Tuesday, 7 September 2010

while i was programming….

Programming was good while i did it during my college days..and sometimes when i do it now to help my blog improve.. Well I began to write this post to describe how it was..when i was completely into programming… Some of the languages i used then are not relevant now, however they did help develop the logic..logic is independent of programming language like music is… Cobol, Lisp, VB 6 and not to forget C and C++ which still rule the world… While I was completely into Computers and programming, it was a good fun… change a variable, the results are so different… developed my own Operating System while i was in graduation…may be i will work on that after retiring from my job to improve that..and some funny programs written to print everything into caps or in reverse order were fun and exciting…from the machine language programming i learnt that the pc does not multiply x * y, it actually adds x, y times…wow that was something interesting..and more interesting was LISP and PROLOG to help build systems like humans which have thinking and power to correct themselves… all in all it was a good fun writing programs that involved prime number identification to learning systems… well i say technology helps to be creative till you have the solution, after then it makes people lazy or in other words get used to convenience…and its not bad…we always try to reduce the effort and see gains in productivity, don't we? Logic is what matters in the world today, no matter how you achieve it…either by C or by C# you got to describe the logic else #include in C or C# won’t understand what you are trying to achieve…


Sunday, 29 August 2010

flying… I am not advertising thou…

For the last three times while I came out of India, I took Emirates…couple of reasons for it… First, the fares are not that expensive as compared to BA..the airport tax to go via London is around 24k while to go via Dubai is 4k..a net savings of at least 20k on the fare..Second, the service in Emirates is well known for it being a world class service with a good crew to assist…

Third, the stop over at Dubai is worth…The duty free and the airport itself is worth visiting. In the recent times, Dubai has been challenging the norms of buildings..the mega structures it has built in the last few years are amazing..be it the airport or the burj al arab hotel..the structures are a great view..and the city often features in the Nat Geo’s Mega Structures… the city from the air looks to be well planned with wide roads and fast moving traffic…Well the temperature is always around 40 degree Celsius during day, while you are surrounded by ac, it does not make a difference. Lastly, the huge airport does not make it crowded while there are so many flights landing and taking off especially during the local morning hours…However I still hate the long flights…it takes 18 hours flight to travel from Bangalore to New York, science should advance a little more and have the flights fly at a speed of double than what they currently fly to make the flights less lengthy!

once upon a time…


Wondering that I am saying a story that would begin like ‘once upon a time..long long ago…’ na…its not a story time..a time to write the Once Upon Time in Mumbai..movie review.. The songs of this movie are different and reminds of old bollywood songs…and yes, after a long time, there have been some nice songs from bollywood that I liked.. Peeloon…and Tum Jo  Aaye are the two songs that make me listen to them often… Movie is nice with good screenplay and story line.. background music adds more to the movie..Movie is about two smugglers who struggle to remain on top and want control over the underworld of mumbai. Based on true stories of two gangsters of mumbai – Haji Mastan and Dawood Ibrahim, the movie is a result of good research done by the writer and director to put it on the screen. The way the movie is made reminds the old hindi movies with those old cars and old streets of mumbai..the attire of the cast makes it more look like the old movies. Ajay Devgan (Sultan Mirza) is the top underworld gangster who has the policy not to make enemies when something can be achieved by offering friendship. He does illegal activities however is good to the poor and needy. Emraan Hashmi (Shoaib Khan) son of a inspector in Mumbai like to be rich in short span of time however his path to being rich and powerful is different than of Sultan Mirza. And yes Emraan Hashmi has a decent role in this movie unlike his other movies where… you know what I mean to write! The fight between two which starts in the second half of the movie leaves Sultan Mirza killed by Shoaib. Kanaga Ranaut (Rehana) plays a role of famous bollywood actress in the movie and is close to Sultan Mirza. She has come quite well in this movie and finally she gets a role where you dont find her drinking or being addicted to drugs and being betrayed by someone. Prachi Desai (Mumtaz) plays a role of sales girl in a jewellery shop and is in love with Shoaib. After Rock On, she has come good in this movie. The movie is a narration from an inspector who is on a mission to free Mumbai from the hands of underworld. The story telling and the screenplay with a old style background score and punch lines make the movie nice and it does deserver  a four star (****) and a post on my blog..
imbd link
official website
movie trailer

