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Why does one start a company? People do it for several reasons - Binoy wanted to create jobs while Jiju wanted to make money and take a stab at the fame associated with technology startups. I wanted to do it for two reasons - one to prove to myself that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2015 at The Third Eye
It has been a while since I last blogged. A lot has happened in the past two years. For starters, my old company got acquired and it all went downhill from there. I had heard statistics that 83% of all mergers and acquisitions end up destroying shareholder value and this... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2015 at The Third Eye
Came across this Zen nugget while reading Eloquent Javascript by Marijn Haverbeke. Hilarious and thought provoking at the same time! The Book of Programming The Two Aspects Below the surface of the machine, the program moves. Without effort, it expands and contracts. In great harmony, electrons scatter and regroup. The... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2013 at The Third Eye
I have lamented in the past about the decay of the once proud Malayalam cinema. Besotted with internecine feuds and larger than life superstars, many were predicting its demise. I was thus pleasantly surpised to see the emergence of a new breed of actors, script writers and directors who have... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2013 at The Third Eye
Being born in socialist Kerala, I have always been exposed to the idea that any organization - be it a company or the Government - should be infused with the egalitarian ethos. The idea that all men are created equal and should be provided equal opportunity in their pursuits appeals... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2013 at The Third Eye
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I became aware of Benford's Law when it was explained by Ole as part of his brilliant "Watch Out for Number One!" speech. According to the law, there is an inherent distribution of the first digits when considering any set of numbers. So if you say look at the file... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2012 at The Third Eye
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What do you want out of life? You may say a good job, a nice house or a beautiful wife. But these are the things you want in life. These are your little day to day goals of your life. My question is instead about the grandest goal of them... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2012 at The Third Eye
This week saw the demise of Rajesh Khanna, the Indian superstar of yesteryears. Although most of his movies were of the mushy variety, there is one movie that stands out - Anand (hindi for Joy) is the story of Anand, a terminally ill cancer patient coping with his impending death.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2012 at The Third Eye
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I have been looking for a hard-science fiction novel that could grip my attention for some time. Among the various branches of fiction, sci-fi holds a unique position since most of it was written by U.S authors energized by the scientific advances in the post-world war, American dominated world. Forays... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2012 at The Third Eye
If you use Typepad and want to embed code in your blogs, here is one way to do it. This is based on http://damien.krotkine.com/All/2010/03/15/syntax-highlighting-in-typepad.html and I have updated some of the information. Perfom the following steps to get syntax highlighting in your Typepad blogs: 1. Download SyntaxHighlighter to your local... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2012 at The Third Eye
I was mucking around with some numerical analysis code the other day and came across this function: bool sum_will_overflow (int x, int y) { // RETURNS: true if the sum overflows, false otherwise int sum = x + y; if (sum - x == y) && (sum - y ==... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2012 at The Third Eye
As a father of a 4 month old, I have been scouring the web and libraries for good books. Here are some of the books recommended by my local library. Board Books (books with pages made of thick cardboard) Peek-A-Boo! - Janet Ahlberg Barnyard Dance - Sandra Boynton Big Red... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2012 at The Third Eye
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The first time I encountered Pi in school, I was told that it was 22/7. Later I was told that it was just an approximation since Pi can never be expressed accurately with an infinite precision. If Pi is 3.14159... then why do we choose 22/7 ? Why not 314/100... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2012 at The Third Eye
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During November/December months, my church conducts christmas carol rounds. Members assemble at a common location and then proceed to visit nearby houses in the area. At the end of the rounds, they then reassemble for lunch/dinner. Since I am lazy by nature, I have always wondered whether we take the... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2012 at The Third Eye
Lately the India story has lost its sheen. 20 years ago, the Indian economy was freed from the shackles of government. But little has happened ever since. We still remain laggards in primary education and per-capita income. India is the youngest nation in the world. In order to reap that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2012 at The Third Eye
Toastmasters Speech #9 has the objective of "Persuade with Power". You can do this by either inspiring people, convincing them or by issuing a call for action. In this speech, I have attempted to do the first two by talking about the dismal state of public education in India and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2012 at The Third Eye
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During Steve's party, Mike, Amrit and I were lamenting the state of corporate America. The discussions centered around the distinction between those who do (workers) and those who tell what to do (managers). There is a lot of resentment among the workers against MBAs who lord over them solely on... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2011 at The Third Eye
We should start another tradition - of finding a new and meaningful carol and sharing it with each other every Xmas :)
Toggle Commented Dec 25, 2011 on Christmas Carol at The Third Eye
Yoga, You have a point there - the fact that poverty leads to corruption. I was not aware of the Indonesia experiment - do you have any links/articles on it? Koushik Basu's idea is ingenious - unfortunately there was a lot of outrage from lofty minded individuals lamenting that it will institutionalize corruption. Unfortunately these very same lofty ideas are the reason why we are in a pickle.
Toggle Commented Dec 25, 2011 on Tackling Corruption at The Third Eye
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I am a bit of a grumbler. I constantly complain about the sad plight of the world, software design, management and all other things under the sun. It is no wonder that people thus mistake me to be a pessimist. But oddly enough, I consider myself to be an optimist... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2011 at The Third Eye
I have been a fan of Savatage ever since I heard Christmas Eve/Sarajevo. This song is from the album "Christmas Eve And Other Stories" and it tells the story of an angel sent from heaven on "A mission from God, to find out the worth Of everything that His children... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2011 at The Third Eye
The problem is that the vast majority of people simply blame the symptoms without understanding the root cause. As you said, the issue is with judicial reforms. But how many educated Indians have you heard clamoring for a better justice system instead of claiming Mein Anna Hoon? See the related post http://phaedrus.typepad.com/blog/2010/09/tackling-corruption.html
Toggle Commented Dec 20, 2011 on A Deeper Malaise at The Third Eye
I met my friend Arin at the local Starbucks. His father who had been ill for quite some time, passed away recently. The last time I asked, he was battling stomach complications introduced as a result of an antibiotics treatment. So it was a surprise to me that the cause... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2011 at The Third Eye
The customer is king in America. Well almost always.. cellphone and Internet providers remain the last bastions of customer unfriendliness. I am pretty old fashioned when it comes to cell phones. I use my phone just as a phone. I don't want it to sing songs, take pictures or cook... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2011 at The Third Eye
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Toastmasters speech #8 emphasizes the use of visual aids for communication. I decided to follow the Presentation Zen approach by having 5 slides with only pictures and no dreaded bullets. This speech was inspired by Betrand Russel's essay of the same name. Let me start by transporting you back in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2011 at The Third Eye