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Libra

Libra

Libra

Facebook plans to introduce a crypto currency in 2020. Lots of reactions including

  • Crypto has finally arrived
  • All we need is now Facebook to control our financial system
  • Bitcoin is mentioned only once in the Whitepaper. How dare they …?
  • Investors not very happy… because they didn’t get to invest.
  • Bitcoin price didn’t budge much.
  • Every mega cap will now follow suit
  • All we need is a cabal of 25 companies controlling a decentralized model
  • Maxine Waters demanded FB stop development of Libra until she has a chance to figure it out.

FB had to do something big as a huge user base is showing signs of fatigue

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Habits

Habits

I don’t feel my day is anchored if I don’t do my morning routine.

When I pause to reflect mid day if my day is going well or not, I end up not worrying about it if I recollect that I did my morning routine. So it acts as a good anchor.

These days, my morning goes like this. I have been able to keep this up for 8 months now. It requires that I am disciplined enough to go to bed at 9:30 to get decent sleep.

4–4:30 AM wake up/drink coffee

4:30–5 Plan for the day, catch up on news

5–5:45 — Shower, Sandhya Vandhanam

5:45–6 — Listen to Daily Upanyasam

Then day starts….

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Weekend of Highs and Lows

Weekend of Highs and Lows

Highs — Father’s Day, India vs Pak ODI, Golf, Hayagreevar Dolai

Lows — Friend encountering back to back family tragedies, shaking our core. +ve is many of us rallying to their help.

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Stock Restrictions

Stock Restrictions

Talking to a friend this weekend.

Company he works for is publicly traded.

ALL employees are prohibited from trading company stock for close to 5 weeks during the earnings window. This extends to a week after earnings also.

In some cases, when a stock vests, it is automatically sold. Employee has no control over that.

These restrictions are not transparently disclosed when one joins the company.

Both of these strike me as super restrictive and anti employee.

I wonder how many companies do this

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Tutoring

Tutoring

I have started Math tutoring for two middle school students from Meany Middle school. Don from 4C coalition asked me to help and I am glad to.

We did ratios and percentages last week. I believe that 1–1 coaching could help.

I keep reminding them a) to not guess answers b) to not reach for the calculator.

Hope to do geometry next week.