Why do Indians still believe in arranged marriages in 21st century? How could you sleep with someone, you don't know very well?

Love marriage is like making your own noodles and arranged marriage is like buying noodles.

Long answer, read on.

1. You're so wrong about Indian arranged marriage.

Open times of India or any newspaper on Sunday and read the matrimony page. You'll find women and men having criteria for getting laid.

e.g. Here's one ad that i can read right now.

Jain bride, 25, earns 6Lakh, wants to work after marriage, looking for partner, earning 20L,NRI, under 30, alcohol allowed, no smoking, non veg not allowed.

Conclusion: Arranged marriages are deals in marketplace. Bitter truth. Man buys woman with his package and it's her beauty and skills get sold.

So when you set so many such criteria, do you really think you are marrying a stranger, when that person you find as per this criteria. Because logically you have figured out everything that goes in the person, other than private parts and only that part is likely to explore after marriage and of course, mental response of the partner as relationship progress ahead.

Still think, arranged marriage is about sleeping with stranger?

2. Love marriage is over-fantasized all over the world.

Not all people are disciplined enough to choose what is good for themselves. e.g. Many women in india, prepare themselves and their habits so they end up being married arranged marriage way in safe family – for financial and social security reasons. Trust me, I am friend of two women who decided to get engineering education to marry NRI and they did just that.

Love marriages are not always safe when the man or woman can't stand for their own decisions and are not strong at decision making skills.

On that comparison, love marriage is progressive, often full of hardship, you know about earning-package of your partner while you are in love and see the progress, you know about likes and dislikes of partner within the relationship, you have to test every single aspect of the partner while you are in relationship.

More educated and mature you're, the more success in love marriage. In case of arranged marriage, the pressure from peers is too much that you have to find reasons to break out of marriage. In case of love marriage it is easy yet takes bigger mental toll on either partner.

Few things to get out of the way –

  • Not all love marriages are meant for sex. Hell, if that were to be the case, many couples that I know are supposed to take off from their relationship by now. If any dumb person wants to have love marriage for the sake of "sex" and "not being with stranger", they are on their way to emotional suicide.
  • Arranged marriage doesn't mean you end up having sex with stranger. One-night stands fit that description much better.

In some castes and regions, it takes 3 weeks to even touch your wife after all the ritual drama. In that time, you end up knowing your wife way better than your cat. You get comfortable even before marriage by texting/phone and meeting outside or even having dinner with partners family.

So the stuff that you see about arranged marriage in TV and movies, is limited to uneducated crowd or the educated people who choose to follow that much backward marriage formula.

Marriage in india, is not just meant for sleeping with man/woman and having kids and taking pictures with DSLR and singing happy ending song. It connects two families, and for that matter, gives the man and woman safe sex pass.

By the way, how safe is sleeping with every woman/man you like on life journey? I choose not to take risk due to STD in this highly populated nation where nobody is worth trusting on emotional scale.

Where can I buy waterproof fabric by the meter in Hong Kong?

I make swimsuits for a living in Hong Kong. Water resistant fabrics are extremely hard to find by the meter and have a whole range of other factors you would have to consider. Stretch, material, color, finishing treatment, salt and corrosion resistance, to just name a few.

Also, sewing the fabric onto another base fabric would most likely destroy or weaken its waterproof abilities.

What other industries could one build a premium screencast service like Railscasts.com?

Honestly, there is no shortage of industries. As long as you have expertise in a certain area you should be able to monetize it. Having said that, you need to make sure that the value you're providing is real. I trust that Railscasts premium tutorials will be worth my $9 a month because the free content has served as a proof of Ryan's expertise on the subject.

Gary Vaynerchuk (business person) started Vlogging about wine. Other's make millions form Make-up Tutorials on YouTube. Bob Ross sold prints of his paintings at the end of each episode.

I'm currently in the process of creating screencast tutorials for Inkscape. It's a free open source illustration tool comparable to Adobe's Illustrator. I'll be focusing on it's Web Design and Wireframing capabilities. The tutorials that are out there now are fairly old and basic, and I've had success creating and designing UI for the web using this tool. I know I can provide value in this space, now you have to figure out where you can make your mark.

What is it like to work for Lucasfilm in Singapore?

I used to worked as part of the Productions team at LucasArts Singapore, where I was involved in really awesome games like The Force Unleashed I and II on the PS3 and XBOX. Plus there are also other stuff on the DS, iPhone/iPad.

 And I would like to comment that working @ Lucasfilm Singapore, we really embrace the culture of 'Work hard, player even harder!'. We get to swing with lightsabers at work, work with really cool and awesome ideas for the next big movie or game.

Teamwork is essential to Lucasfilm, where everyone is treated with respect and dignity. I got to work side by side with some of the most exceptional people in the entertainment industry — incredible artists, PhD's, Academy Award winners. And we believe people work best when they're enjoying what they do, and we take pride in creating a relaxed environment.

Why are many great fund managers also great card players?

Brief background: I have been an options trader for 7 years and I was a successful online poker player in the mid 2000s. Damn I'm getting old.

In general, most answers to this question are good answers like the one Andrei Kolodovski gave in this thread. Certainly there are similarities between poker and trading. Here are the key ones in my opinion:

– You make lots of bets with incomplete information. There is a big difference between trading/poker and a game like chess, where you know where all the pieces are.
– You must understand and embrace variance. In my experience, the best poker players and the best traders are able to perform at a high level whether they are making money or losing money. For me, this is the one major skill my poker education gave me.
– You have to have an obsession with edge. It is very important for both poker players and traders to understand where their profitability comes from. Often markets/people change and you have to adapt and improve to remain profitable.

