Friday, March 31, 2006
'The whole idea of the childfree lifestyle is beginning to be recognised by the media,' says Dr Hakim. 'Private feelings are being legitimised and people are beginning to feel that they are not being deviant in some way.
More and more people are questioning whether children are for them
'Very consciously people are more confident in saying they have a different lifestyle.'"
Monday, March 27, 2006
great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what
you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle.
- Steve Jobs
Saturday, March 25, 2006
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Tiredly, the first asks: “Hey, how’s it going?”
Confidently (but also tiredly), the other responds: “Oh, man, I’m so hosed. I just pulled two all-nighters and still haven’t started my third pset that’s due tomorrow.”
Faux-sympathetic acknowledgment: “Yeah … I just finished my fourth pset of the week and have to stay up all tonight to start and finish a stupid HASS paper.”
Evoking the triviality of his opponent’s assignments, the other continues, “I’d rather take a HASS test than read a hundred pages on something completely irrelevant to anything.”
Check: “The paper’s not as bad as the programming project I’ve got due at the end of the week. My group hasn’t even met yet.”
Suddenly, out of nowhere: “Oh, and I just added a UROP, so I’m now at 72 units.”
The victor’s sub sandwich is up, he grabs it and swaggers off to the caffeinated drinks before gloating smugly at his inferior from the checkout line.
As a system of attracting potential mates, or dates, this process presents some obstacles. Why is mating at MIT so difficult?
Third: Winners of this competition are rarely the best to date. I’ve heard of a guy who’s girlfriend dumped him because he spent more time with his robot than her. Doesn’t sound too ridiculous, does it?
Saturday, March 18, 2006
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Anoopa has shown me the way that I would like to be remembered and the effect on my friends I would like to have.
To live life deeply and reflect often. To share my thoughts about life and lessons I think I may be learning with others and encourage them to share their insights with me. To share books and poems that make you think. To rise above the nitty gritty day to day and attempt to learn something bigger or deeper and then to live in line with those. I guess I always wondered if all those conversations we had in undergrad ever amounted to anything real being learned or just to more questions and discussion and time pondering. I've learned from Anoopa that they were indeed the most valuable conversations I've had and the amazing impact she had having the same type of conversations with so many others either in person or in writing.
It seems to me that each friend I have brings out certain qualities/characteristics in me (and
me in them) and it's like the beginning is this phase where you're
still settling on what kinds of conversations and what sides of the
two people will come out and its usually just an unconscious process I
think. It's like each person is a prism refracting out certain colors
of a rainbow. Usually it's so dependent on the initial circumstances
when you meet or where the common ground is perhaps. While I
definitely always appreciate being silly and chatting about day to day
stuff, it's neat when you can sort of dig below that because there are
always so many thoughts that flash by in any given moment about life
in general, you know, yet we select out certain ones to express to
certain people. I guess I'm thinking about it more too because grad
school is so specializing as it should be to really become
knowledgeable about a particular area, but I don't want to lose
thinking about the other aspects of life in a bigger sense or more
personal sense I guess. Modern life is so busy, it seems that I never
have time to really reflect like this on life until late at night...
Saturday, March 11, 2006
I found some great photos on Flickr of the Stata Center at MIT. If only I had time to take my camera around.
On Fri. I ran into Rudy at HBS from our Sun Dance Genetics team. Also ran into my freshman year roommate from Duke (Scott Orleck) at the Duke vs. UNC game last weekend, as well as Therese!
It's been beautiful weather here recently so I've been trying to squeeze in some time walking around outside. It's been tough though with problem sets and midterms coming up! Only a couple more weeks until spring break though . . . can't wait.
The group's goal:
We are trying to raise money to get Josh equipment that will help with his short term goal of driving. Our first goal is a TILITE Wheelchair. However, there are many long term goals such as the potential, yet expensive, stem cell surgery, and many other adaptive technologies that would help make life easier!
If you knew Josh, please do contribute.
Also, this is the one year anniversary of Anoopa's accident and passing. Anoopa's family has set up the Anoopa Sharma Children's Foundation (ASCF). The Fund will provide support for a school in North India which Dennis and Anoopa visited together in the summer of 2004. The school is the girls’ high school in a small village called Atrauli, which is where her father was born. The Fund still needs to raise more money to complete this project.
Friday, March 3, 2006
Thursday, March 2, 2006
SSRN-Entrepreneurs from Technology-Based Universities by David Hsu, Edward Roberts, Charles Eesley: