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Bookmarks [2011/07/09]

  • Francisco's 'Money' Speech from "Atlas Shrugged"

    tags: money, life, reading

    Until and unless you discover that money is the root of all good, you ask for your own destruction. When money ceases to be the tool by which men deal with one another, then men become the tools of men. Blood, whips and guns – or dollars. Take your choice – there is no other – and your time is running out.

Org-mode Workshop

Well, I'm not sure if it's worth writing about. I conducted my first org-mode workshop along with Prof. Venkatesh Choppella at IIIT-Hyderabad. It was a 3 hour demo+talk kind of a thing, with a small audience of about 20 people, most of whom were new to Emacs.

We covered almost all the aspects of Org-mode after giving a brief introduction to Emacs. Outlining and note-taking part was simple and easy to understand, but the audience couldn't really appreciate the part of keeping TODO lists and agendas and other stuff. I'm hoping, the reason was not me taking over from Venkatesh.

I think the workshop should've been more hands-on and we should've asked people to try out stuff on the spot, instead of showing off the things possible with Emacs. They probably would've appreciated a few things better, that way.

Hopefully, we will be doing more workshops on Org-mode and there are surely somethings to take away from this one. I hope at least one of the participants, gets hooked to Org-mode.

The talk outline is here.

Bookmarks [2011/05/30]

Bookmarks [2011/05/22]

  • Research Using CMUSphinx - CMUSphinx Wiki

    tags: collection, research

    CMU Sphinx Toolkit is actively used in speech recognition research. To note some, here is the list of publications it's worth to mention

Hand in Glove

the time, together spent,
the memories cherished,
all the love, concern and care
may they stay with us, for life.

as high and far as you like
may you fly, like you own the sky
while I fumble, with my flying guide
I see the world, through your eyes

may you run, with all your might
as if, fighting for life, you are.
struggling to walk, I stumble and fall,
but get up each time, inspired to run.

may you, in all that we shared
find strength to go on, if en-route
our paths diverged; you may have to wait,
but you shall see me, on the other side!

Thanks to Chaitu, I re-read Love Unvoiced a few times and realized, I was trying to say too much. Here's another poem, with one part of what I wanted to say. I will not be writing newer poems, to say the other stuff. Perform your own Fourier analysis.

Love Unvoiced

Hard, I tried, to stay mum,
and keep it all within.
But, not much longer can I stand,
I give in, and here's my song

wherever you are, anywhere you go,
whatever you do, or choose not to,
whatever you think and however you feel,
my love for you, it shall only grow.

Sweet, is the attachment,
but let it not keep you from flying.
the clear open sky, it's all yours
fly! fly! fly!

see all that you want to,
and do all that you'd like to.
to your hearts content, fly!
without a care in the world, fly!

for, if ever, you wish to rest,
now you know, where to return
right here, I shall be,
with love, just a little more.

Mute, I chose to be, but, boy!
does it need to be told. All over me,
it's written; and you, sure, read me!
Love you, for being the more loving one!

Bookmarks [2011/05/16]

  • News & Updates - DCA Research Information

    tags: science, research

    DCA is an odourless, colourless, inexpensive, relatively non-toxic, small molecule. And researchers at the University of Alberta believe it may soon be used as an effective treatment for many forms of cancer.

Bookmarks [2011/05/06]

  • Wuv « Oculus

    tags: love, kids, friends

    We wuv that you wuv us. We wuv that you wuv. We wuv you too.

  • The last post - Penmachine - Derek K. Miller

    tags: life, death, love, advice

    pursue what they enjoy, and what stimulates their minds, as much as possible—so they can be ready for opportunities, as well as not disappointed when things go sideways, as they inevitably do.

When it comes to hacking on opensource software, none of age, gender, race, country of origin, or how you look matters. All that matters is a pleasant attitude to your fellow developers, a willingness to keep at it and learn as you go, the drive to not give up when things don't go your way, and the ability to tell the difference between an idea and the one who has it.

Bookmarks [2011/05/02]

  • Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures

    tags: computer_science, algorithms, programming, collection

    This is a dictionary of algorithms, algorithmic techniques, data structures, archetypal problems, and related definitions.

  • The Joel Test: 12 Steps to Better Code - Joel on Software

    tags: code, work, software

    The neat thing about The Joel Test is that it's easy to get a quick yes or no to each question. You don't have to figure out lines-of-code-per-day or average-bugs-per-inflection-point. Give your team 1 point for each "yes" answer. The bummer about The Joel Test is that you really shouldn't use it to make sure that your nuclear power plant software is safe.

Bookmarks [2011/04/27]

  • Groklaw - 1 + 1 (pat. pending) — Mathematics, Software and Free Speech

    tags: freedom, math, software

    This article provides a detailed factual explanation of why software is mathematics, complete with the references in mathematical and computer science literature. It also includes a detailed factual explanation of why mathematics is speech, complete once again with references. My hope is that it will help patent lawyers and judges handling patent litigation understand these fundamental truths, so they can apply that technical knowledge to their field of skill.

  • What is Coq ? | The Coq Proof Assistant

    tags: programming, langugage, math, software

    Coq allows:

    • to define functions or predicates, that can be evaluated efficiently;
    • to state mathematical theorems and software specifications;
    • to interactively develop formal proofs of these theorems;
    • to machine-check these proofs by a relatively small certification "kernel";
    • to extract certified programs to languages like Objective Caml, Haskell or Scheme.
  • Your taste is why your own work disappoints you

    tags: work, advice, insight, howto, hack

    For the first couple years you make stuff, it's just not that good. It's trying to be good, it has potential, but it's not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you.