But here's the truth: finance professionals are almost always terrible at poker. And it's the best kind of terrible to play against because many traders/investors think their skills will translate into poker, and have no idea they are terrible at poker.

Here's the bottom line: poker is hard. When I was competing at a high level in poker, I played 40+ hours of poker a week. Then I spent another 10-15 hours analyzing my hands by using software and by discussing individual hands with other top players. I did this for almost 4 years of my life. One year after I took a full-time job in finance, I probably went from being one of the best 200 players in the world to the 20,000th best player.

Another thing about poker is that it is much harder to get good at poker now than it was before Black Friday. It is much easier to get better at poker if you can play online. In person, you might play 20-30 hands an hour if you are lucky. Online, you can comfortably play 4+ tables at 60 hands/hour. You can also easily import your hands into a database and fix problems with your game. You can actually play a meaningful sample size of hands and draw real conclusions from your results. Many finance professionals who play poker have never played online. The ones who are good have usually played a bunch online. It requires a ton of time playing live poker to get very good.

What makes poker the best game in the world is accessibility and short-term luck. Anyone can beat anyone on a given night (unlike Chess where I will lose to Magnus Carlsen every time with no exceptions). Anyone can win a poker tournament. This is why poker is so popular.

Because of the luck involved, it is almost impossible to deduce poker skill based on in-person results. The financial press loves to make a big deal when a finance guy makes a deep run in a poker tournament… but luck is by far the biggest factor to winning a single poker tournament, not skill.

To sum it all up, poker is hard. The vast majority of big-shot finance guys who are listed as great poker players are mediocre at best. Most of these people are way too busy running a business and/or trading to be able to invest the time required to get good at poker. There is certainly some overlapping skills that successful poker players and traders have–but that doesn't mean every good trader can play poker!

Do I go to US in a university ranked more than 100 or stay in India? [Please read question details]

Okay, almost all of your premises are either horribly wrong or are way too negative. So much so that I don't know where to start.

Coming to the first paragraph, you say your UG degree was in EE. That is fine. It's not the end of the world. You then say you have started an M.Tech program. Have you finished it? Have you received good grades throughout your UG and PG? Have you performed any research at all? If no, are you interested in research? If yes, how do you know you are interested?

A Ph.D is not a joke. It is an investment of 3 to 5 (maybe more) years of your work. If you are not serious about research, you shouldn't take it up at all. From your question, I gather that you don't have too much of research experience. So, read on. I say, if you don't have experience, get some! If one of your M.Tech professors are good and are doing some good research, ask them if you can join their project. Look for some professors in IITs, IISc or other research institutions and check if you can join their projects. Ask them. Work for a year or two with them. Get a few papers under your belt. That is experience. You will be paid either nothing, or a very small sum. This is normal in the life of a researcher.

By doing all this, you'll accomplish two things which are absolutely essential for a research degree. First, you'll have some experience which will help you get some good admits. Second, you'll know whether you're really interested in research. If you are not, then a Ph.D is not for you. Your reason for wanting to go abroad is right. Apart from the excellent level of research at many places abroad, you'll get some precious life experiences as well. You also mention getting more "respect" back in India. While this may be true, it is one of the worst reasons to do a Ph.D abroad.

You could also try for a Ph.D admit based on your masters degree and the research work you've done as part of your M.Tech thesis. It's not impossible to get a good admit this way, but it's a bit difficult.

Now, coming to the actual application stage. Ph.D applications are quite hard, more so if you don't have a lot of experience. But, the good thing is, Ph.D admits are usually fully funded. From your question, I don't think you knew this. Funding is hard to come by for MS applications, but for Ph.D, funding is typically the norm rather than the exception. It is, however, important to establish contact with professors who are likely to accept you in their projects. This was for US universities. In many European countries like Germany, education is completely free, so there is no question of funding covering tuition fees at all.

My point is, if you're truly worth a Ph.D, you will get funding. I'm glad you're thinking about MIT and Stanford. Certainly, they are very good places to get a Ph.D from. But you then jump straight to some university ranked 100.

First of all, 100 is not a bad number, and if you're getting full funding, it might well be worth it. What was the ranking of your UG and PG institutions again? In all probability, they weren't even on the list.

Second, with the right experience, you might be able to get into a school ranked above 100 as well, say 30 or 70. With funding, this is not so bad either.

Third, don't rely too much on rankings websites. They give a general idea, sure, but not the whole picture, and certainly not when it comes to research work. For instance, MIT may be doing some excellent work in HCI, but almost nothing in Architecture. Rankings websites don't tell you this. For a Ph.D, securing a good advisor is a bit more important than going to a great school.

Finally, play your cards right, and you may not have to spend too much of your parents' money. Do your homework before coming to conclusions!

Has anyone used Arab World Careers Resume Forwarding Service?

No. General rule of thumb; you should never have to pay to get a job.

Secondly, I am in a blue chip MNC and pretty senior so I get dozens of blind mails with CVs from recruiters and forwarding agencies. In my 15 years of hiring, I have never repeat never hired from these. I prefer reputable agencies who build relationships with me, understand my needs, have contracts with my company and give me the fewest and best fit cvs after due diligence so I don't have to waste my time short listing. Or through referrals and networks.

These forwarding services are a waste of time and money. If I don't get time to open the 100 cvs I get in a month; definitely the recruiters who get 1000s don't. I look upon those as spam mail basically.

Network and connect personally is what I would advise you.

What happens when brain neurons run out of energy?

You will lose conscious, it's frequently seen in athletes who push theirselves too far. Before you pass out, your body will break down glycogen store in muscle into glucose and then if it's still not enough, it will break down protein and fat into glucose and in the process it will create cetone bodies. Cetone bodies itself is toxic and could cause loss of consciousness.