did my best when I felt that “there’s a lot to do!”

So whatever you’re doing in your life there are easy achievements of course, don’t fool yourself and think you’re doing a great job by getting them because you won’t learn anything new unless you challenge your limits, not others’.

The post was kinda boring and traditional right ? yeah I know, but there’s a hidden message in it. Did you get  it before this line? wait wait.. think again please… come on, its not that hard !… Gave up ? Alright, I was going to say it anyway… Its “learn from every thing, even from a game on your phone.”

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Convincing people 101

Convincing is skill you really should take care about because your whole life depends on decisions you have to take, and not everybody around you thinks the way you do. So most of the time you will need to convince them or live alone if you can take it.
I’m not a convincing master but I’m not giving up on learning and that’s the key point in every thing, keep learning.
I’m going to list some points that came up in my mind to optimize that skill.

1. Do not get angry at any level.
Anger destroys conversation and changes it into a fight to prove you are right rather finding the best solution (finding the best solution is the goal of every conversation, isn’t it? )
So to avoid anger don’t argue in facts or beliefs, only argue in ideas or opinions because arguing in the first two will get the other person angry and eventually you’ll be angry too.
And of course I don’t have to mention to have a bit of self control and don’t get angry for trivial reasons.

2. Do your homework.
If you know previously what you are going to talk about think about all the possible questions that the other person may ask and try to get a clear answer for them.
It will make you more confident while talking and you will answer faster, your confidence and speed will make it a lot easier on you to convince the other person. So always be prepared.

3. Know when you’re wrong.
Its so important to realize that you’re wrong if you are, because arguing for a bad idea is really a bad idea ! It’ll just make your position weaker and you’ll probably lose the argument unless you’re arguing with a dumb.
Also arguing for something you know it’s wrong will decrease your credibility over time and believe me you need it.
And remember, the goal of any conversation is finding the best solution not proving you right because sometimes you’re not.

4. Play in their field and win.
If the other person gave you an example or asked you “what should I do?” you have to turn that on your side and prove your point in their example or tell them what you would do if you were in their position.

Again, I’m not an expert, I could be wrong so if you have better ideas or any feedback on those let me know in the comments please.

How to have have fun while going to work

Cairo traffic is beyond saving. Every hour in the day is a rush hour and that makes no chance of enjoying going to work or even enjoying work itself.
So how can you have fun in this frustrating environment ? a little challenge can do the trick.
Get out of your home 10 minutes late on purpose and challenge the traffic to get to your work on time.
By challenging the traffic I don’t mean to shout at the other drivers louder or drive carelessly but I mean to discover new ways that could minimize the time or try running or jogging and race other pedestrians, the key point is to do something different whatever it is.
The fun in that is when you actually get there on time, your whole day will be different because it started differently. (Hint: luck plays a great role in that, wish for it)
Also this kind of experience is useful when you’re unintentionally late because you already know by practicing this challenge some good tricks to minimize the time, or even if you didn’t minimize it you will be less angry because you have experienced that before and you were having fun challenging the traffic and yourself, so its good for anger management.
What drives me to think like that is that in both cases I have to go to work (in my case its college, I’m in the last year thanks god), so its either you get there happy or angry, your choice.

Change the world in 3 months

Today I was watching a movie called Restless, it was fairly good but inspired me with something.
The girl in that movie was dying in 3 months and I like to imagine myself living the story of the movie, that makes me enjoy the movie in a much better way.
So I imagined myself dying in 3 months and of course nobody wants to die without leaving a mark in this world but how in such little time ?
I would meet random people that I don’t know, stopping them in the street or something, and telling them my story. Then I’ll ask them to imagine themselves that they are going to die in three months too. And I will ask them to let me know what is their last wish or goal that they want to achieve before they die in 3 months ?
Then I will get their names and contacts and I will try to help them achieving their goals and wishes all the way I can before the deadline.
I won’t let them to be lazy and I don’t think they would, because they know its a dead man’s last hope and they will try to let him die proud.
That’s how I can rest in peace, knowing that I made somebody’s world a better place.

what would you do if you’ll die in 3 months ?
Let me know in the comments please.

