An update and two books

August 15, 2014

This is the second time I am using Ubuntu automatic upgrade; yesterday, I went from Ubuntu 12.04 to 14.04. But for some glitches with tex-common and octave (which I believe I have fixed now). Very nice indeed! 

Read Dian Fosey’s Gorillas in the mist. A very sad but truly elevating reading experience. Strongly recommended.

Also read Reif Larsen’s The young and prodigious T. S. Spivet. A nice novel. Enjoyed reading it a lot. Another strong recommendation!

Robin Williams: RIP

August 12, 2014

On the recommendation of a colleague, a couple of years ago, I watched Dead Poets Society and loved it!

A great engineer

July 27, 2014

Who can dismantle and put back a blast furnace!

I remember walking along Jubilee Park when a man in a bowtie greeted us. He was walking a hysterical-looking poodle. I laughed at the sight. My father reprimanded me, “Don’t get carried away by appearances. That man is a great engineer. He can roll up his sleeves and dismantle and put back a blast furnace.” All his examples were anecdotes or parables; one learnt by example.

That is Shiv Visvanathan remembering his metallurgist father. Take a look!

Singing without accompaniments

July 25, 2014

Singing without any accompaniment has a particular charm which we do not get to enjoy often. I heard Dr. Sriram Parasuram on Raagaa: a design principle yesterday and  the demonstration pieces he sang were very nice. The talk was very interesting too!

Few good reads

July 8, 2014

[1] The silkworm by Robert Galbraith

[2] The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

[3] The collected works of A J Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

All three are great. I have finished 1 and 2 and am about to complete 3.  If I have to order the books by my preference, it would be 3, 1, and 2.

Amit Chaudhuri on DD Bharti

June 29, 2014

In Telegraph; DD Bharti is my favourite too!


Andrew Gelman on Seth Roberts

April 30, 2014

An excellent piece.

HowTo: memorize poetry

April 28, 2014

A nice piece!

Seth Roberts: RIP

April 28, 2014

Lots of interesting stuff I read in his blog. Will be missed.

Ten rules for teachers and students

April 21, 2014

A must-see at MR


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