Viva La Americanos

From a NY Times story on a rock that was in the middle of riven on border of states of Kentucky  and Ohio

Now, because of one man’s obsessive good intention, the fabled rock sits on old tires in the municipal garage of this river city, awaiting the outcome of a border dispute that goes something like this:

Some Ohioans say the rock is an important piece of Portsmouth history and should be put on display. Some Kentuckians say the rock is an important piece of Kentucky, period, and should be returned. And some in both states say: I’ve been distracted by war, recession and a presidential campaign, so forgive me. But are we fighting over a rock?

Last month the Kentucky House of Representatives passed a resolution demanding the rock’s return to its watery bed, with one of its members suggesting that a raiding party to Portsmouth might be in order. Not to be outdone, the Ohio House of Representatives is considering a resolution that asserts the rock’s significance to Ohio, and its speaker has said he is ready to guard the boulder with his muzzle-loading shotgun.

Ah , the passion . Viva La Americans.


Once there was a CEO.

Pretty good chap, but couldnt bear to hear NO.

Liked to work quite hard and nice

Had office affairs many, His only VICE

Treated his team to lavish offsites,

Where he could sleep with office wives

Then got caught with his pants down.

Yesterday’s genius became today’s clown.

Fired by the Board, the CEO thought again,

started up a company ,with a new brand name,

Couldnt really help it,

He was addicted to playing the game.

O CEO, close yet so far.

Listen to our advice ,O Noble Czar.

Quit fooling around and be decent again.

Lest your ventures go again in vain.

Rules of RIO Carnival

Samba group Beija Flor was declared Brazil’s carnival champion for the fifth time in six years, wowing judges with gold-encrusted, winged dancers and green jungle display floats.

Beija Flor’s lavishly decorated float scooped the top prize at the Rio carnival.

While Beija Flor’s dancers were topless, the judges drew the line at going bottomless, penalizing the rival Sao Clemente group for breaking a rule against display of genitalia during its 80-minute parade.



They didn’t name the offender, but she was widely believed to be samba queen Viviane Castro, who danced wearing only a 1.6-inch patch, believed to be the smallest in Rio parade history.

Ps. CNN now has a sub section called funny news . This report wasnt taken from it, but from itself.

10 SAS Procs:Learning SAS Easily


When I was beginning in analytics and learning SAS, one of my team members pulled me aside and said man-just learn 10 types of procs and you have learnt it.You can download actual cut and paste code from the link above. 

 Proc Freq  ,Proc Datasets  

Proc Means, Proc Print

  Proc Contents, Proc Univariate

Proc Summary   ,Proc Sort

  Additional – Merging data pulled from multiple locations

Sort all datasets by the key (here var1) before merging  


Proc Rank Proc Tabulate  

 p.s It proved to be more complex but learning different  kinds of procs is  an easy way for a SAS beginner to  learn SAS faster and clear SAS skills interviews

The Ultimate Rejection Letter

Herbert A. Millington Chair -
Search Committee
412A Clarkson Hall,
Whitson University College Hill,
 MA  34109
  Dear Professor Millington,  Thank you for your letter of March 16.
After careful consideration,
 I regret to inform you that I am unable to accept your refusal
to offer me an assistant professor position in your department.
  This year I have been particularly fortunate in receiving an
unusually large number of rejection letters.  With such a varied
and promising field of candidates, it is impossible for me to
accept all refusals.   Despite Whitson's outstanding qualifications
 and previous experience in rejecting applicants, I find that your
rejection does not meet my needs at this time.
 Therefore, I will assume the position of assistant professor
in your department this August.
I look forward to seeing you then.
Best of luck in rejecting future applicants.
Sincerely, Chris L. Jensen

Microsoft Office Live

Thought for today: The World’s biggest Online compmay is actually a one page frontend …


It is a good and inexpensive starting point for online entrepreneurship.

 It helps you create websites, company branded email and without going to any other site, writing code or spending any money.

It helps give you basic level of familiarity of website making with both pure online businesses and online-offline businesses.

Here is an interesting book from Office Live, Microsoft’s initiative in the SME market.

Content Management Systems (CMS)

The two main content management systems are Drupal

and Joomla

These are two pages as test examples for the two different CMS’s.

Advantages of them are –

Easier to manage a lot of content


Difficult to configure as compared to wordpress

Less Attractive Themes or Plugins.

I preferred drupal precisely because it gives some added flexibilty in themes and editing content.

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