It has been yet another blog-bunk and I do not feel proud of this dubious record. I vividly remember someone giving me pat on the back for my time management skills and here I am so ‘justifying’ him. 🙂
Enough of self criticism (I can take only this much I must say…) The last two weeks have been a whirlwind and I am ready for more of it. These are the days when you encounter some engineering problem and jump headlong to just conquer it and learn something that you didn’t earlier.
Two weeks back I ordered some books on Mathematics and fundamental Physics, this was one hell of a nostalgic exercise and I am currently reading them with an eye on subject GRE. The news items for the week were Kim Clijsters winning her comeback into the open arena, England’s continued meek show as if only KP and Freddie know how to bail them out, Sonia Gandhi’e austerity campaign, India’s triumph at the Compaq cup (was it a cup anyway? literally and figuratively, congrats team India though,) British government’s public apology over Alan Turing’s treatment by the then government, and now Google getting into printing business.
The most important news byte of these all was that of the Britain’s posthumous apology to Turing. He for me is one of the rare personalities who deserve every bit of accolade that may come their way (or an infinite tape with multiple read-write heads i.e.) Stranger (and I didn’t know it till now) was to know that he was totally ignored because of his admission to the fact that he had(?) sex with a man. Instead of being labeled a national hero (I’d confer it just because of his papers on the theory of CS, leave aside his exploits with the Enigma code thing) he was sentenced to choose between imprisonment and chemical castration. Now that’s startling, ACM Turing award is the Nobel of Computer Science for some years now, we are way out of the 1940’s etc. which Prime Minister Brown mentions on his official website here; still it took decades for a British government to come to repent their pathetic action of the day.
I don’t give a damn if he had sex with a man or a Baboon, I think it’s pretty much clear now who is and was inhumane here. Alan Turing was, is and will remain an inspiration in the area of theory of CS and Mathematics.
Kim, the beautiful and gentle giant killer has lived true to my prayers, I so wished she be the one with the medal of honour at the Flushing Meadows beating the crap out of one out of the two Williams sisters (she did both of them in.) What was even more amusing was that Serena came real close to showing the animal within in the middle. Kim has shown the world that these are the days of comeback men and women. Bravo, and congratulations to Del Potro as well, I just think when will come a day when an Indian would rise from obscurity to decimate a star in their prime. Wishful thinking eh!
Sonia Gandhi and her coterie of Congress party bigwigs are competing with each other furiously to show the world that they do care for state exchequer. However, it’ll be a bigger service if they decide to be regularly present in the Parliament to participate in the discussions that concern the nation in a civilized maner.
Agreed that these economy class/Railway travels by big wannabe leaders are more to be seen as a token to encourage other smaller wannabes to follow suite and give out a positive signal, but the way these tokenisms are replacing real issues facing the nation – and actions that should ideally follow – in all spheres of life is worrying.
England, well the less said about them the better, they have suddenly found their real talent of snatching defeat from the jaws of triumph. On the hindsight, I think Freddie’s retirement from the test cricket gave them the ashes, wonder how many more players need to retire from the other versions of the game to keep giving them the hope for tomorrow. Long live the game though.
Google has decided that it’ll get into publishing out-of-print books in partnership with On Demand Books, a profit sharing model which will give them a Dollar for each copy printed. Interesting to see would be the reaction of old rival Amazon though, lip smacking episode this. Somewhere else on the www, Matt Cutts gives Yahoo! search engineers another carrot through his official Google blog by hinting that they may be more than welcome there. This is another interesting ‘engineering’ problem for Yahoo! guys, how they ward off this threat after messing up with MS now… Well time will tell.