Skip to main content

Posts

Showing posts from 2017

Reading Indian magazines

So now when I feel like watching TV, I instead start reading a magazine - any magazine.

How many magazines do we buy? Zero. But I read them using my own app "Indian newspapers and magazines'. The Indian way - free. :)

Most often I read current affairs magazines. India today, Frontline, Tehelka etc.

Then some days I even try reading some fashion magazines. But I am not inclined towards them.  Too old to look fashionable
 Then I even browse through newspapers, so as not to be seeing only one side of a news-story.


If I have some time and I am in calmer mood, I even try to read some Hindi poems.

I can say my life is some what enriched by this app. Though not riched :)

Sky

Where the mind is without fear

Time to recollect this song and try to analyze it in today's context.


Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free 


--------
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake
- Rabindranath Tagore

Funny quotes

Kafka - on the shore

For once I have something to blog about. Not just whining and blaming others. Or posting some silly quotes which only I found hilarious, and reposting it.

Ok. The day I saw about Arundhati Roy's book "the ministry of utmost happiness" I read more about her and read part of her article in Caravan. I realized we share some common enemies. Isn't that how friendships are formed - based on whom you hate or dislike? OK, why don't I buy her book.

Amazon order was prepared. Luckily they had some offer on hardcover book. So that went into shopping cart. Because I did not want to pay 50 rupee delivary charges, I browsed through suggestion Amazon provided and selected "Kafka on the shore" by Murukami - a Japanese writer.

Now both books have arrived and I haven't yet removed the plastic cover of Roy's book. Instead I am reading Kafka...

And interestingly enough, I am proceeding quite well. Though two other book which I was trying to read few pages a day at…

Pious

I love quotes and I love creating them too. The quirkier the better

Indian newspapers and magazines

I wrote earlier two posts about my two games Shataka and MemoryPro. 

Today I downloaded my older and more popular app - Indian Newspapers and magazines  .

I am not at all enthusiastic about writing about this app. Because it is free and also ad-free. Very sad, but true.



The app has different categories such as science and technology, business, entertainment. It also has a large collection of Indian English magazines and local language magazines. And of course all of these are completely free. Most of them do not even require registration.

You can save the articles for off-line reading.

So may  be give it a try and download it from here

And the app is less than 1 MB in size. But once I add advertisements, the size will be slightly larger.
yo maam pashyati sarvatra sarvam cha mayi pashyati |
tasyaaham na pranashyaami sa cha me naa pranashyati |


यो माम पश्यति सर्वत्र सर्वं मई पश्यति 
तस्याहं न प्रणश्यामि स च मे न प्रणश्यति 

The one who sees me in everything and sees everything in me, he will never part from me.

Such a lofty goal!!

Emojis

We all love to use emojis or emoticons. Kids nowadays have complete conversations using emojis. Ever wonder what is source of these cute little cartoon faces?

Here it is.







An imaginary interview - in jest

Q: Hi, My name is somesomeka, I am talking from abcd TV. Do you have few minutes

A: No, no. I am not buying anything. I don't want any insurance. Nor do I want any loan or credit card.

Q: No maam, you are mistaking me. I just want to talk to you for a few minutes.

A: Ya, shoot out.

Q: I heard that you are one of the important bloggers in Rajarajeshwarinagar. Can you tell me about your background ?

A: OK. Let me see I studied electrical engineering in Bangalore 30 years ago. At a time, when every road, every village and every house was not flooded with engineers. But then I did not take my career seriously. I just taught computer languages in institutes.

Q: So you are an Engineer by education. How nice! And you did work in a company. How interesting!

A: Ya, ya. I was working as an embedded faculty even after coming to this RR nagar. My neighbors tell otherwise.

Q: Now you are not working?

A: I am developing android apps.

Q: Then where do you find time for blogging? You must be rea…

We don't do this

Instead we do this



 and saddening of all,  this


Some of us do another thing - searching images for blogging :) :) :)

MemoryPro.

