Stealing from others :)

August 26, 2008 at 7:54 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Jim Caple has a hilarious take on the Age controversy at the Olympics –

The IOC can save a lot of time, effort and money by taking a far simpler, more conclusive and, quite frankly, obvious approach to this issue. If it wants to know whether an athlete is cheating, simply check the passports. If they say “U.S. citizen,” then the athletes are above suspicion. If they say anything else, they are guilty. (Well, maybe not the Canadians, who aren’t suspicious because they’re not winning anything.)

Check out the rest of the article – http://sports.espn.go.com/oly/summer08/columns/story?columnist=caple_jim&id=3548749

I dont understand this age cap in the olympics for Gymnastics – does it really work the way it is intended to? It might, I guess. A coach wanting to put a 12 year old on that year’s olympics might be harder on her than in the current scenario, when s/he wouldnt be allowed to participate. But these kids do participate in other gymnastics competitions, don’t they? On the flip side, a really talented kid, 15 years old at the time of one olympics, not only misses out on her peak performance year, but also finds herself a probable for only one olypics, or max 2. That doesnt sound very fair, does it?

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Tale of two companies, two CEOs

August 22, 2008 at 11:38 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

This first company – picked up a good idea from Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). Innovated madly. Came out with a brilliant, futuristic product. And charged pots of  money. Then, these guys had this completely closed eco-system, where no one was allowed to enter. If they sold a house, for isntance, you would have to buy only their carpets, their furniture, their kitchens and so on. And they made so much more money on that, that you and I could not even dream of owning one.

Now take the second company. Pick up a good idea. Innovate reasonably – only enough to make it work. Market it. Pick up another good idea. again, innovate, market. But these guys are the Henry Ford of their industry. They believe in volumes in an industry driven by numbers. They sell their product dirt cheap. Their ideas are so powerful, within a decade, they have completely changed the structure & operating levers of their industry. You might not get one ultra modern, person sensitve, sound sensitive house, but you get a house you can live in. Plus they create this brilliant open environment, where anybody can provide addons to your house.

On paper, the second company seems to be the likeable choice, right? But what if I told you the first is called Apple, and the second, Microsoft?

Its funny, because there is a definite perception that Apple is the underdog, the Technology Messiah, the one that loves technology for itself, while Microsoft is the Cash Cow, for whom the dollar is the only God. But actually, its the former that has in its history, had greater drivers in terms of revenue, and the latter, with a feel for the industry. In a summary, one had short term vision, and the other, long term. One wanted to make money. The other wanted to excel in what it did.

Ofcourse, perception is pretty much the reverse. Hmm.

Music

August 12, 2008 at 9:23 am | Posted in Music, Sanjana | Leave a comment

Nothing better than a spot of classical music to soothe me. Carnatic has this magical quality to me. Can get completely lost in it, a feeling of oneness. The closest metaphor I can think of is Federer with the the tennis ball on wimbledon.

Sanju seems to like music so far. Have taken to playing some of my classical music tapes for her at night – and since she takes ages to go to sleep, it means about half an hour of music each night. And the best part is, she asks for it! And she has her preferences, too. Somehow, she’s more fond of the female voice than she is of the male voice (mama patu vendam, akka paatu venum – Dont want uncle’s song, want girl’s song). I prefer Unnikrishnan & Maharajapuram Santhanam over Sudha Ragunathan or even Bombay Jayashree anyday, but each for her own, I guess. I am much to grateful for the fact that she likes music to quibble over such stuff!

I have found that each of my “Sanjana Revelations” – her liking for books, her love for music – have been accompanied by a sense of relief. What does that say about not having expectations set on children, I wonder. In my case (not that it makes it any better), it is more on account of having carnatic music in common – would be nice, wouldn’t if, if we could share that.

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