Saturday, May 23, 2015

What is mathmatics ?

This is a very succinct explanation of what is mathematics - that on the surface, it appears to be about manipulation of numbers, but in reality it is a process of rigorous reasoning about rules and relationships:

-- Stephen Hawking, God Created the Integers

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Transfinite logic puzzle

I'm sure you guys have seen this famous puzzle:

Well here is a transfinite version of the problem. Enjoy !

Friday, May 08, 2015

If you think we're in a startup bubble right now

This is what was going on in the 19th century


number 17 is particularly interesting and reminds me of this brilliant idea:

 - Dilbert by Scott Adams

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Are bureaucrats vedic ?

The Bhagvad Gita tells us that : "You have the right to work, but never to the fruit of work. You should never engage in action for the sake of reward, nor should you long for inaction." while Thomas Sowell reminds us that: "You will never understand bureaucracies until you understand that for bureaucrats procedure is everything and outcomes are nothing." 

Doesn't this mean that bureaucrats have truly grasped the meaning of karma ?

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Why the hell not ??

-Even With Free Money, Merkel Still Reluctant to Spend-- (Bloomberg) -- In Germany there's no such thing as guilt-free borrowing. Even when it's the lenders who pay the borrower. "In German, debt is the same word as guilt," former Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti said in an interview. The word is "Schuld." Monti is among the critics who say Chancellor Angela Merkel's unwillingness to pull out the credit card is holding back the euro-area economy and making it harder to overcome the financial-crisis aftermath. By sitting on the fiscal sidelines even with a budget surplus, Berlin has put virtually the entire response to the threat of deflation on the European Central Bank. The latest reason to raise eyebrows at the intransigence is that Germany now pays just 0.2 percent to borrow for a decade. It would charge its lenders -- through negative interest rates - - to get cash for as long as five years. "It's almost pathological," said Simon Tilford, deputy director of the Centre for European Reform in London. "You're talking about an economy where the fiscal situation is robust, inflation is exceptionally low, the capital stock has been eroded for many years and where the government can borrow at close to zero and still it refuses to spend." 

It's *FREE* money !! What is wrong with you Angela ...

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Fwd: Pac-man on google maps ?

>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------

>> From: firdaus.janoos <>

You might need to download more RAM to play this game though unless you want to play it underwater

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Cracking the lottery system

An old article in Wired on beating the lottery system. 

I wonder if this source of "alpha" still exists or has been arbitraged away / fixed.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Re: Marijuana and Marriage

yeah --- this was good !

On Thu, Mar 19, 2015 at 9:59 AM, Qualiserve Janoos <> wrote:
I think this one is worth a laugh, even if it does come from Dr.BRP 

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Bharat Parikh
> > From a Baptist Minister, Missionary no less..
> >
> > For those who haven't heard, Washington State recently passed two  laws. They legalized gay marriage and legalized marijuana.
> >
> > The fact that gay marriage and marijuana were legalized on the same  day makes perfect Biblical sense.
> >
> > Leviticus 20:13 says:  "If a man lies with another man they should be stoned."
> > Apparently we just hadn't interpreted it correctly before!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Re: A great book - must read

LOL! Outstanding. This made my day. And I love all the other products
also viewed:

Simply awesome... The best reading I've done in a long time.

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> If not the book, you have got to read the reviews.
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Fwd: A great book - must read

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Why are we fat ?

A nice article in Wired giving a round up on some of the latest research regarding the role of dietary fat vs. carbohydrates in obesity 

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Fwd: Interesting but useless perhaps...

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: firdaus.janoos <>

On <somedate> at 12:06 AM, <somebody> wrote:
Sherlock Holmes in Study in Scarlet states that he does not bother to
collect information that has no practical relevance. So he does not
want to know the height of tallest mountain or distance of the moon,
although this information may be useful to astronauts of today - and
to aspiring winners of KBC. Obviously Sherlock Holmes will never
become a rich man on KBC :)

Unless he participates in a KBC devoted solely to the British rail timetable (which many have remarked as an almost impossible feat for his day and age - given the chaos in the rail system then) - or tobacco.

Also - it's generally a good rule of thumb - that if you don't know the etymology of a word - say "it comes from old English or middle French or just French". Like in the cases below.

[6] NEWS refers to information from Four directions N, E, W, and S.

BULLSHIT comes from <insert your favourite bullshit expansion here>

[8] QUEUE comes from 'Queen's Quest'. Long back a long row of people
as waiting to see the Queen. Someone made the comment Queen's Quest...

comes from French cue meaning tail.