While we are talking about my games - android games I have developed, we need to talk about memorypro.

Most of the memory games show you some images in a grid and you need to match them.

But I remembered the memory game we played as children (I am still a child at heart) using playing cards. Here the combinations are large. 4 suits, 13 numbers. So remembering is difficult and I was bad at this game.

So I added this feature to the game - play memory with cards(ispeet if you want).

Most of us are not good at remembering faces. So I added a face memory game. Show some faces. Change one of them. And the player will have to recognize the changed face.

But here copy rights is a problem. You can not use faces of people without their permission. May be you can use film stars' photos. But I do not like the idea.

So I took cartoon faces. Most of them are from "The Simpsons". Who does not love them?







And the the third one is pattern memory. In a grid, with blank cells, a few will be …

Shataka revisited

It has been a long time since I played my game Shataka

Shataka is a number game which all brainy geeks will love. Aim of the game is to place numbers in cells like sudoku. But the difference is you need to place the numbers in such a way that the total of a row and total of a column is 100.

Here is an example.


In this image, first column needs one number. Can it be 2? It can not be. Because then the sum will be 61. Not 100. Can it be 9? No.

The correct number in first cell is 41. This completes first column. 41, 23, 36. The total is 100

For first row, now we have 41 and 43. To complete 100, we need 100 - 41 - 43 which will be 16. So we drag and drop 16 in first row second column.

You continue this way until all cells are filled.

Currently I am at level 20.

Ha. In this level, the total of rows and columns should be 1000 instead of 100. Way to go, genius!!

You can download the shataka app here  .

Segmenation fault

Morning, I tried continuing the binary tree deletion program. I wrote some code and gcc-ed it and executed it. To get segmentation fault.

I got up and went straight to kitchen, telling myself "I do not have time for segmentation faults now".

Of course, I do not have time for segmentation faults, but I have time for googling for funny quotes to be set as my whatsapp dp. I have time to watch "Friends" millionth time. And I have time to sit and ruminate past, present and future bad scenarios.

And my spouse will be wishing me more segmentation faults so that I will spend some time in the kitchen.


On a relevant topic, segmentation fault is renamed as null pointer exception in Java. And we get these a lot. So much so that, after I make any small changes to my android program and I run it, and I do not get null pointer exception, I start searching on my desk. Where did NPE go?

I relish these errors. I savor them. Because, unlike in C, where program crashes with line segm…

Remembering

You are kind and you are smart

In the 2011 movie "The Help" about racial abuse in 1960's , a nanny tells a white child whom she is looking after. "you is kind, you is smart, you is important" and the child repeats after her. And she teaches this fact to the child each and every day.

We never had such a nanny. So we never learnt this fact that we are smart and we are important.

It is never too late. We can use this very good self affirmation each day.

Because if some one praises you, you feel happy. Why can't that some one be yourself?


We are rich or.. at least some of us are uber-rich

The map above is by an website called geostata.com. It shows world population without showing country borders.

Ha. We are blue! Clap clap clap - thumbs up. We stand out along with china is very densely populated country.

But there is another map, we need to be really proud of. (But we are proud of everything.) That is the number of billionaires in the country. This map below shows the population of billionaires in different countries. I was surprised to know that  there are only 1810 billionaires in the world


India has 84 billionaires according to an article in Forbes magazine. And the richest person in India is Mukesh Ambani. According to that article, in this list of 25 countries having highest number of billionaires, India is in 4th position, preceded only by Germany, China and US of A.


Deepa

This is not posted because it is a professional quality photo. It is not even my   good photo in my own diy standard. It is posted because, it is a magic or a mystery!

You see the shadow of a lamp (deepa) here. But I do not have such a deepa with long stand in my puja room.

It took me a while to realize that the shadow is that of etched picture on the glass door of puja room.

Unique uses of smart phone

My internet is still not fixed. The technicians came and went.

OK. Let me come out of me-land and talk of essential apps and their usabilities.

