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Anatomy of a gossip

Gossip - a: rumor or report of an intimate natureb: a chatty talkc: the subject matter of gossip..

Gossip is the Devil's radio. -- George Harrison


Most of those who say they don't like to gossip are lying. They probably fear to be a subject of gossip themselves. I would like to ascribegossas the unit of gossip. Now how to define one goss? Well, say, you are watching a gossip show on TV, or reading a magazine, a goss would be defined as the number of people you can get engrossed in a conversation about the topic.  Pretty subjective and crude definition, but that's the best I could come up with.  We will talk more about it towards the end of this post.


There have been Hollywood movies about gossip.  It lies at the very core of the social human being.  It's a study area in psychology.  Studies have found that Gossip isn't just loose talk.  There are virtues and immoralities associated with it.  There's a social stigma and there are social groups tied to it.  In e…

Mr. Manager, if you think tea-breaks are a waste of time, you don't understand Productivity

A low intensity siren wails every afternoon at 2.30 PM at a factory near where I live.  I didn't know why, until, out of curiosity,  I asked the watchman of the factory one day.  It was supposed to be a break time of 10 minutes.  The workers could have quick tea, snacks, smokes or just relax for 10 minutes.  Not a long enough time in my opinion.  Further, I learnt that the factory was a scrap steel plant and all work was manual.  The laborers toiled hard for 9 hours a day, with a twenty minute lunch break and a 10 minute tea break.

This made me feel grateful of how lucky I am.  I can have a break at any time, and mostly quite a long one; this is in addition to an hour long lunch break.  Perhaps, this is a privilege of knowledge workers.  Although, along with gratitude, I also feel remorse for some of the IT companies and even some of the teams in my place of employment, where breaks were monitored, and sometimes even frowned upon.  I almost cringe at such attitude.  A company for…

On Moonshots and Elon Musk

'Moonshots', the term coined by Google's Larry Page, in reference to its wide and wild adventures in areas of technology, humanities etc., which are no less feats than the humanity's moon landing saga.  Larry used the term emphatically when Andy Rubin, the head of Google's Android division stepped down to 'pursue moonshots elsewhere in Google'.  Larry also referred to its Glass Project and the Self-Driving car Project to highlight the importance of moonshots.

What exactly does a 'Moonshot' consist of?  Why not ask Larry himself?  Larry says that he lives by the gospel of 10x.  That is, a 10% improvement in a product is not worth the time and effort.  If you can do it 10x times, it probably is.  What he means is that if you cannot improve upon something by a thousand percent than the competition, then it's not worth Google's moonshot.  He has truly lived by that so far. 

So now having understood the meaning of moonshots, who can we think of …

Facebook scare

So I was pretty excited last week (the week of 22nd September, 2011) when facebook held their f8 conference, the annual facebook developer conference.  Since 2007, facebook reveals new features, APIs etc. in this mega event.

2007 had the first f8 held in San Fransisco.  It saw the advent of the Social graph.  It was widely cherished by the developer community.  2008's f8 was a biggie and brought in the New facebook profile and tons of privacy features, along with the famous Facebook Connect, to which all major websites sucked on like a leech.  There was a sort of hue and cry from those who were concerned about privacy; but heck, Zuck gives a shit!

2009 saw the event ommitted, to the utter disbelief of developers.  Then there was 2010, perhaps the biggest one since its inception; the now omnipresent 'Like' button was released accompanying the Graph API and the Open Graph protocol.  And it was a hit!!  The same year, facebook crossed half a billion members.  That was some st…

A random post about nothing in particular

How to earn a million dollars in a month....
No, the above statement has nothing to do with what I am about to write (in a way I am trolling).  The question is why am I doing this.  Well, just for the sake of it.  Or in words of Eric Cartman, I am because I can.  This is my blog and I can do whatever god damn I wish to.  But saying that would be rude.  So let's say I did it just for the sake of it.  Why is it necessary to be a conformist and abide by the unwritten law that the blog title should reflect what the post is about?
Hmm....It won't make sense if it doesn't.  I mean someone would come here to know how to earn a million dollars, and then get pissed off for what drivel I scribbling.
So, then, what is it that I am going to talk about?  Let's just say, trolling the Brain.  It's funny how our brain plays tricks with us.  Though we are conscious beings, most of our behavior and decisions are beyond our control.  You may feel shitty sometimes for no apparent re…

Me, my God and Science

Modern humans have always been thirsty for knowledge since their dawn some thousand years ago.  Earliest humans looked around and tried to figure out how stuff worked.  They were successful to an extent.  They could control fire, which enabled them to eat literally anything.  Cave paintings show how they perceived nature.  They explained whatever they could, what they could not was attributed to divinity.  (It's still a trait)

Fast forward: the dark ages.  Nothing in human history has proven so impeding to knowledge as the dark ages.  Just to give an example, Islamic world was one of the most advanced societies around the 8thcentury AD.  They discovered a number of celestial bodies and hence most of them have Arabic names.  They established complex mathematical theorems.  The Arabic numerals are the ones we use (base 10).  What happened afterwards?  Why did the rational progress stop?  Why was science scorned upon later?  The answer is in one guy.  Some religious leader declared …