What Steve Jobs said before he died

Steve Jobs, the founder of the Computer Company Apple, died in 2011 after a long battle with cancer. Read what he wrote a few days before his death:

“I reached the pinnacle of success in the business world. In others’ eyes, my life is an epitome of success. However, aside from work, I have little joy. In the end, wealth is only a fact of life that I am accustomed to. At this moment, lying on the sick bed and recalling my whole life, I realize that all the recognition and wealth that I took so much pride in, have paled and become meaningless in the face of impending death. In the darkness, I look at the green lights from the life support machines and hear the humming mechanical sounds, I can feel the breath of God and of death drawing closer…

Now I know, when we have accumulated sufficient wealth to last our lifetime, we should pursue other matters that are unrelated to wealth…

Should be something that is more important:
Perhaps relationships, perhaps art, perhaps a dream from younger days …

Non-stop pursuing of wealth will only turn a person into a twisted being, just like me.
God gave us the senses to let us feel the love in everyone’s heart, not the illusions brought about by wealth.

The wealth I have won in my life I cannot bring with me.
What I can bring is only the memories precipitated by love. That’s the true riches which will follow you, accompany you, giving you strength and light to go on.

Love can travel a thousand miles. Life has no limit. Go where you want to go. Reach the height you want to reach. It is all in your heart and in your hands.

What is the most expensive bed in the world? – “Sickbed” …
You can employ someone to drive the car for you, make money for you but you cannot have someone to bear the sickness for you. Material things lost can be found. But there is one thing that can never be found when it is lost – “Life”. When a person goes into the operating room, he will realize that there is one book that he has yet to finish reading – “Book of Healthy Life”.

Whichever stage in life we are at right now, with time, we will face the day when the curtain comes down. Treasure Love for your family, love for your spouse, love for your friends…

Treat yourself well. Cherish others.”

 

7 Common Grammatical Errors in English Language

1. Lie vs. Lay

We’re all pretty clear on the lie that means an untruth. It’s the other users that trip us up. Lie also means to recline: “Why don’t you lie down and rest?” Lay requires an object: “Lay the book on the table.” A lie is something you can do by yourself, but you need an object to lay. It’s more confusing in the past tense. The past tense of lie is—you guessed it—lay: “I lay down for an hour last night.” And the past tense of lay is laid: “I laid the book on the table.”

2. Ironic vs. Coincidental

A lot of people get this wrong. If you break your leg the day before a ski trip, that’s not ironic—it’s coincidental (and bad luck). Ironic has several meanings, all of which include some type of reversal of what was expected. Verbal irony is when a person says one thing but clearly, means another. Situational irony is when a result is an opposite of what was expected. O. Henry was a master of situational irony. In his famous short story The Gift of the Magi, Jim sells his watch to buy combs for his wife’s hair, and she sells her hair to buy a chain for Jim’s watch. Each character sold something precious to buy a gift for the other, but those gifts were intended for what the other person sold. That is true irony. If you break your leg the day before a ski trip, that’s coincidental.If you drive up to the mountains to ski, and there was more snow back at your house, that’s ironic.

3. Nauseous vs. Nauseated

Nauseous has been misused so often that the incorrect usage is accepted in some circles. Still, it’s important to note the difference. Nauseous means causing nausea; nauseated means experiencing nausea. So, if your circle includes ultra-particular grammar sticklers, never say “I’m nauseous” unless you want them to be snickering behind your back.

4. Comprise vs. Compose

These are two of the most commonly misused words in the English language.Comprise means to include; Compose means to make up. It all comes down to parts versus the whole. When you use comprise, you put the whole first: “A soccer game comprises (includes) two halves.” When you use to compose, you put the pieces first: “Fifty states compose (makeup) the United States of America.”

5. Imply vs. Infer

To imply means to suggest something without saying it outright. To infer means to draw a conclusion from what someone else implies. As a general rule, the speaker/writer implies, and the listener/reader infers.

6. Fewer vs. Less

Use fewer when you’re referring to separate items that can be counted; use less when referring to a whole: “You have fewer dollars, but less money.”

7. Bringing it all together

English grammar can be tricky, and, a lot of times, the words that sound right are actually wrong. With words such as those listed above, you just have to memorize the rules so that when you are about to use them, you’ll catch yourself in the act and know for certain that you’ve written or said the right one.

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From Beans to Bags.

Them: Would you like some tea?
Me: I’m more of a Coffee person.

