Friday, August 5, 2011

A student again...

So, today is my last day at my job at Fortune 4 Technologies and I'm soon to embark on a life changing journey of self-discovery and learning as I join for MBA studies at Sydenham, Mumbai...

Located bang middle in the heart of the financial capital of Mumbai, right next to Marine Drive, you can almost taste the sea in the air. The hushed footsteps, the saltiness in the air, the rich heritage of the location,  the air of professionalism that surrounds the place.. it all screams -  "I have Arrived !!!"

8 AM to 8 PM + 3 1/2 Hrs of travelling , 7 days a week, including Sundays and Government Holidays, This is either the start of a beautiful new chapter of my life, or I'm going to be ROYALLY SCREWED!!! Here's hoping for the former...

Friday, July 15, 2011

Best of Doodle God

So I've been busy playing Doodle God for the past couple of days. Apart from the innovative and interesting gameplay, one of the most notable features of the game are the witty quotes that come along every time you create some element.

I've decided to post here, some of my favorites...

  • An alcoholic is someone who you do not like who drinks as much as you do. - Dylan Thomas (Alcohol)
  • There can be no ugly women, there can only be not enough vodka - Russian Saying (Vodka)
  • The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse get the cheese - Unknown (Worm)
  • If it weren’t for electricity we’d all be watching television by candlelight - George Gobel (Electricity)
  • Half-truths are like half a brick – they can be thrown farther. - Hyman George Rickover (Bricks)
  • Medicine is the only profession that labors incessantly to destroy the reason for it's existence - James Bryce (Medicine)
  • A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don't need it - Bob Hope (Bank)
  • I feel sorry for those who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day - Frank Sinatra (Hangover)
  • Money is a poor man's credit card - Marshal McLuhan (Credit Card)
  • The ant is knowing and wise, but he doesn't know enough to take a vacation - Clarence Day
  • The trouble with the rate race is that even if you win, you're still a rat - Lily Tomlin (Rat)
Do share some of your favorites...

Saturday, March 26, 2011

who are Alice and Bob??


Who are alice and bob?
That is the question...

The wikipedia article on the topic refers to placeholder names as  : "words that can refer to objects or people whose names are either temporarily forgotten, irrelevant, or unknown in the context in which it is being discussed"

So.. to put it bluntly,  Alice and Bob are our arbitrary heroes.

What other such arbitrary names do we use in our daily life?


  1. Let's begin ( arbitrarily ) with : Alice and Bob - who are widely used names in the fields of physics and cryptography.
     
  2. When it comes to legal documents and proceedings, the name most commonly used is John Doe, and lets not forget Jane, his female companion
     
  3. And in mathematics, as we are all aware the, defacto name of an unknown variable is - x . ( the actual sequence in order of frequency of use of alphabets for naming variables is : x, y, a, b, z, c, p, q, r )
     
  4. As far as words go, the most common name for a variable, function or constant is : "apple" ( http://drjim.0catch.com/hcii05-368-wordfrequency.pdf )
     
  5. In the field of computing , the arch typical arbitrary words we use to represent variables, contants, functions or values when learning or demonstration concepts are foo and bar
     
  6. And even before we move on to variables, who can forget the most common arbitrary string used the very first time we begin any programming language - "Hello, World"
     
  7. Increasingly commonly, I've been not only seeing, but also adoptiong the replacement of foo and bar with "apple" and "sauce"
     
  8. Andy Lester ( http://www.oreillynet.com/onlamp/blog/2004/03/the_worlds_two_worst_variable.html ) claims that the worst name most often used for a variable is - "data" . And the second worst ? - surprisingly enough : "data2"
     
And while we are on the topic of Alice and Bob, if you have time, you might want to read The Alice and Bob After Dinner Speech given at the Zurich Seminar, April 1984, by John Gordon, by invitation of Professor James Massey. ( http://downlode.org/Etext/alicebob.html ). It's a wee bit lengthy, but a nice humorous and light hearted attempt to understand the story behind cryptology's favorite heroes - Alice and Bob

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Unanswered questions in life

Why is it always much more fun to wear a full-sleeved shirt and then roll up the sleeves than to wear a short-sleeved one to begin with???

Is it the hard worker in us who like the fruit of his own labor ?

Is it the mad scientist in us who is always eager to re-invent the wheel ?

Is it the non-conformist in is who never likes things for what they really are ?

Is it the multitasker in us who likes the idea of having multiple options at our disposal ?




Sunday, March 13, 2011

Birth of a new Japan

Undoubtedly, we've all been glued to our TV screens and computer monitors for the last couple of days, this time around not for some celebrity gossip or for watching cute cats, but to get a glimpse of what's happening down in Japan. Thousands of lives lost, Millions of Billions worth of property losses, the landscape completely savaged by the waters, impending Nuclear threat.... Really makes one feel humbled before the power of almighty mother earth.

But, for a moment, lets keep all this sorrow aside and take an analytical  look at what this means and what the future holds...
As horrifying the scene might be, you can consider it a bit of luck ( no disrespect meant ) that it wasn't some other nation which faced this situation. If that were the case, the death toll would have been exponentially higher. Japan was the best prepared nation to handle this kind of a situation - the extremely strict building laws, which require use of advanced techniques like hydraulic shock dampeners, base isolation pads and their carefully thought out contingency plans, their massive public awareness programs , 40ft tall sea walls- these all insured that the brunt of these disasters was drastically reduced.

But in spite of all these measures, the fact remains that Japan now lies in turmoil... people hurt, homeless a nation in distress. And think back to what happened the last time, the nation faced a crisis of this magnitude - 
  • They rebuild - undauntedly and with a perseverance which shocked the world.
  • People like Akio Morita , Kiichiro Toyoda and countless others revolutionalized the world of manufacturing and made the "Made in Japan" tag, one to be revered and feared
  • They not only rebuild their nation, but also their civilization . With social reforms though out the country, they metamorphosed  into a truly global village
  • The Japanese gave the world a lot a new things from fast bikes, reliable cars to compact computer storage to a whole new manufacturing philosophy(i'm talking of course about Kaizen and all that it signifies)
  • No body would have imagined what within 10-15 years, a nation of sword fighters, cherry blossoms and Geisha would completely transform the world of Technology
And that brings us back to the all important question --- what now?
Rebuild they will - that's granted, and so will they prosper. 
Will they be able to root out the extremely strict traditionalism which many believe is holding them back ?
Will they ,once again, tilt the world of technology , which has been, in the last few years , tilting in the favor of the Americans ?
And what other seemingly impossible feats will they be able to achieve ?
Only time will tell. ..
One thing is certain - they'll surprise us beyond our wildest imagination.

And to tell you the truth, that makes me kind of nervous....

Friday, February 4, 2011

Different angles of the same problem

I received this mail from a friend, thought I'd share it here :
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A World wide Survey was once conducted by the UN. The only Question asked was:

 "Would you Please give your Honest Opinion about Solutions to the Food Shortage in the Rest of the World?"


 The survey was a huge failure because

  • In Africa, they didn't know what 'Food' meant!
  • In India, they didn't know what 'Honest' meant!
  • In Europe, they didn't know what 'Shortage' meant!
  • In China, they didn't know what 'Opinion' meant!
  • In the Middle East, they didn't know what 'Solution' meant!
  • In South America, they didn't know what 'Please' meant!
  • And in USA, they didn't know what 'the Rest of the World' meant!


Saturday, January 8, 2011

Toyota proves why it's at #1

Took a test drive of the Toyota Etios today. ( I don't really have much else to do now-a-days )

Toyota, relatively successfull in the MPV segment in India, was seeming just dipping it toes in the Indian markets for so long. And now it seems as though it has finally decided to jump into the competition with the Etios.

It is one helluva car to drive. I won't bore you with the technical aspects of it, but I would like to point out a few aspects which blew my mind away. No one expected it to be rough ended, but I was positively surprised by the amount of refinement in the cheapest Toyota yet. The vehicle is quite torquey for a petrol one.

No doubt it'll eat up its competition in it's class - sure to give the Dzire and the Manza a run for it's money. But, I actually find the Etios to be a much better car than the higher segment car Honda City. Though the City may lead when it comes to refinement and class, but the Etios knocks it down when it comes to pure drivablility. If the diesel variants and the hactchback variants are equally as good, I believe Maruti will have to pull off a real miracle to maintain it's position as market leader in India. The Etios is truly a car for India.

They even gave me a Toyota Etios branded cap. Toyota has finally discovered that these tiny insignificant gestures are exactly the way to win Indian hearts.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Soya on a pizza ??

After a long time, I ordered from Dominos Yesterday. One of my orders were pizza mania singles.

Out of the four available toppings, three were always classic good ingredients : Onions, Tomatoes and Capsicums.. but the fourth one is always, shall I say, "Odd man out".

Shallots - Not even the juicy part, the leafy part.... So whenever I ordered pizza mania I always asked to substitute them with some other topping.. So when I called the other day, I was in for a surprise.. The'd finally scrapped shallots and added a new topping - Soya .

When you consider soya on a pizza, you'd normally think of bean curd or some other fresh form of soya.. NO, these guys decided to put little chunks of soya fibre on a pizza. It tastes like bull-crap ( I'm assuming ofcourse, I've no idea what bull-crap actually tastes like, but i'd bet it tastes very similar to a Dominos Soya Pizza Singles ). Even the dog just took a sniff and left it alone.

I would really like to meet the person who came up with the idea --- " Hey, you know those chunks of soya fibre, which have to be hydrated before they can be used in cooking because they don't taste good dry; Lets put them in an oven so that they get re-dehydrated and serve them to stupid-@ss customers who'd be paying us to do so..."