February 25, 2006

Read my mind.

I just love auto-complete. Software is much more fun when it sort-of reads your mind.

I don’t want software to just keep a history of my past usage. I want it to actually suggest something based on it. And do it un-obtrusively.

I don’t want to browse through a huge list of items, or enter a search term exactly before getting to see the result. Incremental search is nothing new—VIM had it since 2001. Emacs even before that.

And for goodness sake, tell me I’ve made a mistake in entering data as soon as I’ve made it. Before I submit it. Do-overs suck.

Computers are fast—they should work for us people. Not turn us into glorified data-entry operators.

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February 21, 2006

61.88%

By all rights, I shouldn’t have even cleared this semester. If I’ve learned anything, it’s not to question things when they’re going your way.

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February 20, 2006

Nothing Gold Can Stay

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

I love Robert Frost!

February 19, 2006

Manticore

It’s good—not as funny as the Simoqin though. More ‘conventional’ if I may say so. Loved some parts of it. And there are fewer rough spots in this one—more polish.

February 18, 2006

Guitar

Went with Geo & bought an acoustic guitar today. Now I need to learn the damn thing. Any pointers?

February 16, 2006

Some (quick) book reviews

Lord of the Flies is amazing. And downright disturbing. Don’t think the book would have been as effective if the characters were grown-ups…

The Scarlet Pimpernel is fun. As heroic tales go, this is pretty much standard fare. Was just thinking that if this were a new book, I’d have thought that it lacked depth. Amazing what you’ll forgive as long as the book you’re reading is old…

And if anyone’s listening, stay away from any Chetan Bhagat book you see. My sis’ bought both Five point someone and One Night @ The Call Centre. I read them, and by the end I was really pissed off. The books start off well, but it all becomes an unforgivable mess near the end. ’Nuff said.

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February 13, 2006

Fools & Listeners

I just can’t stand it when people pretend to be knowledgeable things they haven’t a clue about. I’m the worst offender, but at least I understand the difference between when I actually know something and when I’m bluffing. Most people do not, and still think whatever they say is sacrosanct.

It’s a reflex—one I can’t control. I try to do anything possible to drown out the voice of some clueless individual speaking, else I get really angry. Not at the fool who’s speaking, but at the idiots who actually listen.

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February 09, 2006

Break

Ah, a 20-day break from college. Good things haven’t stopped happening…

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February 06, 2006

Quote of the day…

He constantly excoriated himself for not living up to his own ideals—for not working hard enough, loving well enough, or having motives that were pure enough.
– Stephen O’Connor, Orphan Trains

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February 04, 2006

Feynman

You know what happens, when you hear about someone for once, you start noticing them everywhere? Like when you first hear a new word, you keep noticing it being used a lot. And then you wonder how you missed discovering it earlier?

That’s what happened to me about Richard Feynman. I had of course heard of him, but never had taken the trouble to actively seek out any info about him. And once I picked out a copy of Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! at Strand, it seems that everyday I come across a link to some speech he’d delivered, or something or the other he’d done. Or links to lectures he’s given

The book’s great—I think this is the first time I’ve really enjoyed reading non-fiction. And the lectures are really good too—well worth the around 1Gb total download. I’ve watched two out of four so far, and I can tell ya that for the first time the quantum theory makes sense to me. So do complex numbers.

That’s all…