Friday, October 30, 2009

$2400 in 24 Hours, Please Donate!

I am delighted to be conducting a fundraising drive for $2400 within 24 hours starting now (Friday, October 30, 2009, 7pm PDT). The funds are for the Asha For Education, a non-profit voluntary organization dedicated towards increasing literacy among children in India.

Please go here to donate online through a secure web site.

Some facts about Asha for Education that appeal to me:

Asha for Education is entirely volunteer-driven (no paid office-bearers), sponsors a variety of projects all aimed at bringing change to the underprivileged children of India through education. These projects are as diverse in scope (from non-formal education in rural areas to formal schools in violence-troubled areas, from state-wide quality-improvement projects to the adoption of small schools that educate children of farm laborers).

Asha for Education has received the highest-possible 4-star rating from, buoyed by the fact that 98.3% of funds raised go to the projects.

Asha for Education chooses the projects on a completely secular basis, regularly follows up with the projects, and has a rigorous and transparent process (including accounting -- see web page) for funding.

I am hoping that my circle of friends, family, and other acquaintances will spend a few moments reading about this wonderful organization and generously contribute (any amount, please consider a minimum of $25).

I am privileged to be part of the Team Asha Marathon training program, who, through their excellent endurance training program that has trained over 1,000 marathoners, helped me through the summer and fall of this year, culminating last week in the Silicon Valley marathon event, where I completed my first marathon run.

If you have any questions, please send me an email, or comment on the blog article.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Fundamentally unsound

Reading submissions for a conference that I shall not name, I was hit by several inane, content-free sentences that bloat the importance of the papers using incomprehensible jargon... and it struck me, PGW had said it best:
I had got as far as this in thinking the thing out when that `Types of Ethical Theory' caught my eye. I opened it, and I give you my honest word this was what hit me:
Of the two antithetic terms in the Greek philosophy one only was real and self-subsisting; and that one was Ideal Thought as opposed to that which it has to penetrate and mould. The other, corresponding to our Nature, was in itself phenomenal, unreal, without any permanent footing, having no predicates that held true for two moments together; in short, redeemed from negation only by including indwelling realities appearing through.
Well --- I mean to say --- what? And Nietzsche, from all accounts, a lot worse than that!

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Q: Can you make "air quotes" while talking on your mobile phone?

A: Yes, if you use a bluetooth headset.

I am not making this up -- I actually saw a woman do it at a traffic signal!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Dominant Strategy?

STOC Registration fee for non-members of SIGACT is $100 more than the registration fee for SIGACT members. SIGACT membership is only $18. What gives?