Archive for June 2005
Still guessing what the ==classified== is all about? Well… it’s a bookmark I’ve set. I need to gather more info on the topic before I can publish it. It’s that simple. Though it is first class surprise material, you should not hold your breath for that I’m not declassifying it any soon.
I am happy. That’s what matters
There are a few new photos… check out the “photos” link above
Un/Fortunately I never had an answering machine. And might never have one – thanks to cellular technology that helps people get hold of me anywhere, anytime.
But the fun of recording a funny answering machine message is something I won’t miss. Thanks to computers that let me record it, listen to it and distribute it to friends who’d like to ‘check out’ the latest message
So here’s the collection, which will be updted every once in a while with a few new messages… my collection of Answering Machine Messages
Oh and by the way, Obviously, I’m back from Pune. Arrived a while ago. And that reminds me of something very funny I’d love to share with you
*** shuffle shuffle (voice from a little away “where’s my camera?”)
*** shuffle (“Gotcha!”)
Need to transfer the photos over to the computer
*** clickety click
Uploading to flicker…
*** wait wait wait wait wait
*** mutter (“flickr is really slow today”)
*** wait wait
I’m visiting Pune for attending the publication of the New Testament’s new translation and it’s accompanying website – http://bible-marathi.com/
Will be back by night.
It’s fun, mostly because now I don’t have to face the issue I dread the most. Teachers hating me because I ask too many questions, doubt their knowledge and question their competency Maybe my previous teachers dreaded me more! I’m not a super genius, just a curious person who likes to know things well, well… most of the times.
But now I have a good way to learn – by myself. Well… it’s not new to me. I learnt programming in a few different languages all by myself. Of course credit for C and C++ goes to Mr. Ashok Lagad, a professor of Mathematics! Almost eveything about computers – the software and hardware, photography, electronics, music and many many more interesting things, on my own.
It’s great to learn from people who know what they are talking about! But I had some experiences where a professor used to walk in and then open the textbook and read… and ask us to take notes as he read. (‘take dictation’ would be a better way to put it… because all we did in the class was, make copies of our textbooks.) Then he would try to figure out how to say the same thing in different words (and mess up the whole meaning) and the class would be over. Many concepts were taught outright wrong. I made it a point to not remember those – to avoid confusion. Those I pointed out, I was either ignored or hated for my guts to speak up.
Just for the record, The Database Concepts textbook for B.Sc. Computer Science published by Nirali Publications had 11 typographical mistakes on the first page. (The matter was only half of a page) and the second page had 16 of them. I did not look further to correct it. But I did notice that the book was an almost verbatim copy of Database System Concepts by Korth and others. They did try to change the words, but like I said about the teacher, messed up the meaning. And the publisher did not want to take the responsibility – when I called him all I got was “The people who write these books (that we publish) are responsible for it.” ah right. Cool. No problemo! I’d prefer to read from the original book anyway!
But well… it’s over now! And I’m happy for a new beginning.
Nothing useful/worthwhile in this particular blog. I’m still tired from the last few day’s schedule.
In previous 4 days, I got 3 + 5 + 3 + 1.5 hours of sleep. Today I called it off and slept a full 7 hours!
Planning on buying a Nokia 6600 on completion of the current projects/jobs.
Anyway, life is good otherwise.
Was here for a day… within 6 hours, I’ll be driving towards Pune again! The work was not finished. I’ve done the designing for the website I’m working on.
And… I found a quote I really liked.. and have been trying to follow from a long while. I’m glad that I am being pretty successful at it too!
I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies, for the hardest victory is over self. -Aristotle, philosopher (384-322 BCE)
I’ll be visiting the Spicer Memorial College at Pune tomorrow… so expect a few nice photos
Anyway… I’m off to sleep!
I’ll be in Pune with Dad and relatives… got some work to finish off.
I’ll be accompanying as a driver Oh I love driving! But more so if I’m alone
Anyway, hope to see ya soon again. I should be back by evening of Wed 15 Jun, 2005 IST.
आणी हो, विसरायच्या आत… मी टायपिंग करायला बॅबेलपॅड वापरतो.
एकच खंत वाटते, की फ़ायरफ़ाॅक्स अजुनतरी युनीकोड नीट डिसप्ले करत नाहि. मात्रा चुकीच्या येतात. आशा आहे की लवकरच याच्यासाठी काहीतरी तोडगा निघेल…
आता इतके बोलुन आपली रजा घेतो.
While riding on my motorcycle with my brother, he told me about his idea of having a vehicle in which you can choose the number of cylinders you’d like to use before you start up.
So here’s a fine tuned version of the same idea of course, credits for the creativity first go to Pritam Sharma.
Imagine you are standing with the keys to a 6 cylinder motorcycle… and yes you are right next to the beast. All you need to do is turn the ignition key, wait for the engine to warm up nicely and softly raise the accelerator and shift gears till you reach a comfortable speed.
Let’s peek at what’s happening in the bakground… a software is constantly monitoring the ‘load’ on the engine. When you start it, all 6 cylinders start working by default. Then as the computer notices that there’s hardly any load (while idling)… it opens up a large valve on each piston chamber and shuts down the fuel supply to those particular cylinders. Finally the engine is working on just one cylinder, using one sixth of the usual fuel consumption.
You decide it’s time to blast off… you give the accelerator a little nudge… program brings up one more cylinder, and the bike starts moving with two pistons pushing it. You are on a smooth road and the program does not decide that you would need any moer cylinders. Suddenly you notice a bunch of wannabe bikers riding past you just like the movies… you think hmm… how about a quick race?
Your bike is ready for it… just needs to know that you are willing to burn some rubber. You lower the gear and raise the accelerator, pump the clutch a bit… bike knows this behaviour and the program instantly shutd the large valves, fires up the remaining 4 cylinders and signals the same on the console.
Next, you are riding calmly, knowing that the punks you just met will remember a nice bike that went vrooooooom… vanish! Your ego floating in the air. And as you approach a signal, your engine returns to normal one cylinder, and begins saving fuel for the next sprint.