06 Jun 2016
This is strange. I like programming I guess I have always liked it since my first exposure. I have been that akward teenager in school the nerdy types they show in the movies. The ones who are weird to talk to. Despite all that at school I had always been confident about myself. The motto
was is simple I never cared about what the others said or atleast I have been sucessful in making myself belive so. Somehow, somewhere JEE Prep, college. the internet has beaten that out of me. Now my happiness stems from what others think and this saddens me deeply. I remember when I had learnt to use one of those skiddish virus creators for the first time it felt great. I have been fortunate enough to have that magical feeling several times. The feeling where you realize that a lot more is possible. When I first made my first power point animation. When I used infinite loops in a batch file script to make tons of folders. I still get awed by tons of cool things I come across daily but I hardly get THAT feeling. Reading AI and Math makes me feel good but not the same. Is that because I realize that there is a lot to learn, so much that I may never do it? Or is that because I have always been living in a bubble and now I am scared of those who are better than me. I guess it is the latter. Learning in isolation has been my power because when you do that you never know where you are. Now that can be limiting but probably not for me because I learn due to my fascination with things. When I learn when others are watching I just can’t. I like presenting my work and I enjoy when people appreciate me but I just want to show the finished product and not the process. I want people to stay away during the process. I don’t know how to fix myself. I just want to go back to stop caring about everyone else.
03 Jun 2016
23 May 2016
Finally, the coding period of GSoC 16 has begun. I don’t know if my Welcome Package has been delivered. So that is the first thing I am going to ask folks back home when I call them tomorrow. I am really excited about the stuff I will be working on this summer. It could not have been better, I am actually getting paid to do something which I would have taken up otherwise too (more on the cool stuff I am buying later). My project this year is related to Artificial Intelligence. I will be working on Python Implementations of algorithms for the new edition of the book Artificial Intelligence : A Modern Approach. I am already learning a lot as I am reading the book and the code. The project has an awesome set of mentors/contributors who are way-way-way more experienced and knowledgeable than me. I guess working alongside them will be a good boost to my code quality. I also hope that by the end of the summer I will develop a solid understanding of many of the topics in the book along with some useful code :P.
13 May 2016
Well almost!. I need to survive another Compree on 16th. Looking back this one has been a really mixed bag and I am glad that it is getting over. The temperatures here are unbearable and I really want to go home and rest now before serious GSoC work gets started. Unfortunately, this will not be possible thanks to the Code. Fun. Do. design deadline on 20th.
06 Jan 2016
Jekyll is a simple template generator that allows you to host blogs on github pages. Sometimes it may be required to host multiple blogs using a single github profile. This need may arise in the case when you might want to separate your personal blog with a tech blog. In my case I wanted the posts related to my Machine Learning Notes to appear separately and in a slightly different format.