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  • Email Flotsam Archives - Unreal Blog
    new ways to harm our country and our people and neither do we Washington DC 5 August 2004 I think war is a dangerous place Washington DC 7 May 2003 The ambassador and the general were briefing me on the the vast majority of Iraqis want to live in a peaceful free world And we will find these people and we will bring them to justice Washington DC 27 October 2003 Free societies are hopeful societies And free societies will be allies against these hateful few who have no conscience who kill at the whim of a hat Washington DC 17 September 2004 You know one of the hardest parts of my job is to connect Iraq to the war on terror CBS News Washington DC 6 September 2006 Education Rarely is the question asked Is our children learning Florence South Carolina 11 January 2000 Reading is the basics for all learning Reston Virginia 28 March 2000 As governor of Texas I have set high standards for our public schools and I have met those standards CNN 30 August 2000 You teach a child to read and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test Townsend Tennessee 21 February 2001 Economics I understand small business growth I was one New York Daily News 19 February 2000 It s clearly a budget It s got a lot of numbers in it Reuters 5 May 2000 I do remain confident in Linda She ll make a fine Labour Secretary From what I ve read in the press accounts she s perfectly qualified Austin Texas 8 January 2001 First let me make it very clear poor people aren t necessarily killers Just because you happen to be not rich doesn t mean you re willing to kill Washington DC 19 May 2003 Health I don t think we need to be subliminable about the differences between our views on prescription drugs Orlando Florida 12 September 2000 Too many good docs are getting out of the business Too many OB GYN s aren t able to practice their love with women all across the country Poplar Bluff Missouri 6 September 2004 Internet Will the highways on the internet become more few Concord New Hampshire 29 January 2000 It would be a mistake for the United States Senate to allow any kind of human cloning to come out of that chamber Washington DC 10 April 2002 Information is moving You know nightly news is one way of course but it s also moving through the blogosphere and through the Internets Washington DC 2 May 2007 What the I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully Saginaw Michigan 29 September 2000 Families is where our nation finds hope where wings take dream LaCrosse Wisconsin 18 October 2000 Those who enter the country illegally violate the law Tucson Arizona 28 November 2005 That s George Washington the first president of course The interesting thing about him is that I read three three or four books about him last year Isn t that interesting Speaking to reporter Kai Diekmann Washington DC 5 May 2006 Leadership I have a different vision of leadership A leadership is someone who brings people together Bartlett Tennessee 18 August 2000 I m the decider and I decide what is best Washington DC 18 April 2006 And truth of the matter is a lot of reports in Washington are never read by anybody To show you how important this one is I read it and Tony Blair read it On the publication of the Baker Hamilton Report Washington DC 7 December 2006 All I can tell you is when the governor calls I answer his phone San Diego California 25 October 2007 Famous Last Words I ll be long gone before some smart person ever figures out what happened inside this Oval Office Washington DC 12 May 2008 bush humor joke Corporate Life Email Flotsam Humor Geeks December 10 2008 manoj 4 Comments I have been doing a bit of geeky stuff lately writing WordPress plugins Okay it is because I m suffering from a terrible writer s block You see I m supposed to be working on my next book I foolishly promised a couple of chapters of The Principles of Quantitative Development to my commissioning editor at John Wiley Sons within a month now I find myself writing everything other than those darned chapters Including plugins Coming to think of it writing those chapters wouldn t be any less geeky would it That made me wonder We all started off as geeks didn t we No use denying it Remember how our teachers loved us and the sexy cheerleaders well didn t Later in life due to exigencies of circumstances we may have tried to lose our techie halo and simulate a managerial posture But in our moments of panic we go back to our geek roots At least I do You think you don t Well check out these geek jokes If you find them funny chances are your roots are not too different from mine Heisenberg was driving down the highway when he was pulled over for speeding The officer says Do you know how fast you were going Heisenberg says No but I do know where I am Two Hydrogen atoms walk into a bar One says I ve lost my electron The other says Are you sure The first replies Yes I m positive Geek Pickup Lines Tell me of this thing you humans call dramatic pause love If you turn me down now I will become more drunk than you can possibly imagine They don t call me Bones because I m a doctor Your name is Leslie Look I can spell your name on my calculator What s a nice girl like you doing in a wretched hive of scum and villainy like this You must be Windows 95 because you got me so unstable My up time is better than

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  • How to Act Young - Unreal Blog
