Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Old Posts upto Aug 2005.

The content below is from the old blog on my personal website.

Sunday, July 24, 2005

SAVE FLAMINGOS - Mumbai (Bombay) India

SAVE FLAMINGOS 12-15% of the entire South Asian population of flamingos, which is 20,000 spend about eight months in the Sewri Bay, in the heart of Bombay. The Govt. of Maharashtra (the state in which Bombay is located and is the capital of) is considering building a trans-harbour link between Nhava and Sewree. The bridge will be a boon to the island city and ease traffic congestion, but at the cost of completely annhilating the wintering habit of the migratory flamingos. Bombay has very little green space compared to most cities in the world. Precious little has been done to protect its environment riches. This is yet another example of a government jumping to a hasty decision to serve a few citizens who would benefit from such a trans-harbor link. The bridge can be re-aligned and still serve the purpose and we can also save natural heritage. visit Mumbai Flamingos for more information. Care to sign a petition ? Click here

Monday, July 11, 2005

Reuters AlertNet - Curry ingredient fights skin cancer - U.S. study

Reuters AlertNet - Curry ingredient fights skin cancer - U.S. study Curry is good for you! What is curry? It's a generic name to given to dishes from the Indian cuisine, courtesy the British. So do give a try to some Indian Cuisine, I am sure there are few restaurants in your vicinity that serve up curry. This article talks about "curcumin", a constituent of turmeric powder. Turmeric is used as a colorant in Indian cooking, it imparts an orange color. Curcumin has according to research anti-oxidant properties and a suppresor of cell from the melanona lines[Aggarwal et al,Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2004 Dec;1030:434-41.]. Turmeric also has other healing properties, for instance with hot milk it's a perfect cure for sore throats. As an aside it is used in cosmetics for skin care. Please be cautious when buying turmeric powder sold loosely (mostly in Indian groceries and shops in India), in which traces of other carcinogenic impurities have been found. These have been linked to causes of cancer.

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Entrez PubMed :The role of logistic constraints in termite construction of chambers and tunnels.

Entrez PubMed Yes! This paper is availabe via PubMed. I am building a tool that classifies papers automatically. I was checking to see its perfomance. So I logged on to the website and I see the title "The role of logistic constraints in termite construction of chambers and tunnels." Alarmed at first on whether my tool is performing incorrectly.. I thought whether a paper with a title such as this would appear on PubMed! This paper talks about the how the constructional efficiency of termites is affected by logical constraints. Got to say we have a thing or to learn from those creatures. As, always Mother Nature shows us Who is Da Man! I read the abstract

Monday, April 25, 2005

Structure of DNA published on 25th April 1953

In the year 1953 on * April 25 - Francis Crick and James D. Watson publish their description of the double helix structure of DNA. Watson, J. D. and Crick, F. H. C. (1953). Molecular structure of nucleic acids: a structure for deoxyribose nucleic acid (http://www.nature.com/genomics/human/watson-crick/index.html). Nature 171, 737-738.

Monday, April 18, 2005

Was the Human Genome Project Worth the Effort?

It is a valid question to ask, after millions of dollars, not to mention the effort that went into mapping the Human Genome.
I sure hope so, for the good of mankind.
And for me, else I have to find a new profession.
Read the summary at the link below

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

The Road Not Taken

TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;        5
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,    10          
One more of those sleepless nights,
it started with me feeling tired and ready to crash.
I shut my blinds,set the alarm for 07.35 am, put on some  classical music by Yo-Yo-Ma.
15 minutes of tossing and turning, incessant sneezing and 30 minutes later, I still have no sleep.
I hate lying in bed awake!
I boot up my computer, log into my lab and start coding and reading about support vector machines.
It is just 1.30 am. It's finally quiet on W.Wisconsin Ave. given that it is one of the main throughfares to downtown Milwaukee, it remains quite busy and with the weather warming up. A couple of Harley's can be heard roaring into the night, perhaps on the way back to the suburbs they came from.
I can't seem to sleep at regular hours anymore, I don't need to wake up in the morning and be at a particular place 9 in the morning.
Most of the time is spent the way I want to.
I find I am still, more productive late at nights, something that reminds me of the past days in college.
When one could study peacefully in Bombay only in the nights.
it is 6.15 am as I type this. I am typing as I have finished what I wanted to achieve in these few hours.
My code is chugging away, going out to databases and downloading articles. By morning it should have got down upto 10,000 articles, which I can process to further fine tune my tool.
What is this tool? Its what I am developing as part of my research. No it doesn't make coffee, or fights for world peace. And no it wont do your homeword for you either!
its aimed at researchers to classify text automatically -- What the???
if you really care ..go ahead and read about it http://www.mscs.mu.edu/~vmarur/files/abstract.pdf
So why I am rambling about what I am doing or been upto?
I called an old friend (Joy, Of phillipines fame) just to chat him up!
He asked me why I don't write what I have been upto on my Blog instead of my opinions.
I found myself answering I am not comfortable talking about myself...
why I began to wonder. I am a private person, not the one to be all gregarious despite being Indian by birth.
But I am comfortable with what I am and also what I do.
which is why the title of this post....The Road Not Taken!
one of my favorite poems from High School.
At times I wonder where I would be today, if I stuck with the usual Engg./Doctor/ professions that every "south-indian boy" pursues.
I find myself at an entirely different place today, due to choices I made..and no I wouldn't go back and change any of my choices, atleast not my academic choices!
So ,what I have been upto...researching and researching and oh did I say this already? ...researching

I did take time off last weekend to go see a brilliant concert by the Ghazal Ensemble
A eclectic mix of North Indian Classical and Persian Music.
The trio that made up the ensemble with instruments like the sitar, tabla and the kamancheh (Persian stringed instrument played with a bow or plucked)

Maybe I will go get some breakfast Now..

