Archive for May 5th, 2007

What kept US on top of economic food chain for so long

May 5, 2007

…we must reemphasize the things that have kept us on top of the economic food chain for so long: technology, innovation, entrepreneurship, adaptability and the like. That means more science and engineering, more spending on R&D, keeping our capital markets big and vibrant, and not letting ourselves get locked into “sunset” industries.

Alan Binder, as quoted here.

Software and linguistics

May 5, 2007

I saw this language log post too; but, did not think deeply enough to write such a detailed analysis of the problem–well, I guess that is one of the things that separates masters from novices. Any case, once I saw the post, I was reminded of this recent book about software management, which, as I noted elsewhere,

traces some of the problems involved in developing a software to language and terminology.

Finally, be it software or technology, if the developer is also the user, then most of these difficulties can be ironed out: take a look at this post of mine, for example.

Spiritual poetry

May 5, 2007

Pradeep Sebastian discovers the poet (the poems, he did long ago) Ryokan, whose poetry, according to him is the most remarkable spiritual poetry he had read in several years:

The poems that repeatedly draw me to One Robe, One Bowl are the poems that speak of Ryokan’s joy in forgetting himself and being enlightened by all things around him. “My bowl is fragrant from the rice of a thousand homes; My heart has renounced the sovereignty of riches and worldly fame. Quietly cherishing the memory of ancient Buddhas, I walk to the village for another day of begging.” Hundreds of years since they were first written, Ryokan’s poems still feel immediate, speaking to us in the gentlest of voices of the radiant beauty of knowing simplicity, emptiness and joy along the Way.

Sebastian quotes several poems from the book, and I am getting this irresistible urge to go buy myself a copy; take a look at the article–you would be tempted too.

Some jazz music recommendations

May 5, 2007

Clifford at Asymptotia has some jazz music recommendations:

If you have not heard of Lee Morgan, please stop what you are doing right now and go out to the store and buy some of his work. This is an emergency! If you want to be totally blown away by the most audacious, powerful and raw trumpet playing you’ll probably ever hear, get (for example) John Coltrane’s 1957 album Blue Trane. Don’t focus on Coltrane for a change (who is of course transcendent)… Listen to Morgan, and remind yourself as you encounter the intense heat and urgency of his trumpet playing on one of the greatest jazz trumpet solos ever recorded (the title track) that this is a 19 year old you’re listening to, who’d only been playing the trumpet for five years, and that he was already rapidly getting well established as a player.

Clifford’s playing was sweeter in tone, but no less brilliant, and if you have not ever heard or heard of Clifford Brown please don’t tell me as (at least in the blissfully reflective mood I’m in now) I’d be likely to burst into tears at the thought of what you’ve missed. So just go out and get some. The two “Study in Brown” albums are wonderful. If you’re not a fan of the hard stuff (but do please listen to “Joyspring”), you can also hear Clifford Brown playing wonderful solos on songs sung by the wonderful Sarah Vaughn. They complemented each other fantastically. Get the wonderful “Sarah Vaughn with Clifford Brown” album from 1954.

Have fun!