Monday, December 24, 2007
Its quite a busy season in dublin, the streets are packed to brim (i wudn't say it unless i really mean it, they r really really packed), at all times of the day. Also, its a big, sorta tradition or mebbe not a tradition but def. big, to go out tomorrow to local bars and pubs and drink a lot :) .. no big news .. ha'an.. its ireland.. so my friend suggested that i should go to some pub tomorrow and get myself a good old fashioned hang over for chritmas day .. loving it :)) .. will update on that after that.
I hoping to do some xmas shopping tomorrow and i am relying on that people will not shop tomorrow that much compared to what i saw yesterday n so .. cudn't even step inside store .. hopefully there are not many last minute shopper's like me .. which again i highly doubt .. we'll see that tomorrow ..
hope u all r having a wonderful xmas time also .. share the xmas feeling with everyone .. and have a nice, safe, warm, snowy christmas :D
We had some great carving for mexican food after movie, surpringly there aren't that many mexican places to go, the first one we tried to go was a mix of italian and mexican .. am sure they won't be good in any .. how can u mix those two best cuisines .. Anyway we went to next one on George's Street and it ended up being booked for whole evening and we didn't knew of any other place. Following Kathleen's idea, we went n booked a table in a Lebanese Resturant (pics below) called Byblos.. such a full filling meal .. delicious; and we were so stuffed, we didn't vene looked for dessert menu thou we didn got see some belly dancing as dessert, if i might say :D
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Working in a university (phd student/research) has it benefits :) .. so I/we started with
- xmas lunch with just our own group .. extending until late night
- evening drinks with people from just our floor, to have more collaboration/interaction .. turned out be a whole night affair
- xmas party from the CS department .. extending until 7 in morning and for some other friends, going on until 7 in evening of following day :)
- mould wine n mince pies evening from student advisor at our dept.
- xmas party from the research lab i work in
- after xmas parties of people who i knw in other departments.. eg. conway
- and yesterday xmas/new-year's party by a friend
this is all in last 4 weeks, along with work n presentations, along with some drink evening with colleagues on odd days also; can imagine why i am sick of going to another one of those.. next week, am sure there is something from friends in other dept. but i have TO avoid going there. Thou' all of them were great fun. One of the best's :) times .. thanks all ..
Monday, November 19, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Coolest Costume .. in symphony
actually he had a cool costume too, he had like a huge coffin around
him, probably too tired to carry it all around :)
The facebook's zombie :)
Guinness is the imprtant one in the picture
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
"His investigations into phantom limb pain, synesthesia and other brain disorders allow him to explore (and begin to answer) the most basic philosophical questions about the nature of self and human consciousness"
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Keep it good!!
Monday, September 03, 2007
The summer (actual summer months) in Dublin were like rainy season or more like all-time-pouring season, so it was also not helping in motivating to write anything. But finally the summer is back in autumn in Dublin. Isn't it great :))
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Times of India Newspaper (LINK)
The US and UK may like to believe that they are leading the war on terror globally, but the country that has had to face the worst of terrorist attacks on its own soil, barring war-torn Iraq, is India.
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
Sunday, August 05, 2007
If you have a hour to spare and want to know more, have a look.. you would def. learn something :) .. And as he says in the beginning "its gott to be different.. different .." and he does that pretty well. Ah and if you don't know who Sanjeev is.. there is always Wikipedia.. LINK.
Hope you like it too and i would love to hear your viewpoint about it.
And its excellent quality video.. so enjoy.
PS: Works better in Firefox and its scaled better to fit. IE is not letting the video scale to fit window.
Saturday, August 04, 2007
We Feel Fine
Here are some interesting ones:
George Ayittey: Cheetahs vs. Hippos for Africa's future
William Kamkwamba: How I built my family a windmill
Allison Hunt: How I got my new hip
More on TED.com
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Saturday, July 21, 2007
I am in between watching this movie (this movie becoz thou i heard about it, but wasn't in top list to see) and its 4:30 AM, but i had to blog this.. tell u name in a sec.. its a freaking kick a** movie, action like no other action and the graphics & those cars .. in all .. its kicking .. so go and watch Transformers, hell of an action .. more when i finish it!!
