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Eli Lilly
Dec 31, 2004, 12:28p
UPDATE: According to a statement by El Lilly, the papers that BMJ received regarding Prozac's negative effects were given to federal regulators in the 80s and 90s. So unless further news surfaces, it appears that Eli Lilly is cleared from charge #1. Issue #2 below (buying a court verdict) still remains, which is despicable but not as damning as ... more »

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Book Notes: Mohammad Yunus' Banker to the Poor
Dec 25, 2004, 11:06p
Muhammad Yunus - Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty

I borrowed this book from my friend (thanks Sumit!), so I couldn't underline the book (like I normally do). Instead, I've written up these book notes.

This is an excellent book that I highly recommend. It's a quick read and it's the first book I've read ... more »

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Book Notes - Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends & Influence People
Dec 19, 2004, 11:09p
Dale Carnegie - How to Win Friends & Influence People

I highly recommend this book to everyone. It's one of the top 5 books I've read in the past year. I've already used his advice numerous times in my dealings with people, and found that I'm already more effective at encouraging people to get things done (though I still have ... more »

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Santa Claus and God
Dec 18, 2004, 10:27a
I think the myth of Santa Claus can be seen as training for children to believe in the Christian God. There are numerous similarities:

1) They both instill morals by using fear and gifts. Santa knows "if you've been naughty or nice" and will get you more gifts if you've been good. God knows all of your sins, and if ... more »

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12/4/2004 Weekly Report
Dec 4, 2004, 3:18p
Last 2 weeks:
* Worked on Google Desktop Search
* Started reading Dale Carnegie - How to Win Friends and Influence People (great so far)
* Went home to L.A. for Thanksgiving
* Went to Sierra Madre Congregation Church with Becca and Lindy
* Donated CS Lewis's The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe to in-store Barnes and Noble "Buy ... more »

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