The Sam Roweis Quote

I have been mentored by many good people in my life and that’s one of the greatest blessing ever. One of my mentors, Sumod, oft quotes Sam Roweis.

The quote is :

“I say never let go, never rest, never stop, never give in, never show fear, never tire. Cleaner, faster, better than everybody else, more practice, later nights, earlier mornings. Only the mediocre are always at their best. Push yourself. Keep fire in your eyes and fire in your heart and always do what you think is the right thing.”

This quote somehow gives me small shudders as sudden sadness hits me…and then all of a sudden there is a warm feeling to live through every new circumstances life throws at you. To dare and live above average! To resist mediocrity!

The sadness in hearing that quote is related to Sam’s demise and his memorial blog. I don’t know Sam personally or professionally, but the memorial blog for the brilliant soul many knew often brings tears to my eyes..

I feel helpless, as helpless and sad as his colleagues friends and family. All I can do is pray for all the people who are affected.

Sam shall continue to be an inspiration for me and for many others.

Homage to the DIY

Nothing and I emphasize, NOTHING teaches you better than getting deep down and practically “Doing it yourself”. Getting your hands dirty, blowing up a circuit,making things fly apart and every other adventure is just a part of the learning curve which is not only fun but much more effective! And the satisfaction when you see the system you put together working, whether it be a small counter or a large UAV (Unmanned Aviation Vehicle aka drone) is priceless.

My adventures with DIY seemingly started when I was gifted a toy box,

The Mechanix! One of the most cherished gifts

called Mechanix from Zephyr. (Something great woke inside me 🙂 ) And I forever thank my mom’s sister (Indu Cheriamma) and her husband (Pradeep Elachen) for gifting me that box.

Here is a TED speech by Dale Dougherty, the editor and publisher of MAKE magazines(www.makezine.com). Listen to what he has to say 🙂

Now like Dale Dougherty says, “We all are Makers” and its not just the Americans, I feel that around the globe, there are so many of us who are driven to make.So what are you waiting for, ‘DIY! Do it yourself folks!

Invictus

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

~ William Henley