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Computer Science and Toilet Paper

Friday, July 4, 2008 14:43
Posted in category Computer Science

Though it is very famous and well known (even works for me), that the best ideas come in the washroom, a place where you are invariably alone. Having said that, I have to accept that I could never have thought of this:

Yikes. We never realized that you had to be a computer scientist to use toilet paper. Worse, we didn’t realize that thinking was required to select the roll.

Amazing essay by Don Norman. It furthers my belief in the power of computer science. I have more career options than I ever imagined! Toilet paper, etc. etc….

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I feel light !

Friday, June 27, 2008 9:49
Posted in category Internet

This is in continuation of my previous post, where I have discussed my habit of piling things.

The first thing I did after going home yesterday(which was today early morning actually), was to reduce the number of labels in my GMail account. I have been able to come down from 57 to 15 !! I guess I will reduce them further. I planned to remove all of them, and start afresh. But since GMail does not allow you to delete more than one label simultaneously (perhaps they assume that no one would be crazy enough to have as many as 57 labels!, which is a reasonable assumption by all means), I started deleting them one by one. I was tempted to keep quite a few of them intact – labels which I actually use and labels which I would want to have.

Anyways, removing redundant things is always good. Moving towards Pareto efficiency in life? :)

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A habit of piling things

Thursday, June 26, 2008 16:48
Posted in category Internet

My mother often used to comment that I have a bad habit of piling up things, the irrelevant and useless ones with the relevant ones – so much that at times I lose touch with the relevant ones. I have, time and again, ignored that comment till the time I left home and started staying alone. Now I realize what she meant. I find it everywhere – my bed, table, almirah, even on the internet.

I have a knack of subscribing to numerous newsletters and then having a separate label for that in GMail, blogs in Google Reader, joining uncountable communities in orkut etc etc. To make matters worse, there is no restriction anymore on any such number in any case. I remember the times when I just opened a yahoo mail account (in 2003), it had only 50 MB of space, and allowed to create only 16 filters. Things have come a long long way. Not having these restrictions has made things totally disorganized for me. And I know I hate it.

Occasionally I do clean up my bed, almirah etc, but that’s because I spend a lot more time with them as compared to my online over-piled stuff. Well, today after a long time I was reading some posts in my Google Reader. Thankfully, I have started cleaning up stuff. Over time, my pile of subscriptions had grown to 97 in number, and I know that I follow only 5-6 blogs regularly. All the others just got subscribed as a result of my habit of keeping things with me whenever I come across anything. After a lot of filtering, I am finally down to 31. Things look a lot cleaner now!

I just counted that I have 57 labels in my GMail account. Would you believe that?

I am surely going to make a conscious effort towards leaving this habit. SOON.

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Great Words…

Sunday, March 16, 2008 17:25
Posted in category Media Art, Opinion, Quotes

“It doesn’t matter what we do until we accept ourselves. Once we accept ourselves, it doesn’t matter what we do.” – Charly Heavenrich

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A conversation I had with my friend..

Thursday, February 14, 2008 5:04
Posted in category Conversation

He : I really like the mails u send
Me : I really send the mails I like
He : I really like the ans to my comment
Me : I really like the comment to my answer
He : Ha ha ha Good One!!
Me: :) Can we go forever
He: Would have wanted to

:)

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O! Dispenser of India’s destiny….

Thursday, February 7, 2008 18:58
Posted in category Media Art, Songs

Jana-gana-mana-adhinayaka, jaya he Bharata-bhagya-vidhata
O! Dispenser of India’s destiny, thou art the ruler of the minds of all people
Punjab-Sindhu-Gujarata-Maratha
Thy name rouses the hearts of Punjab, Sindh, Gujarat, the Maratha country,
Dravida-Utkala-Banga
in the Dravida country, Utkala (Orissa) and Bengal;
Vindhya-Himachala-Yamuna-Ganga
It echoes in the hills of the Vindhyas and Himalayas,
Uchchala-Jaladhi-taranga
it mingles in the rhapsodies of the pure waters of Jamuna and the Ganges.
Tava shubha name jage
They chant only thy name.
Tava shubha ashish maange
They seek only thy auspicious blessings.
Gaye tava jaya-gatha
They sing only the glory of thy victory.
Jana-gana-mangala-dayaka jaya he
The salvation of all people waits in thy hands,
Bharata-bhagya-vidhata
O! Dispenser of India’s destiny, thou art the ruler of the minds of all people
Jaya he, jaya he, jaya he
Victory to thee, Victory to thee,
Jaya jaya jaya, jaya he!
Victory, Victory, Victory, Victory to thee!

I read this English translation of our national anthem for the first time today! Great!

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Life is an ice-cream…

Monday, February 4, 2008 14:17
Posted in category Media Art, Quotes

You can recall this statement if you have seen Black. My take on the same:

Life is surely an ice-cream. But one with a cone.

You start with something that is sweet, cool, soft and delicious – something that even someone without teeth can eat. And as you progress, you start encountering the hard bytes – the cone. That’s where you need to persist, with all your strength.

And – that is the part of life that teaches you the most

And – you must never forget that after the smooth and silky times, hard times will follow.

( This sounds pessimistic, but I am sure you will be able to find one or the other time in your own lives when you have learnt this. So, is it pessimistic? )

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Three runs…

Monday, January 28, 2008 4:53
Posted in category Cricket, Sports

A snippet from cricinfo.com commentary of the last day of 4th test match between India and Australia:

54.1 Lee to Laxman, 3 runs, banged in short outside off stump, Laxman gets on top of the bounce and plays the ball down between second slip and gully, Hussey sprints after it superbly and pulls the ball in just inside the boundary

Rare moment. Laxman does not run 3 runs very often does he?

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When double clicks start bugging….

Wednesday, January 23, 2008 16:49
Posted in category Internet, Irritation, Moods

When I read a web page, I have to have the mouse in my hand, just like when I read a book, I have to have a pencil in my hand !

Though I have almost grown past my latter habit, it is almost impossible to leave the former one. When I am reading a web page, I have this habit of selecting words as I read. Since a double-click also selects a word, I double click a lot – on crucial words, or otherwise – but a lot.

Believe it or not, even while watching a movie (using VLC usually), I keep fiddling with my mouse. If you know me, you must be aware that it is really hard for me to sit alone and finish a 2 hour movie in 2 hours. I get bored easily and start surfing the net. At other times, I am busy with my mouse doing all sorts of things – including double clicking which toggles the full screen mode.

I have not had any problems with my habit, but of late new generation websites have emerged which consider themselves to be “over-smart”, to a level to make the user insane. I am talking about these double-click pop-ups of all kinds which come up when you double click anywhere on the site.

So, while reading, I keep getting unwanted dictionary definitions of the words I happen to double-click inadvertently. Now this is really annoying. The good part is, it will make me get rid of my “mouse fiddling” habit one day. :)

(I hope by the time you are reading this, blogger does not come up with this strategy!!)

You can see one such web page here.

By the way, have you visited this? (Click at your own risk, do not curse me later :D )

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Must read !

Tuesday, January 22, 2008 8:36
Posted in category Events, Internet, News, Opinion

Just go through this

“We regret to announce that due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, the publication of The Astrological Magazine will cease with the December 2007 issue.”

Can you appreciate what I am trying to show here?

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