Monday, 22 December, 2008
For past few months I have been inactive on blogosphere, but I plan to do the work which was supposed to be done months back. Being late always has done damage to the plans which were to be executed. Nonetheless, here is an start.
If you want to contribute to the blog, please send an email to both of us. There are few more admins, but I would like not to disturb them at this point of time.
TO : chhajer at gmail dot com, avi at jodhpuriguy dot com
Note : We are from B.Tech2003, or say Class of' 07. So if you think that we might not know about you, add a referrer the CC section of e-mail.
Who can be a referrer?
Anyone whom I have known personally, is and can be one. I've mostly known all "good" CS/DotA players till B.Tech2005, add DC++ Operators till B.Tech2005 to the list too. If you are a junior, then just ask from 4th years, they should know me, hopefully!
Just ask them if the name "DarK" or "Abhishek Chhajer" or "Avi Mehta" rings any bells in their head, if it does, there you go. You've just found a referrer!
For new people to the blog, here is what we write about
Hoping to know much more about you, DA-IICT, and us. This is all for now.
Sunday, 7 December, 2008
It's not often that you get to know the blokes who teach you outside the classrooms. More often than not, our interactions are just limited to the classrooms. I have been quite lucky in this respect that I have got to interact with a couple of faculty members outside the classroom environment over the last three and a half years. But what happened a couple of nights ago ws truly amazing. All of us sitting in the cafeteria, it being our last such get-together. A number of us were leaving for home the next day, and more importantly Sobu wasn't returning to college. He had been offered an internship at Qualcomm and would be in Hyderabad for the next semester. Anyways, lets not digress from the topic. So yeah, there we were sitting in the cafetaria talking from anything to everything under the sun when Manu, the guy who runs the cafe at night joined us. And well, he had some insight to offer on the food habits of our faculty members...
A pretty fixed lunch... generally includes a daal, bhindi and jeera aloo.. just 2 chapatis (surprise surprise!!).. and lots of green salad... and yeah a strong coffee to top it off...
A daal a day is the motto for him... 30 days-30 daals... no deviation whatsoever... gets his veggies from home only..
Never eats in campus.. always goes home...
Well well... yeh to subah ka doodh bhi brajwasi se hi lene aate hain.. so u can guess ki khane ka to kya haal hoga.. no wonder raat ko bhi cafeteria mein hi dikhte hai... apparently, mrs. banerjee, doesn't like to cook..
Next we asked Manu kis sabse zyada kaun khata hai.. and well.. the list wasn't surprising at all...
pk chopra, prof. anil roy, kumbar....
prof. sinha (Daddu) and prof. Jotwani were among the rare eaters... while rest everybody was almost a regular..
I wonder what happens next, now that brajwasi has finally decided to close its shop...
Friday, 5 December, 2008
PS - Take a look at the pics of Mumbai attacks and rescue operations. :|
Tuesday, 1 July, 2008
And I’m trying to put the words where they belong
Yeah this whole world needs an anthem
And I’m hoping everyone will sing along
True, eh? how very true. I'm not going to justify that. You should know better by now. There are enough tv channels tripping over themselves to find the weirdest shit on the planet and then broadcast it to give their hapless viewers a fresh stock of disturbing images.
I was talking to a friend in Sweden today, and she was going on about the oil prices, and greenpeace and the indo-us nuclear deal. Wow, I thought, "Wassup?" just got a whole new definition. Okay, its not a bad thing to stay 'abreast' of current events, but some people have this, how do i put it - well, let me give you an analogy. Old people and infants have this problem controlling their bladder. Its not their fault you know.. it's because the muscles responsible for proper bladder function are too weak. Some people have the same problem with their mouths. They just dont know when to shut up.
Anyhow, when they see something interesting on tv, they feel this incessant urge to pass on their recently earned 'wisdom' to the next person they see or talk to. It doesnt matter if they're interested or not. They just have to get it out. Goddammit, I dont care if oil costs 150$ a barrel. It costs like 30 cents a litre here. Its stayed that way for over 15 years, and it will probably stay like that for another 15. Why do YOU care so much?
Oh, it's nothing, they were showing that on the business channel today. I'm impressed, you know, that you watch the business channel. Watch ESPN ffs, or HBO or even History channel. Why why why watch 24 hour news channels. I mean how much world news do you need daily? At least with the history channel you gain more knowledge. And with sports or movies or series you never get bored talking about that stuff.