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Sunday, July 08, 2007
Thursday, July 05, 2007
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
In short it is pure fun, with a bunch of friends and so easy to play (sort of) and controller does wats its suppose to do. Kudos to Nintendo!!
Saturday, June 30, 2007
Friday, June 29, 2007
On Immigration Law (rejected twice now by US senate).. watch the news clips they show about immigration issues which the immigrants are bringing to US.. unbelievable.. crazy talk..
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Again one of best talks of TED (all are marvelous).. listen here Prof. Rosling talking about golbal poverty and means to achieve it and the goal to achieve. Extremely informational and fully based on statistically sound data and one of best endings you will see for such talk.
About this Talk (From TED.com)
In a follow-up to his now-legendary TED2006 presentation, Hans Rosling demonstrates how developing countries are pulling themselves out of poverty. He shows us the next generation of his Trendalyzer software -- which analyzes and displays data in amazingly accessible ways, allowing people to see patterns previously hidden behind mountains of stats. (Ten days later, he announced a deal with Google to acquire the software.) He also demos Dollar Street, a program that lets you peer in the windows of typical families worldwide living at different income levels. Be sure to watch straight through to the (literally) jaw-dropping finale.
Monday, June 18, 2007
Friday, June 15, 2007
There has been a lot of talk lately about the censorship imposed by fickr on user photos, banning members and blocking specific photos. Also, based on my experience on flickrCentral group, that the moderators often lock topics, discouraging sensitive conversations and sorts (who gets to decide that, thou' personally I didn't feel those topics were sensitive). They also have now safe, moderate, etc. settings for every flickr member based on his/her photos, decided by flickr management, which sounds bit crazy to me. Also, in news that they have blocked turning on "Safe Search Off" feature in some countries.
I am a huge fan of flickr and its service.. and it has helped me grow my love for photography to a higher level. I have spent hours exploring it :)) ..
Although it is a sensitive topic for both sides, who want some sort of censorship and who are against it. I totally accept if its under some sort guidelines. They can't just one day, block pictures and members.. a protocol is necessary.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Lets move to another topic, the reason I was posting.. you must have by now seen those iconic Windows vs Mac ads (my fav. is the Windows Guy). Here is one the recent commercials "I'm Steve Jobs and iQuit" - its abs. hialrious.. Watch out
Saturday, June 02, 2007
A few weeks back, I posted about another cool demo by Microsoft, HERE. Also related to Jeff Han TED Talk in 2006. And, I thought it still might be few years before it comes out in market. But day before yesterday, Microsoft released the first commercial versions of it, calling it Surface Computing. (MS LINK). And wow, it def. takes computing to next level. Check out popular mechanics first preview of the Surface Computing.
Saturday, May 26, 2007
But yesterday, I signed up for facebook, and to be true, its been good fun. Their methodology seems different and i am sure, i won't be cluttered with random people (like in myspace) who i have noting to do with. But at same time, it gives options to do networking with groups from colleges, work places, regional etc etc and also same time, its like a personalized homepage with personalized contents. And yesterday, they even released some sort of facebook platform which will allow anyone (individual, companies) to make content for personalization.
In short - its different. Give it a try and if you know me personally, see you there :))
Sunday, May 20, 2007
It was not as disappointing as the Spiderman 3, which was completly off-track, with tons of characters, plots, detours and too long with all the drama. Hopefully some good fast fight scenes kept me away from sleeping.
And looking forward to the final sequel of Pirates of the Caribbean. It has to be good ;)
Monday, May 14, 2007
Thursday, May 10, 2007
AMsterdam is coool..
