Bringing down the Internet


I’m not sure if we should be proud or ashamed of it. Whatever your personal reaction, Duke University ran an experiment yesterday that brought down a part of the internet. We didn’t do it alone of course, we had the RIPE NCC (Reseaux IP Europeens Network Coordination Centre) to help us along in our gaffe. Here is the link to the story.

It’s nice to have time to read articles by choice again, my energy level was really flagging this last semester. Ramadan may have something to do with it but we were all suffering from some kind of burnout this semester. I think I only attended a couple of Centra classes live, it obviously didn’t help that I couldn’t keep track of the schedule and everything became jumbled up with Saturday and Sunday classes. Something tells me next semester will be just as tough as this one was. I hope all my fellow, foreign, students can make it to this final residency, getting a U.S visa is probably just as hard as getting one for North Korea in some parts of the world.

Concentration schmocentration …..


Deciding on whether or not to do a concentration is tough decision, does it make you more attractive or less attractive to potential employers? What if you can’t find a job in the field you picked? What if you aren’t good enough in the field you picked? Is a concentration really worth the extra effort? The answer to these questions are probably as varied as the number of people that attempt to answer them.

Personally, I decided to go with a concentration in Finance, I wanted to stay close to decision modeling & statistics since I enjoyed those classes the most and actually liked the concepts presented in finance despite it’s obvious presentation issues. My choice of electives reflects my obvious quantitative fixation. I picked corporate finance, financial statement analysis, investments and strategy implementation. I don’t think I will do well all of these classes but like Sarah Johnston said, I would rather do something I enjoy than be good at something I don’t.

The frustration of losing.


There is no emotion quite as powerful as the sense of injustice of a child. Children usually don’t understand that the world is not fair and that some people are better then others in certain things and in certain ways. When the injustice is caused not by a difference in skill but in the way the rules are applied, it makes the matter even worse. When we play sports we revert back to what were like as children. I was backing Germany & Argentina in the round of 16. Both teams play really well but when I saw the games a 2nd time, as all die hard fans should, I started to develop a sense empathy with the Mexican & British players.

It’s one thing to lose fairly to someone better than you, I can get over it but it takes some self control. But to lose to someone who is better than you and have the referee over rule your goals is quite something else. There is a certain amount of frustration that comes in playing against someone better than you, imagine having to guard Kobe Bryant, imagine how frustrating it would feel to have him score as he wills against your best effort, now imagine the ref giving him 3 points for a shot that clearly wasn’t. Your sense of frustration would boil over. Actually I have been in situations in soccer matches where I couldn’t compete and the refereeing was bad, In one certain game I wasn’t able to keep my emotions in check and was eventually sent out of the game with a 2nd yellow card for shoving an opposition player. I wasn’t proud of what I did, but I can empathize with the losing teams in this world cup.

Fifa has to allow technology to help the ref’s make better calls. I mean, does Fifa turn down online advertising money because the internet is a new fangled technology and Fifa can’t understand it? No! So why turn down the use of technology when it will clearly benefit the game?