Thursday, January 27, 2005
This timeless adage is a gem of a statement. The world will solve 80%
of its problems by adopting such an approach. Translated into english,
it reads as, "Do today whatever you would do tomorrow, do now whatever
you intend to do today". This is also one of the most misunderstood
proverbs. People literally translate it and ask questions like "How can
you do something whatever you have to do tomorrow?". Examples are taken
of classes, train journeys and believe it or not, performing ablutions.
Basically what the great man wanted to convey was that procrastination
had to be avoided. Procrastination leads to great trouble. Such a case
happened with me today.
The task that i had been assigned was to develop a program in MATLAB
for one of the classical problems in Power System Dynamics i.e a plot
of the maximum power transmitted vs critical clearing angle. This
requires only a half an hour calculation of equivalent impedances at
the faulted point, folowed by their attachment to the fault point
followed by network reducton to obtain the reactance between the
machine bus and the infinite bus. Later, one has to write a few
statements to incorporate this into a program. Ideally, allowing time
for debugging, this should have taken a maximum of 2 hours.
What actually happened was a gross procrastination. This assignment was
pushed around for a week. The prof finally lost patience today and
ordered that the assignment be solved in the lab and submitted in the
evening. Man, you should have seen how quickly the job was done. Now,
if only i had done it earlier...
Tuesday, January 25, 2005
"Losing my religion"...REM, "Out of time"
The Mughal emperor Akbar was known for his tolerance towards other
religions specially hinduism. The major hindu force during his reign
was The Rajputs. Akbar did have his successful campaigns against the
Rajputs but he believed in burying the hatchet. He even went to the
extent of marrying a Rajput princess Joda Bai.
One of Akbar's brilliant ideas was to create a new religion comprising
the best features of all religions. You may be wondering why Iam
writing on such a topic. Well, all that i can say is that the
inspiration was sudden. It dawned on me in my FACTS class, when the
fundas concerning a single phase inverter were so blatantly being
twisted and shown to us as the holy grail of power electronics. (not
that i am some big don in PE). What i am going to do is to formulate a
new religion for the modern world with features that i feel are
necessary. These are my views and its upto you to agree with me or
not.so, here goes.......
Name: Secularism rocks
Target audience: The world
Date of birth:
Parents: This religion is a child of God
Education: The school/college/university called earth
Performance: Theory subjects=100% Practicals=(not yet tested)
Hobbies: Unifying the world, providing peace of mind, removing
differences between people
(1) Aham Brahmasmi...God is within each one of us
(2) Compulsory prayer everyday
(3) Equality of all beings whatever maybe their sex, sexual
orientation, social status, occupation etc(no animal farm fundas like
"more equal than the others" please)
(4) A clarion call to give up arms
(5) Compassion for the poor and the weak
(6) An opportunity to be spiritual and materialistic at the same time.
(7) No sub divisions of the religion shall be permitted
(8) Freedom to do anything as long as it does not hurt or offend others
(9) The holy book shall be "CATCH 22"
(10) The holy hymns shall be "Is there anybody there" by Scorpions,
the cradle" by Ugly Kid Joe,"My Sharona" by The Knack and "take away my
pain" by Dream Theatre
Hopefully you will agree with me and help me to add some points. Alvidadear reader, "May my tribe increase!!!!!!"
Thursday, January 20, 2005
In the midst of this, i recollect the name of a person about whom i have only heard but never met. this guy is nari, who could have been my colleague in oracle if i had joined. this chap is a PI too. checking out his blogs now, they seem interesting. got to meet him sometime. kesh, if you are reading this, u know what to do.
Another thing which flashes before my eyes is the night outs i spent with keshav in college. led zep was a 'stimulant' during those hous when we mastered the OPCODE of the Motorola 56F801. keshav ,i miss u maga.......
gandhi is in a different league altogether. people may feel that i may not be as close to him as i am with keshav. who so ever thinks like that, i just got two words for u.."F*** you".....i myself can't describe how close we are..maybe i can express my reasons through a Hindu Crossie.........miss u too maga.......
And nari....this depends on how u pronounce it and what meaning u infer. this word can mean a fox, a woman or the 'Not yet met friend of kesh and gandhu.....'......excuse my language, if that ain't possible then 'execute me'...........
Tuesday, January 18, 2005
The case is no different with my project "Unified Power Quality Conditioner (UPQC): in power distribution systems". I have scored my century (wrt to the number of papers selected) . I need to put a stop at some stage, or else 'Literature survey on UPQCs" will end up being my semester project.
Anyone who has material on UPQCs plz pass it on to firstname.lastname@example.org....PLEASE
Saturday, January 15, 2005
this happened at the Army day parade of the Indian Army which commemorates the day the first Indian took over the command of the Indian Army. That illustrious soldier is Field Marshall Cariappa. Its also a matter of pride that he is from my home state Karnataka. Madikeri is the exact place if you care for details. Visit this place if you can.
The parade was brilliant. I was amazed by the perfect synchronism of the various events. There was also an amazing display of my army's strengths.....
Friday, January 07, 2005
we have been told right from our childhood that this is a precious resource. but at the same time it is the most abused resource too. why? thats because we do not get punished for wastage of this resource. take an example of petrol. do u have the balls to waste petrol? unless u are an 'amir baap ke bigde aulat' (trans: spoilt rich brat)...u will not dare to. why? because u feel the pinch on ur pocket right?
talking of such things may seem trivial. but there is an art to wasting time. yea baby!!! an art!!!! there are different ways:- surf unnecessarily, fantasise, sleep, roam around, gossip etc
this was my case till the first semester of my master's. but from my second semester i hardly find time to waste. you can say its a catch 22 situation....one one hand u don't have enough time and on the other hand u cannot waste it. still trying to figure it out.