Planning

Since I like CS and I have not really cracked the Subject Test, I wanted give it a try again. Then I thought I will go through all the aduni.org videos that I have not watched and I have always wanted to watch. Then my thoughts lead me to stuff like topcoder, which I have not competed in for a while and trying to improving my ranking.

But at last, when clearing my Python emails, I saw so much of pending work that has accumulated that I want to work only on Python in a planned manner and not on anything else.

My Birthday treasure hunt

My wife surprised me on my birthday ( 6th Jan, 2013) with a cleverly implanted, very exciting treasure hunt to my gifts. Here is how it went.

On the Mirror Greetings on the Mirror!

I opened the shelf and found the first clue. I opened the shelf and found the first clue.

First Clue. I knew what it was. First Clue. I knew what it was.

Double Choco Cookie Box Double Choco Cookie Box

Found the second clue inside here. Found the second clue inside here.

Who is the tall dignified lady? Who is the tall dignified lady?

I had to make tintin my guide. I had to make tintin my guide.

Oh Found it. This was the decor in my bookshelf. Oh Found it. This was the decor in my bookshelf. Now what is stressed when separated from the group?

A Sheep!! A Sheep!!

Clue 3. Attached to the Sheep. Clue 3. Attached to the Sheep.

Okay, I have find it here! Okay, I have find it here!

Looks like it! I saw a small paper inside. Looks like it! I saw a small paper inside.

Oops. This is not used for Sambar. Oops. This is not used for Sambar.

This is the dal, which has slightly bigger dal grains which is used for sambar. Hurray! found it. This is the dal, which has slightly bigger dal grains which is used for sambar. Hurray! found it.

It's the lamp. How simple!! It's the lamp. How simple!!

I opened the lamp to find the next clue. I opened the lamp to find the next clue.

Who are those celestial siblings? Who are those celestial siblings?

That's Senthil Kumaran (the other one.) and Mr. Ganapathy Babba! That's Senthil Kumaran (the other one.) and Mr. Ganapathy Babba!

That's my favorite dialogue from Kamal movie. So it should be inside a Kamal movie cover! That's my favorite dialogue from Kamal movie. So it should be inside a Kamal movie cover!

I walked 6 foot and found this cover near the TV. Hurray! :) I walked 6 foot and found this cover near the TV. Hurray! :)

Bravo - The final clue. Okay, that's in our Patio! Bravo - The final clue. Okay, that's in our Patio!

That's the video from patio. That's the video from patio.

It must be inside this.! It must be inside this.!

Final note and my birthday greeting. :) Final note and my birthday greeting. :)

Birthday Gift. Book 1. Birthday Gift. Book 1.

Birthday Gift. Book 2. Birthday Gift. Book 2.

I felt, I was the happiest man on the planet. Love you very much my wife!

Vishwaroopam and grave dangers ahead for the society

I watched Vishwaroopam on 24th of Jan when it was released in the bay area.

Vishwaroopam is a very simple movie, which goes about doing it's job in a fast paced way, there is no message told, there is no philosophy sold, there is no nothing in this  movie if you are looking for any anti communal thoughts or speech. If you are Tamil movie watcher, it is like an action king Arjun movie, or puratchi kalaignar, Vijayakanth movie with Kamal Hassan's elements in it. There are traces of fun intelligent style scenes like the "Nanban" movie and all of them make a good package for an entertainer. If you want resemblances to a hollywood movie, then it is like a Dark Knight movie for it's action and thrill elements.

But if there is one clear message we are getting, then the message is not from the movie itself, but from the behavior of certain groups and the Indian state governments. And the clear message is this:

"An ordinary peace loving person is not safe in Tamil Nadu"

And this includes you, me, your family, friends, my family and friends. And it is unsettling to know that this creepy terror from Tamil Nadu has spread quickly to Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.

We may not realize it immediately and but this a subtle message from the Government which allowed ban on this movie after listening to certain fractions of the society. Here is a movie which shows Afganistan, terrorist outfits of Afganistan, a plot which is positive in saving people from those terrorists and there are people in our society who want that to be removed? If people who demanded that movie be banned made their point after watching this movie, then my conclusion is those groups are supporting  certain terrorists from Afganistan. Simple, religion does not come into picture here. And government is not protecting people from the extremists, but in fact it is helping the extremists and harming the people. That's my take on the whole episode and this is grave.

Since a lot happened with this movie and too many speculations going around, let me add my own views to some of these, because it concerns me.

DTH Delay

Theater owners feared that piracy would be easy if it is released in DTH on the same day it was releasing in theaters. I agree to the theater owners standpoint and can understand their need to protect their business. All business can work out win-win situation for themselves and win-lose situation in a two person business is not going to be help anyone. I hope, that the rivaling parties worked out a win-win situation for their business and no one trying to take a lion's share at the expense of other.

Calling for Ban two days before the movie

I am aghast. What can you say about this action which is not based any sound reason. Politics?

Government and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister's role.

We do not know Tamil Nadu Chief Ministers role in the episode, but as a leader is representative of the actions taken by the subordinates, I think, it is fair to assume that the present chief minister of Tamil Nadu supported the ban. If the chief minister supported the ban based on any of her personal agenda, then she has supported the people with terrorist views.

