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Confounded – again May 3, 2006

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<Removed some old crazy stuff > . The heading was with reference to that. Now it’s just this song from the movie Rajnigandha :

kai baar yun bhi dekha hai
yeh jo man ki seema rekha hai
man todne lagta hai
anjaani pyaas ke peeche
anjaani aag ke peeche
man daudne lagta hai

raahon mein raahon mein
jeevan ki raahon mein
jo khile hain phool
phool muskuraake
kaun sa phool churake
rakh loon man mein sajake

kai baar yun bhi dekha hai
yeh jo man ki seema rekha hai
man todne lagta hai
anjaani pyaas ke peeche
anjaani aag ke peeche
man daudne lagta hai

janoo na janoo na
uljhan yeh janoon na
suljhaon kaise kuch samajh mein na paaon
kisko meet banaoon
kiski preet bhulaon

kai baar yun bhi dekha hai
yeh jo man ki seema rekha hai
man todne lagta hai
anjaani pyaas ke peeche
anjaani aag ke peeche
man daudne lagta hai

A few updates April 27, 2006

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Well its been 4 months I have been in Bangalore and its still babes-galore. Settling in slowly and learnt a few local words in the local dialect. Work is also getting hectic and I am getting some responsible work and that feels good. Atlhough I generally have to work till 8pm , I am yet to get bored by the free noodles, pool and super fast net connection. Completed 4 corporate trainings and its going to take a lot to persuade me to take another. Every month I manage to get atleast 2 books from landmark after long browsing sessions and finish them inspite of the erratic work timings. My upcoming assignments are all hard core coding so things should look better in a few days. Visited Ooty/kunoor and it was ok.period. Mom sometimes scares me with her "get married" speak and new evasive plans have to be devised. Friends in PhD sometimes really make me wonder what I should do but I am postponing any decisions for a few more months. Saturday tennis sessions are a great timepass.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream that came true April 24, 2006

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Yesterday it was pure serendipity as I went to a restaurant in bangalore where I would normally not go ( yes a bit on the expensive side too) since it was quite far from the place where I stay and more so when its a weekend when traffic has this amazing effect on time which is stretched amidst the congested cacophonic streets riddled with frantic people trying to make the most of the remaining Sunday before they lose touch with the worlds for 5 days
. Well I was speaking of an uncanny event since I think I saw a friend whom I had last seen 6-7 years back and that too in my hometown which is definitely not even in South india and since she also glanced at me I think I was right because I am not exactly the babe-magnet who gets the look at public places. But I am so embarrassed to admit that i could not go over and just speak to her. Maybe it was because I thought she recognised me and could have come over and spoken since I was not with a date while she was , or maybe because I was not sure………whatever the reason I just want to have the mathematical odds defined that could make such an unlikely incident take place. Hobbes has such a good explanation for some things.

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

StartUp Dictums March 16, 2006

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A few good points to keep in mind when you decide that its better to rule than listening to some boring Mr Know-IT-All venting his ire. I mean those crazy times when a wounded intellect(ego too) seeks an escape that culminates in setting up a startup …..but ofcourse we all know its not as easy as thwy would make us believe. Came across a few good tips to entrepreneurs here. An excerpt :

  • It’s good to be king — being an entrepreneur is the best job I’ve had. Every day your job is new and different; you constantly have to push yourself in new directions. You no longer have to say, “Well, I’m just an engineer, but…” — you have a great excuse to take an interest in everything. Working in an environment you shaped to your own beliefs about how a company should be run is incredible (and humbling!). And of course there are sometimes financial rewards, although it’s still a great job regardless.
  • Losing sucks — shutting down a company is unbelievably difficult. It affects your home life, your health, your job prospects, your financial stability. Professional investors are grown-ups, but it’s still extremely disheartening to lose the money people invested based on belief in you. If your backers include friends or family, it’s extremely difficult to have to tell them ……………………

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.

Logical pessimism February 23, 2006

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You can never catch up
You cannot  start
You cannot even move
These  acutely pessimistic views were proposed and propounded  by Zeno, a greek philosopher who lived in the times of Socrates (actually preceded him). These are from a set of 8 paradoxes, called Zeno’s paradoxes that have been fiercely debated, explained, disproved, maligned since the ages but still rear their head in quite a few academic circles. Some scientists claim to have solved a search problem using Quantum computers without even running the algorithm and this somehow has to do with Zeno’s paradox 😕