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Learning new things

This started as a tradition with one of my colleagues (Radhika Balaji) where we started sharing one new thing to learn every day. This got triggered when Radhika shared how she used to learn new things every day when she was in school and stopped this during board exams. Post the board exams, she never started the habit (for at least 4+ years). We decided to restart this tradition and continued this for multiple months. Here is the list of the things I’ve shared and things that I received.

For multiple reasons, I stopped doing this tradition and wish I could restart this again with more folks again.

Shared by me

  1. I’ve started watering all our plants regularly and was trying to find out the optimum time and frequency to water the plants.  Found this interesting video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d60lqIfGeQw
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbtp2YsZUI8. The amount of effort going into making something awesome is always great to watch. 
  3. https://twitter.com/Rainmaker1973/status/1616518328872304642. There are two things to learn here.  a) Physics and that is what you see in the video. b) How to make something interesting. How to teach and excite someone about ideas. I wish my teachers taught me this way. And I wonder what I can do like this when explaining concepts/ideas. 
  4. What does a king with a rotten tooth and an advanced computer technology have in common. https://twitter.com/culturaltutor/status/1623121201026502658?s=46&t=AG1C44Bj8nDOLzyN7s-cNg
  5. A small, but nice video about why SR 71 is the greatest and latest 🙂 https://twitter.com/IntEngineering/status/1617235651396620288. And my tweet about the same! https://twitter.com/sp2hari/status/1618860297556566018
  6. Found this while browsing the internet. There were few other shorter videos, but this was the best. Watch this when you have full 20 mins free time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iod6uwUGM2E
  7. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfPt8J95R-A Love the animations and the way it is explained.
  8. Airport codes. This is a bigger mess, I think it is impossible to fix now 🙂 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfOUVYQnuhw
  9. One interesting read on how good design can change the way we behave – https://www.bicycling.com/news/a20027122/vanmoof-tv-on-box-damaged-bikes/
  10. https://sive.rs/berklee. Love this post. Clean clear advice based on experience. 

Shared by Radhika

  1. Glue People – https://bigthink.com/leadership/how-to-succeed-at-work/
  2. This was a wonderful example of Design thinking and innovation: https://youtu.be/M66ZU2PCIcM
  3. Do you know what the end of a shoelace is called? https://youtu.be/VwizJNvl62U
  4. I saw this and thought it was absolutely crazy. Such a daring project. I wonder if there are any height restrictions for buildings. Even my town has them. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKwkMZbeeGo
  5. I hate to admit it but I might actually start believing in gods.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uBYomUSOoM. This video felt really good, there’s sooo muchhh we don’t know yet. Hope you like it too 🙂
  6. Every time I fly, I try to look at the wheels out the window. It made me wonder, how can a huge plane be supported by such tiny small wheels? So I found this video. From the second minute, they explain how it’s a well-calculated call. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2e4TvT9cvg
  7. The original proverb should have been “Practice makes myelin” 🙂 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2O6mQkFiiw
  8. Rumours are very powerful. There’s a common misunderstanding that kurkure has plastic. I have been eating it because I like it’s flavours and was curious if the plastic rumour was true.  Apparently it’s not.  Crazy how everyone’s been conditioned to believe something and not question it at all. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurkure
  9. What was Y2K, How did the media twist this, and how it ended. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyZDa09U7gc. It happened in 2000. Maybe you remember it. It looks like total chaos.
  10. I was researching the Pentagon when I came across a US defense website and somehow ended up here: https://www.defense.gov/Multimedia/Experience/Top-Gun-The-Edge-of-Aviation/ After the movie, this group became super famous. I love one part here a lot: The students who graduate from here return to their squads and fleets and become teachers. The performance of their own units improves significantly due to this. Even though this seems like common sense, I love it because it’s not very common I feel.

While the list may or may not be interesting for everyone, what I enjoyed the most was the subsequent discussions we had about each and every one of these topics. It was one of the ways to understand new topics and also a different perspective on topics outside your comfort zone.

If you had to share a list of new things to learn, feel free to send it to hari at hackerrank dot com. Always interested in learning new things 🙂

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