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The Notebook | Dec 2018

A few awesome things I came across this week. Worth sharing, and keeping.

This article on two friends at Google. Loved it for many reasons, but mainly for the positive energy. In this world, where so many of the people are tied up in random jobs doing mindless stuff, good to hear about people solving problems, and working at the fundamental level. And having fun while doing it. Also loved it because it expands the possible – the energy and the momentumĀ  that working together provides these fellows. Expansion of what one can deliver. Reminder of Michael Lewis’s “The Undoing Project” and the friendship of Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky.

This excerpt from ‘The Pale King’. I haven’t read this book by David Foster Wallace. May be hindered by the feeling that this is really not his final version. Not perhaps what and how he wanted to share. Still, leaving it unread is a sort of promise, of a delightful expectancy in having this book as an outstanding read; something to look forward to in the future. The link shared here isĀ beautiful writing. Classic DFW. As flowing, as present, as humane and as close to the reader. Maybe not really classic DFW, since surprisingly, I didn’t have to refer to the dictionary for this one. It is just gushing with his presence, and with his thoughts at the most empathetic level. One of the best things I read this week.

This short video on Garry Kasparov talking about his best and worst games and touching upon confidence. The video was quite timely. The same morning I had a similar conversation with my tennis coach on confident shots and on backing oneself up in the not-so-confident shots. (I am a tennis beginner. Still in my first year of learning tennis.) And the coach was giving feedback on how the quality of my shots was different in rallies and on practice/fed balls. The point being that the shots are much more confident and complete when I don’t care for rallies. As soon as one lets go of caring for the outcome, and just plays the best without reference to the situation, one plays so much better. Hence, paradoxically, resulting in longer rallies. Or how you keep your head around you and reset on every ball. And let not the game or the rally get to you. Maybe not the same, but on similar lines and in same space as what Kasparov mentions. Works at many more levels than chess and tennis.


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