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Monday, May 25, 2009

Another milestone crossed

I crossed another milestone in my life. Every year, I try to think of such days as landmarks and assess what happened in the previous year. So here are my thoughts over the past 12 months:

  • Visited quite a few places - the Bay Area, Singapore, Genting, Malaysia, Pondicherry, my home-town village in Tirunelveli Distt, Copenhagen.
  • Changed my name.
  • Made one major move from Bangalore to Singapore.
  • Did not lose as much money in the recession as I thought I would. My stock market investments were just sold last week for a 10% profit. Not bad, eh?
  • Survived two rounds of layoffs at Yahoo!
  • Started using a MAC.
  • Met at least one schoolmate, one college mate, one IITK mate - so still kept in touch with my old friends.
  • Depps brainwashed me into joining the green brigade - became conscious of the seriousness of the matter. Hoping to see more material developments in the next 12 months.
  • Understood how royally screwed I am with my non-market investments and started working on it (and realized that its going to be a multi year effort to fix it :-)
  • Tried selling a house and failed in doing so.
  • Started tweeting on a regular basis.
I miss Santosh who gave me an amazing surprise this day last year along with Akhilesh when I was alone in San Jose, but on the plus side, my wife is with me this year.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Equations of the Match tonight

Now that RCB has a very good chance of getting into the semi finals, with the King XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals losing last night, its worth to look at the mathematics of the whole thing. At the moment, RCB, KXIP and Deccan are all tied at 14 points. If RCB wins it, it is more or less certain that RCB and Deccan go through since Deccan has a significantly higher Net Run Rate than KXIP. But if RCB loses the match, then the NRR equations come into play. RCB is ahead of KXIP at the moment, but lets see what it would take for RCB to get through:

Deccan Chargers Bat first
Deccan ScoresRCB need to score
180 113
150 83
120 53
100 32
RCB Bat first
RCB ScoresOvers in which Deccan gets it
180 8.4 or less
150 11.1 or less
120 11.2 or less
100 10.5 or less
50 10.4 or less

Conclusion: I think it is going to be very hard to keep out RCB from the semi finals here on. Go Kumble Go!!

I am not saying RCB will lose the match, but as they say "Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst."

ps: All the equations were solved by taking wolfram alpha out for a ride.

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