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Thursday, March 11th, 2010
12:26 am
Code Bubbles
Something I am proud of at Brown: Code Bubbles. It is getting a lot of attention.
Friday, December 18th, 2009
2:30 pm
A thoughtful article on Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh: Beyond Media Images

This is a very thoughtful piece on Andhra pradesh and it's political leadership. It also goes in-depth about the cause of factions in the rayalaseema region. A must read.

Monday, August 10th, 2009
7:30 am
Great trip, Back in the US.
I am back in the US after an amazing 5 week work/leisure break in India and Israel. Professionally, I learned a lot about creating and deploying a product in Israel. Personally, I had a great time visiting beautiful places, meeting tons of new people and above all friends and family.  On the sad side, I was subjected to racial discrimination, chickenpox etc.. In short, the trip showed me the best and the worst in the world. I couldn't have asked for more.

7:19 am
Breakfast can wait
Breakfast can wait, the day's first stop is online speaks volumes how our mornings are shaped by technology. The below story quantifies the change:

In May, Gabrielle Glaser of Montclair, N.J., bought her 14-year-old daughter, Moriah, an Apple laptop for her birthday. In the weeks after, Moriah missed the school bus three times and went from walking the family Labradoodle for 20 minutes each morning to only briefly letting the dog outside.

Moriah concedes that she neglected the bus and dog, and blames Facebook, where the possibility that crucial updates from friends might be waiting draws her online as soon as she wakes. “I have some friends that are up early and chatting,” she said. “There is definitely a pull to check it.”

I am addicted to this myself. The first thing I do after waking up is checking my email and the markets. Only then does my daily routine start. It's weird that I didn't even realize that I missed this lifestyle when I was in India during the past few weeks.

Saturday, June 20th, 2009
2:26 pm
Free pictures for passport
Want pictures for passport/visa but don't want to pay for it? Follow these steps
  • Choose a good picture of yourselves(edit in picasa if needed)
  • Follow guidelines on epassportphoto.com to get 4X6 copies of your photographs. 
  • Register for a CVSPhoto account (if you don't have one) to get 50 free prints.
  • Order the prints at CVSPhoto for a 1 hour pickup from any CVS store near you.
Friday, June 12th, 2009
3:37 pm
An interesting experiment
An Israeli news paper replaced their staff journalists with noted and upcoming authors and poets. The result is pretty impressive. This is probably an interesting way to save the dying new papers because big things don't happen every day. 
Tuesday, May 26th, 2009
10:18 pm
Vancouver Trip 1
I am being too lazy to blog about my recent vancouver trip. So, I decided to do it in parts. In short, It was an amazing trip where I met a ton of people both new and old. It was the best trip so far.

On my second day, I went for a hike in Stanley park with a group of friends. It was an amazing walk. But when I stopped for a while to observe the life around me I found this. See the girl in the blue dress behind me (in the picture below), she was posing for pictures infront of a professional photographer. Later I found out that it was how (some) asian girls pose for marriage pics. There were also numerous newly wed asian couples who were posing for some very beautiful pictures.

To add some technical edge to our hike in the park, my friend andreas recorded our track using a GPS tracker. He also uses the tracker to geo-tag his pictures. Not just that, he also wrote an app to map the track on google maps. Check out this link (firefox only) to see our track in the stanley park.
Thursday, May 21st, 2009
1:24 am
LTTE in american media
It's weird how LTTE is portrayed in Canada vs US.

In Canada, they are portrayed as  the largest terrorist organisation on earth who trained  Al-Qaeda and PLO. There are reports published that say that they had committed human rights violations, smuggled goods, assanited politicians, used child soldiers, used human shields, pioneered hidden belt bombs and hijacked foreign ships etc.. 

On the contrary, this NYT article portrays Mr. Prabhakaran as a rebel leader and cult figure. Even though some papers proclaim that the rebels were brutal, I can't find the word terrorist nor an image of  dead Prabhakaran. It's ironic how american media portrays the most deadly terrorist organisation on the planet, even though their government is spending significsant tax dollers on fighting the terrorism perpetrated by them. I wonder why this is the case though.
Monday, May 18th, 2009
12:46 pm
Elections in India
The Indian public has spoken yet again and has handed the batton to the congress party and the sensex goes crazy. Probably the craziness of the sensex is indicative of the irrational decisions we will see in the next five years.
Friday, May 15th, 2009
4:23 pm
ICSE'09, ICPC'09 and Canada
Part of my research work has been accepted as a poster at International Conference on Program comprehension (ICPC'09) which is co-located with ICSE'09.  I am proud of my research and it was an excting ride. Apart from the results, I am also proud of the project because I wrote meta-meta programs in 5 languages that do dynamic escape analysis of java programs.

