HotOrnot Update: I just can't believe it! I'm 9.8 now! And I swear I'm not voting 10 for myself all the time. In fact HotOrNot (after all it was made by these guys from MIT) gives you negative ratings if you try to inflate your score by voting for yourself. Damn I just can't believe the score. Could it be that all the people are voting high because I'm sitting outside my aunt's expensive big-ass house? Girls love money you know. Well not all, but a lot of them. Hmm... Cuz well, I personally know I am NOT "hotter than 97% of the men" out there. Yes, I'm not ugly, but everyone knows I'm not the top 3%. In other words, if there's 100 random guys in a room and a girl is asked to make 3 choices, there's no way I'll be among the first three.
Ooooooo maybe the picture is nice and clear! Cuz my digicam takes really good pics you know. Maybe people got tired of fuzzy dull pictures and rated my pic high cuz it was crisp & clear. This pic was taken by my cuz Sagar :) Well whatever the reason for the high rating... I'm just glad no matter what! Beat THIS Kathleen! Hehe. Well she was a 9.4 last time we put her pic up. Hehe.
I really feel like I should start working on my new 'blog soon. After all, my idea of a random design everytime you come to my site, is slowly being copied. Although the implementation is not that pretty (check it out yourself), how long before this merges with this and it becomes a competitor to my idea!
OH MY GOD!!! I'm a 9.6 in HotOrNot.com!!! Wow. This is surprising! And very very flattering :) It says "You are hotter than 96% of men on this site!"... Damn those other 4%! Hehe but it's still better than my SAT score (95%ile).
Just got back from Bruce Almighty :) Finally got to see that movie, with my buddy Mason from work. I'm backing up my all of my hard drives right now cuz well, there was a thunderstorm today and my computer went off! I'm really scared of what might happen if my hard drives ever crash. So I'm backing up as much stuff as I can on 9 CDRW's - most prolly all my work + important stuff. I don't really care about my collection of songs, movies, software - as there is nothing I can't find online - except of course, the software + websites + graphics that I made myself. Though even that stuff is gigs and gigs! Wish me luck backing everything up!
I wonder if stuff like this happens @ Sharon's parent's restaurant. Go read it. It's HILARIOUS. By the way, MSG is monosodium glutamate, a flavor enhancer in a variety of foods and become controversial in the past 30 years because of reports of adverse reactions it causes. Oh and who can forget Teen Girl Squad (TGS) MSG'd episode :)
For testing purposes, I put the ChimeCam on my fan and am gonna leave it on all day. You can get a live (real-time) 180 degree tour of my room if you click here. Going to work now. Loooooong day ahead of me - work till 6, classes 6-9.
I don't know whether creating artificial black-holes is such a bright idea after all or not. I'm more bent towards the not side.
Wow! A year ago I was in Bombay... ahhhhhh...
In the new movie Bruce Almighty, Jim Carrey stars as a mortal who receives the powers of God. The character of God tries to reach Carrey's character by repeatedly leaving a phone number on his pager - 776-2323. In real life, a LOT of people who have the same phone number are getting tons of prank calls every hour. Hehe. Oh I still have to see the movie.
The Internet is 99.9 percent crap. Here's the rest.
LOTSA stuff has happened in the last few days. I went to the Big Apple with my cuzins Sneh & Priya to meet Purvi :) We went to see Rent on Broadway. I loved the show. Oh and we say the winners/finalists of American Idol - the two guys - Ruben & Clay. Of course then the girls went shopping, tagging me along. I bought Purvi a nice graduation gift - a cute formal dress from Express :) We rented "Kissing Jessica Stein" and went more shopping next day. Last night I went @ my aunt's house and saw "Catch Me If You Can" again. Oh and we all watched the videos from my cuzin Nikita's wedding. Now I'm back in my bunker, working as usual.
