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 :(

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