Few quotes that have recently made me pace and reflect.

The best way to change long-term behavior is with short-term feedback.

— Seth Godin

The central information about people: what is the worse thing they’ve done in their lives.

— Nassim Nicholas Taleb

When you risk what you need to gain something you don’t need, it is foolish. It is just plain foolish.

— Warren Buffett

The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn.

— Bertrand Russell

Too much good food is worse than too little bad food.

— Hebrew proverb

Prepare the child for the road, not the road for the child.

— Folk Wisdom

The best books aren’t those that teach you facts, but those that subtly change your entire thinking patterns

— Anon


Books Read in 2018

I completely agree with Paul Graham when he said “Reading and experience train your model of the world. And even if you forget the experience or what you read, its effect on your model of the world persists. Your mind is like a compiled program you’ve lost the source of. It works, but you don’t know why”

2018 was a good year for reading; I traveled a bit that year, so there is lot of non-fiction, some old some new in the list for this year.


  • Think twice by Michael Mauboussin

Participate in the 2018 Python Developer Survey

If you use python in your work or hobby projects, please consider participating in the 2018 python developer survey.

Reposting a PSF-Community email as a PSA

Excerpt from an email to the psf-community@python.org and psf-members-announce@python.org mailing lists:

As some of you may have seen, the 2018 Python Developer Survey is available. If you haven’t taken the survey yet, please do so soon! Additionally, we’d appreciate any assistance you all can provide with sharing the survey with your local Python groups, schools, work colleagues, etc. We will keep the survey open through October 26th, 2018.

Python Developers Survey 2018

We’re counting on your help to better understand how different Python developers use Python and related frameworks, tools, and technologies. We also hope you’ll enjoy going through the questions.

The survey is organized in partnership between the Python Software Foundation and JetBrains. Together we will publish the aggregated results. We will randomly choose and announce 100 winners to receive a Python Surprise Gift Pack (must complete the full survey to qualify).

Outlook Calendar Entries for a Day with Python

For me it is not the mobile. It is the email, which is the most distraction application in office.

The variable reward system has become a habit. I tried closing it but then I keep missing meetings etc.

So had to keep it open just so the reminders for meetings show up.

Only reason I need the outlook is to have a day view why not print it. Bad option, see the already printed stack on my desk. Why not get all the events out for a day and use a text file on the desktop.

Therefore, that is what I did.

Here’s the python function to get the appointments of the day from outlook calendar.

import win32com.client, datetime

def getCalendarEntries(days=1):
    Returns calender entries for days default is 1
    Outlook = win32com.client.Dispatch("Outlook.Application")
    ns = Outlook.GetNamespace("MAPI")
    appointments = ns.GetDefaultFolder(9).Items
    appointments.IncludeRecurrences = "True"
    today = datetime.datetime.today()
    begin = today.date().strftime("%m/%d/%Y")
    tomorrow= datetime.timedelta(days=days)+today
    end = tomorrow.date().strftime("%m/%d/%Y")
    appointments = appointments.Restrict("[Start] >= '" +begin+ "' AND [END] <= '" +end+ "'")
    for a in appointments:
        #print a.Start, a.Subject,a.Duration
    return events

The functions spits out a dict and can be easily converted used in any way one wants.

Sweet! Let's see if am able to kill outlook now.

Mosaic Plot in Python

I am sure everyone one of us has seen charts like this.

Any management training you attend, a version of this chart is bound to sneak up in the presentation, often in lecture notes or hands on activity.

These charts are a good representation of categorical entries. A mosaic plot allows visualizing multivariate categorical data in a rigorous and informative way. Click here to read A Brief History of the Mosaic Display [PDF]

Here’s a quick example how to plot mosaic in python

from statsmodels.graphics.mosaicplot import mosaic
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import pandas

gender = ['male', 'male', 'male', 'female', 'female', 'female']
pet = ['cat', 'dog', 'dog', 'cat', 'dog', 'cat']
data = pandas.DataFrame({'gender': gender, 'pet': pet})
mosaic(data, ['pet', 'gender'])


Here’s another example from the tips dataset.

from statsmodels.graphics.mosaicplot import mosaic
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import seaborn as sns

tips = sns.load_dataset('tips')
mosaic(tips, ['sex','smoker','time'])


Timeline in Python with Matplotlib

Was documenting a series of events and after the list was complete, thought of showing them on a timeline.

After an hour two, fiddling with python standard libraries this is what I had.

Format of the data

from theflile import GenerateTimeLine
import pandas as pd
data = pd.read_csv(r'events.txt', parse_dates=True, index_col=0)
ax = GenerateTimeLine(data)

The code as always available at this GitHub

Kill Tasks in Windows

Linux, Mac users have it easy. Top and kill are two commands that can help one take control of the system.

For windows user, until recently I was stuck with the task manager. Like all manager this one demands too much attention and is not batch able.

Summoned Google Gennie and discovered.

Tasklist and Taskkill commands in CMD.

Neat. Where were these commands hiding?

Here is two gifs for how they work