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Global Economic History

The Great Divergence The book starts with absolutely no frills and gets straight to the point. It talks about 3 phases in the recent history of the world since 1500. From 1500 to 1800 - lots of mercantile stuff. From 1800 to mid-1900's (I think) - Industrial revolution mid-1900s to now - He talks about the "Great Push" There is this divergence in the ability of the country to multiply its GDP. Some rich European countries and USA multiplied by 35 to 50 times whereas countries in Africa only managed 5 to 7 at max. Suprisingly, Japan, Taiwan and S.Korea majorly kicked butt at this trend to be an outlier on that divergence graph. They really leapfrogged to development. It is also interesting to note how China and India dominated world production in 1750 and down to pretty much minuscule percentage in 1950. China is ramping up and if it goes back that is one full circle. It is also interesting to note that India and China were pushed back to manufacture commoditie

44 Communication Ideas

The 6 ways of being able to influence people and persuade them There are 3 types of meetings - Information, Discussion, Permission. Lots of confusion from people not knowing what types. Kinds of questions also each have their place in meetings. Avg. attention span is 10 to 18 mins. Have short meetings. How to be a good leader. How you should not praise for the fuck of it. It lowers expectations.

How to create a mind.

Picked up this book at Word in Jersey City on a weekend afternoon. Did not realize at the time as to how old the book was. It made for a fascinating reading when on a five hour plane ride from Newark to San Diego. The coffee and the calmness conspired to motivate me to read this book with an attentive zeal I‌ had not experienced in years. The book is indeed awe-inspiring as the author starts to tear into the meat of the matter. Started to read this book again after a long gap. Started reading at chapter 3. The book talks about how the neocortex of the brain separates mammals from non-mammals and how the presence of a large neocortex has enabled humans to essentially dominate the animal kingdom. As a species, humans have evolved so drastically so as to be on the verge of creating the very intelligence that helped it gain that dominance. Scientific research shows how most of the neocortex is very uniform and the fundamental structure that makes up this uniformity is a neocortical c

Being Schizo-effective Bipolar

I was diagnosed with this is in the United States.  I am diagnosed with Weed-induced-psychosis in India. Not sure whom to believe. All I know is that my brain has been stretched to the hilt and the various layers of neo-frontal cortex are making an insane network to try to do the impossible. I might have burned a few brain cells. Given Lithium for. Was hospitalized in Dec. 17th - the same night my paternal grandma hurt herself in a car accident. Co-incidence? I think not. Second hospitalization was in a military-grade hospital. Very helpful. Was given some good treatment as well. I am law-abiding citizen on the country and a visa-holder in the United States. The third hospital location was the same as the first and this is where I snapped back completely. Everything normal Let us be smart about brain health. I feel like I can travel time. But it is hard to prove. Einstein said it is possible. As I write this, my future self is egging me on. We are going to get this. I am Dr. Manhattan

As good a time as any

Penning this on July 18th, 2022. It is 11:17PM and I am at the same desk I used to study during my 11th and 12th. The JEE prep days and I was going through this blog in a bout of nostalgia. Words will never do justice to the pure power that this house embodies. It is like a part of consciousness always hung around here and a part of me was always missing from me when I was thousands of miles away. When I landed here on the 30th of June with Taru , Lakki and Mummy, it did not take me more than 4 days to fall back in love with Bengaluru. I could smell the welcome in the air. It is perhaps the monsoons and it is perhaps my want and need to have Tara experience my childhood (a goal I admittedly flicked from my good friend Abi) or perhaps it was just the small peek into a comfortable life in high-rise apartments that made me re-evaluate my idea of Bangalore and life in India. It was absolutely stunning to see how the dark clouds of misjudgement of my country, state and city split asunder an

On the title

I am happy to have revived this blog and have a definite place to come down to coherently put down thoughts when I feel like. I also think that the blog title needs some sort of an explanation. I might maybe favorite this post so it explains a bit more. Yikes I actually do feel like that teenager/college dyood who is trying to express himself through the blog. I'm not gonna lie - it actually is a little exciting. Its very weird that I am actually imaging people flocking over here to see what this blog is about and then reading on to figure about why the blog is called and so on and so forth... As with many other things, I feel like I spend a considerable amount of energy "documenting" stuff because I have found it hugely beneficial to come back after a few months or years and give what I wrote here a read and from there bring back that spirit of that moment. I like how music does that to me. Not music that was made in a particular period but rather music that I listened

Pensieve leftovers

During the course of revamping the blog, I looked at drafts on the blog. I am going to go ahead and put them in here because it really is an amazing exercise to see what I didn't think was good enough to get there. In the lonely night in the blinking stardust of a pale blue light . . [Lyrics to that amazeball lyrics] . . Or broken. If there's a mystery in the foggy world of destiny You can have what's left of me where we were born in time. *OK What in God's name does this awesome sounding track mean?!!* Yes, a hopelessly cliched topic. But want to just write something as it has been quite sometime. I have only cheaply copy-pasted Dylan's classic as a post in the past 6-7 months i think. A lot of things 'Looking at it is like looking at the sun!! You don't stare at it!You sense it and you look  away !' Seinfeld immortalized the idea and looking at the sun was never the same again. I wonder if we can beat Larry and Jerry to

Aj lazy dog jumps over the quick brown fox.

An amazing anecdote about an adventitious altar: Baked beans blast boring boulders, briskly bringing back bricks - blue but black. Cacophonous coloured clocks count, calling cauldrons of Can. Developing diagrams depict delusional diamonds displaying dreams. even eternal, equally ephemeral, eight eigenvalues exact equations. fizzling fits force Floyd, fighting figments for Final formation. Great God generously gave, Grub generated, gallons gyrated. Heavy Hands handle Heavens, Holding Hell , heralding Horace. Indigo inundated India's Indus, informing ill,ignorant innocence. jealous jokers jauntily joke joylessly jesting justless Jews. King Karna kindled Karnataka , kindly kissing Karma. Lovely ladies lay, luring lined lunatics. Me Me moron, my man Manu ! No no nutjob , never never! O O Oormila , of ordinary onyx ornate . Please pass pity, prune pikes poorly prudent. Querulously Queen Quincy quietly quorums "Quality Quills Quick! Rape Revolting Retards, re

Of Nikola's Vision

If magnetic lines circulate time varying electric currents, should I not say magnets are bunches of electric current thrown to distort Serenity. What I learn today is this - vector fields are of two kinds - one called solenoidal from the greek word for pipe-shaped and the other called irrotational field which means it is making itself to be represented as a dot product with any scalar field phi. We see these kind of measurements for example on images for analysis and processing and such. The solenoidal or if I may, the rotational fields are those which can be represented as a dot product with a Vector Potential A, such that the field v can be written as v = del X A. Therefore, the dot with a cross product is bound to be zero too. This seems to be the foundations for the need for differential calculas. We are highly indebted to Newton/Laplace for Calculas for they sat on shoulders of Giants then and today we on them! Coming back to Electromagnetism, Magnetic field lines compose ar