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

driving my car…

Ah… Driving my car, it is a wonderful experience when it is post 11 pm (most of the times, unless you have the opposite vehicle coming with high beam in city limits! Damn when will people learn)… While I drive during day, it is painful…traffic and more than traffic it is the unorganized traffic. Bikes, autos and sometimes even cars try to overtake you from the wrong side. Minute the traffic light goes green, the vehicle behind you starts the painful to listen horns… Dude, I don't have any intensions to set up my office or leaving room in the traffic signal..give me a second till the vehicle ahead me moves or the auto tries to sneak into the little very little space between my car and the vehicle ahead me…just chill..The roads have lanes, why don’t you follow, if you want to take a right, be on the right lane..there is neither nobody trying to judge your driving skills nor anybody trying to take you in the next fast and furious by seeing your driving skills that take a right turn by being on the extreme left of the lane…ah well if you can drive in Bangalore, I think you can drive anywhere…i mean anywhere, be it nyc, or be it the airport runway of Dubai..you will know when to apply breaks and when to accelerate and make your way! Jokes apart..you will be a driver with patience if you manage to drive in Bangalore traffic without loosing your patience…

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

when you are in the US or Philippines…

While I travelled to NYC, Boston and Manila during the last few months..one of the things I notice in these two countries is..don’t make Starbucks as your landmark..for sure you will never get to the place where you wanted :)

US and Philippines have Starbucks at every corner everywhere…And in Philippines, Ministop and 7-11 are not a good idea to make those as a landmark..they are many stores and like Starbucks, they are everywhere…

Monday, 31 May 2010

some movies…

Over the last few weeks, Some nice movies that I watched... To start with ‘Up in the Air’.

The opening scenes of the movie with pictures of cities from the airplane…very nice…George Clooney (as Ryan) is again at his best. Ryan is a person who likes flying, accumulate flying miles and is a motivational speaker. The Backpack scene was nice stating life full of possessions is not easy… ‘Make no mistakes, moving is living… The slower you move, the faster you die’..
He works for a company which takes on the outsourced activities related to people management at organizations. Ryan has an ugly job of telling people ‘You are fired’, however he tells it very nicely like, ‘you can do now what you always wanted to do’… ‘A new start to meet your aspirations, etc..’ Its always hard to tell someone if they do a crap job and telling ‘you are fired’, i think is the hardest one… Well, no one is going to be happy hearing that he or she is fired.. the reactions, the anger, the trauma on the face of those who hear that is not a scene someone would like to see in their real life. The movie sequence, the acting and the opening scenes does not stop me from giving it a four star..
The sound track ‘This Land is your Land’ is nice to listen…originally written by Woody Guthrie

Paranormal Activity…

Continuing from one of my previous posts on fb where I mentioned about this movie… This is one of the best made horror movie. Does not use high graphics, animations or sound effects, yet it does manage to scare you…scare you like you have never before… It does leaves you scared after watching the movie! The movie uses simple scenes to leave you scared… The opening sound of the door, the light in another room…the scariest part is the one where the male lead character (Micah) sleeps and for hours the female lady character (Katie) is standing next to him. Don't watch it alone and if you stay alone or if you occasionally get scared sometimes in the night, this is not the movie for you!
Katie feels that there is something in the house, while Micah does not seem to believe. He decides to capture the movements of that somebody using the video camera. They keep the camera ‘on’ during the night while asleep. The sequence of doors closing, the shadow, and abnormal activities like Katie waking up and standing still for hours and hours does not scare you while you watch the movie. However, if you remember those sequences later on, I am sure most of you will be scared. Imagine while your asleep, and you sense that someone is standing next to you for hours in the dark night! I give this one a four and a half star for leaving me scared for quite some time…

Sherlock Holmes…

Reading Sherlock Holmes stories was fun… and have liked watching those on TV.. While on the movie, in 130 minutes not many Sherlock Holmes adventures can be fit. One of the best scenes from the movie was the way Holmes calculates the arithmetic to surprise his opponent in wrestling, disarm him and beat him senseless. Movie has shown the reasoning and calculative approach of Holmes in a very nice way. Another scene where Holmes looking at the lady who arrives with Doctor Watsons at the restaurant, tells her about her past…the superb way of deduction looking at the clues like the sign of the ring on the finger, the necklace, etc… The disguise, the deductions and the movie sequence leaves you to think and the arrive at a conclusion the same way as Holmes did! Four star for this movie as I did not get bored watching it again! The story of evil aristocrat executed for series of murders and black magic, returns from dead does not sound that interesting…however, the visuals and the backgrounds in the movies well made…

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

truely a random thought...

We all know the speed of light is 300,000 kms per second (or 186,000 miles per second) and it travels faster than any thing. However, I may not be wrong to correct the first line…Light is second to mind in reaching the destination. To reach google.com server located in mumbai from bangalore, it takes .0000053 seconds..well for the mind to think of the location and imagine any of the roads or shops it hardly takes anytime…Mind need not go through routers or switches, well the message travelling through the internet has to! and it is accompanied by several milliseconds or more of delays at those routers and switches... Imagine how much of data transfer do those cables under the oceans handle..while the brain is hardwired with so many neurons that it can easily let you think of any thing which is thousands of miles away!

