How brain infers position from speech

December 29, 2008

Virtual Barber Shop

Use headphones. If you dont have, buy or borrow one and use it.

depicts the ultimate power of our brain!


Tag – by Thej

December 25, 2008

RULE #1 People who have been tagged must write their answers on their blogs and replace any question that they dislike with a new question formulated by themselves.

RULE #2 Tag 6 people to do this quiz and those who are tagged cannot refuse. These people must state who they were tagged by and cannot tag the person whom they were tagged by. Continue this game by sending it to other people.

 

Tagged by Thejaswini    

1. If your lover betrayed your TRUST what would your reaction be? (Changed)
I will give ONE more chance (I speak from experience)

2. What’s it that you see in an ideal partner? 
Intellience. Not bookish knowledge. Ability to comprehend in a proper manner. Common sense too.

3. What, according to you, is the perfect date? 
A walk under the stars and moon(not full) and… wait, the setting is just not important. Presence is and thats all that matters to turn an ordinary into an extraordinary one. 

4. Would you like to have children soon enough? Or would you wait till your mid-thirties for the first child? 
No idea

5. Will you fall in love with your best friend? 
Yes. I have been known to do that.

6. Which is more blessed: loving someone or being loved by someone? 
Neither. Niether is blessed. Loving yourslef, thats what feels like heaven….. 

7. How long do you intend to wait for someone you love? 
I really have no idea. What decides the worth of the wait? Or, can you really forget that person and move on? Its easier said than done. 

8. If the person you secretly like is attached, what will you do? 
Let her be. 

9. What do you think are the foundation stones of a good relationship?
TRUST

10. What according to you is the most beautiful thing about relationships or marriage? 
You can trust someone else other than you. Sadly, that has the potential to become the worst part!

11. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? 
Working my ass off in some office to change the world 😀

12. What’s your fear? 
Getting hurt. 

13. What kind of person do you think the person who tagged you is? (The reason for this tag game I think 😛 )
Intelligent with good sense of humour and one of the few girls I ACTUALLY talk to 😀 . A teensy bit moody

14. Would you rather be single and rich or married and poor? 
Neither. Why would anyone want to choose from the above?

15. If you fall in love with two people simultaneously who will you pick? 
One cant fall in love with two people at the same time. Atleast one of the two would merely be infactuation. Wait for few days and then assess again. Then do what needs to be done.

16. Would you give all in a relationship (love)? 
There is NOTHING to give. There are only somethings one can share. 

17. Would you forgive and forget someone no matter how horrible a thing he has done? 
I wouldnt forgive anyone who would, say, commits cold blooded murder. Horrible really does not has any upper boundary. So, NO.

18. Do you prefer being single or in a relationship?
Relationship, I guess. 

19. Your all time favourite song. Only ONE. And why? 
Door kahin jab din dhal jaaye – from Anand

 

Anyone who read may assume that I have tagged them.


Global warming

December 18, 2008

My friend sent me a mail regarding a few potential threats to our world. Global warming was one among them that got me thinking the most, other than Population explosion and food crisis. I am not going to touch any of the controversial topics regarding the issue. I am more inclined towards finding a solution to this issue. It has been argued that it is just a hokum and that no global warming is actually taking place! None-the-less, I write this post to urge you to NOT base your opinions on whether or not there is a threat to the world due to global rise in temperature, I ask you to consider the fact that inefficient use of energy is causing a lot of damage to the environment and we are infact heading towards energy crisis in the near future. 

 

Having said that, from the global warming perspective, saving energy will help restrict the adverse effects it might have on the environment. So, I believe that as a citizen without legislative powers, our major contribution towards this issue would be to first act in what ever way we can and secondly to spread awareness. I had a discussion with a friend of mine a few days back about wasting food. She said that even though there is so much news about food crisis in the world, she sees her friends wasting food. Then she said it was because they were not aware of the situation. I was a bit confused, I said, everyone knows about it. I think they too know about it but they just dont care. But she said there was a lot of difference between knowing and understanding. I didnt get the meaning at first, but then it hit me that she was absolutely right. It has the same distiction as hearing and listening! So, awareness is not knowledge of the issue. Awareness is a point where a person would actually start thinking of a solution to the problem rather than look at it. 

 

Anyways, I thought for some time and came up with these small things that can help when done collectively in large numbers.

1)Computers is the first thing that come to my mind. Here are a few stats to that

  • Considering that we have p4 and above or equivalents with decent graphics cards, the CPU alone will consume anywhere between 75 watts to 125 watts.
  • A CRT monitor wight consume about 75 watts while LCD would consume about 35 watts at 17”
     
  • A loptop might consume about 55 watts when idle
     
  • Screen saver will NOT reduce the power used by the monitor.
  • System under hibernation will use anywhere between 2-6 watts
  • Switched off monitor will use about 8 watts

 

So, considering these stats, I think it is pretty much clear that we can save a lot of energy from our part. Using latest processors will save energy rather than using older ones. I think when you put something for download, atleast switch the monitor off and fo to sleep. That will save some power. Switch to LCD if possible to reduce the power consumption to half. And, instead of putting your system on standby, shut it down or atleast hibernate it! Angain, screen savers will NOT save any energy. 

