Bankruptcy Explained

This showed up in my inbox…

Once there was a little island country. The land of this country was the tiny island itself. The total money

Bernanke Continues to Say Nothing

This speech by Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Berna

Trickle Down

In a discussion with a friend, we came up with another reason why letting banks fail would have been a good idea—it would have helped borr

Update: Is the Sky Really Falling?

Warren Buffett’s support for the $700 billion bailout has perplexed me. He has in the

Is the Sky Really Falling?

It was interesting to hear further elaboration by a couple of th

Liquidation Promotes Liquidity

This article on NPR and a similar explanation <a href=”http://ww

Update: FNM, FRE, and AIG Bailed Out?! WTF?!

Naked Capitalism says it extremely well, desc

An Open Letter to Congress

Dear Representatives:You are faced with a decision to expand the powers of the Treasury in unprecedented ways, to bring a critical compone

FNM, FRE, and AIG Bailed Out?! WTF?!

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were Government Sponsored Entities (GSEs) but they were no different from any bank that profits by borrowing mone

Tell a Story About Science

Robert Krulwich, TV and radio science rep

Transcending Conflict

An NPR story described how an otherwise unsuperstitious man advi

Asking Why

While at our outsourcing partner in India, I learned that one of the engineers was synchronizing the tip of one revision control system (CVS

Knowledge Extolled

One Reality

एकं सत विप्रा: बहुदा वदंति— The Rig Veda (Book I, Chapter CLXIV, Verse 46)Translati

The Best Advice Indra Nooyi Ever Got

My father was an absolutely wonderful human being. From him I learned to always assume positive intent. Whatever anybody says o


This is the film that, for me, elevated animation above cartoons into serious art.

Viva YouTube!

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Animated Graffiti

Very cool…

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Choosing Happiness, Part V


In Hindu literature, there is a Sanskrit word, <a href=””

Choosing Happiness, Part IV

SympathyIs it selfish to choose happiness when others are miserable? On the one hand, I think the answer is no. The concl

Choosing Happiness, Part III

Raising Happy ChildrenIf happiness is simply a choice, then it is a disservice for parents to “make” their children happy

Choosing Happiness, Part II

Between Order and ChaosContinuous despair is both undesirable and dangerous, but continuous joy can be boring. Most peopl

Choosing Happiness, Part I

It’s All About PerspectiveAnushka got me thinking

Consumption and Convenience

India is at a stage where everything we are accustomed to in western life is available. However, the large-scale population, the middle of t

PowerPoint Rules

Having seen countless good and bad PowerPoint presentations and produced several of my own, I wanted to publish what I consider the most imp

Understanding an Explanation

In a previous post, I described the joy I derive from crystallizing the model of a sy