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April 28, 2005

Maybe someone should check the science curriculum at Andover

Filed under: Journal — Milind Kulkarni @ 7:26 pm

Quoth the President during todays Press Conference:

“There’s a lot of gas reserves around the world. Gas can only be transported by ship, though, when you liquefy it, when you put it in solid form”

Maybe “Oakland of the East” is more appropriate than “Berkeley of the East”

Filed under: Journal — Milind Kulkarni @ 4:52 pm

Recently, a couple of Cornell students have chained themselves to a tree to protest Cornell’s plans to build a parking lot off of University Avenue, which would involve paving over a wooded area that has come to be called “Redbud Woods.” Other than chaining themselves to the tree, the protestors have been holding up signs reading “Honk to save Redbud Woods,” or other similar sentiments, setting off a cacophany of noises.

Chethan seems to recall that at times the signs actually read “Honk if you love democracy!” a decidedly different sentiment than “Honk to save a bunch of trees,” casting doubts on my impression of Ithaca as a tree-hugging hippy-town. Ok, not really; Ithaca most certainly is a tree-hugging hippy-town.

Now, far be it from me to denigrate all those who love nature and trees and hippies as, uh, hippies. I consider myself a bit of an environmentalist myself. But I’m also a pragmatist, and the parking situation at Cornell is, frankly, abysmal, especially for students. Also, as per the Ithaca Times, the pro-trees groups have rather cynically named the area “Redbud Woods” only after Cornell announced that they planned to raze the woods. This seems to be similar to making the face of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge the cuddly caribou rather than the frozen tundra (as what promises to be a lengthy aside, it’s all a matter of framing. I am, in fact, against drilling in the wildlife refuge, but just as it benefits conservative groups when people refer to it as ANWR thereby disassociating it from the idea of “wildlife refuge,” it behooves environmental groups to make what amounts to a frozen wasteland as cuddly as possible. Similary, “Redbud Woods” sounds better than “bunch of trees you probably never knew existed in your drunken walk up and down University Ave.”).

So given all of this, where do I fall? I’m not really sure. I think that the University could certainly use more parking area, but I’m also in favor of sustainable development. How about trading the trees in the parking area for planting new ones (or transplanting old ones) to some other locale?

I suspect that a majority of Cornellians prefer the parking lot too: today I saw a counter protest set up next to the chained students with signs that read, among other things, “Honk if you love PARKING!” Needless to say, they rather out-honked the hippy contingent. Fairly amusing, if you ask me.

April 17, 2005

Hooray for Safari 1.3!

Filed under: Website — Milind Kulkarni @ 5:59 pm

So Safari 1.3 fixed the most egregious rendering bug on my website (that is to say, a point of non-compliance with the standards). The menu bar at the top of the page is relatively positioned, and then moved down to straddle the lower border of its enclosing box (so the dark brown box across the top is the enclosing box).

Safari does the positioning correctly (thankfully), and even does most of the rendering correctly. However, for CSS-y goodness, I set the :hover pseudo-class for the header links to change the background. If you’re using Firefox or Safari 1.3 (or even IE, I think), you can see that not only will the link text change colors when you hover, but so will the background of the list item. In the old version of Safari, it would only change the portion of the box that lay within the bounds of where the box would have originally been (i.e. before being moved down, so in this case, only the top half of the link would change colors).

Given that I sent off a copy of this site with a description of the problem a few weeks ago, and that Dave Hyatt had been fixing CSS bugs pretty much up to the hour that Safari 1.3 was released (see Surfin’ Safari), I will claim full credit for having gotten this bug fixed. Go me!

April 12, 2005

File under “odd coincidences”

Filed under: Journal — Milind Kulkarni @ 5:56 pm

My brother got himself a summer internship at Credit Suisse First Boston for the summer. He’ll be working as a trader. That’s entertaining in and of itself, as they’re presumably going to put my brother in charge of other people’s money. That should end up with my brother’s becoming either the next Warren Buffet or the next Michael Milken. I’ll leave it to you to decide which is more likely. Then again, even Michael Milken is filthy rich (Warren Buffet having progressed beyond filthy rich and straight on to even-multiple-dousings-with-bleach-won’t-help rich).

But the more amusing part is who he will be working with. He was taken out to dinner by the CSFB crew to some fancy French restaurant here in Ithaca during which his love for college basketball, specifically the brand of basketball played in the great state of North Carolina, came up in conversation. Apparently, one of his co-interns for the summer, working in the same division as him is a certain Lee Melchionni. Yes, this Lee Melchionni. Did I mention that my brother prefers a, shall we say, “lighter” shade of blue?

This will undoubtedly lead to all sorts of hilarity at CSFB this summer. My brother claims that he will wear his “UNC 2005 National Champions” t-shirt to work the first day. Or perhaps ask Lee why he didn’t box out on Marvin Williams when UNC beat Duke at the Dean Dome. Or maybe ask about his views on Coach K’s American Express Card.

Given that Lee has about 8 inches on him, I don’t know how long the taunting will last. But it should be fun while it does.

April 4, 2005

Cruise Pictures

Filed under: Pictures — Milind Kulkarni @ 11:06 pm

Even though these pictures have been up for a while, this post is really here to “seed” the category so that things display correctly. Anyway, cruise pictures from my family’s Winter, 2004-2005 (it spanned New Year’s) trip to the Caribbean are here.

Frist Psot!

Filed under: Journal — Milind Kulkarni @ 11:35 am

Maybe it’s not odd that my first “journal entry” on the website is going to be about the NCAA basketball finals. Granted, it would have been better if NC State had been playing, but as the likelihood of that’s happening is really quite low, I have to work with what I have. I actually don’t have much to say about the game itself (it wound up being close, and rather good, but for most of the game, it looked like UNC was going to run away with it). What’s weirder are the conflicting emotions. Do I want UNC to win to reiterate ACC superiority and the general better-ness of basketball in the state of North Carolina? Or do I want Illinois to win because that would both win my pool and jibe with my general hatred of UNC basketball. Unfortunately, rather than resulting in a situation where no matter what happens, I am happy, I am instead vaguely disappointed with the outcome regardless. Ah well. There’s always next year!

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