Saturday, May 05, 2007
Not entirely related but somewhat on the lines of Jeff Han Mutl-Touch talk at TED last year, which is very interesting, if you haven't seen it yet. Would be an awesome combination!!
But remember our favourite compression technique DivX; DivX has a new video sharing site called stage6 and it rocks and the quality is awesome, like HD. Check it out.
And ya, they have another cool feature, which "dims" the desktop screen excluding the video viewing window, while watching the video. And the full screen online playback is wow :))
Some videos to watch:
Pussycat Dolls remix
Bob Sinclair - Rock This Party
Friday, May 04, 2007
I welcome the sun,
the clouds and rain,
the wind that sweeps the sky clean
and lets the sun shine again.
this is the most magnificent life has ever been.
here is heaven and earth
and the brilliant sky in between.
blessed is this life
and I'm gonna celebrate being alive.
blessed is this life
and I'm gonna celebrate being alive
I dwell in the darkness
I live in the light
I sleep in the afternoon
and become the noise in the night
I trespass in temptation
suffered in sacrifice
but I awake each day with a new sunrise
blessed is this life, oh
and I'm gonna celebrate being alive
blessed is this life, oh
and I'm gonna celebrate being alive
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
We show your IP address is 'xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx', which indicates you are listening from Ireland.
Consequently, on May 3rd, we will begin blocking access to Pandora to listeners from your country. We are very sad to have to do this, but there is no other alternative.
We will keep a record of your existing stations and bookmarked artists and songs, so that when we are able to launch in your country, they will be waiting for you. We deeply share your sense of disappointment and greatly appreciate your understanding.
I appreciate Pandora's effort to send the email and for their disappointment. It is/was one of best services avaliable to listen to music of varied taste and got to hear several good singers from their recomendations.
Gonna miss it, until I find a proxy server ;) to listen to it.
But in short - music industry and their DRM & copyrights laws sucks big time. Also they want to increase their licensing fees for online radios, so its not only pandora, mebbe in future, they might just kill all.
Telling students what they should do, seems a daunting task for myself. And then I keep imagining myself in their situation (until last year, i was in their position) and how to deal with students who don't work-at-all, work-a-bit and then there is always the one who does all the work. Its hard to make a choice between the one who does all the work and the one who doesn't do anything at all; but its still a team. And then if they don't complete assignments, then what, did they had valid reasons; late joiners to team, what about their reasoning. I am trying to be casual and do my task of motivating them to do their assignments, task completion and complete the project on time. Next week is final submission, will update about progress :)
Saturday, April 28, 2007
whenever i listen this song, it gives me chills :)) .. do what you need to do!!
also read grace article here (changing the world), only if everyone thinks like this, i am sure this world would be a much much better place and full of love
Peace and Love
Friday, April 27, 2007
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Discussion on google groups!! Check fast, mebbe it will be lost too ;))
Philipp Lenssen reports here. More here.
Personally, i don't remember what all stuff i had in there, but it was months of collections.. its like loosing a collection of important items, or something similar. It was one page, i was using all the time. Doesn't look like I'll get the settings back.
Good Work Google.
Monday, April 23, 2007
Here it goes in her words:
I think people are also shocked that the killer was an Asian-American kid. I know I was. I feel bad for his parents and sister, because I cannot imagine what they must be going through. I'm sure they are just as shocked as the rest of the country, as well as mortified, as well as grieving for the loss of their son and brother.
It is a strange situation because this kid was arguably insane, but at the same time, he knew what he was doing and he seemed to think he had been forced into the situation.
It is especially strange, because so far there have been no reports of bullying or torment from which the kid suffered, and it is just so odd for him to act out in this way without a clear trigger.
Acts like this scare me just as much as acts of terrorism. I also feel for all the victims and their families. It is a terrible way to die and just as with public acts of terror, the victims just seem so randomly chosen. I feel like it could be you or me or my friend in that situation.
