Sunday, March 22, 2009


  1. Pallavi Singh: Arjun Singh's Report Card.

  2. No Bitterness Rule: Ponderer on the advisability of going to grad school:

    the bottom line is - if you have the tendency to see the world as a dark place full of internal politics, if you are bitter about other people making more money than you, if you are unable to admit to yourself that some people may be more talented or more hardworking and are capable of producing excellent work, and should not be hated for it - then maybe grad school is not for you. As it will only make you more bitter and paranoid.

    On the other hand, you should know the basic facts of grad school experience: most experiments do NOT produce useful results, but that shouldn't stop you from trying. You are not guaranteed an academic job after your PhD - or any job in specific geographic area or any specific type of the job. You will be making minimum wage-like salaries for ~5-7 years, and even though postdocs get paid more, it is not much more. But for this time you will have the company of like-minded people who are extremely smart, you will learn a lot, and since you live only once, grad school will certainly provide a unique experience that will shape your outlook on life.

  3. Veena: Encounter with a TV license inspector (in London).

  4. Raj at Plus Ultra: Conversations with Daughter - 29.

  5. Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal: Actually, it doesn't do anything. It's just bigger.