- A life ordinary
- A life ordinary by Amit Sarkar - Issue #23
A life ordinary by Amit Sarkar - Issue #23
Welcome to another edition of my newsletter.
This week I managed to have my first mentorship session with Seema Prabhu. Recently, I saw on her LinkedIn profile that she is doing these sessions and I thought of talking to her on ADPList. It was a very fruitful session since I have been thinking of figuring out which direction to take my career after being in testing for more than 16 years now.
We also visited the Independent Schools Show at Battersea Park. It was a very interesting show and it was quite insightful talking to people from Whitgift School and Sevenoaks School. These schools are different from the state schools, here in the UK, as you need to pay school fees. They are either boys only, girls only, or co-ed and they accept students who are day boarders or in boarding. Each school has different criteria and admission processes. But they all have a good teacher-student ratio. And there is a preference in some schools for IB over A Levels.
Another favourite thing I have rekindled lately has been playing chess on Lichess. I normally play the 5 min or 10 min format of speed chess with random people. My game is not that great but it's fun playing chess and thinking. I bought a chess board from our Morocco trip and that made me play more. If interested please join Lichess and play with me.
I have also started following Captain Harpreet Chandi's journey who is attempting to be the first woman to cross the Antarctic solo and fully unsupported. Early this year she became the first woman of colour to complete a solo and unsupported trek to the South Pole. Follow her journey at Polar Preet.
🥫 E numbers
Recently while looking for an item's ingredients, to check if it was vegan, in my local grocery store I noticed some numbers beginning with an E. I have observed them before but never paid enough attention.
Source - European Food Safety Authority
Every packaged food sold in the UK has a label on it. And sometimes in the list of ingredients, you can find a number starting with an E. These numbers are approved additives by the UK Food Standards Agency.
These numbers represent
flour treatment agents
carriers and carrier solvents
🧀 "Swiss Cheese" model
I love understanding how aircraft work and have been lately following the YouTube channel Mentour Pilot. Recently, the channel posted a video, below, of an Emirates flight that failed to lift off and hit the runway while trying to go around.
In this video, Dr. James Reason's Swiss Cheese model was mentioned.
This model is one of the models used in safety science.
🖥️ Bloomberg Terminal
Recently, my wife started working on Bloomberg Terminal as part of her development work at her firm. She mentioned that the terminal can't be accessed remotely, it can't be connected to her work machine, it has its own keyboard and it's a huge software.
So I decided to research it a bit and learn a bit more.
Imagine Google Search but specifically tailored to search for financial data for as many years in the past as possible. Also includes searching for news, financial trends, technical analysis, graphs, connections, etc.
⚙️ 20 mechanical principles machine
I regularly follow the Brick Experiment Channel on YouTube and the last video posted on the channel was this.
The 20 mechanical principles explained in this video are as follows -
Constant-velocity joint (CV joint)
Sun and planet gear
Chebyshev Lambda Linkage
Oscillating direction changer
Rack and pinion
The whole lego set can be bought from BuildaMOC (My Own Creation). The front and back of the final build, in 3D, are shown below.
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, go ice skating, conserve energy, stay hydrated and play a lot of board games.