News addicts, that's the new fad. Its not general knowledge, its public indifference. I've seen people watch live sessions of parliament. The scary part is that they sometimes laugh to themselves, and nod vigorously from time to time. I mean, what can you possibly gain from watching the german parliament in session. Whatever shit he smoked, I'd get a restraining order against it. 24 hours of news... man, that's insane.... remember the good old days? There was a news bulletin in the morning, one at noon, and one at night. And we used to steer clear of them every single time. BBC Radio, yeah, with their clanging chimes and dear god... what was that awful intro music they had for the news. Maybe that's the reason I began to hate the news bulletins. That awful music.. ugh!!
Now that there's 24/7 coverage, news channels are praying for wars and disasters. Cyclone in Burma... gooooo, wait, what's that? the government isnt allowing foreign aid? omfg, this is the motherload... lets go live.. there's a victim, look he doesnt have an arm, come on! mnve it, we need an interview... exclusive footage this will be.. oh yes, people just lovvee survivor stories. We need to spice it up.. lets say he lost his arm saving this kid over here from a falling tree.. yeah?
Sad, I know, but its just an example of the ground realities. The things that go unnoticed, under the banner of creating awareness among the public. Soon, I'm sure there's going to be a reality show wbere tbe contestants must fight to survive an actual disaster. An instant hit.
There's nothing I can do about it. It could have been worse. There are 24 hour weather channels too...
what im saying is
this is the anthem
throw all your hands up
yall got to feel me,sing if your with me, yeah
An anthem. Yes. WE need a fucking anthem.
Thursday, 1 May, 2008
this might be highly unlikely that you haven't heard about it, but just for the sake of information, there is a Google Group for DA-IICT Alumni started by Ashish Kumar (B.Tech. 2002)
Currently there are 323 members.
So spread the word.
Note : There are few meetups (Bangalore, Delhi) in next week/10days. So if you are around, then make sure to check those out. Currently they expect the 2004 and 2005 ppl to join in too, so that all the juniors can take maximum from the community.
I'll be in Mumbai from 12th May to 22nd July. Redeye share your WoW account :X
Friday, 25 April, 2008
As humans we believe in a few assumptions. We believe that gravity exists and we believe that energy and mass can be converted into each other because Einstein said so. Of course, we also assume that Einstein was a genius and therefore he was right! But then there was also a time when we believed that the world was flat and the Earth was the center of the universe. I am quite sure that some real genius would have come up with that idea.
Reverting back to the original Black Swan Theory, people throughout the world used to believe that Swans were white. The assumption was so prevalent that we associated a sense of whiteness with Swans and a sense of Swanness with white. And then, people discovered Australia and to their utmost surprise, they also discovered Swans that were black.
Now the point that I am trying to make is probably so banal that you would want to kill me by the end of this post, but then somethings have to be done despite the banality of their occurrence. A black swan stands for everything that we haven’t anticipated, for things that we believe don’t exist and of course, for discoveries that we haven’t made. The great question is what if there is an Australia where the laws of gravity don’t apply? What if de Broglie hypothesis on the duality of matter falls flat if we account for more dimensions than the four that we know of?
The composition of our entire environment, religion, culture and technology is based on the inherent belief that we know. It assumes that earth was created to be ruled by homo sapiens. The assumption doesn’t stop here, we also believe that evolutionary cycle has stopped working after it created this species and there will be just minor modification where we will be taller and we will lose the appendix. We believe that that since humans differ so much from other species, that human future development may not be governed by the same principles as other animals. This belief is deeply embedded into our culture, with our own set of Creation Myths and Literature. In fact, we are so self-obsessed that we believe that one day we would either rule the universe and we would be able to terraform planets for our survival.
What if human intelligence is too over-rated and there is a subtle wisdom in the evolutionary cycle which has supported immense diversity of species for millions of years before we decided to be intelligent enough to take over. One of the primary advantage of diversity is an essential understanding the diversity promotes survival in extremities of atmospheric conditions. It is far easier to destroy a thousand species with an atmospheric change than to destroy a million species. We an intensive expansion of our species we are moving towards a world with an eventual set of thousand species!
Someday we will discover the black swan and we would end up realizing that our initial beliefs were wrong. The immensity of faith that we have on our intelligence, wherein we believe that we will eventually solve any problem that comes our way might be rendered ineffective against the larger wisdom of what we face! This is not an apocalypse that I am talking about… it’s just a discovery. A small event in the evolutionary lifecycle could have a large impact on our survival.