    you hold the piece of paper you are trying to read farther and farther away And finally the day comes when your hand is just not long enough and you go and get your reading glasses Now when you see a youngish looking fellow holding his smart phone at arm s length you know that appearances can be deceptive Here is my advice when that young friend of yours hands over his or her hand phone with their vacation photos hold the phone at the normal optimal distance of about a foot from your eyes and make appropriate noises like Wow That s amazing etc Just remember to keep your comments non committal Wow almost always works Of course you won t be able to see anything but what are you missing really If you do want to see the pictures of people jumping off cliffs and stuff ask them to email them to you In the privacy of your home you can don your microscopes reading glasses I mean to say and take a good look This trick may not always work when they show you a text message for instance for you to read and enjoy I actually wanted to write peruse and be enthralled for comic effect but then I remembered that people have accused me being pretentious The trick in such a situation is to do a double bluff say something like Could you read it for me These old eyes are not what they used to be And then give a wink or a sly smile to indicate that you are only kidding By the way this trick also works in a corporate setting when your job involves well nothing I had a colleague at the bank At director level on the more lucrative side of banking I knew that he commanded a handsome compensation package So I asked him over lunch one day what exactly he did He said Nothing absolutely nothing I said No seriously He insisted Seriously nothing You know what I actually believe him But then he was recently promoted to be the managing director of nothingness with a generous hike I heard Another buddy of mine CEO of a start up when asked the same question about his daily activities at work replied You know sweeping cleaning I don t know what to believe But I do believe this one of the most effective ways of lying is to stick to the outrageous truth with a twist Back to our theme blurry vision is only one of the nasty features of us attaining wisdom Another one is joint aches and a general lack of springiness in our movements especially after a hard session of tennis or badminton Well my advice is to either learn to smile through the pain and simulate springiness Or exaggerate and simulate a sprain or something which is usually a young affliction Broken hips and knee problems are old afflictions though One thing to keep in

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  • Battles Too Small to Fight - Unreal Blog
    t last they banned me again a month later Those who try to make bit of money online have known this for a while big corporations with advertising or affiliate programs cancel accounts just before they have to issue the first check crossing the usual threshold for payment of 100 How many smalltime bloggers can or will fight an MNC for 100 I was banned by an affiliate program for cookie stuffing an advanced technique some hackers apparently use just as my account was due for payment I asked them what the heck they were talking about because the only cookies I could ever stuff were Orange Milanos which went straight to my waist line but that wouldn t wash with the MNC involved About four months ago my daughter took a part time job with a famous ice cream chain She worked for a couple of weeks and decided to call in sick one day because she wanted to sleep in I suspect because of genetic factors she is my daughter after all She got sacked The interesting thing is that she still hasn t been paid First they wanted her to come back on a specific day Then they asked her to open an account with a specific bank Then they wanted her to text the account details to the manager who said he never got it Now everything seems to be in order I am waiting to see what the next imaginative hurdle is going to be I think we really need to fight these small battles We give up too easily when the stakes are low because our time is worth more than the winnings But then there are crooks both of the soulless corporate kind and the garden variety often working hand in hand to reap the benefits of our indolence A couple of years ago my daughter saw this online ad saying she could win an iPad if she clicked somewhere Then she got a text message about something which she didn t understand She tried once more My telephone bill next month had six dollars charged for the two messages she received No doubt the telephone company and the shady advertiser had all the fine prints about the charges and the fact that it was only a lucky draw with a near zero chance of winning The charge was only six dollars so I didn t fight it Even if I had they either the telephone company or the lucky draw company probably would have just refunded the money to get me to stop pestering them That is not the point There are thousands of others who wouldn t even look at the bill to see the charges There should be punishment for such small crimes that add up to huge loots for the crooks May be I should give our lawyer Mike Matterson a call I am beginning to understand the punitive damages side of the American legal system If you have

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  • fraud Archives - Unreal Blog
