Article on Maths

jwz posted an entry on Maths for Programmers. That article is a very insightful. It analyzes how maths can be useful to any programmer at any time. We have all lost touch of basic mathematics and need to gear up. His suggestion is Maths should be learned breadth-first and not depth-first, as knowing different mathematical solutions we come to know about which section the problem belongs to and we might approach it correct. Another suggestion for all of us is to start with any math section at wikipedia and follow it till we understand it and do it daily.

Anyway, that article is a good read.

Mahatma Gandhi's Letters to Adolf Hitler

I had heard from my friend Ashok that Mahatma Gandhi wrote to Adolf Hilter a Letter asking him to stop war and teaching him Ahimsa. Stumbled upon the link discussing that letter on Wikipedia article on Mahatma Gandhi.

Here is article which discusses the Gandhis letters to Hitler. We come to know that Gandhi addressed Hilter as his friend and he emphasized it that it was not only words but he believes in universal friendship and extends it to Hilter as well. This was during the time when Hilter was suggesting to British as killing Gandhi will suppress Indian Rebellion.


The article discusses various political instances where Gandhi's ideologies could have been applied. One can notice that the author gives a favourable treatment of Gandhis ideologies to the situations. The last para of the article was impressive.

To quote from the article itself.

It is not certain that this would have worked, but then Gandhism is not synonymous with effectiveness. Gandhi’s methods were successful in dissuading the British from holding on to India, not in dissuading the Muslim League from partitioning India. From that angle, it simply remains an open question, an untried experiment, whether the Gandhian approach could have succeeded in preventing World War 2. By contrast, there simply cannot be two opinions on whether that approach of non-violent dissuasion would have been Gandhian. The Mahatma would not have been the Mahatma if he had preferred any other method. Our judgment of his letters to Hitler must be the same as our judgment of Gandhism itself: either both represented a lofty ethical alternative to the more common methods of power politics, or both were erroneous and ridiculous.

Finished reading "The Hobbit"

Finished reading "The Hobbit" today and subsequently became a fan of J.R.R Tolkein. It was my first J.R.R Tolkein reader, I had purchased it in 2005 and started reading it few months ago. After breaks, I had time to finish it up today. JRR Tolkein's English is superb! Now, I understand why so many fans are there worldwide. It captures your imagination and takes you the Hobbit world. The description of events is very good and creates an interest in the reader.

Recommended reading for anyone who has not yet read JRR Tolkein.

Its been sometime..

Its been sometime since I worked uptil 04:20:28. Had some discussions with friends and completed my work and did the project management as well. Python is catching up well. Thats really a cool language. Once I should get sufficiently familar, it should be like writing english.

q to myself:

  • find the difference between re.search and re.match.

  • read python faq.

Recent books and movies

Recent Books include:

  • Comics: Tintin: Destination Moon and Explorers on the Moon. A good entertainer, am a long time fan of tintin.
  • The Mythical Man Month. Excellent Essays on Software Engineering by Fred Brookes. You will notice his experience of managing a large software project speaking in this book. The book gives a good insight into the software development process. If you are a software developer,tester or a manager, you should read this book.
  • The Code Book by Simon Singh. This book is about history of Crypography and many stories in field of crypography. Would generate a kindda of interest in you for crypography and you would also being to appreaciate the efforts of people who have worked hard to make the cryptography related things possible.

Movies:

  • Munich. It was Okay. You can watch it once. It was a kind of Standard Speilberg.
  • The Incredibles Excellent One. I dont know why I missed watching this in the theatre. I enjoyed it much. Dash's run was just too good.
  • Ice Age2. I watched it twice. I enjoyed it very much the first time. The scenaries are well made and story line is Okay. But still very enjoyable.
  • Da Vinci Code Good one again. I wanted to watch this after reading the book, but I decided to watch it anyways. Found it be very interesting. The movie is gripping even if you know the story. (Kindda alternative history that Jesus was married to Mary magdalene and they had child and their generation is still present now)

thats all I can remember for the recent past.