So the next time you see a langoor happily sitting on the branch of a tree, chewing away one of its branches, just don’t smile to yourself wondering about the purposelessness of his existence. Atleast, he knows that there is no black swan waiting for him at the end of the day.
Saturday, 29 March, 2008
Saturday, 22 March, 2008
Tuesday, 4 March, 2008
Ok, Day 3 (With all the spelling mistakes)
There was this DJ thing that took place in the FC, lots of dancing, sadly no girls this time, there was the DJ night on the 1st night itself that I think I forgot to mention. Yes, sad to say I did dance, both times, I was wearing black though so no one could see anthing other than jeans moving the 1st night- there were also GNLU girls dancing with us, the second time was in broad daylight - which I think I'll end up regretting for the rest of my life.
Jokes apart, I sat through one of the worst footloose competitions in the entire history of synapse, well -- worse than the last two years any ways. it was just the same set of guys doing the same set of things again and again and again and .... Our college won the group thing ... Dance coders were pretty decent ..., in the small duration between the end of the performances and the announcement of the results there was a short performance by these two kids (couldnt be older than 6 ?) to that aamir khan number from taare zamin par - those guys got the max amount of cheering from the audience. Annnd there was this girl from Nirma who had come a day late for naach so she performed but wasnt judged, she was in my opinion pretty good - could have given srujith and co# a run for their money, had she come in time.
Then at like 9 or so RagnaRok started, it was good !!! just on the wrong day. I wish that they had had ragna yesterday, and Cynosure right after that ? or Today. There were a total of 8 teams, the last one was HTB (the DAIICT team), or Hum toh Bajayenge ('We Will Play' in Hindi, or maybe 'We will Beat Up' it can mean both), they had their last time together , it was a laugh kind of. The Bands played Trivium (they messed that one up -Lights to Flies), and Pearl Jam (I forgot to mention that Black Played Pearl Jam as well - they played the song Black). The band that won it in the end was Manefus(it means royal eagle in egyption they claim) I think, and the Best Drummer went to Nephalim(means band from hell), the Best ohh forget it. Listen to them all at - tempostand Along with Black, all brought to you by Naman, Thakur, Ujjawal, and well I dunno. ...
Feel like dancing, they should have kept the DJ night tonight itself, too much unused energy need to burn it off, which is why this post.
This one is about synapse day 2.
The previous post despite my crappy spellings did kind of give a rough idea of what happened on day 1 of synapse. Now, we move on to day 2. Day 2 had the following major events - cynosure, Raphsody (the Indian and the instrumentals) and Naach the 'classical/Indian' dance competition. Ok, so the Raphsody was ok, nooot all the great, the instrumentals were good, but the others were ok, Kiriti did a good job, I think most of the people did actually enjoy his version of the colonial cousins and A Band Of Boys - medely I think they did it pretty seemlessly. During some break in the performances Prof. Hrishikesh Venkatraman, was asked to sing, he was sporting enough to do so, though the crowd didn't seem to think much of it, in my opinion he was decent.
What else, let's see ... I think the only thing I remember about Naach was srujith's dance, which was the same thing he always does that Chandramukhi(Bhool Bhulaiya) one, it was good of course, don't remember the results.
There was procenium of course, I think our college did a decent job, the others were kind of saaad, corny jokes being repeated, and gags being shown jsut for the sake of getting a laugh without the story heading any where. Our's was first somthing about hostages being divided along religious lines, then there was Symbiosis which in my opinion was crap, then there was DEC, which again sucked, by the time ours (1st years I think)came again I deceided I wanted to eat so I left so I missed it but I think it would have been decent. Mica was good, seriously good.
Then came the event I think every one was waiting for, Cynosure was good , seriously good. There were two bands, Agnee and Black, Agni is the one that has done that theme song for MTV roadies. They had stage presence - Mohan, Koko, Arijit (Chinku), and the guy on the synth (can't remember his name), I met them all as well, but alas didn't go fanboy on them and didn't get photos with them, though I am sure I must be visible in some of the photos that all the girls had taken with them. Agnee was good, but Black was awesome, made staying back worth it. They did their originals and some seriously good covers (by good I mean the choice of songs, they claimed their covers sucked -- I couldn't notice any big messups). They did TOOLs sober, they did a very intersting version of Hotel California, they did some other stuff - one original was called field of thorns I think.
