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Day 35: A good day at the gym


I had a very good workout at the gym today. I feel tired and drained out. I love it. I have only been warming up and doing Abs routines.

Unfortunately, four months of home stay has affected my stomach significantly. I have a big belly now and am rightfully ashamed of it.

It’s funny how hard it is to get a good body but so easy to lose it. I’m very excited about singapore. And for all the wrong reasons. I am thinking food, chinese and the people.

I also had a good time with AJ today. We chatted over chilli chicken and porotta. Both were good.

I need to plan out my time to decide how I am going to manage the rest of my time here and get my goals done. This is vital.

I am now in the stage that Covey pointed out – I am very busy but not very effective. It’s the wrong forest people.



Day 8: Java and the tensor


I came to find out quite accidentally that Mac has Java inbuilt into it’s system and that I don’t have to install a developer kit. I love my Mac all the more now. I have been having fun since yesterday night working with Java and learning how to program with it. So far, I have not learned anything that I didn’t know from C++. But the book that I am using – Programming with Java, E Balagurusamy  – is rather good and it does proceed in the later stages to Applets and other stuff. Can’t wait to reach there….

I am like doing this and that all the time. Morning is usually with Java. Then some Tensors. Then Gym, then this; that … Where did Java come from? I mean this wasn’t part of my original six things to do. Maybe I should start a new blog where I declare a new goal each day. A goal a day for 100 days. Would be the most useless blog that I have ever written or read.

I did process a bunch of stuff before time line 10 – a new short story, a blog about my depression and some progress on Solid Mech. ehem ehem…

Oh and gym was good today. My chest hurts. It feels soooo good!!

Day 5: The War of the operating systems II


It’s no fun writing a blog with a stomach ache. I wonder if it would be different it was a blog on stomach ache.  Probably not.

Anyhow, I have stomach ache because I ate too much. I ate too much because I was hungry after getting back from the gym. Yeah, you heard me right. I went to the gym – without the sneers of all those gits who saw me walk in again. And worked out. Boy! Does it feel good! I love how my joints and muscles feel now. Everything except my stomach feels fantastic. Now to make sure that I stick with this and that I eat, drink and live properly.

This is the fifth day since I started this blog and announced my goals for the next hundred days to the blogosphere, by which I mean of course to myself. I realize now that I really have nothing to communicate with others during this time – and hence am really not bothered by the traffic to my site (which is non existent). I am basically writing to myself and in doing so underscoring Covey’s principle of making achievable realistic goals. Now would be a good time to judge the status of my goals since a 5th day is 5% of my allotted time.

1) Gym – Started. Now to be regular, buy those proteins and grill hard hard…

2) Torsion – not really started. I did buy that book on finite element analysis, but haven’t even opened it. Though the most important and challenging among my goals, this is achievable nevertheless. I should have a plan for this, and have something to report by time line 10. (Day 10)

3) Short Story collection – if I need to have 20 stories by the end of 100 days, I should write a story at the rate of atleast one every five days. I already have one – albeit written way before now. So I am on the average track, but again, have one more – hopefully complete Laila by timeline 10.

4) Web design – since most of my days have been occupied by this designing dilemma – as you can easily see from my posts, this is on track. I finally figured out how to have windows installed on my Mac, through a program called Virtual Box. This would solve most of my issues – I could run Artisteer 3, Dreamweaver, ASP. Net and Abacus (for torsion) on my Mac now. Further, Virtual Desktop is free. I can get a Windows 7 installer from T. I did spent some time with Artisteer today – downloaded the Mac version as well, but couldn’t get the key anywhere. This is a gooood program. For one, it has no code requirements. Two, it let’s you an available template and modify it. Third, it has built in flash templates that can do a minimal yet beautiful job of furnishing your website. The background templates available are amazing. I think, this ought to do it. I can do the coding at some other time – when I am less constraint and more focused on adding functionality. I’ll keep you posted of course.

5) Fighting Depression – this is a lot harder than it sounds simply because I am not depressed now. A more appropriate title would be “maintaining positive attitude”. My key now is to uplift myself as the GITA calls for. The Gita has been a welcome surprise. Perhaps My first step would be to write about it. In a blog of course. That could be set as a goal for time line 10 as well.

6) General Relativity – I have Schaum’s Outlines Tensor Calculus – which is my gateway to relativity. I have been doing a few chapters at a time and is somewhere next to nowhere in this. This is a great book by the way. Always been a fan of Schaum’s. I am getting the hang of the subject. And the math is now tractable. General Relativity, here I come. For t-day 10, finish off tensor differentiation (including the problems).

Damn! Erasmus was right – the love of writing increases with writing itself. It’s almost as if I need to forcefully stop my fingers from typing any further. Stop…….!

Day 4: The war of the operating systems


Dreamweaver, ASP.NET and WordPress are all stuck. I mean of course that I have no idea how to proceed from here.  Maybe I should wait to get Dreamweaver running on my Mac again – and then design a style sheet of my own. But due to some stupid licensing issue all my applications have stopped working as soon as I reached India. But then today I got my hands over a program called Artisteer – which is yet another webdesign software. Oh for a day when I won’t come across a web design package – and yet My site is no where up in the air.

