Friday 18 December 2009

Don't beat around the bush

[Post published by Liviu on Liviu's [Computer Science] Blog]

Let's assume you address to person X in some matter.

Since X is very busy, X dislikes it when people waste his/her time with long and unclear messages, i.e. messages full of twists and turns X does not understand.

So, X would appreciate if you could not beat around the bush:
  1. Keep it short and simple
  2. Make it clear, concise and coherent

X thanks you for following this approach and is delighted to read your message now.

Note: feel free to use the ideas from this post in your daily activities: e-mails, scientific papers, presenting your ideas to peers etc.

Thursday 10 December 2009

The Universe: a proposal for writing a research proposal for several future enhancements

[Post published by Liviu on Liviu's [Computer Science] Blog]

I used to consider the Universe being huge and incredibly fast, i.e. the best invented thing ever.
Well, it's not that good. [Seth Lloyd, Abstruse Goose]

Therefore, it may require improvements. I'm thinking on writing a research proposal for a better design of the Universe. Cool, isn't it?

Q.1: I have one problem though: I can't find the instructions manual or the complete specifications. OK, nobody shall thoroughly read those anyway, but it would look bad not to reference them.
Does anybody have them?

Q.2: Who should I submit the proposal to? I'm not sure who's in charge of it all:
(1) God - How do I reach Him/Her?
(2) NSF, NASA, CIA or some other secret US governmental agency?
(3) European Space Agency?