Don’t Trust the Odds (Ratio)

The odds are that most people don’t understand the odds ratio (and other metrics related to telling the odds). Let’s look at some common metrics and what they mean.

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[Book Review] The Art of Gathering

Review of the book “The Art of Gathering” – how to become better hosts at gatherings of all kinds, from birthday parties to home dinners to professional meetings.

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[Book Review] The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company

Book review of the memoir of Robert Iger, former top executive of Disney and named as the 2019 businessperson of the year by Time magazine.

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[Book Review] Humble Pi: When Math Goes Wrong in the Real World

A review and takeaways of the book “Humble Pi” – a 5-star book that teaches mathematical thinking in stand-up comedy style.

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“Premature Optimization” and the Pandora Box of Debates that Followed

“Premature optimization is the root of all evil.” This popular phrase in software engineering has led to interesting discussions on technical debt, the meaning of engineering and the Swiss cheese model of accident management. Hello World – read on to find more.

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“Uncommon Sense” About COVID-19: Data & Opinions Worth Knowing (live updating)

This blog post – live updated from time to time – aims to filter out the signal amidst the noise: data & opinions on the COVID-19 that (a) I think are worth knowing & reflecting about, and (b) are inevitably colored with my own biases & POV. Do your own research, form your own (informed) opinions, and stay safe!

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Are reciprocal ratings the cure or the curse?

A Uber passenger can rate the driver and vice versa. An Airbnb guest can rate the host and vice versa. Reciprocal ratings are commonplace today – what are the pros and cons? Let’s do some thought experiments.

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[Flash Fiction] Save the “Date” (1): Tinder Stories

The 1st part of a short fiction on dating – what’s a hotter topic than Tinder, the app that is supposed to kindle hot romantic fires? Read on for how a Tinder super-user handles the heat of (probably 157+) dates. His views on dating may resonate with or surprise you.

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Dance in the Elevator, Dare to be Happy

Let’s talk happiness with some happy vibes from shows & media – from Billions to Sex Education to Devil Wears Prada. Happy vibes for a happy 2020!

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Live Deliberately, Not Conditionally: On Carpe Diem

Carpe Diem – seize the day while it lasts. Motivation for the new year of 2020 ahead.

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