Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Frequency Lists

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Does any of this make sense to you? NO? ok.. Check this next paragraph.

about all and are as at a back because been be but can't can come could didn't did don't do for from get going good got go had have he's here her hey he him his how I'll I'm if in is it's it I just know like look mean me my not now no of oh okay ok  one on or out really right say see she something some so tell that's that then there they the think this time to up want was well were we what when who why will with would yeah yes you're your you
Hmm.. This paragraph has some sort of order to it. What order? Alphabetical order.
Worry not. Explanation of these two paragraphs is very simple. The first paragraph is a list of words most frequently used in English based on the texts from Project Gutenberg. This list and more words can be found on this page.
The Second paragraph is based on most often used words from TV scripts. The first paragraph is in descending order.

Monday, January 28, 2008

My Shared Stuff Link

This is a public page of my shared stuff from Google service called Shared Stuff.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

My Superhero Inclinations

Ever wondered? What Superhero you will be when you can be a Superhero?

I did.. and googled for it.

Here are My results:
I am Superman

You are mild-mannered, good,
strong and you love to help others.

Other Superheroes I could have been:

Click here to take the Superhero Personality Quiz

Monday, January 21, 2008

Email blogging is cool!!

My Friends think it is an awesome feature to have.

Do you have a blog that is email publishable?

Easy to setup. Just take care that you don't divulge the email id to your friends or enemies.

Your blog will become a place for forwards and spam!!


Monday, January 14, 2008

The Kite

Walking along the road, on a sunlit winter morning, I was enjoying myself on a well-deserved festival holiday. It was the eve of makar sankranti. The festival signaling the beginning of the harvest season.

The streets were lined with well decorated "muggulu" or decorative patterns. The colors ever vibrant under the sharp winter sunlight.

A cheerful atmosphere was all around. As if Music was piping from every house.

Kids, young, very young and not so young, stood atop roofs flying kites. Kites of vivid color with the blue sky as their background. A few shiny kites, made from plastic, shone a frequent sparkle, lighting up the sky, like stars in the day.

A ruckous ensued when a competing kite got cut. The winning party hollering loudly signaling the defeat of the other. I knew it was time to look skywards to spot the defeated kite.

There it was, a kite made of splendid colors, blue and yellow, with a cute red tail made like clothes line. Swaying in the air as if held by an invisible swing. Slowly, it descended towards the ground.

The victorious holler was also a signal for the various kids to scamper across the buildings, roads and fences to "loot" the falling kite. These kids, many of them unable to afford buying the kites, derive joy from looting defeated kites and then flying them using the string they can afford.

I knew that these kids live dangerously, making sudden moves on the roads, scaring drivers out of their wits, leading to accidents uncalled for. All for a kite worth two rupees.

One kid whizzed past me after the falling kite. Caution thrown to the air. No respect for traffic rules. Eyes on the kite. Running with his head held high in the air. I sensed some trouble from the way the kid ran helter skelter. Trying to get to the kite before anyone else could.

The Red Maruti car driver must have been caught unawares, on a holiday, taking his family to meet relatives. He did everything to avoid the kid. Twisted the steering with all his force away from the kid.

The dull thud of collision signaled bodily contact. The body got crushed between the railing of the shop and the car. The old man sitting by the side of the road, enjoying the festivities, never would have expected. The driver had succeeded to avoid the kid and rammed into the shop railing.

The kid was agile. He missed the car, but not the kite. He ran away from the scene with the kite.

Every year hence, I shudder to walk on the road when these kids are whizzing around on the streets in their shorts.

(This is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to persons living or dead is purely coincidental)

Friday, January 11, 2008

The Coin

The light bounced off the edge of the shiny metal coin. It could have been anybody holding it. A rich man donating alms to a blind man. A small boy taking it out for a cool drink from the vending machine. A beggar holding it between two fingers looking at it with dry eyes.

No matter who held the coin, it could deliver the bearer a joy of 2 rupees, a fortune of 2 rupees or a misery of 2 rupees.

The coin is being twirled. The twirling stops. The coin stands on its edge. The light coming off the coin's edge is smothered by a finger landing and resting on it. The stationary fingers signal a thought that has crossed the bearers mind

The fingers move swiftly with a precision of having done this earlier. Everything except the index finger holding the coin upright is cleared off the way.

Two fingers on the other hand form a circle, the thumb holding the middle finger with a tension comparable only to an arrow held by the bow string. The strain on the fingers makes the bearer's hand tremble for a while.
In a pulse of a moment, the thumb lets go. The nail contacts one side of the coin, at this immediate moment, the index finger lets go of the coin. There is amazing co-ordination at work.