I’ve been hooked on caffeine ever since I learned that I’m a girl and can’t roam around shirtless like a guy. Nescafe was my Jukebox (CD Player, mp3 or whatever you lot listen to your music on), my run to after every achievement, embarrassment, victory, and loss. I grew up oblivious to the fact that I was nurturing an addiction, a bad one at that, and well long story short by the age 20 I would sneak into my secret stash of beans ( that sometimes costed me more than a week’s food, makeup, clothes and medicine combined) past midnight and chew a fist full for as long as my mouth allowed. This was at worst, at the least I’d sniff or have a spoon full of ground coffee, I added water at times just to make it last longer or to look sane to others :p My friends and family were well aware and didn’t seem to mind until it depleted the iron in my blood. Caffeine then became even more attractive with its ‘you can’t have it’ charm.

My relationship with caffeine went from cuddly to complicated, winter nights became harder and pages became lengthier. My diet missed the extra buzz, my mind did too, the on and off went on for a year till I woke up one day to find no hidden stash, no beans or sachets, and no cravings but a lingering longing. A lot changed with my beverage preference, my attitude, and stamina, my hobbies and interests, my family and friends when I switched from coffee beans to tea bags.

I never thought a day would come where I’ll part with coffee, my days started and ended with a huge mug full of onyx black liquid, the taste and scent soothed my insides and my fingers around the mug calmed the awkward intervals during conversations. I’ve spent more time at Starbucks than any other place in the world, mostly alone while sometimes with friends, I’ve had more than usual coffee discussions and have spent hours in searching and learning the perfect blends. I don’t remember the instant my taste buds moved on but I remember the moment I had rid my body of the addiction.

Back in 2012 life went south somehow and took along my mental and physical stability, health declining and relationships disturbing, I knew amendments were in order. By the end of 2015 I was well aware of the drawbacks and initiated cleansing, I realized much more during that time and the process of cleansing was not limited to just my body. I saw the world around me change, I cut loose ties with people not worth the effort, strengthened the rest, moved on from memories that weren’t worthwhile to reminisce and built better ones, my kindness limited to those who asked for it and politeness directed to those who cared, cleaned up the clutter. I made a lot of decisions that time and two years later I’m only glad I did.

My drinks have more colors in it, more taste and more variety just like my life. It’s not strong smelling and tasting rather fresh and light. I didn’t give up a habit but a part of me away, with it went all that was foul and dark. I used to laugh at aromatic tea bags a few years ago, today I find myself drooling over flavored and scented tea in every supermarket’s aisle.

Small choices matter the most, one decision of cutting out an unhealthy drink changed my perspective towards life, compelled myself to cut back all that’s not good. Although I won’t be getting an award on my health anytime soon, I do feel emotionally and physically healthy than I used to.

Are You a Feminist?

It took us 21 centuries to discover the idea of feminism and about 21 months to misconceive and absolutely ruin its essence.

I’m a Muslim girl from a very conservative family and I’ve struggled to align myself with today’s world and my culture, while every day has been a challenge (and sometimes still is) nothing pisses me off more than seeing my values and ideologies made fun of publicly.

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I reckon I speak for many as I say that it’s high time we learn and truly respect the concept of equality and justice, that we stop bending towards discrimination and unite against all sorts of racism, prejudices, favoritism, chauvinism, etcetera. High time we take a minute to act and behave fairly a.k.a be a feminist.LywN3

Let me clear a very common yet naive misconception on feminism, it’s NOT about being feminine, in fact, that is quite the opposite of what it stands for.

It is also NOT to say that male and female are the same, it is as a matter of fact quite silly to claim that both the genders are alike, we’re very different, just like every other individual, our bodies and minds, our thoughts and abilities, our needs and wants are all of course very different than each other so yes we’re not the same, but why should that raise a question of one gender being superior to another? That is what feminism is all about, equality not in the sense to do what a man does, not the freedom to behave and act like one either but equal in respect, equal for opportunities and equal as human beings, equally free to make own decisions and equally accepted for the made choices.

