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Pani Puri !! August 20, 2008

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Ah.. a presentation on Pani Puri won some prize for the best slide show at Slide Share

just can’t wait to have one.. will try making it rather.. !

via How to Change the World (thro Rahul Roy Chowdhury)

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Technology Shift August 20, 2008

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A nice slide show on technological shifts. Face those facts. But all those predictions seem nonsense to me. See it for the first few slides and once the predictions start.. forget it.

Some interesting olympics videos August 18, 2008

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Some truly interesting videos from the olympics of yesteryears !!

Kerri Strug wins a gold for the US team women gymnastics in a do or die situation..limping to the spring board… (let me not spoil the moment by describing it in mere words)

1996 Altanta Olympics – Kerri Strug’s Gold Medal Vault

Eric Moussambani of Equatorial Guinea swims alone in the first of the 100m free style heats at the 2000 Sydney olympics.. hats off to him and for those who sponsored him to come up to this big stage to participate and booooooo to the laughing crowd and the taunting commentators …

The Dream: Roy and HG on Eric ‘The Eel’ Moussambani

Do you know of other interesting videos ? Please include them in the comment.

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Finding paths through the World’s photos August 18, 2008

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Interesting stuff.. !! They take photos of a location from Flickr and create a 3D rendering out of that to create paths that take you from one photo to another !! Impressive stuff.. !

Interesting to know that a person of my own batch from IITD is involved..

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Statcounter gives stats using Google Maps !! August 21, 2006

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This seems to be pretty cool !!

statcounter_google

Now I already knew that so many junta were watching my website..but now..it feels nice to see it on a map.. that too a Google map !!

Bibtex December 9, 2005

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This seems to be a very good database for maintaining a record of the papers that one has read. I can introduce addtitional fields without disturbing the way in which the references will be displayed in Latex. I am only about 40-45 papers old, and I am already feeling a need for such a thing. I just don't understand how my profs work without this. Mama (my prof) said he used to attach notes to the papers using Gem-clips. But in this era, where one cannot afford to print all papers, this is surely necessary.

I have written a small one liner in awk to convert the citations from given format of comma separated values to the bibtex format. (Has a lot of problems for instance the code wont work when multiple authors are separated by commas)

awk 'BEGIN {FS="," ; RS="\n" ; x = 1} ; {print "@article{"x","} { print "title = {"$1"}," } {print "author = {"$2 " },"} {print "journal = {"$3" },"} {print "volume = {"$4" },"} {print "number = {"$5 "}," } {print "year = {"$6 " },"} {print "pages = {"$7 "}," } {print "}"} {x = x + 1} ' file.txt >> output_file.bib

All I can say is this works. It may look very untidy at the moment. You can change the Field splitter, Record splitter. You can change the order in which the entries appear. And ya most important of all, you can change the order in which the entries are read from the file. This is the most uselful part since all the citations from a particular source look the same. All you need to do is get the citations from that particular source as a text file and then allow awk to work on it after suitable modifications of the above code. The keys are numbered numerically from 1 to the last entry. You can (rather should) rename it later.

There are softwares like Pybliographer, Kbibtex, Jabref (Java based for Windows users) which can be used to update the database, write notes on selected papers for future reference, link them to the pdf's that you have for immediate reference, and most important of all export your references in formats like pdf, html, xml and so on

How to establish a scientific theory September 1, 2005

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I found this interesting blog on the above topic.

http://chutneyspears.blogspot.com/2005/08/how-to-establish-scientific-theory.html

An interesting read.