Monday, May 02, 2016

Visiting Sandy

My neighbour Sandy Burke is trying out an old people's home. She is 92-93, quite alert and seems to be in good health. But she is almost blind and deaf, so it is difficult to watch TV. Audi books help a bit. She says that there is no activity in the place. But there was less when she was home. At least now, she meets a number of people at meals times and there are common rooms etc. being with or near the children might have helped but this is a somewhat independent culture. I wonder whether we will face similar problems if we live too long.

The Questionaire interviews Mike Davis

The Questionaire: Mike Davis
 One of the questions and the answer:
Does age matter? 
Are you kidding? All this suffering just to acquire wisdom that is totally out of date – unfair!
The Power of Holding Hands
it was common in my childhood even for boys to hold hands. Then in 1965 ( I was 24 at that time andatarted my research in mathematics an year before), in TIFR during a party to Harisch Chandra, I was holding the hand of a friend. Komaravolu Chandrsekharan , our director, made a sarcastic remark and that more or less put an end to it. Now, sometimes, I put my hand on the shoulders of friends.

Sunday, May 01, 2016

A couple of nice stories

Not diamond or gold, bride in MP wants 10,000 saplings as wedding gift
Meet Chandra: Small farmer. big heart, miracle moped I have known women like that, some worked when husbands were alive but struggling. A relative used to bring sarees from Chennai, go around the villages on a moped to sell them. The children have IT degrees now. Another struggled with two children and 100 rupees a month salary, the son became anengineer and daughter married a contractor. Strangely, in some similar cases I know, the children wanted lavish weddings.

Friday, April 29, 2016

A few more links

My laptap is not charging. I mainly use this blog for links and future reference. But links disappear and it is easier track if there is a passage from the article together with the link. Until things improve, which may take a couple of months, I have to with perfunctory posts.
The Guardian on Jane Jacobs and Robert Moses
Rahila Gupta on Syrian Kurds and women's role
Less is more: What does mindfulness mean in economics? by Dan Nixon
The mirage of a return to manufacturing greatness
Japanese government weighs shopping vouchers, promotions to boost spending
Why are we all eating too much?Two on Wikipedia, One recent and an old one from Aaron Swartz
Why digital money has not killed cash?

Two lectures by David Allis

Long read on Srinivasan Ramanujan

Monday, April 25, 2016

Long read about medicine
"Literature about medicine may be all that can save us."

Literature about medicine may be all that can save us’

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Old age

Getting older and older. But parts of the brain still seem to be working in relation to mathematics. Once I started again, it has become difficult to stop.

Songs of Yore writes about Kanan Devi

The Swar Kokila Kanan Devi
Richard Singer has several posts on Kanan Devi

From a review of a recent book of Dan Ariely

"The experiment that crops up again and again through the book is a task to find numbers in a series of matrices. People then shred the answers before collecting payment based on how many the completed. Most people cheat a little, possibly because they can rationalise that they could have solved more, or had almost completed the next one. Few cheat to the maximum, even when it is clear they have the opportunity to do so......
One of the more interesting parts of the book concerned how increasing the degrees of separation from the monetary outcome increases cheating. Having people collect tokens, which could be later exchanged for cash, increased cheating. In that light, a decision to cheat in an area such as financial services, where the ultimate cost is cash but there are many degrees of separation (e.g. manipulating an interest rate benchmark which changes the price I get on a trade which affects my profit and loss which affects the size of my bonus), might not feel like cheating at all.....
As is the case when I read any behavioural science book, the part that leaves me slightly cold is that I’m not sure I can trust some of the results." From