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July 25, 2006

Center for cell analysis and modelling

Center for cell analysis and modelling – The name is self–explanatory.

Bilnov's page is very interesting in particular. Bilnov's review of 'Rules for Modeling Signal–Transduction Systems' is published in STKE section of Science. Unfortunately I am unable to access the article because university doesn't have subscription to that section.

Bilnov seems to be a dude. They have cell signalling at LANL also.

Molecular mind maps are here . The website is also cool with loads of stuff.

February 21, 2006

Another peom I got as a gift

On a Tree Fallen Across the Road

The tree the tempest with a crash of wood
Throws down in front of us is not bar
Our passage to our journey's end for good,
But just to ask us who we think we are

Insisting always on our own way so.
She likes to halt us in our runner tracks,
And make us get down in a foot of snow
Debating what to do without an ax.

And yet she knows obstruction is in vain:
We will not be put off the final goal
We have it hidden in us to attain,
Not though we have to seize earth by the pole

And, tired of aimless circling in one place,
Steer straight off after something into space.

-Robert Frost

February 17, 2006

Google for Coders

Wired news reports a new search engine for programmers which promises to find and share relevant bits of code for their applications. This can provide a fresh boost to the open-source movement.

The whole report can be accessed here

December 04, 2005

Farmer's drumstick beats drought

I had decided that I will not be writing anything on my blog till the end of this year…...but just came across a link on BBC and couldn't resist putting on my blog.

This link is about drumstick cultivation in drought prone villages of India. Today, when India is booming in virtually all the sectors, agriculture and farmers are still in state of misery. Agriculture in India depends solely on Monsoon and if one looks at the ecomonic progress of country, it is not surprising that maximum benefits have been observed when the rain-god was kind to us…...anyways, what impressed me most was the idea of growning drumsticks. A 32 years old school drop-out farmer thought of this idea and even wrote a book on cultivating drumsticks. He even has a website.
The drumstick cultivation in drought-prone area has not only been successful but he is helping other farmers also to follow the suit.

No wonder, a little thinking, a little awareness and a drive to help others can make a big difference….......most impressive.

November 06, 2005

Apologies for not updating the blog….

OK, I know that the blog has not been updated for quite some time. But I am caught up with so many things in hand (this is hardly an excuse, but this is true). I will start making regular entries again from January,2006.

September 16, 2005

AVoCS 2005

"Fifth International Workshop on Automated Verification of Critical Systems" just concluded at
University of Warwick, (12–13 September 2005). The conference was arranged by members of Formal method and Quantum processing group of Department of computer Science. The details can be found here. Don't forget to check the photographs by our in-house researcher cum photographer Nick :-)

I miss the time…..

When gulli-danda and kanche (marbles) were more popular than cricket… When we always had friends to play aais-paais (I Spy), chhoppan-chhuppai and pitthoo anytime …

When we desperately waited for 'Yeh Jo Hai Jindagi'... When chitrahaar, vikram-baitaal, dada daadi ki kahaniyaan were so fulfilling..

When there was just one TV in every five households

When bisleris were not sold in the trains and we were worrying if papas will get back into the train in time or not when they were getting down at stations to fill up the water bottle… When we were going to bed by 9.00pm sharp except for the 'Yeh Jo Hai Jindagi' day…

When Holis, Diwalis and Eids meant mostly hand-made pakwaans and sweets and moms seeking our help while preparing them When Maths teachers were not worried of our mummys and papas while slapping/beating us…

When we were exchanging comics and stamps and chacha-chaudaris and billus were our heroes…When we were in nanihaals every summer and loved flying kites and plucking and eating unripe mangoes and leechis …

When one movie every Sunday evening on television was more than asked for and 'ek do teen chaar' and 'Rajni' inspired us… When left over pages of the last years' notebooks were used for rough work or even fair work in new class…

When 'chelpark' and 'natraaj' were encouraged against 'reynolds and family'...

When the first rain meant getting drenched and playing in water and mud and making 'kaagaj ki kishtis'... When there were no phones to tell friends that we will be at their homes at six in the evening…

When our parents always had 15 paise blue colored 'antardesis' and 5 paise 'machli' wale stamps at home…

When we remembered tens of jokes and were not finding 'ice-cream and papa' type jokes foolish enough to stop us from laughing…

When we were not seeing patakhes on Diwalis and gulaals on Holis as air and noise polluting or allergic agents…

The list can be endless...On the serious note I would like to summarise with...

When we were using our hearts more than our brains, even for scientifically brainy activities like 'thinking' and deciding'..

When we were crying and laughing more often, more openly and more sincerily…

When we were enjoying our present more than worrying about our future…

When being emotional was not synonymous to being weak…

When sharing worries and happinesses didnt mean getting vulnerable to the listener…

When journeys were also important and not just the destinations…When life was a passenger's sleeper giving enough time and opportunity to enjoy the sceneries from its open and transparent glass windows instead of some superfast's second ac with its curtained, closed and dark windows ..

When blacks and whites were the favourite colors instead of greys…

July 16, 2005

Egg : Veg or non–veg ?

Finally I got my hands on a link which puts the scientific facts about eggs being veg. or non-veg.

Ooooooh !! what a controversy !! Anyways, this is just for other people who are mostly in confused state of mind. I am glad that I can eat anything which swims,flys,walks,runs or crawls :)

July 01, 2005

The worst error ever seen …......

For the first time in my life, I see root getting 'Permission Denied' Error and it's driving me nuts.
The wonderful sight could be found by trying to install Open Office 1.1.4 on Fedora Core 4.

