musings on music and life

August 13, 2017

Still alive

Filed under: Life — sankirnam @ 7:42 pm

Don’t worry – I’m still alive, but I’ve been busy (in a good way) with work commitments, which is why communication has been very sparse here. A lot has happened recently, which I do need to get to, but those will be topics for future posts.

In the meantime, I should share some exciting (or not) news – I crossed 1 million views on Quora, a popular social media-type Q&A site. I’m not a huge fan of social media sites, especially since there are studies that have linked heavy Facebook usage to depression. However, having an online or digital presence is increasingly important, as the products of the tech industry begin to encroach more and more into our lives. I wrote about this before, around this time last year, and my efforts seem to slowly be paying off. It remains to be seen whether this strategy will work for my industry of choice (organic chemistry research) – jobs in that field are obtained through word-of-mouth, hidden handshakes, and backroom deals with influential people. I’m still working on finding out who these influential people are in the companies that have labs around here (Allergan, Pfizer, J&J, Teva, and others).

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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.

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