 

2)Simillarly, TV also consumes energy when you watch it. Now, I am not saying not to watch TV at all. Limit it. Its also good for you 😛 . Jokes apart, switcing to LCD will help cut the energy usage of a TV. Thats something we can strive for. 

 

3)We need to be more considerate when using water. You see, there is a lot of energy that is wasted to pump water from the reserviour to your home. So, when you use more water than necessary, you are not only wasting the WATER, you are also wasting the energy that has gone into supplying that water. For example, when washing a car, instead of using a pipe that runs continuously use a bucket to hold the water. Using those taps that limit the flow of water (I dont know what they are called) might also help save water when doing dishes. Also, we need to consider the amount of energy that we use to heat water for bating purposes. Automatic water heater of solar powered heaters are ideal. But, they cost more and thats the biggest drawback.

 

4)The most obvious thing to do is using public transport. I know its highly inconvenient at more than one occasion. But, atleast we need to start trying to do it. Bicycles are also good option for short distance commuting. 

 

5)Incandescent bulb must be replaced by fluorescent ones that save energy. A 100 watts incandescent bulb gives same light as 25 watt fluorescent bulb and thats saying something. So, next time think before you buy a bulb!

 

6)Clean renewable energy like solar power, wind mills and other non-conventional sources must be effectively tapped. For this, one might show interest towards making some research into these fields. Pressurizing the government to act accordingly to utilize  non-conventional energy resources.

 

7)Spreading real awareness among the people is also our responsibility. We must take it seriously

 

Any suggestions and additions to this are welcome. Please leave it as a comment to this post


The battle begins

December 17, 2008

Constitution of India and Professional Ethics. 

 

Today we were tested on this subject. The complexity of our constitution is a known fact however, the uncertainty of the syllabus added to the already disconcerted minds. As of now, the number of amendments made to our constitution has crossed 100, but the scope of the syllabus ends at the 96th amendment. So, its really confusing when it comes to answering questions, the answers to which may have changed. None-the-less, everyone in the CSE3(exam hall) seemed pretty excited. No one was able to keep a straight face at all. You look at someone and they grin at you and you reluctantly grin back at them and then the person looking at you grins and then this is contagious. At one point, the whole class was grinning at each other. 😀 like this

 

It was a 3 hour, 100 marks objective paper to be answered by filling in the circles on t he OMR (Optical Mark Recognition) sheet. Its the first time that we have such a paper in engineering. So, we are bound to make sme errors! :D. Abhi was the first one to tell me that he had marked C instead of B in the haste to answer the next question. I for one had been extremely careful to avoid such errors. As soon as I started laughing at Abhi’s mistake, Chandu said he had made 3 such mistakes! I almost lost my balance as my laughed my ass off! Then came Gomsy and said, ‘Maga, I missed one question only in the hurry to answer and ended up marking the answer on one question to the next one on the answer sheet!’ Meaning, by doing so, he had messed up 2 questions! Then came Guru, (who got birthday bumps as soon as he came) saying he had left 8 questions. His theory was that if at all he fell short of the target 35, the person on the computer might fill in the correct response and make him pass. Of course, Patty left one question to GOD 😛

 

As expected, the first exam was complete fun. People discussing how they had chose the correct option by guessing or singing ‘inki pinky ponky’ and such stuff. The post exam analysis of the question paper was done by more than one group. BM and Arjun helped us clarify many doubts. Dilip’s wave theory on the OMR sheet due to the answer patters was first met with mockery but was later confirmed by C R who too had the same question series.  Apart from the general clarification of doubts, they also went as far as to remove the text book to verify the answers. There was of course the blame game of how one tricked the other to study some other text book while majority of the questions came from another book! That always happens. VTU.

 

😛

 

Will try to get that photu from BM


Death and Glory

December 12, 2008

Disclaimer :
Views expressed here are strictly personal and are only my interpretation of the subject under consideration. I do not intend to hurt anyone’s sentiment in any way. I merely express my views and understandings with regards to the topic.

 

This is the era of reality TV shows. They dance, sing, live together, live with other family and so on. Now, can this be a start to whole new world where death is shown in reality TV shows? This Article speaks of a film broadcasted on a British Channel about a terminally ill man killed himself by turning off the ventilator with his teeth. I do not intend to comment on his decision of killing himself, thats a totally different issue. What bothers is that this whole scene was broadcasted on TV. Meaning, everyone could watch it! Even those unassisted kids. This whole incident glorified suicide in a way that is not good especially if the kids watch it. I am pretty sure that the kids work around the usual “precaution” the parents take to avoid such a thing from happening! 

