Note: I am a Linux guy but Steve Jobs’ story is quite an inspiration.
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Well I have many reasons not to agree with Team Anna. But what I agree is their (or anybody’s) right to fight. Specially if its against a corrupt system. What raged me is tactics used by Government to kill the movement even before it started. And probably that is the reason I support this movement.
Arun Jaitely talks about the same in Rajya Sabha and I completely agree with him.
I am teaching Processing to Information and Interface Design students at NID, Bangalore. I am just back from my first class. This is the first time I am teaching in a class setup. I have taught before in a corporate setup. Most of my students have visual arts background and have no prior knowledge of programming. While its been a nice teaching experience, its quite a challenge for me not to use programming jargons. Loops and Arrays are quite a part of my vocabulary (and to most blog readers here). Unlearning them isn’t easy. I felt that today but by the end of the class I could match their wavelength. The whole experience was fun. I can say a First Class Experience! I should teach more.
According to me kids should be taught about their city and civics of their city very early. Unfortunately most of the school syllabus ignores that part of scial science. That is where BalaJanaagraha is trying to bring change. A very close friend of mine Sanjana has co-authored "Me and My City" for school children. This year thousands of Bangalore kids will learn about their city and governance from this book. Congratulations Sanajana.
If you don’t live in Bangalore or If your kid doesn’t study in one of those BBMP schools. Don’t worry, you can download and print a copy. Others can check the embedded Scribd copy below.
Just finished Anything you want by Derek Sivers. Its not your boring business book even though it talks about CDBaby. Its a small book with lots of stories. It reads like a blog, hence its more personal than most of the business books. But it does have some good suggestions for anybody who wants startup anything.
Some interesting quotes from the Book
- When you make a company, you make a utopia. It’s where you design your perfect world.
- “Revolution” is a term that people use only when you’re successful. Before that, you’re just a quirky person who does things differently.
- If you’re not saying “HELL YEAH!” about something, say “no”.
- Resist the urge to punish everyone for one person’s mistake.
- Whatever you make, it’s your creation, so make it your personal dream come true.
Another interesting part of this book is about the way it got published. Its published by Domino Project, started by Seth Godin.
The Domino Project is named after the domino effect—one powerful idea spreads down the line, pushing from person to person. The Project represents a fundamental shift in the way books (and digital media based on books) have always been published. Eventually consisting of a small cadre of stellar authors, this is a publishing house organized around a new distribution channel, one that wasn’t even a fantasy when most publishers began.
For most of us Indians, its not available if its not on FlipKart :( So Domino Project please do push it to FlipKart. Kindle owners don’t have to worry.