Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Leigh Hafey in The Story of Success
“My personal management plan was to eat plain for a while-just grilled or roast meat and fish with salads. That immediately eliminated the need to pore over cookery books or recipes and a lot of finicky preparation of ingredients. It also cut down on shopping time and clearing away, too. But because cooking is also for me a hooby and a creative pleasure I knew I wouldn’t eat and which I gave to family and friends). It worked for me, and if your own relationship with food needs attention from either a time or health standpoint, you too need to do a bit of lateral and creative thinking to find a happy balance.”
Caroline Righton in The Life Audit
“Recently I attended a conference in Assam. The mathematics was punctuated with a weekend trip to a rhino reserve. The rhinos in the early morning mist were a stunning sight, but not for me the most lasting memory of that trip. The limited accommodation in the lodge next to the reserve obliged us to share double beds. The slight anxiety of being of being paired up to sleep under the mosquito nets with Dan, my ex-supervisor, got translated in my dreams into a huge black dog clambering into the bed. I awoke to find myself in some Oedipal act physically assaulting Dan as he desperately tried to calm me down.”
Marcus Du Sautoy in Symmetry
“Your job with indifferent prospects is to differentiate yourself form all those people who have waste their time and to present yourself as a knowledgeable professional who will increase their profits each and every time you connect.”
Kathy Aaronson in The Golden Apple
Sunday, April 27, 2008
“Yet Strasser’s persuasive charm still took Adidas by storm. An intense talker, he filled a room with his presence, as well as with his huge frame. He quickly took over any space he entered, from a coffee shop to an airplane. With sheer charisma and the right choice of words he could enthuse a roomful of seasoned executives. “He could give someone a fountain pen and tell them to go to war, and they would go,” said Cindy Hale, “because he could get them that revved up.”
“In this respect, Rob Strasser often inspiration from war tales. Winston Churchill was his all-time hero. The shelves of his Oregon beach house were filled with war books. After a few months in Europe, Owen Clemens refused to accompany Strasser on any more London weekends because he knew that he would be taken along for yet another tour of the Imperial War Museum.”
Barbara Smit in Sneaker Wars
Jack Perkowski in Managing the Dragon
“ This is the dream of a portion of society, people who have high hopes for their work. But their dreams evaporate from their sheer emptiness. Dreams of fame and fortune may keep some people motivated, but others fly so high in them that they are far removed from real life. Somehow we have to learn to do both things: fly high in our ambitions and yet remain grounded in the practical world around us.”
Thomas Moore in A Life at Work
Friends in Paris cafes to discuses what he called “Art with capital A.” But few of his theories and opinions would ever find their way into print. We have no firsthand comments from him about Le Dejuner sur I’herbe: what he intended to show, what he hoped to achieve, what he thought about the outrage it caused at the Salon des Refuses. What led him to adopt such a radical style of painting? Did he expect to scandalize that public in the way he did? And what precisely did he hope to convey? To have been at Manet’s side as he gauged the baffled reactions to the work, or as he opened the newspapers each morning to read the blistering reviews, would have been a rare and wonderful opportunity to get an insight into one of the world’s most inscrutable paintings.”
“One person who probably knew more about the painting than most was Manet’s friends Antonin Proust, Many years later, in 1897, Proust would write a memoir describing the genesis of the painting.”
Byron Hollinshead, and Theodore K. Rabb in I Wish I’D Been There
“Politicians, academics, and law-enforcement officials all offered policy solutions, to little avail. The liberal-minded deployed their traditional strategies-getting young people back into school and finding them entry-level jobs-but few gang members were willing to trade in their status and the prospect to big money for menial work.
Conservatives attacked the crack epidemic by supporting mass arrests and hefty prison sentences. This certainly took some dealers off the streets, but there was always a surplus of willing and eager replacements.”
“The national mood had grown increasingly desperate-and punitive. Prosecutors won the right to treat gangs as organized criminal groups, which produced longer prison sentences. Judges gave the police permission to conduct warrantless searched and
to round up suspected gang member who were hanging out in public spaces. In school, mayors ruled out the wearing of bandannas and other clothing that might signal gang affiliation. With each day’s newspaper bringing a fresh story about gang violence, these efforts met little political resistance, even if they weren’t all that effective.”
Sudhir Venkatesh in Gang Leader for a Day
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
“Now the anthology is done, and, actually, I love everything in it: the writing, the thinking, the drawing, and the photos. And everything in it is bloggy to the core. None of these blogs would have been likely to sprout in any other form. They are masterpieces of blogging. That doesn’t mean they’re famous. Given that there are more than 80 million blogs out there, according to the Web-tracking site Technorati, with roughly 15.5 million of them active, “blogebrity” is quite a bizarre phenomenon anyway.”
