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That in music, ‘counterpoint’ is used in the sense of a melody being played with another melody, that together they harmonise" [comment by maroonblzer in news.ycombinator] “Wealth, Virtual Wealth and Debt is a 1926 book by the Nobel prize-winning chemist Frederick Soddy. In this book Soddy points out the fundamental difference between real wealth (consumables such as buildings, equipment, energy, food) and virtual wealth, in the form of money and debt....

May 19, 2022 · 1 min · LJP

Zen of Python and legal agreements

Here is the wiki link and the Python Enhancement Proposal Page which provides the background and sets out the Zen of Python. Essentially, Zen of Python are a set of 19 aphorisms penned by long time Python developer Tim Peters which influence the design of the Python programming language. These are also visible as an easter egg in Python interpreter by typing import this. This resonated well with me because most of these principles should also be the guiding principles for drafting legal agreements....

October 20, 2021 · 1 min · LJP

Tweet sized random thoughts

Your friends will grossly over-estimate iphone’s market share in India. (It’s ~3%);

September 24, 2021 · 1 min · LJP

30 day streak in learning German

Well, I did a 30 day streak of learning German at least 15 minutes a day. It’s been amost a fortnight since I last did a lesson. Below are a few thoughts: Resources Duolingo (it’s the gamification in Duolingo that primarily helped in maintaining the streak) Babbel (I paid for the subscription since I thought I will be more invested if I pay for a course) Youtube videos (Nicos Weg- https://www....

September 9, 2021 · 2 min · LJP

The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande- key points

Introduction: (a) The author refers to an essay by Samuel Gorovitz and Alasdair MacIntyre on the nature of human fallibility and they mention that there are only two reasons why we fail at things which are in our control- one, ignorance and two, ineptitude-i.e. we possess the knowledge, but apply it incorrectly. Ineptitude remains common because know-how and complexity expanded exponentially over the years and has exceeded our individual ability to deliver its benefits correctly....

July 4, 2021 · 6 min · LJP