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Truth behind "Sesame Street Pakistan Loses $20 Million in U.S. Funding "

Recently a controversy triggered between USAID and Rafi Peer Theatre. Lot of things documented and published over the internet having lot of versions. There were no published or documented version from Rafi Peer Theatre until Talat did following program with them.

As this video is record in Urdu, for my foreign friends, Jawwad Fareed did a great job by summarizing this video in a blog post

Notes from Kough's presentation

Following notes are taken from a presentation "How to do good research, get it published in SIGKDD and get it cited" by Eamonn Kough
·Must have a problem ·Write before experiments (similar to literature review?) ·Make sure you have real datasets (find the dataset available on internet or ask from peers / authors of other papers solving similar problem or generate dataset) ·Start with simplest idea … convince yourself and then reviewer that this is simples idea ·Don’t’ have solution? Try solutions from other fields … ·Make problem simple by taking assumptions, publish early results and then comeback to original problem by removing assumptions one by one ·Don’t believe everything written in literature is true … don’t trust until you test it ·Make sure problem really exists ·Paper must be written in self explanatory form with self explaining figures so reader should not be forced to think ·Invest time on Title, abstract and introduction: a good introduction with good motivation is half…

Imply value

The owner of a small company needed to get rid of an old boiler that his company had replaced with a shiny new one. Not wanting to pay disposal fees, and thinking that someone else could use it, he dragged it out onto the street and put a “Free” sign on it. To his dismay, a week later it was still there. He was about to call a disposal company when his foreman said “I can get rid of it in one day”.

The foreman replaced the “Free” sign with one that said “For Sale, $1,500”. That night, the boiler was stolen.

Found in presentation "How to do good research, get it published in SIGKDD and get it cited" by Eamonn Kough

Online (English) Writing Lab

Purdue university has a wonderful portal for students and instructors to access quality material related to English Language available at http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/. The available material is in very simple form and aided with exercises as well.

As they mentioned on their site:

The Purdue University Writing Lab and Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) assist clients in their development as writers—no matter what their skill level—with on-campus consultations, online participation, and community engagement. The Purdue Writing Lab serves the Purdue, West Lafayette, campus and coordinates with local literacy initiatives. The Purdue OWL offers global support through online reference materials and services. I must recommend to all students and fellow, specially who has fear of incompetent writing skills like me :)

Project Idea: Windows 7 to-do gadget with sync

I have started using Windows 7 To-do list gadget once again and it is really useful to remind you to-do things immediately after you logged-in. But I lack a very important feature and unable to find any app that can accomplish this. I am curious to have a mobile app for to-do list that can sync with windows 7 widget and so I can set reminder on both side as well.