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.)

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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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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Let’s be terrible together.

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If you've seen my front page, you know that I love writing, teaching and sharing ideas. This blog website shall be my codex; my personal manuscript, inspired by Leonardo da Vinci's Codex Atlanticus. The Atlanticus is a twelve-volume series of handwritten notebooks in which he documented his ideas and studies on a great variety of subjects, from botany to weaponry. These private scribbles give us a peek into the brain of a prolific man, and have allowed us to recognize his endeavours although half a millenium has passed since. Giant crossbow design by Da Vinci; and his self portrait I...
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