April 27, 2005

C++ Faring Lads
Giving a very literal twist to the term "Offshoring Software Development Jobs", two
San Diego entrepreneurs have come up with a new business model for outsourcing, called SeaCode.

So, situated 3.1 Miles off the Coast of Los Angeles, 600 software engineers deliver software of the highest standards. 3.1 miles because the 3 mile border marks international waters. An interesting article about SeaCode is here in Forbes.
And according to their website, the reason this could be beneficial to the US is that 90% of the revenue comes back to the U.S. instead of flowing out to distant-shore outsourcing locations.

April 18, 2005

Better Late than Never!

Oh, how I regret in the night
With pangs that will never abate,
The brilliantly crushing retort
I think of...a little too late!"

- Rebecca McCann

April 12, 2005

The Long Emergency
Sometime back, in one of my previous posts, I had merely scratched the surface of the controversial debate on the scarcity of oil/natural gas reserves. As one of my professors then put it, the predictions of impending doom have been circulating around since a long time. But, the scarcity of oil/natural gas, which though has been endlessly suggested, has not actually happened, not yet atleast.

Recently I came across this interesting article, "The Long Emergency" in Rolling Stone by James Kunstler, which describes the flip side of the debate.
Any precious resource needs to be shared fairly, and also rationed when necessary. So what is going to happen when we start running out of gas to guzzle?
As suggested by the article -
"Carl Jung, one of the fathers of psychology, famously remarked that "people cannot stand too much reality." What you're about to read may challenge your assumptions about the kind of world we live in, and especially the kind of world into which events are propelling us. We are in for a rough ride through uncharted territory.
We will not believe that this is happening to us, that 200 years of modernity can be brought to its knees by a world-wide power shortage. The survivors will have to cultivate a religion of hope -- that is, a deep and comprehensive belief that humanity is worth carrying on. If there is any positive side to stark changes coming our way, it may be in the benefits of close communal relations, of having to really work intimately (and physically) with our neighbors, to be part of an enterprise that really matters and to be fully engaged in meaningful social enactments instead of being merely entertained to avoid boredom. Years from now, when we hear singing at all, we will hear ourselves, and we will sing with our whole hearts."

April 08, 2005

Quacks Reform? T-Bill? Duck Cheney?
CNN has an amusing story about Secret Service protection for an expectant duck that has stationed itself outside the main entrance to the Treasury Department. Read more about it here.

April 05, 2005

A Cruise in the San Diego Bay
A couple of weeks back, I went on a cruise in the San Diego Bay. It was a beautiful Spring day, with none of the rains that San Diego has been receiving in the past few months. We had chosen the "South Bay" cruise, which was a pleasant ferry upto the famous Coronado Bay Bridge and back.

Here is a tour map of the North and South Bay cruises. An enlarged version of the tour map can be found here.

Along the way, we got to see a lot of warships - over forty warships, frigates and destroyers, an Alaskan explorer vessel, and the Navy Seals Training Base.
And a lot of wildlife such as harbor seals, sea lion, pelicans and sea gulls. All in all, a very nice day out!

April 04, 2005

Spring and the Painted Ladies are here!
In the past few weeks, a lot of people, including me, have sighted these butterflies, the amusingly named "Painted Ladies" in San Diego on their annual migration into Northern America from Mexico.

Since their typical lifespan is only a few weeks, they do not live even for the entire duration of this annual Spring migration. So then their progeny continue the journey northwards.
Read more about it here.


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