Career starters

I fell in love with computers at school. Thanks to my accountancy group friends and Swarnalatha* sister(My computer science teacher). She used to chase us out of the computer lab, but actually loved to see us in. We did simple graphics in Basic on black and white terminals. Now doing the same in SVG/d3 and nostalgia kicks in. Amazing how trivial & fun activities create careers. May be thats the only one that does.

* sadly she passed away a few years ago.

Aaron Swartz

Aaron Swartz, a 26 year old handsome young man,
who founded Reddit,
and founded an organization to fight for internet freedom,
and wrote RSS 1.0 spec at the age of 14,
and created the web.py Python framework,
and writes a brilliant blog

committed suicide today. At the age of 26. 

Why?
The US gov was about to send him to jail for 50 years.

What was the crime?
He shared a bunch of academic papers (yep those boring ones) to the public. Yep. Thats it. Interestingly many of these academic researches were also funded by tax money.

The tech world is angry and rightly so. http://twitpic.com/bunsqs

Sometimes its scary to see what America can do to you.

Get rid of the reasons

Seth Godi – Clean Bathrooms

The facilities at DisneyWorld are clean. It’s not a profit center, of course. They don’t make them clean because they’re going to charge you to use them. They make them clean because if they didn’t, you’d have a reason not to come.

What is the reason your customers leave the door? Find’em. Get rid of ’em.

A simple recipe from Kalam

APJ Abdul Kalam at the European Parliament:

???Where there is righteousness in the heart, there is beauty in the character.
When there is beauty in the character,
there is harmony in the home.
When there is harmony in the home.
There is an order in the nation.
When there is order in the nation,
There is peace in the world.???

Deaths

There are three deaths. The first is when the body ceases to function. The second is when the body is consigned to the grave. The third is that moment when your name is spoken for the last time. – Sum, David Eagleman

On Dining

I’m going to avoid using mobile phones at dinner tables and restaurants. At home dad doesn’t let me read or watch TV while at the dinner table. I’m slowly recognizing the value of it.

To start with, it shows that you are uninterested in the people who are sitting with you.

Eating and socializing are both objectives of dining together. The weightages are not in that order. 

Swear at me if you find me staring at a screen or thumbing on it..