But this proves just one thing. When you are strongly willed to do something, ways open up by themselves. I had no idea how to built a website till 3 days ago – but I am quite confident now that with enough time, I’ll soon have my website running. Oh for that day!

As the Rig Veda proclaims:

aa no bhadraaha krithavo yanthu vishwathaha

Let noble thoughts come to us from all sides.

It seems that I am not making any progress on any of my other goals. I hope to start going to the gym from tomorrow onwards. I am beginning to see the beginnings of a resolve to give up smoking. Being fit is as much about good healthy lifestyle choices as much as it is about working out. PLus, I genuinely need some time away from my home each day, and gym is definitely the best for that.

Have been reading Steven Covey’s book. In the first habit now. I feel that I am proactive enough which could perhaps be why I find it slow.

Day 1: Things to do in the next One hundred days


It seems like I have an awful lot of things to do in the next One hundred days. I am quite delighted that I don’t have moderately ambitions goals like “conquer the  world” or “derive the theory of Everything” in my list – it might be easier to teach my father to use the internet.

So let’s see:

  •  I definitely need to work on my body – I have come to love the sadistic feeling of pain and sweating it out at the gym. Also, I need to start now if I wanna have those six packs by the summer beach season. That reminds me to buy a protein pack. I have been using Gold Standard, but that thing is expensive here – maybe I should look around for  a less expensive local brand.
  •  I should definitely solve the problem of torsion of compound prismatic bars. This would make Prof AK quite happy and let him know that I have not wasted his or my time during the break. I would need to convince him that both I am Ok as well as give me something to say for the next four or five years. You see, I’m now on a medical break (Long Story) …and I am quite convinced that AK wasn’t delighted at the turn of events. The project was just shaping up when I just took off and left. I assume there would be a host of papers already published by the time I return – I’m not afterall the only one in the world working on Flexo-electricity. Solving this would be my deal breaker. I can hold my head high when I get back to Brown – and probably start on the experimentation right away. maybe have a paper by the MRS fall conference. Wait, Baby steps lord, baby steps..

This isn’t easy however, and would be the most comprehensive of my tasks – I’m from a materials background and this is a purely mechanics topic. I had famously flunked both the mechanics courses in my undergrad. If only I had known that mechanics would come to bite me in the ass years later….

So to do this task, I need to do the following subtasks:

  1.  Learn Solid mechanics – Professor Bower’s book might be the way to go. I need to open up the book and start reading…maybe I should print the whole thing out – I cannot read a 1000 page book directly from the screen – it might be easier to turn into a cyborg. So the hope is to be able to understand the torsion of prismatic bars  – I’m hoping to god that someone has actually derived it. I have no intentions of turning into a Timeschenko at this age. Brown doesn’t pay me enough
  2. Even with subtask 1, there is no actual closed form solution. This can only mean one thing – Abacus!! Apparently this is some kind of modeling software that would do all the thinking for me. But I had drilled Sean into doing this for me. But that a-hole did nothing! I mean NOTHING! but he did prove that there is no routine in Abacus to calculate strain gradients – the holy grail of flexo research. So I would need to write the subroutine by myself.  If I can do this, I might as well write the complete subroutine to be able to calculate the polarization values directly – this would be a small step for mechanics, but a giant leap for me. Go me!!
  3. With all of this, I might as well finite element analysis. Which apparently is the basis of all of modern mechanics.

I guess Ak would come and kiss me if I do all this. Maybe I should get two PhD’s for this, instead of one? Some I should look into. If only I had an identical twin brother. Damn random gene pairing rules.

But I should do this task. It is not only a great intellectual challenge, but might propel me from an average student to a research biggie. I should do this..i should ..

  • The short story collection – This is like the one of my oldest dreams. Something that I have wanted all my life. Seriously, I think that this is one of oldest of my unfulfilled dreams. Plus, if I just worked out in the gym and studied for my research it wouldn’t be a medical leave would it? 20 stories should ought to do it. I so far have one. I’m 5 % of the way there. Way to go Lord, way to Go!
  • Design the website – I have been wanting to design the AK group homepage since forever. This might I might actually be able to do it.

I return back having designed the website and having solved the torsion problem; AK would overflow with tears of joy. And I can forever look back and call this my Happy hour. I should do this. Plus, from what I see so far, this is kinda fun!

  •  Work on Depression methods – practice and perfect Wakeful meditation. I should do this, no question about it.
  • Also, learn General relativity ? – this involved tensors, manifolds and field equations. Ambitious but achievable

I guess that’s it. My stepping stones to greatness. I will elaborate on each of them in subsequent posts. There is a story behind each. It should be fun.

So there it is – 99 days to go! Come D-Day May 22, 2012!!!

LordGabbana! Prepare for greatness!!