I am also travelling to Vancouver, Canada for a week starting tomorrow. I am excited already!

Current Mood: excited
4:21 pm
Awesome Summer
This summer looks pretty amazing already. Apart from working on interesting projects, I will be travelling  to Canada, Israel, Turkey and India. This is the best summer of my life. 
Thursday, April 30th, 2009
8:04 am
STM in real world
I am attending a symposium on Software Transactional Memory. It will be real in a couple of years from now.

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009
12:57 am
Howard Roark's do exist
Here is a truly moving story by Ram Gopal Varma. It's a brilliant story because it's a true story that said Howard Roark's do exist in an Indian context. Such stories in an Indian setting are typically told in the context of a brilliant IITian who gave it all up for true knowledge. But, the most intriguing part of this story is that this story took place in Siddhartha Enginnering College, Vijayawada, an average engineering college.

Monday, April 27th, 2009
12:12 am
Star Trek
As part of the Ivy Film Festival, I attended a free pre-screening of the movie star trek in IMAX theater. I really enjoyed the movie and the visuals were stunning. It had a good dose of humor too. It's worth a watch in IMAX.

PS: Can't wait to watch the TV series.

Sunday, April 26th, 2009
8:45 pm
Webster Lake
Yesterday, on a whim me and my roommates visited lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg in webster, MA otherwise called webster lake. We visited the lake because, it's the lake with the longest name in US. Even though the reason for the visit the silly, the trip turned out well in the end as the lake was beautiful. We also had a nice dinner at a hidden lake side restaurant(not bad for pointless driving).

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009
8:59 am
Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the universe trying to build bigger and better idiots. So far, the universe is winning.
  • Rick Cook

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009
11:18 pm
Reusing Iphone2g
This sounds like a neat idea once my contract expires in september. I hardly use internet through EDGE on my IPhone, so I hope I won't miss much.

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009
6:15 pm
Irony of credit ratings in US
I heard today from a cox executive that I should pay a security deposit for my internet connection because my credit rating is low. I usually pay the whole credit card bill on time and here are some reasons why my credit rating is low:
  • I have a credit card with a $1000 credit limit and I tried applying for other cards so that I can get a higher limit. Each time I try to apply for a new card, my credit rating goes lower.
  • My credit rating never goes up because I pay no interest ever.
  • I pay my bills from a bank account, so I don't accrue any credit rating for that. I don't have enough limit to pay from my card.
  • I took a J.C.Penny card because I wanted to save 10% (about 4$) on the purchase. They fucked up sending me a bill and the card on time I was charged a ton of money. When I asked them to cancel the card after paying the money, they fucked up again and didn't cancel it. Apart from taking my credit rating to new lows even it also incurred a lot of charges on my card.
In short, the system is setup so that the banks have all the leverage over me and steal my money under the guise of interest rates. WTF? I hate credit cards. Unfortunately they are a necessary evil because they are the only way to prevent online fraud and unnecessary charges.

6:01 pm
Now that I am learning a bit of economics, I realized that like everyone else, I respond to incentives.  Here are some of the incentives I give myself to keep my habits under check:
  • If I work N hours per day, I go out in the evening or cook.
  • Some routine coding tasks are tedious. So, I try new languages (ruby, haskell etc..) and tools (rake, emacs-viper mode etc..) to make my life more interesting.
  • Good food and drinks if I get accomplish a bunch of goals.
Sadly, incentives seem to be the only way I get something done these days. I wish I had a stronger will.

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009
6:29 pm
More about photo class
Today was the day of presentations in photo class. Everyone was supposed to do a presentation on a topic of their choosing. I did a presentation on people and their professions. It was OK. The presentation was not characteristic of any presentation I ever gave because for the first time in my life I was asked to sell a subjective view point rather than an objective view point. I spoke about design in a technical context before, but this presentation felt totally different because I gave a subjective evaluation of why I choose a specific photograph and what an artist was trying to say.  I also realized that that art in technology is not same as art in general because at some level  art in technology is still objective,  but art in general is not (at least to me).

Looking at others presentations, I was glad I went first because my presentation style and content were not regular for an art school (Ignorance is bliss). Other presentations were on the typical art topics sex, body, racism, sexism, sexual and racial identity, slavery, nudity etc.. At first it felt awkward looking at nude pictures of people in a group, but I adapted quickly. The real experience of an art school hit me when I was supposed to comment on empowerment of black people by looking at a nude black guy on a white background posing sideways with his legs folded just enough to show his penis. Later somebody in class deduced that the folded posture and exposed  privates in the photograph are demoralizing.

First expressions when I saw these pictures:
Child Porn

Either ways, I came to my senses quickly, but what else would a cs guy think?
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