Blogging update

I promised (myself and you all) to post atleast 2 posts per month this year. Which clearly did not work at all. This is because this post is the second post after the “promise post”. What is going on then. The fact is I am not that much busy that I cannot put up a new post on the blog. The fact is that right now there are at least three different things I need to handle and this context switch every day or multiple times a week does not let me actually click the publish button (you all know how hard it is to click that button).

Recently (more than a year now) I was working on a cluster analysis algorithm and previously I was learning while working with some basic feed forward neural networks. Along with this I also keep in touch with *nix system programming and Linux OS kernel architecture (and a bit of Solaris recently). Therefore things are diverse. The job I do in the daytime (for which I get paid) is another domain (though similar to the system programming thing, but not exactly). Therefore the contexts are pretty diverse for me therefore the focus keeps shifting.

There are quite a few good ideas, for which there are drafts written, but as usual, it stays at on the disk. Why I am posting this? I am posting this because I need to press the “Publish” button and try again start the posting.

Therefore let’s see.

Respect the ~ files

It has been a long time since a post in this blog. I thought to break this silence with a short post.

Several text editors in Linux environment like KWrite and GEdit that will store automatic temporary files ending with a ~ (tilde) character. Generally it is a default setting in most of the major distributions. Initially this feature annoyed me, as now you have twice the number of files in your directory, and often used rm *~ to clear out the files. Although it was annoying at the beginning, there are several cases it saved me. Continue reading “Respect the ~ files”

2013 in review

Like last year here are some stats of this blog for this year from wordpress.com. Worse this year, especially post count is 16, not enough compared to last year post count 24. Lesser visits this year, but some new relatively new posts have caught attention. Hoping to keep the post count at least 2 posts per month on an average on 2014.

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 75,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 3 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

phoxis.org 2012 in review

Here goes some stats of this blog for this year from wordpress.com. Not bad, but not satisfactory, the end year posting frequency was terrible.

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 86,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Language Problem: Hmm…

So, people are into python. Hmm it seems that it is pretty useful stuff. Even Sebastian Thrun codes in python (knew it from Udacity) :D. I think python with the statistical, numerical and graph plotting packages or using Octave (no money for Matlab and its not FOSS) will be very helpful for me to quickly implement prototypes for different applications of learning algorithms and test them. Continue reading “Language Problem: Hmm…”

Cricket World Cup 2011

Cricket World Cup 2011 Logo I was keeping myself updated and was watching portions of the matches casually but I started watching the matches seriously from the semi-finals. The Ind v Pak match was a fine one (although the next day was one final examination). India-Pakistan matches have always been high-voltage matches. After defeating Pakistan I was feeling like it was the 2003 world cup, India again in the finals. 2003 final match was a painful memory, India was loosing from the very first moment. But in 2011 things have changed Australia is eliminated, and India is the one to do this cleaning job.

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Some Coffee in Cafe Coffee Day

We entered a Cafe Coffee Day shop a bit away from the main road clutter near Bejoygarh, to get better ambience than the loud SouthCity Shopping mall outlet. We selected a corner and had a seat, and waited for the menu card. It seemed like we are invisible because the menu card was distributed to the other tables occupied after our arrival. We were joking on the significance of a drink named “xxx” displayed on the case, suddenly the menu card came, with an apology from the waiter. Continue reading “Some Coffee in Cafe Coffee Day”

Me and My Diary

Every new year companies distribute diaries to their clients, people gift diaries to their friends. What I see the most of the time at least here, is the wastage of the diary. Blank pages of the diaries are kept blank. The most of the times those are used to take class notes, used to keep home expenditure log, or other calculations. Some write poetry and stories in the diary, and also some write daily schedules, or office appointments in a diary, which I think is a good use. But I have never seen any person whom I know, write diary in a diary.

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