The lady had picked up the small brown bags that the store places near the ice cream section, so that you can store frozen foods in it. Presumably so that the ice cream doesn't melt too badly while you are shopping.
Anyway, she had picked up these small brown bags and gone through the store putting 2-3 items in each bag. A chunk of cheese and deli meat in one. Yoghurt and granola bars in another. And so on. She had eight such bags and asked the clerk at the checkout counter to put the items back in the same bag. So the clerk was unpacking each of the ice cream bags, scannning the items and putting them back in. One bag at a time.
Since 100 brown lunch bags sell for $2, this woman was messing with all of us behind her in line for a lousy 16c. Never mind how ungreen it is to use brown paper bags (and I know she'd at least talk the green talk because of all that crunchy stuff she was buying).
Model Verification Using Gaussian Mixture Models (20th Conf. on Prob and Stat. in the Atmos. Sc., 2010)[ talk (PDF) online ]
Evaluating a Storm Tracking Algorithm (26th IIPS, 2010) [ talk (PDF) online ]
Predicting Turbulence using Partial Least Squares Regression and an Artificial Neural Network (AMS AI Conference 2010) [ talk (PDF) online ]
Since we were out the week of Thanksgiving, I missed the chance to put up Christmas lights in nice weather. I thought I could omit the whole lights thing this year, but the nice weather today took away my excuse. The kids wheedled me into putting the lights up this morning.
Last week's cold spell also pointed out a couple of drafty windows. So, I spent the rest of the morning caulking.
In the afternoon, the wife decided the cars were beaucoup dirty. S1, she and I spent the afternoon washing the cars.
And such nice weather! Wouldn't it be great to grill something? I guess ... time for me to break out the backyard grill to smoke eggplants for Bhaigan Bharta ...
Am I ready for cold weather or what?
STEP 1: Form a bank.
STEP 2: Round up a bunch of unemployed friends to be "bankers."
STEP 3: Raise $1 billion of equity. (This is the only tricky step. And it's not that tricky. See below.*)
STEP 4: Borrow $9 billion from the Fed at an annual cost of 0.25%.
STEP 5: Buy $10 billion of 30-year Treasuries paying 4.45%
STEP 6: Sit back and watch the cash flow in
Shivkumar and I were in the same batch at IITM and were also graduate students at Ohio State at the same time. One of the ways that we saved money as starving graduate students was that I'd give him a haircut and he'd cut my hair in return -- we saved a grand total of $10 that way!
Anyway, it was a nice surprise to see my former barber serving out Carnatic music lessons over the web.
Catlett Center on the OU campus has gorgeous acoustics and it was used to maximum effect during a Xmas choral music concert yesterday. The icing on the cake was that one in every 4 songs or so, they'd invite audience participation and then the whole hall reverberated.