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  • marital bliss Archives - Unreal Blog
    Quantitative Finance The Wilmott Magazine Funny Humor Malayalam Debates Anti Relativity Email Debates SFN Science Forums Physics Philosophy The Unreal Universe Physics Philosophy Science Creative Books French Quotes Other Topics Environment WordPress Computers About About Unreal Blog About Me CV About My First Book About My Second Book About Supporting Me Contact Advertising Professional PHP Services Tag Archives marital bliss Humor Life and Death Key to Marital Bliss February 11 2014 manoj Here is a short story about how a cowboy found the secret to marital bliss right after he got married The ceremony was beautiful and the bride lovely After the wedding the bride and groom got on their horse driven carriage to make their way home with the bride happy and excited prattling on about nothing and the groom staying strong and silent with not a word after the I do Continue reading humor marital bliss Advertisement Subscribe to Unreal Blog Email address Translations Most Popular Posts Blank Screen after Hibernate or Sleep 20 948 views Stinker Emails A Primer 8 490 views Quant Life in Singapore 3 304 views Perception Physics and the Role of Light in Philosophy 3 008 views Missing Events and Photos in iPhoto

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  • Replace Halogen with LED - Unreal Blog
    the kids PC not my iMacs I m not saying I was stumped but you have to pick your battles you know A few days later it dawned on me you are not supposed to access recessed lights from above After all they are usually in ceilings with no above They are held up there using a clever spring loaded mechanism and you can just pull them down I tried it with the flickering light and it came down fairly easily No need to hack up top of the study desk The workmanship wasn t that lousy after all Excellent work in fact After pulling the light down I figured out it was the tiny electronic transformer that was malfunctioning and ordered one on eBay By the way when I explained this to my son he was thrilled because he thought I had ordered a car that could turn into a giant robot When you buy something from eBay it is impossible not to browse a little I saw this deal on 50 LED downlight kits with everything you d need for a cool project at about 12 apiece The dormant DIY devil in me was stirring Long story short I bought the sucka It showed up at my doorsteps in just two days Shipped from China although I bought it from Australia globalization of the e kind I guess And I started replacing all halogen recessed lights in the house with LED ones It is so easy to do it just pull the old one down pull out the old ballast transformer disconnect it wire up the new LED light and push it back in The whole thing takes about five minutes if there are no complications Life however is full of complications and the measure of a man is in how he deals with them On the first day it took me about four hours to do about thirty lights By then I had blistered fingers Worse I got one finger caught in one of those darned spring loaded thingies which also work like mouse traps I forgot to mention and got it squashed pretty good And the plaster material from the ceiling acted as some kind of catalyst for infection Long story short again I m just finishing the five day course of Avelox a broad spectrum antibiotic that my GP prescribed after a cursory look at my finger That s another thing why are these doctors getting younger and younger every year Anyway despite all these setbacks I managed to finish the project in about ten days after ordering another batch of ten LED kits and ten LED bulbs to replace some track lighting I think I established my measure as a man although I did approach my wife with my battle worn fingers for sympathy and compassion She dished them out aplenty and lovingly called me nasook a Hindi expression I m not quite familiar with I have to look it up one of these

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  • halogen Archives - Unreal Blog
    are not supposed to access recessed lights from above After all they are usually in ceilings with no above They are held up there using a clever spring loaded mechanism and you can just pull them down I tried it with the flickering light and it came down fairly easily No need to hack up top of the study desk The workmanship wasn t that lousy after all Excellent work in fact After pulling the light down I figured out it was the tiny electronic transformer that was malfunctioning and ordered one on eBay By the way when I explained this to my son he was thrilled because he thought I had ordered a car that could turn into a giant robot When you buy something from eBay it is impossible not to browse a little I saw this deal on 50 LED downlight kits with everything you d need for a cool project at about 12 apiece The dormant DIY devil in me was stirring Long story short I bought the sucka It showed up at my doorsteps in just two days Shipped from China although I bought it from Australia globalization of the e kind I guess And I started replacing all halogen recessed lights in the house with LED ones It is so easy to do it just pull the old one down pull out the old ballast transformer disconnect it wire up the new LED light and push it back in The whole thing takes about five minutes if there are no complications Life however is full of complications and the measure of a man is in how he deals with them On the first day it took me about four hours to do about thirty lights By then I had blistered fingers Worse I got

