Welcome to another edition of my newsletter.
This week was again very busy. And another late edition of my newsletter. I need to start thinking of ways to schedule it so that it always goes out at the same time. In creator terminology I need to buckle up my content generation and publishing engine
We had a huge garden party in our house where 80 people came. But the best thing about the party was that we had a live dosa corner where the person served hot dosas. I had 5 dosas and many other snacks. The idea of someone serving you live dosa has become a hit with me.
My wife also ran her third 10K in the last 5 weeks and she has shaved almost 9 minutes from her original time. It was around the wonderful Hyde Park and I and our son had a great time cheering his mom and strolling around the park. We then went to The Kati Roll Company for a quick bite.
We also had the traditional Onam Sadhya at Tindli. Onam is celebrated every year in the southern state of Kerala in India. And during this festival, they serve the Sadhya. It's a meal served on a banana leaf with almost 30 different items, and all vegetarian.
Basically, the whole week went in eating 🤣
🔤 English alphabetical order
During the parade of nations at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, Greece’s athletes entered the stadium first, as per a long-standing tradition. But instead of following in alphabetical order, other countries came out in a sequence corresponding to the number of strokes each nation’s name had in Chinese characters. Jamaica, for example, was followed by
So much of what we use every day is taken for granted. For example, the English alphabets are 26 in number but there is a very specific order to it. Till I read the above article, I never questioned the specific order of the English alphabet.
Each alphabet represents a sound. Some sounds are made without closing the lips, called vowels. Some sounds are made by closing the lips, called consonants. These sounds have to be represented in the written form and that's where the alphabets kick in. There are many languages in the world and each language represents its sounds through its own alphabet. This article talks about the various Indian scripts.
This is a very interesting statement which I never thought about. My name starts with an A but my surname starts with an S. During my college and school days I was always at the top of the attendance list or for viva exams. I used to hate when they called my name early and wished my name would start with some letter later in the alphabet.
Hopefully, things are changing and the order is no longer that important 🙂.
©️ Creative Commons licenses
I have subscribed to this newsletter from Future. In the most recent newsletter, there was an article on NFT and CC0. I know what NFTs are but didn't know what CC0 was. So I googled and found out about Creative Commons.
Creative Commons licenses give everyone from individual creators to large institutions a standardized way to grant the public permission to use their creative work under copyright law. From the reuser’s perspective, the presence of a Creative Commons license on a copyrighted work answers the question, “What can I do with this work?”
As a creator, creating and publishing content regularly is really important. But protecting that content and also making sure it's shared correctly is equally important.
Creative Commons licenses are basically a way to allow others to use our content based on our intention. And these licenses are broadly classified as follows -
Each license grants the user respective permissions, as intended by the creator, based on certain conditions stated below -
BY - Credit must be given to the creator
SA - Adaptations must be shared under the same terms
ND - No derivatives or adaptations of the work are permitted
NC - Only noncommercial uses of the work are permitted
This ensures that any creative work in the public domain is rightly attributed. I have not been using CC licenses for the work I have been doing, but I will start using them.
👗 AI fashion show
This is one of the most amazing videos I have seen during the whole week.
A lot of times when people talk about software testing, they focus primarily on testing at the end of the phase, just before the software is released to customers. But testing is much more than that.
It's about asking questions. It's about understanding the risks. It's about thinking about what the customer wants (which itself is very difficult).
Testing is not about clicking buttons, it's not about writing tests and executing them. It's a way of thinking and not many people appreciate that.
I wrote an article last year on whether testing can be automated.
And one of the things I really liked in this podcast is the focus on testing and not automation.
Thank you so much once again for reading my newsletter this week. Please feel free to Buy me a coffee if you are enjoying what I am sharing.
Until we meet again next week, please start exploring, stay humble, rest more, and be kind to others.