Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Thread of Life ...

This is a brilliant movie in the public domain. Please watch it in the earnest.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Game 2: 1/2-1/2

Whew. It was a wonderful game. Both the giants (as Levon Aronian called them) played well. But Vishy definitely surprised his opponent (who am I to say he surprised Kramnik, I can't read his mind ;)) by playing 4 ... f3. It was rather atypical that it was Anand who had less time left on the clock -- but hey, it is the World Chess Championship where they play classical time control!

It was very tense during the game as it progressed:

Move 8:

Move 14:

The draw agreed:

Replay the game at:

Scores after Round 02: Anand -- 1, Kramnik --1.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Game 1: 1/2-1/2

Game 1 of the match was drawn with the World Champion having plenty of counter-play after being a pawn down. Vishy played Black and resorted to Exchange Slav.

Here is how it ended.

See ( for the complete game.

Friday, October 10, 2008

World Championship Chess Match ...

Ah folks. Here we are.

Next Tuesday, October 14, 2008 it is. Vishy Anand will be all set to defend his World Championship title against the challenger Vladimir Kramnik. It is expected to be an intense battle for the supremacy rather than a string of predictable draws. Who wins is matter of few days but the chess enthusiasts from around the world are going to enjoy this match being played at the famous Arts and Exhibitions hall at Bonn, Germany.

Here is the official website.

The tension is unbelievable and as a Vishy Anand fan, I feel my chest is bursting. I am sure he is calm and composed just as he said in this interview at -- a must read for any chess enthusiast (or a person who likes any form of art or sport or a thing of beauty).

If you want to see and hear what this man's current thinking is, click on the image/video below (from ibnlive):

Wow! I can't wait.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Thursday, September 25, 2008

The New American Dollar Bill ...

Someone sent me this

imprint of the American Dollar Bill. Looking at the current economic situation and bailouts, it looks painfully funny!

(Disclaimer: I make no claims about this image. I am just using it for the sake of sharing the fun part of it. It is not an attempt to draw more readership to this post.)

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Books on Mathematics (Free)

While browsing the Internet, I found this list to act as a ready reckoner for myself and others who find my blog post (unlikely phenomenon). Thanks to the person who compiled this list.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Giving a real chance to environment friendly life-style ...

Somehow, I have a feeling that unless I switch to a life-style that minimally stresses the environment, I am not making the best use of my lifetime here. But surprisingly, and somewhat unfortunately, the real information, the real exemplary lives that demonstrate how to go about it are hard to find. This is the situation in the Bay Area, California. Frustration grips me.

I am looking for real people and advice that will set me on this path. I know my blog is not necessarily the best way to reach out (who reads my pointless ramblings, anyway :) ), but I have started trying out various avenues in my Quest.

I am sure one of the necessary (but not sufficient) things to do here is keeping your needs in check. I am prepared to do that. But how can I make a difference? Also, I am up for evolution, not revolution and I am (painfully) aware that I need to be patient as we soon will be 9 Billion people and any progress is going to be slow (and slower).

But I am becoming more and more melancholy every time I (have to) use/buy bottled water after a grueling cricket match, plastic merchandise at a social gathering, diapers and so on.

I am hopeful that humankind will prevail. We have taken millions (literally) of years to get here. We can't be wiped out clean because of environmental imbalance. But the future is murky. The life expectancy has improved a lot and that is likely to pose difficult problems.

Let me live the phrase "Charity begins at home". Can you help?

Monday, July 07, 2008

Google's Mail Search and Intelligence ...

Google's attempt to do the GMail search and present the reader with relevant ideas from the Web is commendable, but frankly, the problem is rather too complex to solve well.

I clicked on the "Spam" Folder on GMail UI and a prominent hyperlink on the page showed me:
Spam Hashbrown Bake or Spam Casserole


Monday, June 30, 2008

OnStartups and Life ...

I read Dharmesh Shah's thoughtful posts at I really like how he makes you think and encourages you to start something of your own. It is obvious that he does not necessarily make it sound simple (contrary to popular belief), but he surely makes the case in simple terms.

Maybe it brings the missing element (the courage) out of me, someday!

And why should I think what I do must change the world or how it operates? That's hard, probably and is the forte of the legends. I need to do simple things one at a time, for my own sake, to recognize the importance of failure in life. Ultimately, success is, like someone has said, ability to go from one failure to another, without any loss of enthusiasm.

To conclude, I understand Sydney Harris' quote:

Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is the regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable!

Now only if I realized it!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

GMail and sent mail ...

I don't get it. One of the most important requirements from my e-mail client is the facility to preserve e-mails that I send. I may want to delete a conversation (as GMail calls it), but that does not mean I want to get rid of what I wrote as part of that conversation.

Well, in today's GMail UI, it is not evident how I can satisfy this (basic) requirement as a user. To elaborate the point:

  1. I send an e-mail or get an e-mail from someone.
  2. I start the conversation and after 4 rounds of send-receive, I decide to delete the conversation from my Inbox.
  3. Later, I want to know what I wrote as part of my responses. Naturally, I click on Sent Mail folder and to my dismay, I find no trace of the same.
Now, there could be something missing and there could be responses like "Why delete? We have gigabytes of data storage." or "Undelete it from the Trash" etc.

But that's not the point. The point is, a normal expectation from "Sent Mail" is just redefined by GMail and to my surprise, this is not a bug in GMail? I am sorry if I am missing something, but without a doubt, how I can satisfy the above is not at all evident on GMail UI.


Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The thing is ... is that ...

Let's do a poll. Have have heard of such a strange arrangement of words --

The thing is ... is that ... she does not know.

(Note that this is a pattern and it manifests itself in several other contexts and situations).

I get irritated when I listen to such a statement. It happens in a face-to-face conversation. The speaker probably chooses to do something like this mainly to appear fluent. But I have seen this pattern in the statements made by people whose mother tongue is English.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Two new punctuation marks ...

I have now seen so many pages on the web with the basic :)s and :(s and their good/bad variations that I think at least the English Language should consider having these:
  • :) - implies mischief, happiness, light-hearted mood etc.
  • :( - implies being dejected, sorrow etc.
as standard punctuation marks in print.

What say?


- Kedar

Monday, January 14, 2008

Man and Computer, IBM 1965 ...

This is one of the finest videos I have watched. It's a bit dated, but the principles that emerge out of this are still valid.
"A video (released from the reserves of the Computer History Museum on their YouTube channel) for which everything seems to have been done right" 
That's is how I'd like to describe this video. It tells you what the machine is all about in a succinct manner, but more importantly, it tells you what it is not, in an effective manner!

Its running time is little over 22 minutes. But it is well worth your time. 

Please do watch and share.