Sarah Boxer in Ultimate Blogs
A computer won’t flag “affect” when you meant “effect.” If you want your battery changed because it can no longer safely hold a charge, the ramifications if you accidentally as for it to be charged instead of changed could be disastrous.”
David Shipley and Will Schwalbe in Send
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
“Mera jota hai japani
Yeh patloom Inglistani
Surr pe laal topi Russi
Phir bai dil Cyberistani”
“The old Bombay film hit- quoted and ingeniously translated by Salman Rushdie in Satanic Verses, here corrupted by me- could be a cybergypsy national anthem, since the republic of Cyberistan has already declared its independence and applied for membership of United Nations.”
“Oh my shoes are Japanese
Tirr-ousers English if you please
My red Russian hat I tip, see,
Yet my heart is Cybergypsy.”
Indira Sinha in The Cyber Gypsies
Ginger Lapid-Bogda in What Type Of Leader Are You
Angelika Taschen in China Style
“If you look closely at a flock of these City Pigeons, you will find that there are slight difference between them. Fanciers have developed extraordinary strains from the original Blue Rock Pigeons and members of these fancy breeds join the flock and interbreed with them, producing all sorts and conditions of pigeon!.”
“Pigeons have a strong, determined flight; they are also very domesticated birds, and easily get attached to one place. In olden days people took advantage of these two qualities and taught pigeons to carry messages to and fro between two places, so that good carrier Pigeons were prized and valued above other birds. The invention of the telegraph has deprived them of their jobs, and reduced their status, except in a few remote places. In Orissa, for instance, an efficient system of Pigeon – post was kept up between police outposts.”
“Like the sparrow, the pigeon is an indiscriminate nester. Almost any place will do-provided it is man-made; and almost any time will do-provided it is not raining too hard.”
Salim Ali and Laeeq Futehally in About Indian Birds
The extensive use of IT and EFT systems, which means that much of the audit evidence is available only in electronic form and is produced buy the entity’s own IT system.
The high volume of transactions entered into by banks, which makes reliance on substantive procedures alone impracticable.
The geographic dispersion of banks’ operations, which makes obtaining sufficient coverage extremely difficult.”
The difficult in devising effective substantive procedures to audit complex trading transaction.
In most situations, the auditor will not be able to reduce audit risk to an acceptably low level unless the management has instituted an internal control system that allows the auditor to be able to assess the level of inherent and control risks as less than high. The auditor obtains sufficient appropriate audit evidence to assess the level of inherent and control risks.”
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India in Guidance Note on Audit of Banks
“But what exactly do we expect to see as different if we are able to accomplish the number dimension of the engendering process? The second dimension of engendering governance would be the sensitivity of processes and systems to gender concerns. For example, do we recognise and allow for constraints that women face as a result of their reproductive responsibilities? Can systems allow for different characteristics of male and female participants, or is there an expectation of androgyny?”
“The third aspect is that of the agenda itself. Do the issues change? Are the resource allocations any different once we have better gender balance in the decision making process? So far there is little evidence to suggest that having more women in parliaments has been able to make a significant difference to priorities and allocations. One area in which a strong association has been found is that between women politicians and abortion rights. Another in which there is very weak association is that between numbers of women legislators and violence against women. But influence on the agenda is clearly an expectation from engendering.”
Smita Mishra Panda in Engendering Governance Institutions
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India in Compendium Of Opinions
Samir Kumar Das in Blisters on their Feet
“Neglect and apathy towards older persons in the family was a common form of mistreatment. They were treated as ‘pieces of old furniture that had outlived their value’ Their emotional, health and other needs were completely overlooked by their caregivers. Older parents were supposed to adjust to the lifestyles of the new generation and were excluded form important decisions about the family members and, at times, even about themselves. This led to extreme mental depression and loneliness on older persons. This form of neglect cut across all socio-economic strata. The predicament of the aged is expected to worsen because of the natural tendency to divert aged is expected to worsen because of the natural tendency to divert the limited resources of the family towards the upbringing and development of the younger generation (a practice especially prevalent among economically weaker segments of society).”
“Deprivation was another common form of abuse, where the needs of the elderly were overlooked or underplayed. Their dietary, health and other needs are simply ignored in many cases. In Delhi, the elderly women in all groups complain of deprivation in varying degrees. In another study in Agra, 24 per cent respondents complained of lack of good diet, 18 per cent of lack of proper clothing, 47.5 per cent of lack of household equipment, 30.5 per cent of lack of medical facilities and 63 per cent of lack of recreational facilities. This kind of deprivation was reportedly faced more by females than by males.”