Then they left, well almost, Arijit from Agnee was up there on a chair (like 3 feet away from me and almost falling off on top of us), coordinating the crowds chants with a "get back" and etc. etc. ... Finally they did come back, but didn't know what to play (couldn't play snow patrol or RATM), so they played Led Zep- Stairway to Heaven. which was awesome. !!!
This was at like 3 or so at night ... so ... that was the end of Day 2.
Sunday, 2 March, 2008
this one is about synapse day 1.
Ok, so this year(2008), Synapse was organised by our juniors. and personally I didnt expect them to do much of a job. I spent the whole day doing nothing of course, since I had decieded in my first year itself not to take part in any event that causes me to spend all three days working for said event rather than having fun. Any ways the day was a bore, it seems like hte juniors hadn't dont much with respect to the small events. Went to the SAC and there was hardly anything going on. I had a talk with harshal he was the one who told me that they were having small problems and would most probably sort them out by the next day.
Any ways, for the 1st day, the major events AFAIK were Raphsody and Rampage. Raphsoday went of decent, the third year guy once again decieded to murder pink floyd, Don't know how they let the guy in each year - dunno how he passes the prelims. There was this set of NID girls who were pretty decent, they seemed to be rather good friends as well. Karry played, and was of course good, they didnt win however. I went away for the results, and I was told that it was the girls from NID who won. There were people from GNLU as well but they were jsut O.K.
I have of course not forgotten about the streetplay but defered mention of it to a later time- namely now. Any ways, that was decent - I missed junoons performance but I heard they were good as always, I got the performance of that all girls team, they were pretty decent. Symbi sucked a lot, in the street play.
Rampage was the major event and it was of course what these guys had put majoriy of their effort in. I think they were pretty decent though. Two rounds the first one had the theme tribal - in which despite choosing 'models' that I would not have, they did pretty decent. The second theme was retro/rodeo, the first team did rodeo, they actually did look rather decent in their cowgirl outfits, every one else did retro. What is messed up is that our own team did god knows what with the theme they ended up seeming like some wiered, going-on-a-mario-electronica-LSD-Shroom-trip. NIFT won, they did their second theme well, I think we should have done decent, won it I guess.
Tuesday, 26 February, 2008
start with aggregators [digg, reddit, slashdot]
then onto news [googlenews, nytimes, newsweek, etcetc]
the latest in gaming [bluesnews, rage3d boards, wowinsider, etcetc]
tech news [wired, engadget, gizmondo, ars technica]
blogs and shit [neatorama, boingboing, kottke, mentalfloss, gawker]
cesspools of the internets [fark.com, cracked.com, somethingawful.com]
by now its usually 5:00 (quitting time)...if not,
a couple of coffee breaks, a longish lunch break
suggest more sites :)
and if i see gurus.wordpress.com, im going to learn hacking and take down this blog and study nanotech in mit
Friday, 22 February, 2008
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Saturday, 9 February, 2008
I believe few of you will understand who are are the two ppl talking here. If not and you are too eager to know then ask me on GTalk or mail me :-)
NOTE : The names have been changed, and i fixed a few typos(3 to be exact). My comments are in a [ ] bracket.
SomeRandomNick: we just screened a movie :D
and it was pirated :D
Movie_Club_Guy: lol.. i was expecting dis frm u.. :@
d piracy king...
SomeRandomNick: at least we can screen "LATEST" movie, and not movies from 80's
Movie_Club_Guy: d inventor of DC
>_<, so u started a film club thr too..? :O pirate and you are the user
users are to be blamed
nope, it was already there
[ the creators of TCP/IP are still not in jail, coz it enables torrents to share data, torrents use TCP/IP, you see you cannot blame the manufacturer/inventor of AK-47 for all the deaths in the world]
Movie_Club_Guy: oh!! so u just introduced piracy in it..
SomeRandomNick: nope, they were already screening pirated movies
Movie_Club_Guy: shame on u guys..
Movie_Club_Guy: so irresponsible
Movie_Club_Guy: by supporting piracy....
SomeRandomNick: it's "PRIVATE" screening
Movie_Club_Guy: btw which movy u screened..?
SomeRandomNick: some comedy movie
Movie_Club_Guy: hindi aur eng..?
