A life ordinary by Amit Sarkar - Issue #35
Welcome to another edition of my newsletter.
Last week I recorded a podcast with my college friend, Porush Jain, to discuss his journey at Sportskeeda. It was a very interesting discussion with him and Rinat about scaling up a sports blogging website to a sports news website. Hoping to get the edited version out soon for everyone to listen to.
I also ran at a new park, Peckham Rye parkrun. With this, I have now run at 8 different locations across the UK and Japan as part of my 55 parkruns. And my plan is to run at a new park every week for as long as I can.
I have also been closely following the Tour De France (TdF’23) cycling race and the stages are becoming tougher and the battle for the Yellow jersey is intense. The leader of the race leads the runner-up by 10 seconds after 15 stages and over 2606 kms of cycling. With 6 more stages left to ride, the event can’t get more exciting than this.
And this week I finally have my appointment for the US tourist visa. Hopefully, I will get it. Also while checking my passport recently, I noticed it has 8 visas stamped on it. With the US visa, it would be number 9. So far I have been to 23 countries. 2 in Asia, 1 in Africa, 12 in Europe, 1 in North America and 7 in South America. The US visa itself can unlock a few more countries for me.
🔑 Multi-factor authentication (MFA)
These are the following types of authentication -
Single-factor Authentication (SFA): Requires users to provide one verifiable credential to access online resources.
Two-factor Authentication (2FA): Requires users to provide two verifiable credentials to access online resources.
Multi-factor authentication (MFA): Requires users to provide at least two verifiable credentials to access online resources.
The above factors can normally be categorized into the following -
Something you know. For example - Passwords, PINs and security questions.
Something you have. For example - Hardware or software tokens, mobile phones, security keys, and smart cards
Something you are. For example - Fingerprints, facial recognition, iris scans, handprint scans and DNA.
Your location. For example - Source IP ranges and geolocation
Time of the day. For example - Access to the account only between 08:00 hrs to 18:00 hrs.
To check if any of the applications you use have MFA support please check the following directory.
Some popular authenticator apps are mentioned below -
I personally use Google Authenticator for all my personal/work accounts.
Also, some physical keys that you can use are mentioned below -
I personally own a YubiKey NEO key.
⚓ The Mexican Fisherman
The Mexican Fisherman story (sometimes told as The Brazilian Fisherman) is an adaptation of a short parable originally told by Heinrich Theodor Böll, a prominent German author in the mid-1950s. This version, which was adapted for the American reader, tells of a chance encounter between a Mexican fisherman and a successful businessman.
This story has stayed with me for a very long time and is one of my favourites.
I will leave it to you to decide the moral of this story as it is subject to interpretation.
🥊 Boxing 101
I have been watching a few videos on boxing lately thanks to the below video.
Below is a high-level summary of all the things mentioned in the above video.
Orthodox - stand with left foot forward
Southpaw - stand with right foot forward
Switching stance - Not recommended unless you want to move back or confuse the opponent
Move forward - front foot first then back foot
Move backward - back foot first then front foot
Move left - left foot first then right
Move right - right foot first then left
Always land on your toes while moving
Jab - Leading hand forward
Cross - Back hand forward
Combination - one hand after another
Counter - defend a punch from an opponent with your own punch
Harder & faster punches
Transferring your weight
Stepping into the punch
Thinking about speed
Put arms a bit forward to punch faster
Parry - block the front hand of an opponent with your back hand
Lean back - lean back from straight punches from an opponent
Block - Both hands on your head to block punches from an opponent
Blocking body punches is better than head bunches
Roll - transferring weight from front foot to back foot
Slip - take your head off the centre line
Step back - back foot first and then front foot
Pivot - spin back foot around with pivot on front foot
Exhale with every punch
Take control of your breathing - Inhale, hold your breath for 3 counts, then exhale.
Head movement - moving head before and after every punch
Making the opponent do what you want them to do
Acting as if you are about to punch but not punching
Acting as if you are about to move but not moving
Hand wrapping - take care of your hands
Now when you watch any boxing match, you will understand a lot more about what each boxer is doing.
❤️ Things I enjoyed
🎬 Video - The bio-inspired 'transformer' that crawls, rolls and flies is about a Multi-Modal Mobility Morphobot (M4) developed at Caltech. This robot can do all the things that are described in the title of the video and it’s incredible to see human ingenuity being applied to solving a problem like this where a single robot can navigate through multiple terrain conditions. A whole paper has been published on this robot in Nature.
📝 Article - How do we know how smart AI systems are? is a wonderful read. It talks about three problems with AI systems. They are data contamination, robustness and flawed benchmarks. To scientifically evaluate claims of humanlike and even superhuman machine intelligence, we need more transparency on the ways these models are trained, and better experimental methods and benchmarks.
📱 App - KeePassDroid is my most used app to manage all my passwords. I keep a copy of my KeePass database on OneDrive for desktop/laptop use and update the same to Google Drive for smartphone use.
🎞️ Movie - I recently saw Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One and absolutely loved it. The villain this time is an AI and the second part is yet to release. The first part sets up the stage for the villain, the hero and the premise. The second part should hopefully resolve all the problems faced by the hero. One interesting thing I picked up from the film was that the AI that can potentially destroy humanity will come mostly when it’s trained on military data. Data on the internet won’t pose much threat except for misinformation and impersonation. But AI systems trained on military data and warfare will pose a real threat to humanity.
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Until we meet again next week, learn to control your breathing, stretch more, eat more protein and go outdoors.