After watching the awesome webcams last night, I just felt like I needed to make something like that for me. And after 10 hours of non-stop coding, I proudly present: Live! from the Chir.ag Bunker :) Webcam! Well it's off right now, but next time you catch me online, ask me to turn it on :) And sorry, this stuff is not for dial-up people. Also there's no sound - only me, jumping and acting crazy at 5-6 frames/second. Nothing THAT great, but well I'm excited about it, cuz I wrote everything myself - from the VB Capture module to the super-fast-uber-tiny HTTP server to the Flash client viewer :) I can go to bed a happy geek now!
LiveWave cam is the MOST amazing thing I've seen online in months. It's nothing new - just live webcams of streets and cities, however the quality is simply astonishing. It's real-time hi-q live video and best of all you can actually CONTROL the camera! I just moved the Boston (Logan Airport) camera and actually tracked the path of a car. This is just real cool. Anyway I stumbled upon the site after trying to search for some software online that'll let me do precisely that - stream live webcam videos from my new bunker :) So far, no success personally. Oh well, I'll keep trying.
Oh and I had some yummy classic nachos (ONCE again) for dinner. Michele's friend Suprithi just randomly called up and drove down from Marlboro to see me :) Isn't that sweet!
Taking a tiny break. Been working all day. Had some good free food @ the student center. Students of 2003 are graduating today. So there was lotsa celebrations around the campus. Anyways, found a neat site about common spelling errors. I especially hate it when ppl spell congratulations as congradulations. In fact I searched Google just to see HOW many idiots there are - 43,100 :)
I refuse to believe that it is May 22nd. Especially because it's so cold outside that I had to wear my winter jacket! It's 54F outside, that's 12C! In May!
Anyways all last night I was working on Uvasun site. It's still under construction, prolly for 2 months more. Rest life going on as usual. I'm pretty much working 16 hours a day this week. But since I have the Internet @ my disposal everywhere, it's not that bad. If I get bored, I take breaks etc. My projects @ my job on campus are coming up well. In addition to the Uvasun site, I gotta finish this site, this site, and this site. And of course I REALLY wanna start working on my new 'blog. Oh well... maybe in June? Or July?
Classes will start next week. Urgh. Lemme enjoy the one week of 16-hr/day vacation before that starts.
Everybody loves taking online quizzes :) And so do I. I got 9/9 in the CEO material quiz!
Up and working! And for a change, I had breakfast today. Well, not exactly a full-fledged 'breakfast', but if you're me (i.e. someone who never eat before 12-1pm), 4 buttered toasts in the morning, right after shower, is a heavily meal :) God I love my bunker. And my microwave and toaster. And my internet and my 4-speaker surround sound system. And my new body-pillow. And eh... I'm soooooo shallow & materialistic! Goooooooo capitalism :)
Movie quote for the day: "Watching John with the machine, it was suddenly so clear. The Terminator would never stop. It would never leave him. It would always be there. And it would never hurt him, never shout at him or get drunk and hit him, or say it couldn't spend time with him because it was too busy. And it would die to protect him. Of all the would-be fathers who came and went over the years, this thing, this machine, was the only one who measured up. In an insane world, it was the sanest choice." - Sarah Connor, Terminator II
Been working all day. Still got a long way to go. During my work, I stumbled upon the problem of rounding numbers. Normally we round .5 to 1.0 but turns out this is not the only way to round numbers. Here's a bunch of rounding solutions - from Banker's Rounding to Asymmetric Arithmetic Rounding. WHO knew just to convert 17.05 to 17.1 could be THIS complex!
At work now. I had the BEST shower ever today. The shower in my bathroom has sooooooo much water-pressure. And since it's like a fine-mist spray, it feels good but doesn't hurt. Since I don't have to pay water bills, guess I can shower as many times as I want :-P
Oh and I just found out this virus is spreading bad. Someone from Rutgers sent it (unknowingly) to me. Just delete any unexpected emails you get from 'firstname.lastname@example.org'. DO NOT open them just to see what is in there.
And in about 12 hours non-stop, "The Moving" has culminated successfully. Moving Damage Assessment: desk scratched & fixed and left-mouse button works but doesn't make 'click' sound. Rest everything in perfect shape :) Moving was a total success. My four-speaker surround sound system is finally in 4 corners and truly surround :) Gotta go to bed soon. Work tomorrow. From tomorrow I gotta start making my clients' websites in full-swing, otherwise they're gonna get mad at me.
