Tuesday, October 9, 2012 5:09:44 AM
This morning, I was a little late for work, and not in the mood to well, work. So I did what anyone would do, decided to check my emails. An old friend, Saurabh
, had sent me a link to a piece of short fiction by Isaac Asimov, a professor of biochemistry, who also happens to be the greatest science fiction writer who ever lived. I was already feeling a little lazy and how could I put of reading an Asimov story.
Normally, I would simply read it, enjoy it and get back to work. But this story was different. It is a beautiful piece of writing that raises some profound questions, and makes you think. It makes you think about man's progress, our dependence on machines and most of all the inevitability of death. And it has a brilliant end. So I decided to share this one: http://filer.case.edu/dts8/thelastq.htm
Here is a quote from the Bhagavad-Gita to go with the story:
"Never was there a time when I did not exist
nor you nor these lords of men.
Neither will there be a time when we shall not exist;
we all exist from now on."
Its called the last question and it makes for a brilliant read. Fans of Sci-Fi will go absolutely crazy. Enjoy, and good morning.
PS: I will get back to work
PPS: I still have to write about all the things that happened while I was away.
Sunday, September 23, 2012 9:15:37 AM
I have been away for a very long period yet again. Ive let this blog fall to ruins, and I regret not maintaining it.
I wont pretend to have been busy. I wont pretend to not have had the time. Truth be told, I guess I did not make time. I did not prioritize maintaining the blog, and I feel sorry about it. As much as I would like to offer an apology and make a word explaination, I cant find the energy to. Not because I dont want to make the effort. But because I feel ashamed for having let this happen.
This blog and the people who read it have been wonderful to me. Have helped my through confusing times and encourged everything I do. I owe a lot to you guys. And I want to offer an heartfelt apology for not having maintained this. For not having been in touch.
Im a little older and more mature now. I wont make promises, but I will put in a genuine effort to be here, to keep this blog and my dear freinds upto date about my life, and actively follow theirs as I used to. I feel at this moment, that I need to make a fresh start. Renew friendships, get back into old habits and share my life with the people who have been nothing but good to me yet again.
In this year that I have been gone, a lot has happened in my life. Some good, some not so good. I will share all that, but perhaps in another post, for in this one, I just want to say sorry.
I offer my apologies and attempt to make a fresh start.
Monday, November 8, 2010 7:05:54 AM
Shaunak's Top movie quotes appropriate for oral examinations, in no particular order:
1. "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn." - Gone with the Wind
2. "What we've got here is (a) failure to communicate." - Cool Hand Luke
3. "I'll be back." - The Terminator
4. "You had me at 'hello'" - Jerry Maguire
5. "Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer." - Godfather 2
6. "I have always depended on the kindness of strangers." - A Streetcar Named Desire
7. "I see dead people." - Sixth Sense
8. "You talkin' to me?" - Taxi Driver
9. 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk? - Dirty Harry
10. "I have a bad feeling about this" - Star Wars
Thursday, November 4, 2010 4:00:30 AM
His imperial highness, lord of lords, emperor Obama is on his way to Mumbai. And guess what the government of India has done to ensure his safety? Sealed off the entire south of Mumbai, that too bang in the middle of festive season.
It is the middle of the holiday season, Diwali here in India. This the the time when most folks go out, shop, buy gifts and celebrate. Roughly the Indian equivalent of Christmas. And thanks to El Presidente gracing us with his visit, all shops in South Mumbai will remain SHUT, and the Gateway of India inaccessible to the general public.
This is like shutting off New York's grand central on Boxing Day.
The people of Mumbai are all set to welcome Obama.... with the filthiest words you can find in any language.
Sunday, October 24, 2010 8:06:32 AM
Good Afternoon people. I hope you're all keeping well.
I know. Yet again I have failed to post anything in a long time. My excuse remains the same: work. Anyhow, I have made up my mind to post something today, and I *am* going to do it. Ill just string together a bunch of random things to talk about.
The Common Wealthgames were held here in Delhi recently. Was a bunch of fun to watch, both the sporting events and the scandal that it generated. Turns out the organizing committee has been inflating figures to pilfer public money. (Big Surprise!)
Really do you blame em? It is the 'common-wealth' games! (Gettit?)
I have been busying myself trying to make a wireless data transmission device for a college project. I have nearly finished that and will post a video soon. It samples temperature data, transmits it over an RF link. The receiving board displays the reading. Nothing too high tech, but it was fun to build. I also had to develop a very unique antenna for it. More on that later. For now it would suffice to say that it involves a steel rod and Badminton shuttles!
And finally i will end this post with a random picture. A ZenitE camera! ( Doesn't work anymore
Until next time:
" Why is it drug addicts and computer afficionados are both called users? "
~ Clifford Stoll
PS: Obama is scheduled to visit Mumbai soon. They cut down 50 trees to 'beautify' the city for his visit.
PPS: I have an exam tomorrow!