Suhita Chopra Chatterjee, Priyadashi Patnaik, and Vijayaraghavan M. Chariar in Discourses on Aging And Dying
“What I do in the office at times is to practice my swing, or I’ll just pick up a golf club and think about the game. That action alone is a breath of fresh air-even if it’s office air-and helps me see things creatively or in a new light. I know that some people find music or exercise does that for them, but for me it’s golf.”
“Another way to de-stress is to replace negatives with positives. This applies in many areas, for example, I try to surround myself with positive people and get rid of the negatives types.”
Donald J. Trump and Meredith Mclver in Trump Never Give Up
Friday, April 18, 2008
They-together with some residents-begin to mark the doors of houses with chalk. Residents are made aware that this is the first step towards mapping the settlement. They begin to think about the criteria involved in establishing numbers for their houses and in the boundaries between their houses. (This is important because slum because slum dwellings grow over time and it is often difficult to decide where one hut stops and another begins.) The report emphasises that a dialogue must be allowed to develop around enumeration so that residents become conscious of their property rights and entitlements. The next stage, ‘rough mapping’ of the settlement, is also done by residents. This is supposes to help them translate their experience of place
(habitation) into an abstract spatial category. The third phase, ‘numbering’, involves the matching of house number with the map. The chalk numbers are re-done in paint. After this stage, official surveyors take over.”
Rajeev Bhargava, Michael Dusche , and Helmut Reifeld in Justice Political, Social, Juridical
“Every foreign trained Accountant has to upgrade as Canadian CA if he/she wants to provide compilation/review/assurance services. Besides one centralized CA institute, each province also has their own accounting bodies (i.e. CA institute) to monitor and issue license for public practice.”
“The Basic requirement to obtain CA designation in Canada is
A university degree with specific business course credits, as well as the professional program of the province or territory is required. This level of education provides a sound base of knowledge, skill and values necessary to be able to demonstrate competence.
30 months work experience in various areas (as per institute’s guidelines”) in a recognized training office under the supervision of experienced CAs is also required. The training received during this period will greatly assist in the development of the skills, attributes and values of a competent CA. One can apply directly to these CA firms or meet with them when they come for recruitment at the University Campus.
Assessment is the key to determining competence. CA candidates will continually receive assessments throughout their development-in university programs, in professional education programs and on the job. All CA candidates must appear for the capstone evaluation of a continual process of professional values required of a CA. This three –day examination evaluation gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your professional competency by responding to business simulations of the kids of challenges likely to be faced by the qualified CA.”
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India in Canadian Advantage
Political life demonstrates like nothing else that Pakistanis have not been able to establish a form of governance acceptable to its polyglot population. Political failure, however, has not prevented the Pakistan army from going nuclear. Moreover, political failure, coupled with the failure of ethnic integration, has provided fertile ground for the intensification and spread of the country’s most radical and obscurant religious doctrines. Burdened by the weight of history, Pakistan’s future appears to rest on its capacity to reclaim the secular vision of its founder, but with the passage of time that message grows ever more dim and, to many, irrelevant.”
Veena Kukreja and Mahendra Prasad Singh in Democracy Development And Discontent In South Asia
“The random walk represents many situations in real life, among them gambling and the stock market. The simplest example of a random walk is that of repeatedly tossing a fair coin and counting the number of heads that appear, in total, minus the number of tails. If this number is zero (meaning that as many heads have appeared as tails), then we can imagine that our drunkard-moving on one dimension, forward and backward-is exactly at the lamppost. If the number is plus-two, for example, meaning that tails counted, then the drunkard is two steps ahead of the lamppost; and vice versa for minus-two, meaning two more tails have appeared so far than heads, and the drunkard is two steps behind the lamppost.”
Amir D. Aczel in Chance
“These ideas can come from any organization within the company or even outside of P&G. The CIF funds projects led by innovation teams that reside in different organizations throughout P&G. But the CIF budjet is completely separate separate from that of the business units. It does not, therefore, burden the business unit’s P&Ls, thereby enabling them to focus spending on innovations that are closer in and more specific to a given category and/or brand.”
“Take, for example, Crest Whitestrips. In 2000, the Crest business consisted primarily of toothpaste and toothbrushes. A team form the corporate and oral care organizations, with CIF funds, explored the idea of combining the film technology form P&G’s corporate R&D organization and bleach technology form the laundry organization to create and prototype Crest Whitestrips, the first at-home professional teeth-whitening treatment. This corporate team did the initial concept, design, and engineering work, and when they qualified the initial product prototype, and its potential with consumers, they handed over the early-stage innovation to the established oral care business unit to bring Crest Whitestrips to market.”