    Continue reading Corporate Life fraud insurance parenting Corporate Life Work and Life Uninsured by Default January 28 2014 manoj Long time ago I had a run in with an insurance company It was after my first trip back home from the US During my four years in the sanitized and relatively virus free conditions of upstate New York my natural third world immunity had deteriorated significantly and I came back from India with a bad respiratory infection which had stopped responding to the antibiotics my doctor uncle had prescribed me So I went to the emergency room at the Tompkins County Hospital in Ithaca where they determined that I had pneumonia The medical bill came up to over 450 and had multiple parts to it like the X Ray radiologist s fees physician s fees ER fee pharmacy etc For payment I handed them my student insurance card and went home A couple of weeks later the hospital called me to tell me that the insurance had refused to pay one out of the many bills and that I still owed them about 80 I found it weird and ask them to try again and went back to my PhD and whatnot Then the insurance company told me that they were refusing because the procedure was not pre approved Weirder how could one part of the same ER visit have different reimbursement criteria Anyway I proceeded to ignore the bill which soon got handed over to some collection agency who started making harassing calls to me The whole thing went on for a few months before I decided enough was enough Luckily my university had a free legal service So I went and met Mike Matterson or some such name at the legal office He listened to my plight sympathetically and advised me that it was pointless fighting some small battles in which you would lose even if you won But he called the insurance company and proceeded thus Hello this is Mike Matterson attorney at law calling on behalf of Manoj Thulasidas I would like to make a few enquiries True he had to rehearse my name a few times but he made the whole opening salvo sound impressive At least I was impressed with this courtroom drama unfolding before my very eyes But nothing really happened and I went back to my Danby Road apartment determined to stretch the payment a few more weeks if possible But four days later I get this letter from the insurance company stating that they had decided to pay the bill in full pre approved or not I realized that a call from a lawyer meant something to the company It meant trouble and they didn t want to fight a small battle either I wondered if this was a standard practice on their part refusing a legitimate reimbursement if the amount is too small for the policy holder to wage a legal war Another incident taught me that it might well

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  • Corporate Life Archives - Page 9 of 9 - Unreal Blog
    email from the big boss to all yourcompany for instance is a fair substitute for a general communication meeting In smaller teams email often saves meetings and increases productivity When compared to other modes of communication telephone voice mail etc email has a number of characteristics that make it particularly suited for corporate communication It gives the sender the right amount of distance from the recipient to feel safe behind the keyboard The sender gets enough time to polish the language and presentation He has the option of sending the email multiple recipients at once The net effect of these characteristics is that a normally timid soul may become a formidable email persona A normally aggressive soul on the other hand may become an obnoxious sender of what are known as stinkers Stinkers are emails that are meant to inflict humiliation Given the importance of email communication these days you may find yourself seduced by the dark allure of stinkers If you do here are the first steps in mastering the art of crafting a stinker The trick is to develop a holier than thou attitude and assume a moral high ground For instance suppose you are upset with a team for their shoddy work and want to highlight the fact to them and to a few key persons in the organization of course A novice may be tempted to write something like You and your team don t know squat Resist that temptation and hold that rookie email Far more satisfying is to compose it as I will be happy to sit down with you and your team and share our expertise This craftier composition also subtly shows off your superior knowledge Emails can be even more subtle For instance you can sweetly counsel your boss regarding some issue as No point in rushing in where angels fear to tread and have the secret pleasure that you managed to call him a fool to his face Counter stinkers are doubly sweet While engaging in an email duel your best hope is to discover a factual inaccuracy in the stinker Although you are honor bound to respond to a stinker silence also can be an effective response It sends a signal that you either found the stinker too unimportant to respond to or worse you accidentally deleted it without reading it Beware of stinker traps You may get an email inviting you to work on a problem with a generous offer to help Say you take the bait and request help The next email copied to practically everybody on earth may read something like If you bothered to read the previous message referring to an email sent ten days ago to 17 others and two email groups you would know that Note how easy it is to imply that you don t know what you are supposed to and that you are in the habit of ignoring important messages We have no sure defense against stinker traps other than knowing

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  • Work and Life Archives - Page 17 of 17 - Unreal Blog
