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Vlad Wallpapers March 5, 2008

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VladStudio had lately been one of my favorite sites for seeking out wallpapers. The art is absolutely amazing and different. The appeal of the drawings is difficult to explain. Maybe it’s the colour combinations used or the texture of the art. Even brown, a colour I would generally not want to underlay my numerous desktop icons and stare at me from the screen , has been endowed a beauty that captivates the viewer. Add wit to the artistry and the mix is a heady one.

Eg : An inverted physical map of the world (in brown)

The darker colours will make depression pervertedly soothing while the art with kids on lighter coloured templates fill me with nostalgia for days (imagined or real , does it matter?) gone by.

Indian chatrooms disappoint again ! February 25, 2008

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Posting after a long gap as I had forgotten my login password. It’s a miracle I remembered it today 🙂

Was listening to a few Tagore ‘s songs and thought of looking for the lyrics of the songs and consequently any repository of his poems(with the Bengali-English translations). Quite a few of the words in Tagore’s poems are incomprehensible to my limited vocabulary. Web search yielded a few links but none host his complete works. Most of the sites have horrendous layouts (90s html style with popups/banners/scrolling text etc) , one has a search facility but I could not extract a single poem with that and their DB kept failing.

As normal searches kept failing I thought of checking out some chat room. Was never quite a fan of Indian chat rooms and the little I had used had convinced me 4 years back to give up any effort at seeking intelligent conversation wrt rediff/indiatimes/yahoo. The past few years however have seen lots of Indian chat sites coming up (which I came to know when I dd a google search) and I thought maybe the scenario had changed. Needless to say I was WRONG.

People who visit chat rooms(males mostly wrt Indian ones) are there for only one thing which of-course rhymes with flex. So one is inundated with private messages seeking gender information as soon as one enters the chat room with a remotely non-testosterone-gushing nickname. Reply Male and time comes to a standstill. No one responds to any query (which in my case was the one mentioned earlier). Perhaps the demographic using these chat rooms are not the type to indulge in any activity that slows down their persistent strife to get a babe in this skewed gender distribution of the cyber-space in-spite of what the chat room’s name may claim.

I think I will have to seek out some social-networking site’s topic-specific communities/groups. Maybe if Orkut introduced some chat system in their community pages it would be nice , but then again it may degenerate considering our biological propensity.

The wrong side of 25 suddenly makes me feel old. These inanities used to amuse me earlier but nowadays I get pissed off. I guess I am on the other side of the generation gap.

3pm distraction May 24, 2007

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So yet another day at office.. I was working away on a not too interesting problem trying to desist myself from taking yet another peek at the seductive posts on slashdot, digg, reddit,neatorama .. when above the self-induced din of my headphones I discerned a female voice in a not too pleasant mood. As I turned away from the enticing contours of my monitor, a sheepish looking security guard being reprimanded by a lady from the hallow portals of management greeted me. Seemed to be a trifling issue , but hey we are talking about management here ; who let’s just say do their part in keeping the word nonsensical from vanishing from the english lexicon (as opposed to purfled , obnubilate etc).

A short description of the location is germane to this incident. The scene took place at a corner in a passage that leads to the stationary room. As befits the highly efficent office-admin dept, their ponderous efforts placed this oft-accessed room in a hard to find nook amongst the cubicles. So this made me the apt person for seeking directions or so everybody thought. Tired of doing too-many good turns a day and an overflowing karma, I pasted a Post-It on the adjacent wall. which seemed to be the cause of the ruckus.

 

Our good lady had lost precious time finding the stationary and it was because I had painted the arrow in the wrong direction and she had not bothered to read the text inside the box that formed the arrow’s body (yes it was a pretty neat drawing) that also mentioned the room number. I was honestly surprised as to why I had not noticed it earlier while the guard was getting the dressing down of his life. Yes she was attractive in a 40ish sort of way but that doesn’t help when crankiness supercedes all feminine charms. Admitting to guilt was out of question , joining in the tirade on helpless house-keeping personnel not quite proper and not being quite the shrew tamer , a devilish enjoyment of the fracas seemed the best way out.

 

But “the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry” and hence the annual fire-drill siren blasted forth signalling an end this act. And yes the poor guy escaped with no harm. I guess the hilarity of the situation is tough to describe but then humourless office confines lowers one’s humour threshold.

0.9999999999999…… October 27, 2006

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How 0.9999… is equal to 1 ? Ans

Top 25 unanswered questions May 8, 2006

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Wonder if in my lifetime I can see some of them being answered .

Rainbows April 21, 2006

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Ah such beautiful colours .

Leenux or lyenux ? April 17, 2006

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http://www.thejemreport.com/mambo/content/view/123/42/ A good article that discusses the issue of pronunciations in the realm of Open Source which has bugged me for quite some time now. When pronunciation becomes a peer prestige factor then its not something which you are mistaking as important, it surely is relevant(ofcourse not in the larger cosmic sense).

An article on Sahir Ludhianvi and his works March 20, 2006

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Aasmaan pe hai Khuda aur zameen pe hum
Aaj kal voh is taraf dekhta hai kam
Kis ko bheje voh yahaan khaak chaan-ne
Is tamaam bheed ka haal jaan-ne
Aadmi hain anginat, devta hain kam

War of the Languages March 13, 2006

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My best programming language has always been C (ie after I learnt it in school). Earlier I had programmed in BASIC ( mid 90s) and FORTRAN, COBOL(late 90s) and at that time BASIC’s simplicity and intuitive syntax (?) used to keep me hooked. But then C came along into my life and the world was new.
After that C++  was the natural progression and also had to tackle Pascal. JAVA, VB, C#, PERL( I am still learning this and its a nice language) are the others I know. But I just want to learn LISP which is based on Lambda calculus and not Turing’s hypothesis for computation.
But here is an article that does an impassioned study of a few of the languages. Makes sense.

Again Quantum ! February 24, 2006

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Looks as if the Quantum community is back with a vengeance. They are making news almost everyday. Now a professor from toronto has claimed he can hack any hacker which is bound to piss off many script kiddies and instigate attacks on their web sites. But what is actually being said has been known for a long time that wave-particle dualtiy will prove to be the ultimate ( this is doubtful though, see the previous post on quantum) cracker deterrant.