#Musings Focusing on what really matters
Monday, October 26, 2020

I haven’t read a productivity book in a while, but boy was I glad the one I reluctantly picked up was “make time” by Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky. The timing is no surprise I suppose. During the first months of the pandemic, I was all over the place. I was struggling to process the transition from physical to virtual lectures, the brittle state of health of my loved ones, and the anxiety and uncertainty all around me (which has become omnipresent as of late). I had a hard time staying on task. My mind was whirling all the time. I just couldn’t focus.

 

Things had to change, and fast. I came to realize that many of the techniques I picked up throughout the years weren’t of much help at the moment. So I went hunting for a solution, and by hunting I mean, in my usual fashion, perusing digital libraries for a book. Strike of luck, I came across “Make Time” and found it to address my most pressing issue of “How to stay on task” in a very approachable manner that I’m sure will resonate with a lot of us.

#Musings Shots of wisdom #2
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Perhaps one of the best takeaways from Hadfield’s 'an astronaut's guide to life' is his apology of being a “Zero" and it not necessarily being a bad thing. “In any new situation, whether it involves an elevator or a rocket ship, you will almost certainly be viewed in one of three ways. As a minus one: actively harmful, someone who creates problems. Or as a zero: your impact is neutral and doesn't tip the balance one way or the other. Or you'll be seen as a plus one: someone who actively adds value. Everyone wants to be a plus one, of course. But proclaiming your plus-oneness at the outset almost guarantees you'll be perceived as a minus one, regardless of the skills you bring to the table or how you actually perform.”


As someone aptly put it: When you're green you grow, when you're ripe you rot.

#DataScience Morocco has a PyData group, finally!
Friday, May 12, 2017

The inaugural meetup of the Moroccan group of PyData (dubbed PyData Casa) was held yesterday at Neoxia's home office in Casablanca (yay!). Its first and foremost purpose was to gather Python users and developers in Data Science from various domains (Academia & Industry).

 

#Musings On bringing back the awe
Thursday, February 11, 2016

Photo credit: unsplash.com

 

Remember when a new idea permeated your mind? How it made you feel like an improved version of yourself? The way a new software release puts its earlier versions to shame?

 

Remember that fleeting feeling of invincibility? the feeling that you could somehow, armed with this new idea, conquer the world?  

A feeling of true exhilaration, of indescribable and pure awe?

 

The bad news is, as we’re bombarded with information from all sides, it’s becoming increasingly hard to digest and truly realize the immensity of an idea. So much is lost in the noise.

 

The good news is, it has never been easier to access great ideas. We just have to look in the right places, reach outside our bubbles, meet new people beyond our entourage, take walks, read, travel... “whatever works, as long as you don’t hurt anyone else” -As Jason Silva puts it-.

 

Bonus.

 

about me

Hey there,

I’m Lamia. I’m a Doctor, not the kind that heals people, but the philosophical kind. By day, I'm an Assistant professor/researcher. By night, I’m a tech enthusiast and avid reader, browsing the world for intriguing and fascinating ideas.

This blog is hopefully where these two worlds meet. A pinch of science, a dash of research, and lots and lots of musings.

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