Don’t judge me by my actions today
for my good manners have deserted me,
while I weep endlessly
Don’t pay attention to how I talk
Don’t ask me to explain my sorrow
Forgive me if I don’t respond to your greetings
Don’t ask me to follow your rules
stand by me while I cry inconsolably
as I know not how else to express my hurt


RIP Steve

Posted: August 30, 2017 in Uncategorized

I’m a bit late, perhaps a little too late to pay tributes to one of the greatest visionaries we have seen in recent times. The news of Steve Jobs’ passing away came as a real shocker to me as I came to know about it after more than two weeks have passed since he left this world. I was in disbelief, and asked a colleague of mine about it. He said I should have been living in a different world to not know about it for so long. He was right, I had indeed been living in a world of my own for a while.

I took a bet with a friend that we, the humans, will be able to make ‘artificial’ eyes; And that we will accomplish it within our lifetime. I was about twelve at that time. Seems like we are inching closer to achieving this feat:

Scientists inkjet-print adult eye cells for the first time | Geekquinox – Yahoo News Canada.

Searching for your shadows

Posted: August 30, 2017 in love, poetry

I went searching for your shadows
in the air that you breathed,
on the roads that you walked,
and on the hills that you strolled.

I went there searching
for the shards of your broken promise
knowing you would have been there.
I went there in search of your shadows
for, your last word to me was a black dot

your scent in the air
told me you were here
those fading footprints on the road were telling the story of your fabled arrival

The Mahabharat tells us the story of a great warrior named Karna, who meets his end in Kurukshetra. There are a lot of reasons that are listed for his fall. But if you look closely there is a single big mistake that Karna made, that was to make friendship with an evil prince Duryodhan. Karna accepted a favor from Duryodhan, and was in his debt forever, and chose the path of ‘Adharma‘, forever straying from the path of righteousness. For this reason, it is said that you should never accept favors (daan) from unrighteous people.

In 1982, Feeney created The Atlantic Philanthropies, and in 1984, secretly transferred his entire 38.75% stake in DFS, then worth about $500 million, to the foundation. Not even his business partners knew that he no longer personally owned any part of DFS.[8]

For years, Atlantic gave away money in secret, requiring recipients to not reveal the sources of their donations. “Beyond Mr. Feeney’s reticence about blowing his own horn, ‘it was also a way to leverage more donations––some other individual might contribute to get the naming rights.’”[3]

Feeney has given substantial personal donations to Sinn Féin, historically associated with the IRA, and has worked to support peace efforts in Ireland.[2] Through Atlantic, he has also donated around $1 billion to education in Ireland, mostly to third-level institutions such as the University of Limerick.[1]

Feeney has been a major donor to his alma mater Cornell University, which has received nearly $1 billion in direct and Atlantic gifts, including a donation of $350 million enabling the creation of Cornell’s New York City Tech Campus.[12]

He has also supported the modernization of public-health structures in Vietnam.[8]

In February 2011, Feeney became a signatory to The Giving Pledge.[13] In his letter to Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, the founders of The Giving Pledge, Feeney writes, “I cannot think of a more personally rewarding and appropriate use of wealth than to give while one is living—to personally devote oneself to meaningful efforts to improve the human condition. More importantly, today’s needs are so great and varied that intelligent philanthropic support and positive interventions can have greater value and impact today than if they are delayed when the needs are greater.”[14]

He gave away his last $7 million in late 2016, to the same recipient of his first charitable donations: Cornell. Over the course of his life, he gave away more than $8 billion.[3]

Very interesting debate about AI in the 1970s. I was impressed by what they could achieve in the 70s with primitive computers. Michie demonstrates a robot that can assemble toy cars. It is amazing they could pull off such vision analysis with those TV cameras.

It seems the Lighthill report caused UK Govt. to withdraw funding of AI research. Did Lighthill make a mistake and kill off AI progress in the UK? Could they have achieved more progress if funding continued?

Source: Param Vir Chakra Shaheed Abdul Hamid, the Tank Buster!!