Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Surely You're joking Mr. Feynman

When I was at my graduate school, I must've read this book more than 10 times. It was that good.  Its now almost 5 years since I last read it, but I still remember some of the funny stuff that I read. It just leaves an everlasting impression in you comparing to others whose effects are ephemeral. He just leaves a mark on you without any seriousness and the way he does it is something better read than me saying it.... 

  • What is great about Richard Feynman is his refusal to take anything too seriously. Rather, he refused to take anything too seriously because he was damn serious. When you think of it, only people who are not really serious appear to be serious. Seriousness in appearance is different from seriousness in essence. While its hilarious in one side, its also serious on the other side.

  • A staff (also a good friend of mine) at that time used to do tutor for students who wanted to do well in other competitive entrance exams. She used to make the students read excerpts from Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman. She said the pupil liked the chapter on how to become friendly with women. Now, that was funny, with Richard Feynman trying out the instructions of the bar master, almost failing, but then sticking to his gun, and finally getting the reward. If you scratch your head and don't know what it is all about as you read this blog, then you should definitely read this book. I assure you that you would be laughing like mad before long.

  • Here is a review of the same it toolbox i thought it'd be better if you read a review than my usual musings....

    Mood: Lack of sleep 

        There is a question, somewhere deep in my head: Is it possible that Leonardo da Vinci has bored just once per whole civilization? Is there truely no place nowadays for real "renaissance person", who has some achievement in more than two,three disciplines? The book is the answer for the question: definitely there is at least one such a person - Mr. Feynman.

          The book describes the incredible life of open-minded person, who can during one life do the following:
          • learn to repair radio as a thirtenn years old child
          • how to learnd italian quickly :D
          • take a part in Manhattan project (atom bomb) - surprisngly he writes the most about how the life in Los Alamos looked like, than about his real work. It seemes like he worked more in nearby factory in Oak Ridge, than in Los Alamos ;)
          • open locker, wardrobes and safes (I need to remember 25-0-25 and 50-25-50)
          • how to make impression on women in bars (do not pay for them silly)
          • how to earn money in Las Vegas
          • how to be friend of big fish in Las Vegas
          • try to repair Brazilian schollar system
          • play on pandeiro and frigideira (whatever it is) and took a part in Carnival celebration as the samba school member. Hotel boy screaming - "O PROFESSOR!"
          • learn why you should not earn too much
          • paint
          • why to be in touch with people from other disciplines and not to go for the interdisciplinar conferences discussing general topics
          • get Nobel prize (it sounded like the ceremony was the worest challenge)go through the hell of scroing US school books
          • how to play hald-professionaly on the drum for the ballet

                                      So when you read the list there may be the following feelings in your head.
                                      Did he really do these things? Yes.
                                      Is he a megaloman? A little.
                                        Why I hear the surname for the first time? I was surprised as well :)
                                          As you can see making the extract from the book, which is the extract from such a rich life, like the Feymann's one, gives the odd results. Nevertheless what was the most inspring in this all - Feynman has always very pratical approach and even when he speaks about VERY complicated things (including philosophy), everything is served in straightforward way (without a single formula).
                                            You can not be the professor Mr. Feynman.

                                                Because I understand everything what you are saying.

                                                  On the other hand the book is simply SMART. It contains plenty of tips&tricks including not only "uncommon integration" (how you can gain from possesing the other toolkit), but also "how to cut massive number of string beans" or "how to deal wit a women". What is truely inspring it desribes the things AS-THEY-ARE and not with rounded words, so you can find even once a crossword on f, when he speaks about the government :D

                                                    He was also the one, who reminded me that if you want to achieve something in long term, you need to be honest in front of yourself and when you present the results of your work you must present ups and downs.
                                                      And at least, but not at last - the book is hilarious, so you enjoy reading it. It will be definitely well spent 11$.
                                                        Score: 6/6 (very good)

