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My article on using curves in mobile photography with +Lightricks new app, Enlight.
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Curves and color correction has never been easier. Learn more in this tutorial.
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Saddle up, Americans. Give us some good pictures.
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Will you be able to see tomorrow's total solar eclipse?
From Sky&Telescope: Meanwhile, back on the ground, all of Europe (plus northern Africa and western Asia) will have to settle for a partial eclipse, which in some places will be quite dramatic. Cartographer Michael Zeiler has put a new spin on "how deep is deep": he's created a map that equates the strength of light from the partly covered solar disk to how much sunlight you'd experience on, say, Mars or Jupiter. Finally, those of you stuck in the Americas are not completely out of luck, though you'll need to be an early riser. A handful of sites are intending to webcast views of the eclipse, starting around 4 a.m. Eastern Time… Read full article: http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/observing-news/march-20-total-solar-eclipse-03192015/ Image Credit: Michael Zeiler
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Rant #52 — Stuff worth hating, part 1

1. Depressing statuses on IM: You're on WhatsApp, you're feeling low, you're feeling depressed, but stop telling the world about it and stop seeking pity.

2. LOL: We've said it, we've blunt its edges, it's time we stopped saying this; there are more elegant ways to express laughter. Also, let's face it: most of the time you type "LOL" you're probably not laughing, you're probably not even grinning.

3. Yeah: "Yes", as said by childish men. It has an extra letter — as if your mad urge to come up with ingenious, ridiculously hard-to-decode texting abbreviations suddenly evaporated.

4. Forwarding bogus facts: Quite simply stop wasting my time with this. I respect you immensely for having the concern to let me know about something, but I'd respect you a lot more if you fact-checked your messages.

5. Emoji overuse: You see cutesy little figures in colours and the most irresistible little caricatures ever drawn by man. I see someone who cannot express themselves and their emotions clearly with just words.

Please feel free to disagree with me in the harshest terms. (I do follow these: never say "yeah" — or "cool" for that matter — never cuss, never use texting abbreviations, always use proper grammar and I'm working on cutting down on emoji.)
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Hands down the most interesting physics book I've ever read in my life.

(Photographed here lying on my bed, because I read everywhere I humanly can, excluding under water.)
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Interesting. (From +Mimi Round. )

I'm going to not complain all March. Let's see how it goes. (And if I can.)

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WHAT IT'S LIKE TO GO WITHOUT COMPLAINING FOR A MONTH

HOW DIFFERENT WOULD YOUR LIFE BE IF YOU CUT COMPLAINING OUT OF IT ALTOGETHER? IS IT EVEN POSSIBLE?
BY JESSICA HULLINGER
For the month of February, Leah Shapiro had one goal: no complaining.

"I think I just wanted to be more self-aware and mindful of what I was putting out there," she says. Shapiro and more than 1,000 other people signed up for the Complaint Restraint project, established by Thierry Blancpain and Pieter Pelgrims. The goal? Creating a more positive life by eliminating negative statements. "There’s no secret sauce," the website says. "Simply stop complaining." But is it that easy? What’s so bad about complaining, anyway?

Griping comes naturally for us. During an average conversation, we lob complaints at each other about once a minute, according to research. There’s a social reason for that. "Nothing unites people more strongly than a common dislike," says Trevor Blake, author of Three Simple Steps. "The easiest way to build friendship and communicate is through something negative."

Also, evolution primes us to focus on the negative for self-defense, says Jon Gordon, author of The No Complaining Rule. "The more we look at something that can hurt us and kill us, we are programed to be on guard against that."

NOTHING UNITES PEOPLE MORE STRONGLY THAN A COMMON DISLIKE.
But all of that whining comes with a cost. When we complain, our brains release stress hormones that harm neural connections in areas used for problem solving and other cognitive functions. This also happens when we listen to someone else moan and groan. "It’s as bad as secondhand smoke," Gordon says. "It’s secondhand complaining." Just as smoking is banned in most offices, Blake says he’s banned complaining among his team members. "I give them one chance, and if I catch them a second time, that’s it for them."

