Category Archives: oddball

We over value patience

Can we call this piece below by Meryl Steep the patience manifesto ?


“I no longer have patience for certain things, not because I’ve become arrogant, but simply because I reached a point in my life where I do not want to waste more time with what displeases me or hurts me. I have no patience for cynicism, excessive criticism and demands of any nature. I lost the will to please those who do not like me, to love those who do not love me and to smile at those who do not want to smile at me. I no longer spend a single minute on those who lie or want to manipulate. I decided not to coexist anymore with pretense, hypocrisy, dishonesty and cheap praise. I do not tolerate selective erudition nor academic arrogance. I do not adjust either to popular gossiping. I hate conflict and comparisons. I believe in a world of opposites and that’s why I avoid people with rigid and inflexible personalities. In friendship I dislike the lack of loyalty and betrayal. I do not get along with those who do not know how to give a compliment or a word of encouragement. Exaggerations bore me and I have difficulty accepting those who do not like animals. And on top of everything I have no patience for anyone who does not deserve my patience.” _ Meryl Streep

A peeve about Linkedin

When I search for a name on Google the linkedin profile does come often as a first option. Which is great. But I hate that when I click on that link, linkedin only shows me a short summary of the profile even when I am logged in to linkedin.
The Googlebot I am sure sees the entire profile of the user in all its’ glory because that information is indexed and retrieved by Google for it to show the right result.

So it is just Linkedin that decides to show a page of partial information to the logged in user making them click an extra button, possibly upgrade them to a premium plan or whatever it is their super smart product managers think is worthy.

It is my peeve as a user of linkedin though and I hope they provide information to me who is a user in the fastest way and in a way that the Googlebot sees.

The ‘S’ in Sports mode

Many cars with automatic gear boxes have an S position. This is commonly referred to as the Sports mode and drivers are told their car would become more well, sporty. In other cars like the Honda it is marketed as a way to help you tow a trailer or to overtake another car quickly.

Sporty probably means to some of you that the car will accelerate faster. That is not true. The top speed or the acceleration of the car is whatever it was in the normal D mode. No laws of physics change by putting the gearbox into S.

What happens actually is that the rpm at which the engine operates is bumped up (usually by 1000 rpm). What this does is:

a) the car delivers greater torque
Movements become jerkier, epecially at lower gears. And since more power is delivered in a short period of time, you feel it is *sporty*.

b) consumes more fuel

If you didn’t use S and instead stuck to D for everything:

a) The top speed at which the car can operate does not change and you can achieve that by continuing to accelerate anyway

b) You can still achieve the jerky acceleration of S mode by just pressing the acceleration pedal harder, more earnestly.

That’s all.

Colonialism, 2014

The other day I was at the embassy area when the auto passed near the very long queues outside the US embassy. Intelligent, smart and well-to-do people (their clothes told me so) were sitting on the pavement. I don’t know why they were all waiting there instead of the nearby market. I mean it is not like the guards would call out their names across the street. Perhaps the importance that visa application or green card approval carries in their life plans made them sit there, uncomplaining in the heat of Delhi. Vendors make a good business out of selling them snacks and water.

I was looking at the crowd as we passed by them in the auto rickshaw when the driver said: ‘angrez log ab bhi raaj kar rahe hain’.

The Car UI

The cars of olden days were all born with manual gear change. The Ambassador as I remember also had a pedal to the right that dimmed the headlights. The dipper, you know.

The four foot pedals were ABCD, that is:

In that order. Makes it easy to remember no?

I wonder if the current cars have any such smarts and simplicity…

Talking / Trusting

Today on a ride back from the beach on the auto I had to stop at an ATM because money was short. I asked the auto guy to find an ATM and he stopped at one enroute.

It was dark when we started so I’m pretty sure neither of us recognized each other enough to spot in the crowd. I got down, walked to the ATM and wondered how I would find him if I did lose him in the crowd. Never mind that for now because it deserves another post (it is an auth and identification problem similar to a browser handshaking a banks’ server).

I walked in the (right) auto and didn’t say a word and got dropped at the hotel. I loved that. Yes, the part where I didn’t have to say a word. You can sure go ahead with how-unsocial-I-must-be sort of jokes but here is why I liked it: the unspoken trust between two individuals is priceless.

A gazillion wasteful processes exist in our world to compensate for the lack of trust between people. Bus conductors, preventive litigators, currency notes, airplane boarding passes, gates, window grills.
All that is a bloody waste and it exists because people can’t trust each other.

Fluid motion

@: fluid-motion
Vehicles in different fluids behave differently when it comes to comfort of the passengers in them. The size of the vehicle and the position in which you are seated has an impact on your comfort. Here are some general principles:

# Boats

## Small Motorboats
Motorboats rise a bit from the front due to the engine being at the very back. So if you are seated at the front, you will experience the up and down of every wave. Very thrilling, but not comfortable. The back, right where the motor is happens to be the least bumpy place to be.

## Sailboats
They have a long keel at the center bottom that goes much further below the water and keeps the boat stable. Staying above that is the most comfortable location.
In general though, sailboats are not bumpy. So all positions work out okay.

# Aeroplanes
The front of the aircraft is usually the least bumpy at least in the Jets. The other position is in the rows along the wings.

The back is usually the bumpiest.