A.G. Lafley and Ram Charan in The Game Changer
“The cornerstone upon which the Swiss built their temple of timekeeping was the mechanical movement. All those crazy gears and cogs and coils and springs-that’s Switzerland, baby. For centuries the Swiss made the most watches and the best watches-all with mechanical movements. The watch business was extremely successful. And success bred success.”
“So, here we are in the latter third of the twentieth century and the Swiss are dominating the watch market in every facet on a global scale. That’s success, right? And it’s supposed to breed more success, right? Well, tell that to the Japanese.”
“The Seiko Company of Japan had been making mechanical movement watches for a while, but they were small potatoes compared to the Swiss firms. But they took a look at what was happening in Europe and made a bold decision: they were going to drop the mechanical movement part of their business to focus on making low-cost, high-quality watches using quartz movements…”
“Perhaps the Swiss considered quartz movement to be aesthetically inferior. Or perhaps their years of success breeding success conditioned them to believe that continued success was inevitable. Whatever the reason, the Japanese shattered the Swiss watch hegemony. Fortunately for the Swiss, however, they, still have excellent banks and chocolate.”
David Bernstein, Beau Fraser, and Bill Schwab in Death To all Sacred Cows
Thursday, April 17, 2008
“This can be a tricky time for good mentors. You rally want your child to start the business that you thought of, an neighbourhood computer-tech venture. He’s already the go-to person in your household for computer questions. Furthermore, there are no start-up costs, you have al long list of customers in mind, and you know he could make quite a bit of money. The only drawback is that he’s not so excited about your idea. He wants to draw cartoon characters, print them on postcards, and sell them at school and at a local fair in a few weeks.”
“Your first inclination is to discourage his cockamamie idea-the computer-tech business is far sounder in every way, and he could earn lots of each. But the better move is to drop your plan, endorse his, and help him turn it into a successful venture, not because cartooning is a better business, but simply because that’s what your son wants to do.”
Troy Dunn in Young Bucks
“The Commission has also proposed that a special purpose vehicle, with a Rs. 500
Crore corpus, be formed for developing of these units, the Commission felt that the stakeholders for each growth pole should originate from a vaste geographic spread, and not be restricted to the area where it would be located. The Commisson’s recommendation is based on its detailed project reports on Rajasthan, West Bengal, Kerela, Chhattisgarh, Uttarakhad and Assam.”
“The idea of growth poles is rooted in the ongoing Government efforts to develop industrial clusters. Growth Pole, in essence, is a cluster of clusters, a second stage of cluster development involving up-scaling of he existing development efforts through provision of common infrastructure, services centers etc. the move was aimed at strengthening natural clustering of industrial units to archieve economies of scale in skill upgradation, technology development, marketing and other necessary activities. While the NCEUS approach is in the right direction, it raises valid questions on the inherent rigidities of this model.”
Institue of Small Enterprises and Development in India Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises Report 2007
“And it wasn’t just the arrangement of the protocols that was making layering a problem. The implementations had performance problems, too. The theory of layering supposedly requires each protocol in each layer to be a distinct state machine (i.e., a distinct process). A protocol state machine in layer N sends of receives PDUs by passing them across the layer boundary to the protocol machine in the layer below.”
“Crossing a layer boundary generally involved an API, which in the worst case was a system call and the best case just a procedure call. If the implementation follows this theory closely, it will produce a considerable number of data copies and context switches and be very slow. By the early 1970s, everyone had learned this lesson. But even with minimal data copies, there is still a lot of overhead in context switches. To reduce context switches essentially requires merging the state machines of protocols in adjacent layers within a system. Although in theory this is possible, in practice there are factors that make it unwise.”
John Day in Patterns in Network Architecture
Simon Archer and Rifaat Ahmed Abdul Karim in Islamic Finance
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
“In “Smart Organizations,” the executives and directors believed that their market leadership was only a quarter from slipping from their grasp. They maintained a healthy respect for all their competitors and never got too caught up in their success. Wal-Mart execs religiously track Target’s and other retailers’ moves, often visiting their stores at least once a month. By contrast, “Not-so-Smart Organizations” cavalierly disregarded the potential threat of competitors. Instead, they saw their market leadership as permanent and, perhaps because of this, often began spending lavishly on themselves and their corporate offices. Wal-Mart still requires all of its senior executives to share hotel rooms on corporate trips. And, if you have been to their Bentonville Home Office, you know that they don’t waste an inch of space, stuffing cubicles together as tightly as they stuff product on Wall-Mart floor space. Sam Waton would be proud.”
