Watched last night with the kids and Linda. It kinda gets lost in the middle of the movie. Too much unnecessary scenes. The movie could have been better with better editing. A good 20 min of the movie was not needed. And some characters were flat out annoying. 


We’re jack of all trades and master of none

Last couple of weeks, I’ve interviewed a few UI developers. During one interview, this guy said “Normally I would just search StackOverflow.” And I would ask them JavaScript questions and they would answer them back starting with “I would use JQuery for that one … .” That’s about 99% of us and we all think it’s okay; having this shallow knoweldge that’s about a few inches deep. I am in that 99%, but I am getting tired of it. Everything you know is you kinda know. “Responsive”? I would just use “Bootstrap”. Bam. Problem solved. Another subject that I don’t really have to actually get. Moving on to the next shiny technology that will make me not know anything really. And everyone talks about “AngulrJS” this “AngularJS” that. Okay. Another framework that takes my pains away and helps me stay mediocre.

Don’t get me wrong. There is nothing wrong using these frameworks. (e.g. Read my homepage sales pitch.) But at least you should understand them. No more copying and pasting samples off their help pages, then jump right to stackoverflow hoping for someone to keep us stay “dumb.”

We all need to stop this. I need to stop this. In U.S., their education system takes pride in “not having to memorize anything”. If you have time, I urge you to read a fantastic book called "Moonwalking with Einstein." The book talks about memory. And the author points out that people who had the most in their head used to be considered “smart” way back in the days and he argues how one can grow intelligent when there is nothing memorized in one’s brain. “Why do I have to know these things when I can just google?” is a horrible way to approach your work; and it’s a horrible attitude towards your life.

I don’t want to be mediocre at what I do anymore. Too late? Maybe. But I sure will try. And you should too.

It was a good movie.

Great book

When I talk with the mothers I meet during my travels, I see that there is no difference at all in what we want for our children. The only difference is our ability to give it to them.

What accounts for that difference?

Bill and I talk about this with our kids at the dinner table. Bill worked incredibly hard and took risks and made sacrifices for success. But there is another essential ingredient of success, and that ingredient is luck – absolute and total luck.

When were you born? Who were your parents? Where did you grow up? None of us earned these things. They were given to us.

When we strip away our luck and privilege and consider where we’d be without them, it becomes easier to see someone who’s poor and sick and say “that could be me.” This is empathy; it tears down barriers and opens up new frontiers for optimism.