Aloneness

Dear L, Once for a couple of years, I worked from home as a consultant with a team in San Francisco while living in India. I was getting off work after midnight, every night. Usually, after work I would fire up my playstation; The world would be dark and sleeping.…

Mortality

“I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.” - Roy BattyDear L, I will always remember…

Depth

Dear L, I find depth to be a weird idea, given it’s so subjective and divisive. For someone like me, “The Big Lebowski” is a film about a brilliant characters being incredibly content with where he is. The Hollywood flick “Constantine”, for me is a character study of a…

Perturbations

Dear L, A brilliant man once told me about Umeshisms, named after Dr. Umesh Vazirani. Dr. Vazirani is a professor of computer science at UC Berkeley. He used to pack entire philosophy of life in little nuggets. Among those, one of my favourite one is, “If you have never missed…

Food

Dear L, I once went to a basic sciences course after graduating from high school, and there a chemistry professor who posed us with a question, “Do you know what cooking did to early humans?”. Obviously, as high schoolers, we were oblivious to any answer to that question. And he…

Squirrels & Brains

Dear L, I would argue that the cognitive revolution is the most amazing thing that ever happened to the human species. The ability to abstractly reason and communicate about the real world meant it was an unprecedented evolutionary advantage over other species. And on that note, today we will celebrate…

Software

Dear L, I have been thinking a lot of software, how we write software, consume software and use it to augment our minds as people; The general approach, is fraught with danger and in worst cases, fatal. One flaw with creation of software is that the the largest chunk of…

Computers, maths and mothers

Dear L, Let's start this weekend with something that I found extremely confounding recently. A pattern made out of a handful of pieces that never repeats itself. The underlying mathematics is absolutely mind boggling and beautiful, although I don't have the faintest idea about how to bite into this little…