                                                        Now i'll give you another opportunity to read if you feel its not worth spending....
                                                        Here is a link for the same as PDF i request you guys to read this for serious inspiration - Mr. Feynman's way...
                                                        Surely You'Re Joking_Mr Feynman.pdf

                                                        Sunday, February 15, 2009

                                                        How to Find Your Life's Purpose

                                                        Millions of people have asked the question "Why am I here?" and "What is the purpose of this Life?" Here are some ways to find your purpose and passion in life and some guidance on how to live the answer to this age old questions.
                                                        A WikiHow article...
                                                        • Make a list of the things you do for fun, or that you really enjoy. Include in the list the parts of your job that you really like, the things you volunteer for, sports, the arts, reading, etc. Imagine you're a billionaire with no worries about money, how would you choose to spend your time? Add those things to the list, even if you don't do them now. This list is of your passions; the things that you love to do, or would do simply for the pleasure they bring you.
                                                        • Write down the names of people that you admire, and why you admire them. For example, you might admire Patch Adams for choosing to step out of the traditional role of medicine and creating new ways of healing and connecting with his patients while also having fun. You might admire the band Green Day for living out loud and on purpose, creating the music that they love and speaking their minds. You might admire Oprah Winfrey for choosing to reveal her truth, at a time when concealing is the norm. Name as many as you can think of. When you're done, look at the list and know that what you appreciate about others, is also in you. You are attracted to these qualities, because they speak to you, and they speak to you, because they are a part of your path. If this was your list, Stepping out of the box, telling the truth, and living out loud would be action steps that would take you toward your purpose. Adopt these admirations of others as a way for you to show up in the world. These are your actions.
                                                        • Make a list of the things you do naturally without even thinking about it. (You may want to ask others for feedback, as it's common for them to see talents in us that we don't see ourselves) Such natural talents may be: an eye for detail, a great sense of humor, a nurturing side, the ability to focus intently, or being playful. (Consider also, the things you've done that have gotten you into trouble--oftentimes if you turn them around and look at the positive aspects of it, you'll find a gem of a natural talent that you previously hadn't appreciated) These are your genius. Genius comes easily and profoundly, without needing to expend a lot of energy. Some people are geniuses at math or music; but there are lots of other types of genius as well. There are genius mothers, genius teachers, genius listeners, and genius independent thinkers. We are meant to use our genius in service of our Life Purpose.
                                                        • Look at your Passions, Actions, and Genius lists, and spend 10 minutes each morning doing something from one of the lists. Draw, sing, dance, tell the truth about something you've been concealing, organize a drawer, thank someone you've been appreciating silently, take a risk and call that girl.
                                                        • Notice how you feel. By definition, if you're living your life purpose, you'll feel exhilarated, excited, happy, and alive. If you're not feeling these things, go back to your lists, and see if there's anything you forgot to write down, or do the one you've been avoiding because it's so scary.
                                                        • Feel your fear and do it anyway! It's normal and natural to feel scared when stepping into your life purpose. Fritz Perls said, "Fear is really just excitement without the breath." So, keep breathing, and take the next step. If it's worth doing, you're probably going to feel a little scared doing it. Just think of the fear as the energy you need to take the next step.


                                                        • Look at ways to incorporate your Passions, Actions, and Genius more and more into your life. As you do, your life purpose will begin to unfold. Could you bring your attention to detail into your job? How about spending your lunch hour writing an article teaching someone else how to do something you love to do?
                                                        • As you increase the amount of time spent fulfilling your life's purpose, you'll notice it's easy to make decisions in life as you ask the question "Does this opportunity fit in with my passions, actions, and genius?" Over time, you'll spend more and more of your days living your life's purpose, and you'll feel happier and healthier than ever before.
                                                        • We often look at our Purpose as a way to answer everything right now or something that can only be fulfilled way into the Future. While one's life purpose may ultimately be fulfilled far into the future, find ways to start NOW: is it a side project, is it one of many aspects of your current job, can your purpose be expressed in the way you interact with current relationships.
                                                        • Keep in mind that often times, we find our purpose along the way. It is often stated after one's life has ended that they had a purpose, based on the events and choices of one's life.