    receiver sudden weight gain world band radio Articles and Essays Life and Death Choices and Remorse August 22 2008 manoj 1 Comment Remorse is the flipside of choice and nostalgia the inevitable consequence of any relocation I should know I have relocated far too many times in my life nothing comes for free In the sea of unsmiling faces trying to avoid eye contact every morning I miss the unexpected joy of a friendly face Anonymity the price exacted and familiarity a willing sacrifice Searching for myself in the glaring lights of these metropolises I miss the Milky Way and the stars hiding behind the artificial brightness of the skylines Creature comforts at the expense of inner peace In the crystal clear waters at the postcard beaches of Cassis to Bintan to Phuket I miss the angry waves of the choppy Arabian Sea and the boiling ferrous red beaches The quest for a promised land at the cost of a paradise lost As my powerful sports sedan purrs away from the pack with near contemptuous ease I miss my old Raleigh bicycle Rich possession over simple pride While sipping the perfect wine matched to the incredibly minuscule helpings of incomprehensible delicacies I miss a half tea at Tarams and a mutton omelet at Indian Coffee House and the friendship around it Sophistication over small pleasures Watching National Geographic on large screens in all its HD glory I miss the black and white contact prints from my dad s old Agfa Click III Technological perfection over emotional content And while writing this blog following as many rules of an alien grammar as I can remember I mourn for the forgotten words of a mother tongue Communication skills garnered at the cost of a language once owned It is not that I would have chosen differently if I had a chance do it all over again It is the necessity of choice that is cruel I wish I could choose everything that I could live all possible lives and experience all the agonies and all the ecstasies I know it is silly but I wish I never had to make a choice mother tongue nostalgia Creative Work and Life And the Wind Whispered July 8 2007 manoj This post is my translation of an excellent short story by one of the most gifted storytellers of our time O V Vijayan The translation from Malayalam is a feeble effort because such distant translations are not merely between languages but cultures The untranslatable expressions are marked with asterisks Enjoy Reached Kanjikad from Palghat by Coimbatore street From there on it was unpaved dirt road to the mountains Even the rough taxi Jeep found that hard to take This was Theyunni s second trip here in the last ten years and he had no complaints about the roughness now Ditch ahead Driver said glancing at the dirt road in front If you want to stop here it s okay Theyunni offered I can walk It s about two miles from here Accustomed as he was to the comfort of limousine rides between airports and star hotels the prospect of the hard hike did not discourage Theyunni Nah We ll go slow sit tight Okay The Jeep carefully negotiated the winding mountain road Theyunni glanced at the wild valley as if for the first time The sunshine cooled by the hillside the east winds tunnelled through the mountain passes and roaring towards Palghat The trees are all gone aren t they Driver Theyunni observed All downed Was forests here till about five years ago Elephants used to come down Yes last time when he was here there were huge trees on either side Trees he didn t know the names of There were crickets all around carrying on with their shrill orchestra Theyunni recalled that journey He was coming back to Bombay after a European trip and his wife was at the airport She said There is a letter from home looks like Brother s handwriting Wonder what is happening Didn t you open it Phoebe You know I don t open your letters When the car was moving towards Juhu Theyunni stole a glance at Phoebe s face behind the wheel Like a flawless marble sculpture with golden hair dancing in the wind It was against her culture to open her husband s letters There were many things in her culture that attracted him her confident courage in kissing him in that garden few years ago proclaiming I love you If the relationship were to turn sour in the years to come the honesty and integrity that would make her say I do not love you any more we have to get divorced These were the challenges that inspired him He remembered the journey home to tell Father that he was in love with Phoebe his fellow student at Stanford Father did not say anything against it just smiled his sweet thoughtful smile It was Mother We had Devaki s horoscope looked at Devaki was a distant relative The daughter of some in land farmer Hiding his contempt for horoscopes Theyunni comforted Mother That is not much Mother We didn t give our word Nobody said anything for a while Then Mother said Isn t understanding as big as word It s like Devaki has married you in her heart It s the boy s decision Madhavi Father said Why do you want to say this and that Mother withdrew herself I didn t say anything Don t worry about Mother s complaints Kutta So do you like this Phoebe Theyunni was a little embarrassed Yes Will an American girl like to live in this old family house of ours Kutta Mother inquired Why wouldn t she Father said It s not as though they are going to come live here is it So Father and Son have decided that as well Mother said that they don t want to live here Wherever we live we ll come here first Mother Theyunni saw Mother s eyes well up After blessing Phoebe and wishing Devaki well in her life Mother said I won t ask you to change your mind But will you look after Father Kutta Of course You remember how he used to be His body is getting old Father intervened again with his smile Madhavi why do you say such things and make him unhappy Don t pay any attention to her Kutta Even during the novelty of his love Theyunni could feel Devaki s true meaning in his rustic heart the farmer bride who would sweep the floor and light the evening lamp Mother said There was only one thing on my mind your sister in law is not able bodied If it had been Devaki there was a hope that she would look after your father in his old age Theyunni didn t say anything then Even in the later years he couldn t say anything about that Phoebe who never opened her husband s letters drove skillfully through the streets of Juhu When Father fell sick