Learning: Implicit vs Explicit

I just read The Art of Failure by Malcom Gladwell, a short article in “What the Dog Saw.” Do you know there are two types of learning? Explicit is when you are learning something new by taking instruction. For example, taking tennis lessons, initially you will learn different strokes, when to use them, etc. At the same time you are learning subconsciously. This is Implicit learning. A different part of your brain is involved in implicit learning.

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Antifragile by Nassim Taleb

Antifragile was my introduction to Nassim Taleb. A lot of people had recommended this book. I finally signed up for Audible. I was never a big fan of audiobooks but they make sense on long treadmill runs or while stuck in traffic. But I have a feeling Nassim Taleb won’t approve of audiobooks. He would probably say that a book should be read with full attention to it not while navigating traffic.

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My Current Gear for Videography

For now, I plan to use my existing camera gear for making videos. It is not the most ideal gear for it but before I buy the new camera, let’s make sure that this is something I’ll stick with long term. I prefer to buy photography gear from B&H Photo & Video, however, below links are for Amazon as these are affiliate links. Fuji X100F This is a beautiful camera, great for photography.

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Side Hustle

I spend a lot of time working on side-projects. Usually, my focus is building new apps, web or mobile. I thought it was clever to build apps and learn new programing techniques in my free time, as it will help with my career. But building a production ready app is a lot more complex than just learning a new framework. So I rarely ever finish these apps. Sure it teaches new skills but it doesn’t meet definition of side-hustle.

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Marcus Aurelius T-Shirt

“Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be One!” - Marcus Aurelius I love this quote. We spend so much time arguing how we should live and telling other people how to live. The world would be a better place if we stop arguing how everyone should live, and just live according to our own moral standards. You can buy this shirt from Amazon (Affiliate Link).

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Flying with the Baby

So we flew with the baby for the first time. I was pretty nervous, as my previous experiences with babies on planes mostly consist of them crying. Lucky for us, Ayden didn’t really cry much. In fact, he was mostly excited. Other things we learned are: Southwest offer free stroller, and car seat check-in in addition to 2 free bags to check-in. I had assumed stroller and car seat would use up our free checked bags and we would have to pay for any extra bags to check-in.

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Parent Savers Podcast

Lately, Parent Savers is my new favorite podcast. It usually has different set of guests discussing various topics related to new parents, infants, and toddlers. While books are teach you what is perfect, this podcast shows what is reality. It is a great relief when some of the experts say that they are not perfect. Also there is a lot of practical tips that books don’t really teach you. Like should you go to emergency room on sunday night?

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Minimalism

I am a minimalist at heart. I like empty and vast spaces. I hate stuff. It would be so awesome, if we can get by without owning so many things. But I compromise and used to own a few things. Then I got married and end up owning a lot more things. And now, with a baby it is almost impossible to not have tons of stuff. There are bottles, bottle warmer, bibs, play mats, pack n Play, swings, toys, toys, toys, more toys.

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Ear Infection

Ayden’s first week at daycare and he gets cold an dear infection. Apparently, this how it will be for next 2-12 months. We had been lucky so far that Ayden sleeps through the most nights. But having ear infection meant no sleep, for him or us. He was up every few hours crying. He had slight fever, never higher that 101F. Previously, we had talked with a nurse and she told us that his symptoms seemed like a cold.

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