Robot and frank

-Thu Jun 26 2014

an unspoken challenge

Frank is an an ex-con who is slowly loosing the grasp over the reality. He is forgetful, unable to take care of himself and proud. He lives an uneventful life in his house. Frank's son is unwilling to commit him to elderly care. But he knows that he is headed towards a miserable existence if he does not find a way to engage him. Frank needs a friend. And his son will buy him one.

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On cultivating and sustaining a reading habit

-Sun May 25 2014

Reading is an endangered habit. For many people spending time with a book is probably the most dreadful, boring exercise in the world. If you are one of those people who have stumbled upon this article I know what you are probably thinking yeah nice way to help me "cultivate a reading habit" by making me read this blog post! I assure you that your cynicism is not lost on me. There is already a lot written elsewhere on the internet that lists all the ways one can develop a reading habit. What I intend to do however is explore the question "why don't some people like to read?" Maybe it will help you understand why you are averse to reading and you can take effective steps to combat that feeling.Oh and there is a "tldr;" section at the end of this article ;)

Generally speaking most reading material can be classified into fictional and non fictional work. Reading non fictional books is considered an important exercise that helps in the growth of an individual. Consequently most people living in a modern society read through a significant number of non fictional books before they turn 20. Now most of these texts are usually a part of curriculum of whatever course a person chooses during his/her education. After the education completes the individual depending upon profession he is in may or may not have to read non-fictional books. For instance a lawyer or a professor, due to the nature of his profession, will have to read more than a musician. But it's safe to assume that in a modern society every one who has access to education reads (whether willing or unwillingly) lots of non fictional books.

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Secret Agent Clank

-Tue Apr 29 2014

let's get dangerous

Secret Agent Clank was the second game developed by High Impact games for the P.S.P, their first being successful Ratchet and clank Size Matters. As the title probably suggests this game stars Clank as a secret agent. Much like Jak in Daxter, Ratchet is locked up in prison and Clank has to find a way to save him while carrying out his other “duties”, he is a secret agent after all! The game had a nice concept and developers at High Impact Games put some neat ideas into the product, but ultimately the game fell short of public expectations and was chastised by both the critics and the fans. The major criticism being that this game was way too different from the previous installments in the series and took too many liberties in the design and game play to be considered canon. They were probably right too, I am no expert on Ratchet and Clank games and have played only one game in the series Size Matters (loved it to death though) which is probably why I enjoyed the game as much as I did. I shall enumerate below the things that I loved about the game and hopefully someone who has not played it would give it a shot . Here goes-:

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Guacamelee Review

-Tue Apr 15 2014

juan our hero

Juan Aguacate is a young agave farmer living in a beautiful village in Mexico. During his childhood he aspired to become a luchador just like his hero, who is loved by the entire village and who has a statue dedicated to him in the town square. He grew up hearing legends of this great fighter, stories that inspired him to become a respected warrior but he was unable to realize his dream. He ends up being a common man living in a common house on the edge of the village.

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The man from earth

-Fri Apr 04 2014

man from earth

At his goodbye party professor John Oldman surprises his friends by announcing that he is 14000 years old. No one believes him of course but they play along, under the pretense of science fiction, and have a debate "to kill the afternoon" . Could a man really be 14000 years old? What would he look like? Will he speak the same language as others? The man from earth starts with these intriguing questions. Enough to get the viewer deeply interested in the story. After all aging is a common ailment and everybody wants to live forever.

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Minimal nginx configuration for front end development

-Fri Mar 21 2014

nginx.conf

Recently I worked with my friend who is a web designer and I noticed that he served static html files directly from the file system. He did not make use of any web server. I understand the need for keeping things simple and I absolutely love minimal development setups. But I think that not having a static file server during the developmental phase can cause many problems :

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Clue review

-Fri Mar 07 2014

Communism was just a red herring

Six guests are invited to a forlorn mansion, so frightening that it stops moving cars in it's tracks, for a dinner party by Mr. Boddy. The six guests do not know each other. Nor do they know Mr Boddy directly. The only connection between them is that they are all being blackmailed by him. In a classic Agatha Christie like setup they are all gathered together in the mansion to reach an agreement. What happens when you have six desperate people and their blackmailer under the same roof ? Death. But how?

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Hauz Khas village

-Thu Feb 13 2014

the tomb

I have a close friend who is fond of travelling. Every time we meet our conversation turns to making plans of prospective journeys to interesting places. We love making plans so much that sometimes it seems it is all that we do. We can never have too many plans at once. Why it was just the other day that we planned a week long vacation to Andaman islands. And in the week before we decided that we wanted to go to that famous hill station in West Bengal, Darjeeling. It is not easy to come up with a location that suits both of us so it is hard work figuring out new places to go. We feel satisfied after making these plans. It feels like a job well done.

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ASUS X201E six months later

-Tue Feb 04 2014

I have been using asus x201e for six months now. It made a very positive impression on me when I reviewed it last year. It was one of my most read posts so I decided to write more about my experience with the system.

One of the things that I really like about this unit is that it is so light. It is almost as light as a macbook air. Now most light laptops are heavy on the wallet. Not this one though. It costs about RS 20000 ($300 based on the current exchange rate) which makes it a very attractive proposition. During these past months I have frequented many electronic shops and I could not find a single laptop as light as this. Except for macbook air all other higher priced units were considerably heavier. While most people I know don't make too much of an issue of the weight but for me it is essential that a laptop be as light as possible. As far as price to weight ratio is concerned asus x201e is unbeatable.

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Thoughts on indexed db

-Fri Jan 24 2014

Topics discussed in this article

  1. Limitations of local storage.
  2. Object stores in indexed db
  3. Indices in indexed db
  4. Cursors.
  5. Shortcomings of indexed db.
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