A worthy forward!

Of all the forwards (and spam) that I receive everyday, I guess this one sent by Pele is really worth sharing:

This is a list of more than 110 free online video courses from Top Universities like MIT, Stanford, Wharton, UC berkeley, Washington, NOVA etc., on various Subjects. Theses are  class room recorded videos. No Login, No fee required.

Try to Share this with others so that everyone is benefitted by this.

Computer Science & Programming (31)
1.        Introductoy Progamming [University of Washington]
2.        Understanding Computers and the Internet [Harvard University]
3.        Computer System Engineering
4.        Freshman Computer Science Seminar
5.        Data Structures
6.        Graduate Computer Architecture
7.        Introduction to Algorithms
8.        Introduction to Computers
9.        Machine Structures
10.        Computer Language Engineering
11.        Data Structures, Algorithms and Applications in Java
12.        Introduction to Copy Right Law
13.        Operating Systems and Systems Programming [OS]
14.        XML foundations
15.        Programming Languages
16.        Introduction to Symbolic Programming
17.        Vision Algorithms
18.        Data Management System Design
19.        Computer System Analysis
20.        Object oriented programming with Java
21.        Relational Database Management Systems [RDBMS]
22.        Introduction to Programming
23.        C Programming
24.        Programming in C++
25.        C++ for Particle Physicists
26.        programming with JAVA
27.        JAVA, Advanced JAVA
28.        ASP.NET AJAX and 2.0
29.        SQL Server 2005
30.        Python, Java, Ruby, Linux, Graphics, Blender etc…
31.        MSVC Debugger Tutorial

Electronics (17)
32.        Solid State Devices
33.        Circuits and Electronics
34.        Digital Integrated Circuits
35.        Electricity and Magnetism
36.        Electromagnetic Fields, Forces and Motion
37.        Integrated Circuits for Communications
38.        Introductions to MEMS Design
39.        Linear Integrated Circuits
40.        Introduction to Microelectronic Circuits
41.        Microelectronic Devices and Circuits
42.        Advanced Analog Integrated Circuits
43.        Advanced Digital Integrated Circuits
44.        Analysis and Design of VLSI Analog Digital Interface Integrated Circuits
45.        CMOS Analog IC Design [Boise State University]
46.        CMOS Mixed-Signal IC Design [Boise State University]
47.        Advanced Analog IC Design [Boise State University]
48.        Physics of Microfabrication: Front End Processing

Signals & Systems, Communication systems (6)
49.        Digital Image Processing [DIP]
50.        Digital Signal Processing [DSP]
51.        Electromagnetics and Applications
52.        Principles of Digital Communication II
53.        Structure and Interpretation of Systems and Signals
54.        MATLAB Tutorial Movies

Computer Networking (13)
55.        Introduction to Computer Networking
56.        Computer Communication Networking
57.        Wireless and Mobile Networking
58.        Internet Protocols [IP]
59.        Broadband and Optical Networks
60.        Wireless, Wi-Fi, VOIP and Many more

61.        Introduction to Network Communication – Audio only
62.        Cisco Certified Networking Associate – Audio only
63.        Local Area Networking [LAN] -Audio only
64.        Integrated Communication Networking -Audio only
65.        Communications Hardware -Audio only
66.        Network Interface Design -Audio only
67.        Internetworking and Higher Layer Protocol -Audio only

Mathematics (20)
68.        Linear Algebra
69.        Differential Equations
70.        Introduction to Statistics
71.        Mathematical Methods for Engineers I
72.        Mathematical Methods for Engineers II
73.        Mathematics of Finance
74.        Fundamentals of Algebra
75.        Applied Probability
76.        Discrete Mathematics
77.        Calculus-I Key Concepts
78.        Limits, Differential Equations and Applications
79.        Mathematical video lectures [All Topics]
80.        Brief review of Elementary Algebra
81.        Mathematical Problems II
82.        Statistics and Numerical Methods in HEP
83.        Applied parallel Computing
84.        Finite Mathematics
85.        Integration and Infinite Series
86.        Single-variable Calculus
87.        Dovermann’s Derive Videos

