Indra Nooyi’s Graduation Remarks

Apparently her remarks angered some folks.   Personally, I don’t get it.  I think it’s a wonderfully thoughtful speech and it resonates with my thinking about the role of the US and its standing in the world.  I think the speech is quite encouraging — although her continental analogies are a bit antiquated and not exactly PC.  Clearly, though, she is a thoughtful person.
Indra Nooyi’s Graduation Remarks

Here is the commencement speech that set off a blogosphere bonfire

Following is the transcript of the address given by Indra Nooyi, president and CFO of PepsiCo (PEP ), at the Columbia University Business School graduation ceremonies on May 15:

A Fix for Soggy Cereal

Like the author of this Crave blog entry, soggy cereal is fine with me.  For me it is made doubly wonderful if the dissolution of the cereal results in tasty flavored milk like the kind you get while eating Froot Loops or Coco Krispies.  For the rest of you who find soggy cereal unpalatable, here’s the bowl for you:

Here’s a link to the article

A Cluster of PS3s Replace a Supercomputer

Check this out! This article is reprinted from “Wired”

Astrophysicist Replaces Supercomputer with Eight PlayStation 3s

By Bryan Gardiner Email 10.17.07 | 12:00 AM

Gaurav Khanna’s eight PlayStation 3s aren’t running Heavenly Sword — they’re using Linux plus custom code to solve complex computations.
Photo: Courtesy of Gaurav Khanna

Suffering from its exorbitant price point and a dearth of titles, Sony’s PlayStation 3 isn’t exactly the most popular gaming platform on the block. But while the console flounders in the commercial space, the PS3 may be finding a new calling in the realm of science and research.

Click on the link above to read the full article.

The Sony PRS-505 Book Reader

This is one of the products I hope to play with at CES2008.  I think the price is still too high though, especially when I can get a laptop at Walmart for about the same cost.

Sony’s reader, the PRS-505, can hold 160 books in its fixed memory … The $299 device is about the size of a paperback book, but a half-inch thick and weighs less than a pound.

The Electronic Book Reader Comes of Age

Sony’s New Digital Reader Raises the Bar, With Readability and High Capacity


Generational Differences in Electronic Communication

Here’s a very interesting commentary from Slate about the generational difference in electronic communication.  It does a great job of describing a possible communication workflow a teenager might use instead of e-mail.  It also talks about the transient quality of the IM, text, and Twitter and likens e-mail writing to old fashioned letter writing.  Surprisingly, some of this is true in my life too.  My husband and I send most of our throw-away conversations (“Lunch?”, “come get me”, “I’m leaving work” and the like) via cell phone text messaging. I send a lot of messages at work via e-mail, but most of messages I send have details that are too much for text message.  I haven’t gotten into Jabber (IM) and I don’t intend to.   When I want to broadcast to wide audience, I do it through blogging within work and outside of work.  There are many modes to perform different layers of communication.  A lot of it has to do with the content and intended audience for me.  Anyhow, read that article and then think about how you now communicate with the world.


The Death of E-Mail

Teenagers are abandoning their Yahoo! and Hotmail accounts. Do the rest of us have to?

By Chad Lorenz

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