Miss Puerto Rico is the new Miss Universe 2006

Miss Puerto Rico was crowned the new Miss Universe. She beamed as the crown was placed on her head but briefly fainted after a post-pageant news conference. She quickly recovered after being given liquids, said Miss Universe spokeswoman Esther Swan. Rivera, who was wearing a dress made entirely of metal chains, had been standing under hot stage lights for some time when she began to topple over. Someone caught her as she fell. "I always had faith and confidence in myself, but I never knew I was … [Read more...]

Lecturing on Indo-US Nuke Deal and the Reality of Looking the other way on Pakistani Nukes!!!

Here is the familiar cribbing of the Economist about India's Nuke program and the deal with US. Economist, in all the years that I have read it, seems to still harbor a kind of "Raj mentality". Those were the times when the British Government acted like smart asses motivating some enemies or looking the other way while they would beef up while lecturing Indian leaders on the morals of the world!Look at this BS:Nor has India taken on any meaningful new non-proliferation obligations to … [Read more...]

Basic Strategic Follies in Implementing Business Intelligence Projects

Interesting case study on the "Change Management" initiative at John Hopkins. Read carefully the issues that are foremost in the minds of the employees. Reassurance is the main one!About 20 Johns Hopkins IT managers clustered around a Mount Washington conference table recently for one purpose: to learn how to prepare their employees for their user roles and training in the new SAP software system being implemented by HopkinsOne.They angled their faces toward Pam Somers, senior specialist … [Read more...]

Ineffectiveness of too many choices and data!

Are a lot of choices for the consumers always a smart marketing strategy? Apparently yes as the traditionalist American marketing Gurus may have us believe. But research tells us otherwise. Sheena Iyenger, Assoc Prof at Columbia University, did research on the affect of increasing the flavors of jams in a grocery store and its sales figures. Similarly the satisfaction from a choice of the same Godiva chocolate seemed to be more when taken out of a pack of 6 rather than a pack of 30!To explore … [Read more...]

Doctor and the Mechanic!

One fine day, a mechanic was removing the cylinder heads from the motor of a car when he spotted the famous heart surgeon in his shop, who was standing off to the side, waiting for the service manager to come to take a look at his car. The mechanic shouted across the garage," Hello Doctor! Please come over here for a minute." The famous surgeon, a bit surprised, walked over to the mechanic. The mechanic straightened up, wiped his hands on a rag and asked argumentatively, "So doctor, look at … [Read more...]

links for 2006-07-24

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Begging in Bombay: a $42 Million Enterprise

You have seen those beggars - poor and haggard and suffering - in Mumbai? Well the entire city's beggars earn a staggering $42 million a year!!Most of this city-wide (actually country-wide) enterprise is a commercial one. There are organized gangs which take these activities by kidnapping and forcing kids and handicapped into begging! Many people come to Mumbai from other cities come everyday and many are kids so there is a regular "pipeline" of recruits for them. Sad but staggering!! … [Read more...]

Knowledge Bridging and Bose's Suspension System

When I worked at Bose on a project, I was told by the employees there about this product which was an amazing improvement on the current technology! It seems the demos would involve placing a glass of water on the driver's deck and the exercise was to take the car over the road bumps. The results were smashing! Amar Bose is, in any case, a genius!!For nearly 25 years, engineers at Massachusetts-based Bose Corp., a famed maker of stereo speakers and other audio equipment, quietly toyed with … [Read more...]