Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Garfield all over again...


In the mess today, with the usual Devesh, Vikram and gang, useless discussion about useless topics was going on. And I said "exaggeration and hyperbole are the same, once removed!" I did not get what was so surprising about that just then. So I said it again and, then, again! Devesh could not bear it any more... "It is एक्ज़ाजरेशन, not एक्ज़ागरेशन" said he controlling his laughter (but he claims it was more of disgust(?) than laughter). I thought he was playing a prank on me. How could it be? Such a commonly used word, having used countless times before, how could I be wrong? How come no one noticed it before? It was one of those things you take for granted to be true that you can't believe otherwise even if evidence is presented...

After asking everyone at the mess table, pleading not to play a prank on me, finally I was convinced that it is, in fact, एक्ज़ाजरेशन. Still I was full of surprise, and disbelief! Also the gang made it very clear that it not even something in the murky areas of pronunciation. They stressed that nobody else in the world would pronounce it that way! It is just not natural!

Challenge accepted! I will trace down the problem to its roots!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Python is an extensible language. It lets you play with its innards and provides a rich set of libraries to make it easy to do so. In this set of tutorials, let us discover the amazing flexibility python provides. We will learn quite a few interesting things as we go about our task : adding something similar to the 'private' keyword for class methods. This tutorial follows the "dive into python" style. I will present you with the full, working code and then we discuss important techniques and functions used in the code and the general working of the code as such.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

 [Part of coursework for HS3010: Creative Writing.]
TRING TRING... Just two bells of alarm clock were sufficient to wake Roshan up today. He sprang out of the bed and went straight to his study table. Today was a very special day. He knew in his guts that the breakthrough was just inches away from him. Dr. Roshan Hogaya, world's foremost authority on Magneto-Neuro analysis was on the verge of a discovery which would shake the very foundations of physics as we know it. Having published several seminal papers, Roshan was one of the founding fathers of the field popularly known as Magneto-Neuro analysis. As the name suggests, it deals with analyzing all the aspects possible of brain using magnetic fields. What the name doesn't suggest is that it is also the field dealing with magnetic techniques to alter various capabilities of the brain. Not even 35, he had already developed a technology enabling magnetic transfer of speech and language abilities and information to brain. Roshan was thus a hero for the millions of born-deaf people who could now speak. Since beginning, Einstein played a huge role in Roshan's life. The question of “what makes people super intelligent?” was the driving force behind all his research. Path-breaking research and tremendous devotion to his subject had earned him the privilege to work on Einstein's brain. For past 5 years, it had been his life, universe and everything. And now, he had a working prototype of what he fondly called GeniusGen. Extensive analysis of Einstein's brain combined with his ingenuity was what gave rise to the machine which can make genius of dumb and scientist of clerk.