Quick lessons on what not to do in life

Just as asking a government employee to do something before or after lunch, morning tea, or afternoon tea can get you in trouble, there are other things you should never do either: 1.       Never protest when others think you are drunk, insane, stupid, or angry. You will only confirm suspicions. 2.       Never admit that your … Continue reading Quick lessons on what not to do in life

How to eat at an Indian buffet

There is a proper way to eat at an Indian buffet which those who are not desi may not appreciate. Being desi myself, I feel that I’m qualified to advise others. But my qualifications to pontificate on this topic don’t end with a blanket ethnic designation. In an earlier era, I was a graduate student … Continue reading How to eat at an Indian buffet

What scientists say at meetings versus what they actually mean

What they say: I’d like to thank the organizers for inviting me to this session… What they mean: I’d like to thank the organizers for inviting me to Hawaii in December. In return, I am inviting them to talk in my department’s seminar series. What they say: The raw data is in the graph next … Continue reading What scientists say at meetings versus what they actually mean