                                                        Friday, February 13, 2009

                                                        Life is about correcting mistakes - A wonderful Story

                                                        A gud story amidst the fwd's i get... Read it guys if u find time and u can digest this .... :) 


                                                        Monica married Hitesh this day. At the end of the wedding party, Monica's mother gave her a newly opened bank saving passbook. With Rs.1000 deposit amount.

                                                        Mother: 'Monica, take this passbook. Keep it as a record of your marriage life. When there's something happy and memorable happened in your new life, put some money in. Write down what it's about next to the line. The more memorable the event is, the more money you can put in. I've done the first one for you today. Do the others with Hitesh.  When you look back after years, you can know how much happiness you've had.'

                                                        Monica shared this with Hitesh when getting home. They both thought it was a great idea and were anxious to know when the second deposit can be made.

                                                        This was what they did after certain time:

                                                        - 7 Feb: Rs.100, first birthday celebration for Hitesh after marriage

                                                        - 1 Mar: Rs.300, salary raise for Monica

                                                        - 20 Mar: Rs.200, vacation trip to Bali

                                                        - 15 Apr: Rs.2000, Monica got pregnant

                                                        - 1 Jun: Rs.1000, Hitesh got promoted ..... and so on...

                                                        However, after years, they started fighting and arguing for trivial things.They didn't talk much. They regretted that they had married the most nasty people in the world.... no more love...Kind of typical nowadays, huh?

                                                        One day Monica talked to her Mother:

                                                        'Mom, we can't stand it anymore. We agree to divorce. I can't imagine how I decided to marry this guy!!!'

                                                        Mother: 'Sure, girl, that's no big deal. Just do whatever you want if you really can't stand it. But before that, do one thing first. Remember the saving passbook I gave you on your wedding day? Take out all money and spend it first. You shouldn't keep any record of such a poor marriage.' Monica thought it was true. So she went to the bank, waiting at the queue and planning to cancel the account.

                                                        While she was waiting, she took a look at the passbook record. She looked, and looked, and looked. Then the memory of all the previous joy and happiness just came up her mind. Her eyes were then filled with tears. She left and went home.

                                                        When she was home, she handed the passbook to Hitesh, asked him to spend the money before getting divorce.

                                                        The next day, Hitesh gave the passbook back to Monica. She found a new deposit of Rs.5000. And a line next to the record: 'This is the day I notice how much I've loved you thru out all these years. How much happiness you've brought me.'

                                                        They hugged and cried, putting the passbook back to the safe. Do you know how much money they had saved when they retired? I did not ask.I believe the money did not matter any more after they had gone thru all the good years in their life.

                                                        "When you fall, in any way, Don't see the place where you fell, Instead see the place from where you slipped. Life is about correcting mistakes!"

                                                        Thursday, February 12, 2009

                                                        My Lost Youth - A poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

                                                        This one is perhaps the most emotive and moving poem I have read for a long time. Longfellow's style is so candid, and full of excited melancholy. I particularly love the refrain, which I didn't post under the memorable lines I have read, as I wanted to post the whole poem here...

                                                        My Lost Youth - A poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

                                                        Often I think of the beautiful town 
                                                        That is seated by the sea; 
                                                        Often in thought go up and down 
                                                        The pleasant streets of that dear old town, 
                                                        And my youth comes back to me. 
                                                        And a verse of a Lapland song 
                                                        Is haunting my memory still: 
                                                        "A boy's will is the wind's will, 
                                                        And the thoughts of youth are long, long thoughts." 

