Tuesday, June 30, 2009
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Friday, June 26, 2009
I am a hige fan of Simon Singh. Anyone who can write a subject like Fermat's Last Theorem in a way that a layman can understand it certainly deserves respect. I was therefore a little upset and curious when I read that he has been sued for libel.
It turns out that he has been sued by the British Chiropractic Association.
For writing an article against the practice of Chiropractic. You will find details of the full article by Simon Singh here.
If you read the article, you will find that Simon Singh has given enough evidences. As men of science, what would you do?
I would show counter evidences and use this opportunity to popularise Chiropractic.
Simon Singh has been sued.
Which I think is ridiculous.
You may also express your support to Simon Singh by signing your name here.
Beware, The next time you say, "God does not play dice," be careful. Someone may sue you for libel against quantum mechanics.
By the way, Chiropractic is not yet a recognised stream of medicine in India.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
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Friday, June 19, 2009
There are occasions when you desperately want a person to succeed. I do not know Chris Guillebeau, except through the e-mail updates I receive from his blog. As you read what he writes, he comes across as a genuine person. That to me is a sufficient enough reason for me to want him to succeed.
I would, therefore, very strongly recommend visiting his blog, The Art of Non-Conformity and subscribe to the updates. I also recommend that you read his manifesto 279 Days to Overnight Success. It lays down a (one of many) path to become a full-time blogger / writer.
What I find inspiring is that he manages to get enough from his on-line business to be able to pursue his dream of visiting all the countries in the world.
Actually I envy him.
Pssst! He does not know that I am endorsing him.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
You know what? I would love to see on an e-mail?
1) Instead of ...
This is a system generated email Please do not reply to this email.
This is *not* a system generated email. I have written this mail to you personally to show how much we care about your business. Should you have any concern or feedback, please feel free to respond to this e-mail. I will also recommend that you save my e-mail address in your contacts list in case you need to communicate to me in future.
2) Instead of ...
You are requested to make payment on or before due date.
You payment due date falls on xx/yy/zzzz. Your timely payment helps us give you superior service. However, if for some reason you are unable to make the payment on or before due date, please call me up and we will work out together and design a new package for you.
3) Instead of ...
For Refund through credit card 5% bank charges applicable
Since you have provided us with substantial business last year, we will wave off the 5% bank charges that are applicable for refund through credit card.
This is an example of a superior customer service. I reproduce the entire mail here ...
Thank you very much for registering for The MathWorks seminar.
Just one clarification:
You have registered for the Chennai seminar organized at Le Meridien, Chennai for 10th July but your location is Bangalore. Kindly confirm
Thanks & Regards
As it turned out, I had indeed made a mistake. Now, that is customer service for you.
It is reported that the Chinese government will hire at least 10,000 volunteers to censor Internet by the end of this year. The purpose is to monitor harmful sites and contents.
I bet all Chinese are queuing up. This is the only way they will get to see 'harmful' contents on the cyberspace.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
More than the book GEB, I find Douglas Hofstadter's description of his education more interesting that the book itself ...
[I]n late 1967 ... I dropped out of math grad school in Berkley and took up a new identity as physics grad student at the University of Oregon in Eugene. ... I was very discouraged with the way my physics studies and my life in general were going, so in July I packed my all my belongings into a dozen or so cardboard boxes and set out on an eastward trek across the vast American continent. ... From Boulder I headed further east, bouncing from one university town to another, and eventually, almost as if it had been beckoning me the whole time, New York City loomed as my ultimate goal. Indeed I wound up spending several months in Manhattan, taking graduate courses at City college ... but as 1973 rolled around, I faced the fact that despite loving New York in many ways, I was even more agitated than I had been in Eugene, and I decided it would be wiser to return to Oregon and to finish graduate school there. ... In 1974, I switched Ph.D. advisors for the fourth and final time ...
Can you do that? I mean, switching subjects, schools & university, and professors at will?