“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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[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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Come Out to Play for Fun – On “Finite and Infinite Games”

As this is a piece on playing games, of course I promise you a decent (over)dose of playfulness + humor + perhaps a winning strategy.

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Defending Selfishness and Questioning Altruism (on Ayn Rand’s philosophy)

Let us put aside “conventional wisdom” and look at an “unpopular opinion”: why selfishness has its virtues, and altruism has its flaws. On Ayn Rand’s philosophy.

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Does meritocracy lack merit? A critique from “The Meritocracy Trap”

For Yale Law School professor Daniel Markovitz, the word “meritocracy” is ironically named – he argues the meritocratic ideal both lacks “merit” and creates a new form of aristocracy that hurts social mobility. This article looks at takeaways from his book, “The Meritocracy Trap”.

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How Strangers Confused Spies and Diplomats (Reading “Talking to Strangers” by Malcolm Gladwell)

How come the best-trained spies & diplomats were unable to judge strangers correctly? Why do our interactions with strangers go wrong so often? Malcolm Gladwell shares insightful tips from real stories & research in his page-turner: “Talking to Strangers”.

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What does it mean to be “Educated”?

“Educated” is a memoir that brought me to tears so many times. What does it mean to be educated? Let’s set diplomas aside and ask ourselves what it means to have an education.

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[Big Ideas – Special] Understanding Markets via “Narrative Economics”

Nobel laureate Robert Shiller looks at “how stories go viral and drive major economic events” via “narrative economics”.

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