Monday, February 13, 2017

Hans Rosling

Hans Rosling died today. RIP Hans.

This video had quite an impact on me. With the body of knowledge Hans created, he is immortal. Yet another spectacular example of "मरावे परी कीर्तिरूपें उरावे"

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Predictably Irrational

I would say that "Predictably Irrational" is an extension to Daniel Kanheman's "Thinking Fast and Thinking Slow". It is much lucid though.

Principles I liked from this book are -

1)Explanation on how "Free is not really free."
2)Importance of ability to work in the zone. Doing something even when it's unpleasant in the moment for mastery in the future.
3)Concept of "Structured Procrastination". What can be done to avoid it?

The book helped me identify things I do which can be done better. Although the realization is uncomforting right now, action taken to get better will help.

Dan Ariely's talks on Youtube are highly recommended too. I bet they will make you think.

Read this article from Mr. Money Mustache too.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Qué Padre

Was happy to notice that I got what "Qué Padre" on a t-shirt might mean. Spanish lessons on Duolingo are worth it. Thanks Siddhesh for sharing about the awesome site on his blog.

Want more of XPs and lignots!

Monday, January 23, 2017


Someday AI will know what will be my next password and I won't need to change the password after specific number of days.

Or AI will be so smart that it will eliminate the need for a password in the first place.

Or this has already been done but it's taking the time it takes to percolate to offices.


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Linchpin: Are You Indispensable

I am trying to cultivate habit of "listening" to audiobooks. I sure miss the ability to take notes and underline while reading a book, but someone reading out to me make makes reading less effortful. Also it lets me "read" rather "listen" when I am tired and just want to crash in bed. Those five minutes of someone reading out to me makes me feel pampered.

Linchpin was suggested to me by a friend who has been reading the audiobook way over two years now. And I must say that it was a good suggestion.

Linchpin is loud thinking on what makes one indispensable. It talks about difference between the "scarcity" thinking and "abundance" thinking. Tells us that all of us are artists and need to nurture the art in us.

I liked the part about lizard brain. It reinforced by belief that we need take a note of our chain of thoughts but know where to park them. Learn how much to indulge and when. Our thoughts are our creations and we would want to have control over them. Not a totalitarian reign but rather warm amicable relation.

I will reread the book a few times more. Nicely done.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

In "Drive : The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us" Daniel Pink, drives home concept of "Motivation 3.0" a new operating system for new jobs that demand creativity.

Parts of Motivation 3.0 are -

1)Autonomy - Freedom to work on problems that inspire us and collaborate with (cross functional)teams.
2)Mastery - Work that helps us get into the "flow".
3)Purpose - How do we identify with what we are doing. Why are we doing what we do?

Succinct and gives ideas to think further. Half of the book covers "Motivation 3.0" toolkit. Ideas and people who have shown that the new approach works.