Aditya's Ideals, Paradigms and Analogies
My top Kdrama recommendations can be found here!
Ze Tian Ji
Ze Tian Ji is a brilliant Chinese novel. In this post I talk about the themes that the novel touches on and present my fav excerpts.
Lying can be ordered on the scale of morality - White lies, lies to protect privacy, redirecting conversation topics, learning in a biased way to reinforce beliefs, lying by omission, misrepresentation, falsehoods. That's how I see the spectrum.
A review of some chocolates I recently tried. I try to describe the taste, recommend if you should try them out. Pictures, calories, and weight are cataloged.
Cognitive biases are heuristics build into our brains from the past which might have been useful in the ancestral environment. These are systematic ways in which humans are irrational. It is worth knowing and correcting for them.
Broadly there seem to be patterns of dependence between concepts which I try to explore.
Goodhart's law says "When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure" This idea is pervasive across society where you apply pressure on measures for control purposes. I explain how.
Made Easy Solutions
Selected solutions to previous years Linear Algebra questions in the GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) - IN (Instrumentation Engineering) paper.
Those who can't, teach
What did Bernard mean when he said “He who can, does; he who cannot, teaches", I would like to believe it was said in a plaintive tone.
GATE Linear Algebra Solutions
Elegant solutions to selected questions from Linear Algebra part of GATE exam.
Did you know these fascinating facts/factoids. Here is a collection curated by me. I have linked to sources.
The Fifth Science
"The Fifth Science" is a collection of 12 stories. This is my review of the book where I try to highlight my main takeaways.
Wishes in Genshin Impact
Using a Markov chain to model the Genshin Impact's gacha system. Find out the probabilities, expected number of wishes, and cost of each character in human currency!
How I made my website
How I set up my website within an hour. A ghost blog with my own custom domain name. This is free for students taking advantage of the credits offered by Microsoft.
What is an abstraction? a concept? a process? a class? Why is it a powerful idea and how pervasive is it in our lives? I hope to try and provide some food for thought.
TDS Meter Verification
Can we verify if the cheap TDS meter we bought online actually works at least somewhat? Well yes we can!
Onyx Boox Note Pro
A review of the Onyx Boox Note Pro. Is it just an overpriced kindle? Will it be worth it for you? Find out the cool features it brings you in my review of this device.
My favourite words
A list of words I keep using and spending a lot of time thinking about.
Axiomatic is a collection of 18 short stories written by Greg Egan between 1989 and 1992. I highly recommend this for any fan of the hard sci fi genre.
A trip down memory lane. Let's recollect the games, books, movies and shows that my generation loved as kids.
Butterflies in my stomach
What are the stages of love and the warning signs you feel when you are have a crush? Do we always want what is good for us?
My views on God and Atheism. How Feynman influenced them.
"Nature uses only the longest threads to weave her pattern, so that each small piece of her fabric reveals the organization of the entire tapestry" - Feynman
"Math is more than a language, it's a system of reasoning. The symbolic operations that transform equations is equivalent to constructing long chains of logical inference, building arguments too intricate to hold in our heads." - Strogatz
"When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure." - Goodhart