From Lessons on Leading by Jessica Steel : Leaders recognize that we should feel 60% mastery and 40% stretch in our jobs at any given time. We draw our confidence from the 60% we know we’re nailing, and we grow from the challenge of the 40% that is new and uncomfortable for us. Leaders focusContinue reading “60/40 rule”
Recently the Obama re-election campaign employed similar population-wide behavioral analytics to micro-target voters to ensure his re-election. There is no reason why we in India must not look to technology to devise ingenious methods for near real time data collection and population-wide analytics of social performance. This will not only help micro-target and localise welfareContinue reading “Micro targeting”
Synchronizing tasks, notes, calendars, etc. between desktop and mobile turned out to be a distraction rather than helping me, so I moved again to OrgMode. Here’s why.
Recently, I finished reading the latest “early access” version of the Big Data Book by Nathan Marz. This book has been fascinating because of a strong and simple “first principles” approach and because this general approach allowed just 3 engineers to manage the huge BackType system.
I was reading about EDN (similar to JSON) format and wrote a Python reader and writer over the weekend. The code is up on GitHub.
When my wife was editing my books, she used Mou.app for live preview of the text so that she knows what the output is going to be like. The caveat was that Mou.app does plain Markdown and not Pandoc format which would mean the preview would be screwed up whenever there was a code block, etc., so,Continue reading “Created an app for live preview of Pandoc”
I had an interesting morning today cycling around Old Delhi guided by Arkash of Delhi by Cycle tour. Seeing a city by cycle was a great incentive by itself and was fun. But I ended up with a case of the Paris Shock Syndrome because of the state of filth of the city, even theContinue reading “Delhi By Cycle”
No matter how many times I have heard about Taj Mahal, it’s startling how big it really is. It’s amazing that it is built on top of water wells and special wood because the wet wood makes it resistant to vibrations and hence earthquake-resistant. Of course, Shah Jahan didn’t anticipate that subsequent generations will destroyContinue reading “Taj Mahal”
After our previous flying fox / zipline experience, we were looking forward to the 6-zipline Flying Fox experience in the Mehrangarh Fort at Jodhpur and we were not disappointed, it was a picturesque location and the exciting ziplines went over water, fort walls and across the blue city scenery, ranging from 80m to 310m inContinue reading “Flying Fox in Jodhpur”
We had an interesting camel ride and fantastic night in the Thar Desert, thanks to Trotters, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.