I'm at my new place!!!!!! Long 'blog coming up later. Prolly not tonight. Damage assessment - left mouse click-button kinda broken. Urgh. Rest all fine. Desk kinda scratched but successfully fixed :)
"The Moving" has begun. Hopefully my next entry will be from my new place :)
Just got home (aunt's home)! Two pretty cool days. Yesterday (actually Friday) I came here from college and so did my cuzin Purvi from the city. Since Sneh was out to the prom, Purvi and I went to see Matrix Reloaded :) AWESSSSSSSSSOMMMMMEEEEEE MOVIE!!!!!! Go see it. Came home late, chilled with Sneh & her friend Shreena and went to bed.
Next day I bought myself lotsa useless useful junk from Walmart - a new microwave, toaster, body-pillow etc. etc. Spent a hell lot of money on stuff I could live without. But then this is also the stuff that makes life worth living well. Anyways then at 5pm, we all went to see Sagar's dance @ Strand theater - song was "Rangeelo Dholna". Also Sneh coordinated & choreographed a song for little girls - "Woh Ladki Hai Kahan". Both were pretty good. Purvi, Sneh, Shreena, and I left the show early, got home, picked up Sneh's friend Shridhar, and went to Edison Diner.
On the way, I made over 5 wrong turns and even though I always knew where I was (that is I didn't get lost), I kept screwing up the directions. After not driving for over 3-4 months I realize how bad my memory with roads is. I literally forgot routes that I used to go on everyday! Anyways, dinner was pretty good and here I am. Tomorrow, I move to my new place! YAY!
Gotta go to bed early (meaning before 3am) :)
A LOOOOOOOOONG 'blog coming up in a few days - from my new bunker.
My work-buddy Chris just showed me Try2Hack site. It's a very non-invasive test-your-hacking-skills site. I reached level 4 of 9 within 5 mins :) So I guess I'm pretty good. I wanna hack the rest REALLY soon! Let's see if I'm good enuf or not. The best thing is, this is not the illegal hacking. However you need a LOT of skills to get past the 6-7th levels.
I was talking to Michele online, discussing our grades. Turns out I got four A's, one B+, and one B. She got four A's, and two B+. She did slightly better than me. And just at that moment, I found this article on Fark about how girls are overtaking the education system in the country! Of course, one can't compare my grades with her cuz other than Physics, our classes are totally different. So what she got a B+ in, I might've got a C in that and what I got a B in, she could've got a C in that. However it's kinda weird that just at that moment I found that article. Damn coincidences.
Bad news. The Soulmate calculator says: "Your probability coefficient: 1.30103126085657E-05. You have to meet 76,862 American singles who are between 18 and 22 years old who are living in your city or willing to move there." That means if I wanna meet my true soulmate, I'd have to meet over 75,000 people first! Well considering I meet like 50-100 people a year, I have 75-150 years to go! I'm gonna have to settle for less then. Urgh.
I dunno if I talked about it but one of my new favorite sites is Fazed. It's like Fark, except fresher. Fark has turned into a major million-hits-a-day mega site - it's been commercialized. I still love Fark, however it's got quite repetitive. Most of the links on Fark are news now. Fazed fills in the void - cool websites, funny weird stuff (not weird people doing stupid stuff - cuz that's Fark's domain), and the stupidest games ever.
I read this article and now I can't wait to see Matrix Reloaded. Hopefully in a day or two (it's releasing today). Just a warning - it's a highly philosophical article with some really good arguments with the whole knowledge, brain-in-vat, and self-consciousness thing. If you don't like philosophy, it's prolly too boring.
For the 'bloggers out there, here's how to see if there's any other 'blog that matches with you.
Just got back from my lunch with Manzinder :) Mmmmmmm subs. It was fun.
Anyways, oft I go to BlogDex to find sites that a lotta other bloggers are currently talking about. Here's on - What I hate about your Programming Language. Pretty cool article. Me readin' it. Me is a programmer you know. It's a pretty lengthy article though.
