Photos Ahoy!

First, Freed.in Conference.

Next, the fun filled Manali Trip with friends,

And then hacking something at the Y! Hackday.

It was a fun filled week for me.

Slashdot Party at Madurai

http://slashdot.org/anniversary.pl?view_id=583

{H,F}ello /. ers!

I will be at my home town, Madurai, on 13th October and I was looking for Slashdot party at Madurai and could not find one, so I decided to host one myself and invite Madurai geeks for the meet.

Location:

Anna Nagar Cafe Coffee Day.

Timings:

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

Party Link:

http://slashdot.org/anniversary.pl?view_id=583

If we get going, then we shall:

  • Have some fun discussions.

  • Cut the Cake.

  • Enjoy the evening.

Hope you will be able to make it, let me know if you have some ideas. (Either comment on this post or email me at orsenthil at gmail dot com)

Thank you.

Update

I convinced my sister and my cousin to come along for a coffee and we all went there. btw both of them can be considered geeks as I have seen my sister twidling with computer a lot before she decided to pursue her Dental Studies, and my cousin aged 11 was playing with Nintendo DS lite in full swing. We had good time and had a cake cheering slashdot. :)

Watched The Chronicles of Narnia

Avi, Sanju and I watched "The Chronicles of Narnia" on DVD. It is based on a book, The Lion, the witch and wardrobe of Narnia series by C.S Lewis. It is a fairy tale written for children and has a very happy ending. It is a very nice movie to watch. It is written for children, but gives us a very good outlook that things will always have a good and a happy ending.

Guido and Bruce Eckel discuss Python 3000

Leading author and programmer, Bruce Eckel, posted some of his concerns on Python 3000 stating that python community is missing to address some of the important issues with this major, backward incompatible release. Problems he mentions are concurrency support on multi-core cpus, easy deployment support, a standardized user interface amongst others. He expresses his dissatisfaction at the post titled "Python 3K or Python 2.9?. Guido van Rossum, in a very pragmatic way addresses the concerns with his response to Bruce Eckel and calling out more for developers to contribute to Python to improve it further. Bruce Eckel concludes with his thoughts that he wants his favorite language to be better with his reply to Guido's reply.

Teachers Day

My sisters and I called up our school maths teacher, Vijayaraj madam to wish her on teachers day. Also called up my college prof, Dr. K. Ramar to wish.

Its a nice tribute we give to our teachers who have influenced us in many ways.

My English teacher, Mrs. Padmini Vasanthan seem to have influenced me to strive for a patient and organized approach in all activities.

Ramar sir, when I recollect, all I can appreciate is his humility, ability to strive and achieve things, even when somethings presented are above our comprehension. One can learn a lot from this simple person. He is always learning from others.

--- Teachers Day from Wikipedia ---

September 5 is Teacher's Day in "India". It is the birthday of second President of India and teacher Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan. It is considered a "celebration" day, where teachers and students report to school as usual but the usual activities and classes are replaced by activities of celebration, thanking and remembrance. At some schools on this day, the responsibility of teaching is taken up by the senior students as an appreciation for their teachers. The idea is to let teachers sit back just for a day and let the students have a glimpse into the life of a teacher. It is an occasion when a token or appreciation in the form of presents are given to teachers by students to show their love and respect. A central piece in Hindu scripture reads "Guru Brahma, Guru Vishnu, Guru devo Maheshwaraha - Gurussaakshaath param brahma tasmai shree gurave namaha," which translates as "The Guru (Teacher) is the Lord Brahma (the Creator), the Guru is the Lord Vishnu (the Preserver), the Guru is the Lord Shiva (the Destroyer). To that Guru we offer our salutations."

Programming related thought

While reading through Mark Pilgrim's Dive into Python, stumbled upon this

interesting thought, wherein he says that, when you 'plan' to develop a full

-fledged feature for a software which will help in certain tasks, and if you

end up coding a small version, make it just work rather than a completed polished 'as-per-plan' thing, then you are not only being inefficient, but you are

being rude (to your customers).

That's a very good thought. Most of times, I think of designing a software and

when it reaches to level where it works, I stop there and move to next. The

working thing, sometimes never goes past my computer.

Shivaji

Watched the Super Star Rajini starer Shivaji today. It was very enjoyable. A pleasant and a family entertainer. Super star fans of course are gonna love it. Its movie to watch leisurely and enjoy throughly. Lots of styles in this movie, good number of fun dialogs. Summa Adurudhu ellai. :-)