Since many years I have been using an app called podcastaddict. Good thing about this app is you download the podcasts and listen to them offline. Not for any knowledge or entertainment, but as a sleeping pill. Listen to some one talking monotonously on any topic and within 10 minutes, you are asleep.

But how often do you listen to the same episodes? I do know a few limited number of podcasts which are worth listening to (worth falling asleep to).  After a while, you would have listened to all episodes of most of your podcasts. Listening to the same thing again and again? Don't we have TV channels for that?

Youtube in that way is more versatile. It has so many different categories of videos - the ones which are extremely soporific philosophical . The one channel I found interesting is called "The school of life". It has videos o…

High speed - but no internet

It has started again. Today for the first time my "high speed" Internet problem is not fixed by their technicians. 
And the technicians had come before the incident. The fibre net people have some kind of box on our terrace from which 7/8 wires are coming out going to different houses. These technicians were tinkering with it. They came, they went back, then came again and were telling me that some center wire is cut and they are fixing it.
And in the afternoon when I sat on my laptop, there was no internet. Were they fixing the error or were creating the error.
Now their customer care is telling me stories like problem with server, technical issue and so on and the problem will be fixed within 48 hours.


Divinity

Eating a mango or smelling of a jasmine flower are the two things which I feel are some what divine.



Heavy words. Coming from a person who is part atheist and part non-devout hindu. When I am not sure of the existence of the one, sorry, the ONE, how do I call an experience as divine?

And, more importantly, don't all religions tell us to stay away or at least not glorify the pleasures of senses? So eating some thing being divine is contradictory, do you say?

But I tell it as I feel it. I feel the taste of a mango is not from this world. It is from "swarga". And I feel for a fraction of a nanosecond God must be really wonderful to have created such a fruit.

And I also feel the reason for this divinity is that, these two belong to the "ma" family - maavu(mango in Kannada), mallige(jasmine) and amma. Of course you know amma - mother, maa, madre, mater, mathru.

If at all there is a God, he/she will be like a mother. Always protecting you, being there whenever you n…

When you are sad, sing

I don't realize that. I sound awesome. I don't know whether my neighbors agree.

Save or cancel?

This quote is for me. one hundred percent.

Academy of gurutry

For a billion plus Indians, there might be a million gurus. Swamis, sadhus, call them by any name. OK, not a million, but quite close to it.

These new age gurus teach you not just about God. They teach you everything, how to breathe, how to eat, how to think (or not). And they use science - vedic science mind you, as a basis for their lessons.

I found this interesting video which uses satire on this topic in skeptics.com.

Watch it. Happy praying.



Two soaps, two stories

I was unable to share the previous post to google+. SO mind is filled with that.

Anyways, how many of you watch Scandal and how many watch "House of cards"?




Two presidents, two stories, but how completely different.

In scandal - the president looks tormented - always. He is caught between his duty as a "President", his beautiful wife Mellie and his mistress Olivia. He is no where near the ruthless, diplomatic and cunning politician. For those things, he has Olivia.

But in House of cards, the president is an anti-hero. He is devious and knows how to get the power and how to retain it. And he uses anyone and anything for that goal. His wife is his partner in crime. They some how mislead the sitting president, and get the throne. But then even his wife will be against him.

One should agree that house of cards is more realistic. Scandal is just melodramatic soap.




Apocalypse

Apocalypse - complete destruction of the world. "pralaya" in our indian languages


I feel that apocalypse will not happen in a second or in a day. It will be gradual.

Few natural disasters here, Few wars there. Some civil wars elsewhere, Some violence some where else. And dumbing down of us, the humans so as to make us incapable of surviving these things.


Do you see apocalypse being started?

You need infinite rupees

Nowadays, I am being amused by bugs in my own programs.

Infinity indeed!!

That is why you should know the difference between int division and float division.

Learn, eternally

Last few days I have been feeling quite low. Lower than usual that is. Was finding it hard to do anything, no will to wake up in the morning etc.

Then I joined a new course in udemy. Online of course. Completely new subject.

