Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Another little step

Yesterday I defended my dissertation proposal in front of my committee and they decided that it was good enough for me to move to the next stage of my Graduate Career. I have now almost advanced to candidacy. What it means is that my Committee has signed a form which needs to go through the appropriate channels to be approved. It will be official once it has several signatures from people across campus. Last year this time, I would not have imagined this. Things just fell into place this academic year. This achievement would not have been possible without the support of my committee who kept pushing me to work harder. It is the culmination of work that started as an amoeba of an idea last summer. The road ahead is still long but now at least the end is in sight and I am hopeful of successfully getting my PhD.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

March your way into a Totalitarian State!!

What next! The Government telling me how many kids I can have and what kind of cars, clothes and food I should consume. There is a law requiring all Television signals to switch to Digital in February 2009. I am surprised there is no outrage against this law which is a direct infringement of individual and business choices to the kind of signal they want to transmit and receive. This morning I read another really alarming news item. Apparently car manufacturers will be required to conform to a minimum 31 miles per gallon fuel efficiency norm. Read the story here. This is because the Bush Administration is concerned about global warming and rising fuel prices. For a country that values individual freedom America is the land with an alarming number of such silly laws and regulation restricting individual choice. It is becoming a totalitarian economy where everything has to conform to the laws laid down by the government. Americans are giving up their hard earned freedom to the government and not even realizing it.