Reflection

1 Kings 17:3-4

Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah: 3 “Leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan. 4 You will drink from the brook, and I have directed the ravens to supply you with food there.”

I am always amazed how God provides even in the most dire circumstances. Yet I continue to not trust Jesus fully 😦 Jesus, please make me trust You more. Let me ask You God for guidance and follow Your commands. I really need to pray more and let Jesus take control of my life.


Daily Learning

Extra 30 minutes of sleep is really good. In fact 1/3 of Americans are not getting enough sleep. So please go to bed early and rise and shine 😀


News

  1. This awesome app translates speech to sign language. I love this kind of innovations because it helps humanity and raises productivity. This also reminds me of the glove that translates sign language into speech. I love these engineers/ innovators 😀
  2. There is age discrimination in Silicon Valley. This is not new as I have heard about people being kicked out of tech firms for being old. I think this is a real loss of productivity in lot of cases. Of course, the younger generation has the higher intellectual capacity and the stamina yet the experience and wisdom gained through time and experience cannot be easily replaced. I am sure that Silicon Valley will also learn to accommodate relatively older folks, as everyone ages.
  3. Quants in demand. I think most companies need quants. Not to make money but to make sure that they know what they are doing. For instance, a pension fund may want to have a quant to do some due diligence on certain quant funds. Also, companies may also want to have quants to check whether the financial engineering that they are getting is reasonable and will not explode.

Podcast

Making tough calls

HBR podcast discusses about making tough calls. Analytics and big data can help but at the end of the day, one has to make the final decision. When making that ultimate judgment, remember to ask how this decision will be remembered and whether you can live up to the consequences. I really enjoyed this episode because it discussed a lot about accountability and being humble. Always, remember whether you can live up to the consequences of the ultimate decision.