[9] JOURNAL is a diary that tells about 'Journey for a day' during
each Day's business.

this time french  - for daily

[10] TIPS come from 'To Insure Prompt Service'. In olden days to get
Prompt service from servants in an inn, travelers used to drop coins
in a Box on which was written 'To Insure Prompt Service'. This gave
rise to the custom of Tips.

reminds me of the etymology of fuck : "fornicate under consent of king" - again from the olden days when there were kings whose consent was needed for this sort of thing. 

[12] Coca-Cola was originally green.
the more veracious claim is that "Coca cola originally contained cocaine".

[13] The most common name in the world is Mohammed...

you surely mean "mammad"


[15] The strongest muscle in the body is the TONGUE.

how many kilos can you lift with your tongue ?

[16] TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters
only on one row of the keyboard.

if by the superlative form of the adjective "long" you mean as long as a dozen such words ? more interestingly- they all max out at 10.

[17] Women BLINK nearly twice as much as men!!

Men FLICK their ears twice as much as women. So hah - we're even ! 

[20] Wearing HEADPHONES for just an hour will increase the bacteria in
your ear by 700 times.
wearing a topi will increase the bacteria in your brain by 1203 times. exactly.

[21] It is physically impossible for PIGS to look up into the sky.

Maybe true - but again they can fly - so why bother looking up ?

[22] The "sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick" is said to be the
toughest tongue twister in the English language.

I found "the toughest tongue twister" to be pretty goddamn tough ... maybe even the toughest tongue twister

[23] Each KING in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history.
Spades - King David               Clubs - Alexander the Great,
     Hearts - Charlemagne
Diamonds - Julius Caesar.

Again - the dictum as mentioned applied earlier - if you don't know where something came from - blame the French. This time the  regime ancien
[24] What do bullet proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and
laser printers all have in common?    [Ans. - All invented by women].

What do all "did you know?" lists have in common ? [Ans. - All created by and forwarded by morons]
[25] A CROCODILE cannot stick its tongue out.

Did you not hear of the case of the deer who went up to a crocodile crying. When the deer was close enough the crocodile winked, stuck out its tongue -  and then proceeded to gobble up the  deer. Moral of the story : beware of those who shed crocodile tears.

[26] A SNAIL can sleep for three years.

Boy - would they need some pretty strong mouthwash !

[27] All POLAR BEARS are left handed.

This is a common misconception. This is only when they are batting or serving (tennis). They write with their right hands.

[28] BUTTERFLIES taste with their feet.

and wear their shoes on their mouths.

[29] ELEPHANTS are the only animals that can't jump.

neither can white men ( )

[30] In the last 4000 years, no new ANIMALS have been domesticated.

What about the snail that I domesticated just 3 years ? see how cutely he's been sleeping ..

[31] STEWARDESSES is the longest word typed with only the left hand.

Doesn't this depend on who's doing the typing?

[33] RATS multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have
over million descendants.

and by RATS he means INDIANS

Friday, July 11, 2014

"do you believe in the soul?"
"then where does it exist?"
"the soul is not a noun it is a verb"

Thursday, February 27, 2014

The parrot did it.

On 26 Feb 2014 23:04, "Qualiserve Janoos" wrote:
> AGRA: In a case that seems straight out of an Agatha Christie potboiler, a parrot turned detective and helped nab its mistress' killer.
> The question of who murdered Neelam Sharma, 45, and her pet dog, had been baffling the city police for almost a week till they got a clue provided by Hercule, the parrot.
> Neelam, wife of Vijay Sharma, the editor of a Hindi daily, was found murdered at her residence on February 20. Her husband noticed a change in the behaviour of the parrot whenever his nephew Ashutosh visited their house after the murder.
> "During discussions too, whenever Ashutosh's name was mentioned, the parrot would start screeching. This raised my suspicion and I informed the police," said Sharma.
> SSP Agra, Shalabh Mathur, told TOI that Ashutosh confessed to the crime on being interrogated.
> "We checked his call details and took him in custody. He accepted his crime and informed us that he was accompanied by an accomplice. They had entered the house with the intention of taking away cash and other valuables."
> Afraid that his aunt might recognize him, he stabbed her as well as the dog when he started barking. But he hadn't accounted for the parrot who was watching silently.

Quite credible - given its India.

And moreover, I'm quite sure that a parrot's testimony would be valid evidence in the monkey-courts that is the Indian judicial system.