On a sunday.

Why this Sunday is important? Well, with this Sunday, I end up being 2 weeks old within IBM and I hope to get along with the company for more years to come… (Let God strengthen me for this ๐Ÿ™‚ ) . With this Sunday, I have successfully dared the Bangalore traffic and weather for a fortnight. And it is on this day, that I share my birthday with the birthday of Lord Krishna. Its quite a REFRESHING day ๐Ÿ™‚

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IBM Watson

Did you think a computing device couldn’t beat a human in a quiz performed in human’s natural language? Well think again. IBM Watson is here. The QA system from IBM which wins Jeopardy!

Check it out :—

“This is history” — Dr.Jennifer Chu-Carroll, IBM Research

TeX-ing!

I was doing my “Thesis” in LaTeX and everything was great…..and then an error occurred when I tried changing the caption of a figure.
All Hell broke lose!! I tried undoing all the changes I had made to the file….but in vain! The error persisted. I knew that it was a Runaway argument, as I could see my processor usage sore to great extent..and persist there.. but the TexMaker application didn’t give me any error output. To understand where the error lay, I tried compiling the Tex files in the Linux terminal by using the command : pdflatex .tex. The error output read something like this:

Runaway argument?
{\numberline {5.1}{\ignorespaces Physical and MAC layer frame structu\ETC.
! Paragraph ended before \@dottedtocline was complete.

Something in the back of my mind told that this was related to the list of figures and so I tried commenting out the generation of the list of figures..and lo.. everything compiled and worked perfectly! But then, I needed the list of figures! I can’t remove it!

After a lot of deliberations and searching for \@dottedtocline error throughout the internet and also checking and rechecking the count of all braces.. I still couldn’t find what the error was..

Finally, I did something very random..I just removed the list of figures file from my folder, usually named .lof and recompiled…and guess what..everything is picture perfect once again. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

Homage to the DIY

Nothing and I emphasize, NOTHING teaches you better than getting deep down and practically “Doing it yourself”. Getting your hands dirty, blowing up a circuit,making things fly apart and every other adventure is just a part of the learning curve which is not only fun but much more effective! And the satisfaction when you see the system you put together working, whether it be a small counter or a large UAV (Unmanned Aviation Vehicle aka drone) is priceless.

My adventures with DIY seemingly started when I was gifted a toy box,

The Mechanix! One of the most cherished gifts

called Mechanix from Zephyr. (Something great woke inside me ๐Ÿ™‚ ) And I forever thank my mom’s sister (Indu Cheriamma) and her husband (Pradeep Elachen) for gifting me that box.

Here is a TED speech by Dale Dougherty, the editor and publisher of MAKE magazines(www.makezine.com). Listen to what he has to say ๐Ÿ™‚

Now like Dale Dougherty says, “We all are Makers” and its not just the Americans, I feel that around the globe, there are so many of us who are driven to make.So what are you waiting for, ‘DIY! Do it yourself folks!

Home

A few months ago, during summer, I had the opportunity of hearing to Dr.Rajendra Pachauri, his views and takes as well as the findings of IPCC (The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change).He told us that the average rise in temperature in the past 100 years has touched 0.7 deg. Celsius. If you think its a small number, you would be surprised by the fact that it has already introduced water stress in many places. A few years ago, scientist had put 2 deg. Celsius as the roof for the rise in temp. which is induced by greenhouse effect and was planning to mitigate all possible events which would make the temperature increase any further. But seemingly, if the current trend in greenhouse gas emission continues, it seems that we will be looking at a rise in temperature above 4 degree and more. That’s huge! Its implications would be shocking.

Here is an image from Wikipedia article on the effect of ‘Global Warming’ :

Risk and Impact of Global Warming

The IPCC says that humans are unequivocally responsible forย  all the changes. A major economic breakdown predicted due to severe change in climatic conditions would mean imminent shift in power.. a war perhaps! In whatever perspective you see this, the end result of the continuous rise in temperature is going to be catastrophe.

To people who still don’t get it.. I wish to say no more other than this quote/question from “Calvin and Hobbes”

“Do the words ‘Complete Pandemonium’ strike terror in your heart?”

Finally, I wish to end this long post by attaching the link toย  the famous video called HOME by Yann-Arthus Bertrand. Everyone has a date with the planet!

For the love of Calvin and Hobbes!

I just love Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes. Its not only amusing and entertaining, but often provides those hitches of reality that one has experienced in his/her life. And when you see some of that experiences and some of the questions you have had, represented in a cartoon and asked by an amazing six year old and his albeit stuffed pet tiger.. you just fall for it!

Here are a few of the cartoon strips, mostly found spread in the internet.

On Death, and purpose of Life : –

On Working to achieve :–

On Education :-

Life Lessons :

On Growing up : —