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, May 19, 2013

Tamil writing system proposal - Overview

This series of posts is intended to have the same precision of language and exposition as an academic paper but is written in an informal style so as to appeal to a broad audience. Here is an overview of the proposal that is intended to serve the same purpose as an Abstract in an academic paper.


In this series of posts, we introduce new diacritical marks for the Tamil language. The proposal has the following five elements: (a) allow all consonant clusters; (b) represent the aspirated consonants using the aaytam symbol (the 'therefore' symbol in English, Unicode U+0B83) prefixing the consonant to be 'aspirated', i.e., to go from 'ka' to 'kha'; (c) represent the soft consonants using a horizontal bar (Unicode U+0955) going over the consonant to be 'softened' (, i.e., to go from 'ka' to 'ga', simply draw a horizontal bar over the 'ka'; optionally, place a backslash-underscore after the character); (d) use a horizontal bar to represent the 'R' (Unicode U+090B) sound found in Sanskrit in Tamil (the syllabic alveolar trill) (or, optionally, place a backslash-underscore after the character); (e) represent the additional vowel sounds in Modern Hindi using the crescent symbol (Unicode U+0945) to produce the two additional sounds for U+090D and U+0911 (or, optionally, place a backslash-parenthesis after the character); (f) represent long vowels using the 'avagraha' symbol from Devanagari (U+093D); and (g) represent consonant-vowel conjuncts using the 'pull' symbol (the 'dot' symbol in English going above the character in question) for the consonant followed by the vowel in question.