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.        15
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.        20      

Friday, April 08, 2005

High Fructose Corn Syrup!

There is corn in that? I was making Chole -an Indian dish with chick peas in spicy tomato based gravy. Being in America, and succumbing to the convenience of canned produce,I purchased a can of stewed tomatoes. I like my food to be a bit spicy,considering my Indian palate! So after preparing it and simmering it with all the spices,I couldn't for the life of me figure out why it was tasting sweet. Had I added sugar instead of salt? I traced my steps back to the ingredients added and confirmed that I hadn't messed up. then why pray was it still slightly sweet? could it be that ubiquitous high fructose corn syrup rearing its ugly head again! But in a can of stewed tomatoes with celery,onion and green peppers? Yes! I read the ingredients and there it was in the fine print. Its everywhere....Sodas, juices,prepared meat,flavoured milk. This country's second most used commodity after gasoline must be corn! And what with all the subsidies helping it! Next time I shall stick to fresh produce! An article on CS Monitor ---> When corn is king | csmonitor.com

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Piled Higher and Deeper

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Well, at times I feel like that. But it can be also very rewarding, and thats for the academic types out there. The others can still keep wondering what the heck it is that I do. All I will say is I like what I do, I enjoy it and No I don't spend saturday nights in the Lab! till later..back to munging

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

This Call may me monitored for quality assurances..

Ya rite! How many times have you heard that when you call customer service. Its almost to the point where one safely ignores that message. Consider that you have been warned when you hear the message. I always used to wonder (call me paranoid) whether when they put you on hold, is there someone listening in? Is call monitoring only meant to oversee the agent's perfomance..naaa As this article confirmed my fears. So next time you are put on hold, hold that thought or better still if you have a phone with a mute button please use it.

Sunday, January 23, 2005

A Day in Bombay

kababs and beer for lunch, stroll through Colaba Causway, visit a couple of fancy boutiques! a Bookstore where you have to wait for a table to get some coffee, A Piano Recital by Peter Frankl, followed by a few drinks with live music by a filipinos! all this in Bombay, India? yes,Read on to find out more I currently live in Milwaukee, Wis,USA where I am pursuing a Masters in Bioinformatics. I went home for the winter break. Bombay (I refuse to call it Mumbai) is home, its where I was born- in the last year of the '70s. I stayed there for 23 Years, relocating every few years, thereby traversing the length and breadth of it. I visited home this time after a whole year. Now most cities don't undergo too much change in a year. But then this is Bombay we are talking about,originally a mass of 7 islands clumped together by reclamation to form an island located on the west coast of India. We have about 15 million people now (conservative estimates). A lot of people, lot of cars travelling to close for comfort. and lots of new buildings being built, taller than ever, trying to provide an escape to the residents from the chaos below. Don't get me wrong, I don't think I will ever learn to hate this city. Its responsible for a huge part of me. When I visited it this time, I tried to look at it from an outsider's viewpoint and finally understood why most visitors find it daunting, scary even. It takes a whole lot to get used to. On one of the days I went to south Bombay, to visit an old friend and hang out. We decided to get lunch at Leopold's Cafe, its become a must stop for every foreigner visiting Bombay, as I noticed that we were the few Indians there. Its a great cafe to get some good, cheap food and of course Indian Beer. Located in the very active area of south Bombay known as Colaba Causeway -where one can dine, shop along the street for everything from Indian handicrafts,clothes to cheap "knock offs" of French Perfumes. We had our fill of Kababs, and tandoori Fish. Then decided to hit the shops to see what bargains we could get as he wanted to pick up "ethnic" stuff for his girlfriend back in Manila. After all this we are exhausted and tired as it is about 90F/32 C in December. We decide to walk into some fancy boutiques that are "air-conditioned" on the pretext of buying something for his girlfriend. Its a nice way to cool off and beat the heat, just be nice to the shop owners and engage them in conversation and ask for something you are sure they won't have. We then decide to head to one of the great bookstores -Crossword -now in a new location, at Kemps Corner.But I miss the old location near Mahalaxmi, where it seemed quieter and more personal. Where I knew the cashier and the person at the counter knew about the book you were asking about with just a few words ..maybe I am just being sentimental, 'cos I spent many afternoons there reading Novels, short stories, Calvin and Hobbes, of course the tech magazines and when I could afford it as a young undergraduate buy coffee. This time around we had to wait for a table to get cold coffee on hot afternoon, where it seemed noiser than usual with people being there just to be seen and not for the what the store sells. Its evening, I was invited to join my friend's family to go a a piano recital at the NCPA-National Center for Performing Arts. It was by Peter Frankl, one of the greats of our time. I had never been to one before, always having listened to classical music within the confines of my room. After the first two pieces I really started enjoying the recital, it seemed to take away the stress and tiredness of the day. We then decided to get a bite to eat and refreshments at a bar nearby, and we have live music. Now you got to understand most bars and pubs in Bombay don't have live music,so it was a pleasant surprise to me, more surprising was that the singers were asian. turns out she was from the Phillipines, decided to work in Bombay as it was easier and the money was good. Phillipines being too competetive, So there we are in Bombay, an Indian city listening to her renditon of Santana's Smooth...talk about globalisation. I decide to ride the train back home, about an hour away, its late -about 11.30 in the night. But there is standing space only for about half of the journey..Yes that is Bombay-A City that never sleeps. An Indian City that embraces the west more than it does India itself, A city that is always changing, 4 weeks or more and you wont be able to recognize the pavement outside your house. I wonder what my next visit to the city will be like? yes it is known as Mumbai now.but for me it will remain Bombay. that's what it was called when I was born ..and that's where I grew up.

