Sunday, April 5, 2015

Please define Empowerment for me

Oxford says "empower" means "Give (someone) the authority or power to do something:", well since my English is kind of broken so I had Google for meaning of empowerment. 

We talk about empowerment, our ( read Indian) political leaders talk about women empowerment, our movie stars talk about women empowerment and I do not know ( neither do I care) who else is ranting about women empowerment. 

Well, I am big time supported of empowerment, to be honest, I think whole humanity needs to be empowered today, that includes men and women. Just take a break and think about the babies taking birth in war affected areas or forget about war, think about babies being born in really poor families ( around the globe), do you think that anybody cares that they will probably never get proper nutrition or never get the medical attention or even worse, most probably that boy or girl will never come out of poverty , which is worse than being in jail. Even I can't feel the pain they will go through, admit it we cannot, our air conditioned room, laptops on our laps and chicken wings wont let us know what poverty is. 

But I get them who ever talks about women needs to be empowered, they should be allowed to do whatever they want. But since when we started promoting infidelity as empowerment ? I know many men they have the same problem, women have every right to despise them, that cannot mean that women have to follow the lead and be like those men, these men can be example of "how or what you should not be", they cannot be example of "how or what you should be". I am not being moral police here, honestly, I follow law, and in democratic countries you can simply file divorce suit for infidelity. I know in our epics women were really empowered in this sense, Kunti had her first child before her marriage and she abandoned him, Droupadi had 5 husbands legally, and we are big time believer of those epics, so I totally get you when Deepika says what she says in "her choice".

Anyway, I really do not care what her choices are, but this is bit painful to notice that no one talks about sending all girls to school, or before that, I have many friends ( women of course) who went through humiliation from their close relatives for being girl child, and guess what probably it was their grand MOTHER who was most unhappy with the grand daughter. And I get those mothers who made a chose to raise their daughters as sons. I do not blame them, being mothers they wanted better lives for their kids. 

Still some perverts are putting Cameras in changing rooms and trying to rape women, and honestly with my super exalted Venus I will never be able to understand them, although "I am a man". I personally feel, this is more about showing off power, showing off who is powerful. It is same as the powerful nation dictating the weaker nations, only thing, in this case man is trying to take over a woman, and trust me this is not about "being human", this is the animal side, As Mr. Darwin would have said, survival of fittest ( read strongest). Well, let's get one fact straight, no one is spider-man here, no body thinks, with power comes responsibility of protecting the weak( or less powerful), on the contrary people with thicker muscle prefer to flex their arms and show off some muscle power. I do not know who to blame, but I think the whole humanity needs to be empowered, all the mothers on the planet should raise their kids to be better human beings that being someone who is powerful ( apparently). 

But seriously, empowerment cannot be about infidelity, or showing off a body part as I want ( and expecting no one would stare at me), empowerment should be about making basic life choices like having a baby, raising your baby as you want and let your baby boy or baby girl take his or her own decisions those are for good for him or her and of course for society.   Just remember, we are not supposedly trying to end humanity here, we are all working towards creating a better future for humanity, let's now pretend to be human being and tame the animal inside.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Bid like a pro in Quibid - this is a quick tips sheet to make you bid smart

Hey, as always I wanted to share my experience with you. So, I am assuming you already know what Quibid is, it is most popular penny auction site as of now.

How does it work ?

First time user or regular users buy prepaid bid packages, each bid cost ( 60 cents right now, may go up or down later). So, you put a bid and you lose 60 cents for each placed bid. If you win something with 1 bid, you will spend 60 cents + 1 cent = 61 cents. Hope you got the idea, how much you spend with each bid.

How does company make money ?

Say, in any auction something gets sold for 10 cents, that means company sells that item for $6.1. So, people tell you he/ she won something for 1 penny is absolutely possible if you are super crappy with math.

How to start?

Quibid is an honest site. They have good tutorial and good disclosure about their business model. You have to be smart to read between lines and do the math. Anyway, just sign up and buy the starting bidding package, currently costing $60 for $100( may change in future). You can actually later cash out contacting support team ( for unused bids) or buy bids using the links they have all over the site.

1. First tip - read the help
2. Watch the videos on youtube - remember they are not pro, pro wont give away his winning technique
3. watch auctions for a while - control the itchy finger

Do not bid on JUST ANYTHING

Remember, this is not EBAY but more of a gambling site and chances are you will lose all your money without winning anything if you keep on shooting on just everything.
So with starter pack, you can put 60 bids, or think it in this way, you can bid 1 cent on 60 different items, and chances are someone will outbid you, think about it.

