Simple Job Requirements

I came across this post from one of my workplace mailers from a thread which started on how “ordinary” the job requirements a position were, leading to this post here which I am reposting..so check yourself with this screener and see if there is any potential for a good fit…and btw, all assignments here are mandatory

COMPUTER SCIENCE: Write a fifth-generation computer language. Using this language, write a computer program to finish the rest of this exam for you. HISTORY: Describe the history of the Papacy from its origins to the present day, concentrating especially, but not exclusively, on its social, political, economic, religious and philosophical impact on Europe, Asia, America and Africa. Be brief, concise and specific. ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING: You will be placed in a nuclear reactor and given a partial copy of the electrical layout. The electrical system has been tampered with. You have seventeen minutes to find the problem and correct it before the reactor melts down. MEDICINE: You have been provided with a razor blade, a piece of gauze, and a bottle of scotch. Remove your appendix. Do not suture until your work has been inspected. You have fifteen minutes. PUBLIC SPEAKING: 2500 riot-crazed aborigines are storming the classroom. Calm them. You may use any ancient language except Latin or Greek. BIOLOGY: Create life. Estimate the differences in subsequent human culture if this form of life had developed 500 million years earlier, with special attention to its probable effect on the English Parliamentary System. Prove your thesis. CIVIL ENGINEERING: This is a practical test of your design and building skills. With the boxes of toothpicks and glue present, build a platform tha twill support your weight when you and your platform are suspended over a vat of nitric acid. MUSIC: Write a piano concerto. Orchestrate and perform it with flute and drum. You will find a piano under your seat. PSYCHOLOGY: Based on your knowledge of their early works, evaluate the emotional stability, degree of adjustment, and repressed frustrations of each of the following: Alexander of Aphrodisis, Rameses II, Hammuarabi, and Gregory of Nicea. Support your evaluation with quotations from each man's work, making appropriate references. It is not necessary to translate. CHEMISTRY: You must evaluate a poison sample which you will find at your lab table. All necessary equipment has been provided. There are two beakers at your desk, one of which holds the antidote. If the wrong substance is used, it causes instant death. You may begin as soon as the professor injects you with a sample of the poison. (We feel this will give you an incentive to find the correct answer.) SOCIOLOGY: Estimate the sociological problems which might accompany the end of the world. Construct an experiment to test your theory. ENGINEERING: The disassembled parts of a high-powered rifle have been placed on your desk. You will also find an instruction manual, printed in Swahili. In 10 minutes, a hungry Bengal tiger will be admitted to the room. Take whatever action you feel necessary. Be prepared to justify your decision. ECONOMICS: Develop a realistic plan for refinancing the national debt. Trace the possible effects of your plan in the following areas: Cubism, the Donatist Controversy and the Wave Theory of Light. Outline a method for preventing these effects. Criticize this method from all possible points of view. Point out the deficiencies in your point of view, as demonstrated in your answer to the last question. ECONOMICS II: Describe in four hundred words or less what you would have done to prevent the Great Depression. MATHEMATICS: Derive the Euler-Cauchy equations using only a straightedge and compass. Discuss in detail the role these equations had on mathematical analysis in Europe during the 1800s. POLITICAL SCIENCE: There is a red telephone on the desk beside you. Start World War III. Report at length on its socio-political effects, if any. EPISTEMOLOGY: Take a position for or against truth. Prove the validity of your stand. RELIGION: Perform a miracle. Creativity will be judged. ART: Given one eight-count box of crayons and three sheets of notebook paper, recreate the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Skin tones should be true to life. PHYSICS: Explain the nature of matter. Include in your answer an in-depth evaluation of the impact of the development of mathematics on science. METAPHYSICS: Describe in detail the probable nature of life after death. Test your hypothesis. PHILOSOPHY: Sketch the development of human thought and estimate its significance. Compare with the development of any other kind of thought. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: Describe in detail. Be objective and specific. EXTRA CREDIT: Define the universe, and give three examples.

Lomography Camera

holga camera starter kit

Holga starter kit

I finally made a run to the USPS post office to pick up my holga lomography camera. This is the Holga 120CN which comes with the flash and ability to shoot in 4 color modes. The above picture was shot using my other camera and I’ve tried to give it a faux-lomography effect through gimp. I was introduced to the concept of lomography through, well,  www.lomography.com, and was hooked onto the concept. The holga was significantly cheaper than the Lomo LC-A and at 60 bucks, there wasn’t really much to lose. The starter kit arrived today and it was indeed a nice little package complete with a poster, batteries, film roll, black tape (to tape the camera edges to avoid light leakage), instruction manual, extra format mask, and a really cool booklet of sample lomography pics and tips to get creative. The camera by itself isn’t exactly a compact camera. In terms of size, it would rather compare with the SLR camera out there, difference being this is anything but an SLR!! Right from the moment you look at the camera box, you can’t help but think that this is nothing but a kids toy. The all-plastic build, the large and minimalistic components, and the boxy shape are all saying that you can take me all apart and put me back in under 5 minutes. The camera controls are the click button, a ring over the lens which sets the focus on one of 3 positions (1m/2m/infinity), f-stops to f/8 or f/20, hue to white/red/blue/green, shutter speed manual (i.e. how long the click is depressed) or default(1/100) and flash on/off. Thats it! Thats all, everything that can be done with this is from one of these 2-3 settings. The manual does help in getting things up and set, and has instructions on what the various buttons mean. I am looking forward to being more of a shutter bug than ever before, and quite look forward to subject reactions to this unassumingly unsophisticated camera. More posts on lomography to follow for sure as and when I get back the prints.

Cutting the red-ribbion

…and inaugurating my blog. I intend to have this as a generic personal blog where I post just about anything which touches my life – but mostly I anticipate an inclination towards interesting pieces related to technology and software, photography, travel, music and alternative lifestyle. The blogosphere is indeed a really exciting place today, and more often than not, my search queries take me to personal blogs which answer things that I was searching for in an incredibly lucid and personal manner. My hope is to contribute my (0.01)^n cents to this universe of user driven content, and  connect with like-minded people.

The last time I seriously looked at blogging was when the whole web 2.0 thing was nascent, perhaps back in 2001. Back in the day, blogs were no doubt exciting concepts, and indeed there were quite a few interesting blogs which I used to regularly follow, however, it wasn’t quite clear whether blogs would merely be a form of unstructured posting which lacked a formal verification of authenticity and hence unlikely to be a taken as a serious medium of information sharing and dissipation, or, whether they had the potential to significantly alter the way information was created and consumed on the web. Looking back, well, it is impossible to overstate the significance blogs have had on our lives and the power of information sharing. Moving over, we’re at web 3.0 and there were similar question being asked about social networking not so long ago, and going by what we see today, we are only beginning to scratch the surface of the way our social and web behaviors relate.

Thanks for checking out my first blog post and hope to see you again here!