Physics (17)
88.        Introductory Physics [University of California]
89.        Physics I: Classical Mechanics
90.        Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism
91.        Physics III: Vibrations and Waves
92.        Physics for Future Presidents
93.        Descriptive Introduction to Physics
94.        Exploring BlackHoles: General Relativity & Astrophysics
95.        Electromagnetic Fields, Forces and Motion
96.        Introduction To Mathematical Physics -Audio podcast
97.        Geometric Optics
98.        Modern Physics [Prof Sharma’s]
99.        Lectures on Quantum Physics
100.        Physics of Microfabrication: Front End Processing
101.        The Wonders of Physics
102.        Physics – How Things Work
103.        String Theory
104.        Quantum Mechanics for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

Chemistry ( 9 )
105.        Introduction to Chemistry
106.        Introduction to Solid State Chemistry
107.        Principles of Chemical Science
108.        Chemical Structure and Reactivity
109.        Organic Chemistry
110.        Astrophysical Chemistry [NOVA]
111.        Organic Chemistry [Hoverford college]
112.        Organic Chemistry II [University Regensburg]
113.        Imperial college chemistry

Anatomy & Physiology (4)
114.        General Human Anatomy
115.        Comparative Physiology
116.        Human Anatomy & Physiology
117.        Anatomy and Physiology [California State University]

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Slacking!

Slacker (n):

Someone who puts off doing things to the last minute, and when the last minutes comes, decides it wasn’t all that important anyways and forgets about it.

Yeah. Its hard for me to admit, but I’ve become a slacker of late. As I’ve been telling a lot of people, I was busy with nothing! And its true.

My routine for a day, of late, consisted of only the following:

1. World of Warcraft (My Blood Elf Paladin is Level 40 now! Yay! 😛 )
2. Supernatural (I watched all 3 seasons – 60 episodes of around 45 minute duration each, in 4 days!)
3. Watched loads of movies (Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle, Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, Batman Returns, Batman Begins, Bee Movie, Horton Hears A Who)

That must in a way explain why I was not blogging of late. This is mainly due to the lack of a routine all because of the holidays! Thankfully enough, with college beginning tomorrow, I hope things get into a rythm. 🙂

Nothing more to add today. Good day to everyone reading this, and also to the ones who are not. 🙂

English – In my life

I love English for two reasons. One, because I can express myself better in it. And two, because its a funny language. Also, it is probably the only language whose speech accent changes every few hundred kilometers almost everywhere in the world. In India, it probably varies with every person!

I took to liking English early in my school days, when I was in the 4th Standard (about 10 years old). I have to thank my teachers for making the lessons that interesting to me. I remember my 4th Standard English teacher Mrs. Samyuktha Devi, who also taught us History in the 6th Standard. I have no clue where she is now. Only thing I know about her is that she moved to Australia. Then came Mrs. Shylaja; she was a very good teacher too. Taught us English in the 6th Standard. The real passion for writing developed in me when I was in the 9th Standard when Mrs. Chandrika Ravikumar was my teacher. She was amazing. She requested for a special hour every week from the then Headmistress (Mrs. Leelavathy Gururaj) called the creativity period. We got a chance to showcase our talents during that hour every week. A few sang songs, displayed paper craft and we even had a play that we performed within the classroom. Oh, that was a lot of fun!

I wrote poetry and stories and read it out loud to the class. The poem ‘The little soul‘ was the one I remember reading out to the class and getting praised for it. 😀 And then, the story was titled ‘Mysteries of Vreen’ – which was very much influenced by my reading of ‘Secrets of Droon’ by Tony Abbot. I used to write a little for every week and it was read out in the class. A few months later, (after my 9th Standard) I stopped writing it; I felt guilty of copying the idea from another story series. Anyways, it did help me write better.

