Blogging is hard

2023-04-25

After a bit of a gap, last weekend I've defined the list of activities that I want to gradually build on for sttp:// 1. I've put many efforts to create this project from scratch and it has not been a sticky experience 2. After a few weeks I find myself re-doing this effort from scratch. There are many reasons I couldn't continue writing, and thinking out loud, they would be

There might be more reasons but I they are derivatives of above three majorly.

Why do I keep coming back to it?

Let me explain this with nerd logic that makes most sense to me.

I met Quantum Physics in the mid-2008. And when you meet Quantum Physics, all the primary education starts to make sense. Physics and Chemistry become interdependent; mathematical concepts apply and history of many experiments and their findings become admirable. It is then, when from reading grammar, I actually started admiring Physics more. Among stories of discoveries and inventions, evolution of Newtonian to Quantum Physics was most enticing. Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle became most relatable. Why? - I don't know 4. Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle can be summarized with below equation

Two important measurements that are in the equations are position (represented, delta x) and momentum (represented, delta p). Momentum is mass times velocity and for the sake of this discussion, let us assume mass is constant 5. With that assumption, we can concentrating on more appropriate position and velocity (and ignore mass) which are related to each other based on above equation.

As per principle, its impossible to determine absolute position and absolute velocity of a sub-atomic particle at the same time. My interpretation - if we try to estimate absolute position of a subatomic particle, we will alter its velocity with the experiment and vice-versa. This applies only for sub-atomic particles because Quantum Physics doesn't apply for large objects; Newtonian Physics applies for large object. Theoretically, on macroscopic levels, the effect of the Uncertainty Principle is not evident or visible.

One area where this logic fails to apply - Life. Our lives is pretty macroscopic but Uncertainity Principle is applies all the time.

Another analogy - Life is an endless stream of unstructured events. It is difficult to read, write or process without a real-time message queue and stream processor. Taking a snapshot of these events and trying to aggregate the findings is the best (and most clich├ęd) way of taking control back. Another approach would be to trigger webhooks and save the incoming event. Both analogies lead to writing (blogs, notes, or equivalent). I've realized the benefits of writing, and its proven as an easy way of going back in time to estimate absolute position and velocity. It is logical for me to turn towards blogging and note-taking to keep my sanity.

What's changing in my approach now?

To solve for above, I'm planning small (rather, very small) actions, learning from work experience; namely,

I'm refraining to expand and keep the points rather succinct. In my view, instead of blatantly preaching, I'll try each of the points to the full(est), find merit in them and report back.


Footnotes

1

I've created a new Github Project, to both test out this feature, its effectiveness and to breakdown my wishlist and bring a bit of structure to the madness. Link.

2

First time I started a blog was in 2017 for a total of 10 mins (exaggeration). In 2019, I recreated the blog with a promise to write one essay every week i.e. easy 50 essays in a year - 5 of 50 might be good enough to motivate and provide me direction. I wrote a less frequently than planned and was very sporadic. Since then I've invested a lot on writing notes but not publishing them ever.

3

Mr. Dan McKinley talks about his learnings from choosing boring tech. Link.

5

The assumption of mass being constant would be invalid when Einstien's Relativity Theorem comes to action, which deserves a post in itself.

6

I first learnt about Evergreen Notes when reading through the process Maggie Appleton follows in her digital garden - link. I've since then read the original idea as well by Andy Matuschak - link.