Workshop at Bhaskaracharya Pratishthana

I recently attended a workshop at Bhaskaracharya Pratishthana. This post is about my experiences during those days. It was held from 27 Jan ’11 to 31 Jan ’11.

About Workshop

CAS Worshop, FOSSME, Bhaskaracharya Pratishthana, Pune.
(CAS = Computer Algebra system
FOSSME = Free Open Source Software for Maths Education)

It was aimed at maths research students & professors on how mathematicians can use open source tools for their research/teaching.

Tools we used 

SAGE, PARI GP, Maxima, GAP.

We worked on thin-clients. 6 terminals 1 server. 2GB RAM is enough for running these maths tools on linux on 6 terminals simultaneously!

Nov 10, 2010

3 mistakes in my first experiment with Anda Bhurji, and what you should learn from it.

10 Nov 2010, 21.45 This is the exact time I started my first experiment with Anda Bhurji.
It was awesome – truly & totally.

Here are ‘3 mistakes of my life’ as far as this first expt is concerned.

1. As I started off, I learnt that I had no mustard at all. (Lesson – Always ensure that you have proper ingredients especially mustard at the start)

2. I fried garlic, chilly & jira in oil a little longer. The chilly ‘almost’ turned coal black. (Lesson – Don’t fry chilly in oil for a long period. 🙂 )

Sep 6, 2010

Google killer is here!

For all these days, you have been searching for google killer. There’s an end to the quest for google killer now. It’s right in front of us. We use it daily. Facebook!

In 1980s What Apple had been to IBM once, was Microsoft to Apple. What Microsoft was to Apple, Google is to Microsoft now. What Google is to Microsoft now, Facebook is gonna be to Google!

Google’s chief business model – advertising – is a derived one. It’s not strong or fundamental, not ‘give and take’ business. It’s all the traffic game. Anyone generating a real huge traffic on it’s website is a potential threat to Google. Facebook tops them all. Beautifully. Perfectly.

May 26, 2010

Unhealthy emotions – how they are created and how they should be treated!

Often we observe that we are disturbed, frustrated, stressed by our emotions. This is for the deeper analysis of those emotions (eg. Love, hate, anger, anxiety, fear etc.)

Most of the emotions which, eventually, disturb us are caused by our own thoughts. Both unconscious thoughts & conscious. The more you think about something, the more intense emotion will be. As Epictetus says – events are impersonal & indifferent. It’s what we make out of those thoughts, the way we perceive a fact cause a particular feeling inside us. It becomes more intense with more thoughts (irrational thoughts mostly) on it.

May 8, 2010

Futility of the concept of God

You think God created everything & everyone in the universe? And there is an element of God within all? Meaning, God exists in all of us, human + other species. If so, don’t you think you are killing God when you eat non-veg? Or when you kill mosquitoes, flies? When you breathe, you are killing thousands of micro organisms. The seeds you sow for plantation, to grow vegetables, there’s a living force in them too. For better growth, you use chemicals & pesticides on the plants which in turn kills other living organisms. At every point of time, your every action, directly or indirectly, consciously or unconsciously, is killing or justifying the killing of thousands of living organisms (for your own sake). Don’t you think that you are killing God itself?

Life’s purpose; material indulgence

People often like to think – What is the purpose of my life? Why am I born? Who gave me my life? What does the creator want me to do? They delude themselves under the impression that their life has some purpose. They try to find it, but they don’t (If they think they found any, that is yet another illusion)

The secret is – there is no purpose of our lives – neither of the human race, nor any other species.

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