Emptiness

I am skimming through Paulo Coelho: Confessions of a Pilgrim by Juan Arias and I found this:

By Lao-tse

We put thirty spokes together and call it a wheel,

But it is on the space where there is nothing that the

usefulness of the wheel depends.

We turn the clay to make a vessel,

But it is on the space where there is nothing that the

usefulness of the vessel depends.

We pierce doors and windows to make a house,

And it is on these spaces where there is nothing that the

usefulness of the house depends.

Therefore just as we take advantage of what is, we should

recognize the usefulness of what is not.

I recently watched a Ted talk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7rewjFNiys&t=853s

Is this an omen?

Pleasure and Happiness

“Pleasure is a ‘good fight’ that is something very different to happiness. I don’t relate happiness to pleasure. The idea I have of happiness is very boring: a Sunday afternoon when nothing happens.The struggle and combat, enthusiasm for fighting a battle for something you believe in, sometimes you win and sometimes you lose, but it doesn’t matter, what counts is the struggle to bring something about. That for me is the pleasure of life. So let us say pleasure is everything you do with enthusiasm in life, which can include suffering and pain, but that doesn’t annul the deep pleasure of knowing you’re struggling for something you love.”

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Outreachy with Wikimedia: 4th-17th May, 2017

This is my first blog after getting selected as an intern for Wikimedia. Well, this is my first written account of any type after this little achievement. I haven’t yet made a diary entry for it, nor emailed my college mentor thanking him for every possible support. So I think this blog entry might go haywire, but I’ll try my best to keep it formal and on track.

What’s Outreachy?
Outreachy, previously called OPW-Outreach Program for Women is a three-month paid internship program for cisgender and transgender women, people of other gender identities that are minorities in open source (including transgender men and genderqueer people). The best part about this program is that it asks you to be 18 years or more of age, nothing else. Just nothing more than that. So you can either come from business or arts, be a single mother or an undergraduate, be in your teens or be a forty plus diva, you are welcomed to apply.

Wikimedia
It was my second attempt in Outreachy. I applied in round 13 with Zulip. Though I didn’t make it that time but the experience was very fruitful. It taught me how to study huge projects’ code in a way that you find sections that matter to you in order to solve some specific bug. I learned how to communicate with mentors and peers. Research, try to answer our own questions and if you still feel stuck, ask for help.
I was looking at the participating organization list of round 14 and thought why not Wikimedia? Our college hosted WikiToLearn conference’2017 in January and I think somewhere it played a role why I decided to go through the project list of Wikimedia.
I’ll be documenting the process of creating a Zotero translator. I believe during the documentation, I’ll come across many aspects of Citoid and these translators that I haven’t discovered yet. The existing documentation is pretty old and there are some topics that I want to include in my version.

Work done till 17th May’17

  1. Joined Zulip server for the participants
  2. Introduced myself on the mailing list wikitech-l@lists
  3. Created a Phabricator task for submitting the weekly reports
  4. Redesigned my blog, which keeps happening
  5. Updated my Mediawiki user page, this will also happen often in near future