                                                        I can see the shadowy lines of its trees, 
                                                        And catch, in sudden gleams, 
                                                        The sheen of the far-surrounding seas, 
                                                        And islands that were the Hersperides 
                                                        Of all my boyish dreams. 
                                                        And the burden of that old song, 
                                                        It murmurs and whispers still: 
                                                        "A boy's will is the wind's will, 
                                                        And the thoughts of youth are long, long thoughts." 

                                                        I remember the black wharves and the slips, 
                                                        And the sea-tides tossing free; 
                                                        And Spanish sailors with bearded lips, 
                                                        And the beauty and mystery of the ships, 
                                                        And the magic of the sea. 
                                                        And the voice of that wayward song 
                                                        Is singing and saying still: 
                                                        "A boy's will is the wind's will, 
                                                        And the thoughts of youth are long, long thoughts." 

                                                        I remember the bulwarks by the shore, 
                                                        And the fort upon the hill; 
                                                        The sunrise gun, with its hollow roar, 
                                                        The drum-beat repeated o'er and o'er, 
                                                        And the bugle wild and shrill. 
                                                        And the music of that old song 
                                                        Throbs in my memory still: 
                                                        "A boy's will is the wind's will, 
                                                        And the thoughts of youth are long, long thoughts." 

                                                        I remember the sea-fight far away, 
                                                        How it thundered o'er the tide! 
                                                        And the dead captains, as they lay 
                                                        In their graves, o'erlooking the tranquil bay, 
                                                        Where they in battle died. 
                                                        And the sound of that mournful song 
                                                        Goes through me with a thrill: 
                                                        "A boy's will is the wind's will, 
                                                        And the thoughts of youth are long, long thoughts." 

                                                        I can see the breezy dome of groves, 
                                                        The shadows of Deering's Woods; 
                                                        And the friendships old and the early loves 
                                                        Come back with a sabbath sound, as of doves 
                                                        In quiet neighborhoods. 
                                                        And the verse of that sweet old song, 
                                                        It flutters and murmurs still: 
                                                        "A boy's will is the wind's will, 
                                                        And the thoughts of youth are long, long thoughts." 

                                                        I remember the gleams and glooms that dart 
                                                        Across the school-boy's brain; 
                                                        The song and the silence in the heart, 
                                                        That in part are prophecies, and in part 
                                                        Are longings wild and vain. 
                                                        And the voice of that fitful song 
                                                        Sings on, and is never still: 
                                                        "A boy's will is the wind's will, 
                                                        And the thoughts of youth are long, long thoughts." 

                                                        There are things of which I may not speak; 
                                                        There are dreams that cannot die; 
                                                        There are thoughts that make the strong heart weak, 
                                                        And bring a pallor into the cheek, 
                                                        And a mist before the eye. 
                                                        And the words of that fatal song 
                                                        Come over me like a chill: 
                                                        "A boy's will is the wind's will, 
                                                        And the thoughts of youth are long, long thoughts." 

                                                        Strange to me now are the forms I meet 
                                                        When I visit the dear old town; 
                                                        But the native air is pure and sweet, 
                                                        And the trees that o'ershadow each well-known street, 
                                                        As they balance up and down, 
                                                        Are singing the beautiful song, 
                                                        Are sighing and whispering still: 
                                                        "A boy's will is the wind's will, 
                                                        And the thoughts of youth are long, long thoughts." 

                                                        And Deering's Woods are fresh and fair, 
                                                        And with joy that is almost pain 
                                                        My heart goes back to wander there, 
                                                        And among the dreams of the days that were, 
                                                        I find my lost youth again. 
                                                        And the strange and beautiful song, 
                                                        The groves are repeating it still: 
                                                        "A boy's will is the wind's will, 
                                                        And the thoughts of youth are long, long thoughts."

                                                        Wednesday, February 11, 2009

                                                        A different way to think about creative genius

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                                                        Monday, February 09, 2009

                                                        Gate Keys....

