Dear Reader,

I was disconnected with Internet, with my Laptop PC and with Smartphone from 5th September, 2016 till 16th September, 2016. It was great pleasure, immense satisfaction, peace beyond thinking & imagination and satisfaction ~ never before. I mean it.

World didn’t stop. No one died within trust circle and that was peace of mind. No one stopped breathing. None stopped eating, sleeping and getting up. Business across the globe was as usual. Life across the planet was as usual. Moreover, peace of mind and satisfaction was beyond imagination & expectations.

Above all sound pollution (man made) less 11 days life was like 11 years. I became younger by 11 years. In these 11 years I heard only nature’s sound and it was so soft, so humble and so natural that I felt I was living out of planet. Trust me and I mean it. I am going to write about using images & video’s in a weeks time.

I ran away from Indian urban city to safeguard my ears (to protect my natural & gifted hearing capability) from man made and man created sound pollution.

From 5th Sept. 2015 till 15 Sept. 2015, many Indian cities (Indians too) celebrated Ganesh and/or Ganapati festival. Click to read more about it. Who started & why?

Festival was restarted in 18th century by Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak. His idea was to inspire people to come on public platform under the umbrella of religion, god and festival. And over there, he could preach & inspire some Indians about freedom and need of freedom for India and for Indians. Click here to read more about Lokmanya Tilak ~ India’s finest & brilliant freedom fighter. He is my hero, guru, teacher & mentor. I also learned in that school that was started by him and our school is still located in that location which is opposite to his residence ~ Our residence is also away from his house & our school by 1500 walking steps in city of Pune ~

His intention & initiative was well accepted & perceived by some Indians and in turn festival was picked up by many Indian cities and Indians residing in respective cities.
Back in 1948, India and Indians received freedom from Britishers. Since then and till 70’s, festival was celebrated by many Indians and by many Indian cities as social gathering for people to come together.

However and since introduction of Dolby Speakers in India! Religious festival migrated from pure festival to power publication, out burst of media, sales scheme, consumption of countless eating products, consumption of alcohol never heard, creation of never hear garbage across each city and so on.

Now a days (here I am referring this period of last 12 years+) Ganesh festival means beyond imagination, beyond expectations and beyond tolerance sound pollution at least in State of Maharashtra (in many cities across Maharashtra barring few villages).

Practically every city in State of Maharashtra produce unbelievable sound pollution using Dolby speakers.

On these speakers, many Indians play most popular Indian film songs and less devotional songs.

On these songs, many Indian youth dance on Indian roads.

Before dancing, they consume alcohol and drugs.

Law of land & Indian Law System already ban Dolby speakers.

They ordered this ban since many Indians died in last 12 years+ because of sound.

Indians who died they were from different age groups.

Many Indians also lost their natural hearing capability including people who dance.

Many newly born kids lost their natural hearing ability.

Having stated this all Indian political parties (located in State of Maharashtra) & people associated with them gave damn to court orders.

In fact many elected leaders sitting in power chair (being minister) + cast leaders + religion leaders openly broke the law of land + court order and each one provoke Indian masses (associated with Ganesh Pandal) to use Dolby speakers in Ganesh festival.

Many sensible Indians (I am one of them and I know many Indians) were helpless since the subject is directly connected with religious festival.

Many Indians (to whom I met and interacted) started running away from this festival.

I was educated, empowered and informed about it back in FY 2007.

Since FY 2008, I also started running away from this festival to protect my gifted and natural health + hearing capabilities.

This year, I traveled 2 Indian villages where this festival was celebrated in very unique & sober ways.

I traveled places like Gondavale (village in Satara district), Satara (urban city), Kolhapur (urban city), Ratnagiri (urban city), Belgaum (urban city), Chiplun (city), Khed (city), Dapoli (city) and Kelshi (village in Ratnagiri district).

Out of all above, only Gondavale village and Kelshi village was without man made sound pollution.

Rest all were creating huge and beyond tolerance sound pollution.

Fortunately I only passed these sound polluted cities for few min’s and/or hours and I never stayed in any of these cities.

2 days I stayed in Gondavale village and rest all days I was in Kelshi village.

I came back to my current staying city on 16th Sept. 2016.

Over all look of the entire city was ugly and dirty.

I couldn’t digest and imagine how come so much of garbage was created within 1 day.

Unfortunately I was not having my camera with me.

But next year I am going to capture images of urban city after festival.

I also felt sad about 2 government institutes.

First, police force and second municipal corporation.

I really don’t know how entire city’s police staff (and their family members) digested so much of sound pollution?

I really don’t know how entire city’s police staff completed their regular duty and additional duty on last day of festival.

I really feed sad about it and I have beyond imagination sympathy for each one.

I also feel bad and sad about municipal corporation staff. The amount of physical stress they carry after festival to clean the city is beyond imagination & expectations. It is not a joke at all to clean the city after festival is over.