That seems a little harsh, doesn’t it? Swearing off something that comes naturally to us seems like a setup for failure. Indeed, Blancpain and Pelgrims, creators of Complaint Restraint, admit they fail their mission miserably every year. "Things you do habitually are really hard to give up," says Joanna Wolfe, a professor of English at Carnegie-Mellon University. "Have you ever tried to eliminate the ‘you knows’ and ‘uh-huhs’ from your speech? It is extremely difficult."

And sometimes we absolutely need to vent. It feels good, doesn’t it? One study showed that bottling emotions could shorten your life by an average of two years.

The good news is this: There can be middle ground between going cold turkey and being a Negative Nancy. If you’re serious about complaining less, here are some realistic tips for success.

1. START BY DEFINING WHAT A COMPLAINT IS
If you point out that it’s cold outside, is that a complaint? "No, that’s an observation," Blake explains. "A complaint is, ‘It’s cold outside and I hate living in this place.’" Shapiro says she defines a complaint by the way it makes her feel: "I feel myself slouching and not breathing."

2. TRACK HOW OFTEN YOU COMPLAIN AND WHAT ABOUT
Change starts with awareness. "You’re absolutely shocked," says Blake. "After two or three hours of observing, it’s in the hundreds."

3. SEPARATE YOURSELF FROM CHRONIC COMPLAINERS
If you must lend an ear, try to respond with something positive rather than joining in on the rant session. "You’ve really gotta be quite brave and confident and have the courage not to need the good opinion of another person," says Blake. "You find over a period of time those people who complain constantly start to leave you alone because their brains are not getting that stimulus they’re looking for."

4. TURN COMPLAINTS INTO SOLUTIONS
This is called "positive complaining" or "effective complaining. As Wolfe says, "Don’t sit around and admire the problem." Do something about it.

5. USE THE "BUT-POSITIVE" TECHNIQUE
This tip comes from Gordon: "If you find yourself griping, add a ‘but’ and say something positive," he says. For example, "I don’t like driving to work, but I’m thankful at least I can drive and I even have a job."

6. CHANGE "HAVE TO" TO "GET TO"
"I have to pick up the kids" becomes "I get to pick up the kids." "You change a complaining voice to an appreciative heart," Gordon says. "You’re gonna feel so much better the more you focus on the positive over time. At first, it's gonna be a little awkward, but the more you get used to it, it becomes your natural state."

At the end of February, Shapiro says the Complaint Restraint project was hard but worth it. "I slipped a lot," she says. "But I’ve had more examples this month of me being more positive and better things happening." She learned to deal with her negativity by going to hot yoga when she felt it rising inside her, and she kept a journal. She even saw improvements in productivity at work, finally tackling a project she’d been avoiding and whining about. "It was something I found so boring, and then I just cranked it out. And I just felt so good having accomplished it."

She’s going to try to see the project through the rest of the year, hoping that, with time, "complaints will kinda melt away and won’t be something I seek out for a security blanket."
http://www.fastcompany.com/3042951/how-to-be-a-success-at-everything/what-its-like-to-go-without-complaining-for-a-month?cid=sf01002
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Jonathan Nolan's original ending for Interstellar. (Hint: Cooper would realistically have to sacrifice himself.)
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Speaking to a theater full of curious physicists, engineers, and students, Jonathan Nolan quietly let slip that his original ending to Interstellar was "much more straightforward." Yesterday in Pasadena, California, as a part of a media event surrounding the impending Blu-ray release of the sci-fi blockbuster Interstellar, co-writer Jonathan Nolan and science adviser/producer Kip Thorne addressed a packed theater at Caltech's Jet Propulsion Lab (...
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"The solar system is now looking like a pretty soggy place."
Jim Green, director of the Planetary Science Division, NASA
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New observations confirm the presence of a liquid saltwater ocean beneath the surface of Jupiter’s largest moon, Ganymede.
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I hope this works.