I don’t want to generalize but correct me if I’m wrong, in the East, most girls are still expected to look pretty above all, their education and career, even personalities fall after. It is then very common for them to depend on their men; fathers, brothers or husbands. I was mistakenly raised wrong, my grandparents taught me to never depend on anyone, my parents always allowed me space to make my own decisions, always left a room for a little error, I grew up to be less like a girl I was supposed to be (a pretty Eastern girl with a small mouth) and more like a fair human being that wouldn’t just leave logic and sense behind because she was asked to. I’m not alone in the ride, every fifth Eastern girl follows. I was born and raised in Saudi Arabia, a country famous for its lack of human rights and height of discrimination, I disagree and claim that it all comes down to perspective. Unlike the majority of non-Saudi women (almost all non-Saudi women), I’ve had an opportunity to spend 2 years in their corporate sector, during this period not once I witnessed any sort of discrimination or harassment, no male dominance and not even once a low on human rights. I do agree that the country prefers their own above the rest, to some degree it might count as ‘racism’ but then that’s about everywhere and definitely needs to be worked on. Coming back to the topic, I was one of the two females in a 50 something male workforce, and not only was allowed equal opportunities but also beat them to achieve the best employee award, not to brag but to point out, that it’s up to you to earn and demand respect, up to you to behave and act freely, that is what makes you a feminist. Not clothing like men, not talking like men, NO, be yourself and who you are exactly, whatever and whoever that is, but take pride in it, be considerate of your environment and care of course but don’t deprive yourself of basic human rights of freedom.

Another tiny example to prove my point is a common phrase for girls like me, “Yeh beti nahin, beta hai” literally translating to ‘She’s not a daughter, but a son’  and is supposedly a good remark.

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I’ve been complimented on being more like a ‘son’ because I was fortunate enough to share the burden of my parents, for instance helping to get myself lavishly married ( a burden that wasn’t even theirs to behold in the first place). At first, I took it positively because guys get to take care of their parents more (since the girl gets married at some point and takes off to another place – whole new story to discuss btw) but the more I heard the more offensive it became.

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Why is it that being a girl gives me no more responsibility than to ‘be respected’ and not even in the way that I would like to be, respected for being a good girl, one that stays quiet and nods, doesn’t question and follows, one that gets into no trouble and has only the sort of fun that the society approves of? While many laughs at my arguments and ridicule them, some do understand where I’m coming from and for those ‘some’ I wanted to put this out there.

Being a feminist is about standing up for yourself and your beliefs, whatever that may be, allowing yourself to be in the same way as any other individual would, regardless of what part lies beneath their pants. It’s NOT about being rebellious or breaking norms/odds rather being and living like a human. Feminism does not go against any gender, race, religion or culture, it’s simply being fair and just to all.

Good Riddance! So, are you a feminist?

Downloadable Kindle books Online

1. Kindle Store ⇢ Kindle Store

There are a lot of free ebooks in the Kindle Store itself. The thing is how to find them. There also are several sites which list free ebooks from Kindle Store. I’ll put them together into a separate post, so stay tuned.

The best way to get free books is to go to “Bestsellers in Kindle Store” and pick up “Top 100 Free”. You will be able to see the most popular free titles in the Kindle Store. The list is being updated a couple of times a day, so it picks the hottest free titles that are currently available.

The other way to find free Kindle books is to search Amazon. While being in the Kindle Store, in the search box type “free kindle books”. This method gives an idea how many books are free in Amazon’s ebookstore.

2. Project Gutenberg ⇢ Project Gutenberg

We made such lists for other ebookstores, and Project Gutenberg is always there. It’s the longest-established ebook site in the world and the top place to download free classics. It’s the primary repository of free public domain ebooks.

When the title enters public domain, it means the rights to this work have expired and the book is publicly available. On Project Gutenberg the public domain books are free. It’s possible that elsewhere you will find the same classic titles in ebook format, for which you’ll have to pay. This is what may happen in the Kindle Store as well. You can get Jane Austen’s book for free from Project Gutenberg, and find out that the same title costs one or two dollars in Amazon’s ebookstore.

A good thing with books from Project Gutenberg is that if the original book had illustrations, you will be also able to get them in the ebook version. If you want the illustrations, make sure to download Kindle (with images) file. Please, keep in mind that such file takes much more disc space.

Free Kindle books on Project Gutenberg

Currently there are almost 43,000 public domain books in the catalog. The site offers a very useful Dropbox and Google Drive integration.

3. Smashwords ⇢ Smashwords

Smashwords is a top destination with ebooks from independent authors and publishers. There are 200,000 titles in the catalog. At the time of writing this post there were exactly 7,971,158,022 words published. You’ll be able not only to download books in mobi or pdf format, but also read them online in your browser.

Smashwords is a very important source of newly released independent ebooks. What’s more, if you are looking for free Kindle books in languages other than English, head for Smashwords and you should find here books in your mother tongue.

To quickly get to the list of free ebooks, simply use the combination of three top filter bars. For instance, here is the link to: bestsellers – that are free – that are 50k words or longer.

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Currently there are almost over 32,000 free ebooks on Smashwords. You can pick a category first and then select Free tab to get a list of free titles in your favorite genre. For instance, there are over 2,000 science-fiction books that are free on Smashwords.

4. Internet Archive ⇢ Internet Archive

The Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library with a mission of “universal access to all knowledge.” The website is a huge digital library of text, audio and video files. It offers over 3.8 mln ebooks and texts. Sub-collections include American Libraries, Canadian Libraries, books from Project Gutenberg, titles from the Million Books Project, and books for children.

When you find an interesting book, you’ll see in the left panel the list of available formats. In most cases mobi format will be included – here called Kindle.

Download Free Kindle books from Internet Archive

5. Open Library ⇢ Open Library

Open Library is another site founded by the Internet Archive. The site positions itself as “the world’s classic literature at your fingertips”. There are over 1,000,000 free ebook titles available.

The biggest benefit of Open Library is that it’s driven by a strong community. It’s like Wikipedia for ebooks. If the book had more than one edition, you’ll see them listed on Open Library. For instance, Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, first published in 1876, have 306 editions altogether and most of them have separate download directories.

Unlike other sites in the list, Open Library offers not only a mobi file, but also the option to send the book to Kindle – what saves a couple of clicks and makes a process of adding books much quicker.

Download free Kindle books from Open Library

6. Munseys ⇢ Munseys

The site is different from the others, as it offers over 30,000 rare titles that you can’t find anywhere else. If you are a pulp-fiction freak, you should go no further. Munseys has probably the largest catalog of pulp-fiction titles from the 30s and 40s of the last century – over 1,600 titles are included in the Pulp Fiction category.

There are other very specific categories here, such as ElizabethansFolkloreOrient Express, or Esoteric. Out of 13 file formats, two are for Kindle. “Mobipocket/Kindle” is in fact a .prc file. If you want a .mobi, download the file called “Kindle Fire”.

Munseys download free Kindle books

7. Feedbooks ⇢ Feedbooks

On Feedbooks you can find both public domain (Public Domain section) and free contemporary books (Original Books section), both fiction and non-fiction. As the site is based in France, there are a lot of titles in French, as well as in other languages, not only in English.

The site offers RSS feeds of specific categories, so you can subscribe to them and get new books the moment they are added to catalog. The download button links by default to epub file, but you can download from a text link next to it, saying “also available for Kindle“.

Download free Kindle books from Feedbooks

8. Mobipocket⇢ Mobipocket

While it’s not easy to find free Kindle books on Amazon, Mobipocket is exclusively about them. The site is owned by Amazon and lists over 11,500 free books. It’s the only website, except Amazon, from where you can download books only for Kindle.

The site is pretty simple and does nothing except listing books. All of them are public domain, and the last books was added to catalog in 2006.

9. Baen Free Library ⇢ Baen Free Library

Baen is an ebook online store, selling ebooks from a dozen of publishers, that also operates Baen Free Library. The library was established, because the cost giving away an ebook version of the book was cheaper than buying an advertising. That’s why in the Free Library you can find newly released title, not literature classics.

Although Baen is an ebookstore, you can download free books without the need to register or leave an email address. Some of the books may be included in the Free Library, but their status may have changed to paid, so double-check it before downloading.

10. Goodreads ⇢ Goodreads

The largest book discovery site, Goodreads, offers also books in mobi/Kindle format. The catalog is not huge, there are only 2,500 titles listed here, but they are very interesting ones.

For instance you can download Harry Potter: The Prequel by J.K. Rowling, a short story set about three years before the birth of Harry Potter. It recounts an adventure experienced by Sirius Black and James Potter.

11. ManyBooks ⇢ ManyBooks

The site offers almost 30,000 free ebooks. It’s very well-organized and easy to browse for books or follow recommendations. The book detail page displays not only usual fields like the author or publish date, but also word count and the reading ease.

The number of available formats is impressive. There are three formats your Kindle will read: azw, Mobipocket (.mobi), and Mobipocket (.prc).

12. DigiLibraries ⇢ DigiLibraries

The site is an online ebook catalog, where you can find almost 30,000 titles – all of them are free. There are several categories to choose from. The most popular are Poetry, Juvenile Fiction, and Literary Collections.