I did write more poems; some silly ones. And when I was in my Pre-University college, I started the ‘Warriors of Might and Magic’ (title tentative) which is yet to be completed. There was also a few other short stories and essays I wrote – which I hope to put up on the blog sometime. And about the same time, I started this blog, which at first was a collection of jokes and e-mail forwards; so not much of creative writing involved. But since about 10 months (see archives), I have changed it to my personal blog. And ever since then, I’ve learned a lot about writing too.

And that’s the history of English in my life. If you have such histories, do share it in your blog, or comment here. I’m sure some of us who studied English as our secondary language would have. 🙂

To Chennai, Tirupathi and back!

It was a tiring but enjoyable trip. I left for Chennai early morning on the 9th of July by the Lalbagh Express and was pleasantly surprised when the train reached the destination at 12pm, 15 minutes earlier than it was supposed to. 😮 Not always do you get to see that happen! 🙂

Chennai is HOT! Its not just the temperature but the humidity, owing to its coastal location. I stayed there for two days, and since I do not know Tamil, had a tough time communicating with people there. I shifted to English when people did not understand my Tamil and gave me blank stares. It did not help much either. Anyways, another surprising fact is crow population of Chennai is not less than 10 times as that of Bangalore! Its crazy! I guess the sewage management of the city is the main reason.

We then went to Tirupathi. My 70-year old grandmother climbed the hills! Yeah!! We started early morning at around 3.30 AM and by the time we reached the top of the seventh hill, it was almost 10.00 AM. Wonder how she could muster all the strength from? I also met a few of my college friends from the Mechanical Department while climbing the hills.

And as usual, the shrine was thronged by millions of people, and it took 3 hours for us to move through the entwined queueing system and finish our darshan. Overall, the trip was an enjoyable experience. 🙂

P.S: This entry has been due for a long time. I came back from my trip on the 14th of July.

Unexpected Road Trip!

Its so typical of the things that happen in life. They just spring up! Just like the road trip that we went on today. I took my bike to college today (Dad would normally not let me take it because of the traffic en route). After the first hour, we decided to bunk the rest of the day and go on a road trip! No petrol. Not much of cash. And yet, we leave! Four bikers (Pele, Virus, Kage and me) and four others (Hulee, Bottle, Baby and Piggy). We fill little petrol on the way, just in case.

Firstly, we reached the Hesarghatta lake — a lake which is no more. 😦 But the scenery was amazing! There was an old well, which we climbed down into and took snaps (on Kage’s mobile). Later, we went to a temple nearby. Then we decided to go to Nrityagram which is about 3.5 KM off the main road. We reached there to find it closed, and the watchman informed us that it will be open only from 6th May. We took a few more snaps there and headed back to the main road. Once we reached there, we stopped again to take a few pictures at a eucalyptus grove. There, we chose not go back to college (our lab was rescheduled to take place earlier that day; and even if we tried to return, we couldn’t have done so in time), instead, we went further to the Madhure temple (about 15 KM farther). The roads weren’t really ‘pleasant’ to drive on but we were all thrilled and it did not matter a thing! On the way, we also went to another temple — Veeranjaneya temple. Upon reaching the Madhure temple, it was about 1PM. We had the darshan of the deity and Virus had his bike worshiped. Everyone was dead hungry. I hadn’t eaten anything since morning!

From there, we decided to return via the highway through Nelamangala. On the way, we stopped at Jyothi Dhaba to have our lunch. The food wasn’t all that tasty but we hogged nicely. 🙂 The highway ride on the way back was amazing! Baby was riding pillion and we touched 108 KM/Hr on my bike! Hulee and Pele, (on Pele’s brother’s bike) also touched 107 KM/Hr. It was 4PM by the time I came back home. Totally spent, dirty, and sleepy! Mom scolded me when I told her about my speedy feat. 🙂 Its so nice to see my Mom all worked up and irritated with me when I end up doing silly things. The look on her face is priceless! 🙂

Too bad I couldn’t sleep then. Bluemistwar had called (and my cell had no network!) and I got his messages after I reached home. I headed to Kss’s place right then. I came back by around 6PM and slept till 8PM! 🙂

One amazing day! 🙂