W. Glenn Rowe in Cases in Leadership
Robert H. Bloom with Dave Conti in The inside Advantage
Monday, April 14, 2008
There were about a dozen people who lived in the area who were not associated with Apple, IBM, Intel, Adobe, Sun Microsystems, Oracle, Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, etc., etc., and Raymond Holmes was one of them. The man was self-described as a real-estate developer.
Faye Kellerman in ‘The Burnt House’ (www.harpercollins.co.uk)
Roma Tearne in ‘Bone China’ (www.harpercollins.co.uk)
For her New Year’s present to the king Anne commissioned a most extravagant gift. The goldsmiths brought it to the great hall and spent the morning setting it up. When they came to the queen’s apartments to tell her that she might come and see it Anne beckoned to George and to me and said we might come too.
We ran down the stairs to the great hall, Anne ahead of us, so that she could fling open the doors and see our faces. It was a most astounding sight: a fountain made of gold inlaid with diamonds and rubies. At the foot of the fountain were three naked women, also wrought of gold, and from their teats sprouted springs of more water.
‘My God,’ said George, truly awed. ‘How much did it cost you?’
‘Don’t ask,’ Anne said. ‘It is very grand, isn’t it?’
‘Grand.’ I didn’t add: ‘But vilely ugly,’ though I could tell from George’s stunned expression that he thought the same.
Philippa Gregory in ‘The Other Boleyn Girl’ (www.harpercollins.co.uk)
Saturday, April 12, 2008
“On common belief about India is true, however: English, the language of globalization, is widely spoken and even more widely understood. English is the primary language of instruction in all India’s universities, and is learned as a second language in school. It is surprisingly hard to find a figure for what proportion of the population actually can speak and read English. He census asks about first languages (Hindi is by far the most widely spoken, by 40% of the population) and not about second ones. Language in India, an online journal devoted to the study of languages spoken on the subcontinent, publishes an implausibly low figure: 3%. That is thirty-three million people, or almost twice the population of Australia. But it is a tiny proportion of a country as vast as India and doesn’t fit with the evidence of one’s own eyes and ears, or the annual output of universities, or the fact that in effect English provides the means by which India’s dozens of language groups manage to communicate with one another. Alternatively, TESOL-India, a private organization for teachers of English as a second language, gives a figure of about 100 million , or 9% of the population, as speakers of English but up to 350 million as ‘users’ of the language. That higher figure seems implausibly high, given the extent of illiteracy and the high proportion (72%) of Indian who live in rural areas. The truth must lie somewhere in between. Nevertheless, the number of Indian who can speak English is increasing every year, with each fresh generation of schoolchildren and graduates.”
Allen Lane in Bill Emmott Rivals
Thursday, April 10, 2008
“The second of these groups comprises the enthusiasts, who not only underline that a massive change has occurred in the world economy in the last quarter of the twentieth century in terms of the triumph of markets at the expense of states, but also hold that economic globalization is largely a benign process…”
“The critics of globalization As the third group tend to agree with the enthusiasts on the trend of increasing economic globalization, but they deem the consequences to be malign for the mass of national populations (Rodrik 1997; Sklair 2002). Fro both enthusiasts and critics, the impact of globalization is most profound even as it is multifaceted, affection-indeed, moulding-the economy, society, and policy in both developed and less-developed countries.”
Baldev Raj Nayar in Globalization and Politics in India
Amar K.K.R. Nayak and M.G. Jomon in Indian in the Emerging Global Order
“Moraji Desai was on a brief official visit to the USSR. For whatever reasons, the Soviets viewed “Moraji Desai as a rightist, anti-socialist and with capitalist and pro-west leanings-someone not very positively inclined towards the Soviet system. In an obvious endeavour to win him over or at least soften him up a little, they went out of their way to welcome him in the Soviet Union. This was in recognition of the importance of “Moraji Desai on the Indian political scene.”
“Ambassador T.N. Kaul hosted a reception in he honour of “Moraji Desai to which were invited a number of senior Soviet ministers and also f few politburo member. At the same time one had to keep in mind the protocol factor so that the Soviet guest list did not appear as though we were overreaching ourselves, no matter how much importance was being attached to this visit by the Soviet hosts.”
“On the day of the reception, the ambassador’s office received a telephone call from the foreign ministry enquiring whether Khrushchev could also put in a brief appearance at this reception. Our reply was naturally an enthusiastic ‘yes’ and promptly an invitation card in the name of Khrushchev was sent. It was as if god himself had decided to appear. The Soviets were clearly out to woo Moraji Desai.”