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  • Retirement - a Wife's View - Unreal Blog
    screamed Oh my God They are burying the wrong man True to form this gentleman concluded his speech with another story First God created the cow and said You must go with the farmer everyday to the field and suffer under the sun all day long have calves give milk and help the farmer I give you a span of sixty years The cow said That s surely tough Give me only twenty years I give back forty years On Day Two God created the dog and said Sit by the door of your house and bark at strangers I give you a span of twenty years The dog said Too long a life for barking I give up ten years On the third day God created the monkey and said to him Entertain people Make them laugh I give you twenty years The monkey said to God How boring Monkey tricks for twenty years Give me only ten years The Lord agreed On the fourth day God created Man He said to him Eat sleep play enjoy and do nothing I will give you twenty years Man said Only twenty years No way I will take my twenty but give me the forty the cow gave back the ten that the monkey returned and the ten the dog surrendered That makes it eighty Okay God agreed That is why for the first twenty years we sleep play enjoy and do nothing For the next forty years we slave in the sun to support our family For the next ten years we do monkey tricks to entertain our grandchildren And for the last ten years we sit in front of the house and bark at everybody Well I managed to cut down my forty cow years to a mere twenty

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  • retirement Archives - Unreal Blog
    was leaving And I think people had stopped taking me seriously My wife certainly did and it came as a major shock to her But despite her studied opposition I managed to pull it off In fact it is not just banking that I left I have actually retired Most of my friends greeted the news of my retirement with a mixture of envy and disbelief The power to surprise it is nice to still have that power Why is it a surprise really Why would anyone think that it is insane to walk away from a career like mine Insanity is in doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results Millions of people do the same insanely crummy stuff over and over everyone of them wanting nothing more than to stop doing it even planning on it only to postpone their plans for one silly reason or another I guess the force of habit in doing the crummy stuff is greater than the fear of change There is a gulf between what people say their plans are and what they end up doing which is the theme of that disturbing movie Revolutionary Road This gulf is extremely narrow in my case I set out with a bunch of small targets to help a few people to make a modest fortune to provide reasonable comfort and security to those near I have achieved them and now it is time to stop The trouble with all such targets is that once you get close to them they look mundane and nothing is ever enough for most people Not for me though I have always been reckless enough to stick to my plans One of the early instances of such a reckless action came during my undergraduate years at IIT Madras I was pretty smart academically especially in physics But I wasn t too good in remembering details like the names of theorems Once this eccentric professor of mine at IIT asked me the name of a particular theorem relating the line integral of the electric field around a point and the charge contained within I think the answer was Green s theorem while its 3 D equivalent surface integral is called Gauss s theorem or something Sorry my Wikipedia and Google searches didn t bring up anything definitive on that I answered Gauss s theorem The professor looked at me for a long moment with contempt in his eyes and said in Tamil something like I needed to get a beating with his slippers I still remember standing there in my Khakki workshop attire and listening to him with my face burning with shame and impotent anger And although physics was my favorite subject my first love in fact as I keep saying mostly to annoy my wife I didn t go back to any of his lectures after that I guess even at that young age I had this disturbing level of recklessness in me I now

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  • Parenting Archives - Unreal Blog
    importantly their backlit hair looks magical To do backlight portraits right however you have to be careful about a couple of things First make sure that you don t have direct sunlight on your lens which will create unseemly flares I m sure the next time I meet him Stéphane will teach me how to use flares to my advantage But for now I would avoid direct light on the lens Look for a spot in the shade For instance look for a tree casting a shadow Don t try to stand in the shadow but try to get the shadow on your face which is where the camera is likely to be Get the tree in between you and the sun How do you do it in practice Just turn around and look at the shadow of your head if it is hidden within another bigger shadow you are safe If not move The second thing to pay close attention to is the background It cannot be too bright or the average metering of your camera will underexpose your subject s face Again another dictum the creative photographer will probably scoff at Look at the portrait of Stéphane himself taken by me the day after I got the revelation about backlight You can see my reflection on his glasses trying to crouch low so as to get the dark hill in the frame rather than the bright beach sand I think this is a nice photo at least technically Stéphane looked at it and complained that he looked like a James Bond villain Here is a backlit portrait of my lovely wife See how the framing includes the dark shrubbery in the background giving the nice contrast and brightness to the face All right I will admit it the composition was probably a lucky accident But still I wouldn t have attempted this snap unless I knew that backlight could be good So be bold experiment with backlight I m sure you will like the results Here are some dramatic backlight portraits by a gifted photographer backlit portraits photography Humor Parenting Philosophy Physics Work and Life Deferred Satisfaction June 20 2013 manoj The mother was getting annoyed that her teenaged son was wasting time watching TV Son don t waste your time watching TV You should be studying she advised Why quipped the son as teenagers usually do Well if you study hard you will get good grades Yeah so Then you can get into a good school Why should I That way you can hope to get a good job Why What do I want with a good job Well you can make a lot of money that way Why do I want money If you have enough money you can sit back and relax Watch TV whenever you want to Well I m doing it right now What the mother is advocating of course is the wise principle of deferred satisfaction It doesn t matter if you have to do something slightly unpleasant now as long as you get rewarded for it later in life This principle is so much a part of our moral fabric that we take it for granted never questioning its wisdom Because of our trust in it we obediently take bitter medicines when we fall sick knowing that we will feel better later on We silently submit ourselves to jabs root canals colonoscopies and other atrocities done to our persons because we have learned to tolerate unpleasantnesses in anticipation of future rewards We even work like a dog at jobs so loathesome that they really have to pay us a pretty penny to stick it out Before I discredit myself let me make it very clear that I do believe in the wisdom of deferred satisfaction I just want to take a closer look because my belief or the belief of seven billion people for that matter is still no proof of the logical rightness of any principle The way we lead our lives these days is based on what they call hedonism I know that the word has a negative connotation but that is not the sense in which I am using it here Hedonism is the principle that any decision we take in life is based on how much pain and pleasure it is going to create If there is an excess of pleasure over pain then it is the right decision Although we are not considering it the case where the recipients of the pain and pleasure are distinct individuals nobility or selfishness is involved in the decision So the aim of a good life is to maximize this excess of pleasure over pain Viewed in this context the principle of delayed satisfaction makes sense it is one good strategy to maximize the excess But we have to be careful about how much to delay the satisfaction Clearly if we wait for too long all the satisfaction credit we accumulate will go wasted because we may die before we have a chance to draw upon it This realization may be behind the mantra live in the present moment Where hedonism falls short is in the fact that it fails to consider the quality of the pleasure That is where it gets its bad connotation from For instance a ponzi scheme master like Madoff probably made the right decisions because they enjoyed long periods of luxurious opulence at the cost of a relatively short durations of pain in prison What is needed perhaps is another measure of the rightness of our choices I think it is in the intrinsic quality of the choice itself We do something because we know that it is good I am of course touching upon the vast branch of philosophy they call ethics It is not possible to summarize it in a couple of blog posts Nor am I qualified enough to do so Michael Sandel on the other hand is eminently qualified and you