years after the marriage Phoebe advised Your little town is actually a village Why don t we take him to a good hospital in a city We can easily afford that What Father needed was nearness and touch to die peacefully Theyunni came home alone with those and saw him off Mother also died in the old family house Phoebe was back at Stanford then She sent a formal condolence telegram Devaki s meaning again filled his mind In Juhu Theyunni read Brother s letter I m not doing too well Kutta Just to let you know I won t ask you to take time off your busy schedule and come by these forests Just think of me same effect as seeing Didn t even let Sreekumar know I was worried that he might get anxious and take a trip not easy to come here from Cambridge is it If only your sister in law had been alive Weaknesses of an old heart The Jeep continued it s laborious journey negotiating an occasional ditch and gutter Sorry about the trouble Driver Theyunni tried to comfort the driver Nah just doing my job Must be another mile from here It was after his wife s death that Brother decided to resign from service and move to the high lands Theyunni vehemently opposed that decision Why are you moving to this god forsaken land in Palghat among leopards and wild boars Moreover you could be in service for another 10 years Even after retiring you know that a nuclear physicist can do so many things Brother s reply came There are debts that one owes to one s country one s community one s family I feel that I have repaid my dues to the best of my ability There are some other obligations that I have to take care of That s is why I m seeking refuge in these valleys Brother never mentioned what those obligations were Theyunni didn t inquire either The soft spoken Brother took a decision only after much reasoning it was not easy to make him go back on them Later Brother wrote about his camp site about four miles off the road there were fertile lands lying just outside the woods Brother built a house there among coconut palms vegetables mango trees Dirt walls wooden ceiling and roofs of clay tiles It was at some distance from anywhere However there was a farmer Ponnuswami living in a hut nearby Brother could ask Ponnuswami for help if needed Apart from that he was quite alone in that valley Theyunni could not figure out the meaning of that penance and forgot about it Years went by But when Phoebe handed over that unopened letter he suddenly felt that he should go there in a hurry Well Phoebe I ll go and see what s going on What is the name of that place Kanjikad isn t it Yes Brother had invited me to go and see the mountains Yes I remember Must be a perfect place for get away vacation But it s dangerous to get sick there Why don t you bring him here We could have him treated at Jeslock or something Phoebe was repeating her suggestion on treatments Theyunni remembered the last time the suggestion was offered and it made him uneasy We can t get inside his mind Phoebe I ll go there and see That was how Theyunni came here for the first time ten years ago Not only was he anxious about Brother s health and solitary life he also wanted to give Brother a piece of his mind about the untimely penance When he took a taxi from Coimbatore airport to go to Kanjikad his mind was filled with impatience and hard feelings towards Brother The driver got discouraged by the sight of ditches and gutters in the dirt road It didn t take too much to provoke Theyunni I could break the axile if I drove up this way complained the driver who was Tamil How much does this stupid car of yours cost Sorry Sir didn t mean to If your car breaks let it break I ll give you what it costs Drive When he got off the car Theyunni saw Brother taking a walk in the field looking bright and healthy Why did you come all this way Kutta Brother commented on the advisability of the trip You can say that Living in the forests writing letters about getting sick how could I ignore it Come in Brother took him inside the house Theyunni looked around and found everything unsatisfactory Why do you punish yourself like this Do I look as though this is punishment Nobody said anything for a while Then Theyunni inquired Who treated you while you were ill Teat Nobody What am I supposed to say about that Brother smiled You don t get it do you Kutta What do you do for food I have asked Ponnuswami s wife to show up To cook something for you Me this is all I eat He pointed to the husks of two young coconuts in the basket That was breakfast Two more for dinner That is you diet Not just diet medicine as well When it got dark Theyunni wanted to know Brother what if some thieves show up Brother laughed heartily Four white mundu four cotton shawls two towels and some clay pots That s all this house holds The thief is quite peaceful by nature it s our avarice that makes him do this and that After dinner they laid down to sleep on the floor on sleeping mats For Theyunni it was the first time in a long while without the air conditioner The winds roared outside the house Through the mountain passes like the loud waves in an uptide Kutta Yes Brother You hear that The winds right Yes but to you hear them Yes I do Why do you ask Brother was silent for a while in the darkness Then he said No you don t hear them It was with the same dissatisfaction at Brother s life in the wilderness that Theyunni went back to Bombay Brother said seeing him off It was a mistake Kutta A weakness Felt like writing to you when I was ill I won t bother you like this again There aren t any illnesses that these valleys can t cure And if there are do humans have medicines for them Now it was ten years after those words that Theyunni was coming back Phoebe was not with him any more She showed her natural honesty and