“It turned out to be an exceptionally well attended and successful reception, with Khrushchev being the star attraction. During his conversation with Moraji Desai, Khrushchev enquired whether he had visited any other places in the USSR and seen with his own eyes the progress made by them under the Soviet system. In his vintage flamboyant style Khrushchev then rattled off several impressive statistics to drive home the point he was trying to make. Moraji Desai replied in the negative, giving the reason that he had very limited time at his disposal during the current visit. He was polite enough to add that he would be happy to do so at a later date on a subsequent
Visit. Apparently, Khrushchev make a mental note of this and the conversation flowed on to other subjects.”
“Within an hour of Khrushchev departure form the reception his office rang up to convey the following: A special plane would be placed at Moraji Desai’s disposal the next morning as Khrushchev’s special guest. This plane would take him to Leningrad and Kiev. At both these places the local authorities will conduct him around in every possible comfort. A senior minister from Moscow will accompany him throughout and he will be back in Moscow before nightfall to resume the rest of his programme. Moraji Desai was quite stumped. He was left with no choice but to accept this very special gesture. The next day he was off to the two cities and came back visible impressed and overwhelmed by this rare gesture towards him by the then undisputed ruler of the USSR. This is how the Soviet Union functioned those days. This was vintage Khrushchev at his best.”
Prem Budhwar in A Diplomat Reveals
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
“The rows of vadams were untouched by the ravens and crow. A whole day and a half
In the summer sun had turned the wet spirals into dry, crisp savouries. Mallika couldn’t wait to sample them that evening, when she knew Janaki would fry a few just-off-the terrace-floor vadams in hot oil before serving dinner. But first they had to be gently peeled and stored before there was a supply to accompany a whole year of meals. When and how did Janaki learn to do these things, and do them so well? It was something that always impressed Mallika.”
“Her sister had taken on the duties of keeping house so easily, so naturally, just like a dick takes to water. She did everything Amma had done when she was alive. Janaki fetched the milk in the morning, cooked washed clothes, mended her school uniform, packed lunch boxes, oiled and combed her hair, stocked sanitary napkins on the top shelf of the cupboard upstairs, burned caterpillars in the backyard, laid out vadams on the terrace-all just like Amma.”
‘Mallika never heard her sister say a word about missing school. And she never asked Mallika for assistance. She always said, “You study hard and become someone really big, like Indira Gahdhi, and make me proud! Enna?”
“It was as if Amma’s spirit, her aavi, had not left the world but had instead make a home in Janaki’s body. Amma became Janaki. Janaki became Amma.”
Ameen Merchant in The Silent Raga
“Because of this data-centric approach and encapsulation of data and functions, programming in object oriented languages can lead to an overhead of creating unnecessary temporary objects. For example, consider that you need to invoke a static method in a class. Since you need an object to invoke static method, we are forced to create a temporary object just for calling that method. Once that method call is done, the temporary object is of no use and it can be destroyed as it goes out of scope ( or can be garbage collected).”
“Such creation and destruction of objects is acceptable if the number of such objects it small. However, in practice, numerous small objects are created and destroyed during
The execution of the coke, which can significant affect the performance of the code. This is a common concern shared by many object-oriented languages as object oriented programming tends to introduce numerous small and/or temporary objects.”
“We influence the number of temporary objects created in our programs. We can avoid creation of such unnecessary temporary objects by becoming aware of the situations in which such temporary objects are created and write optimized code to avoid such unnecessary creation. Knowing the implementation details (like how the compiler or virtual machines implement a language feature) is also very useful as it equips the programming with the awareness of how a particular code segment can result in creating temporary objects. There are many language-specific techniques used widely to avoid such temporary object creation, knowing and following them can lead to increased performance an better code.”
S.G. Ganesh in 60 Tips on Object Oriented Programming
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
“The free wheeling discussion begins with the challenges and practical issues faced by gay men seeking long-term relationship in Bombay. Isaac suggests the organization of a match-making bureau for gay men, on the lines of the arranged marriage bureaus for straight people in India. Karim wouders if we are not fetishizing long-term gay relationships in India, just like the west. He informs the group that the gay guide Spartacus has asked them for an update on the India section and there is a debate on what locations to reveal in the guide. He also warns the group about internet hustlers that have been operating in gay chat rooms, meeting people offline and then robbing or blackmailing them.”
Parmesh Shahani in Gay Bombay
“As Angulimala came closer to the monk, he broke out of the forest on to the road and sprinted after him, intending to run him down. But something remarkable happened. No matter how quickly he ran, he was unable to catch up with the Buddha, who continued to walk calmly and steadily down the road. Angulimala was perplexed. ‘Usually I can catch a galloping elephant or horse, a chariot or a deer, yet this monk continues to walk along at his ordinary pace, and I can’t him!’ He tried to run faster, but still the gap between him and his quarry did not decrease.”
