Codex Audentia

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

(This is my codex – a working notebook with all my notes and rambles in their full glory. It is raw, unpolished and unfiltered. If you’re looking for my blog instead, it’s here.)

Technical Fluency Course for Non-Engineers

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This is a new project/business idea about teaching non-technical people about modern computing technologies in a rapid fashion without learning to code, to build systems thinking and technical fluency which is way more valuable than writing your first 5000 lines of code. Inspiration:Was talking to Taylor Kennon in the gym at 1040 about him getting ripped off by a developer, and offered to explain to him the overall tech ecosystem etc. Prepared a talk about it and gave it in the gym itself a few days later – my first talk was terrible because there wasn’t enough time, but it…

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What does failure for DenseLayers look like?

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Nobody wants to read my essays about papers on Medium. Nobody wants to discuss papers on DenseLayers. DenseLayers gets sued and forced to shut down or escape. Site is never able to scale, and becomes/remains a niche community or fancy blog. Site gets hacked. Becomes community of spammers, haters and bots. Questions Which ones are realistic? All of them What can be easily/mostly avoided? 3,5,6 What is the Minimum Successful Product? A site that has a new cool paper from DRL every month or so, with my comments. Essentially a community that only includes myself. Am I okay with minimum…

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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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Decision Process for Key Metrics for DenseLayers

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  The first version of DenseLayers is very close to completion (it's past the deadline of Dec 31, which makes me disappointed but at the same time I'm glad I'm making a lot of progress and doing it right. Need to decide what kind of metrics I should be monitoring as the founder, during the crucial initial stage. Using this post to think out loud from first principles and put my ideas on paper, hoping it will help me make sense. What I want to accomplish I want to grow the website into a product that people enjoy using, and...
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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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Defining the MVP of DenseLayers

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DenseLayers is a website where people can discuss research papers online, paragraph by paragraph. It is the project I am working on right now, and aim to launch the site by Dec 31. The story of how it came about etc is quite long, but essentially it started with me explaining the AlphaGo paper on Medium. I'll skip to a more pressing matter - what features should be in the first version of the website. As always, don't mind if this turns into a rambling post towards the end. *** As per my philosophy, my first version should have the...
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