Publicity Stunt

Some people call it is a publicity stunt. If they say it is publicity stunt by  group who want the movie to be banned, then yes, it is. But they are ignoring the fact that supporting "Afgan Terrorists" for publicity and this is no joke, it is a serious issue.  If they claim that it is a publicity stunt by Kamal and producers, oh wow, can you be more imaginative than this, especially after the movie has seen so many business hurdles?

Rajnikanth's Stance

Rajnikanth's voice comes in press too because he is respectable person. In this case, he asked the group which is demanding the ban to hold talks and work out a solution. Please? Do you see their point of supporting Afgan terrorists and do you want your friend Kamal to give to them?

What can I do?

My influence surrounds the area of software and  the articles that I write. What I can do to the injustices that I see around. My take is,  I can act. I can write boldly and I can support the people who are against the injustices.

There is much to be learned when a nobel experiment faces political hardships, when people inflict harm on others with personal agendas. There is much to do to make our society a safe one to live. Being bold definitely counts towards it.

Two things that has been etched in my mind about Sachin

Sachin's score 138 against Pakistan in a late nighties tour. He was fighting a severe back ache and then hitting the pakistan bowlers all over the ground. As soon as he got out, India fell short of 17 runs from victory. To me, victory does not count anything, but this attempt of a person carrying the team, overcoming personal physical pain and going for it was an enormous gesture.

Sachin returned to his work, i.e. playing cricket and scoring a century against Kenya in a world cup, one day after his father died says millions about work ethic, concentration and love for something. His family appreciated him for that.

Conquer

I like this way of thinking.
 

Math problems aren’t solved, they are conquered!

Well, this problem below was one that I had to defeat.  I went to battle with it and after losing a few skirmishes (i.e., trying approaches that failed) I finally beat it into submission.  From now on, when I see that feisty integral that won’t behave or a simple number puzzle whose pattern defies identification, I’ll strap on my armor (or sweater vest), grab my sword (or calculator) and wage full-out war on that problem.  No problem is safe!

From  this blog post.

StackOverflow 10,000

November 15, 2012 - Reached 10,000 on StackOverflow

Reaching there late, but it is still a figure'tical landmark. :)

Also found just after that moment that StackOverflow.com has a brick at my favorite computer history museum wall.  I should go and check it out.

A Plan for the Improvement of English Spelling

A Plan for the Improvement of English Spelling by Mark Twain

For example, in Year 1 that useless letter "c" would be dropped to be replased either by "k" or "s", and likewise "x" would no longer be part of the alphabet. The only kase in which "c" would be retained would be the "ch" formation, which will be dealt with later. Year 2 might reform "w" spelling, so that "which" and "one" would take the same konsonant, wile Year 3 might well abolish "y" replasing it with "i" and Iear 4 might fiks the "g/j" anomali wonse and for all.

Jenerally, then, the improvement would kontinue iear bai iear with Iear 5 doing awai with useless double konsonants, and Iears 6-12 or so modifaiing vowlz and the rimeining voist and unvoist konsonants. Bai Iear 15 or sou, it wud fainali bi posibl tu meik ius ov thi ridandant letez "c", "y" and "x" -- bai now jast a memori in the maindz ov ould doderez -- tu riplais "ch", "sh", and "th" rispektivli.

Fainali, xen, aafte sam 20 iers ov orxogrefkl riform, wi wud hev a lojikl, kohirnt speling in ius xrewawt xe Ingliy-spiking werld.

An Evening with Matz

Had a opportunity to talk to Matz, the creator of Ruby Programming language. Some thoughts he shared were, he understood language projects as typically a very long term ones, something like 50 years. That is, if you get involved in writing a new language, the project could keep you occupied for about 50 years. He also mentioned that writing a language is easy, the subjects are taught well and books are available, but designing a good language is a hard task.

It was very entertaining and enriching to hear these thoughts from him.

Shavarsh Karapetyan

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shavarsh_Karapetyan

Karapetyan had just completed his usual distance of 20 km (12 mi) when he heard the sound of the crash and saw the sinking trolleybus which had gone out of control and fallen from the dam wall.

The trolleybus lay at the bottom of the reservoir some 25 metres (80 ft) offshore at a depth of 10 metres (33 ft). Karapetyan swam to it and, despite conditions of almost zero visibility, due to the silt rising from the bottom, broke the back window with his legs. The trolleybus was crowded, it carried 92 passengers and Karapetyan knew he had little time, spending some 30 to 35 seconds for each person he saved.

Karapetyan managed to rescue 20 people (he picked up more, but only 20 survived), but this ended his sports career: the combined effect of cold water and the multiple wounds he received (scratched by glass), left him unconscious for 45 days. Subsequent sepsis, due to the presence of raw sewage in the lake water, and lung complications prevented him from continuing his sports career.

On February 19th, 1985, Shavarsh just happened to be near a burning building, that had people trapped inside. He rushed in and started pulling people out without a second thought. Once again, he was badly hurt (severe burns) and spent a long time in the hospital.

He later moved to Moscow and founded a shoe company called “Second Breath”. Karapetyan was later awarded a UNESCO “Fair Player” medal for his heroism.

main belt asteroid3027 Shavarsh, discovered by Nikolai Chernykh, was named after him (approved by the MPC in September 1986).