- Notorious B.I.G
So its tax season and taxman came knocking for bills. This is one of my least favorite times of the year. After all, who wants to spend time chasing old invoices and worst of all, organize them.
Unfortunately for me, I take cab twice day, order takeout food at least once a day. …
Every time you wish to procrastinate, there is an inner voice which assures you that it is the right thing to do. While this may not always be disingenuous, sometimes you are simply not in a mental state to perform any valuable action, procrastination can still be very dangerous.
Remember, a hare once decided to procrastinate during a race giving a bad reputation to all the fast movers for the rest of time!
So what makes procrastination so powerful? This is what I have spent years thinking about because procrastination has had an overwhelmingly powerful grip over me. I am the hare that doesn’t even show up for the race. …
or how I learned to stop worrying and love the tweet
A novice was trying to fix a broken Lisp machine by turning the power off and on.
Knight, seeing what the student was doing, spoke sternly: “You cannot fix a machine by just power-cycling it with no understanding of what is going wrong.”
Knight turned the machine off and on.
The machine worked.
Social networks are at the core of the human experience today. While there are many studies, research etc out there which clearly outlines the negative impact of the frequent use of social media which clearly is about as effective as anti-smoking ads are to get you off smoking addiction. …
This one was tough to write and took way too long but here we go.
Over the past few weeks, I have been looking into the numbers around the adoption of different kinds of technology across the world and have realized that two very interesting ideas stood out to me which I wanted to document here.
First is what I call the Leapfrog Law
Technology is never uniformly adopted and the lack of adoption of a technology in any market allows for leapfrogging in technological advancement in that market.
The other is what I call the Zero sum of Attention
Given that the total amount of time to spend on technology is bound by the upper limit of number of hours in a day, the race for offline + online attention is always a zero sum game. …
It has been a phenomenal year to trace the future of social interaction and how the tech giants have been chasing it in their own way. With Snapchats IPO recently, Facebooks F8 Conference and Google’s I/O all taking place in the last few months, it is clear that the next few years would be defined by a massive camera push for the web interface.
If you look into this, it seems pretty obvious how well camera fits into this narrative and why it is the most natural successor to text as the Internet content creator. The internet and the online interactive experience that we’ve had so far has been largely dominated by text. …
Today let us talk about The Market For Lemons, an economics paper talking about the quality and uncertainty that runs market dynamics.
A Wikipedia excerpt for this paper goes like this,
“Suppose buyers cannot distinguish between a high-quality car (a “peach”) and a “lemon”. Then they are only willing to pay a fixed price for a car that averages the value of a “peach” and “lemon” together (pavg). But sellers know whether they hold a peach or a lemon. Given the fixed price at which buyers will buy, sellers will sell only when they hold “lemons” (since plemon < pavg) and they will leave the market when they hold “peach” (since ppeach > pavg). …