Choose your battle wisely - bid on the stuff if you really want it. If you are a man you do not want to bid on a woman wear. Or do you?

If you get into a bidding - do not leave the battle - sticking to the bidding battle would be only way of not losing money. How? Continue reading.

You wont get this tip on quibids on internet - so read on. Say something is being auctioned that is worth $10. You make 10 bid and you have another guy bidding against you placed another 10 bids ( chances are there will be many more than just 1 guy bidding against you). With your 10 bids you have already spent $6 on it, do not quit, Quibids has already earned $12.20 on it, you cannot back down now. Just look below, there will be a button to "Buy Now" and that would ask for $4 to buy that thing being auctioned. So you get the thing for 10 bucks.

Well, here is a catch - quibids selling ( or showing) stuffs for $10 are actually less on ebay. But, again it makes sense to but 1 extra dollar than losing $6. This is just example, mostly you will see   this happening in big ticket items.

So my big tip - stick to gift cards - you cannot go wrong with this strategy. Worst case you end up paying one extra dollar as shipping and handling charge for the gift card.

Flippers - I do not think you can make a fortune here. With so much competition and quibids putting prices higher ( significantly) chances are you cannot sell stuffs on ebay on MRP. So, I really do not know if it a good idea to be a flipper without a great luck.

Again - stick to low ticket items, that you can actually use, in case you cannot flip it, you will be able to use it. I get the itch in your finger, but just know this, there is a bigger gambler out there to outbid you, may be he is too drunk to know how much he is putting on bet, do not be an ass, know your limit and do not be a gambler.

Again, do not forget to browse through their help articles, quibids has done a great job preparing those help topics those are useful. 


Sunday, March 15, 2015

Review - Premier Protein Yogurt and peanut crunch

I want to start with saying I am a fan of protein bars and cereal bars. In protein bars Premier protein is my preferred brand. Usually they pack a bar with 18 - 30gm protein and around 200 - 300 cals. You can have these bars between meals, pre / post workout and if you are craving something sweet.

I got a free sample of Premier Protein "Yogurt peanut crunch", and they deserve to be appreciated as the bar had 30gm protein packed in it. But I really did not like the salty taste of it. I do not know   how much this bar costs and probably I will never know either as I did not like the taste, I am never going to buy it again anyway. You can get premier protein bars in Costco or Walmart.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

When Fit is unfit -

So, few days back I told you guys that to track your physical activities you do not need to buy wearable as long as you have android or iphone. I personally never owned iPhone 6 so can't speak for it, but as I posted I use android "Fit" app by Google. But, for last 2 weeks I was trying to figure out where "Fit" does not work or does not detect your activities.

For last 2 weeks I do not sit in office and stand while working on desk - "Fit" does not detect that activity. While working I wasn't really standing like the royal guards in Buckingham palace, I was moving, but not sure if that was enough to move my phone in my pocket.

I tried with data connection off and found out "Fit" does not work with "no data" connection or "no wi fi" 

But again, jawbone up or fitbit does not detect cycling. "Fit" is still free and wont give your skin rash. I cannot comment on apple health app but I would expect it to be better. One thing to remember, I have adjusted calibration in phone, so phone should understand when I move it.

Thanks for taking the time to read and share your experience below.

Update: 3/22/2015 - Fit works without internet, sorry I was wrong before. I ran on treadmill and checked how well it detects time spent running, well that is not accurate, if you run for 5 minutes it would detect 3 - 4 minutes. 

Saturday, February 28, 2015

How "Fit" is better than wearables?

If you have read my last post "Does Jawbone UP do any good to your health?" then it will be easier for me to make you understand that why I think the android app by "Google" called "Fit" is better than the wearables.

"Fit" automatically detects running / walking / cycling 
This detection is not accurate though, if you do not move your hand and still keep on moving fit thinks that you are riding a bike. 

Install in all devices, carry just one 
I have 3 android devices and I have installed "Fit" app in all 3, as long as I am carrying any one of those, my activity gets tracked and synced across all devices. 

If you have internet on device, Fit has in built GPS to track your movement
My Up cannot track the GPS location but Fit can

Most importantly this app is free and has no uncomfortable wrist band or anything.

So, in short, in future these apps (like google fit or the apple version of the health tracker) would be a killer alternative of these wearables such as jawbone UP or fitbit. If you are invested in those companies you should think again ;) 


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