                                                        ECE - KEY - GATE – 2009

                                                        01.B          02.A          03.B          04.C          05.C          06.C

                                                        07.A          08.D          09.B          10.A          11.C          12.B 

                                                        13.D          14.A          15.A          16.D          17.C          18.C 

                                                        19.C          20.D          21.C          22.C          23.B          24.B 

                                                        25.A          26.B          27.A          28.B          29.C          30.A 

                                                        31.D          32.D          33.A          34.B          35.D         

                                                        36. No Answer (Correct Answer Z = 1)          37.A          38.C 

                                                        39.A          40.A          41.B          42.D          43.B          44.A 

                                                        45.B          46.B          47.C          48.B          49.C          50.D        

                                                        51.B          52.B          53.C          54.C          55.C          56.D 

                                                        57.A          58.B          59.B          60.D

                                                        MECHANICAL KEY - GATE – 2009
                                                                 01.A          02. C         03. C         04. D         05. D         06. B
                                                                 07. A         08. A         09. B OR C ( Correct answer is - √≤vdP )
                                                                 10. C         11.B          12.D          13. B         14.C          15.B         
                                                                 16.D (Actually no answer in the choices given but near by is “ D” )
                                                        17.A          18.A          19.A          20.D          21.C          22.A 
                                                        23.B          24.A          25.A          26.A          27.D          28.B
                                                        29.D          30.C          31.D          32.B          33.C          34.A
                                                                 35.B          36.A          37.A          38.A          39.A          40.B 
                                                                 41.C          42.B          43.C          44.D          45.A          46.D 
                                                                 47.B          48.C          49.A          50.D          51.A          52.C 
                                                                 53.A          54.D          55.D
                                                                 56.C  (NO ANSWER , BUT CLOSEST IS “ C” , ACTUAL ANSWER 0.88)
                                                                 57.A          58.C          59.A          60.B

                                                        PRODUCTION KEY - GATE – 2009
                                                                 01.A          02. A         03. B         04. C         05. A        
                                                                 06.C          07. C         08. D         09. D         10. B
                                                                 11.D          12.B          13. D        
                                                                 14.B ( Nearest ), Actually no answer in the choice given
                                                                 15.A          16.D          17.D          18.A          19.C         
                                                                 20.D          21.B          22.B          23.C          24.C         
                                                                 25.A          26.C          27.D          28.C          29.C         
                                                                 30.B          31.A          32.C          33.C          34.A
                                                                 35.B          36.A          37.B          38.A          39.D         
                                                                 40.D          41.B          42.A          43.C          44.B         
                                                                 45.D          46.C          47.A          48.D          49.B         
                                                                 50.C          51.B          52.B          53.A          54.C             
                                                                 55.D (During calculation if we take the rounded off
                                                                           values)Otherwise actual answer is 29.02
                                                                 56.B          57.D          58.B          59.D (Actual answer is 360 )
                                                                 60.C ( Actual answer 224.24)

                                                        Courtesy - 

                                                        Friday, February 06, 2009

                                                        FW: ET - The Power of Ideas

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                                                        Thursday, February 05, 2009

                                                        FW: Narayanan's (sound) bite, Obama's bark

                                                        PMO in damage control mode after the National Security Adviser is judged to have put his foot in it...

                                                        5 February 2009
                                                        The Hindu

                                                        Quotes taken out of context have given a distorted view: Narayanan
                                                        National Security Adviser clarifies remark that Obama was “barking up the wrong tree”

                                                        Siddharth Varadarajan

                                                        New Delhi: In a case of one man’s (sound) bite being worse than another’s bark, National Security Adviser M.K. Narayanan has rushed to clarify that his remarks about the new American President “barking up the wrong tree” on Kashmir were really aimed at underlining the “high expectation India had from the Obama administration.” And that “selective quotes taken out of context have tended to give a distorted idea of what was actually said” by him.

