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".

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Nobel Prize Winners don't get fat

No, I am not joking. I was on a discussion with a professor and company on the Classical Sanskrit Diet and given my recent meeting with Nobel Laureate Prof. Brian Kobilka, the moniker 'Nobel Prize Winners don't get fat' emerged over the course of several conversations.

It is worth noting that the Classical Sanskrit Diet is not based on Classical Sanskrit. I don't expect anyone to learn Classical Sanskrit in order to go on this diet. The adjective 'Classical' is a modified for the noun 'Diet', not for 'Sanskrit'. The term is deliberately chosen to point out one of the problems with Sanskrit, namely, the fact that a lot of Sanskrit words have multiple meanings. The problem is a significant one because the plethora of meanings for even commonly used Sanskrit words makes it impossible to unambiguously parse even simple Sanskrit phrases. This problem exists even for phrases that people in India may commonly know about (such phrases as 'karmanye vaadhikaaraste') and even ones that have entered into government and corporate booklets (e.g. 'yogakshemam veahaamyaham'). For that reason, the discussion on the diet will be conducted not in Sanskrit but in English.

Now, for a comment on Nobel Prize winners. In face of the armies of Marketing people in the Twinkies Marketing department and the scads of Marketing people in the McDonalds French Fries Marketing department and the cohorts of Marketing people in the Pizza Hut Cheese Pizza Marketing department, you would think that these few - these solitary few - would have no chance. But these solitary few do well. They emerge triumphant in face of considerable odds and remain defiantly non-obese. I believe that the reason that they are able to do well is that they are able to quickly quantitatively sift out the Market-ese (spewed out by Marketers in various Marketing departments) from the truth in making food choices and are, thus, able to maintain their weight.

Anyway, if Frenchpeople and Francophiles can take pride in the fact that Frenchwomen don't put on weight, then why can't we as Americans celebrate these people who not only don't get fat but also win the Nobel Prize? Anyway, here is looking forward to more thoughts and ideas on diet. It will be over to Prof. Manikutty on this topic. He will joining us on this blog and will be making food- and nutrition- related posts.

P.S. Paul Krugman? Don't even get me started on Paul Krugman. Brad DeLong? Do not speak to me about Brad DeLong's diet.