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I have a 4 year old son and his passion is vehicles. Cars, trains, tractors, bike, bus drive him crazy. He can play all day long with them. Here's a view of his garage. His favorite is Nano.1

When I am playing with my kiddo, I try to intermix gyan with fun. I try to introduce  concepts like Fuel, Braking, Money etc. When I am driving and stop at a Fuel station, I explain him the need of Fuel. He then imitates that while playing at home. I pay bill and talk to him about the significance of money and how money is earned.

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I wanted to teach my kid to Tell Time. I thought why not leverage his passion for cars? That would make it easier and fun for him to tell time.

I decided to make a paper clock. Each hour letter was accompanied by a colorful picture of a vehicle that my son understands. I created the basic template in MS Power point. Google helped me finding the colorful pictures. Following is the template that I created.

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How But my kiddo was going to play with the clock in real world. And so it was important that the colors that are so gorgeous in PPT are equally fantastic in the real world. HP printer came to my aid here. I got the clock printed on a Photo paper.

The only task left was before I can start teaching my kiddo was to add the Long Hand and Short hand. Heres a look at the final product. WP_20150110_15_35_58_Pro

How the Clock helped?

My idea was to teach him time telling by taking the car as the cue. So say if I want to teach him 12. I said when both the long and short hand meet on Rocket, its 12. I wanted him to look at the watch and know that its time to sleep. I told him that when the Long Hand is on Rocket and the short hand is on Airplane, its time for you to sleep.

Fun things you can do with your printer

The journey so far has been fun. There is no debate on the point that without a color printer, I would have never imagined creating such a clock. The entire clock creation process was a time well spent with my son. He thoroughly enjoyed the process. He is still learning to see time. My journey is still on.  I have to teach him the concept of Half and Quarter. So I am sure, I will have a version 2 of this clock.

During the making of the clock, I realized that What you can with a color printer at home is limitless.

Do feel free download and customize the image if you think its funny and interesting. Do drop me an email I am happy to share the PPT template too.

P.S : This project was created to participate in the "Fun things you can do with your printer" contest listed here

For me, Reading is a cherished hobby and thanks to apps like Feedly and Pocket, reading is pure fun.  The apps are so intuitively designed that reading anywhere on any device is hassle free.

But you know, we are living in a super hyper world. If you take 1 minute to read an article, there have been 347 new added in that time. By the time you have looked and shared a photo, 20k new have been added on Tumblr. Check out this infographic to know more about what happens in 1 minute in the #WorldOfInternet. How do you then manage your reading list in such a situation?

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Feedly and Pocket again come to our rescue. They let you save articles for a later read. You could scan the interesting stuff at one time and then read them lying in your couch when you want to . You could also share articles that amused you. Personally, I use IFTTT in conjunction with Feedly and Pocket to share some of the stuff that I read.

The problem statement

The one reason for me to share stuff on social media is to establish myself in the social media ecosystem. To build my repute in the #WorldOfInternet.

In this endeavor, I save a lot of stuff in my #ReadForLater list and also share them with others. I use Feedly to manage my RSS subscriptions and I have set a rule that every item that I "Save for Later" should be shared on my Twitter account. The rule engine is from IFTTT. At times I do share things only for re-tweets and likes. I do not really want to save it for later reading. I realized I need some kind of a automated rule to take care of this. Else my #ReadForLater list will become trash in a few days time. In the next few lines, I talk about the solution that I implemented to ensure my #ReadForLater list is clean and my repute is getting better.

The solution

The building blocks of the solutions have always been available. I just needed to stitch them together. The IFTTT rule engine is there, Feedly supports tags. So to keep my #ReadForLater list tidy, all I need is a new tag and a new rule based on the tag.

I added that tag #ShareToOthers to my Feedly tags list. I then use IFTTT to create a rule such that anything with the #ShareToOthers tag gets shared on my social media. You could also use the IFTTT recipe i created. Following is the link 

https://ifttt.com/recipes/235235-use-tag-to-keep-readforlater-clean

This way I keep #ReadForLater list is less cluttered. I am able to differentiate easily between articles of my personal interests and articles for my social repute.

Infographic source : http://blog.qmee.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Qmee-Online-In-60-Seconds2.png

Do let me know if it helped. Also share your methods to keep your reading list clean and tidy.

Happy New Year 2015 !!!

I read this piece of news about Facebook conducting experiment to on people without their knowledge and consent.

The experiment was to validate a theory about Human psychology that says "people feel bad when they see others are happy and vice-versa"

In simple words the theory says that if you see your friend's awesome Holiday pictures, you will feel bad that are you not having the fun your friend is having.

Similarly, if you read about something bad, you would be happy and thankful that it didn’t happen to you.

You are not doing these things consciously. It is happening in the background and so nothing to feel bad about it.

My research on this issue

I have saved the stories based on which I wrote this post in Storify. It is an interesting read for a lazy afternoon. Do go through it. You will find answers to key questions like

Why we get addicted to Facebook?

Why is it so difficult to avoid Facebook?

Key take-ways from the research

At first, I just read the news as another piece of social media flake and forgot it...but thinking about the psychological theory, I thought of checking it on myself. I went through my Facebook time and tried to note the emotions that I experienced. I realized the theory is true…

I researched more to find out the cases and stories about the impact of social Media. And to my wonder, I found millions of stories of people feeling unhappy, people comparing themselves to others and more. And all this because of your favorite Facebook.

The other psychological impact of Facebook I came to know is called as "Instant Gratification". As soon as something happens, you want to let the world know about it through Facebook. You long for comments and likes. Over the period of time, this becomes an addiction. You feel bad if there are not enough comments and likes on your status, photos etc. This is instant gratification. Longing for instant happiness, instant validation, instant feedback.

Is Facebook Ruining Our Lives? – An infographic by the team at Who Is Hosting This.com

 

So the first and only point is , stop using Facebook…

How will this impact your life?

In one word, you will be more happy.

  • Yeah, you will not have to check your phone regularly.
  • Because your happiness is not dependent on others validation, You will have less worry. You would be more happy and so live longer.

I know I have posted this on Facebook, I am trying guys…