[root@localhost OOo_1.1.4_LinuxIntel_install]# ./setup
glibc version: 2.3.5
/tmp/sv001.tmp/setup.bin: error while loading shared libraries: /tmp/sv001.tmp/libicudata.so.22: cannot restore segment prot after reloc: Permission denied
[root@localhost OOo_1.1.4_LinuxIntel_install]#

I love Linux and open source, but things like this…............................... :(

June 25, 2005

The world is coming to an end !!


There is no water in the university. The world is coming to an end.
People from university residencies are fleeing away. I am one of the
last men standing.

Interpret as –

There is no water in the university. True.
Life is going to be sad as friends leave to their home due to the end of the term. I am still around :(

June 11, 2005


"People are often unreasonable, illogical,
and self-centered;
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, People may accuse you
of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank,
people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone
could destroy overnight;
Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness,
they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today,
people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have,
and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you've got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis,
it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway."

Mother Theresa

June 04, 2005

Why world poverty is a trade issue ?

Follow-up to Murdering the humanity from Ritesh's blog

Benin, once known as the 'White Gold' of Africa becuase of its cotton farms is one of the poorest nations of the world. It ranks 161st out of the 177 poorest countries. 60% of the nation's export depends on cotton. But the same cotton is leaving farmers in debt because of the falling prices. They cann't grow anything else on the barren land. In 2002 alone, the GDP of Benin fell by 1.4 per cent and export earnings by 9 per cent as a direct result of the falling price of cotton.

The Big question is that why this is happening.

Have a look at some of the facts. The US is the world's largest exporter of cotton. American cotton farmers receive $3.9bn a year in Government subsidies -which is more than the entire GDP of Benin and three times the annual amount the US gives in aid to Africa.The American government pays its farmers to produce cotton, spending $14.8bn between 1998 and 2002 on subsidies, compared with the $20bn dollar value of the crop. Cotton is currently 48 cents per pound – 30 cents less than it costs American farmers to grow their crop.

The World Trade Organisation ruled last year that America's cotton subsidy system was illegal as it resulted into massive market distortion and kept the price of cotton artificially low. Around 60,000 farmers have stopped growing cotton in Benin because they cann't compete with the prices.
Oxfam, the agency behind this research believes that, while measures to increase aid and for debt relief are vital, African nations such as Benin cannot escape poverty until the trade issue is finally addressed. If the issue is legalised it would mean a wholesale review of subsidies paid to farmers in the US and in Europe to give Africa the chance to begin to compete. This would be decided only after the next G8 summit.

And cotton is just one of the graphic examples as how such decisions by government destroy the poorest farmers of poorest countries.

Murdering the humanity

George Bush opposes Africa Debt plan.

He says "It doesn't fit our budgetary process."

How the hell would it fit when you are busy killing Iraqis and American soldiers rather than saving Africans.

Grrr !!!! what kind of sick world we are living in ?????

May 28, 2005

Ramayan on Net

Have found some interesting sites about the great Indian Epic 'Ramayan' which I am putting here.

Ramayan Story in short

Astronomical Dating of the Ramayan
(Though I have my curiosities about this)

For detailed analysis, you can refer to this page, this is really very-very elaborate.

Ramayan was also made into cartoon movie by a Japanese Director Yugo-Sako. I had seen the movie on cartoon network sometimes and was a proud owner of the video CD as well. This is an old cartoon (by some 10 years) but a brilliantly made one. I am wondering where I can buy it again.

May 26, 2005

Poem for life

This poem was a birthday gift to me from a very good friend of mine.
What better could I ask for :)


If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream—and not make dreams your master,
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And—which is more—you'll be a Man, my son!

—Rudyard Kipling

May 22, 2005

Revenge of Sith

Finally had a chance to watch star wars – Revenge of Sith, went all the way to Birmingham to watch the movie :) I am happy, all the questions are answered. The force is with me.

May 20, 2005


Gave a presentation on Modelling and simulation in System Biology on 18th May,2005. Plan is to make a web-page and put the PPT slide there.

May 17, 2005

Batman Forever…......

Finally my Batman movie collection is complete. Now i have DVDs of –

  • Batman
  • Batman Returns
  • Batman Forever
  • Batman and Robin

YEAH !!!!

May 16, 2005

Always a fovourite…..........

Tyger Tyger. burning bright,
In the forests of the night;
What immortal hand or eye.
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies.
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand, dare seize the fire?

And what shoulder, & what art,
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat.
What dread hand? & what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain,
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp.
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?

When the stars threw down their spears
And watered heaven with their tears:
Did he smile His work to see?
Did he who made the lamb make thee?

Tyger Tyger burning bright,
In the forests of the night:
What immortal hand or eye,
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

The Tyger
William Blake

May 09, 2005

Pointillist Software

Pointillist is a collection of programs for inferring the set elements affected by a perturbation of a biological system, based on a collection of evidences. It contains four programs: Data Manager, Data Normalizer, Significance Calculator, and Evidence-Weighted Inferer. First two are for data retrieval,manipulation and normalization. The Significance Calculator is a program that can analyze the probability distribution of a set of observations, and compute the statistical signficance of each observation on the basis of the distribution.The Evidence-Weighted Inferer is a classification program that attempts to divide a set of elements into two sets, affected and unaffected. It compares multiple evidences to determine which elements of a network are most likely affected by a perturbation of a system.Overall, just another machine-learning program.