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  • Deferred Satisfaction - Unreal Blog
    connotation but that is not the sense in which I am using it here Hedonism is the principle that any decision we take in life is based on how much pain and pleasure it is going to create If there is an excess of pleasure over pain then it is the right decision Although we are not considering it the case where the recipients of the pain and pleasure are distinct individuals nobility or selfishness is involved in the decision So the aim of a good life is to maximize this excess of pleasure over pain Viewed in this context the principle of delayed satisfaction makes sense it is one good strategy to maximize the excess But we have to be careful about how much to delay the satisfaction Clearly if we wait for too long all the satisfaction credit we accumulate will go wasted because we may die before we have a chance to draw upon it This realization may be behind the mantra live in the present moment Where hedonism falls short is in the fact that it fails to consider the quality of the pleasure That is where it gets its bad connotation from For instance a ponzi scheme master like Madoff probably made the right decisions because they enjoyed long periods of luxurious opulence at the cost of a relatively short durations of pain in prison What is needed perhaps is another measure of the rightness of our choices I think it is in the intrinsic quality of the choice itself We do something because we know that it is good I am of course touching upon the vast branch of philosophy they call ethics It is not possible to summarize it in a couple of blog posts Nor am I qualified enough to do so Michael Sandel on the other hand is eminently qualified and you should check out his online course Justice What is the Right Thing to Do if interested I just want to share my thought that there is something like the intrinsic quality of a way of life or of choices and decisions We all know it because it comes before our intellectual analysis We do the right thing not so much because it gives us an excess of pleasure over pain but we know what the right thing is and have an innate need to do it That at least is the theory But of late I m beginning to wonder whether the whole right wrong good evil distinction is an elaborate ruse to keep some simple minded folks in check while the smarter ones keep enjoying totally hedonistic using it with all the pejorative connotation now pleasures of life Why should I be good while the rest of them seem to be reveling in wall to wall fun Is it my decaying internal quality talking or am I just getting a bit smarter I think what is confusing me and probably you as well is the small distance between

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  • Languages - Unreal Blog
    salesman roaming the streets that day True there is some similarity between Hindi and French for instance in the sounds of interrogative words and the silly masculine feminine genders of neutral objects But I don t think that was what was causing the outpouring of Frenchness It felt as though French had replaced Hindi in my brain Whatever brain cells of mine that were wired up to speak Hindi badly I might add were being rewired a la franciaise Some strange resource allocation mechanism was recycling my brain cells without my knowledge or consent I think this French invasion in my brain continued unabated and assimilated a chunk of my English cells as well The end result was that my English got all messed up and my French never got good enough I do feel a bit sorry for my confused brain cells Karma I guess I shouldn t have confused the sari salesman Though spoken in jest I think what I said is true the languages that you speak occupy distinct sections of your brain A friend of mine is a French American girl from the graduate years She has no discernable accent in her Americanese Once she visited me in France and I found that whenever she used an English word while speaking French she had a distinct French accent It was as though the English words came out of the French section of her brain Of course languages can be a tool in the hands of the creative My officemate in France was a smart English chap who steadfastly refused to learn any French at all and actively resisted any signs of French assimilation He never uttered a French word if he could help it But then one summer two English interns showed up My officemate was

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