SomeRandomNick: it was a horror flick
Movie_Club_Guy: hey bhagwan!!!!!
den it doesn't maater.. :P
who d f cares abt tamil ...
SomeRandomNick: hypocrite, bastards
Movie_Club_Guy: thanxx :D
Movie_Club_Guy: and u r happy..becoz u can watch latest tamil movies.. :lol:
SomeRandomNick: you think so ?
Movie_Club_Guy: u said so
SomeRandomNick: yeah i did
Movie_Club_Guy: so u r not happy..???
SomeRandomNick: i never said i am not.. i have pirated movies, what more i want
Movie_Club_Guy: gud job dude.... (Y) keep it up...
SomeRandomNick: you try to screen latest "HIT" movie for a change, which was aired in 2008 !
Movie_Club_Guy: we did....
JAB we met...
chak de india...
Movie_Club_Guy: d criteria is "worth screening + original"
[Maybe they need to revise the criteria, but then... ]
SomeRandomNick: i know what the criteria is
Movie_Club_Guy: and 1 more "they must not be tamil".. :lol:
yaa u got it
SomeRandomNick: just sticking to a sinking ship
Movie_Club_Guy: atleast it is a HOLY ship....
[HOLY ship, reaaaally?]
SomeRandomNick: HOLY :O
how does that come in picture?
Movie_Club_Guy: not pirated..
SomeRandomNick: so there are 2 types of movies.. HOLY and pirated!
Movie_Club_Guy: we hav maintained our dignity..
SomeRandomNick: i wud like to know how many movies you "BUY" after you leave college
Movie_Club_Guy: dude dude due....u havn't got me yet....
SomeRandomNick: mayb i know, that you have dual standards.. right ?
Movie_Club_Guy: i personally don't hate piracy..but wen it comes to film club.. i totally refuse it..
SomeRandomNick: so i won't get it
Movie_Club_Guy: yaa u can call it dual standard. or watever
SomeRandomNick: this goes to my blog :D
as ppl regularly visit ur blog..:lol:
SomeRandomNick: i will ask them to ;)
and put link in dcpp too :)
Movie_Club_Guy: and i thought u wanna chat wid me :(
Wednesday, 30 January, 2008
Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal explains:
Enso is dead simple to use. You just hold down the Caps Lock key and type an Enso command, which is displayed in a translucent overlay. Once the command is typed, you simply release the Caps Lock key to activate it, and the overlay disappears. If you type fast, it all happens in a flash.
For instance, to launch the Firefox Web browser, you just hold down the Caps Lock key and type "open firefox." To look up the meaning of the word "proclivity," you just hold down the Caps Lock key and type "define proclivity."
A simple example is this
The program can be configured to open the programs you want, with the tag you want. Like by default firefox opens with "mozilla firefox" but i prefer "firefox" over default. Enso gets it's initial list of programs through your start menu, so after install you are good to go.
Using the single "CAPS LOCK" key they offer
Enso Map Anywhere v0.1Easily add maps to your documents and emails, and look up phone numbers and addresses.
Enso Media Remote Control v0.2
A remote-control for your music: Play, pause, and skip tracks in your favorite music player from any application.Enso Web Search Anywhere v0.1
Provides commands for performing web searches using a variety of web services, from Amazon to Youtube to your Gmail account.Enso Translate Anywhere v0.1.1
The power to translate English to and from eight other languages. In any application.
Enso TeX Anywhere v0.1
Effortlessly render TEX markup into beautifully type-set equations (and convert them back again) everywhere from Powerpoint to Gmail.
So for all the touch typing enthusiasts, try this application out. I bet you won't be disappointed.
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Yes, its Tempostand catching the attention of the media and making news once again. Seems like our old friends are looking at something big this time. I mean looking for strategic investment and that too in less than a year's operations. Wow! For those who are not aware, Naman, Dhobal and Ujjwal (My ex-roomie :D ), all Btech-2003 guys, started Tempostand in April last year and since then it has organized numerous rock competition across IITs and IIMs. Visit http://www.tempostand.com to see what their venture, has grown into. I wonder why they still call it a baby!
Tuesday, 15 January, 2008
- we could post on various forums which students use for information gathering
- we could monitor yahoo answers for questions on DAIICT and answer them
- we could do something about the stupid Indian Express article appearing on the 1st page when searching for "daiict" on google. How? Just post some more interesting stuff about DAIICT that people might want to read and hence push that page down the popularity ranks.