told him that the love between them had dried out Theyunni did not fly from Bombay He took the train to Palghat along with numerous other people Like in his childhood in second class Two day journey Hills and woods and rivers and villages slowly went by in the window as the train ambled towards Palghat The old family house was no longer there So he rested in a hotel and set out for Kanjikad the next morning His gruffiness during the last journey ten years ago had disappeared now Theyunni felt that his peacefulness was spreading to the fellow passengers and even the landscapes The Jeep driver also was friendliness personified Hard trip isn t it Driver Nah we are quite used to these A little worried about your trouble that is all Brother s fences and steps appeared at a distance Over there Driver Isolated house isn t it Sir Yes Ponnuswami was waiting by the house He stepped down to welcome Theyunni They looked at each other Ponnuswami wiped his tears He had asked me not to telegram that is why I wrote a letter instead Ponnuswami said I am sorry Not at all you were respecting Brother s wishes I understand Ponnuswami walked over to the backyard There was a small plot where a Thulasi plant was beginning to take root Ash remnants of the pyre around it This is it Ponnuswami said The bones were dropped in the Peroor river If there are some other rituals you want to do But Yes Ponnuswami He said that no rituals were necessary That he had uprooted the rituals I am not educated just thought that he was talking about some sacred state That must be what he meant Is Sreekumar coming up I had telephoned him from Bombay He is not coming He had told me one thing that this land and house are for you Ponnuswami had gone beyond such earthly things He also had told me the same thing I didn t want to tell you But I don t need any of this You or Sreekumar could sell these Brother s wishes Ponnuswami We must respect them Well if you insist How many children do you have Four Well this will be a good place for them to grow up in Ponnuswami bowed once again If you ever want to come back and live here my family and I will get out of here for you That won t be necessary Ponnuswami I don t deserve to live here Theyunni said to himself They got back into the house You take rest I will get you a young coconut from the fields The driver is waiting in the Jeep outside Ask him to come inside and have something to drink When Ponnuswami brought the young coconuts Theyunni said You can go home now if you like I m fine Ponnuswami left Theyunni said to the driver Do you think you can stay here overnight The driver expressed his disagreement through silence Didn t plan that way when we set out Theyunni said This is Brother s house I came here because he died couldn t get here before The driver turned attentive Theyunni continued Feel like sleeping here for a night The driver s disagreement melted away silently I can stay I can pay you whatever you want for staying That won t be necessary Time turned red and went down on the hilltops Theyunni went inside and went through Brother s wooden box Three white mundu s laundered three cotton shawls and two towels Theyunni s sadness dripped into them When he went to bed he was not sad any more a kind of gratified grief A fulfillment of love and traditions He slept with the childhood dreams of fairy tales Late in the night he woke up He listened to the music of the winds After this night it would be the trip back to the city Theyunni could feel Brother s kindness in the winds The winds muttered the unknown Manthras that marked the end of that kindness and life some distant baby voices A night full of sacred whispers this

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  • Where to Go from Here? - Unreal Blog
    posts have given you a taste of it here If you would keep a copy of the series handy you can purchase and download the beautifully crafted eBook version We went through the structure of the bank from the exotic and structured trading perspective We talked about the various offices Front Office Middle Office and Back Office and pointed out the career opportunities for quantitative professionals within The organizational structure of the bank is the apparatus that processes the dynamic lifecycle of trades If the structure of the bank is akin to the spatial organization the lifecycle of the trade is the temporal variation their relation is like that of the rails and the trains We spent quite a bit of time on the flow of the trades between the front office and middle office teams how the trades get approved processed monitored settled and managed Each of these teams has their own perspective or work paradigm that helps them carry out their tasks efficiently Trade Perspectives was the last major topic we touched upon As we saw these perspectives are based on the way the various teams of the bank perform their tasks They form the backdrop of the jargon and are important if we are to develop a big picture understanding of the way a bank works Most quants especially at junior levels despise the big picture They think of it as a distraction from their real work of marrying stochastic calculus to C But to a trader the best model in the world is worthless unless it can be deployed When we change our narrow albeit effective focus on the work at hand to an understanding of our role and value in the organization we will see the possible points of failure of the systems and processes

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  • computing Archives - Unreal Blog
