Aki Riihilahti is an intelligent and gifted footballer. He is currently in England playing for the First Division side, Crystal Palace. While they are still First Division, I consider Aki to be a little unlucky for two reasons
* His home country Finland never qualified for the World Cup
* His current club are struggling in the middle of the first division
I really hope he gets a chance to play in the premiership and maybe even Europe.

I came across his virtual self when I first played Championship Manager on PC. Coincidentally, he likes to play CM too 🙂 as is evident from this blog.

I consider his writings to be thoughtful, funny and definitely a big find. He is one of the few footballers to blog honest and spontaneously. There might be others out there but this is the first one I found, so I’m pretty surprised.

Here’s his home page.

IT Horoscopes

IT Horoscopes – September 2003
Career horoscopes for geeks…

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March 21- April 20
Work harder than ever — and whenever possible, try to troubleshoot your own problems. This is not a good time to ask others for favors. Get organized by creating new schedules and documentation procedures and then stick to them. Your effort and planning will pay off if you take the time to get to know how priorities are set — and who has the authority to change them. You may be frustrated that decisions don’t get made as quickly as you’d like. View this downtime as an opportunity to analyze your work patterns and find ways to make improvements. It’s very possible you’re about to strike gold.

Personal keyword: elegant solution
Related Reading: Do you shoot trouble or does it shoot you? Practical studies in troubleshooting


I definitely don’t agree with the way the Industry is headed as far as offering incentives to top performers go. The trend begins with Microsoft, who recently switched over from stock options to something more toned down and less attractive. For them, this move might have made sense, but to the employed worker, this is definitely a loss.

As a young kid, I wasn’t ashamed to put in that extra 10% for some cool incentive. The incentive never assumed more importance than the task itself, but it did push the stakes up that much higher. My mom proudly states that my Grandad was one of the first traders in the busy commercial laxmi road to introduce commisions to employees proportional to their sales. That was an early incentive which caught on in terms of popularity with all the other traders. For the employee, this meant instant rewards after some real hard-selling and it works even today.

In the Industrial revolution and later the technological revolution, 100% employee owned companies are rare but ever present. What is more popular, is to give a direct share of the company to the employee. This introduced two factors I consider important, accountability of the employee to the company in terms of his work ethic and reverse accountability of the company to the employee in terms of its management.

Somewhere down the road, this did help the rich get richer (Bill Gates is worth so many billions now) but more than anything, it gave the employee the very achievable dream of getting rich when his hard work paid off and not this is not just an option to indemnify yourself when your old, I mean retire at 40.

The kind of incentive everybody hates is the one where you take from Ram and give to Shyam, I have seen that happen in my career, I did not like it and no I was not on the wrong end of the stick. I have also experienced the better and more fair incentive. It gave me confidence in my abilities and pride in my work.

You cannot deny it, in its harder form, necessity IS the mother of invention. While incentive may not be so strong in intensity it certainly is ingrained in Human Nature.

Yellow Dal

Everytime I try to make Yellow Dal, it turns out to be very different from the last time. Considering I’ve been cooking for a year now, I have not learnt much :(. Anyhow, I’ve seen a v.large number of movies in the last three months :). The most memorable ones:

June 2003 – September 2003
1. When Harry Met Sally
2. Das Boot
3. Analyze This
4. Analyze That
5. The Windtalkers
6. About Scmidt
7. Pirates of the Carribean
8. Finding Nemo
9. Wall Street
10. Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
11. The Usual Suspects
12. The Ring
13. Sex and Lucia
14. Desperado
15. Oceans Eleven
16. The Piano Teacher
17. Bandits
18. Dil Chahta Hai
19. The Drunken Master – Jackie Chan
20. Bowling for Columbine
21. Leaving Las Vegas
22. Black Hawk Down