Geeks, Golf and Differential Equations

Summer is the season for many things. Like tomatoes, or mosquitoes. It is also the season for Golf. In recent weeks, R has been disappearing frequently on weekday evenings and weekends. I am, as you can imagine, very pleased. I politely refuse all invitations to go along and happily potter around in the garden. But…

On “routine” frisking and unapologetic apologies

I am glad Continental Airlines has finally apologized for frisking former President APJ Abdul Kalam. I was quite shocked at the airlines’ earlier statement, where they had stood by their decision to frisk, citing that it was standard TSA requirement. The frisking might have been a mistake, but standing by it only made things worse…

Why I will never buy a Kindle

I like the idea of e-books, and I have even read a few. Of course, I have read all my e-books on my laptop, and mostly they have been downloaded from Project Gutenberg, which, I may add, is a fabulous site. The prospect of having to carry a separate book-reading device seems like an additional…

Walter Cronkite and the news cycle

As the eulogies for Walter Cronkite start to pour in, one quote of his that someone mentioned has stayed with me. Apparently, he said “News should not be about what people want to know, but what people need to know”. Very true, and you can see from that thought that he belonged to a different…

Why Grand Slams should never have a 5th set tie break

I just finished watching Roger Federer defeat Andy Roddick. Definitely one of the greatest tennis matches ever played, at very many levels. I thought Andy played better for most of the match, and until the last game, he was the only one to have held his serve every time. But if anything, I am very…