## The Lady of the Lake, Andrzej Sapkowski

I’m pretty sure I haven’t read these books before but get the feeling that I’ve read something similar to Ciri moving through space and time. Oh well.

Always be scared if you’re the sidekick. Especially if one of the other sidekicks is stepping away from the stage…

## This Happened…

A Refined Laser Method and Faster Matix Multiplication, ” Josh Alman and Virginia Vassilevska Williams lowers the complexity of matrix multiplication from $n^{2.37287}$ to $n^{2.37286}$

## Pycon India 2020, part deux

Abhishek & Soham present “Understanding UMAP,” Abhishek Deshpande, Soham Joshi, Varad Deshmukh and Shrirang Karandikar

## PyCon India 2020

Siddharth presents “The View from Above: Getting Started with Satellite Images,” Siddharth Srivastava, Yash Damania, Yash Choudhari, Raghav Gaggar, and Shrirang Karandikar

## Intel AI Summit

Presenting our* work on simulating epidemic spreads at the Intel AI Summit

* Soham Joshi, Abhishek Deshpande and Varad Deshmukh

## The Tombs of Atuan, Ursula K. Le Guin

How is it even possible to create such worlds?

## A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin

SciFi/fantasy makes for great reading when I’m overwhelmed with too much going on. And something like this is great to just sink into.

The resolution at the end is…. mindblowing! And of course, there can be no better way forward. This works even as a metaphor for life.

## Afterlife, Simon Funk

Ha! This is how to create AI. And how to reason about future directions (also reminded me of one of Ted Chiang’s stories).

## A Man for all Markets, Edward O. Thorp

Beautifully written, and what an amazing story! And I finally understood what a hedge fund does.

## Essays in Love, Alain De Botton

I wish I had read this decades ago. But then, I probably wouldn’t appreciate it at that time.

## The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity, Carlo M. Cipolla

This was something that we discussed at AlgoAsylum. Depressingly accurate!

## The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup: My Encounters with Extraordinary People, Susan Orlean

The author is (was?)  a writer for The New Yorker, and I picked this up more for studying her style of writing. Consider crafting statements such as this:

She has an apartment in Paris and a house in Beverly Hills, a room key in Manhattan, the story of Hollywood of the late sixties and seventies in her head, and no particular plans.

Wow!

There is a beautiful structure to her articles, most end with a poignant, wistful, cliff-hanging quality that leaves the reader wanting more.

Much to learn…

## This Happened…

A (Slightly) Improved Approximation Algorithm for Metric TSP,” Anna R. Karlin, Nathan Klein and Shayan Oveis Gharan presents a 3/2 – $\epsilon$ approximation algorithm, breaking the previous record of 3/2 by $\epsilon \gt 10^{-36}$

Check it out! Article published on Medium by ‘The Fellowship of the Blink’ Neha, Kanchan, Kimaya, Samruddhi, and Shrirang! A very interesting contrast to writing a conference or journal paper, and kudos to the team for their effort and perseverance!

## Whatever Arises, Love That: Matt Kahn

I came across an amazing quote from this book, so picked it up. However, I’m putting it down after a couple of chapters. There was no coherent framework or logic, and what I read just came across as a series of disconnected platitudes. I suppose in a couple of hundred pages, one would accidentally come up with a few sentences that sound like deep philosophy…

I guess I’m being overly critical, but I’m going to stick with the stoics and the Gita.

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