I would like to quote following message that I recently saw, heard and read while I was talking about garbage that I saw after last day of festival. It goes like this:-

Having informed all above and as I was disconnected with Internet, My Laptop and My Smartphone! I couldn’t read great number of contents that arrived in my email Inbox.

18th Sept. and 19th Sept. 2016, I read each email and now sharing those contents on Medium platform.

I hope readers of this post may like it.

I will write again on coming Sunday i.e. 25th September, 2016 about my weekly journey of inspirational contents.

Till then. Be well. Do Well.

Be useful and be meaningful.

Be with useful and be with meaningful people only.

Read, hear & watch useful & meaningful contents only.


This is Phadke SMN from India.

5 September, 2016 contents read on 17th September, 2016 ~ Backlog completion

Wikipedia’s daily feed ~ curated inspirational contents

 1. The doctrines and practices, or the character and spirit, of the
 2. (chiefly Christianity) Rigid observance of external forms of religion
 without genuine piety; hypocrisy in religion; a censorious, self-
 righteous spirit in matters of morals or manners.

Can Good design be bad design? Ethics in Design. ~ AVERAGE READING TIME TESTED ON PANDAS: 4:00min

In the last couple weeks I’ve attended a couple Q&A events where I basically answer questions in front of an audience. I love doing these and usually there is nothing that really surprises me. But I also noticed that at every event, there is always this one person asking some sort of passive aggressive question about design ethics. Rightfully so.

At first, I didn’t think much of it. But now, noticing the pattern I understood that it’s not a question, but rather a provocation to inspire a dialog. A dialog we need to have, but one we rarely talk about and which doesn’t fit into a 15min Q&A session.

The role has a designer, or even as an engineer has become more influential and powerful than ever. The work we do makes an impact and naturally brings up the discussion around ethics, responsibility and accountability.

It’s something I’m thinking about almost on a daily basis and today I’d like to invite you to think about it with me together.

First of all, let’s try to answer this question first:

Should Design by definition always be good from an ethical standpoint? Or can there be “good” design, even though what’s achieved with it has a negative impact on humanity?

Let me give you an example.

The AK47 is being praised as one of the best designed guns in the world. It’s was designed in 1948 and is still in use today. Those who use it praise it for it’s simplicity, the ability to maintain & modify it, and especially ease of us.

The AK47 is cheap, rarely breaks and does what it’s supposed to do really well.

Now the question is, do you think the AK47 is a well designed product despite the fact of it being a killing machine? Or would you say, everything that is not making the world a better place for everyone, is automatically bad design?

Before we answer this question, lets look at another example.

A lot of you might know the widely known German fashion brand Hugo Boss, originally founded in 1924. But what few know is that Hugo Boss designed & produced uniforms for the Nazi party during World War II. Specifically uniforms for the higher ranking SS officers. Even until today, these uniforms are being praised for their good design & aesthetics.

The same goes for the graphic design of Nazi propaganda posters. Clear typography, simple messaging and bold colors. From a pure graphic design perspective, you could almost say they are inspiring and well designed.

But then again are they? Ultimately, they’re being used to promote something far away from what we believe is a better world for all of us.

It’s a difficult question to answer, because from an ethical point of view you don’t want to like it, but from a technical point of view, you might?

Can we even say that ethics and design are the same? Probably not, because design is a practical activity, where ethics is more of a system of beliefs. Even though, ideally they work hand in hand with each other.

I believe ethics in design is more important today than ever. It’s important to have this dialog with ourselves and question the work we do on a daily basis.

Whatever client or company you work for, we should try to be informed and educate ourselves to our best ability. Because, as designers we’re supposed to improve upon brands or products, it’s our job. But is it possible to truly improve something we don’t believe in? We often tend to be in love with the technical challenges but forget about the bigger picture.

Defining your own set of values as designers is important. Even tough it might be easy to be accused of hypocrisy nowadays. Some of your moral standards or beliefs in one case might be not compatible in the other, at least from other peoples perspective. And maybe that’s okay, not everyone is perfect.

Some might think working for a tobacco company is as bad as working for a soda company such as Coca Cola. Others think you can’t compare those two.

And honestly, lines will always blur. There is no right or wrong, it’s up to you to define for yourself.

Let’s say the social network company you work for tasks you to increase the average time users spend on the social network. In most cases, as designers we wouldn’t think much of this tasks and get to work, because more is always better, right?

Only few of us would ask questions. Questions such as WHY? Why should the user spend more time on this social network? Are there any particular reasons other than monetary goals such as more ad revenue or the fact that if the user spends more time on our products, they spend less on competitors products?

The thing is, few of us ask these questions. Most of us blindly execute, trying to make it as slick & fancy as possible. And I don’t take myself out of this.

This is why ethics in design are now more important than ever. It’s important to think twice and build up your own belief system, not just following the one of your client or employer. Ethics are a process of learning & understanding, there are no pre-defined rules.

For me it means asking the right questions, such as:

- Would I use it myself?
 — Would I like it if someone else designed it for me?
 — Can my design get misused?
 — Do I really believe this is helping someone?
 — Is my work helping one group of people, but make another suffer?