“Eventually he stopped and shouted out after the Buddha, ‘stop, monk, stop!’ The Buddha replied, ‘I have stopped Angulimala. Now you must stop too!’ and he continued walking. This perplexed Angulimala even more. He guessed from his appearance that this man was a follower of the Buddha, and his disciples were supposed never to lie. Yet this monk said he had stopped when he was still walding, and he was telling Angulimala that he must stop when he was already standing still. He demanded that the monk explain himself.”
“Angullimala, I have stopped all violence towards living beings, but you know no restraint at all. That is way I have stopped and you have not.’ Hearing these words, Angullimala was shaken. He knew that here at last, in this fearless monk, was a teacher he could respect. The time had come for him to renounce his evil ways. He threw away his weapons and fell at the Buddha’s feet, begging him to accept him as a disciple. With head shaved and wearing the ragged robe of a forest monk, Angullimala returned with the Buddha to Savatthi.
Saddhaloka in Encounters With Enlightenment
“Art nouveau is a fin-de-siecle art tending towards phantasmagoria, decadence and the exquisite (Dunlop, 1994: 14). This iconography appears in juxtapositions to the solemnity of late nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century reason-why advertising. Although by the 1900 the motor car had scarcely begun to affect public life, it had already acquired cultural distinction among the middle classes. The aristocracy drove the first motor cars; nonetheless, the tendency of the burgeoning middle classes towards ‘pecuniary emulation’ (Veblen,  1994) generated an eagerness to secure social status through the conspicuous consumption to the cr. The semiotic appeal of the car was its ability to convey a sense of identification with the ostentatious wastefulness and languid idleness of the leisured classes. Prestigious cars symbolized refined tastes, cultural distinction and were ‘a sign of continuity and dependability’ (Dymock, 1993: 8). The art nouveau forms in motor car advertising were particularly evocative of a vehicle tailored to symbolize a distinctive character, culture and way of life. They evoked an image of an idyllic style of life divorced form the technocratic imperatives of the productive economy and work.”
Pamela odih in Advertising in Modern & Postmodern Times
Monday, April 7, 2008
“What’s wrong with this? At first glance, it might sound reasonable. The problem has to do with how numbers are assigned: A perfectly good scale is reined to the point that it generates very little useful information. A competent measurement methodology looks to minimize error. But here, the opposite is done. Instead to getting precision, random noise is produced. From a single scale, we have not only converted something continuous to something binary, binary, but we have done it three times (percent of customers likely to recommend. Percent of customers not likely to do so, and the difference between them). Each time, we have crated a new estimate. All estimate contain error. Going from a continuous scale to a binary one introduces even more error.”
Palgrave Macmillan and Claes Fornell in The Satisfied Customer
You need to understand the difference between an asset and a liability. An asset puts money in your pocket and a liability takes money from your pocket. The rich understand the difference and buy assets, not liabilities.
In the Industrial Age the ticket for success was to go to school, get good grades, and find a safe secure job for life. You did not have to worry about your financial education because the company and the government would take care of your financially once your working days were over. The rules have changed. You no longer rely on your employer or your government to take care of you.
Don’t work for money; make it work for you. Savers are losers.
We go to school to learn to work hard for money. I write books and create products that teach people how to have money work hard for them.
Money is kind of a base subject. Like water, food, air and housing, it affects everything yet for some reason the world of academic thinks it’s a subject below their social standing.
The single best piece of advice I can give is this: Be careful what financial advice you listen to. Most financial advice such as “save money,” ‘get out of dept,” “invest for the long term” and “diversify” is fine for the middle class or the poor. It’s not good advice if you want to be rich because it is obsolete advice.
Today, we are in the Information Age and more than job security we all need financial security. Unfortunately, our school system teaches us little about the subject of money. Our children will be required to learn much more than we ever did, and much more than school are prepared to teach them. Cash flow management is an essential life skill that will require more and more sophistication as we move further into the Information Age.”
Ed: Yogesh Cholera in The Billion Dollar Book
“But service is more than helping others, because being of service is the greatest gift you can give yourself. As Gandhi said, “The fragrance always remains on the hand that gives the rose.” Just as we know that the most joyous holidays are the ones where we give, not receive, the most, so the greatest joy in work is when you make your work a form of service.”
Kevin and Jackie Freiberg in Boom
Ajaxian: My take on this is as follows:
All applications have entities-a number of them and relationships exist between them. Layouts are prepared to describe entities and their relationships.
Me : You are getting very philosophical here.
Ajaxian : If I were to ask you what is an employee’s description from the perspective of an applications, what would you reply?
Me : Yes , it is her or his name. And details of age, birth date, address, educational qualification, etc.
Ajaxian : Hmm! In short, the “Employee Detail” screen?
Me : Yes.
