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MagMyPic

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The other day I came across a site called MagMyPic. It is a very cool site where you can upload your picture and the site will do some processing by putting some text over it. Result is that your picture appears to be some kind of magazine cover. I thought to give a shot and here is what I got.

 

VAGUE Magazine Cover

VAGUE Magazine Cover

 

Whoooo… So now I am a celebrity 😉

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October 29, 2008 at 11:10 am

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Copenhegan Event

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Copenhegan is a very beautiful city and this was a nice opportunity for me to visit the city. The event was actually a conference organized by DTU (Technical University of Denmark) and was called Nordic Security Days 2008. It was 13th Nordic Workshop on Secure IT Systems held on October 8th-10th, 2008. You can go to offcial website by clicking here. Besides the conference, we manage sometime to roam around the city and visit some of the most popular tourist spots, including the lovely Mermaid.

Each day of conference was followed by expensive and lavish dinner. The best one was of course the conference dinner on October 9th, 2008.

Some of the pictures from the entire event are posted below.

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October 28, 2008 at 3:50 pm

Humans should learn from dogs

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Will you save someone risking your own life ?

You may answer yes, but will you really do it in some situation like that ?

Just take a look at what this dog did…

http://video.aol.com/video-detail/lifesaving-dog/2725276255

The question here is not just saving life, its more than that. It is about doing the right thing. We always have a choice to make the right decision. But quiet often we choose the wrong decision because that wrong decision seems to be beneficial for us. We happen to choose the wrong decision because our selfish needs are fulfilled with that wrong decision.

Just take a look at the dog’s eyes. They are so innocent. He saved the life of those kittens without thinking he is risking his own life. What might have been going through the mind of his as he stayed besides the kittens despite the fire ? He definitely must have had an option to run away or jump around making noises in anticipation of rescue. But he thought staying by the kittens and making sure they they don’t feel alone and don’t get scared is more important than saving his own life. And by the time fire fighters arrived he was unconscious due to excessive smoke inhalation. But he was alive and the reunion with the kittens must have been the reward for him. This is an example of condition-less affection and an act of making right decision.

This dog did something that a human would never do. Thus, shouldn’t human learn something from dogs ?

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October 28, 2008 at 3:26 pm

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NTNU and Trondheim… from the lens of my camera

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Looking at following pictures, Trondheim looks really beautiful. Outdoor pictures of NTNU are also equally good.

I will be taking more pictures and will soon post here. But for now, lets enjoy with these.

Please note that the pictures are randomly ordered.

Credit: My Canon Ixus 70 🙂

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July 26, 2008 at 9:25 pm

Landscape of memory – Vintage pictures of Kathmandu

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We all know how Kathmandu looks these days. Its over crowded, polluted and stinks with sewage. But lets travel into time for a moment and go back around hundred years. Lets see how Kathmandu looked then.

Looking at following pictures, one can imagine how beautiful and quiet Kathmandu was then. There was no sound pollution and no air pollution and population was definitely limited. I found these pictures in the kathmanduspeaks.blogspot.com. The links are as below.

1. http://kathmanduspeaks.blogspot.com/2007/06/beauty-of-old-kathmandu-photographs.html

2. http://kathmanduspeaks.blogspot.com/2008/06/more-old-kathmandu-photographs.html

Also, in nepalitimes.com. The link is http://www.nepalitimes.com.np/issue/362/Review/13875.

I liked these pictures so much, that I could not stop myself from downloading them and decorating my blog with them.

So here it goes…

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July 21, 2008 at 11:34 am

The Flash Mind Reader

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The “Flash Mind Reader” game below is a mystery — it seems to work magically, unless you think about it mathematically.

I have put a screenshot. To play the game, just click on it and you will get a swf (Flash) file. Unfortunately, WordPress does not allow to embed flash files, so I had to put it this way (i.e. as a link).

The Flash Mind Reader

The Flash Mind Reader

How to play ?

1) Choose any two digit number (i.e., any 2 digit number greater than 9)
2) Add the two digits together
3) Then subtract the total in 2) above from your original number in 1) above

For example if you choose 59: 5+9 = 14.
59 minus 14 will give you your answer (45).

4) Now find your answer on the chart.
5) Concentrate on the symbol beside it.
6) Then click on the crystal ball.
7) It will show you the symbol you are thinking of!

It is guaranteed that to work, until you play it properly i.e. as specified above in steps.

So now what are you thinking ?

I know, what you are thinking. How in the hell is this possible? Well its nothing more than a very very very simple mathematics.

I also have solution for this. But please try it first yourself. Because, once you have looked at the solution, all the fun will vanish. Click here to get the solution.

Credit: http://kids.niehs.nih.gov/mindread/mindread.html

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July 19, 2008 at 8:58 pm

Writing article on programming is more tedious than programming

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I have been programming for many years now. Initially as a rookie enthusiastic, then as software engineer, and now also as a freelancer. All these days, I have found immense help from several online articles, code samples and technical forums. I had also thought for many times about writing my own articles and tutorials. But, that always remained just in the thought. However, with the launch of Developers’s Point, my technical blog, I have been writing technical articles in form of blog posts. Some of the articles/posts are just collection or abridged version of other’s work. In those cases, I have given them credit.

Well, yes, programming is a little bit difficult thing. You have to be sure of many things. It is not just writing codes. When you are programming, you are actually implementing a design, you are building a system that can and will affect many things in surrounding. So, programming is not just merely writing codes and debugging them. But, now I have understood that writing article on any particular programming topic or making a tutorial is even a harder and tedious thing. Today, I was writing an article on COM programming for Developer’s Point and it took me about 4 hours to complete my tutorial. Yesterday, I tried that code to make sure it works and it had taken around 1/2 hour for me to do that. But just see, it took 1/2 hour for programming, while nearly 4 hours to write article on it. Writing article is definitely more tedious than actual programming.

All these years, I have been only enjoying the articles written by others. I was not realizing how tedious it would have been to write article as clearly and as in depth as they were. However, now, I am also writing some of the articles and finally, I also have been able to help other programmers like myself. When I see the hits increasing day by day and the encouraging comments that I get, I find a great self satisfaction. Its even better experience than earning money by writing codes.

Knowledge is for sharing.

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July 19, 2008 at 7:52 pm