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Optimal for “me” may not be Optimal for “us”

Two criminals are apprehended by the police, suspected of armed robbery. Call them Alice and Bob. (Hey, women can be armed robbers as well!). Being hardened criminals, it is difficult to get a confession out of them. And we have … Continue reading

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There is a spring in my step

“Hope springs eternal in the human breast; Man never Is, but always To be blest. The soul, uneasy, and confin’d from home, Rests and expatiates in a life to come.” -Alexander Pope The triumph of the human thought, that has … Continue reading

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Book Review- The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

There are—a few times in your life— experiences that shape your psyche and leave an indelible mark on your world-view. Reading Ayn Rand’s masterpieces ‘The Fountainhead’ and ‘Atlas Shrugged’ was one of those experiences for me. I have never been … Continue reading

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2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 660 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it … Continue reading

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Challenges to learning new things

What is the first thing that pops into your head when you see the picture? I hope the title did not already prime you towards the answer. To me, the first thing that jumps at me is – as soon … Continue reading

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What is Design

John McWade says: Design is about more than whether something “works.” Lots of things “work.” A theater marquee with chipped paint and missing letters “works.” If the local strip mall has what I need, you could say its ugly plastic … Continue reading

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Gaussian Curvature

I came across this article on Gaussian curvature recently, which was written excellently. The author has the knack of explaining things as well as anyone. Here’s the link to the same: http://www.wired.com/2014/09/curvature-and-strength-empzeal/ Here’s the Money quote. A surprising consequence of … Continue reading

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