For the curious: these are DNA molecules not mechanical nanobots in the strict sense of the term. They should therefore stop calling them nanobots, but we've seen how biologists come up with unnecessarily complex names just for the fun of it. Scientific nomenclature, anyone?
In a brief talk, Bachelet said DNA nanobots will soon be tried in a critically ill leukemia patient. The patient, who has been given roughly six months to live, will receive an injection of DNA nanobots designed to interact w...
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Aargh! This is killing me from the inside. You damaged your Mac. Give me a moment while I look at mine sitting safe here next to me.
By the way, what on earth is your headphone made of that it could do something as bad as this? (Have you ever tried to pummel anyone with it?)
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Macbook Air... with authentic battle damage.
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Go Bayern! Welcome back, Lahm.
That was a nice match.
Bayern Munich stretched their lead at the Bundesliga summit to 14 points with a 4-0 thrashing of Werder Bremen on Saturday. The league leaders' team bus ran out of fuel on the way to the Weserstadion, but Pep Guardiola's side had no issues hitting top gear themselves in a comfortable victory. The champions cruised to a sixth-straight league victory as Thomas Muller opened the scoring before David Alaba added the club's 100th goal in all competiti...
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#PiDay — one of my favourite days.
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Happy 3.1415926 (and counting)! #PiDay 
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A bridge across droughts

I'm really impressed with the level of control my iPhone offers and the sort of merciless light it can take and yet preserve latitude for editing. Now if only it also took that much beating physically.
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Theoretical physics guy. Photographer, writer, and fiddler. Dapper.
Introduction
"Anyone who spends a significant amount of time with me finds me disagreeable."
-- Det. Lt. William Somerset


WRITING

I am a national award nominated creative writer, satirist and story teller who blogs at Blog.VHBelvadi.comI write essays, opinion pieces, musings, reviews and more on my blog. I also used to write for Svbtle magazine at one point.

Currently I am editor-in-chief of the online physics magazine, Physics Capsule.


PHOTOGRAPHY

I am an amateur photographer favouring landscape and documentary photography, but not strictly restricted by genre. I make photographs either to chronicle a moment or to convey a feeling.

You can follow my work here on Google+. Or you can follow me on flickr. Some of my mobile phone photography resides on Instagram as well.

[ All of my photography is licensed under a Creative Commons CC-BY-SA license which means you can use or modify my photographs if you credit me for the original.]


FILMMAKING

I make short films. It is a hobby and passion. So far I have made four productions and you can read all about them and watch them on my website.


PHYSICS

I'm currently pursuing my Master's degree in physics and intend to become an astrophysicist.

As editor-in-chief of the online physics magazine, Physics Capsule, I write there to popularise physics among the public.


CONTACT ME

I am available to email via this very page (if you circle me here on Google+) or you can use the quick contact form on my website. I also tweet. I am on Instagram @vhbelvadi too if you are interested.


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Occupation
Post-grad physics student, photographer and writer
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Creative writing, Physics, Maths, Photography, French, Violin, Web Design, random coding knowledge, ... (will add more when I think of them in my mind palace)
Employment
  • Indian Institute of Astrophysics
    Research on RCrB variable stars, 2015 - present
  • VHBelvadi.com
    Founder, 2006 - present
    Personal website
  • Physics Capsule
    Editor-in-chief, 2014 - present
    Editor-in-chief, overseeing design, writing, staff co-ordination, licenses and tech maintenance.
  • Lightricks
    Writer/Photographer, 2015 - present
    Freelance photographer and writer.
  • Svbte magazine
    Writer, 2013 - 2014
    Wrote for Svbtle magazine when it was invite-only for select writers, quit when it went public.
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