Reading Digest Internet – Aug 25, 2012

  • Skilled work, without the worker – This article highlights use of robots in certain places and industries. “We’re on the cusp of completely changing manufacturing and distribution,” said Gary Bradski, a machine-vision scientist who is a founder of Industrial Perception. I think it’s not as singular an event, but it will ultimately have as big an impact as the internet.”
  • Great interview with Sandra Dodd on unschooling – Some interesting points from the interview

    – Test taking skills aren’t of any use in a social situation.
    – As children learn, parents can learn to see what natural learning looks like, and how it works.Children will need things to touch, hear, taste, see and smell. They need to meet people, and visit different kinds of places.
    – If the parent isn’t living an interesting life at all, and can’t think of interesting things to do, unschooling isn’t going to work very well. ( this point makes me wonder )

  • The Interpretation Of Cultures – Sometimes book reviews are educational. A reviewer has written – “It is the job of an anthropologist to first attempt to understand how an event is interpreted by the culture in which it takes place, then to make an interpretation of that interpretation, and then it is left up to the reader of anthropological writing to interpret the final interpretations”
  • Aaakash Chopra I am not watching the current test matches between India-NZ. But, this analysis is superb and gives insight into lapses on part of a captain.

List of tributes to VVS Laxman

I love reading tributes. It is fascinating how sometimes writers are able to capture some essence of a person in one line. Here are some related to retirement of Vangipurapu Venkata Sai Laxman –

VVS- that artist dude next door – As a man destined for medicine, he perhaps had no appetite for the joys of poetry. He could inspire it among the followers, but never succumbed to its seduction himself.

Quietly Laxman – He went about doing his things in his own way. His fame and legacy shows that there are pedestals beyond the podium too. It’s not always about finishing first.

A touch of velvet – There was a vulnerability about VVS Laxman’s batsmanship, a delicacy, that enhanced the brilliance of his strokeplay.

A very personal tribute by Murali Kartik– “You always have maintained there are certain things you can’t change about destiny. That has helped me to remain inspired, motivated and not get disgruntled about cricket despite being left out of the team so many times.”

Shard Ugra – To borrow from JK Rowling, in a dressing room of muggles – of varying and outstanding gifts, achievements and records – Laxman was always the only wizard.