These questions might be different for you. Every human being decides for themselves what they find morally acceptable and what code of ethics to live by. Ethics are something for every human being, but I also believe that we as designers especially should acknowledge the responsibility we have been given.

The products & services we design today reach more people than ever. It’s easy to fall in love with big brands, technical challenges or prestigious work. But knowing what we stand for, and WHY we do WHAT we do is what makes the difference.
 Thank you for reading! And as always, for questions and comments I always appreciate you tweeting at me @vanschneider — I do read email replies too, but answers might take a little longer. (:

Have a fantastic week,

Yours truly, Tobias van Schneider

Wikipedia feed for 06/09/2016 ~ curated ~ only inspirational

mimiamb: means (literature, Ancient Greece, rare) A short humorous dramatic scene in verse.

I also have a weird obsession with optimizing things. Even when I was walking to elementary school, I counted the number of steps on different routes so I could figure out which one was shortest.

Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik’s post on learn, unlearn, relearn and become unbiased if any about India, about Indians and about Indian mythological stories being told for countless time period and generations.

Wikipedia daily feed for 8th Sept. 2016 ~ Curated ~ Only inspirational

folio: means
 1. A leaf of a book or manuscript.
 2. A page of a book, that is, one side of a leaf of a book.
 3. (printing) A page number. The even folios are on the left-hand pages and
 the odd folios on the right-hand pages.
 4. (paper) A sheet of paper folded in half.
 5. (books) A book made of sheets of paper each folded in half (two leaves
 or four pages to the sheet); hence, a book of the largest kind,
 exceeding 30 cm in height.
 6. (accounting) A page in an account book; sometimes, two opposite pages
 bearing the same serial number.
 7. (law, dated, 19th to early 20th century) A leaf containing a certain
 number of words; hence, a certain number of words in a writing, as in
 England, in law proceedings 72, and in chancery, 90; in New York, 100

9th Sept. 2016 reading on 18th Sept. 2016 ~ Backlog completion

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Wikipedia daily feed for 9th Sept. 2016 ~ curated ~ only inspirational

 1. The act of cleaving or the state of being cleft. [from 19th c.]
 2. The hollow or separation between a woman’s breasts, especially as
 revealed by a low neckline. [from 20th c.]
 3. (by extension) Any similar separation between two body parts, such as
 the buttocks or toes.
 4. (biology) The repeated division of a cell into daughter cells after
 mitosis. [from 19th c.]
 5. (chemistry) The splitting of a large molecule into smaller ones.
 6. (mineralogy) The tendency of a crystal to split along specific planes.
 [from 19th c.]
 7. (politics) The division of voters into voting blocs.

Wikipedia daily feed for 11th Sept. 2016 ~ curated ~ only inspirational

This happened in 1893: On the opening day of the first Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago, Swami Vivekananda introduced Hinduism to the United States.

remembrance: means
 1. The act of remembering; a holding in mind, or bringing to mind;
 2. The state of being remembered, or held in mind; memory, recollection.
 3. Something remembered; a person or thing kept in memory.
 4. That which serves to keep in or bring to mind; a memento, a memorial, a
 souvenir, a token; a memorandum or note of something to be remembered.
 5. The power of remembering; the reach of personal knowledge; the period
 over which one’s memory extends.
 6. (obsolete) Something to be remembered; an admonition, counsel,

Wikipedia daily feed for 12th Sept. 2016

gecko: means Any lizard of the family Gekkonidae. They are small, carnivorous, mostly nocturnal animals with large eyes and adhesive toes enabling them to climb on vertical and upside-down surfaces.

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Wikipedia daily feed for 14th Sept. 2016 ~ curated ~ only inspirational

crow over: means (transitive) To triumph over (someone).

15th Sept. 2016 contents read on 19th Sept. 2016 ~ Backlog completion

Wikipedia daily feed for 15th Sept. 2016 ~ curated ~ only inspirational

scream queen: means (informal) An actress who appears in many horror films.

16th Sept. 2016 contents read on 19th Sept. 2016 ~ Backlog completion

Wikipedia daily feed for 16th Sept. 2016 ~ curated ~ only inspirational

compotator: means One who drinks (alcoholic beverages) with another; a fellow drinker.

17th Sept. 2016 contents read on 19th Sept. 2016 ~ Backlog completion

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Wikipedia daily feed for 17 Sept. 2016 ~ curated ~ only inspirational

This happened in 1716: French soldier Jean Thurel enlisted in the Régiment de Touraine at the age of 18, beginning a career of military service that would span 90 years.

This happened in 1849: American slave Harriet Tubman escaped; she later orchestrated the rescues of more than 70 other slaves via the “Underground Railroad”.

This happened in 1976: Enterprise, the first Space Shuttle built for NASA, was rolled out of the manufacturing facilities in Palmdale, California.

anneal: means
 1. (metallurgy) To subject to great heat, and then cool slowly for the
 purpose of rendering less brittle; to temper; to toughen.
 2. (figuratively) To strengthen or harden.