Codex Audentia

Codex (noun): An ancient manuscript text in book form.
Audentia (noun): Latin for “audacity”.

(This is my codex. If you’re looking for my blog instead, it’s here.)

Audiobook Tool Idea

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So I had an idea about how a tool that would allow people to easily record voice versions of their Medium articles, and automatically did the noise removal and balancing etc for them using machine learning. I imagined that most people don’t really want to spend all their time doing audio editing, which is why a lot of online articles don’t have any audio versions on them. I also imagined that a lot of people would enjoy turning their blog posts into “podcast”-like episodes, but are deterred by all the technical mayhem involved. I feel like recording and hitting “publish”…

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May 2020 Codex

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(Semi-random things I learn or think about in May 2020) May 22 Learning Chinese I’ve been on a 8-day unbroken streak of using Memrise to learn Traditional Chinese characters. I’ve discovered the Heisig Method and am using it, and I believe in it. After all it won’t be a waste of time in any way! The plan:– Learn to recognize and recall 3000 traditional hanzi, learning 20 per day.– After reaching 1500, start reading and listening to Chinese texts in parallel using LingQ to acquire spoken vocabulary.– After learning Chinese, I’ll learn Japanese again. It will be much easier. Learning…

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DenseLayers Pre-Launch Refresh

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Using this post to think through all assumptions, strategy and technical decisions made so far about DenseLayers. Deploy date is tomorrow. Today is 01May2020, and DenseLayers is ready to release minus a few last-minute changes that I keep making. I am in a state where I keep adding one more feature to make it easy to maintain the website once it is out, so that I can focus exclusively on content creation and marketing for the next several weeks. It is classic scope creep. But in the midst of all the excitement, I need to recollect my thoughts and ideas…

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Listening to Alex Rodriguez

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Alex Rodriguez spoke on Ed Mylett’s podcast. Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9kKEkA-zvE Takeaways: – Alex is all about process. He believes that if you do the little things and stack the little wins consistently (=work ethic), and see them as the big wins – over time they add up to great skill and achievements. The great achievements are not in your control – the little wins are. Don’t think so big, think about the little steps. He says that he is most proud about the fact that in all his 25 years of playing professional baseball, he never once missed his pre-game preparation…

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Notes from Shake Shack Owner Danny Meyer

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Notes from a Tony Robbins’ podcast where he interviews Danny Meyers: https://www.tonyrobbins.com/podcasts/from-hot-dog-cart-to-hospitality-empire/ “Hospitality Quotient”: as opposed to simply IQ or EQ 1. Kindness and Optimism (‘…skeptics and cynics don’t usually care how other people feel’)2. Intellectual Curiosity3. Work Ethic4. Empathy5. Self Awareness6. Integrity Danny says the above cannot be taught and trained, but can be detected through interviews. Interesting hiring practices at Southwest Airlines and Zappos. Danny says that when he gives a talk about company vision and values etc, usually there are a couple people who fall asleep etc. He makes sure that he adds at the end that…

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Lessons from FBI’s top hostage negotiator

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Then I went down the rabbit whole. I watched a TEDx talk by Chris. And then found his Medium blog posts. Needless to say, his will be the first book/course I’ll be consuming in depth as soon as I am able to. (Update: my roommate happened to have his book and lent it to me. Here are my notes from the book!) Notes: According to Phil Knight, the founder of Nike (as he said in his autobiography Shoe Dog), the FIRST RULE of negotiation is to know what you absolutely cannot walk away without. If you don’t, you can never…

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How do I describe my database schema?

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This is a post in which I explore what would be the best way to explain my current database schema for DenseLayers (my current project) in a clear and concise manner – which I will do in another post. This means that this is a rambling post about how I should write that future post. Writing great documentation (whether for yourself or others) is a skill and it should be practiced thoughtfully. I want to compare different ways of organizing/structuring the ideas on paper so that they make the most sense. Update: I realize other readers may not know what…

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