The Worst Day of the Year!

Brace Yourself! Today -24 Jan 2005- is going to be the worst day of the year. Click On Link Below for more! Top News Article | Reuters.co.uk

Friday, December 24, 2004

weather today morning!

weather.com - Local Lawn & Garden Page
A Winter morning indeed!, I would prefer snow to this craziness! it is -29 Celcius outside!
Soon I will be in back to +30 Celcius weather...time to bring out the shorts,flip-flops ... back to work.till later

Thursday, December 02, 2004

TEST POST via Email

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Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Love is Blind

A hint ...they are french Oddly Enough News Article | Reuters.com

Kashmir :Peace by Piece

Yes, 7 pieces to be precise. The New Formula put forward by President Musharraf, 57 years since Independance and we still have to find a solution. A Place described as "Paradise on Earth" is to put it mildly "beyond despair". Read on this fine article by Vinod Mehta, Editor of Outlook : An Indian Weekly News Magazine. BBC NEWS | South Asia | Letter: Prospects for peace Oh yes and lets not forget India always has the problems of population,literacy and infrastructure to worry about.

Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Thanksgiving in Queens

East River:View from Queens,New York City,NY. Had a very good Thanksgiving Break. What is Thanksgiving? In 1621,a few hundred Pilgrims and Native Americans sat down to celebrate a bountiful harvest.The feast lasted three days,and included fowl,venision,fish,berries,watercress,lobster,dried fruit,clams,and plums.There was no pumpkin pie,however.(text courtesy the gmail team) This tradition is now known as Thanksgiving - a time to gather with family and friends and to thank for all that we have.I had thanksgiving dinner in queens and had more than my share of wonderful food. What Do I have to thank for-Many things among which an opportunity to study in America,support from my Parents and My Brother and his family. An ofcourse I had a good time over the break visiting my brother,Bhabi and my nephew Anant and a cousin in Virginia.

Friday, September 17, 2004

Google Search: edward munch scream

Google Search: edward munch scream been one more long week! ANd I feel like the character in the images you will see. At times you feel lost, anger, bitter.... I know I will bounce back soon though. And why I am so angry ....it takes a System Admin to know that.... Going to try and enjoy this friday night though....till later

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Second Post

9.13 am csT. It feels strange not to be at work at 8 in the morning. All of summer I used to wake up bright and early at 6.30. Go biking or workout depending on the weather in Milwaukee. Now that school has started, I have a rather different schedule. I got a new job "officially" as a System Admin for the Bistro Lab.I quit the 3 on campus jobs I was doing over summer. I worked at the >Law Library- did mundane work of updating Law Journals with the latest releases >Raynor Library-The Main library here at Marquette,where I was a "NAVIGATOR", involves helping patrons with all tech related questions.Great place to work, primarily because of the people who staff it. >Student Loans- Did Processing of documents related to student loans, a bit mundane, but again a great place to work because of cool people who manage it. You will be surprised at the amount of work, that can get done with just 3 permanent workers and couple of student workers. technology..need I say more Now I work at the Bistro Lab- A lab that supports students pursuing Bioinofmatics,Biomathematics,Biostatistics. I am also fully involved in my research.Now that I have all the time for that. ..more later.better get to work on a nice rainy day with the temperature at 18C/65F! whatever happened to summer! Oh I had oatmeal and waffles for breakfast

Tuesday, August 31, 2004

First Post

The "hello world" Post. I find it increasingly difficult to keep in touch with my friends. I don't know what most of them are upto these days. I also find most of them asking me, have you read my blog? To know more about them, I have to visit their blogs. So here goes my attempt to let people know what I have been upto. And I would appreciate feedback and comments.




I am an Informatics Specialist, involved in analysis and visualization of biological and clinical data. Photography is what I do in my spare time. I live in Cambridge, MA.

This blog is the medium to showcase one photo per post from what I shoot. I will try to do post one a day!

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