                                                        The canine metaphor used by Mr. Narayanan in an interview on Monday to CNBC TV 18 was reproduced widely in the international media under headlines like ‘India warns Obama over Kashmir.’ According to South Block sources, a formal clarification was issued by the Prime Minister’s Office after the Ministry of External Affairs concluded the NSA’s remarks were likely to hinder rather than help the process of establishing a good political rapport with President Barack H. Obama and his incoming foreign policy team.

                                                        In the interview, Mr. Narayanan had said “references made by President Obama which seem to suggest that there is some kind of link with settlement on the Pakistan’s western border and the Kashmir issue certainly have caused concern. I think we are in a nascent state. I do think that we could make President Obama understand, if he does nurse any such view, that he is barking up the wrong tree.”

                                                        He was answering a question about the link Mr. Obama made between his fight with the Taliban and Al-Qaeda and a solution to Kashmir.

                                                        MEA officials told The Hindu that when the Obama administration had already met India’s concerns by limiting the remit of its special representative for South Asia, Richard Holbrooke, to just Afghanistan and Pakistan, there was no need for any public airing of doubts, nervousness or apprehension by New Delhi.

                                                        In damage control mode, the PMO statement said Mr. Narayanan “has clarified that references made in the course of an interview by him to Karan Thapar were answers to specific questions put by the interviewer.” The statement “further clarified” that the “underlying theme of the reply to the question on Indo-U.S. relations was the high expectation India had from the Obama Administration with a hope being expressed that it would be possible for India to make the new Administration appreciate India’s positions and views on the region, including Kashmir.”

                                                        Describing Kashmir as “one of the quieter and safe places in this part of the world,” Mr. Narayanan had said in his interview that it was possible that “elements, perhaps in the administration” were “harping back to the pre-2000 area.”

                                                        The PMO statement said the reference by the NSA to the internal situation in Pakistan “and the role of former President Musharraf” had also been made “in the context of specific questions put by the interviewer.”

                                                        Mr. Narayanan was asked whether Pakistan had become a more difficult and complicated country since President Musharraf’s resignation. Answering yes, the NSA said it had been possible for India “to do business with him.” A “great deal was achieved in terms of trying to arrive at the modus vivendi on some of our most difficult issues and questions,” he said.

                                                        In his clarification, Mr. Narayanan said “selective quotes taken out of context from the detailed answers have tended to give a distorted idea of what was actually said.”

                                                        Significantly, the PMO clarification did not refer to Mr. Narayanan’s assertion that Pakistan had “reverted” to India with queries on the Mumbai probe, a claim External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee refuted on Tuesday.

                                                        Tuesday, February 03, 2009

                                                        Have you touched your limits ever?

                                                        A wonderful story I came across…
                                                        Have you touched your limits ever?


                                                        Here's a story about George Dantzig


                                                        The famous Mathematician whose contributions to Operations Research and systems engineering have made him immortal.


                                                        As a college student, George studied very hard and often late into the night.


                                                        So late, that he overslept one morning, arriving 20 minutes late for Prof. Neyman's class.


                                                        He quickly copied the two math's problems on the board, assuming they were the homework assignment.


                                                        It took him several days to work through the two problems, but finally he had a breakthrough and dropped the homework on Neyman's desk the next day.


                                                        Six weeks later, on a Sunday morning, George was awakened at 6 a.m by his excited professor.


                                                        Since George was late for class, he hadn't heard the professor announce that the two unsolvable equations on the board were mathematical mind-teasers that even "Einstein" hadn't been able to answer.


                                                        But George Dantzig, working without any thoughts of limitation, had solved not one, but two problems that had stumped mathematicians for thousands of years.


                                                        Simply put, George solved the problems because he didn't know he couldn't.


                                                        You are not limited to the life you now live.


                                                        It has been accepted by you as the best you can do at this moment.


                                                        Any time you're ready to go beyond the limitations currently in your life, you're capable of doing that by choosing different thoughts.


                                                        All you must do is figure out how you can do it, not whether or not you can.


                                                        And once you have made your mind up to do it, it's amazing how your mind begins to figure out how.