You need a cheerleader

You know what my worst habit is ? It is thinking of so many great things and not doing 99% of them. Its really disappointing when I think how I would have become if I did most of these things.
And when I thought to myself why these 99% are left undone the only answer came to my mind was that I wasn’t enthusiastic enough, that I lost the mood of doing them, even when I write them down and keep reminding myself with them I’m still not excited to take any action.
That’s why I need a “cheerleader” (not exactly a woman that dances for me but why not anyway? :D)
I need something that puts me back in the mood and not just reminding myself with it and I need it for everything, from the biggest to the smallest thing, even having my breakfast or watching TV.
I believe I’m not the only one who’s facing this problem but now I’m in the mood of solving it, may be if I had postponed writing this post it would have been in the 99% (a lot of  posts are)
So I’m asking everybody reading this post, what would be that cheerleader that can enthuse you enough to do something that you want to do but not excited enough ? Can it be a daily habit? a software program? a friend? a wife or a girlfriend?
I’m waiting for your answers.

You and the universe

You are in control, not the universe. How ? Lets try to figure that out together.

When you draw the size relation between you and the objects around you, it cant be a straight line because the universe is infinite, whatever big the object is, there’s bigger and whatever small there’s smaller.

So the relation cant be a line, its a circle, it has no begin or end and you are somewhere on this circle, go anti-clockwise the objects are smaller, go clockwise they are bigger. 

But this can’t be possible because at some point the smallest and the biggest becomes one ! 
Yeah I know, because this is exactly how it is :D


When you see how a black hole (which is the most dense and heaviest thing in the universe) move around another one , you’ll find out that they behave just like an electron moving around the center of the atom !
The heaviest ever known objects behave just like the lightest ever known objects, Surprising, isn’t it ?

Here at this episode of my favorite show “Through the wormhole with Morgan Freeman” talking about black holes and simulating how they move. (you can jump to min 22:58 directly or watch the whole episode, its pretty informative)
So objects in this world are connected to each other more than we think, actually more than we could even imagine! No wonder how far away stars could affect our personalities when we are born like in the zodiac.
That’s how everything in this world is related to everything. There’s nothing in this world that can be isolated and any change in it wont affect the world, even snapping your fingers affects the world.
And since humans are the only creatures known so far capable of learning, imagining and creating new things then you have greater powers than anything else in the universe and of course with great powers, come great responsibilities. You are a superhero, so act like one.

Aliens

Today I was watching a TV show called “Stephen Hawking’s Universe” and the episode was about alien life forms that Stephen Hawking believes it may populate the universe and I saw how he is very excited and passionate about finding alien life forms in other planets despite their temperture, available resources, ..etc.
Then an idea came to my mind, that there could be aliens among us, here on earth! How? I’ll tell you.

When you process an image you deal with it in its simplest form which is a set of data or numbers and how you translate these numbers is the domain. If you assigned colors to these values (Spacial domain) you will see some features in the image but if you calculated the rate of change of the image’s values (Frequency domain) you’ll find different features you couldn’t find it in the first domain although its still the same image with the same data and you can change the image from spacial to frequency domain and vice versa through mathematical techniques like Fourier transform.

Image in spacial domain
Image in frequency domain



The world also is a set of data (a really big set of data) and how we see and deal with it is in a certain domain so if these data could be seen in different ways or domains then we could find clues of alien forms of life and they could be among us (Imagine aliens living around you. Freaky idea, I know)
I know the whole idea seems strange and nearly impossible technically but we’ve been searching the space for about 40 years for any clue of alien forms of life and till now we found nothing, so maybe its time to try a different technique and maybe the answer is much closer than we think.