There is a dull clink noise that comes from the coin, leaving a momentary red patch on the bearer's nail. The coin starts spinning on the wooden table. Creating some noise, that sounds like a violent scream.

One cannot count the spins the coin goes into and comes out of. During its journey, the coin becomes silent as if concentrating on its single minded purpose of spinning. It runs around in circles. Slowly coming to rest at a place still spinning.

Slowly but surely the coin loses its momentum as if it is tiring from the innumerable spins. It begins making a noise. It sounds like a Helicopter passing by. Then it becomes a clatter, as if many coins have fallen onto the floor.

And then, it breathes its last breath. The coin comes to rest. Showing the bearer the side that says "Two rupees" and "Do Rupaiye".

The Coin still remains worth 2 rupees.

Some Nice Acronymns from USA

Health Agency Network Data System (HANDS)
Successful Partners in Reaching Innovative Technology (SPIRIT)
How do they go about making these?
Anybody know?

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Irritations 2

Your most awaited movie not releasing in your city.
Your alarm not ringing for that important appointment with your girlfriend.
Getting stuck in a SuDoKu because of one number you did not notice.
Finishing a book in a hurry because your friend asked it back.
Having a disliked curry when you are really really hungry.
The stupid pans, zooms, shudders and what not in Saas-Bahu serials.
not to forget the entire dance sequences enacted just to fill time in such serials.
also not to forget the ultra-crappy jerky slow-motion shots, again to save money/reel and to fill time.
Thinking your latest Ubuntu version is downloading in your p2p client but realizing, after you wake up, that you had paused it for faster browsing and forgot to turn it on.
Having selected a template in blogger and realizing you have to post all blogs in white color. (happened to me)
Having a double digit amount in your bank account, making it impossible for you to withdraw money from an ATM. (ATMs allow INR 100 minimum)
The list can go on....

Friday, January 04, 2008

Good Discussions

It is very seldom that we get to see both sides of coin presented in a sensible way. I found one such sensible discussion on Slasdot.org, a forum. This is in relation to Online scams/spams.

Fact is, most people in the US just aren't educated enough to recognize a scam. Look at the earning income and imagine their lives and how desperate one can get. Why do you think those damn AMWAY scams work so well. Promises of a better income for less than well off people.

Notice how I'm not saying stupid people. Just not educated for whatever reason. Most of the people that read slashdot are VERY tech knowledgeable. We grew up with this. Most of the people who get conned, didn't.

Whether they were too poor to afford a home computer and internet access, or were ahead of the technical wave... it doesn't matter. Remember, the internet hasn't been around that long in comparison to everything else. In the past 30 years, we've advanced more than we have in 300 years. Some people simply cannot keep up or get confused and don't try.

It's always easier to be ignorant than try to learn. Look at the statistics in the link I gave you. 27% of the people in the US over the age of 25 have a college degree (This is Bachelors, PHD, Masters, Associates... etc). I bet about 90% of slashdot readers has a college degree of some kind.

So it's suddenly surprising to you that with all this technology and most of the people not growing up with the technology, we have a lot of VERY uneducated people that are easily scammed?

I'm not excusing their behavior, and the fact that they fell for something that was too good to be true, means they fell into two categories

1) Greedy
2) Desperate

Otherwise, you typically don't fall for things like that. Just remember that you are in the top echelon of educated people in the US. What's easy for you to understand and grasp isn't for them. But that doesn't make it okay for trash like this to exploit them. In fact it means that they are the worst kind of trash and low life who KNOWINGLY did it again and again and again.

I have no remorse for any punishment they get. I personally hope they go to prison and meet one of the people whos' lives they ruined financial... who then turned to crime to survive because they didn't know better.



I can only conclude you're a bit on the young side if you believe the cure for being suckered is to become highly educated. Live a few more decades and you'll realize highbrows with PhDs are at least as easy to con as the plain folks who fix your car and take your trash away. Probably easier, actually, since the former's intellectual arrogance will blind them to the possibility that they might be fooled.

Of course, the scams intellectuals fall for -- dot-com stock, "flipping" hot Bay Area real estate with subprime mortgage money, socialism, etc. -- tend to be more complex and dazzling then the ol' ATM switcheroo or Nigerian bank fraud. And, since well-spoken intellectuals control the narrative, we tend to laugh at the fools taken in by penis pills while we "smart" people smugly shop for micronutrients, dehydrated horse piss and extracts of Chinese weeds at the organic food store to ward off cancer. Ha ha indeed.

A susceptibility to being conned is part of your character, not a function of your intelligence or education. It's a question of whether you tend to think you know more than you really do, and are willing to make assumptions not backed up by data.