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January 5, 2006

Interesting Study on "Personality"

Very interesting, though kinda intimidating

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March 22, 2005

We are all Related

"Everyone in the Indian community is feeling really bad right now, whether they're a member of the Red Lake or not, we're all an extended family, we're all related. ... "

Clyde Bellecourt, founder of the Minneapolis-based American Indian Movement, commented on the 10-dead shooting at Red Lake High School of Native American Tribe.

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January 17, 2005

How long did they work every day?

Dr. Hu Shi, the former president of (National) Peking University, got up at seven every day, but stayed up to two for reading and writing.

Napoleon I, 1769-1821 emporor of the French, usually slept six hours per day in his whole life.

The first explanation for the small number of women in high-level positions in science and engineering is the reluctance or inability of women who have children to work 80-hour weeks.

-- Lawrence H. Summers, Harvard president said at a national conference
-- By Marcella Bombardieri, accessed from The Boston Global, January 17, 2005

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January 8, 2005

Even Bill Gates has computer problems

2005 Coumser Electronic Show, Las Vegas

Bill Gates, chairman of the Microsoft, was wounded several times on Wednesday night during what has become his annual Consumer Electronics Show pre-opening keynote address. In a strange, television talk show-format performance with Conan O'Brien, the host of NBC's late-night show, Gates watched helplessly as one technology demonstration after another failed to work properly during his keynote.

The PC is where it all comes together, Gates said of the digital living room. But it quickly became apparent that the PC is also where it can all come apart.

Attempting to demonstrate how easy it will be to share digital photos across home networks and the Internet, Gates repeatedly poked buttons on the remote control of a Windows XP Media Center Edition PC without success. He watched mirthlessly as Microsoft product managers tap-danced through product demos that didn't work as expected. Informed that the photo-sharing demonstration had been fixed, he and O'Brien tried it again. Oops, it still didn't work. (The third time was the charm.)

Things got so bad that a presenter from SBC, showing off a new service for delivering TV shows and movies over broadband Internet connections, cracked that at least her company's demo had gone without a hitch.

As a finale, Gates & Co. somehow coaxed a rare Blue Screen of Death error message from a Microsoft Xbox game console.

If one of the world's richest and most technically astute people can't get this stuff to work, even with a year's preparation and the support of the entire Microsoft corporation, what hope is there for the rest of us?

-- Peter Lewis
-- The Battle for the Digital Living Room
--,15114,1015355,00.html, accessed on Jan. 08, 2005

Low - Even Gates has computer problems.
During a demonstration on how easy it will be to share digital photos across home networks and the Internet, the system froze. In a bid to save face Microsoft product managers tried product demos which also gave problems. After being informed the photo-sharing demonstration had been fixed, he and host Conan O'Brien tried it again still no luck -- third time did the trick.

-- Microsoft CES 2005 highs and lows
--, accessed on Jan. 08, 2005

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Knack of Geographers

Geographers have a wonderful knack of making simplest ideas sound complicated. Kriging is nothing more than linear interpolation through space.

Comment by Sun: It is probably true about the author's feeling to geographers in consdieration of the KISS principle, i.e., Keep It Simple Statistician or Keep It Stupidly Simple. However, it is definitely wrong to cite Kriging as an example. It is a French Geologist and a South African mining engineer who invented this interpolation method and Kriging is named after the engineer.

-- Michael J. Crawley, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, UK
-- < < Statistical Computing - An Introduction to Data Analysis using S-Plus > >
-- John Wiley & Sons, Ltd

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January 6, 2005

Do All Activities that You Should Do

You need to start doing all the things that you would be doing.
-- Publishing is the number one priority.
-- Teaching doesn't hurt, but won't get you interview either.
-- Keep working in closely related fields consistently.
-- Build a good relationship with your advisor and committee.
-- Essentially four things, publishing, conferences, networking, and teaching.

--- Excerpted and Compiled from "Chronile of Higher Education Forum"

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Who is the enemy of human beings?

U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, in Indonesia for an emergency international aid summit on Thursday, flew over the worst scenes of devastation and said it was more horrifying than wars he had witnessed during decades as a soldier.

"I have been in war and I have been through a number of hurricanes, tornados and other relief operations, but I have never seen anything like this," said America's former top soldier.

-- Tsuanmi Disaster in Eastsouth Asia
-- Jan 6, 2005

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Built-in Slave Complex

I have had to adjust to many things, but one of the most difficult to overcome is what I've come to call my built-in slave complex. In the Soviet Union, you see, there is no need for the average citizen to make decisions because everything is regulated: where one works, where one lives, and what one does. There is no unemployment, and everyone has a job, even if the pay might be next to nothing. In a democratic society, however, there is a nutural and dynamic competitiveness. In a free-market system each person has to take care of himself, plan his own future, and find his own job. That's independence. In America there are no common proscriptions or directives about how to behave or where to work or how to live.

Even the relationships between people are different here from those in the Soviet Union. In America most people appear to be outspoken and self-confident whether they are at work or at play. It is relatively rare to meet an American who suffers from an inferiority complex or who keeps all emotions inside. Yet I discovered that I had exactly those complexes, undoubtedly as a result of growing up in the Soviet Union. I'll even go so far as to suggest that most of the Soviet people have those same complexes. Early on during my life in the United States I recognized that I would have to wait to be told what to do. I knew that only I could overcome it and become an indepedent, self-confident, self-reliant individual. It has been a long and difficult uphill battle for me. (p217, 218)

-- "On the wrong side -- My Life in the KGB"
-- Stanlislav Levchenko
-- 1988, Pergamon-Brassey's International Defence Publishing, Inc

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January 4, 2005


There is an American acronym that is recognized by world intelligence services as the measure of a person's vulnerability, ... :MICE. It stands for Money, Ideology, Compromise, and Ego. (p 106)

-- A KGB spy story << On the wrong side>>
-- By Stanislav Levchenko

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January 3, 2005

Regional Studies of Social Science

Those shortcomings, mainly the utter failure of the American academy to train adequate numbers of people with deep knowledge about the world outside the United States, stem from the decline of regional studies at American universities over the past generation and the social sciences' misguided "colonization" by the statistical emphasis of economics. That trend has led to two decades of "rational choice" political science -- the use of mathematical tools such as game theory to model political behavior, in an effort to "create broad, universally applicable laws of political behavior by generalizing across large numbers of countries. That has led social scientists to overlook important particularities of countries and regions.

-- How academe has failed the nation since 9/11
-- Winter issue of "Saisphere"

Further Reference:
"How Academia Failed the Nation: The Decline of Regional Studies"

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