musings on music and life

January 28, 2017

Good news

Filed under: Chemistry Jobs — sankirnam @ 9:29 am

Regular readers of this blog will know of my struggles to find a job for the last two years. I finally have some good news on this front – I started a new job on Monday for a small consulting firm in Orange County. The work is challenging, but at the same time, interesting and rewarding. I also have the privilege of working alongside some extremely successful, accomplished, and intelligent people, so I am actually excited to go in to work each day!

I’m very happy that the position is local – one of my priorities was to stay in CA, not just for mrudangam but also given recent developments (the election and the US economy in general). For better or for worse, everything is getting concentrated on the coasts, and most tech/biotech jobs are either in the Bay Area or Boston – not being proximate to those areas can set you back in terms of job growth potential. In addition, I learned the hard way that networking is everything when it comes to getting a job – applying online is like playing roulette hoping that your resume gets chosen out of the pile out of 100’s/1000’s of others.

#chemjobs #thestruggleisreal

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January 20, 2017

Farewell, Obama

Filed under: Life — sankirnam @ 11:16 am

Thanks, President Obama, for a remarkable 8 years. Your administration accomplished a lot, and even though it may seem that we do not appreciate your struggles (especially with a gridlocked partisan Congress), I hope history will be a lot kinder and that you do get the recognition you deserve. You were more than we, the American people, deserved as last November’s election showed. You can now take a well-earned break from public scrutiny – but please don’t disappear for too long, as we need your help in making sure all your hard work doesn’t get undone by the next President!

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Some links:

  1. An excellent article by President Obama for The Economist (Oct 2016) on the state of the US economy, and what challenges still lie ahead.
  2. Obama’s farewell address (I missed seeing this live on TV, so I have to watch it today in order to console myself over current developments):

  3. I did happen to see this one live – Obama awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Vice-President Joe Biden!

     

  4. Obama’s State of the Union address from 2015! I particularly remember this speech as he was slightly snarkier than usual, and deservedly so. He also chastised Congress towards the end for being so partisan, and implored Republicans and Democrats to come together to generate solutions for the good of the nation.

January 17, 2017

Poromboke Paadal

Filed under: Carnatic Music — sankirnam @ 12:39 pm

This video has been trending on Youtube for the last couple of days:

One cannot fault TMK’s music – the music is beautiful, and his rendition is excellent, as always.

I just find it interesting that he is using Carnatic music as a medium for environmental activism, given that Carnatic music is an extremely niche art form. This may not be the optimal way to reach out to a lot of people with this message.

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