Chaotic Solitude

Inside every (wo)man there is always an urge to find a structure in Chaos !

Friday, June 27, 2003

Is there a way to beat piracy
When I read the news item titled "Cinema houses close as film industry in doldrums" in Times of India the other day, I got the following thoughts
1. I am yet to come across a person who has said that he/she wants to watch "Matrix Reloaded" in VCD; all of them prefer to watch it in theatres
2. Indian film industry itself is not known for its respect for copyrights etc. Almost all the songs we hear and films we see are lifted from the West.
Don't these tell us something on how to curb this piracy menace ?

Wednesday, June 18, 2003

Symphony and Process
I am in the middle of executing a Business Process that I had put in place a couple of weeks back. I am finding the process workflow extremely jarring :-( (cacophony - as one of my colleagues put it) Can we compare a perfect process to a harmonious symphony? I suppose, we can! Things should just flow like a sweet symphony; the person supervising the process workflow can be compared to a composer too; Not sure how far I can take this metaphor.But I found this extremely compelling .. hence the blog ;-)

Tuesday, June 17, 2003

Venture Capital
Joel's latest article on Fixing Venture Capital. As a student, I learnt more about VC funding through this article than I had in my 2 courses related to this subject. I particularly liked the reference section! Another good insight was that Good software takes ten years. The Lotus Notes hockey stick chart sets us thinking. Wish some customers understood this :-(
Subjectivity makes things interesting
The Dollar's Weakness Is a Strength: This Wharton article shows why Finance and Macro economics are the most interesting of all subjects. Everybody has a viewpoint! As one of my professors used to say, "... has a high amount of subjectivity in it and that makes it interesting"
Cut the jargon
Bullfighter Software : My post titled "Jargons are like big baloons ?!" has an answer now :-)

Monday, June 16, 2003

Life, quirky life
Last Sunday I watched "Road to Perdition". Some of the dialogues were real punch lines in that movie. The most impressive and haunting dialogue was this - "People always thought I grew up on a farm. And I guess, in a way, I did. But I lived a lifetime before that, in those 6 weeks on the road in the winter of 1931".

Although it is nice to say that everyday we learn something, there are certain instances wherein we learn a lot about life. In a shorter span of time, we emerge as mature human beings. Isn't life as quirky as it is wonderful?
Put a shark in your tank
One of my friends recently forwarded this wonderful mail. Teaches a point or two about life. Read on.

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The Japanese have always loved fresh fish. But the waters close to Japan have not held many fish for decades. So to feed the Japanese population, fishing boats got bigger and went farther than ever. The farther the fishermen went, the longer it took to bring in the fish. If the return trip took more than a few days, the fish were not fresh. The Japanese did not like the taste. To solve this problem, fishing companies installed freezers on their boats. They would catch the fish and freeze them at sea. Freezers allowed the boats to go farther and stay longer. However, the Japanese could taste the difference between fresh and frozen and they did not like frozen fish. The frozen fish brought a lower price. So fishing companies installed fish tanks. They would catch the fish and stuff them in the tanks, fin to fin. After a little thrashing around, the fish stopped moving. They were tired and dull, but alive. Unfortunately, the Japanese could still taste the difference. Because the fish did not move for days, they lost their fresh-fish taste. The Japanese preferred the lively taste of fresh fish, not sluggish fish.

So how did Japanese fishing companies solve this problem? How do they get fresh-tasting fish to Japan? If you were consulting the fish industry, what would you recommend?

Too Much Money
As soon as you reach your goals, such as finding a wonderful mate, starting a successful company, paying off your debts or whatever, you might lose your passion. You don't need to work so hard so you relax. You experience the same problem as lottery winners who waste their money, wealthy heirs who never grow up and bored homemakers who get addicted to prescription drugs. Like the Japanese fish problem, the best solution is simple. It was observed by L. Ron Hubbard in the early 1950's. "Man thrives, oddly enough, only in the presence of a challenging environment."- L. Ron Hubbard

The Benefits of a Challenge
The more intelligent, persistent and competent you are, the more you enjoy a good problem. If your challenges are the correct size, and if you are steadily conquering those challenges, you are happy. You think of your challenges and get energized. You are excited to try new solutions. You have fun. You are alive!

How Japanese Fish Stay Fresh
To keep the fish tasting fresh, the Japanese fishing companies still put the fish in the tanks. But now they add a small shark to each tank. The shark eats a few fish, but most of the fish arrive in a very lively state. The fish are challenged.

Recommendations
Instead of avoiding challenges, jump into them. Beat the heck out of them. Enjoy the game. If your challenges are too large or too numerous, do not give up. Failing makes you tired. Instead, reorganize. Find more determination, more knowledge, more help. If you have met your goals, set some bigger goals. Once you meet your personal or family needs, move onto goals for your group, the society, even mankind. Don't create success and lie in it. You have resources, skills and abilities to make a difference.

Put a shark in your tank and see how far you can really go!
Am I irritable or irritated?
At work, I have been feeling this for a long time now. Empty vessels not only make more noise, but also make people around irritated.

Thursday, June 12, 2003

Oracle's bid for Peoplesoft
I liked the way Peoplesoft's CEO responded to Oracle's hostile bid - "atrociously bad behaviour from a company with a history of atrociously bad behaviour”. Yuch!
Self-destructing Movies
Will Sony's new technology - Digital Rights Management - help movie industry in its current fight against VCDs and DVDs? Highly unlikely in India at least, I believe
Speed...Speed...Speed...
McAfee's Internet Connection Speedometer - As a victim of erratic Internet speeds so typical of Indian ISPs, at last I have a tool in my hand to speak rationally about the speed that my ISP offers; Check out McAfee's promo site - It has some really nice & cool tools. Btw, my connection is amazingly at 60Kbps - not bad for a home connection, I suppose! Mogambo kush hua :-))

Wednesday, June 11, 2003

Utterly Butterly Delicious
Amul's hoardings have always fascinated me. It never ceases to attract the attention of the passersby. I, for the one, always used to turn my head to see the Amul hoarding that used to be there near Johnson's Market in Bangalore. I don't know why Amul decided to remove it from there. But anyway, for fans like me Amul has a site dedicated for these hits. As usual, its "Utterly and Butterly" delicious :-)
Was it God himself ?
I was pretty disturbed by some incident that had happened in the workplace the other day. Came home sullen and switched on the T.V. Rahul Dravid, in his usual "as-cool-as-a-cucumber" style (sorry for the cliché :-( I just couldn't avoid it) was telling this to the interviewer - "If you make the bowler angry, half your job is done"; Oh! What a profound statement it was, for the situation that I was in! It was as if God himself had come down to give me this advice :-)