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Tinderize Your Kindle

I happened upon this article on Farnam Street “How to Remember What You Read” while wasting my time on twitter. As I started reading it, I realised that it will be better if I read this in my Kindle since it is a bit of a long-read and I did not want to subject myself to the screen glare for such a long time.

As usual, whenever in doubt – Google. And I did.

There is this website called Tinderize. You can use it to send articles from web to your Kindle device. How? Let me show you.

  1. Bookmark this link on your Bookmark Bar. -“Send to My Kindle
  2. Go to your Amazon page and log in.
  3. Select the option “Manage Your Content and Devices” under Accounts and Lists Menu in top right corner of your amazon page.1
  4. Select Settings tab
  5. Scroll Down
  6. Under “Approved Personal Document E-mail List” option, select “Add a new approved e-mail address”
  7. add the email ID – kindle@darkhelmetlive.com
  8. Under “Send-to-Kindle E-Mail Settings” find your Kindle Email ID XXXXXXXXXXXXX@kindle.com – copy it and keep it ready.
  9. Go to https://tinderizer.com/ and keep clicking Next till you reach the following page 2
  10. Add your kindle email id to the list
  • THE END
  • Whenever you read any article, just click the “Send to Kindle” bookmark button
  • After a couple of minutes, the article will appear under the Downloaded Section of your kindle, provided your WiFi is on.
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Autumn of The Reading Days

I am on the last leg of my reading challenge.   With 43 / 52 books done and 4 more in the progress, and with the number of books that I will read as part of my academics and work, the number is sure to push beyond 52. I came across some really interesting books while I was participating in this challenge and I have added them to my “Must-Read” list of 2017 or 2018 depending on availability of time. They are  –

  1. Elizabeth I the Queen by Alison Weir
  2. Gloriana by Michael Moorcock
  3. Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco
  4. Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson
  5. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
  6. Consolations of Philosophy by Alain De Botton
  7. The Complete Essays by Michel de Montaigne
  8. Ideas A History by Peter Watson
  9. Thinkertoys by Michael Michalko
  10. Kafka on The Shore by Haruki Murakami
  11. A History of the Modern Middle East by William L Cleveland
  12. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
  13. The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
  14. Metamorphosis and Other Stories by Franz Kafka
  15. The Rise and Fall of Third Reich by William Shirer
  16. Napolean: The Path to Power  and Citizen Empire: Napolean in Power  by Philip Dwyer
  17. A History of The Arab Peoples by Albert Hourani
  18. Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Nietzche
  19. The Makioka Sisters by Junichiro Tanizaki
  20. SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard
  21. The Silk Roads: A New History of The World by Peter Frankopan
  22. The Age of Revolution, 1789 – 1848 by Eric Hobsbawm
  23. Sentimental Education by Gustave Flaubert
  24. Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
  25. The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson
  26. A Tale for Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
  27. The Swerve: How The World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt
  28. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
  29. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

Business and Self Development Books

  1. Upstarts by Brad Stone
  2. The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone
  3. Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of Spacex and Tesla is Shaping Our Future by Ashlee Vance
  4. Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg
  5. Originals: How Non-Conformists Change the World by Sheryl Sandberg
  6. Zero to One: Note on Start Ups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel
  7. Barking Up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong by Eric Barker
  8. The Art of People by Dave Kerpen
  9. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
  10. So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport
  11. Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines and Habits of Billionaires, Icons and World Class Performers by Timothy Ferriss
  12. The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss
  13. Deviate: Seeing Reality Differently by Beau Lotto
  14. The Knowledge Illusion: Why We Never Think Alone by Steven Sloman
  15. Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade by Robert Cialdini

 

for now.

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The Splendour of Eyvind Earle

I happened to chance upon this astoundingly beautiful artwork – Fairy Tales by Mahea Rodriguez.

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It said that she is inspired by Eyvind Earle. Curiosity piqued and I googled him. He was an artist employed by Disney and has created some breathtaking original art for Disney cartoon movies. He is chiefly known for the magical landscapes he painted for the movie Sleeping Beauty.

I check some more of his art. The thing about his paintings that first struck me, is how familiar the work is, the warmth they exude, like the memory of summer vacations of childhood. On further inspection, I perceived the grandeur that pervades his paintings. Even when he is sketching a simple tree, it is not just any other tree, its nature in all its glory. His works have a resplendent quality. They truly paint a thousand words.

 

Afterthought – The works remind me of Sesson – not in terms of style or colouring, but in terms of the soul of the work. 

I attach some of his works available in imgur. You can enjoy more of them here, here and here.

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Currently Reading

I am surprised by the number of books I have read this year. 34 and counting. I am currently reading

  1. Days Without End by Sebastian Barry
  2. A Clash of Kings – A Song of Ice and Fire 2nd Part by George R R Martin
  3. Grit by Angela Duckworth
  4. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (My Comfort Book)
  5. The Sellout by Paul Beatty
  6. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  7. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  8. Persepolis 2 by Marjani Satrapi
  9. The Karamazov Brothers by Fyodor Dostoyesky
  10. The Origins of Political Order by Francis Fukuyama

I must say Days Without End is VERY VERY VERY much a difficult thanks to the Irish American 1st Person Narrative. 😦

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Twelve Dancing Princess, Hawaa Hawaa and Taraf De Haidouks

 

Here I was, minding my business, reading some random nonsense, adoring some Oviya memes, and I heard this Hawa Hawa song. One of the more brilliant songs in Rockstar, part of the charm is that the song tells a tale. Such songs which has some story are some of my favourites, including BoneyM’s Rasputin. Hawa Hawa has adapted the Grimm Brothers’ 12 Dancing Princess where the queen does to the Dhozak* every night and dances like wind. So I read this blog and came to know that even the music is in a very east European genre. Smitten, I checked out some videos and stumbled upon Tara De Haidouks Turcească. I mean, pure magic. I have never heard such a powerful stream of music before. More on this later. (?)