Also, the US embassy in Berlin recently warned of terrorist acts that may target US citizens in Germany. That is also very scary. Remember the suitcases that were found on the train that luckily failed to detonate? It makes me slightly worried to be traveling on the trains as often as I do. There is no perceivable security that would deter such a situation from occurring, as far as I can see. It is truly a scary world that we are growing up in.
Indeed a scary world we are living in. My Heartful Sympathies goes to all VT students and the families.
Peace & Love
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Thursday, April 19, 2007
So, the graph of the no. of people (unique) visting the main blog page a week before I posted the post looked like this (FYI: the y-axis is 0 to 25):
And the graph after the post is like this (FYI: the y-axis is 0 to 125):
For that particular day (Sunday, April 15), there is indeed a steep increase in the no. of visitors and 99.9% came through searching for either Sanjaya Malakar or his sister.
52% came from searching on technorati.com/tag/Shyamali Malakar
54% visited only trivial-space.blogspot.com/2007/04/experiment-sanjaya-malakar.html page
Latest News: Sanjaya Malakar has been finally voted off the show. Americans are RELIEVED now :)), I think there was just too much talk about it and over-exposure & I just used that to get some exposure to my blog also. Until next time.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Times report here.
Reuters report here.
Its just horrifying!!
Sunday, April 15, 2007
If you are watching this season of AI, you are aware of Sanjaya Malakar, he has created ripples in american entertainment industry at age 17. He might not be the best contestant by voice, but def. hez a great entertainer esp. with his hair-do's every week.
And last week or so, his sister Shyamali Malakar, posted some pics of her with a guitar (involves explicit content) and that she is a hooter girl too. Not that, it should be related anyway to Sanjaya chances in AI, but I suppose given the coverage it has got, mebbe it is. I was reading some article that the search for both the names have jumped by like 350% in most image search engines.
And the chances are expectionally high that he might win!!
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Sunday, April 08, 2007
There aint no reason things are this way
Its how they always been and it tends to stay
I can't explain why we live this way, we do it everyday
Preachers on the podeum speaking of saints
Prophets on the sidewalk begging for change
old ladies laughing from the fire escape cursing my name
I got a basket full of lemons and they all taste the same
A window and a pigeon with a broken wing
You can spend you whole life working for something,
Just to have it taken away
People walk aroun pushing back their debts
Wearing pay checks like necklaces and braceltes
Talking bout nothing, not thinking bout' death
Every little hearbeat, every little breath
People walk a tight rope
On a razors edge
Carrying their hurt and hatrid and weapons
It could be a bomb or a bullet or a pen
Or a thought or a word or a sentence
There Ain't no reason
Things are this way
It's how they've always been
and its tends to stay
I dont know why I say
The things that I say
But I say them anyway
But love will come set me free
Love will come set me free, I do believe
Love will come set me free, I know it will
Love will come set my free yes.
Prison walls still standing tall
Some things never change at all
Keep on building prisons, gonna fill them all
Keep building bombs, gonna drop them all
Working young fingers bear to the bone
Breaking your back make you sell your soul
Like a lung its filled with cold, sufficating slow
The wind blows wild and I may move
The politions lie and i am not fooled
you don't need no reason or a three piece suit
To argue the truth
The air on my skin and the world under my toes
Labor is stiched into the fabric of my clothes
Chaos and comotion wherever I go
Love I try to follow
Love will come set me free
Love will come set me free, I do believe
Love will come set me free, I know it will
Love will come set my free yes.
There ain't no reason things are this way
Its how its always been and it tends to stay
I can't explain why we live this way,
We do it everyday.
Saturday, April 07, 2007
Orb? Great piece of software, to access and stream any of your data from base PC to any PC conntected to net, to PDA, to Xbox, etc. No need to carry or transfer data to any external google servers :).. just install on base PC, and access anywhere. Lot of technologies coming up in this direction, give it a shot, its def. useful if you wanna access n stream your digital files.
