Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Guide to hiring women

A very interesting article. Tells you about the psychology and characteristics of woman kind in workplace. Also gives tips on managing women at the work place.
A read for every manager who deals with women, I guess.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Resume & CV

I was recently told that a CV is different from a resume. The CV is longer and more detailed than a resume. But the top search results say that in some countries CVs are called resumes.
Now I am in a confusion. I have a resume but dont know what a CV should look like.

People's priority indicator

Well, I was at it again. I went to google and typed "how to" and back came the response.
Two months ago, "how to write a resume", was the first in the list as mentioned here previously.
I guess people are back to wanting to make babies again.
Now that I am searching this pretty regularly, I am thinking of a fancy name I can give to this indicator. I can then report the monthly state of affairs and can observe the lastest trends in people's priorities. It may give some clue as to what people are upto these days.
Thinking it cross sectionally, maybe it can work as a crude indicator to predict the number of children born in the next year or so.
Having some hopes that one day, this will be refered to something like the long skirt theory, the leading lipstick indicator.
@readers: please suggest an appropriate/wacky name with/without including my name in the indicator :)
p.s: The search is for google.co.in..... You may get different results if you are in another domain/country.

Get rich soon

I had identified this amazing opportunity a few years ago to get rich quick.
The problem was I am/was not in US or Europe.
Let me get to the point: The easiest way to get (filthy)rich quick is to sue. Sue someone, some company, some institution, something.
Sometimes you have to be in the right situation in the right place to be the victim. But if you already want to get rich quick, you can start searching/looking out for possible victimisations and make yourself a victim and then cry foul and sue.
The processes in the developed countries are pretty efficient and you can make plenty of money in a short period of time.
Just look what one guy has done:
He has sued Bank of America for 1784 billion trillion dollars, that is 1 followed by 21 zeros. The world's GDP in 2008 was merely $60 trillion.
I think I am just not in the right place to get rich soon.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

The naked truth

Here is an online chat between my foreign french friend(a girl) and an Indian friend(a guy who knows french) on campus:
Guy: how was your Mandu trip?
Gal:was in mandu today
im f***ing nacke
nacked
Guy: isnt it spelt naked ? lol as in nue in French
Gal: euh i dont know
.....
well u got it
lol
Guy: but y wud one get naked in Mandu ?! I thot it was a hill station lol
Gal: go to hell
Guy: ok im totally confused by Mandu u mean the place Mandu right haha ?
Gal: ya
lol
Guy: so thrs water thr ?
Gal: naked = tired
Gal: who did u guys go with ?
rotfl !
how the f*** is naked = tired haha hilarious we have to chat more lol
Insight: the gal didnt know how to pronounce the word "knackered" which actually means "very tired"

Durga puja stories

There is a durga puja in the campus with a wonderful idols of the goddess, the demon and the picture of Shiva. My foreign friend from France asked the Indian friend "what is the relationship between Durga and Shiva?"
Indian friend: "Initially they were husband and wife"
Foreign friend interupts: "they broke up then?"
Well, it will take him some time to understand that weddings and marriages of gods and goddesses are much more complicated than simple humans. God/goddess disintegrate, vow to become the husband's wife again in another reincarnation and stuff....

Saturday, September 26, 2009

A good hedge

Crazy as it sounds, alcohol may one day be given to people with brain injuries to help them recover.
The idea has arisen from a study of 38,000 people with head injuries, which found that those with alcohol in their blood were more likely to survive. For every 100 people who died when stone-cold sober, only 88 died with ethanol – the kind of alcohol in drinks – in their veins.
"The finding raises the intriguing possibility that administering ethanol to patients with brain injuries may improve outcome," conclude the investigators.
Lead researcher Ali Salim of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles said he hoped a trial could be mounted, but more information is needed first. "We need a better understanding of the exact mechanism, the appropriate dose and specific timing of treatment before we can embark on clinical trials," he told New Scientist.
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17820-bash-your-head-you-need-a-stiff-drink.html

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Bluetooth 3.0

Well, Bluetooth 3.0 is going to hit the markets soon. So whats in it for you?
Well, Bluetooth 3.0 + High Speed will allow devices to move large data files--such as music, videos, and photos--at 24Mb/s, a rate similar to Wi-Fi.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Hawow...

Deadly cocktail

Not entirely sure about his projections, but a good one with some data... It atleast gives a view in these unseen and unknown periods like today (US printing record dollars, trade surpluses in China, weak rupee, high priced commodities due to drought leading to high inflation very soon, low buffer of food grains in India, hoarding of stuff, storing of oil in tankers,etc)
A volatile cocktail (more like a Molotov cocktail) of ingredients to handle...