There's a total lunar eclipse tomorrow. Interestingly, there's gotta be a lot more lunar eclipses in the next year or so. So if I miss tomorrow, I'll have a chance to view one in November 2003. And after October 2004, the next total lunar -- visible anywhere on Earth -- doesn't occur until March 2007! Here's 10 facts about the lunar eclipse.
I'm sure a lot of you have heard about Jayson Blair, the New York Times reporter who made-up articles (more). Basically he stole stories from other journalists using online tools, wrote articles about people he never met and places he never went to, and published everything in the world-renowned New York Times. But what's not why I'm interested. I'm more interested in the FUNNY stuff that was born out of this story. Like the fake NY Times headlines, his new job and the confessions by the-Line Online reporters.
Oh and if you love satire articles, here's the motherload.
Quote for the day: "We make it up. You read it. If the NY Times can do it, so can we." - the-Line Online
The Office Space Random Quote award for May 14th, 2003 goes to Keval Mehta. Congratulations! The lucky winner will get, umm, nothing... Prolly some peace of mind. Gotta love my cuzin though. Totally unexpected and spontaneous. Anyway here's the chat transcript:
- Keval: i'm tired of studying
Keval: and i'm not gonna do any more
Keval: i prolly wont
Chirag: when did you make this decision?
Keval: just an hour back
Chirag: lol really?
Keval: i am also not gonna pay any bills
Keval: i'm just gonna see some kung fu with my girl
Happy B'day to my cuzin Nikita in Bombay! Hope you're having a blast there. And to my friend Manzinder :) At least I know what you're doing for your b'day. Hehe. And I think both of you were born on the SAME exact day :) Cool huh.
I AM FREEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!! Exam over!!!!!! I am soooooooooooo happy :) Had last celebration dinner w/ Mich @ Burger King. TV and relaxation now. Got work @ 8 am tomorrow though. So can't stay up too late. Physics exam was ok. I'm really hoping I get an A in that class. There is a chance of B+ but right now I don't really care. I'm just glad it's all over.
I posted the above pics on Fark and someone said: "As seen above, there is one fundamental difference with this new $20...it's about 500 times larger than the original." Hahaha!
I am hereby the FIRST person in the world to have put pictures online of the new US $20 currency notes:
In a few minutes, better quality pics will be all over the Internet, and in a few months I'll have the notes in my pockets, but still, it's kinda cool to have been the first to share these with you all :) I'm kinda disappointed though. It was announced previously that the money has a different color. Now when people say DIFFERENT color, you think red, blue, yellow - NOT black & white. Oh well...
If I don't wake up tomorrow, then PLEASE call the cops and report the following person - Arthur Baczyk. He is 6 foot tall, Caucasian with short hair and glasses. I just found out that I got an A IN MY COMPUTER CLASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Arthur is in the same class and awaiting his grades. He's in my room right now studying Linear Algebra for his exam tomorrow. After seeing me jump up and dance like a madman (upon receiving my professor's email regarding the grade) he gave me a very weird *look* - you know, the one full of envy, spite, and jealousy!!! So ya, I gotta be REALLY careful of him tonight.
HAHA! Just kiddin'! He's my bud :) He has another exam tomorrow - Physics, same as me. He's done with the Physics and I'm just starting. I dunno how to continue studying - I mean I'm just sooooooooo damn excited with my A in CS and 99% probability A in Econ. Of course, there's still my potential B in Math and B+ in Trauma & Literature :( And I do have to study for my Physics if I wanna get an A in that class. But anyways... I'm EXTREMELY elated right now :) Now back to studying!
Here's a story that'll bring tears to your eyes. It's about a woman who promised poor first graders a college education in 1987, and 19 of the 23 original students are finally in college, some graduating this year.
I just gave the BEST EXAM EVER! As far as I know, I got all the five questions perfectly correct - Econometrics rulez! I'm taking Advanced Econometrics in Fall '03, though it's not gonna be as easy as this. Anyways, I'm in a REALLY good mood right now. Gotta study for Physics tonight. Hopefully it'll be good too.
