Category Archives: Solid Mechanics

Day 26: Windows is here!


Finally, after 25 days of whining, screaming and annoying myself, I finally have Windows XP installed on my Mac using VirtualBox. I can finally run windows and hopefully use softwares that are more windows compatible. I could begin with Dreamweaver and then move onto ASP.NET. Finally start with Abacus and get the Torsion part of my work done.

I am going to stay at my Aunt’s for a few days from tomorrow. I intend to write during this time – finish up a couple of short stories more: I need to have four or five done if I need to keep my target of getting twenty stories done. I finally had a good review on the Coconut Baron from H – She’s very critical, so I believe her review. It simply confirms my belief that I am a good story teller! 🙂

Also, I am quite fed up of being home – I long to be somewhere else for a change.

Just tired. Oh for a good sleep.

I am reading “The crippled Tree” – which is a fascinating account of China. Amazing, I’m really enthralled by that country – How I wish I could have spent a few months there! I day!


Day 14: Java! Java! Drunk on Java!


I remember the first time I learnt C++, in my  twelfth grade, I had no idea what was being taught in the class. My teacher, the delightful Mrs S, would write a program to add two numbers, then subtract them and finally multiply three numbers. All of this could be done by a calculator – and I never understood for a time why we were going to such great lengths to find a substitute for mathematics. Then one day, it struck me – I was not doing these calculations – with a language, I was effectively communicating with my computer, was making the computer do the things that I wanted it to do for me. Of course, no one needs a program to add two numbers, but a program that would automatically display all the prime numbers that I wanted: it was amazing! I saw my computer for the first time as it was orginally created to do: as a computing machine! There was no stopping me from then, I went ahead of my class, my final year project was my own adaptation of the computer game Snakes! and it was  a huge hit among the guys! I finished the top of my class in computer science.

Of course, in the years that followed: totaling six, I completely lost touch with programing, until my PhD called forth a new level of programing from me. Then over the course of the last month, in the pursuit of designing my website, I came upon Java – and in a courtship lasting a few days, I completely fell in love with it. It’s soooo…amazing! Creating applets, drawing and designing stuff. Applets are the best!

I am just learning now – but I think I’ll try to redesign the Snake! game in Java and see where that is headed. Further, I might be able to integrate Finite Element analysis in Java and combine the two. This might give me a reason to study that as well and get on with Torsion!! Finally

By the way, had a good day at the gym and a generally good day so far.

Tomorrow is Time line 15. To think that it has already been 15 days since I started this blog! Time does fly (when you count it)

The rest of the goals are kinda slow, but expect for the short story part, everything is going somewhere at least. And that’s something, ain’t it?


Day 12: The three days to time line 15


There are three more days to reach Day 15 – which is my official time line 15. I feel like my initial enthusiasm is coming down and I’m reaching my ground state.  Which is not necessarily a bad thing – equanimity is always more preferable to euphoria.

At this stage, the website development is kinda stalled, largely because I do not have a windows enabled PC and is in no way able to do an installation in my virtual box. I haven’t written a single story, Laila is still serving Rasheed his mutton Korma (you won’t get that), I’m stuck with the Christoffel symbols in tensors and hasn’t done anything on torsion. The gym is going well and so is the blogging – but that’s pretty much it.

As I write this, Windows 7 is being downloaded from somewhere through my utorrent. It says that it would take three days to download – but I am prepared to wait. During this time, perhaps I could rest my Mac rest and focus on the other stuff that has been long time due. Like the depression part – which is largely reading the book and writing in this blog. Things that I can very well do!

See ya tomorrow!

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!!