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

interesting perceptions…

Well I think I can write a book on this now…I am not kidding…The way we perceive things can be really different the way it actually exists. It is all based on the pattern recognition that we follow through out. I tried few examples with my good friends and the results were not surprising. Those proved to be showing that we do follow a lot of pattern recognition in almost everything we do. Be it at work or in personal life, the use of pattern recognition exists. Pattern recognition is associated to the the way we think. The hard wired neurons do not want to waste a lot of energy on trying to think for everything in a different way, unless you consciously want to think different. The example I tried with few of friends had three lines I narrated to them and asked three questions about those lines.. Here are those-
1. Jane heard the jingling sound of the ice-cream van, and she went to first floor.
2. She looked for the piggy bank till she found it.
3. She tilted the piggy bank till she had some money out of it.
Now the three questions…
1. What is the age of Jane?
2. Why did she go to first floor?
3. Till when she tilted the piggy bank?
And the answers were..
1. One of the response was 8 years old, other was 8 to 9 years old and another was 6 years old…
2. She went to the first floor to find the piggy bank as she needed some money to buy the ice-cream.
3. She tilted the piggy bank till some coins fell with which she can buy some ice-creams…

There is absolutely nothing wrong with these answers. As Tim Hurson states in his book - ‘Think Better’, we all are conditioned to use the patterns to act. While these questions were being narrated or read by you, there was a picture of little girl Jane in a frock running to the first floor after she heard the sound of ice-cream van. We all visualize that scene. The way she would have run to the first floor, the way the stairs were arranged, even to the extent of the color on the walls, the piggy bank and also the sound of some coins falling from piggy bank. The pattern recognition is so common and so powerful because it is how we all are conditioned since we were kids. While walking in the dark and a lonely road, a fallen rope may sometime seem to be a snake, or  a person fallen unconscious on the footpath of a road may be perceived to be a drunk guy, however it may not be case always!
Why did I choose to blog about this? In the last few years, I have been working and interacting with people at different levels in their jobs, coming with different cultures, educational qualifications and experiences. In every one with so many differences, yet one thing that remains common is the pattern recognition which influences the way things are perceived in the same way yet by different individuals. There is nothing wrong in coming to conclusions using pattern recognition and this is what that makes us superior to other creatures. However, the use of pattern recognition needs to be applied carefully when trying to think different!

damn…could not blog for quite a long time

Last few months just flew by…and I could not find time to blog.. I was looking forward to blog on lot of things…the heat in Bangalore, my visit to NYC and Boston and few new things that came my way as learnings. Last three months have been excellent with lot of new things and developments. My favorites of all, the new learnings with people perceptions, technology and how it impacts most of us and trying food at different places..esp this time out of India. Well there is lots to write about and I will distribute it over the next few days and let my blog talk about these wonderful experiences…

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

from the last post to this one...

Its been a long time I posted an entry to the blog...Since Dec 6th, the weekends have been busy travelling and meeting friends and relatives...

Virajpet..
It began with a trip to Coorg with a bunch of friends from office... It was a good trip (of course it had to be as it was to Coorg with a good group of friends..) Some nice falls, rafting in the cool and calm river ;) Also not to forget the elephant ride...

Home...
Then travel to my home town Belgaum for a week... Well nothing can beat the stay at home.. Home is always the sweet homes! Met quite a few friends after a long time...as long as after 3+ years.. It was good being at home then... Highway restaurent, Nath's vada pav, Tax canteen's mysore bhaji..alls good and price-less...

Goa...
Ride to Goa on a bullet with one of my best friend was a good one..(except for the bag that I was carrying on my back)... While on the way to Goa, the sight of Tillari sunset point was amazing... Being in Belgaum for so many and many years, I hardly visited this place... Probably because I was busying writing programs during my graduation, while my other pals bunked the class to enjoy the nature and run away from classes... While back from Goa, the sights at Amboli were awesome.. the falls, the ghat section, and the bullet ride...
Goa is a good place to visit esp to relax...however I felt, it is not the place to be during the new years eve..It is crowded and you hardly find a place on the beach or even hotels... Our objective of going to Goa was taking a long ride on the bullet...

Coorg..
Its not repetation of the previous para :) I did visit Coorg with group of my close friends again during the first second week of Jan... We wanted a calm place where we can talk about the college days..etc..and there is nothing like the home stay I always visit with friends. It is around 7 kms from the town with no mobile coverage...and when the mobiles dont have access to the network, you are free :) nothing to bother you and you have all the time for yourself to enjoy the company of friends and good good good food!

Shimoga...
Last week it was a visit to Shimoga...I thought Shimoga is a small town... well..its not.. Most of the CMs who have ruled Karnataka come from this place or a place near by Shimoga... Hotel rates are not expensive..you get a good room at a very nice price.. Travel by train to Shimoga is anytime better than travel by bus... Well there is lots to update about the Shimoga trip, I guess it will be in the fullness of time, and at the right time :) May be on some other day a blog entry on the visit would come up...