Saturday, December 31, 2016

Filler Posts-IV

We’re back here having watched Charlie Brooker’s 2016 Wipe and Cunk on Christmas, and I am glad that 2016 is ending with the ‘holiday’ season. Also, the last episodes of 8 out of 10 Cats does Countdown and QI this year were fun to watch.

What else? Waiting for Sherlock to show up sometime in the next couple of days. That should be good.😉

Coffee & Walnut Cake

On another note, this has been a horrible year all year around. At some point of time in its later half, I remembered my old post ‘Rock-Bottom’ from ages ago (2011). I pondered on what prompted me to write it then and I couldn’t quite remember it. That post seems more relevant now than it could have been in 2011! Even though today is New Year’s Eve, let me indulge in writing more ‘rock-bottom’ one-liners. Hope this indulgence doesn’t dampen your festive spirits:

When you get afraid of trying out new ideas because the old ones didn’t work, you’ve hit rock-bottom!

When you start connecting disconnected events of your life to find some meaning for your life, you’ve hit rock-bottom!

When you start identifying clichés all over your life (like ‘Gone with the Wind…’) and you were sure they wouldn’t ever be there, you’ve hit rock-bottom!

When you see spiders on your jacket and throw it in the trash just because, you’ve hit rock-bottom!

When you start but couldn’t care less to complete the sen…

And two of my favourites from the last time,

When you remember them saying, “The only way you can go after hitting rock-bottom is UP…”, you’ve hit rock-bottom!

When you no longer want to provide an end-of-the-post-link, you’ve hit


Thursday, December 29, 2016

Filler Posts - III

You must have guessed the drill by now. We’re back here after watching Jonathan Creek and what an episode it was! Quite simple yet riveting… But then maybe I just like Alan Davies talking like that.

In other para, I’ll just show you a chart and some numbers about my new SP4… taken with the help of MATLAB.☺

MATLABBench10 Chart

MATLABBench10 Numbers

Quite good speed you’d say but does not feel that high compared to my ‘previous’ SP3 when considering the performance of SuDoKu Solver. The ‘hardest’ Sudoku now takes ~115s compared to ~150s earlier. I was hoping the upgrade from “i5” → “i7” might bring the time down to <90s. Anyway, I plan to study the time differences between SP3 & SP4 for solving the 10 or so ‘hardest’ Sudokus I have and post the analysis here on the blog sometime in the new year.

Polorama Generator & Keystone corrector are definitely faster, but I guess that’s mostly due to increased RAM (4GB → 8GB) and less so due to the increase in CPU speed, which reaches 3.3GHz compared to ‘just’ 2.5GHz on SP3. And ya, will share the updated Mathematica Benchmarks when they’re in (sometime in the new year one hopes). Till then, remember

2 more days to go…

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Filler Posts - II

So we’re back here having watched the Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2016 and was it worth the wait! Oh Yes, it was. Here’s a small intro if you are interested:

TBFQotY 2016!

So what else is going on? Nothing much apparently. Anyway, remember I mentioned Sora in the last post and guess what? A new chapter of Sketchbook is online and I forgot to mention it then… Or, did I?😜

Happy Sora!

Sora looks so happy as am I waiting for more shows to air this week.

4 more days to go…

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Filler Posts - I

As none of you know, we aim to have a multiple of 12 posts every year. And that number seems quite far-fetched to arrive at this year. So as a last ditch effort, we’ll have a post every alternate day starting today on Christmas till the New Year’s eve.

As all of you have guessed by now, that means there won’t be any agenda to any of these posts! That also means my Superpartner won’t be participating in this futile effort as She thinks this is beneath Her. So I will have to fill up this self-imposed criterion on the number of posts while she photographs Cats unlike Sora.😢

Cat resting on a wall

Hence let me tell you what I’m looking forward to in the last month (mostly week, actually) of this year:

  • Mock the Week [14/12]
  • Would I Lie to You? [19/12]
  • 8Oo10C Does Countdown [24/12]
  • The Big Fat Quiz of the Year [26/12]
  • Jonathan Creek [28/12]
  • Charlie Brooker's Year Wipe [29/12]
  • Cunk on Christmas [29/12]
  • 8Oo10C Does Countdown [30/12]
  • Sherlock [1/1]
  • The Big Fat Quiz of Everything [6/1]

These are, of course, Christmas / New Year specials of British comedy (panel) TV shows, except Jonathan Creek & Sherlock, which are detective shows but they do have some comedy so no problem putting then in the list above I guess. In addition, there are weekly shows currently on-air:

  • Only Connect (Mon)
  • 8 out of 10 Cats (Tue)
  • QI (Fri)

And a few that have ended recently:

  • Dave Gorman: Modern Life is Goodish
  • Have I got News for You?
  • No Such Thing as the News
  • Women Talking about Cars

That’s it for today and do follow the link below for

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Sunday, December 11, 2016


That’s what has happened. The inevitable! Yes, the inevitable has happened after all these years. You won’t guess in a half-decade what I am talking about but that is precisely why this post exists.

