Why learn the specialist’s language ? By vijay on February 1, 2015 — 1 min read Recently, I’ve started reading and trying to understand some pure mathematics – particularly the abstract algebra (Category theory). There was a question from someone asking why am I doing that to myself, instead of making “something useful”. I understood the question, given that I’m an engineer by training, so I’m used to applied mathematics, which... More

→ On starting By vijay on October 6, 2014 — 1 min read We’re so busy tracking completion — how many miles run, books read, calories burned, cities visited — that we forget to remember a project’s value in the first place. In our race just to finish, we underestimate the benefits of quitting. I want to come out of the unfinished project closet. I want to consider... More

Life is unpredictable enough to remain interesting By vijay on July 30, 2014 — 1 min read Gödel proved that within any formal system sufficiently powerful to include ordinary arithmetic, there will always be undecidable statements that cannot be proved true, yet cannot be proved false. Turing proved that within any formal (or mechanical) system, not only are there functions that can be given a finite description yet cannot be computed by... More

What Emacs is … By vijay on April 19, 2013 — 1 min read For handsome, smart, educated, awesome, people such as myself, it is a lifetime of treasures, hidden within RSI-inducing key bindings, no matter where on the keyboard one puts C and M. For leprous, primitivist, stinky, bottom-feeding, monkey-scratchers, it may be a befuddling plethora of options and flexibility that forces the user to form their own... More

Difference between 0 and ‘nothing’ By vijay on December 28, 2011 — 1 min read 0 vs. nothing is one of those abstract distinctions that’s almost impossible to talk about directly; you more have to do it with examples. Imagine there’s a certain math class, and in this class there’s a fiendishly difficult 100-point midterm, and imagine that neither you nor I get even one point out of 100 on... More