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1) Cauvery In A Puddle: The 3 page article starts "The total hijack of the South's rich classical arts into airless, Brahmins-only monopolies is stifling genuine growth" and ends "Perhaps only a realisation that monopoly runs counter to the grain of art. For now, they're caught in a dark warp, waiting for light."
Do not miss the Rants and Raves for this article too !
If you are a Tamil Brahmin... donot get offended... someone is expressing his point of view... Any criticism is good for growth... Let us look for ways to improve the situation...
If you have not watched tamil film 'Nandanaar'... please do watch it :-)
3) Navigating isn\'t fun: To the user, each successive screen is the equivalent of a new window
or dialog in conventional software. My axiom is: "A window is another
room. Have a good reason to go there." If the user is working on
information on one screen, don't send her to another screen to work
on that same information.
4) AlterNet -- 13 Questions for Bush about America\'s Anti-terrorism Crusade: Mainstream journalists in the United States often function more like
a fourth branch of government than a feisty fourth estate. If
anything, the patterns of media bias that characterize sycophantic
reporting in "peacetime" are amplified during a war or a national
5) Knowledge@Wharton - Confessions of a Recovering Workaholic: For many years Jonathan Lazear spent long hours building a literary
agency whose success brought him the usual trappings - large house,
new cars, expensive vacations. It wasn't until he realized that his
work habits had led him to ignore virtually every other part of his
life that he stepped back - and wrote a book. In The Man Who Mistook
His Job for a Life, Lazear talks about being addicted to work and
offers advice to help readers avoid the same fate.
7) How to Stress Less -- And Smarter: "So many people have been living stressful lives for so long that they've become desensitized. It's kind of like living in the flight path of O'Hare airport. After a while, you stop hearing the big jets overhead."
-- Dan Baker, director of Canyon Ranch family business group
8) TIJ, Peer-Reviewed Article: What Do We Know About Enhancing Creativity and Innovation?: Ikujiro Nonaka: Making personal knowledge available to others is the
central activity of the knowledge-creating company
9) Wired 8.04: Why the future doesn\'t need us.: Our most powerful 21st-century technologies - robotics, genetic
engineering, and nanotech - are threatening to make humans an
Principia Mathematica III
He was a child prodigy, publishing his first paper at 15. Now Stephen
Wolfram says he has created a new kind of science based on simple
computer programs rather than equations. It's a bold claim, but it
has taken him 20 years--ten of them thinking and working late into
the night, and publishing nothing. By a nice irony, that intellectual
space was bought by the millions he made out of Mathematica, a
computer program that makes complicated mathematics doable for
ordinary mortals. Now, at 41, he's busy gearing himself up for the
glare of publicity as he prepares to publish the fruit of all those
years. Marcus Chown caught up with Wolfram--at 3 am
11) Women and Men: (And I don’t have any issues relating to women. My closest friends are women. And given the choice, I much prefer the company of women to men. They usually have a better sense of humour and are much more fun to hang around with.)
My doing the ZopeNewbies site got me an invitation to speak at Comdex
Canada, one thing led to another, and I got a promotion at work.
13) Culture Shock: Traditional Cultural Patterns Surprise Product Developers : In yesterday’s one-size-fits-all world, a company could often migrate
something that was a hit in the U.S. or Europe by tweaking its
language and advertising and funneling a lot of money into local
marketing efforts. Germany’s Mercedes-Benz, for example, traded on
its reputation for building highly engineered automobiles to drive
into markets the world over. Japan’s Sony Corp. found that its knack
for building compact, economical, and reliable electronics, such as
the Walkman, struck a chord around the globe. Coca-Cola Co. and
Philip Morris’s Marlboro cigarettes traded on their "American-ness"
to create large foreign followings.
14) rediff.com: Arvind Lavakare\'s open letter to Prime Minister Vajpayee: Considering everything, therefore, why don't you just take sanyas, Mr
How to survive a Heart attack - Please Read... You can save your own life To all my friends for precautionary measure. A heart attack can happen to anyone Let's say it's 6:15 p.m. and you're driving home (alone of course),after an unusually hard day on the job. You're really tired, upset and frustrated. Suddenly you start experiencing severe pain in your chest that starts to radiate out into your arm and up into your jaw. You are only about five miles from the hospital nearest your home; unfortunately you don't know if you'll be able to make it that far.What can you do? You've been trained in CPR but the guy that taught the course neglected to tell you how to perform it on yourself. HOW TO SURVIVE A HEART ATTACK WHEN ALONE Since many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack, this article seemed to be in order. Without help, the person whose heart stops beating properly and who begins to feel faint, has only about 10 seconds left before losing consciousness. However, these victims can help themselves by coughing repeatedly and very vigorously. A deep breath should be taken before each cough, and the cough must be deep and prolonged, as when producing sputum from deep inside the chest. Deep breaths and a cough must be repeated about every two seconds without let up until help arrives, or until the heart is felt to be beating normally again. Deep breaths get oxygen into the lungs and coughing movements squeeze the heart and keep the blood circulating. The squeezing pressure on the heart also helps it regain normal rhythm. In this way, heart attack victims can get to a hospital. Tell as many other people as possible about this, it could save their lives! If everyone who gets this sends it to ten people, you can bet that we'll save at least one life. From Health Cares, Rochester General Hospital via Chapter 240snewsletter AND THE BEAT GOES ON ... (reprint from The Mended Hearts, Inc.publication, Heart Response)
17) ArsDigita Systems Journal: Managing Software Engineers: ...Insane hours by themselvs don't guarantee success of course. You
need to be
solving a problem that someone cares about. You need to have
evaluate themselves by how well their work fits customer needs (the
your engineers pat themselves on the back for how good their code
internally is the day that your company dies; you need engineers who
themselves on the back when a customer is happy with the product and
18) Osho: Only a ripe fruit falls: One of the greatest problems...it will appear very paradoxical, but
this is true: before you can lose your ego, you must attain it. Only
a ripe fruit falls to the ground.
Ripeness is all. An unripe ego cannot be thrown, cannot be destroyed.
And if you struggle with an unripe ego to destroy and dissolve it,
the whole effort is going to be a failure. Rather than destroying it,
you will find it more strengthened in new subtle ways.
This is something basic to be understood: the ego must come to a
peak, it must be strong, it must have attained an integrity -- only
then can you dissolve it. A weak ego cannot be dissolved. And this
becomes a problem.
19) Joel on Software - Good Software Takes Ten Years. Get Used To It.: "Now the trouble comes when you can't think of any new features, so you put in the paperclip, and then you take out the paperclip, and you try to charge people both times, and they aren't falling for it."
I have to read it carefully before I agree or partially agree or ...
20) On Trial : Are Tech Companies Destroying Morale? : On "trial": Adobe, Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Lucent
Technologies, and Sun Microsystems. The charges: Ruining internal
morale with pay cuts, early retirement schemes, forced vacations and
corporate doublespeak; reducing strategic flexibility by hanging on
to too many workers or firing the best. The prosecution: Ladies and
gentlemen of the jury, this is a case about pain. Scared of the
financial, emotional, and legal pain of firing workers now and having
to hire and train more of them when the economy picks up again,
technology firms are doing whatever it takes to keep people on the
payroll. For more on this case, check out the article...
21) Why Carnatic Music?: As a Westerner interested in Carnatic music, I am frequently
asked to explain my interest and to articulate what makes South
Indian music special. Both Indians and Westerners ask the
same questions. Since I did not grow up with it, but rather chose
it for myself from among a broad range of world traditions,
Carnatic music is special indeed. There is always a sense in
which cross-cultural interactions serve not only to broaden one's
horizons, but also to set one's own cultural identity more strongly
in relief. My more direct and natural interest in Western traditional
music has been nourished by an appreciation for Indian music,
and the same can hopefully apply in reverse. Here I hope to
describe some points in common, as well as some of the
strengths of Carnatic music from my perspective.
22) A Gentle Introduction to South Indian Classical (Karnatic / Carnatic) Music: Many of us have grown up in India, where we were exposed to
Indian classical music in one form or another. However, if you
are not from a musically inclined family, the odds are that you
perceived classical music to be something esoteric that only a
selected few could understand and appreciate. An occassional
devotional song or a 'classically tuned' film song would have
made you stop and take note. Your curiosity could have been
aroused. But, you may have quickly ignored the instinct and
made a beeline for the usual pursuits in life. Even if you were
interested enough to find out about classical music, you did not
know what books to read or who to talk to. Even if you managed
to talk to someone, it is likely that the person made you feel
inadequate about your lack of musical abilities or proceeded to
give you a long lecture about music with a million buzzwords that
confused you and weaned you off your curiosity. It is unfortunate
that there is an almost total lack of simple, readable, introductary
texts on Indian classical music, especially when compared to
volumes and volumes of elementary books available on Western
Classical music. No wonder an average college-educated
person in the USA is at least mildly knowledgeable about
Western classical music whereas an average Indian is by and
large ignorant about the technicalities of Indian classical music.
This primer is a feeble attempt to introduce Karnatic music in a
gentle way, in a language presumably we all can understand. I
want to be able to rekindle your interest and help you discover
some of the 'method' and grammar of Karnatic music. Even
though these notes are aimed at introducing Karnatic music, a
lot of of what I have to say also apply to Hindustani Classical
This primer is obviously not meant for experts. I have
intentionally kept this text simple.
23) Carnatic Music Primer: "Nature has endowed this universe with many beautiful life
forms, of so many different shapes, sizes and abilities. Most
animal forms have the ability to produce sounds and some of
them even have the capability to communicate using varied
sounds. Man is unique in that he can express his thoughts using
sound." This is how Swami Jayendra Saraswathy, the
Sankaracharya of Kanchipuram, introduces the Kamalaambaa
Navaavarna Kritis of Muthuswamy Dikshithar. The ability to
express thoughts through sounds has evolved into an art which
we call music. Music can thus be defined as an art form that
arranges sounds in a fashion that follows certain natural
principles and provides that special inner feeling of happiness
and contentment. It is important to note that the basic principles
are natural and thus the theory of music is only an attempt by
man to rationally explain what is already beautiful. As a fringe
benefit, this rationalization helps in understanding the inherent
beauty of music and creates increasingly higher levels of
appreciation in the listener. more
24) Mohan Krishnamoorthy: A few articles on Carnatic Music: Mohan states "Over the years, I have collected articles on
Carnatic music from here and there. I have written a few of these
myself. Also included here is the Bibliography and Percussion
Primer FAQ for the RMIC Usenet Newsgroup."
25) Is the Internet Second Nature?: Business leaders everywhere are asking, What is the future of the Internet economy? Good question. But here's a better one: Are you tapping the real power of the Net to transform your company here and now? For leaders at Cisco, Intel, and Microsoft, the answer is a resounding "yes."
"The long haul is going to be about the complete
reinvention of companies. It's not a matter of throwing
technology at a problem. It's a matter of changing
every aspect of how the company works internally."
-- Peter Solvik, CIO of Cisco Systems
26) 25 Fast Ideas for Slower Times: Fast Company's RealTime Philadelphia generated a remarkable
collection of ideas, tools, and inspirational advice. Here are 25 of
the smartest insights that we took away from the event. Feel free to
put them to use and share them with your colleagues.
27) Ego - The False Center: "The first thing to be understood is what ego is. A child is born. A
child is born without any knowledge, any consciousness of his
own self. And when a child is born the first thing he becomes
aware of is not himself; the first thing he becomes aware of is
28) Friends of Osho - Discourses extracts found in the Osho Bibliography: Discourse extracts found in the Osho Bibliography
29) The Human Rights Declaration: Hypocrisy of a barbarous society: One of the most fundamental things to be always remembered
is that we are living in a hypocrite society.
Once, a great philosopher was asked: "What do you think of
The philosopher said, "It is a good idea, but somebody has to
change the idea into a reality. Civilization has not happened yet. It
is a dream of the future."
But the people who are in power -- politically, religiously, socially
-- are in power because civilization has not happened. A civilized
world, a mature man, needs no nations -- all those boundaries
are false -- needs no religions, because all those theologies are
The people who have been for thousands of years in power --
the priests, the politicians, the super-rich, they have all the
powers to prevent human evolution. But the best way to prevent it
is to convince man, "You are already civilized," to convince man,
"You are already a human being. You need not go through a
transformation, it is unnecessary."
And man's weakness is that knowing perfectly well there exists
no such thing as civilization, there exists no such thing as
human sensitivity, still he starts believing in all the lies that the
politicians have been speaking, the priests have been
preaching, the educationists have been teaching -- because it
seems simpler to just believe, you don't have to do anything for it.
To recognize the fact that you are not yet a man creates fear. The
very ground underneath your feet disappears.
Truth makes you utterly naked -- naked of all lies, naked of all
hypocrisies. That's why nobody wants truth; everybody believes
that he has got it.
30) Osho : Only a Ripe Fruit Falls: "One of the greatest problems...it will appear very paradoxical,
but this is true: before you can lose your ego, you must attain it.
Only a ripe fruit falls to the ground."
31) Intermittent Aberrations: Can Mature Companies Innovate?: A whole literature has grown up around the apparently
intractable hostility between innovation and bureaucracy,
between those who create and those who control. Smart and
speedy start-ups blindside mature companies with their
inventiveness then grow up into mature companies and are
outsmarted in their turn. The only way for innovation to
survive in mature companies is to isolate the creators from
the managers in protected enclaves. If this is true, it
means that it is virtually impossible for sustained
innovation to be built into the everyday operation of
mature companies; it can only ever be an intermittent
33) MySQL | Articles | Building a Database-Driven Web Site Using PHP and MySQL: In this 10-part weekly series of articles, I'll provide a
hands-on look at what's involved in building a database-
driven Web site. We'll be using two new tools for this: the
PHP scripting language and the MySQL relational database.
If your Web host provides PHP/MySQL support, you're in
great shape. If not, we'll be looking at the set-up
procedures under Unix and Windows, so don't sweat it.
34) John Renesch conscious business, spirituality in business, corporate responsibility, social responsibility, sustainable development: A leading writer and thinker on business and social
transformation, John Renesch believes that commerce holds
the key to bringing about a global shift of human
consciousness thus creating a future of tremendous
possibility for humankind - the possibility that will allow
humanity to transcend the inevitable future that can be
projected from current trends.
35) Interview with Aajonus Vonderplanitz: Aajonus: "Now that I consume so much raw protein and fat, I
enjoy sex 1-6 hours, and maintain energy with only 5-6
hours sleep daily. I feel like I have finally achieved and
chosen heaven on Earth." "After 12 years eating raw meat
and never having had any more than a little diarrhea, I
learned to relax and not fear raw foodborne bacteria and
36) Dr. Bass: Luigi Cornaro - How to live one hundred years: An example of how life may be prolonged to advanced years
by abstemious living which allows the body to conserve its
energy, is found in the following examples from "The Art of
Living Long" by Luigi Cornaro, published in 1558 in Padua,
37) Stanley Bass: How to overcome temptation: Once the emotion creeps in, the struggle to gain control
begins. It is this struggle with the emotions which
produces the attendant suffering and misery. The very
moment you realize that an undesirable craving has entered
your consciousness, DON'T struggle with it. Absolutely
REFUSE to consider its existence
38) Stanley S. Bass: How to Solve Problems Objectively: What you will see with this method will prove to be a
literal revelation. Perplexing incidents which have
occurred in the past will reveal their solutions with a
clarity that will startle you as you become adept at this
39) Stanley Bass: Sequential Eating - Food Combining: To simplify this concept of sequential or layered eating,
the basic rule or principle can be stated as follows: Eat
the most watery food first, the next less watery food
41) The Best Way To Achieve Financial Independence: This is how to begin. Start to think of the things you:
(1) absolutely love to do, and would do for little or no
(2) can speak about off the top of your head with no
(3) loved to do when you were young, or always dreamed of
(4) already buy/subscribe to for information YOU care about;
(5) know that can readily solve problems other people may
My own memories and the memories locked in the heads of the people I care about are the most important things in my life. Therefore, my purpose in life is to enhance my memories and enhance the memories belonging to other people.
What's the Point?
What is important to me is what I do with my time on this tiny planet. The question is, "what should I do?" I answered that question a few years ago and have enjoyed my answer since. It all starts with my definition of our lives. I cannot define life itself, I do not believe anyone can, but our lives on this planet can be defined. Our lives are collections of experiences, choices, and actions. That's it. Choices and actions are obvious. Experiences include things like emotions, love, thoughts, sensory input, etc. Can you think of anything in our lives that is not an experience, choice, or action? I can't.
What is the point of defining life in such simple and general terms? It shows that the only things we can gain from this life are the memories of our experiences and possibly spiritual salvation or other spiritual benefits if you are religious. Given that our choices and actions and the choices and actions of the people around us shape our experiences, we must consider our choices well; they define our lives.
My own memories and the memories locked in the heads of the people I care about are the most important things in my life. Therefore, my purpose in life is to enhance my memories and enhance the memories belonging to other people. Given that, I decided one of the ways I can enhance my own memories is by experiencing many different adventures, hence all my experiences skydiving, SCUBA diving, traveling, exploring the woods, watching nature, etc. How I enhance the memories of the people I care about varies from person to person, but I try to help each person have a slightly better life.
By enhancing other people's experiences, we expand the power and duration of our life's influence on this planet. I have decided to attempt to expand the direct influence of my life beyond just those people I have met and try to touch the lives of complete strangers. That's why I built this web site, why I respond with as much help as I can to all the email I receive, and why I try to encourage people to donate more stories, photos, and videos. I am trying to encourage my visitors to experience something new. I know that I am only touching a small percentage of them, but when people write to me telling me that my site inspired them to try something new, I feel an immense joy. I know that I have helped improve the memories of someone else. Even if I had only received one email telling me about one person, I would have felt all the effort I put into this site was worth it.