    is rather trivial of course they can We are biological machines and we have minds assuming again that you guys do Could computers have minds Or more pointedly could our brains be computers and minds be software running on it That is fodder for the next post computing consciousness Philosophy searle Computers Philosophy Topical Brains and Computers December 23 2013 manoj We have a perfect parallel between brains and computers We can easily think of the brain as the hardware and mind or consciousness as the software or the operating system We would be wrong according to many philosophers but I still think of it that way Let me outline the compelling similarities according to me before getting into the philosophical difficulties involved A lot of what we know of the workings of the brain comes from lesion studies We know for instances that features like color vision face and object recognition motion detection language production and understanding are all controlled by specialized areas of the brain We know this by studying people who have suffered localized brain damage These functional features of the brain are remarkably similar to computer hardware units specialized in graphics sound video capture etc The similarity is even more striking when we consider that the brain can compensate for the damage to a specialized area by what looks like software simulation For instance the patient who lost the ability to detect motion a condition normal people would have a hard time appreciating or identifying with could still infer that an object was in motion by comparing successive snapshots of it in her mind The patient with no ability to tell faces apart could at times deduce that the person walking toward him at a pre arranged spot at the right time was probably his wife Such instances give us the following attractive picture of the brain Brain Computer hardware Consciousness Operating System Mental functions Programs It looks like a logical and compelling picture to me This seductive picture however is far too simplistic at best or utterly wrong at worst The basic philosophical problem with it is that the brain itself is a representation drawn on the canvas of consciousness and the mind which are again cognitive constructs This abysmal infinite regression is impossible to crawl out of But even when we ignore this philosophical hurdle and ask ourselves whether brains could be computers we have big problems What exactly are we asking Could our brains be computer hardware and minds be software running on them Before asking such questions we have to ask parallel questions Could computers have consciousness and intelligence Could they have minds If they had minds how would we know Even more fundamentally how do you know whether other people have minds This is the so called Problem of Other Minds which we will discuss in the next post before proceeding to consider computing and consciousness computing consciousness Philosophy Books Corporate Life Quantitative Finance Where to Go from Here September 21 2013 manoj We started this long series with a pitch for my book Principles of Quantitative Development This series and the associated eBook is an expanded version of the non technical introductory chapters of the book what are the things we need to keep in mind while designing a trading platform Why is it important to know the big picture of finance and banking Hopefully these posts have given you a taste of it here If you would keep a copy of the series handy you can purchase and download the beautifully crafted eBook version We went through the structure of the bank from the exotic and structured trading perspective We talked about the various offices Front Office Middle Office and Back Office and pointed out the career opportunities for quantitative professionals within The organizational structure of the bank is the apparatus that processes the dynamic lifecycle of trades If the structure of the bank is akin to the spatial organization the lifecycle of the trade is the temporal variation their relation is like that of the rails and the trains We spent quite a bit of time on the flow of the trades between the front office and middle office teams how the trades get approved processed monitored settled and managed Each of these teams has their own perspective or work paradigm that helps them carry out their tasks efficiently Trade Perspectives was the last major topic we touched upon As we saw these perspectives are based on the way the various teams of the bank perform their tasks They form the backdrop of the jargon and are important if we are to develop a big picture understanding of the way a bank works Most quants especially at junior levels despise the big picture They think of it as a distraction from their real work of marrying stochastic calculus to C But to a trader the best model in the world is worthless unless it can be deployed When we change our narrow albeit effective focus on the work at hand to an understanding of our role and value in the organization we will see the possible points of failure of the systems and processes as well as the opportunities to make a difference We will then be better placed to take our careers to its full potential computing Corporate Life money quantitative finance wilmott Books Corporate Life Quantitative Finance Other Trade Perspectives September 15 2013 manoj In the previous posts we saw how various teams view the trading activity in their own work paradigm The perspective that is most common in the bank is still trade centric In this view trades form the primary objects which is why all conventional trading systems keep track of them Put bunch of trades together you get a portfolio Put a few portfolios together you have a book The whole Global Markets is merely a collection of books This paradigm has worked well and is probably the best compromise between different possible

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