Now my mood which was at almost 1 has sprung back to 8ish.

So I don't know about you. I can survive, and maintain a little bit sanity, as long as I keep learning.

Here gratitude should come. I am supposed to say - I am blessed with high speed internet connection, and ability to learn new concepts and time to do that.

Glass is not entirely empty. :)

Unity - what I am learning, is a basically a game engine, and has quite easy interface for game creation. For example, to rotate an object you just write,
 this.transform.Rotate()

First few lessons in Udemy were nice. Then I realized, I haven't been able to figure out how to move objects or scale them correctly. I branched out and starting viewing another video from Unity website itself. The video dived directly…

Fauna

It was a very hot and sweaty and ugly afternoon. Then it started raining. Not quite cats and dogs. May be just cats?

Did you know this phrase came into usage because some time in 17th century, it rained so heavily in England that some streets became rivers of garbage carrying many dead cats and dogs. So it means at no time in history did cats and dogs fall from the sky! Interesting!!!

So a lone street dog was running frantically in search of shelter. And it did find a place below a parked jeep on the street. Do jeeps have more space underneath when compared to cars?

Then rain gained momentum and along with the mud came some thing new on the road. Dog started wondering - is it a toy? Or is it some thing I can eat? He started chasing with hesitation and dual mind. Then he left that new thing join all the other garbage into the storm water drain. He might have some how realized that it was a medicine bottle - neither a toy, nor food.

That was a story of a canine friend - who is very dea…

Good old days

We were talking about our "days". So this means we are certainly old.

I told the story of how I had  taken 10 paise from my grand mother for a post card. Those days my parents were in Agra and me and my sister were staying with our grand mother. I had taken 10 paise for the post card and bought a candy and ate it.

My friend told how their uncle would tell  all the children to remove weeds from the fields twice, if they want to go to movies - two of them on the same day. And the children would happily oblige.

And we would go to the sports day with lot of eagerness because we get to eat 5 paise ice-candy. We will not buy milk ice-candy because that was 25 paise. 


My another friend had given 10 paise to her aunt for safe guard.  And she would repeatedly ask her aunt "When will you buy me a frock with the money I gave you".  Of course, even in those days, one could not buy a frock for 10 paise. But thus was our innocence.


What happens when one gets accustomed to being helped at each and every step by well intentioned people.

See this video.


Network error

2 step verification : When did I activate 2 step verification? May be 4 years ago. May be as soon as that feature was introduced. So I was happily using with the pseudo contentment that my google account is safe. But who knew that my phone or sim will be compromised? - I think.

I was not getting sms from online sellers for arrival of products. So I thought my current phone with 1GB data plan ( per day !!!) might be the culprit. And moved my 2 step SIM to an older phone. This proved to be problem. I had to try 4-5 times including restarting the phone to get verification code.

So next I did the next reasonable thing I changed to verification phone number. And there was a disaster. Morning at 4 am I tried and tried and tried 20 times to ask google to send me a verification code. To no avail. And I can not call customer care at 4 am.

Morning happened finally. And I can not start the usual vitriolic tirade on - you know who. I am in my mothers. So patiently I called the customer care. And…

"Designer" chairs

3 years ago, I posted about a chair which is so cozy and aptly named cradle .

But there are some chair designs which make me wonder - how does one sit on these. Or are these for show only. Hathi ke danth  dikhane ke aur khane ke aur.

But then, it takes me a while to understand that images are not at an angle to visualize them in 3d for me. I was bad at engineering drawing any way - could not  combine plan, elevation and side view and get 3d.

Here is one such design. Tell me that you don't wonder about how to sit on this chair like me.
These anyway are not for me. Where do I rest my back?

Then there are designs whose utility is highly questionable. Will there be any one who will spend preposterous amount to buy such novel items just for its design? I wonder.

Like this chair. 


And then there are designs exclusively for bookworms like me. Ahhh. You are literally surrounded by vast number of your friends. Beautiful!!!