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Dream come true

Another important point not mentioned: A lot of people anyway work for 10hrs a day in an 8 hr a day schedule. So one more day leave in those terms for those people :)

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Exclusive club membership

"Being in an exclusive club needn't always be a priviledge, it could be that you are the chosen scapegoat."
Take Bernard Madoff's clients, for example. All thought they were very priviledged to be clients of Madoff and that is the image Madoff projected, till the truth came out.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Many of a kind

Many of what kind?
The kind that are not males or females.
There are so many of this kind in this world and I feel bad that no society recognises them. I have never seen a form where there are three boxes for sex/gender - male, female and other.
Despite all the claims of proudness of all our civilisations, this discrimination against recognising millions of people is a shame on our civilisation.
For more details about the number of people and all the science behind this, read along:
As many as 4 per cent of people are born with neither a clear male nor clear female identity, according to the Gender Trust. Most may be unaware that they are classified as "intersex" and suffer no discomfort or distress as a result.However, some babies are born with ambiguous genitals which leave their sex unclear. They may resemble those of a female with a large clitoris and the labia fused together, or they may look like those of a male with a small penis and an empty scrotum. Surgery may be carried out so the baby can be assigned as either male or female.
Others are born with genetic abnormalities. The sex of a baby is established in the womb according to whether they have an XX chromosome pair (female) or XY (male). The commonest gender disorders are chromosomal abnormalities such as Turner's syndrome (X0, where the second X chromosome is missing), which affects one in 10,000 girls, and Klinefelter's syndrome (XXY or XXXY) affecting one in 1,000 boys.
Girls with Turner's syndrome mostly have normal genitals but the ovaries do not develop and they remain infertile. Boys with Klinefelter's syndrome may have small testes or produce low amounts of testosterone and can develop breasts. They may also have signs of a womb and ovaries.
People with Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome, or AIS (one in 20,000 births) – as described by Janet – are genetically male (with the XY chromosome) but due to a failure to respond to testosterone do not develop male genitals and at birth appear female. They are thus usually raised as girls. They can develop breasts at puberty, but the vagina is small or absent, and they do not menstruate. Some AIS women have had modelling careers because their lack of male hormones means they are unlikely to develop body hair and are less prone to skin conditions like acne. But society is often unkind to people with such disorders.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Munger again

Ready reference on Munger:
http://www.valuestockplus.net/charlie-munger

Best quote of Charlie Munger

"All I want to know is where I'm going to die so I'll never go there."

Friday, September 11, 2009

Munger quotes

Quotes from Charlie Munger, Warren Buffet's right hand man and vice-president of Berkshire Hathaway, apart from being a hero himself....
http://www.gongol.com/quotes/munger/

The invisible leg

You must have heard of the famous "invisible hand theory" by Adam Smith, but what about the "wicked invisble leg theory"?

Anna Nicole Smith rule

Warren Buffett's “Anna Nicole Smith Rule”.
Anna Nicole Smith Rule: “When choosing between two rich guys, pick the older one”

Thursday, September 10, 2009

The beauty and the brawn

Vital stats: 36-24-36
Well, there are a few other things that will be as interesting and desirable as the above stats:
Length: 14ft
Width:6ft 1 inch
81 kg frame
3.8 litre V8 twin turbo engine
0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds
Introducing the stunning McLaren MP4-12C

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Notes to myself - Part 1

Excerpts from a book called "Notes to myself" by 'Hugh Prather':
"There is a part of me that wants to write, a part that wants to theorize, a part that wants to sculpt, a part that wants to teach... To force myself into a single role, to decide to be just one thing in life would kill off large parts of me."
"If I work toward an end, meantime I am confined to a process."
"Because the results are unpredictable, no effort of mine is doomed to failure. And even a failure will not take the form I imagine. 'It will be interesting to see what happens' is a more reaslistic attitude toward future consequences than worry."
"I am convinced that this anxiety running through my life is the tension between what I 'should be' and what I am. My anxiety does not come from thinking about the future but wanting to control it."
"Meaning changes with the context. My meaningfulness is here. Its enough that I am of comfort to someone today. Its enough that I make a difference now."
"Boredom or discontent is useful to me when I acknowledge it and see clearly my assumption that there's something else I would rather be doing. In this way boredom can act as an invitation to freedom by opening me to new options and thoughts."

Monday, September 7, 2009

Space

I feel like I want to be lost there in space... but then, I think I am already that lost...

So called 'friends'

Are some friends really worth it? are they worth my time? Some of them dont respond to calls... some say they will catch up on a weekend but hardly ever do... some come online and put up some upseting status messages and when you seem concerned and ask what happened, they dont say much and have a ten line chat and go then go away...
I feel I am living in an illusion where I have lost touch with all reality and cutting each day one after another with no idea what is going to happen tomorrow and hardly have any expectations from tomorrow... From my experience, when you have expectations from others they somehow are always capable of only dissapointing you... But still I do have some basic expectations and I am constantly getting dissappointed by people's actions or rather their inactions...

Beat this!!!

Guess what my classmate found in Switzerland? Ball shampoo!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

BS

BS = Black Scholes or Bullshit?
Your call!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Router

My one roomate in transit in Singapore wants me to pass on a message to another roomate in transit in Indore railway station towards Delhi to tell the second guy's friend that the first guy is arriving tonight to his place to stay in Bangalore. And neither the first or the second guy have their own working mobile and my mobile number is new which both of them dont probably have. Phew!

Some quotes

Found some quotes from my friends:
"Crushes crush my heart.. always.. so I go all in when I feel the thing."
"Top line is vanity, bottom line adds sanity, cash flow is reality !!!" - MD of Paramount airways
"If not me, then who? If not now, then when?"