One is from the Hindu about an archive of music collected by Jane Austen and family being available online. The other is from Sriram (in the Hindu again) about some of the songs tuned by Ariyakudi other than Tiruppavai — a must-read, in my opinion if you are interested in Carnatic.
The focus in government should be primarily on collective performance as measured by independent audits, the reports of which are made transparent. There should be penalties for collective under- performance (such as delayed promotions and even compulsory retirement). Financial rewards for good performance should be for a team as a whole and the amounts should be quite modest. Anything else will create havoc in government.
Computational science: even though the piece is about doing computational physics, I believe that it is true for any computational field — be it computational fluid dynamics or computational materials science. A nice piece! Here is the take home from the article:
In fact, I think that in the past scientists that focused on computational techniques had a difficult battle. Other scientists claimed that they weren’t really doing “science,” they were just computer programmers. It took some time to legitimize these computational techniques. But now we are in a place where every field uses numerical calculations in some way. No one thinks they are silly. Along with that, I make the claim that we should all be including numerical calculations in our introductory classes—the tools are very accessible now and there are no more excuses to keep it out of the curriculum. Keeping coding out of a physics class would be like saying “we aren’t going to do any problems that involve fractions.” Yes, I really think that.
Modi pays the price for being articulate. Everybody expects him to respond to every event and whenever he responds it is ‘too little, too late’. I feel the hype on intolerance created by politicians, some intellectuals and the visual media frenzy is not good for the country to reach the goals of development. It will project a poor image of India and can affect investments.
The BJP urgently needs to find practical politicians and technocrats to induct into the cabinet. They must organize training classes for legislators and ministers on how to behave with the public and political opposition. It must severely discipline those who stray from the core message of development. There must be a clear understanding with the RSS on how not to embarrass the government. Many present ministers have no idea on how to run their portfolios. They must be shifted or sacked (the minister of culture cost the party heavily). Key portfolios – finance, agriculture, human resources, science and technology, rural development and health – demand expertise, not rhetoric. The prime minister and others must quickly condemn attempts to silence dissenters instead of remaining content with delayed, mealy-mouthed statements.
A laugh-out-loud funny novel with a brisk pace (and takes place in and around Adayar, Pallikaranai and IIT campus to boot). Enjoyed reading.
A very intense and riveting read. Strongly recommended. Here is from NPR review of Maureen Corrigan:
To read her memoir, H Is for Hawk, is to feel as though Emily Bronte just turned up at your door, trailing all the windy, feral outdoors into your living room.