Archive for November, 2007

What’s the opposite of yummy?

November 23, 2007

What with it currently being Thanksgiving, I suddenly had the urge to google the word, “Turducken“. I’d heard of it before, and I even knew what it was, but I just wanted to know more about it. I’m starting to wish I hadn’t. When reading the Wikipedia article on it (the first link in the Google search), there was mention of other “variants”, including the turgooponducheasnishuaichuffguihagaga, which supposedly consists of a turkey, duck, chicken, cornish game hen, pheasant, quail, goose, capon, beef, pork, lamb and frog. I can only imagine what stuffing that thing must be like.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

Hurry hurry!

November 21, 2007

I’m just looking over my flight to Chicago in two weeks, specifically my return. Unfortunately, I only have 75 minutes to change flights. Virgin Atlantic arrives at 8:50am London time, and Jet Airways departs at 10:05am. Fortunately, both airlines operate from the same terminal, Terminal 3. However, according to the Heathrow guide, I need at least 60 minutes to catch a connecting flight in the same Terminal, because for some unknown idiotic reason, I need to go through the security check again, where they put my handbag through the conveyor belt and make me walk through the magnetic doorway. Dipshits.

Calling Orbitz now to find out they’re gonna take care of me if I miss my flight.

Who needs Chicago anyway?

November 15, 2007

Got my first ding. *sigh* Oh well, still four more to go, and I just need one to work. 🙂

Math is beautiful

November 7, 2007

This was just a very interesting read. I’ve always believed that math is more interesting than people give it credit for. Falling math standards are more due to bad teaching than the difficulty of the subject.

All in the family

November 7, 2007

I present my brother-in-law. Too bad I don’t like their phones too much. 🙂

Bullsh!t? Probably…

November 6, 2007

A couple of days ago, my mom mentioned that a face reader would be coming over to our place. I’m not sure on who’s recommendation mom brought the guy over, but I made it amply clear that I wanted nothing to do with the guy. Anyway, after he arrived, Roshni made me sit down and listen to what the guy was saying about dad (since obviously, it would be too rude to leave the room). The whole thing reminded me of the very first episode of Penn and Teller’s Bullshit. Different goal (making predictions as opposed to contacting the dead), but same principle. The guy made general statements about dad (“Self-made man”, “People jealous of your success”, etc etc), before mentioning me (“your son is very hard-working”). That’s when dad and I both started laughing. 😛 When dad mentioned that I was actually pretty lazy, the guy backtracked pretty well and said that I was young, but when the time came, I would put in the effort required.

Anyway, I had enough and went inside my room with my oranges. Later that night, just as dad was about to go to bed, he told me that I was “110% right” about the guy being a fraud. He went to drop him off at his hotel, but apparently he made sure that dad didn’t see where they were staying, and got off near the railway station instead. *shakes head*

My new toy

November 6, 2007

Dad was in Shanghai for work last week, and on his way back through Singapore, he got me a new piece of electronic wizardry: the Philips Arcitec 1060 electric shaver. It looks pretty sleek, and I tried it for the first time this morning. It felt ok. I haven’t really used electric shavers much before, so I can’t comment on how it’s supposed to be. It seems to have gotten reasonably close to the skin. But it didn’t seem to contour itself around my face very well. Still, they claim it takes two to three weeks to get used to an electric shaver, so I’ll try it out. Plus, now I don’t have an excuse not to shave more often. 😛

4 (almost) down, 1 to go

November 5, 2007

Harvard is done. Chicago is done. MIT-Sloan is done. Berkeley-Haas will be done in a few hours, once I have a couple of people look at it. But that’s as good as done too. The only one left is UNC-Kenan Flagler, but that’s still over 4 weeks away.

The application process has been pretty interesting, and I can honestly say that I learned a lot about myself while I was writing all the application essays. That being said, let me reiterate what I’ve said before: I hate writing essays. I’m much more of a stream-of-consciousness writer, so having to get my point across within a pre-defined word limit is quite frustrating.

Also, I’ve been very lucky with the way the application schedule worked out. Harvard was due Oct 2. Then I had two weeks for Chicago (Oct 17), and almost two more weeks for Sloan (Oct 30). I was a little worried about Haas (Nov 5), since I had less than a week after MIT. But after looking at the Haas essays, I saw that almost every single topic had been covered in the three previous applications, so the only thing I needed to do these past six days is fix them up for Haas.

It’s also interesting how I can get a vibe about the school based purely on how the application is laid out, what kind of questions are asked, and even the user-friendliness of the application interface. So far, the best vibes I’ve gotten have been from Chicago and Haas. I actually visited Chicago’s facility earlier this year, and since it was a new building (circa 2004), the facilities were rather impressive. As for Haas, it’s in the Bay Area, and that automatically makes it a cool place to be. 😀

On a side note, I have a complaint about how most MBA programs notify applicants (with one major exception). With every other MBA program I applied to, the process is kinda like a black hole. You submit your application, they send you an email either inviting you for an interview, or telling you that they don’t want to interview you (which is essentially a rejection). Then, on a specified date, they will post their official admissions decisions (which is only of interest for people who got an interview since, if you didn’t get an interview, then you already know you got rejected). For example, Harvard has a decision notification date of January 16, 2008. That’s the date that admissions decisions will be posted online. It’s also the only deadline they offer for giving me any information at all. In other words, even if I get an email saying they don’t want to interview me, I might potentially have to wait until January 15 before I even receive that email, leaving me on tenterhooks the entire time. The advice I received is, “If you haven’t heard back, you’re still in the race.” Very comforting. 😛 Still, it could be worse. I talked to a friend of mine who’s a Harvard alum, and he said that realistically, people with interview invites are notified by mid December at the latest. The only times Harvard notifies people later than that is if they screwed up, and too many people who got admitted to Harvard end up going somewhere else.  Regardless, it’s still frustrating when I don’t even know how long to wait (except for that interminable Jan 16 deadline).

That’s why I appreciate Chicago’s schedule. By Nov 14, they will notify everyone who applied if they have an interview or not. In other words,  within the next 9 days, I should hear something back from them. *crosses fingers*