And with wireless, its just so much easier n fun to use. Now all my music, videos, web videos, photos, even directories n files are accesible anywhere with wireless and even better on my XDA.. just waiting to get the Xbox steup :))
Mebbe, it sounds kinda technical, believe me it won't take mintues.
n PS - Happy Easter
Sunday, April 01, 2007
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
I never thought, you had to be afraid to speak your mind on a blog. Lend you support to Kathy and her blog.
Saturday, March 24, 2007
I am not ardant fan of cricket, used to be, but still feels bad that we can't even make it to top 8 in the ONLY sport we play and now a days, it seems all about money. No harm in making money from sport but its has crossed the limits where money is over the game. The equation is somethin like this probably, play local level exceptionally good, earn a spot in the national team, play some good games, make millions of bucks from fees and ads and forget the game.
Friday, March 23, 2007
I am already missing the good food
Back to pasta now :))
Thursday, March 08, 2007
Arrived home (delhi) on 1 March, met family and friends, celebrated holi (a festival of colors), gorgeous food (even the street one) and lot n lots of changes in the city itself (will write on it later) and chilling out.. the weather is very pleasant.
Friday, February 23, 2007
Few weeks ago, I posted about sharing some news, forgot about it myself :). But now time is ripe, so here it is.. Last month (after a wonderful & never-ending free time in Munich, trips across europe etc.). I decided to take my new research job and hence move to Dublin. From the land of famous german beer to the land of equally famous Irish beer and pubs :)), DUBLIN. Have heard a lot about the city in recent years, so expectations are high. Till now, in last 6 weeks, things are smooth, ok red-tapism is everywhere.. but the transition has been smooth. Can't say much about the city from my point view, still have to explore it. But it def. has a vibe to it. And yeah, the weather changes so equickly .. even before you can open your eyes. Enjoyin' the start, n hopefully will write more about it in coming weeks or months or years.. as it goes.
As per Munich (can't finish without mentioning it), its still like next to me, n will be forever.
And finally, I am going to Delhi next week for a month.. relaxing times.. and the good food :)
Friday, February 09, 2007
Sunday, February 04, 2007
Update (6 Feb. 2007): NY Times Article.
Monday, January 29, 2007
Hopefully everyone knows Shilpa Shetty by now due the HUGE controversy the Celebrity Big Brother house created in last few weeks for its racial comments. I am not going in the discussion of racial or not. At that time, I told my friend, She is gonna win this thing and that too by huge margin. And that what happened. So much in the name of reality TV.
Sunday, January 28, 2007
Once more Jao, somewhere along Lake Como, in summer this place wud be un-matchable
Saturday, January 27, 2007
I do have somethings to tell all, but it has to wait a bit more, so in the mean time, I will say something about Italy.
During xmas, we made a road trip across Austria, Italy and Swiss. Italy was a welcome surprise, I just loved the place, architecture of the cities, culture, more so FOOD, COFFEE and SWEETS & ice cream (best i had). We visited Verona (of the Romeo Juliet fame), Venice (everything I say for this city would be less, Amazing, loved every moment I spent there, def. once again), Milan (highlight was the Leonardo DaVinci's original painting "The Last Supper", the feeling of being in the same room as DaVinci was ...), heading over to Lake Como and Belagio (beautiful settings of the alps and lake, a must visit in summer).
Not to leave, Interlaken and Zurich in Swiss (but no snow) and Innsbruck in Austria were great fun too.
Monday, January 01, 2007
Hope everyone had great start to the new year. This was most probably my last New Year in Munich as a resident, off-course I would be back for more :). Its a been a wonderful last few years here. We had a great dinner n celebrations yesterday.. Thanks Silvia, Grace, Herwig n all others for making it very special. 2007 is bringing a change for me, which I would post about soon. Till then, keep it safe and make some resolutions :))