Wednesday, February 15, 2006
"Team, I just had to share this with you….as anecdotal evidence of the difference our software can make.
It’s science project time at my kids’ school. My eldest, Elizabeth, was doing one on yeast and its reaction with water, milk, and vinegar solutions. She hypothesized that the vinegar solution would have the greatest effect due to previous experiments involving vinegar (can you see the vinegar and baking soda volcano in your head?) produced quite dramatic results. She was quite surprised to find the vinegar solution had almost no reaction. Ok, surprised was an overstatement. She was completely lackadaisical in the entire project and stated that she “hated science and math”. I got involved in the final stages of this as she was trying to complete the conclusion and synthesis phases. When I sat down with her she had her chin pressed down to her chest, a frown on her face, and said she “didn’t care about this stupid stuff”. I was trying to explain what yeast was and what happened (glucose – fermented by the yeast in a solution of water which produces carbon dioxide and ethyl alcohol). I didn’t seem to be doing all that great a job, and then I remembered that I had Student on my tablet. I fired it up and searched for yeast and voila! A complete article, with pictures of microscopic yeast cells and bread dough rising. This began to catch her interest. We read the article and then looked to the additional resources in the search that talked about brewing. We went there and found graphics that showed where and how yeast fit into the process. Then…..I saw a link for organic chemistry. I know, your thinking….Scott, she’s only in 5th grade! I was thinking the same thing too. I was hoping I’d be able to interest her as we talked about what was really happening. So, we clicked and not only was there an interesting article; there was an interactive exercise on the subject. The activity involved taking a carbon atom and dragging additional carbon, oxygen, and hydrogen atoms to build a molecule. The molecule was identified and its uses defined. She was captivated! All of a sudden you could see the light go on in her head! We had to create (in MS Paint) molecular models of all the components involved in her project. Through this, she really understood what was going on in her experiment at a fundamental level and was able to articulate it. She got it and as a result ended up with a great project display. Later on after the whole project was assembled, I learned from my wife that my daughter thinks I’m her hero and that math and science are really interesting and fun. WOW! So, Marcia, a new marketing angle for Student…. Microsoft Student, Building minds, building families, enabling the future….
Ok so maybe I’m a sap but I love my kids and I love technology so it’s a perfect match! "
Monday, February 13, 2006
My trip to Nizamabad to share my emotional support was fruitful. We all could remember the good qualities of Chinna Tathaiah and we all could recollect the sweet memories that we had with him.
I could also meet and greet some other people besides our near and dear and kith and kin.
"The road ahead may sometimes seem a winding one... But I know you have the determination to find your way through it..."
Friday, February 10, 2006
His mother answered, "Just quit thinking and start walking." She was wise, for things will happen only after we put aside thinking and talking and start doing.
- Nolan Bushnell, the founder of Atari, said that everyone who has ever taken a shower has an idea. It's the person who gets out of the shower, dries off and does something about it who makes a difference. Or, as columnist Sydney Harris puts it, "Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable." One of the most important lessons we can learn is to act on a good idea.
Passing thought there are two things which eat me up always. The wrong things I did and the right things I did not do! The second one is the worst of the lot."
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
Thank you all for your lovely mails. Mummy and I are fine. The days are getting warmer. The mornings and evenings are fine to enjoy walking tours in our neibourhood. Today I made a trip to Hi-Tech City from our home. It took just 15 minutes by an auto riksha. People are commuting to Jubli Hills and Banjara Hills via Hi-Tech City from our neighbourhood.
With love, Naana
Monday, February 06, 2006
Thursday, February 02, 2006
His anniversary was observed on 28th January (Telugu Calendar).