On the last day of semester 4, the Academic Block-5 of MIT, Manipal was inaugurated by our Finance Minister, Pranab Mukherjee.
It’s a different story that the building has been fully functioning for the past year and a half. Surprisingly there wasn’t the usual hullabaloo about this. We got to know something was fishy, looking at all the spic and span spaces outside AB-5.
I have to write. It makes me feel good, it gives me liberation. Sometimes, I strive to present my thoughts in its simplest of forms, as I believe in the very simplicity lies pure meaning. I constantly try to fight the environmental impressions my mind has captured as wet cement. I hope they don’t influence my writing. I hope, I am able to express my soul just as how it expresses itself to me, just as how it makes me alive. I try to banish the tiny constant monster in a corner of my heart which pulls me down, which reminds me of public opinion, ridicule. I try to tell myself that I write for myself and no-one else. I try to suppress all inhibitions, but I also realize the more I suppress these, the more they rise back. It has taken a lot of time for it to dawn upon me that the secret is, to let go, to break free. To not be influenced by anything, to keep my writing as pure an expression of me, is my sole purpose. Hereby, I present to you my simplest article.
I saw this somewhere, the other day: If I were to bring one fictional character to life for a day, which one would it be, what would I do? Tough one. I thought, and thought about it.Since, it is impossible to narrow down to a few, I’ll stick with comics. Me being me, a long and nostalgic trip down memory lane was inevitable. One by one as they flashed by, the days we’ll ever cherish of all the wonderful comics I have read, looked up to, admired and enjoyed. After all, who wouldn’t want those awesome days back, that lazy sunday morning comic marathon, or that get together with friends, laughing your heart out at some cheap comics.
It was a Sophie’s choice. However, since I happened to be an engineer, the one which I enjoy most and will enjoy most are Dilbert comics. And undoubtedly, he would be the one character I would bring alive for a day. For those of you who don’t know, Dilbert is the brainchild of Scott Adams, and this comics revolves around an engineer’s everyday chronicles in his workplace.It brilliantly depicts the problems faced by an engineer in everyday life, about the idio-syncracies of the lay person and how he tackles them.
Here’s one of his many cool comic strips, once you catch on to them, you will become a fan of Scott Adams too!
P.S. The one that almost made it would definitely be Calvin and Hobbes! Bill Watterson is definitely my hero, the panache and wit in the comics, will make you an instant fan. I may just write about him tomoroow, keep watching..
Aaah! The feeling you get after exams, resting back, sinking into the pillow, with occasional sips of pepsi. You can give anything for it, even exams! But monotony has quite started to creep into my after-exam-aweomeness-routine, and I just realised I’ve got to do something about it. Let me just take you through what happens:
Scene 1- the struggle:
after coming out of the last exam
You are hoping against hope that your last exam ends with a flourish, because otherwise you know you have no frigging reason to party, like you worked hard for the exams! Aand, the obvious would happen. It will turn out be epic. Epicly dumb.Always. The class topper will come to you and correctly point out the lamest mistake in your paper, and in not much time you would searching for walls to bang your head on.
Scene 2-the freedom:
You reach the hostel, tired, sleepy (remember you have not slept properly for the past three days). First thing you do (I do) is slump on to the pillow, with the laptop. The life. NOW its time to do ALL the things you have been fantasising about, during the time you were supposed to be studying. Great. But immediately? No. Why does the word procrastination seem so familiar now? By the time you figure ou…*zzzzz*
Scene 3- the suckiness:
*Tom and jerry soundtrack*(yes, my ringtone) wakes you up with a start. “Come fast!!!” It’s your friend calling you for the post-exam pizza party. You think twice, and then you agree- a repercussion of your joblessness.
(Cut to friends room)
The smell of Origano kills you as you enter. But as you take one bite, two , three…you grow out of the taste and the mayo tends to get annoying. Full as you are, you come back to your room ,rue about wasting cash, open the laptop again, and write a sucky blog post. Hail Freedom!
For those who own a camera phones, at least once you would have cribbed about the suckiness of your phone camera, though it has quite reasonable “Mp’s”. Especially when you roam around with a friend who owns an i-Phone, with a camera of the same megapixels, you can’t help but notice the vast difference in the quality of images!
Photo taken from Droid
This made me really curious (apart from making me envious), I wanted get around this damn thing, know what was the problem. That too being a person who claims to love photography, I naively chose my phone camera based on the no of mega pixels it clicks. Today, I learnt, why I shouldn’t have done so.
Cameras are way more complex than a Megapixel rating. The MP rating just tells you how many mega pixels the camera captures in an image. But what it doesn’t tell you is how accurately each pixel is sampled. This is determined by the quality and size of the camera sensors. Ultimately (and unfortunately, for me) this is what determines the quality of an image.
Photo taken from the i-Phone 4
Besides this, you might also want to look for proper focus. This is another major factor, without which you can’t capture clear images eventhough you try hard and focus manually.
For example, consider these two images taken from the Droid 2 and the i-phone 4 (these are not my friend’s and my cameras but for authentic results, these pictures were pimped from Google Images) The two pictures were taken under the same lighting conditions, and to a large extent the same focus:
The result as you can see is the Droid phone not able to capture as much light as the i-Phone, coupled with its inability to focus inaccurately.But anyways remember the saying: “The best camera is the one that’s with you”, but in case you forget, at least remember to check out the Flickr camera page, it might come of some help.
Now and then, it may feel hectic, when your routine suddenly changes from almost nothingness to one which keeps you occupied every second, not to mention skipped meals, and exhaustion, but being a person who finds contentment in the having something purposeful to do, all day long, even if it means losing sleep over a project, getting superglue stuck to your hands/pants, et al (sweet pain?), a group of like minded friends and myself were upto the task of making the mascot for this upcoming string of events, we call techweekend v11.02. The idea of an actual mascot was something which just flashed past, nothing we really thought hard about, but it were these subtle but palpable things, which happened to catch the people’s (and our organiser’s attention). These silly propsals not being enough, we decided to call the mascot, ‘benji’ after Benjamin Franklin whose kite forms the symbol of our organistion- IEEE (this). Before it actually got to us that our ‘benji’ is going to be a reality, we found ourselves collecting pvc pipes/scrap from the workshop. After rows of sleepless nights, brainstorming, and waiting for the shop to open on a sunday morning, this is what we managed to muster:
At the end of the day we really are thankful to our food court’s coffee, the organisers liked it! The feeling of seeing your creation alive and awesome, is truly exhilarating, I should say. But wait, they want us to make another big one! Dear sleep, good night to you.