Anyways, there's a LOTTA good movies coming out this summer. One of the movies I really wanna see is Finding Nemo. Actually it's a cartoon, but still. I love Pixar products :) God I sound like a 7 year old. Actually Cigir told me the other day that she thought I was younger than her. Like I was 20-21 or something. Hehe. It's funny to me cuz back in India, everyone said I looked 25 or somethin! So looks like I've got younger with time. Hehe.
Got my econometrics exam in 3 hours - REALLY scared. Let's hope it's better than my past two exams. Been studyin all morning. Can't even afford a 5 min break. Listenin to a good song:
I missed last week's StrongBad email cuz of my exams etc. Imagine my surprise when I saw it this morning, just before the third episode of Teen Girl Squad, and found StrongBad's head being replaced by Casio VL-Tone VL-1 - playing the demo music. We have one of those at my home in India!!! And it plays the cheesy blips-kinda music that I used to loooooove. Here's a short clip, here's the real demo. and here's the pic:
Presenting the hilarious History of the Internet. I can't believe I witnessed pretty much every major event after 1995 :)
It's happening. The fall of my grades. I got a B+ in my Trauma & Literature class :( I'd be lucky to get a B in Math and B+ in the CS class. Hopefully Physics and Economics will both be A's. I can't believe that I did so bad this semester despite studying soooooooo hard.
Magister Mundi sum! Courtesy of Cigir, now you all can find out what I just said at the Latin for all occasions web site. And remember, "quidquid latine dictum sit altum viditur." :-) Oh and here's more jokes, mostly psych, education, and science related.
Happy Mother's Day!!! Too bad I gotta study all day for my finals :( On top of that I have an extremely bad headache. Urgh. Econ exam tomorrow. Saddest thing is my aunt, uncle, and cuzins are all going to Bombay Bistro (really good Indian restaurant 5 mins from where I live) and I have to sit here and study :(
Kat just sent me a cool site - Weird NJ. The real coincidence is that at the SAME time I was surfing on Weird Al site. Of course there's no relation between Weird NJ and Weird Al - one is a site about cool weird places in Jersey, and the other is a singer who makes parodies of famous singers. I wanna go to the Devil's Tower now. And the Tomb of the 12 Nuns.
In a world going wrong, at least something went right finally - I got Optimum Online cable internet in my new place! I didn't buy the TV package, since well, it's all too expensive. Each month I'm paying $500 rent, $50 for my cellphone, $50 for internet, $150-200 approx. for food. So there goes $800 a month on just basic survival. Of course I need to pay for my college also. But no worries. Here's why:
- "Hi. This is Chirag. If you are the phone company, I already sent the money. If you are my parents, please send money. If you are my financial-aid institution, you didn't lend me enough money. If you are my friends, you owe me money. If you are a pretty female, don't worry, I have plenty of money."
Anyways, here's my moving status: After my last exam on 13th, I'll slowly start moving my stuff. Hopefully by 18th (next Sunday) I should be all set in my new place. Life is easy and smooth from then on. Gonna go to my cuzins' dance show tonight and also next Saturday. I really can't wait till Econ & Physics exams are over. I'm not getting all A's this semester - mostly A's and B+. Let's hope I don't get a C+ or B in any class, since I know my computer and math exams didn't go as well as I prepared for them. Overall, I'm more than glad this semeste's coming to an end.
After studying consistently for days and weeks, I totally messed up on the computer finals :( Not feeling good at all. Got another exam (Math) in 4 hours. Urghhh... God when will this be over...
Gonna go study in a few mins now. My friend Chris just told me about Cinema 4D, a very hi-q rendering/modelling software. Would you believe that this is a computer-generated-image (CGI)? How about this?
I really love prime numbers. Someday I'll prove something important related to them. I just know it... Anyway this guy came close to solving an important conjecture but sadly not exactly. Hope he fixes his proof. After my exams are over and when I have some time to kill in my new place (only a week till I move), I'll learn everything about prime numbers. Or at least the primality testing methods. I intend to improve upon them. I dunno how, but well somehow.
