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Hi! I’m Anand. I’m currently an Engineer at Flexport and studied CS and Data Science at NYU. Check out my website to learn more about me!

Happy New Year!

Throwback to when we could sit inside coffee shops 😥

At the start of the new year, I wanted to reflect on how the past year went and what my goals and plans are for the new year. This past year I changed my goals from yearly to monthly, and shared my monthly updates and progress on this blog. This new framework worked well for me as I was able to update my goals based on what I was working on at the time. Also, I could always make new goals based on any new interests I gained during the year. …

Here is a move I made in a chess game I played recently that I thought was really sweet. I moved the knight to e6 and I’m attacking the opponent’s queen, bishop, and rook, all while defending my knight with my rook on e1. I’ve been playing a lot more recently and it’s been really exciting to play chess again after a while. Let me know if you want to play!

So I just finished midterms last week, and since I didn’t have an October update, I thought I would combine my October and November updates in one Fall post. The past two months have been incredibly busy, but mainly with school work. Regardless, let’s see how my projects and other work is going!

At the beginning of this school semester, I had a few things I wanted to accomplish. I mainly wanted to both focus on my classes, but also make significant progress in all of the clubs and projects which I had started over the summer. …

Here’s a picture I took in Lodi Gardens in India

Well, summer break is already over… it went by so fast! While I started the summer with a lot less certainty about what I would be doing, it’s safe to say that I spent my summer being as productive as I possibly could be while also taking time to relax.

Let’s review what my plans were for the summer and what I ended up completing shall we. I said I was going to:

  • Find another internship. ✅
  • Do research with my professor and produce a finished product. ✅
  • Finish and submit my paper to a conference. ✅
  • Finish the idiom…

Here’s a picture of Grand Central Station which I took because I miss NYC

So it’s been 5 weeks since my last update. I had lofty goals for the past month, so let’s see how I did:

— Work for my internship

I definitely did a lot of work for my internship over this past month. I learned about the entire data analysis pipeline and performed every step of it from organizing and understanding the data, to presenting my findings and constructing the final predictive models.

I think the main takeaway for me was to not underestimate the value of taking the time to understand the data, and not to overestimate the power of…

This is a picture I took in Korea in 2017

So I’m a little late on the update for this month but better late than never.

In my last update, I mentioned a bunch of different tasks and projects I had planned for this summer. A month later I am happy to say I’ve made steady progress towards many of the goals I had set. But, now that I am in the midst of several projects, I realized I need a more robust and organized scheduling system to keep up with everything. …

Photo by Hello I'm Nik 🎞 on Unsplash

Like many others, I had an internship lined up for this summer which I was really excited for. Unfortunately, it was cancelled due to COVID-19. But, while pandemics don’t happen every so often, unforeseen circumstances arise all the time. So, the best thing I can do is make the most of the resulting situation and continue to learn and be productive over the course of this summer — which is what I would have done anyway.

So, what will I be doing this summer? Well, currently I’m continuing to hunt for any other internship opportunities that might be open. While…

At the beginning of the year, I said that every month I would be reflecting on how well I did in regards to accomplishing the previous month’s goals. Additionally, I would set new goals and update my progress on my long term goals. So here we are… one month later…

Last month, my goals were:

  • Read more
  • Do more projects:
  • — — Specifically, finish Tetris and my Personal Website
  • Overall:
  • — — Get back into Entrepreneurship scene at NYU.
  • — — Continue practicing guitar and piano
  • — — Maintain this blog

Let’s see how I did…

Read More:

  • I definitely…

John Searle’s paper “Minds, Brains, and Programs” explores the relation between computers and understanding. Specifically, it addresses whether or not a computer appearing to understand a language equates to the computer actually understanding a language. But, Searle’s omission of a clear definition of the term “understanding” makes it difficult to address and refute his claim. However, I believe by providing a slightly more concrete definition of what “understanding” is, Searle’s claim can be more robustly investigated and, potentially, refuted: we can show that computers can indeed potentially understand language. …

I have made a list of goals every year since I was about 10 years old. And in 10 years of making yearly goals, the most important thing I have learned is about how to actually set goals. In short, I’ve been doing it wrong.

At the start of the previous decade, I used to set rigid, long term goals: read exactly 10 books, be able to run a mile by the end of the year, etc. But I found that at the end of the year, I would have gotten part way to the goal, but would have to…

This week I read Ken Thompson’s “Reflections on Trusting Trust.” It’s a short article, only three pages long, and while much of the paper is very programming heavy, the end packs an important message to be discussed.

Here were the most interesting parts:

“Actually, FORTRAN was the language of choice for the same reason that three-legged races are popular.” (761) — This is not so much important as it is a straight roast. Just wanted to point that out.

“On the one hand, the press, television, and movies make heroes of vandals by calling them whiz kids. On the other…

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