Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Friday, May 10, 2019

fake it till you make it

Julie Pagano: It's Dangerous to Go Alone: Battling the Invisible Monsters in Tech - PyCon 2014
fake it till you make it
act like you know what you're doing
get help
kill your heroes

Thursday, April 11, 2019

reality, like water which takes the shape of the container it is poured into,  morphs into the mind of the person it flows into. how would a container know if it is a container which doesn't have the know shape ?
thankfully, minds are plastic. yet, the more time spent in a shape, the greater the resistance of that mind to get out of that shape, and more rejecting of different experiences it becomes.
way out ?
if you malleably copy people, you will behave, and be responded to accordingly, as per that behavior which you copied, which is not yours.
if you like the response, you can move to make it yours by doing more of it.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

* Freakonomics, Think like a Freak, Gang leader for a day

* 50th Law

* Causal Inference: The Mixtape - Scott Cunningham (http://scunning.com/cunningham_mixtape.pdf)

* Illmatic, All Eyez on Me

Friday, March 15, 2019

re-awaken the old masters


from Greenspun

The typical white collar worker gets the job by having the right credentials and connections and then gets ahead by pleasing his or her boss. This worker might have a fancy education, a fancy suit, a smooth demeanor, and a political sophistication, but know nothing about making a profit or pleasing customers. The shareholders want profits, but the employee wants a raise and a promotion, things that can be most easily obtained by sucking up to the boss. It is very difficult to refocus one of these middle managers to think about customers and profits instead. Once the employee psychology sets in, it seems to be more or less permanent.

If you remember the lore, Greenspun did stuff in LISP and scheme as part of a CS education.

see : http://philip.greenspun.com/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg?msg_id=0006XQ

So many works -start with the sitemap and work down the list, finish off the technical content asap, then move on to reviews and other writings.

This , I think, is a site that I feel I should pull completely. While Sivers has lot of content, it is lightweight and dogmatic. Fried and Fowler are also blogs. This is a site, not a blog.

(iI) from defmacro.org,  another independent thinker -doer.

His original blog posts on lisp, functional programming, taming (doubt | perfection) and Enso gave me the feeling that I was on the right track and things will work out. I seem to have come unrooted, unanchored... 

These people were my 'future-possible' selves, and reading about them gave me a cutout larger than me that I just needed to fill, to step into their lives. Things aren't that simple now, and I am tasked with predicting where I'll end up, but the abstractions and formal systems are the tools I feel I need to sharpen. Mathematical thinking.

Can you make a profitable business with programming ?

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Wit & Wisdom

Wit means having capacity for inventive thought & quick understanding, having a keen intelligence.
Wisdom is the quality of having experience, knowledge and good judgement.
The two cover everything about competence, effectiveness etc.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

fasting feels NICE !!!

it makes me lighter, more flexible, makes the energy flows more easily ...

fasting/emptying brings back appetite and appreciation

the emptiness of the time brings perspective and 'puts down the cup' ,like AB said.

reading Joko Beck, with threads to Yasutani ,Kapleau, Myoyu Roshi and the Great Plains Zen Center.

XMind is really good. Unloaded my brain in like half an hour. Imagine what daily practice with that can do.

Some notes/ advice
Problem solving: divide into pieces, test each piece separately.
Progress : tracer bullets, one feature a day
Critical thinking : when/where things are and when/where they aren't.
Goals : people around you , not just physically -   | , what you can do - --   yields  |--

zen lessons
do lesser things, slowly, better than last time, with full attention
fast on and off to reconnect
acknowledge and let emotions slide, try not to be swayed by them
work so that you improve slowly but surely, so that in a month, year, progress is  visible
allow yourself to be happy
move so that you get closer to happiness

intelligence w/o principle = cunning ?

My earning, reading, doing, liking and what's on my resume are not aligned.

Gandhi - "Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony."