technology and zen of life

“A heisenbug (named after the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle) is a computer bug that disappears or alters its characteristics when an attempt is made to study it.”

Teaching kids to be entrepreneurs

An amazing TED video.

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Zap the channel errr.. site?

Stumbleupon has taken up my huge amount of hours, stretching deep into the night, into the wee hours of many mornings while promising a never ending stream of interesting randomness at the click of the mouse. Recently in January Stumbleupon with its 12 million users surpassed Facebook and its 600 million users in the amount of web traffic. Thats 50 times more traffic per average Stumbleupon user then an average Facebook user!!

So what is Stumbleupon? To be put it is an adventure that takes you around the wonderful world of Internet. Traditionally Internet is designed to work like most other computer related technologies; which is answer based systems. It does not allow you to discover content on its own. On the other hand Stumbleupon is all about discovery. It lets you discover, share and recommend web pages based on your topics of interest. There are currently about 700 million pages served per month to its 12 million + user base!

Once you register for an Stumbleupon account you set up your list of topics that you would like to read about. The best way to stumble your way through is to get the Stumbleupon tool bar which lets you stumble/rate and discover new pages from the tool bar. The concept of Stumbleupon is straightforward, when you come across a webpage you like, you “stumble” it telling people that you like it. Similarly you can also rate a page with a “thumbs down” if you don’t like a certain page. These pages are known as your “stumbles”.

It is one service that I would recommend everyone to give a shot at!


Quotable quotes

I have this habit of collecting quotes that I find interesting here are 50 randomly selected quotes:

  1. It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.   —Albert Einstein
  2. Eighty percent of success is showing up.  —Woody Allen
  3. I respect faith, but doubt is what gets you an education.   —Wilson Mizner
  4. The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance; it is the illusion of knowledge    —Daniel J. Boorstin
  5. The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.   —William Arthur Ward Read the rest of this entry »

What motivates us ?

Here is a nice insight from the guys at into what really motivates us. This video really got me thinking about how can you redefine rewards to get the most out your own self and others; a must watch.


5 Addendums to The Nerd Handbook

Every year, I re-read the classic essay The Nerd Handbook on Rands In Repose, to quench my spiritual thirst. And every time I cry a little. No one in this world, including my mother and my girlfriend, has ever understood me so well. If you haven’t read the handbook, shame on you, go do it right now. It is the most perfect and empathizing description of what and who nerds are and how the people around us (especially spouses) should understand us. It is unfortunate that more nerds end up reading it than their spouses, mothers and bosses combined.

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Bill Gates and Me on Education Reforms

The recent post by Navin on education got me thinking about one of my favorite topics once more – educational reforms. Specifically, what to do about education in the post-information-revolution world?

So here are some thoughts by me and Bill, an old friend, on the issue. First is the lecture by Bill: Read the rest of this entry »

Online multiplayer flash games

After the previous list of single player flash games, here is a list of online multi player flash games!!

5. Artillery Live:  You have to destroy the battletank of your opposite team before they destroy yours! The game features vs. computer mode and also lets you form your own team



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Is Education killing jobs?

Just a random thought… is education really killing jobs or are there huge flaws in the assumptions below?

  • We have an ever increasing population but the increase in population is somewhat linear with increase in jobs
  • More and more people are going to university and getting university degrees
  • This leads to us having to invent more technological jobs leaving us with less people to do the clerical jobs
  • This in turn results in us developing automation to fill up those clerical jobs
  • Now the number of people needed to develop tools to make machines able to automate clerical jobs is less than actual clerical jobs being replaced by those machines. e.g.  Automated petrol pumps / automatic ticket vending machines
  • This should eventually result in less total number of jobs than what we have now in the future.

Now my question is is the new technologies that we are developing (biotech, research etc…)enough to balance out the loss in clerical jobs ?


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