Knowers vs. Askers

Knowers talk.  Askers listen. Knowers have the answer.  Askers question. Knowers know everything.  Askers learn about everything. Knowers try to impress.  Askers try to impress knowledge on their brain. Knowers are stubborn.  Askers are persistent. Knowers are complicated.  Askers are simple. Knowers grow to become grumpy old people.  Askers keep …

Onward Mobility

A recent fall resulting in a fractured collar bone reminded me how fragile we are. We literally don’t know what we have until we lose it. We tend to take mobility for granted; having it taken away turns our world into a living hell. Losing your ability to perform basic daily functions for a few weeks is a priceless reminder of how crucial being fit and healthy is.

The Job’s Not Done

Care more than others think is wise. Dream more than others think is practical. Expect more than others think is possible.” I love this quote attributed to a West Point cadet. I think Steve Jobs would have agreed with every word, but I couldn’t be sure about the “care more” part.

The Book is Dead, Long Live the Book

For many of years, bookstores and libraries played a significant role in the lives of many people including yours truly. We even have a dedicated word for them: “bookstore” (one word) as opposed “barber shop” or “shoe store”. Due to our increasing reliance on electronic media, bookstores are rapidly disappearing. Most small ones are already gone, and larger ones are gradually following suit.

Explaining Expletivists

You know those people who use curse words not to insult anyone but to emphasize their message? Like a respected business man who says f%$! every few minutes in a conversation about oil futures or hiring or saving panda bears. A young mother of three living in a posh neighborhood who spices up her endless blurb about shopping and nail salons and house maids with an occasional curse.

The Future of Silicon Valley – a Year After

Last year I wrote about Science Olympiad, an amazing science-focused competition for middle and high school kids. I was surprised by the fact that the vast majority of participants were Asian, and was quite happy to see that this population group cares about their children’s future and is connected to the global reality, in which engineers and scientists drive innovation.