Simpler Photo Food Logger

Sometimes just a little extra awareness of what we are eating is all we need to eat healthier. For those who prefer simplicity over precision, this app is for them.

Another great feature of this app is logging IBS symptoms. This app will let you log your IBS symptoms such bloating, constipation, diarrhea, etc. You might be able to see a visual pattern in timeline or report view. And that might help you identify problem foods.

Report view is an innovative feature that will let you see one week’s worth of data easily.


Science, Nature, & Prayer

The scientific observer of Nature is a kind of mystic seeker in the act of prayer.
– Iqbal

Being a candle

Being a candle is not easy: in order to give light, one must first burn. – Rumi

Outdoors AC Leaking Oil

HVAC Condenser Coil Leak & Warranty

This is a quick lesson or reminder to anyone who just purchased a new AC system or new construction home. Most HVAC come with ten year warranty. But you need to register your unit with manufacturer for warranty to be valid.


Recently, our AC stopped cooling. Outside unit had visible oil leak. Apparently, oil is mixed in the refrigerant or coolant. Refrigerant evaporates leaving behind oil. So if you have oil leak, then you also have coolant leak. I figured that the fix would be simple as finding a small leaking part, replacing it, and then refilling refrigerant. Apparently our coil is leaking and that is essentially whole unit.

We called the company that installed HVAC originally. The guy initially scared me by saying that if we didn’t register the unit, then it probably is not under warranty and you cannot register now. It is only 3.5 years old unit.

Luckily, the company had registered it on their side, so all parts will be free. We still have to pay for labor which is still pretty high about $1100. But without warranty, it would have been another $1000 or so for the coil.

Dallas Skyline at Night

The Part Time Photographer blog

The Part Time Photographer is my new favorite blog. I have been reading it on and off for a while. It has given me a lot of ideas and encouragement. As photography gear is on expensive side, I always wanted to do a little professional photography to pay for it. But mostly been afraid about how it would impact my free time.

After reading The Part Time Photographer blog for over a year, I finally decided to fill out the email signup box. But I was surprised to see him personally reply to my email. The personal encouragement from him actually pushed me to finally put up an ad on Craigslist. We will see how that goes.

If you are interested in starting photography business, I recommend that you start with this blog.

FTP from Lightroom

I signed up on a few microstock sites hoping recoup some of cost of my camera. These sites provide FTP access for easy uploading photos. Lightroom doesn’t come with an easy way to publish or export photos to FTP site.

But Lightroom SDK comes with a free sample plugin that can export photos to a FTP site. It works really well and very easy to install. I learned this at

Giorgio Armani: The Man, the Brand, the Empire

Your forties are the moment when you start to become aware. It’s just the beginning. I’ve always believed that to confirm your way of thinking takes time. It takes experimenting. You have to confront different chapters of your life. Maybe I could reproach myself for not thinking enough about the people I had around me. My family. Loves. Memories. I was always here [points to his head], in my work. I guess I didn’t think life was so short.

Source: Giorgio Armani: The Man, the Brand, the Empire

Paul Graham’s “How to Do What You Love”

This essay is a great read. My favorite quotes from it:

That’s where the upper-middle class tradition comes from. Just as houses all over America are full of chairs that are, without the owners even knowing it, nth-degree imitations of chairs designed 250 years ago for French kings, conventional attitudes about work are, without the owners even knowing it, nth-degree imitations of the attitudes of people who’ve done great things.

That’s what leads people to try to write novels, for example. They like reading novels. They notice that people who write them win Nobel prizes. What could be more wonderful, they think, than to be a novelist? But liking the idea of being a novelist is not enough; you have to like the actual work of novel-writing if you’re going to be good at it; you have to like making up elaborate lies.

Whichever route you take, expect a struggle. Finding work you love is very difficult. Most people fail. Even if you succeed, it’s rare to be free to work on what you want till your thirties or forties. But if you have the destination in sight you’ll be more likely to arrive at it.

via How to Do What You Love.

A big construction is always completed late

His advice to me: Don’t be in so much of a rush. Be easier on yourself. Comparing yourself to what others are doing is a waste of time. He also adds an old Chinese saying – A big construction is always completed late.

via Does Life End at 35?.

Deleted books still show up in Kindle Archives?

I had deleted a few books from my Kindle & from Amazon. In theory, these books should be gone from my** Kindle Archives** too. But these were still listed in Archives.

So I emailed Amazon support. They asked me to call them for more in-depth troubleshooting. Apparently there is syncing issue between various servers of Amazon like servers. If you delete from before myk, then books go to Trash folder in yourmedialibrary servers. Now when you delete from myk, there is a chance that myk will not find the book in yourmedialibrary and it will get stuck in some weird loop.

The Fix is easy if you can see your books in Trash folder in yourmedialibrary:

  1. Go to
  2. Then click the View drop-down menu in the upper left corner.
  3. Select Trash from the list.
  4. Click on the box next to each item you wish to delete. Then, click the Return to Collection button.
  5. After books are returned to collection, go to
  6. The books you want to delete should appear there now.
  7. Now delete those books.

It should remove books from everywhere including Kindle Archives & yourmedialibrary.