Sheen Kaaf Nizaam’s Shayari has overtaken Bill Bailey’s Poetry after all these years. I’m referring to this, of course:


I missed the transition by 2 views… so close yet a lost opportunity. I am not hyperlinking those posts so that the balance is not disturbed by people just clicking the first link and not the second or vice-versa.

Enjoy the last month of this dreadful year.

Happy December!

Sunday, December 4, 2016


This post, after a long time, is about the things that we have been up to. So while He is going back & forth on his research, I’m trying to study about Deep learning, Machine learning, Neural Networks, etc. According to Him, research feels like taking two steps forward and immediately taking one step backward. That doesn’t sound too bad given that you are at least taking one step forward in 3x amount of time. The question though is about the magnitude of these steps. How large are these steps backward and how small/big is the step forward and do the steps backward impact the steps forward in terms of planning and action. It’s all very complicated, so let us leave it there for Him and instead talk about me.

I chose Analytics because it was the coolest job when I graduated – not too much of ‘baseball gossips or horserace predictions’ which the strategists do. We were looking at the real data and helping make better decisions. Thanks to a few people who started capturing all kinds of data – social media, digital, GPS, health, shopping and what not – everything has become quite challenging. It has made the field of ‘Analytics’ foray into complex algorithms and sophisticated decision engines. We can no longer get away by saying ‘hotel and flight bookings happen together’ or ‘diapers and beer are bought on Thursdays’. Everyone seems to know these kind of things. So what do we do – predict things that even the person himself doesn’t know.

I’m no computer scientist, I’m a data scientist. I try to build stable&accurate&strong predictive models. I can’t incorporate funny social media & digital data, people’s feelings and emotions into my models. I don’t even know my own feelings – one minute I’m feeling cold, the other minute I’m hungry. And several of the things people write on social media are lies, anyway. If you don’t believe me, look at all the pictures people put on their friendly accounts. Everyone there is sharing happy pictures or travelling or getting married or introducing their newborns. Hardly people say they are stressed or they hate the snow or how they argued with their father for hours this morning. Nobody says these kind of things but it doesn’t mean they not happening. Most importantly, why should we use something just because it’s available. The fact that I go to a high-end mall everyday doesn’t mean I should receive promotional messages of Gucci & Prada. I go there because my office is located next to the mall. I don’t even have the slightest interest in those bags, so why waste your call center’s time, energy and all other kind of resources on me. Now if you still don’t believe me, please watch Modern Life is Goodish  and write a thank you note to me if you happen to like it which you most probably will.

Having said all that, I think I’m a person who is afraid of changes. I don’t despise learning new tools and technology but I wish I could live a little bit like my mother who knew what her home was going to be for the next 20 years unlike me who is not sure of the next second. Adapting to these changes takes quite a bit of my time, makes me write less on the blog and all I can be is apologetic.

We travelled to India last month – Bangalore for most of the time and for a few days to Rajasthan, Agra and Delhi as well. Celebrating Diwali with the Physicist & family for the first time was a pleasant one. As I’m talking about India, I think I should give a first hand experience on the drive towards Demonetization happening in the country. I consider myself lucky to have been there when it was announced. There was more chaos after the news in an already chaotic place. The country currently seems to be divided not by race, religion, gender, colour and class, instead by people who are for and against this concept. 86% of the total currency notes by value (the two highest denomination notes) were rendered worthless in a surprise announcement. The idea is to fight against fake currency notes, money launderers, corruption & scams, and undeclared income. It also serves the purpose of moving towards a cashless economy leaving less room for hidden transactions. We were part of the long queues in front of the banks for deposits / exchanges / withdrawals and holding new currency notes in hand did feel like something good was happening in the country. Though all this has led to a slowdown, less demand, lower interest rates, a passive outlook in the economy, I guess it is all worth if it solves the bigger problem.

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For some foggy pictures, please refer to our album. As my dear friend Mukta said, “Your pictures look more romantic with the fog” to which I said “I don’t know what you are talking about but the Postdoc definitely seems to have a receding hairline and a growing belly; both traits that I’m disliking at the moment.”Winking smile

My curiosity for the royal families [it’s not Great Britain specific] seems to be growing stronger and instead of revising periodic table, I’m watching documentaries and memorizing family trees and figuring out who is remotely connected to whom.

I have bought a Lumia 950 XL although it hasn’t been delivered yet. I ordered it from because the phone is either not available or out of stock or highly priced in Asia and also because international shipping from UK was available. To give a context, Lumia 950 XL’s production has been stopped and I’m trying to procure one of the last few pieces that are still available. Friends have questioned my ‘loyalty’ to Microsoft – basically why I use Bing, Edge, SP4, Lumia, Cortana, etc. I use them because I’m used to them and as mentioned above, I’m afraid of changes. I hope to write again around Christmas but if I’m not able to, then ‘’ on ‘Edge’ will give you company. Happy holidays if you are taking vacations and happier winters if you will see it snow.Snowflake