CS New Building

Computer Science Department has moved to the New Building. !!!

Large and spacious, the CS department now has an entire floor dedicated
to themselves. My perspective, this does not really compare to Bhageraath
but atleast now I know my dollars are’nt going down the drain. The building
maybe modern, but for now the facilities and Computers will remain the same.
This only reinforces my decision to stay with RIT.

Pictures will be put up here very soon !

Halloween Memo 8

Here ye Here ye all !! Microsoft are out with their Halloween Memo #8. For those mortals that are uninitiated to mundane Microsoft Rituals, the Halloween memo is traditionally circulated by the top brass every …Yes I knew you would get it, every Halloween. The intention of the memo is to plan publicity efforts against the current largest competition (read the Enemy) and to ensure readiness.

I really appreciated the first couple of comments by Eric S Raymond, I quote:
Everybody remember the Gandhi quote?

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.

Gentlemen and ladies, this newest leaked memo from Microsoft confirms that
we are advancing through GandhiCon Three.

You can find the rest of the memo here.

Theory Of Computer Algorithms

I was working on solving an algorithm for detecting odd length simple cycles in a digraph. Well made some headway, some other people did come up with a perfect solution though. Requires a lot of creativity and focus. Two friends of mine went down for plagiarism yesterday. Advice to Indian students coming to the USA for education. Do your own work man, your paying so much money to learn, atleast try and make a goddamn effort. Anyway, Indian students are now officially all cheaters. How unfortunate. Nevermind all that, I have some ideas for a Distributed AI project and I will make a proposal today.

Homework

I am swamped with it for now. So cannot blog much, hopefully will come back
to my slightly creative writing soon. Until then, I must apply my creativity on
Theory of Computer Algorithms, in determining if cycles of odd-length exist
in DiGraphs.

I have started on my Data Mining project.

Old friends

What stays true in a perpetually woven fabric of life? Is it the colors that gel together that make short work of strife?I got the following off mithuns page, its not in his archive yet, so here it is:

“I was thinking of old friends today
And how many of them have slipped away.
Moved, got married, or stopped calling so much,
Found new friends, got busy, and just lost touch.
It reminded me of falling leaves.
Every autumn the leaves fall from the trees.
Some stay longer than others, but eventually –
Each leaf must fall, I’ m told,
Leaving the tree alone to face the cold.
Why is it that in the time of utmost need
The leaves would seek to leave the tree?
And when we need our friends around
We look and they can not be found?
Of course these friendships come and go
And in the spring new leaves will grow.
But I prefer autumn friends of old
With crackling laughter and colors bold.
It saddens me now I must admit
How somehow, someway, I did forget
Laughing with old friends of mine
During summers when the sun would shine.
And then I thought of you.
That one stubborn leaf that won ‘ t let go.
That clings despite the winds that blow.
Fighting ice, and snow, and winter’s stings
Hanging on right through till spring.
So I guess that’s what you are to me –
The very last leaf to leave the tree.
I know it seems silly, but it’s true.
When I see that last leaf…
…I think of you.”

The Next Generation Internet

Ladies and Gentlemen, we are lucky to be in the age where we can experience the birth of the next generation of Internet services. I shall not be so crude by drawing a parallel to a supernova since we already have witnessed the birth of the Internet, but yes, this is significant.

A couple of months back I blogged about the 802.11b networks sprouting up in coffee shops and airports, allowing people to connect to the network in an ad-hoc manner. Wireless internet will mean that we will witness the proliferation of such networks nationwide. By nationwide I mean the USA, although I would be much happier if I meant India.

How far ahead am I? Well I do have a neat notebook pc, I am still looking for deals on a wireless card though. Once my scholarship increment comes through, It won’t be so difficult to get hold of a good deal on the card. Patience always pays off.

Wednesday Morning

Things are going along really easy this week. But I still have to make a decision about which courses I am going to take this quarter. The dilemma was to pick between DCN-II and DAI. The decision just got harder to make when I attended the Intro to DAI lecture on Tuesday. Michael demonstrated the use of DAI in the making of Lord Of the Rings. The DCN-II Home Page is here!

Data Mining and Theory of Computer Algorithms cannot be dropped as I really feel they are really important and should be taken this quarter itself.

The weather in Rochester really really is downright extreme. Going to have to dress warm today.

Another Personal Triumph

Santosh Dawara has done it again, having taken time off from the other
mundane activities of the world and fished out recipes for Egg Biryani and
Masoor Dal, he successfully executed “Operation Fill Tummy”. The egg
biryani was wonderful and the masoor dal could do with a bit of improvement.

Now with a satisfied and smug smile he can head off and take an afternoon
nap. 🙂

Tomato Rice

Tomato rice is easy to make and goes well with Yoghurt. This is
how I managed to make it. Chop up an Onion, need not do
it fine. Also leep two tablespoons of Tomato Puree handy and
a cup of rice. Heat up 2 tablespoons oil in a frying pan. When
the oils just about hot enough (this is the part that I find tough to
judge) add the Onions. Stir the onions around in the oil till you
get a consistent Golden Brown. Onions are fried mostly in high
heat.

Then add the Puree after reducing the heat to the pan. Once
again stir it around, let it cook for another 2 minutes. Then add
the rice, mix it up to get good consistency and cook for another
two minutes.

Now you can either boil the rice in 2.5 cups of water till its done
or pressure cook it with much less water.

Less than 2 cups of water and 3 – 4 whistles in a small cooker
works for me, I am considering adding in salt before I pressure
cook to simply experiment. Since I made this the first time, I
prepped just a little. If I could just get it right now 🙂