27 April 2010

Third-rate, second-rate and first-rate

A friend/colleague of mine has come up with the following wise saying:
The hallmark of a third-rate university is that they hire second-rate administrators with first-rate salary.
This came to my mind, recently, when I read this:

Hypocritical' principals get big pay rise

UNIVERSITY principals were accused of hypocrisy today after figures revealed they were given big pay increases while staff are facing redundancies.

The survey covering 2008-09 showed Professor Anton Muscatelli, the then principal of Heriot-Watt University, received the largest rise in Scotland – a 23.8 per cent increase from £168,000 in 2007-8 to £208,000 in 2008-9.

Professor Tim O'Shea at Edinburgh University took a 2.6 per cent cut but still received £223,000. Napier's Joan Stringer got a 7.9 per cent rise to £191,000. And Anthony Cohen at Queen Margaret had a 14 per cent rise to £171,000.

Mary Senior, of the University and College Union, said: "It is hypocritical to give themselves large rises while giving a ludicrous offer to the staff who do all the work."

A spokeswoman for Heriot-Watt said: "Principal Muscatelli joined on £160,000, a modest salary within the sector. By the start of 2008-9, he had implemented a visionary new strategic plan."

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What measure theory is about

It's about counting, but when things get too large.
Put otherwise, it's about addition of positive numbers, but when these numbers are far too many.

The principle of dynamic programming

max_{x,y} [f(x) + g(x,y)] = max_x [f(x) + max_y g(x,y)]

The bottom line

Nuestras horas son minutos cuando esperamos saber y siglos cuando sabemos lo que se puede aprender.
(Our hours are minutes when we wait to learn and centuries when we know what is to be learnt.) --António Machado

Αγεωμέτρητος μηδείς εισίτω.
(Those who do not know geometry may not enter.) --Plato

Sapere Aude! Habe Muth, dich deines eigenen Verstandes zu bedienen!
(Dare to know! Have courage to use your own reason!) --Kant