Ajaxian : Now if I ask you the relationship of the “employee” entity with the “department” entity, what would that constitute?
Me : I guess it’s the list of employees working in that document.
Ajaxian : And how is that shown to the user of an application?
Me : Possibly like a browse-list filtered by the department.
Ajaxian : Correct. Know, would you say that this would differ from employee to employee or department to department or would this information be the same?
Me : The same.”
Rajnikant Rao in Ajax
“Futures markets-which summarize what buyers and sellers of oil contracts think prices will be in a year or more –provide some insight. Before the war, they thought prices would remain in the range that they had been $20 to $30, for the nest several years. Futures markets work on the basis of “business as usual,” that is, they assume nothing out of the ordinary is going to happen. The war in Iraq was the most notable out of the ordinary event at the time prices began to rise, and it is hard to identify any other disruption that could given similar credit for the changes in demand or supply, especially in 2003 and 2004 . (The 2005 arrival of Huricanes Katrina and Rita, however, did cause a large temporary drop in U.S. oil production, which in turn lifted prices.) Now , “business as usual” means that the turmoil that the Iraq war let loose will continue, and futures markets are betting that prices will remain high for the next several years.”
“We conclude, accordingly, that a significant proportion of the increase in the price of oil resulted from the war. Exactly how much the war increases prices cannot be gauged with precision, so we are putting forward two estimates: a conservative one that assumes only $5 per barrel of the price increase in due to the war; and a more realistic one that assumes the figure is $10. (We have discussed these estimates with oil industry experts; and although they disagree on the relative importance of different factors in the soaring prices, they have all agreed that, if anything, we have underestimated the role of the Iraq war.) Our conservative estimate assumes the duration of these higher oil prices to be seven years; the realistic-moderate estimate eight years.”
Joseph E. Stiglitz and Linda J. Bilmes in The Three Trillion Doller War
Saturday, April 5, 2008
“Stubb convinces the French that the dead whale is worthless. When the French leave it, Stubb retrieves the rich ambergris form the whale’s intestines. Ambergris looks like “mottled old cheese” but is “worth a gold guinea an ounce to any druggist,” Used in perfumes, cooking, candles and more, the ambergris is a hidden treasure, passed over by most.”
“The Olstein Financial Alert Fund is a well-respected value found now in its 10th year. The latest chairman’s message reprints “The 10 Tenets We Live By.”
“They are interesting if chock-full of investment jargon. For example, Olstein’s first tenet is “We believe there is a high correlation between long-term performance and error avoidance. In plainer English, this means: “We believe avoiding mistakes is the key to longterm investment success.”
“Particularly interesting were those tenets that run contrary to what many other investors tend to think.”
“For example, on of Olstein’s tenets is that is better to rely on your study of financial statement and inferences than it is to rely on discussions with management. Olstein writes,” Talking to management is an overrated function to the investment process.”
“I agree especially in this day and age of heightened regulatory scrutiny and litigation. Management, I’ve found, won’t tell you much of anything you can’t find or read about in publicly filed documents, press releases, and other publicly available material. You’re better off talking with other smart investors.”
“Another tenet has to do with the quality of a company. Olstein believes quality is associated with financial strength –not with size or the number of years company has been in business.”
“This too, is contrary to the mainstream idea that large caps, the so-called blue chips, represent quality companies. I think you can find high-quality companies in obscure markets and smaller companies.”
Christopher W. Mayer in Invest Like A Dealmaker
“Ah, I said, thinking of my knick-knacks back at home. They too had come from my travels around the world. But on the underbelly side of that world. The side where you bought kitsch, unbearable, hideous stuff that you didn’t throw out because it brought back memories. Not so with Graziella.”
“Even her kitchen was impeccably done. In dark pine and metal, with its cabinets richly laid out, its surfaces crammed with exotic foods and more charming knick-knacks. My kitchen had crappy supermarket dishware and common food. Things like salt, tuna and cooking oil. Graziella had things had things like olive oil from Crete and grape seed oil form Mexico. Kejap form Djakarta and Nuoc Mam from Ho Chi Minh city. Dishes in celadon and glasses in Venetian hand-blown which gave her kitchen a final and intimidatingly stylish touch. Then came her living room. All dreamy and boudoirish with rich fabrics thrown over antique sofas and armchairs, with gold and white silk curtains on the windows. And a large antique coffee table in the center with smaller tables places around the room, all showing off venerable old oak surfaces. The room was not large, but it was everything you needed to show you were a young successful interpreter. And all around the apartment. The atmosphere was rich romantic and stylish. Entirely unlike me. Entirely unlike my place. Entirely unlike my life.”
Amita Mukerjee in Ugly Duckling