The flaws a Nobel Prize-winning economist wants you to know about yourself
In practice, research has shown (pdf) that shoppers who can recall a few low-price products—perhaps because of a prominent ads or promotions—tend to think that a store offers low prices across the board, regardless of other evidence. And in a particularly devious experiment, a psychology professor (naturally) got his students to evaluate his teaching (pdf), with one group asked to list two things he could improve and another asked to list 10. Since it’s harder to think of 10 bad things than just two, the students asked to make a longer list gave the professor better ratings—seemingly concluding that if they couldn’t come up with enough critical things to fill out the form, then the course must be good.
It took some time for me to realise this. Happiness is a by-product.
Happiness isn’t obtained. It’s earned. It’s not the product. It’s the byproduct.
Moore says the most surprising thing the team learned is that responses drop-off significantly for emails that use language above about a sixth grade reading level, but emails that are too simple tend to be ignored as well. A 3rd grade reading level is optimal. He was also surprised that neutral emails tend to receive fewer responses than positive or negative emails. In short, being too negative is bad, but being slightly negative is better than being boring
Crux of this article is to emphasize that one thing that you should NOT do to think better is multi-task. Multitasking, artivle says, reduces your ability to focus on what's relevant and what's not and also your ability to filter concepts into boxes, ie categorise.
Using technology to hack dating
Summary: You need to keep your present untended no matter how busy you are to tend to your future self.
"Facebook has wisely retired its one-time internal-development philosophy, “move fast and break things,” but no business reliant on civil or structural engineering would ever have adopted such a motto in the first place."
" often your late-model car fails to start inexplicably or your office elevator traps you inside its shaft. Computing has become infrastructure, but it doesn’t work like infrastructure."
A wonderful interview of Harari for his new book on the future of humanity
How Big Data screwed us all!
Notice that you don’t have to finish your task. In fact, you don’t even have to work on the primary task. However, thanks to Newton’s first law, you’ll often find that once you start this little 2-minute task, it is much easier to keep moving.
I was recently introduced to Stoicism and I'm finding it quite interesting. I have realised that having a philosophical point of view that guides you towards a happy life is crucial. I shall continue my exploration of these philosophy.
Got to get rid of the morning smartphone routine even though I wake up early. 😅
An insight on the gender imbalance in the world of Chess
If there was an ambassador for nerds/geeks, it would definitely be Richard Feynman. He was one of the finest nerd with the curiosity. And I don't mean curiosity in just the scientific context. He was curious about everything. To emphasize his curiosity, I'm going to write it again. Everything.
He tried out drugs to under
Linux.com article on what's wrong with Docker and VMs and the how Unikernel solves those problems. (Not sure how relevant this is now since it's from 2014)
It's crazy how impactful is programming. Here is the dark side of it, a confession from a developer who helped code a website that lead to deaths of teenage girls.
This time it's Orwell using math that books aren't costly, which is the excuse most of his friends gave, than other forms of recreation.
A must read how one of the pioneering developers of the Cloud Computing revolution built a company that's being used by everyone constantly - from connecting to your Uber driver to verifying Yelp reservations!
We tend to wear our ability to get by on little sleep as some sort of badge of honor that validates our work ethic. But what it really is is a profound failure of self-respect and of priorities. What could possibly be more important than your health and your sanity, from which all else springs?
This one is a wonderful article written by Charles Duhigg about the findings of Project Aristotle at Google. The aim was to find the characteristics of the perfect team. I'm sure this one will burn all your notions of the perfect team as the results are contrary to what you'd expect. A long read but definitely worth the time for anyone who's ever going to work in a team. Not specifically Computer Science or Engineering. It's for everyone. 😃
The paradox, of course, is that Google’s intense data collection and number crunching have led it to the same conclusions that good managers have always known. In the best teams, members listen to one another and show sensitivity to feelings and needs.
Are you willing and happy to experience the journey? Or do you only want the end result?