A while back my cousin suggested that we go on a night hike to the Tochal peak like we did a few years back. I agreed on the spot since I’m always up for a good hike. We planed on starting the hike on 6 P.M., August 15. A night with near full moon shinning all night. Hiking under moonlight is an unmatched feeling. As we ascended, we talked and catched up with each other.
We didn’t make it in time to get into and spend the night in the Shirpala shelter. We rested behind its shut door a bit then carried on.
I spent some time taking pictures of the night sky.
Finally at 4 A.M. we decided that we are too sleepy to go on; and the moon was setting too. We slipped into our sleeping bags and dosed off quickly afterwards.
One and half hour later we woke up because we were freezing. We lighted a bush and savored the heat! As soon as the fire was out; we started moving not to freeze again.
From then on we continued (rather slowly) till we reached the top. All through the hike we met amazing people and felt challenged all the time.
Here’s a song to set a good mood :)
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It’s been a long time since my last post here. Mainly because I haven’t been practicing freewriting lately. I’m not as passionate about writing as I used to be a few months ago. It may be since I’m not currently reading any work of fiction.
This is the first post after my university exams and I want to focus on what I did on the first 13 days of summer. Starting a whole new category (Update).
As you can see in this post, written during last semester’s exams, there’s always a flood of new ideas on a variety of things you want to do during exams that you can’t afford to do then and there; because you have to spend as much as you can on studying. In the same post I presented a solution to get rid of those thoughts during exams, and not being bored afterwards. The idea was to write them all down. And that’s basically what I did.
These days I’m going through that to-do list. A lot of them don’t look that appealing now, but some of them are still looking good. This list saved me from boredom and inaction so far.
Traditionally I spent summers doing nothing. I was and still am an expert in that. Not Patrick-Star-level, but impressive nevertheless. By nothing I don’t mean leisure activities like watching movies or hanging out. Nope. Pure nothingness.
But this year there was a long overdue change. Now I have stuff to do and lucky for me I like those stuff.
A brief update on what I did so far:
Hopefully by listing these here, I’ll motivate myself and maybe you to do more, to do greater! We all can be a bit better, a bit happier, every passing day.
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It amazes me every time I think about how enabling computers are. When used correctly even a very underpowered one can be a powerful tool to do incredible things. Coupled with the Internet, everyone with a PC has unlimited information at disposal, and can also contribute with information of one’s own. Each time I think about the possibilities the more excited I become.
What a time to be alive!
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… þetta er ágætis byrjun.
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Today I Learned Google provides users a simple way to archive and download all of their data on Google. Including Gmail and Drive.
Few days ago someone approached me with a problem, “My Gmail ran out of space and I need all my emails, they contain important data.”
Instead of doing what I usually do and telling him he should have thought about a solution before the matter getting out of hand, I looked around for solutions. This resulted in finding a thorough how-to on backing up Gmail using a command line tool named gmvault on lifehacker.
It turned out to be a very good tool and did the work alright. But I looked for other ways too and that was when I stumble upon Google takeout which lets you create an archive of all your data on Google services.
So my archive got ready in an hour, and my attempts to download it on a VPS failed miserably. And by miserably I mean after a few tries I encountered an error saying: “Sorry, you have already downloaded that archive the maximum number of times.”
Looks like the only way to download them is to do it on a modern customer browser. Which is reasonable since the archive contains A LOT of sensitive data and is unencrypted. But with my Internet connection and prices, downloading with a web browser is practically impossible. Oh and to worsen the situation, once I tried to download it on Chrome I faced a 403 error presenting itself in XML format to me. The joys of using the Internet in Iran!
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Way past midnight I contacted a friend and I’m glad that I did.
We share a lot of feelings and thoughts. I consider myself privileged and lucky to have been found by such friend. There were a lot of —renowned— people who were deprived of this gift. Sad for them but lucky for us, those people found solace in papers and pens and now a lot of us can read what left behind and feel connected.
I’m also grateful about the technology that enables us to talk to each other this late at night and over such considerable distance.
I long to see him again in person.
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It’s been a while since I practiced free writing. And not-so-coincidentally It’s been the same while since my last exam. The struggle is real people!
Anyway, I wasn’t exactly a worthless piece of some usually-brown matter in the past few days. I finally settled on middleman1 as my static site builder of choice to host these writings and actually did go all the way of implenting it. Which wasn’t a cake walk by any means. The commands from the official documentation didn’t work for me!2 Someone should write a good getting started on this thing for people who are not familiar with ruby. To be real someone probably have done already, But I didn’t happen to stumble upon such thing. By the way I just —in the middle of typing— decided to link to the project3 that actually finally made it work the way I wanted it to after a day of dealing with errors. Be this a thank you to those people.
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