 

The morality is being sucked up by money and the media is being degraded day by day. I know this makes not much of a difference, me ranting all about it here, but I just want to cry foul and voice my oopinion. The last wish of a dying man is ideally fulfilled even though its difficult, but if its immoral then you dont have to give anymore reasons to NOT fulfill his last wish. I mean to say that it was already featured in film festivals and the point was made! Was it so necessary to feature it on a TV too? Is it really necessary to show those scenes to really “move” people in order to legalize assisted suicide of terminally ill people? I differ on this opinion of those people!


Mumbai? Terror

December 5, 2008

Disclaimer :
Views expressed here are strictly personal and are only my interpretation of the subject under consideration. I do not intend to hurt anyone’s sentiment in any way. I merely express my views and understandings with regards to the topic.

 

Some say its the worst attack yet on Indian soil by a terror group. Probably the date 26th was not a co-incidence, may be it was planned like that. Enormity does hit us even now that we are out of the initial trauma due to the horrendous activities by a bunch of gun carrying lunatics. Well trained and well executed; mocks our system altogether. It revealed many disturbing truths about a lot of things. This whole time a lot of people have asked a lot of questions and a lot of people have told a lot of tales. Some courageous, some embarrassing and some disgusting. We have witnessed a lot of political drama and a HELL LOT of reruns on news channel. At one point, while watching news, I really felt like I would puke. 


I have observed a pattern off late. When ever there is a terror attack, the news channels get there and sensationalize it first. Then they start talking about how the people are not at all disturbed by the attack and have got back to their usual life stating the world that they cannot be perturbed by a bomb exploding and killing others!!! Ya right! Then there is a lot of talk about the lax security and how everyone failed to do their job. A filthy political blame game and the media continues to juice out the last remains of the whole issue, the courageous stories and the other “lesser” sensational news will then follow. After a week or two, most of the people across the world who used profane words to condemn everyone in the world would have forgotten the whole issue. And the life continues till another attack happens the whole process repeats again.


So, the highlights were that the attack was anticipated and the Hotel owners were warned about it. They even knew about the sea route entry. Some were already staying as guests in the hotel before the attack. Then why didnt this alert the security? This is what I concluded after thinking for some days; quoting from one of the forums where I put it

Its rather more delicate than what it appears on the surface. Its always a dirty job investigating the terrorist attacks. Any attack of the type we witnessed must be aided from within the country. The terrorists come into the country and survey the area that they intend to attack and do their homework. 

Point is, tolerance is needed from both sides. When you start investigating, a lot of Muslims will be termed suspects. Thats bound to happen. But the religious heads always end up making it a bad issue and turn it to a political game. If everyone tries to do it in a transparent way then I dont think there will be religious bias in the heart of the people. Its really in the hands of religious heads. If THEY take it seriously to end the hatred, it can be done without much difficulty. 

But, the religious fundamentalists are seldom what they dictate; TOLERANT towards others. Thats the real problem. For the system of caste has its heart as preachers.


If you honestly think about it, the root of this religious intolerance goes back to those days where the people studied the ways of life from the religious head of the city or their region. Like the Gurukuls for the Hindus. Here, I think, they were taught about all the Vedas and Upanishads and god and his ways. But they never talked about how we should be tolerant. Those who did are just quoted these days. None of these religious leaders actually believe in co-existing. I have met a lot of “swamis” who look after the “Peetha” in different temples. They have a lot of involvement in the local politics because they hold the vote bank of the locals who belong to their religion. I dont say all are like that, I say most of them are like that. When ever they talk with the local people, all the people talk to them are how the other religion leader is helping only the people belonging to their religion. I provide this data as i have been a witness to this. But, I can easily predict the same with other relious fundamentalists and religious heads. I would also like to quote my friend’s words here

I have seen on television that anti Pakistani slogans were raised which is not good for the healthy relationships between the nations. Our anger should be in a proper direction rather than killing or hurting others. If not there is no big difference between us or the terrorists. – Sarvani


A statement which I agree with. Just like how Muslims here are Indians first, there too not all Pakistanis would approve what happened or what has been happening. If the hatred continues, then the terrorists will have achieved their true motives. Channel your anger properly is all what i ask of you. My friend Abhi asked me what did these guys decide and enter those hotels? Werent they afraid that they would die? Of course, they expected to get away with it. Atleast thats what the captured terrorist said. But the point to focus here is that these youngsters were brain washed due to the religion. They expect to go to heaven after killing their victims. Religion is always described as a way of living. The whole concept of God has brought more hatred among the humans than anything. So, is it rational to still prioritize religion higher than any other thing in your life? Please think again.