May 31, 2004

Euro 2004

12 Days to go! It's been getting really exciting. I didn't get to watch the World Cup last time as much I wanted. But I'll definitely catch a lot of action this time. Just take a look at the group information:

Group A
Greece
Portugal
Russia
Spain
Group B
Croatia
England
France
Switzerland
Group C
Bulgaria
Denmark
Italy
Sweden
Group D
Czech Rep.
Germany
Latvia
Netherlands

In my opinion, the groups to look out for are Group B [England & France] and Group D [Germany & Netherlands]. It's gonna be fun.

Schumacher Again

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He did it again. No one can compare to him when he is at his best. Michael Schumacher & his Ferrari are the best combination in F1 that I have seen in my few years of watching.

It's really fun to watch FIA keep changing the rules again & again and try to stop the Ferrari domination. Last year, they introduced one-shot qualifying. This year, they changed the format & are about to do it again. They introduced traction-control & launch-control and now they're planning to make F1 low-tech by using manual gear shifts. Who knows what they will come up with next. Nothing seems to stop Ferrari & Michael from winning though.

What I dearly want to see is Michael driving in a Minardi. Yeah, a Minardi. After his contract with Ferrari ends in 2006, he should drive with Minardi for a year. It'll be really fun to watch him struggling for a change. Don't get me wrong, he's my favourite driver. But even I'm sometimes saturated with all his victories. And this will definitely give Minardi a boost, getting all that sponsor money.

On the other hand, Raikkonen again had an engine blowout. When will Mclaren give that poor bloke a car that will run for one complete race distance? And the saga of Williams cars crashing continued. So, business as usual.

May 29, 2004

Random 20 Quotes

  • Murphy's Laws: (1) If anything can go wrong, it will. (2) Nothing is as easy as it looks. (3) Everything takes longer than you think it will.
  • Calvin: "I was put on this earth to accomplish a certain number of things. Right now I'm so far behind I will never die."
  • Hobbes: "I don't know which is worse, ...that everyone has his price, or that the price is always so low."
  • Homer: "Weaseling out of things is an important skill to learn. Its what separates us from the animals. Except the weasel"
  • Homer: "The only danger is if they send us to that terrible planet of the apes. Wait a minute. Statue of Liberty....that was our planet! You monsters! You blew it up! Damn you! Damn you all to hell!!!"
  • Oscar Wilde: "Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing worth knowing can be taught."
  • Arthur C. Clarke: "Quando omni flunkus moritati" [When all else fails, play dead]
  • Albert Einstein: "In order to form an immaculate member of a flock of sheep one must, above all, be a sheep."
  • Douglas Adams: "In the beginning there was nothing... which was a paradox because of its own existence, so it exploded."
  • Douglas Adams: "If you don't change your beliefs, your life will be like this forever. Is that good news?"
  • Douglas Adams: "I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be."
  • Woody Allen: "When I was in school, I cheated on my metaphysics exam: I looked into the soul of the boy sitting next to me."
  • Microsoft [software marketing department]: "Deliver yesterday, code today, think tomorrow."
  • Maslow: "If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail."
  • Mark Twain: "All generalizations are false, including this one."
  • From Taken: "What makes a man who he is? Is it the worst things he's ever done? Or the best things he wants to be? When you find yourself in the middle of your life and you're nowhere near where you were going, how do you find a way from the person you've become, to the one you know you could have been?"
  • Friedrich Nietzsche: "Morality is the herd-instinct in the individual."
  • Read on Slashdot: "There are 10 types of people in the world; those who understand binary and those who don't."
  • Bertrand Russell: "It seems to be the fate of idealists to obtain what they have struggled for in a form which destroys their ideals."
  • Billy Joel: "You may be right, I may be crazy; But it just might be a lunatic you're looking for"

May 27, 2004

Politics

I've got to write about the Indian Elections, or as some people call them, the "Dance of Democracy". Whatever happens in the next 5 years under Manmohan Singh, you've got to admire Sonia Gandhi's decision. She played a game of chess, and beat everyone. With a single announcement, the BJP was reduced to a bunch of nobodies, and she's now politically untouchable.

