Note to recruiters

Note to recruiters: We are quite aware that recruiters, interviewers, VCs and other professionals generally perform a Google Search before they interview someone, take a pitch from someone, et cetera. Please keep in mind that not everything put on the Internet must align directly to one's future career and/or one's future product portfolio. Sometimes, people do put things on the Internet just because. Just because. It may be out of their personal interests, which may have nothing to do with their professional interests. Or it may be for some other reason. Recruiters seem to have this wrong-headed notion that if somebody is not signalling their interests in a certain area online, then that means that they are not interested in that area at all. It is worth pointing out that economics pretty much underlies the areas of marketing, strategy, operations and finance. And this blog is about economics. With metta, let us. by all means, be reflective about this whole business of business. Also, see our post on "The Multi-faceted Identity Problem".

Sunday, November 29, 2015

INNOVATION: Is There a Crisis in Computer-Science Education?

From the Chronicle of Higher Education:
Furthermore, to focus only on computer-science majors misses a larger point. As Ms. Raja argues in her essay, simply teaching kids how to code shouldn’t be the only goal. Just as important—or perhaps more so—is teaching kids how to think like a computer programmer—what is called “computational thinking.” She highlights some current efforts to teach computational thinking in elementary and secondary schools, particularly to girls and members of minority groups, who remain woefully underrepresented among computer-science degree-holders and professional computer programmers.

And while teaching computational thinking may result in more computer-science degrees, the more important contribution it will make is giving more people across all fields the ability to solve problems like a computer scientist and to speak the language of computer programming.

As Ms. Raja notes, those are skills everyone should have access to, regardless of their major.

Friday, October 23, 2015

World's largest crossword puzzle - puzzle #2 - second screenshot

The world's largest crossword puzzle - puzzle #2

The world's largest crossword puzzle - puzzle #2

Note that, as before, the clue below is also the world's largest crossword puzzle.

The world's longest crossword clue - puzzle #2

The world's longest crossword clue series continues.

Here is another contended for the world's longest crossword clue. This time, there should be no objections.

1 Ac. In fish's body part, sex appeal. And, in Spain, the number that comes last in the series: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, ... <all numbers from 1 to a hundred million> , 100,000,000, .... (8)


Note that you can add as many numbers are you want after the number '10'. So this clue is also as long as you want to make it.

In fact, you can make the cardinality equal to aleph-naught. Here is a clue for that.

1 Ac. In fish's body part, sex appeal. And, in Spain, the number that comes last in the series: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, ... <all positive integers included here>. (8)

Here is how the clue is spewed out.

You have a machine that spews out the clue, one word (or to be more precise, one token) at a time. The clue itself is infinite in length. Every positive integer will eventually be covered.

Of course, although the clue is infinite in length, the answer itself is finite in length.