Doing the Stanford EDUC115N course and completing it is a truly transformative experience that I have had in a very long time. I believe I have completely changed in certain ways after doing the course. It is a true eye-opener. Strongly recommended!
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I am about to complete Michel Danino’s The lost river (thanks to the recommendation of a colleague — who strongly recommended the book by passing his copy on to me). I enjoyed reading it a lot. The book has piqued my interest on Indus civilization. The text-book material that we read in schools is so inadequate. I would love to read an authoritative and up to date account on all aspects of this civilization.
Another colleague from IIT-Hyderabad has suggested that I try elmer; I have loaded it on my comp; looks very interesting and I would love to teach it sometime to my students!
Plenty of fun: teaching has started; I am doing a course on teaching mathematics, which I am loving; and, finally, started reading Carol Dweck’s Mindset on my Kindle Fire HD — and am thoroughly enjoying both — the book and Kindle Fire HD!
We discovered her singing more than three years ago; a great loss! Here is the news and note from Hindu.
The first bookstore that Jabberwock remembers is not even a bookstore! I grew up in a home which stacked lots of books and I started reading the abridged 2000 word vocabulary words before I got introduced to children’s magazines such as Gokulam, Poonthalir and Amar Chitra Katha; growing up with two more siblings, there were elaborate procedures and rituals as to who got to read which magazine in what order. But the feeling that Jabberwock describes is something that I have also experienced, even if the person who brought the magazines was my father on his trips to and from the nearby town!
It has been three years since I joined IIT-Bombay. The Computational Materials Engineering Group (CMEG) has been growing slowly but steadily in these three years. We now have one technical assistant (who takes care of all our computers and the cluster), three PhD students (working on Twinning in copper, Modelling scattering processes in dye-sensitized solar cells, and microstructural evolution in magnetic thin films), four masters students (working on MD, twinning, modelling of formation of ceramic foams, and mathematical modelling of galvanic corrosion) a junior research fellow (working on dry snow metamorphism) and several interns (working both during the summer/winter vacations and the semester) in the group. The group will soon have its own laboratory space in which all the students will sit together (unlike the current arrangement where they are scattered in several different sitting places). We had a small pizza party in the group a couple of days ago and this is the photo from that occasion.
I recently upgraded my desktop by enhancing the RAM (from 4 to 16GB) and adding a GPU (GeForce GTX580) card. However, I had trouble in using all the RAM; it would show only 4G, and I learnt that I either have to update the kernel or load a 64bit version. I decided to go for the second option and, while at it, decided to load the Precise Pangolin (Ubuntu 12.04).
My initial attempts to load Pangolin failed because I did not turn on the noapic, nolapic and nomodeset options while loading Ubuntu. Once I got that right, rest has been a sail. I really, really like the feel of the Unity desktop even though I am still learning the tricks. On the whole a nice experience so far.
Now, I am able to get a simulation with 4096×4096 size running (which takes only half of the available memory)! This probably is the first time I am running such a large scale simulation; the previous big simulations used to stop at one quarter of this size (at 2048×2048) and I am very, very excited!
Next step is to figure out CUDA and start using the GPU for computations, and needless to say, I am looking forward to it.