harshmode https://www.harshmode.com Blog on Science, Philosophy, & Life Sat, 09 Nov 2019 04:03:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://www.harshmode.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/cropped-favicon-32x32.gif harshmode https://www.harshmode.com 32 32 My Eulogy to Grandma https://www.harshmode.com/eulogy-grandma/ https://www.harshmode.com/eulogy-grandma/#respond Sat, 09 Nov 2019 04:03:53 +0000 https://www.harshmode.com/?p=2660 I made an eulogy to my grandmother at her funeral yesterday (November 7, 2019), and someone asked me to copy/paste it to them. I thought it would be easier to just post it on my blog & link it rather than go searching in my google docs each time then copy/paste. There were also many who were not able to attend so here it is.. I should probably explain couple things if someone randomly finds this through Google search. First, ‘Ba’ is what some Indian cultures call grandmother. Second confusing portion is the “masi”, “foi”, “kaki” part – they are just different relationships

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Tesla: Wireless Energy & Radio Technology https://www.harshmode.com/tesla-wireless-energy-radio-technology/ https://www.harshmode.com/tesla-wireless-energy-radio-technology/#respond Thu, 20 Oct 2016 21:42:37 +0000 http://www.harshmode.com/?p=2508 In part 1 of this blog, the focus was on the AC induction motor, which was key in Alternating Current. It was arguably Tesla’s single greatest invention. The next few inventions Tesla came up with would continue to change the world, including wireless energy. He also continued to run into obstacles that ultimately led to his doom. After Battle of Currents There was no question of Tesla’s brilliance after his invention of the AC motor, which won him and Westinghouse the battle of the currents over Edison. Westinghouse also won the rights to build the first power station to harness the power of Niagara Falls. As

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Tesla: The Man Who Changed the World, Part 1 https://www.harshmode.com/tesla1/ https://www.harshmode.com/tesla1/#respond Thu, 13 Oct 2016 21:22:27 +0000 http://www.harshmode.com/?p=2481 Electricity is the single most important thing we use today for powering each of our technologies. From lights to smartphones to cars to computers to powerplants to air conditioners to refrigerators to stoves. Almost any modern technology you can think of uses electricity in one form or another. Most of the time, we don’t even think about it when we flip a switch or press a button. Over time, it has simply become second nature to us. Who was the mastermind behind it all in current state? Introduction When we think of electricity, we think of Benjamin Franklin flying his kite high

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The Power of Sports: Fan Perspective https://www.harshmode.com/power-of-sports/ https://www.harshmode.com/power-of-sports/#respond Thu, 29 Sep 2016 22:08:59 +0000 http://www.harshmode.com/?p=2291 Sports have magical quality that unites people and creates excitement beyond a pure business point. For this entry, I want to disregard the money & business aspect for a moment and focus on the idea of sports from the perspective of a fan cheering for his/her team. I want to consider the benefits to society and culture beyond anything money related. In the past, I did briefly talk about some of the negative aspects of sports as it pertains to society, education, and greedy athletes getting in trouble with the law along with the exploitation by power-hungry colleges/team owners. We know issues exists from both the athletes perspective and the leagues/owners perspective, but it does not make

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Top 10 Favorite TV Shows https://www.harshmode.com/favorite-tv-shows/ https://www.harshmode.com/favorite-tv-shows/#respond Thu, 25 Aug 2016 21:57:58 +0000 http://www.harshmode.com/?p=2392 After 2 month break, it is time to start writing. This time, I’m creating a new list on best TV shows I have seen. I keep track of every TV show I have seen on IMDb List. As of now, I have seen 39 TV shows — excluding cartoons and anime on this list. There are about 5 shows on there that became so bad that I quit watching — shows like Revolution and The Walking Dead.. I actually enjoyed the first 3 seasons of Walking Dead but around season 4 was when the writing and plot began to fall off the map (I had to force myself to watch season 5 to give it a 2nd chance, but show

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Game of Life: Life as a Game https://www.harshmode.com/gameoflife/ https://www.harshmode.com/gameoflife/#respond Wed, 22 Jun 2016 14:30:37 +0000 http://harshmode.com/?p=827 I posted this entry on life more than a year ago, but decided to bump it to the top after editing. As it goes with ‘hope’, ‘inspire’ and ‘dream’, I want to keep the 4 entries together.  I made changes to this entry because I like to change things up as my ideas evolve over time. What is the best approach to life? We all know life is rough. There are a billion things out there waiting to kill. We hear cases of friends, family & people we look up to dying from different causes. Cancer, car accidents, heart failure, stroke, AIDs, other diseases like diabetes,

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Power of Dreams: Why Dreamers Matter https://www.harshmode.com/power-of-dreams/ https://www.harshmode.com/power-of-dreams/#respond Thu, 19 May 2016 00:19:35 +0000 http://www.harshmode.com/?p=2297 I’ve written entries on hope and inspiration. This week, I’m writing about dreams and what it means to be a dreamer. Since dreaming is a fairly abstract concept to think about in detail, I had a tough time transposing my thoughts into written words. Dreams are not something that are tangible. It is easy to say “I have such and such dream” but much different to analyze the concept. Dreaming has many similarities to hope as well where we expect life to end up a certain way. I didn’t want to repeat things from entry on hope so I used an example

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Inspiration of Life: A Journey https://www.harshmode.com/inspiration-of-life/ https://www.harshmode.com/inspiration-of-life/#respond Wed, 13 Apr 2016 22:04:18 +0000 http://www.harshmode.com/?p=2213 Side-note: I realize I put up only 2 entries in last 2 months. I have not run out of ideas, but I simply have not been able to get more entries up. I had another entry in place of this finished 2 weeks ago, but when I was editing it, I realized it was a bit out of character. I was talking too much about myself, my social awkwardness, and armchair psychology reasons behind it — I had a sensible point to it all, but it was stuff I felt not to get into here. The goal of this blog is not to depress people but to inspire people

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Tunnel of Hope: A Way of Living https://www.harshmode.com/hope/ https://www.harshmode.com/hope/#respond Thu, 17 Mar 2016 01:27:33 +0000 http://www.harshmode.com/?p=2127 You may not have noticed it, but at the very bottom of this website, there are 4 words I had since day one. Hope · Inspire · Dream · Live. I believe these are the 4 most important words to live by. I decided to do a blog entry on each, and why these words matter. I already did an entry on ‘live’: Game of Life so I won’t do that again. I will do an entry on each of other 3, starting with ‘hope’. What is hope? What does it mean to be hopeful? Why must we cling onto hope? What is my belief and philosophy on it? How

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Space tech & Journey to Mars and Beyond: Part 3 https://www.harshmode.com/space-tech/ https://www.harshmode.com/space-tech/#respond Thu, 18 Feb 2016 03:54:21 +0000 http://www.harshmode.com/?p=2044 To conclude the 3-part series, here’s a quick look back. First entry was targeted more towards history of space-travel, some philosophical implications, and some broad science scope. Second entry went into the social sciences with focus on the biggest barriers to space-travel and limitations. Considering the barriers, in part 3 here I discuss what I believe should be the long-term vision moving forward and so this entry will consider some of the space tech area. NASA and other agencies know and understand the boundaries they must work within. They won’t come out and publicly state something drastic like begging politicians for extra money so they jump around the hoop, working with whatever

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