When I was a child, I had a friend in the neighborhood. A smart (and slightly nerdy) kid, not unlike myself. We used to hang out, play badminton and do physics experiments. By the time we were teenagers, we kind of drifted apart, as our paths diverged. Mamaya sa, I went the IIT-USA, global-citizen-route and ended up in Singapore. He, of more modest ambitions, stayed back at home, and got a job roughly similar to what my father used to do. I kept hearing of him, although I never really ran into him. He got married, probably had a couple of kids, and everything must have been going smoothly, even a bit dully. But a couple of years ago he suddenly died of leukemia.
Another day, another American school shooting. The predictable aftermath will be “thoughts and prayers” (although people use different words now because of the current climate of skepticism), another pointless debate over gun laws, and a few “never agains” and “never forgets”. Instead of those exercises in futility, I thought I would write about some other curious aspects of America’s deadly romance with guns.
My mom used to say that when your child is as big as you, you have to treat them with respect. What she actually said was that you had to address them using a respectful form of “sa iyo,” which doesn’t make any sense in English, but may work in Hindi or French. It worked poetically well in Malayalam. I was reminded of this maternal pearl of wisdom recently when I was watching a movie with my son.
Buhay ay puno ng contradictions,,en,Dumadalo ako sa mga pananaliksik retreat sa alumana at mapagnilay-nilay kasanayan sa maganda,,en,Garrison Institute,,en,Ako pag-aaral ng maraming mga kagiliw-giliw na mga bagay-bagay,,en,at pulong ng isang pulutong ng mga,,en,tulad ng pag-iisip at mahusay na mga tao,,en,ang uri ng mga tao kung kanino ako maaaring magkaroon ng malalim na pag-uusap tungkol sa mga hindi tunay na likas na katangian ng katotohanan,,en,hindi tulad ng karamihan ng mga tao mula sa ibang mga kalagayan sa buhay ay magalang at mataktika patawarin ang kanilang sarili kapag ako makakuha ng isang bit unreal,,en.
I am attending a research retreat on mindfulness and contemplative practices at the beautiful Garrison Institute. I am learning a lot of interesting things, and meeting a lot of like-minded and excellent people – the kind of people with whom I could have deep conversation about the unreal nature of reality, unlike most people from other walks of life would politely and tactfully excuse themselves when I get a bit unreal.
I just finished my first term as a professor at Singapore Management University. I taught an undergraduate course called Computer as an Analysis Tool, which is on business modelling and data-driven decision support. I had about 130 students, in three sections of three classroom hours each per week. I have to say the whole thing was a very enriching experience. Oo naman, the reasons behind this statement will be expounded on, theorized and hypothesized – this is Unreal Blog, pagkatapos ng lahat.
At some point in our life, we come to accept the fact we are closer to death than life. What lies ahead is definitely less significant than what is left behind. These are the twilight years, and I have come to accept them. With darkness descending over the horizons, and the long shadows of misspent years and evaded human conditions slithering all around me, I peer into the void, into an eternity of silence and dreamlessness. Ito ay almost time.
Ang pagtuturo ay isang marangal at rewarding bokasyon. As my sunset career, I have accepted a faculty position at Singapore Management University, pagtuturo data analytics at negosyo modeling sa School of Information Systems. Ang mga paksa umupo na rin sa aking entrepreneurial ventures from earlier this year on data analytics and process automation, na kung saan ay ang lahat ng isang bahagi ng aking pagdating sa labas ng pagreretiro.
I am a conspiracy theory nut. Kaya hayaan mo akong magpanukala ng isang pagsasabwatan teorya na ipaliwanag ang kagulat-gulat Trump tagumpay. Ito ay boto palubid at palayag, ngunit hindi ang paraan na kayo ay nag-iisip. bago magpatuloy, hayaan sabihin sa akin na ito ay tanging para sa masaya. Don’t take it too seriously.
Dahil ang post serye sa Particles at Pakikipag-ugnayan ay naging isang bit mas mahaba kaysa sa nais ko, Akala ko Gusto ko break ito. Magsimula tayo sa isang pagbabalik-tanaw ng mga modernong physics na kailangan mong maunawaan ang mga istraktura ng matter Hayaan.