Thursday, July 20, 2006

Michael Crichton's Congo

I recently read Congo - this is that classic which has been adapted into a movie - about Gorilla having the capacity to communicate, intelligently.

Like in most productions, it is very differant from the original text - there is no mushy story ...

I am fond of Michael C.'s work -- I loved Jurassic Park and the Lost World. This book is no differant .. I read it in a day ... short fast good read ..

The real cool part was to understand that how difficult vocalization actually is .. and how easy do we take it to be.


Thursday, July 13, 2006

blast indeed

My friends are really angry over the executors of the explosions on 7/11


Impotent Rapists

A long time ago, I read it somewhere: "Terrorists are not born, they are created".

How can a human have it lives of millions on his/her concience; unless ofcourse, they are convinced that it is evil. Who amongst us has not killed a bug; or a swatted a fly, because we know that they are bad.

It could be revenge, but that also does not cause a mass killing.

This is not as simple. The executors are blind people; may be even very sick blind people. But they are not as vile as the people who lead them to do such atrocious acts.

If we put ourselves to their situation, we may be even worst; What did Zidane do, in front of the whole world, when he was verbally assaulted.

What happened was very sad. but the problem does not end; by catching a few executors. What we need is to find the real "terrorists". People who may have never lifted a gun, but have killed millions.

We cannot kill these "terrorists" either, as there is a queue in waiting. Someone would replace the one, if they are killed. We need reform. That can only happen, by passive resistance. By love and care. If they are convinced, that killing doesnot help, then and only then would it change.

The change has to come from within. I am not too sure, I am ready for it. But I do think that it is high time now.

may be it is very easy to give gyan; and very difficult to act on it.


Monday, July 03, 2006

Some fun work

I have a long list of todo's: one of them was listed here

Well the idea was pretty simple, just to hook up the RF controller of one the ubiquous RF controlled toys to the parallel port; and use software to run the same.

I did the same - had a latch ( an optocoupler to isolate the parallel port) and passed the same to an AND gate. This was it - the and gate drives the "switches" of the r/f controller; which "drives" the car.

The OS is Linux ofcourse - I used simple outb on 0x378 (o/p port of the parallel port) .. it requires the sudo mode - so what - this is not a POC for some manager - it is fun; in its native RAW form. Will copy the photos soon.

Happy over small things.