Quote for the night: "The problem of distinguishing prime numbers from composite numbers and of resolving the latter into their prime factors is known to be one of the most important and useful in arithmetic. It has engaged the industry and wisdom of ancient and modern geometers to such an extent that it would be superfluous to discuss the problem at length Further, the dignity of the science itself seems to require solution of a problem so elegant and so celebrated." - C. F. Gauss (1777-1855), one of the greatest mathematicians that ever lived.
Been studying complex variable math ALL day. This is the kinda stuff I am currently studying - Cauchy's Theorem, Complex Residues, Singularities, Laurent Series, and my favorite - Cauchy's Integral Formula. Yeah, NOW you know why my head keeps spinning. But what's the best thing about this class though? I can now FINALLY understand stuff like Riemann Hypothesis without going crazy. Now that I think about it, it's such a simple function. Damn. Just 3 months ago all of this was alien to me...
Henceforth, this 'blog shall be known as the coolest 'blog in the world :-) Guess why? Well just double-click on any word on this 'blog. Seriously. Just double-click on any word. Try it! So now when you go through my papers, and some weird word comes up, just double-click it. Now you see the benefits (and coolness) of making one's own dictionary.
[Note added: May 6 2004: This feature is now disabled.]
And thus ends the last class of my Junior (3rd) year in college. Just got back from Complex Variables (Math class). Finals start on Friday for me. I have two on Friday, one next Monday, and one the day after. Gotta start studying for it all tomorrow. Tonight I relax, watch a movie or some good TV :)
Despite my 'busy' schedule, I've managed to create the Coolest Dictionary In The World! I'm gonna use it for a lot of stuff in the future. Only time will tell. Of course the coolest thing about my dictionary is that almost every word is clickable, making it very easy to browse. It even as a spell-check (close-match) feature and is quiet fast overall, with a simple color scheme.
Shout out to the new kid on the 21 Jumpstreet - Arthur! Happy 21st B'day buddy!!! Let's party tomorrow!!!
I just finished my paper. I titled it - "The Best Damn Paper Written Under Stress by an Over-worked Under-fed College Student." Well actually its called: The Rage Within Trauma. You don't have to read it, but just check it out anyways - cuz THIS is how I have to spend my Saturdays and Sundays ;-(
I called India today. Talked to everybody for almost an hour! I miss home a lot.
American Eagle has made these flip-flop slippers which evidently bear a picture of the Hindu Lord Ganesh. A lot of people have been outraged by this and have been signing an online petition led by American Hindus Against Defamation to make AE stop the sales of these slippers. I've received a number of emails to sign up too. Thankfully, it seems like AE has realized their folly and have sent an apology to AHAD and hopefully the product will be removed soon enough in a few days. Personally, it's REALLY stupid of AE to market a slipper bearing a picture of a God. I mean isn't there even ONE Indian working for AE who realized the design faux pas before it was manufactured in bulk?
Despite what you thought, I'm not a workaholic or a slacker. After I took this test, I realized that I'm half-way between being a lazy-ass couch-potato and a 24/7 cleanliness junkie and punctuality freak, meaning I'm pretty moderate and well-balanced. I could say that I'm not a slacker, cuz I always do my work and blah blah, but in fact I normally don't do things until the last day. I never do my laundry until I've run out of clean clothes (like today!) and I never do my homeworks till a day or two before they're due. But I'm pretty clean, I do all my paperwork much ahead of time, and I prefer to walk up the escalator than just stand on it.
May is here. I slept too early, woke up too late - had 13 hours of sleep! Very unusual for me. Feeling kinda groggy due to over-sleeping.
Anyways, I found a really good paper that answers the question: What is a Ph.D.? I think it's time I seriously started preparing for my further studies. There's two things I can do - M.S. + PhD or a direct PhD. Either will take 6-8 years from the day I start. It's not an easy path but I feel it'll be worth it. Here's how the PhD program works: