Thursday, February 17, 2011

If you are stupid, you better be lazy!

Erich von Manstein was a field marshal in World War II, one of the most prominent commanders of German army.

He is said to have categorized his officers into four types -
"There are only four types of officer. First, there are the lazy, stupid ones. Leave them alone, they do no harm…Second, there are the hard-working, intelligent ones. They make excellent staff officers, ensuring that every detail is properly considered. Third, there are the hard-working, stupid ones. These people are a menace and must be fired at once. They create irrelevant work for everybody. Finally, there are the intelligent, lazy ones. They are suited for the highest office."

Lazy and Stupid
As per Von Manstein, the first category comprises the lazy, stupid ones. He suggests that they be left alone as they do no harm. Maybe one reason for this is that lazy and stupid people rarely do much active harm. The harm they do is more often based on missing opportunities and stifling the creativity of those who report to them. Sometimes they are the unavoidable “baggage” you have to carry along.

Hard Working and Intelligent
The second category comprises the hard-working, intelligent individuals. These are excellent staff officers who ensure every detail is accurate. The hardworking and intelligent lot make competent administrators and line managers who can take orders from above and deliver the desired results.
Hard Working and Stupid
In the third category are the hard-working, stupid ones. These, hardworking “idiots”, according to Von Manstein, are a nuisance and menace and must be fired at once because they only create irrelevant work for everybody and force everyone around them to perform pointless tasks and are a pain in the neck for everyone around them.
Lazy and Intelligent
And finally there are the lazy, intelligent ones. These select few are suited for the highest office. Laziness stimulates creativity because lazy people are always looking for easier, simpler, and less laborious ways to do things, so they try and innovate. And if a lazy person is also intelligent he or she will certainly be a fantastic and ingenious innovator. Lazy people are also natural delegators so they find it very attractive to let their subordinates get on with their work without interference from above. Lazy, intelligent employees make natural leaders as they focus on the essentials and ignore anything that might make for unnecessary work, whether for themselves or other people. It is the lazy intelligent top managers who indeed make great strategists and leaders.
I posted this because I highly relate to General Manstein's idea's and some of the most Brilliant/Creative people I have met at college and in general, life, are ridiculously Lazy people. It is a pity though, that conventional parameters fails to identify the best minds of the lot!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Uncertain Again

Life's a struggle,
My logic's are right!,
But so much of effort,
so little has changed!

The pain, the struggle, the thorny roads,
but this is a race, I shall not loose!
for there are mountains to climb, and dragon's to slay,
and glory, and riches, at the end of it all. 

I run, I sprint, sometimes jog along,
too tired at times, but life moves on,
sometimes I stop and start to wonder,
Is this the right path, is there a destination at all?

Sometimes you see a passerby
hopping along, to his merry tunes,
lost in his world of utter joy,
innocently happy for nothing at all.

Then you stop and start to wonder,
if the logic's were wrong all along,
if there ever was a race,
if the end, the path, does not matter at all.

With a new found wonder and cradle of joy,
you smile for nothing and look around,
the meadows, the birds, the tender flowers,
Alas, the worlds beautiful, after all!

Monday, June 7, 2010

500kbs of Magic!

We all are helplessly in love with our dearest pal, the internet, but what is internet without a search engine?
I always wondered, about the mysterious ingenious behind the simple search engine's that magically pulled out, any thing I wanted, from a plethora of online data, in fraction of a second.
Lately I have had the pleasure of working in a search team, where I discovered this beautiful piece of software called Lucene, and I have been in awe of it ever since. It is like a priceless gem, given away for nothing, for the benefit of all (yes, it is open source).

What is Lucene?
by definition it is "a free/open source information retrieval library", or in english, it is the heart of a search engine. It has a beautiful way of indexing and searching data to return highly relevant documents in blink of an eye. All it takes is a few line of code, and you are good to go. Most of the search you see in services is actually built on Lucene...... Yahoo, Facebook, Fed-Ex, Amazon, LinkedIn...list is endless (not google ofcourse!).
It doesn't take much to build a search with it, but that is just the start, diving deeper, opens up a whole new world of possibilities and the power to do amazing things!. It is beautiful to see how such complex problems are solved so elegantly.

Let me discuss one seemingly mammoth task, that was solved effortlessly with it. My friend, who knew I had some knowledge of lucene, presented me with a problem. He wanted me to take a piece of news article online and collect other article's on net, that displayed the same news.
Now I cant even begin to think how I would compare millions of articles, and find out the ones that talked about exactly the same news as this one. No other article would use the same words to describe the same news as mine, and most articles would partially match my article because, common English words exist in all of them, it is very complicated to establish relationship between articles that convey the same news, but may use entirely different set of words to do so. But guess what, a little bit of exploration into lucene, solved this in a blink!.
To get a over view, Lucene turns every article indexed, into, kind of vector in 3-D space, and uses complex scoring algorithms to establish relationship between them. The mechanics is beautiful, but I wont go into it, because anyone interested can google it out (and, I'm not entirely certain it yet :P). The end result was simply beautiful, it was very exciting to see, our code go through hundreds of articles and return articles that talked about same news with amazing accuracy.

Now in case you are wondering, why I am trying to scare away, the few readers I do have, with this technical mumbo jumbo....then, don't worry I am not!.
This post was more to express my elation, on finding this glorious new toy, and express gratitude to good old folks in open source community, than to talk about search engine's. My post's shall not get anymore technical :)

Tributes to Doug Cutting, creator of Lucene. Long live the open source community!

Friday, May 21, 2010


There are walls, all around,
only to be felt, nothing to see,
I feel like a captive all my life,
freedom being a distant dream.

Too much noise, all around me,
I barely hear the sounds within,
Too long have I ignored these thoughts,
now, they're barely a whisper to me.

bounded by money, bounded by job,
bounded by the fear to loose it all,
bounded by future, bounded by past,
bounded am I all along.

There is no light, there is no end,
darkness is all I see,
All I have is a candle of hope,
hope to break the walls I see.

Fighting have I always been,
and too long have the battles been,
for there is a whisper in my head,
endure it all, there shall be a win.

As stupid as this poem might seem,
trust me friends there is a wall,
bounded will we always be,
without the courage to break free.

There are walls all around,
only to be felt, nothing to see,
I feel like a captive all my life,
freedom being a distant dream.

Monday, April 19, 2010

An unbelievably false poem..

I read this poem few days back and cudnt stop smiling at writers brilliant word play..

An unbelievably false poem..

One fine day in the middle of the night,
Two dead boys got up to fight.
Back-to-back they faced each another,
Took out their swords and shot each other.
One was blind and the other couldn't see,
So they chose a dummy for a referee.
A blind man went to see fair play,
A dumb man went to shout "hooray!"
A deaf policeman heard the noise,
And killed the two dead boys.
A paralyzed donkey walking by,
Kicked the copper in the eye,
Sent him through a rubber wall,
Into a dry ditch and drowned them all.

Believe this lie its really true.
Ask the blind begger he saw it too!

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Friday, March 5, 2010


Watched a typical bollywood pakaau film, it deserves some criticism, so here I am with my rotten tomato's. First of all I would like to say ":balls" to praveen, for asking me to watch it in a theater, I cursed you all through the 2nd half.

Coming to the movie, it's all about Japanese technology, really....the whole movie is based on that!. With Japanese phone you get a smarter avatar of yourself, giving you life changing advice for free! and the phone works even when unplugged, brilliant!
1st half of the movie would manage to keep you interested, but 2nd half is brutally boring with over dosage of utterly lame emotions. To top the stupidity, the girl beside me, freaked out on every stupid phone call in the movie, I wondered if she misunderstood this to a horror movie. Only thing that got me through was, that lovely, gorgeous face of Deepika padukone, aah...I'm in love with her again!
Farhan Akhtar tried his best, but was not enough to makeup for the bad direction and lack of content. The emotional aspect of movie was out of place and chemistry between Deepika and Farhan was just not working (how could it?, Farhan is a foot shorter than her!). I do credit the movie for its ending though, It managed to explain all the "magic phone" drama convincingly at the end.

My friend, who was sitting in the front sent me a text message during the movie, it said - "Japanese tech + Indian brain = pakao movie", I burst out laughing, caz it pretty much summed up the movie.
My verdict - It not a fun movie, not a intellectual movie, nor a "timepasser", but a "moneywaster".

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Few good books

Chennai is a lonely place for any non Tamilian (or anyone remotely cool)...any one who has read "Two States" would know what I mean....
I started reading a few books to kill my spare time, here is a short review of a few -
  1. Two States - Chetan fan or not....this is a must read....especially if u live or moving to chennai...this book might just change ur mind. Very humorous...there are not many books as entertaining as this. Satisfied by this book I went on to read "5 point someone" and "3 mistakes of my life" too. Though I loved "Two States", I wouldn't say the rest are must reads.
  2. Rich Dad Poor Dad - It teaches some invaluable lessons about entrepreneurship and money management. It's the kind of book, that challenges the most basic ideas we take for granted, this book messed with my head for a few will surely mess with yours it at your own risk!
  3. Twilight - I loved the movie, and just couldn't resist reading the book. The chemistry between Bella and Edward is just as spicy as on the screens. Its a good romantic read...all those fans for Edward and Bella will surely enjoy it.
  4. Fountain Head by Ayn Rand - Finally this is the book that inspired me to write this post. I'm not through with the book yet, but....fist 120 pages were astonishing and this a rare piece of work and a must read for any remotely intelligent creature (which ofcourse eliminates majority of our population).
Untill my next post happy reading :)