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Thursday, 31 December 2015


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Hi, Manu.

This is great! Who knew????

Thanks - much appreciated!

Upmanu Lall

Michael -- congrats on the 40th anniversary. The priesthood of the Phd is a magic cloak that is designed to further the goals of the Empire. Occasionally, a Jedi infiltrates it, and stays, breeding love from all.
You are a phenomenon, you are the nucleus of H20, and for that I don't think the parchment was needed.
Very best in the New Year.
PS -- my advisor Leo Roy Beard had only a Bachelor's degree from the 1940s, and yet in the 1990s I found it much easier to discuss nonlinear dynamics and climate dynamics than I did with most certified members of the Union.
"Some people are born great, others have greatness thrust upon them, and yet others achieve greatness."
May still be true 500 years after this was first said by Will S. and it is easier today to re-define greatness since we live in the time and land of giants.

Laura: Dyson and Sears Kenmore -- we shall all be surpassed by iRobot in due course....
the Roomba does not suck as much as either the Dyson or the Sears, and its engineers may have a Phd or two. Their CTO does not, but he does tinker and he does smile.
Yea, Michael!!


Thanks for commenting, Ken and Laura.

Laura: Love your comment about a Dyson and a Kenmore....You're right - Dyson does not have a PhD. Despite his distinguished career (save for his disparagement of anthropogenic global warming) he seems hung up on that fact. Some suspect it may be that he feels his failure to get a Nobel Prize may be due to that. In any case, I certainly don't feel like I am in a 'priesthood' just because I have a PhD.

Ken: The feeling is mutual. Had you not pursued a career with AWRA I suspect I never would have permanently 're-upped' in the late 1990s. You recall that I originally joined in the early 1970s but would periodically quit then rejoin a few years later. When I rejoined in the late 1990s, you phoned and said. 'Well, are you gonna stay in for good this time?'. Yes.


All of us in the American Wayer Resources Association are so fortunate that you joined the union that day! 😄 Ken Reid


So I take it Dyson doesn't have a PhD, hence his 'chip'? I had a Dyson---it didn't work at all and I went back to my Kenmore...guess those Sears engineers have PhDs....

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