I don't think that she was "following her soul" as she says. This is a tactical decision, the very best I've seen. We should convince her to write scripts for some Hindi soaps, Ektaa Kapoor really needs some help...

May 23, 2004

Special Google Searches

Google is a lot more useful than most people know. There are a few indispensable searches that I just cannot do without.

File Search: It's faster to search for files using Google. Suppose you want to get the latest version of Winamp fast. Just search for intitle:"index of" winamp*exe. This applies to any other thing as well. Searching for "Index of" in the title generally gives you directory listings, from where you can download files directly. I use it to find documentation fast. To search for any file, use the following search syntax: intitle:"index of" [query]

Definitions: I need Google while studying. It's faster to look-up definitions on Google than from textbooks or from my notes. For example, when I want to know what AVL trees are, I use Google. The define keyword really becomes useful one day before your examination, like today.

Joss Whedon : "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the road less traveled by and they CANCELLED MY FRIKKIN' SHOW. I totally shoulda took the road that had all those people on it. Damn"

May 21, 2004

Firefox Extensions

It's official, IE is dead. I've been using Firefox for a while now [version 0.8 official]. It's hands down the best browser. The fact is, Firefox by itself is a mostly basic, though undeniably cool browser. But it's the extensions that make it work.

The Firefox I use is much different from the Firefox anyone else will use. There are many extensions, and people tend to use what they need. I'm just listing some of the extensions that are great, you decide what else you need yourself.

  • Adblock: Without a doubt, my must useful one. Just block all the ads you can. With wildcards!!
  • Conquery: Query different websites. [the common one's I query are IMDB & the Webster dictionary]
  • Googlebar: Google toolbar, like IE, only more customisable.
  • Web Developer: Really powerful tool, use it for lots of things. [Disable images/Java/Flash/...]
  • All-in-One Gestures: I've been using it for only a few days, & I already love it. Mouse gestures are really handy. Try them, and those that use keyboard shortcuts will really appreciate this also.
  • Firesomething: Not useful in any way, but really funny...

May 20, 2004

Google's Software Principles

FYI, Google just listed a list of the principles for good software. I really like the way the people there are straght-forward & just say things directly. Compare that with all the legal jargon you get from other companies. Visit the article here.

Things to do

I just want to list some of things I'm planning to do after my exams here. Planning for the furure is so much better than actually implementing anything.
Computer related:

  • Learn Python [OSS rocks]
  • Use Perl for some real purpose
  • Learn & use XML [preferably with Python]
Books to buy:
  • The Illiad
  • The Odyssey
  • The complete Hitchiker's Guide series
Other stuff:
  • Take some photographs
  • Go trekking a few times
  • More later...

May 19, 2004

Escapism

The most interesting thing is happening to me. I got 64% for my last Semester exams, even though I expected to fail miserably. There's just something about going to the edge & still getting what you want. I haven't studied at all this time, the exams seem to be going fine just now. But it's a thrilling experience. When you get what you want without working for it, you need to know how far you can push it. It's short-sighted, I know, but I just can't help myself.

May 07, 2004

COA orals

When things are going my way, everything seems so clear. There is no uncertainty in life. I just know what to do. Now is one of those times.
Today, I had my COA [Computer Organization & Architecture] orals. Man, the external examiner was a total newbie. He asked me to give a config for a mordern computer system!! After 10 minutes of detailed explanation, he was left speechless. At the end, he started asking me about the latest hardware developments that he wanted to know himself!! It's fun teaching the teachers ;)
Oh, and the whole day today was very beautiful. Very photogenic, can't remember how many times I wished I had a camera ready to take pictures.

May 03, 2004

Hi

Ok, this blog is for purely entertainment purposes. I have started it because I have nothing to do. I'll keep adding stuff from time to time. Some things that I plan to post include: 1. Things I like 2. Things I hate 3. Everything else...