Kunal Mukhopadhyay

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Simple plan for life ….rehashed.

In Blogging, Life on May 25, 2010 at 2:13 pm

I liked this recent blog entry by Seth Godin.

My own version of the same …

1. DO something (from a fairly popular movie sometime ago)

2. Work is a four letter word. But it pays the bills too so do it well or you won’t have any!

3. You reap what you sow.

4. Practice what your preach.

5. Walk the talk!

Irony of ages

In Blogging, Sweden, USA on May 24, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Today is Annandag Pingst. The day-after-Pentecost or Whit-Monday. The Netherlands and Germany are closed. (And maybe more countries…but I know these two are for sure).

This is one of few CHRISTIAN holidays that are still a bank holiday in Europe. These include Epiphany, Ascension day, Ash Wednesday and Good Friday among the more common ones.

What I find ironic is that Europe is by far, much more secular than the US. Yet ironically – there are MORE religious holidays in Europe than in the US!?

Irony of ages.

Preventable or not?

In Blogging, Sweden, Technology on May 24, 2010 at 12:01 pm

Last week there was a thunderstorm in the area that took out the electricity for a good couple of hours.

My first thought was – 2010 and they STILL haven’t figured out a way of preventing power loss everytime a storm goes through. And they talk about sending man to Mars…..

I had to pull out all the power cords, telephone lines etc. It was storming pretty bad and lightening struck somewhere within 1km radius (yes I was counting!)

When the power came back on – the internet was Kaput. I was too tired in the evening to bother so I waited till the next morning. And of course – it was still out of order. Called it in. “We’re working on it” was the answer. This was Friday morning. End of Friday. Whole weekend goes by. No internet. It’s Monday afternoon now – still waiting. Have called in again. They are still working on it.

More than 60% of banking in Sweden (I cannot remember if the figure is correct/updated but I remember seeing it somewhere) is done online. It is the age of WEB 2.0. Social networking. E-business. Email.

And it takes freaking FOUR days to fix the internet connection? What is this? The middle-ages? What part of “Hi-speed highway” did the people repsonsible for planning miss out on?

Granted that “natural catastrophe” is unpredictable. But safety measures, back-up plans and prevention tactics is not, is it?

Storms and weather irregularities cannot be prevented. I wonder if STUPIDITY is to be included in that category.

Very annoyed.

The bigger they are, the harder they fall

In Blogging on May 18, 2010 at 6:09 pm

The bigger they are, the harder they fall……http://ow.ly/1MFaN

Personal Genomics Could Change Health Care

In Blogging, Globalization, Technology on May 18, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Several months after deciphering his genetic code last year, Stanford bioengineer Stephen Quake approached a cardiologist colleague. Early analysis of his DNA had flagged a rare genetic variant as potentially linked to heart problems. The variant, in fact, was located in a gene linked to sudden cardiac death in athletes, so physician Euan Ashley suggested Quake visit his office for some follow-up screening. Inspired by that meeting, the scientists spent the next year figuring out how to examine his genome in a way that would be meaningful to both Quake and his doctor. The result–published today in The Lancet–is the most comprehensive clinical analysis of a human genome to date, highlighting both the medical potential of genomics and the hurdles that remain. Scientists are moving their focus from the technical hurdles of sequencing itself to what they say that will be a much more difficult task: analyzing the content of genomes to better understand human disease and the health risks of the individual.

Turku – Stockholm

In Blogging, Flight Log, Travel log on May 13, 2010 at 10:49 am

May 11th

SAAB2000 Turbojet.

Mfr. year 1997.