imagiLOGUES – Day 1

Note: I wrote this on my earlier blog hosted as https://pradx.wordpress.com. I recovered the text from the WayBack Machine. This post appeared on September 22, 2008 as per the permalink. I’m trying to collect here again all my old writings spread on various blogs.

As per the plan, I have reached Horsborg. This was where in the 23rd century BC, William of Horsborg had the dream of a united Helix.

I downloaded several historical references and have the benefit of opposing in views and theories of Horsborg. It is only while going to Horsborg and I am going this prejudiced for a town.

I gave a talk on various special kinds of propulsion engines at the local engineering college today. They also have seem to have inaugurated the Rocketry Club today. It’s lovely to see the enthusiasm for rocketry and space sciences in the country today. After advancing them on some points of law, I went to the Helix Archives. Helix Archives is really the home in which William’s grandfather lived. They moved out of this house in the year of William’s rise to Presidency.

William was an intelligent man. I loved some of the ideas that he tried to implement in his twenty three year old rule stint as President. He conquered nearly 106 kingdoms – showed each of these Kings that in unity there was strength and reinforced this belief with his rule. Helix functioned as an alliance more than as a republic.

My motel is an old fort that was converted in 1643 to a hotel to hold meetings etc. Technically, it was on the southern border of the Kingdom of Horsborg. Till 1640, it was used by military captains to practice their campaigns and train new troops. From 1704, it has been housing several statesman, scientists, engineers etc. To walk through the same corridor has been a cool experience.

Before drafting this post I just read that Helix has just launched Horsborg-7. All the best to Dr. Kumar and his team. This was also done in collaboration with Sohrab’s School of Engineering at which I and Dr. Kumar were classmates. Great going! This is the second education and space industry collaboration in the country. I hope to see more.

(imagiLOGUES are a bunch of imaginary travelogues that I am writing while traveling across my imaginary nation of Helix.)

Caring for your jobs

Note: I wrote this on my earlier blog hosted as https://pradx.wordpress.com. I recovered the text from the WayBack Machine. This post appeared on September 17, 2008 as per the permalink. I’m trying to collect here again all my old writings spread on various blogs.

Global meltdown, job cuts and dipping of interest in jobs seems to be the flavour of the season. Accordingly, I’m bunking college today due to sickness.

September 15 was engineer’s day. It is celebrated to mark the birthday of the great Statesman-Engineer from India, Sir M. Visvesvarayya among whose many achievements was the first hydroelectric project in Asia at Jog Falls.

On the occasion, we reactivated the Mechanical Engineering Students Association (MESA) in our college. As the first speaker, we got Dr. Parameshwaran (an erstwhile dean, Faculty of Technology, MU). He’s a great, old school speaker to have who gave his speech without many of the modern aids (no ppts, no computers or even paper in hand) that a speaker normally uses.

He talked to us about caring for our work – “Even if you are a sweeper at a railway level crossing, work so that your railway crossing is the cleanest in the world.” Visvesvarayya said that and he quoted it during his talk.

With so much stress paid on effectiveness and efficiency in jobs today, I think that we miss this subtle force – caring. I think, once a person cares about his work, effectiveness and efficiency usually follow.

imagiNATION

Note: I wrote this on my earlier blog hosted as https://pradx.wordpress.com. I recovered the text from the WayBack Machine. This post appeared on September 17, 2008 as per the permalink. I’m trying to collect here again all my old writings spread on various blogs.

A pass time that I cultivated long ago in the hope of expressing my skills in geography, civics and science is called imagiNATION. That’s short for imaginary nation. It also expresses that the nation is part of that person’s imagination. Two of my cousins and my brother also have their imagiNATIONs.

My brother took the name Elvenia because his birthday falls on the 11th of December and also because he’s fascinated by elves.

I stand by a name that came to me on a geometry box that my father brought for me. My imagiNATION is called Helix.

 

Helix

Helix (There was a MS Paint generated map here that is forever lost?)

These nations actually refine themselves as one matures. You can keep on adding new innovations there and use it as a playground for testing something that needs to be done in the real world.I also plan to write an imaginary travelogue. Has anyone tried one?

Using Google Docs in College

Note: I wrote this on my earlier blog hosted as https://pradx.wordpress.com. I recovered the text from the WayBack Machine. This post appeared on September 17, 2008 as per the permalink. I’m trying to collect here again all my old writings spread on various blogs.

In India our exposure to technology in getting things done has been limited to Windows and the Office suite. Few students in the mechanical engineering department use computers for their work unless it is forced on us by the syllabus. We still prefer the green graphs and writing on paper.

For my final year project at Air India, I’m trying to convince my group mates to work in the Google Docs environment to hack together our final year project. The ease of sharing and collaboration that I experienced in Docs through my work with SEDS is essentially my source of inspiration for this. For us, who missed out on most of the computer bandwagon, I think it would be necessary to work in the Internet environment.

Recently, I saw my brother read about being responsible netizens in his English text books. Although, most of Indian education has remained in the analog state, it might soon be time to switch over to computers or even mobile devices for education.

Besides the final year project, I’m also planning to work on a smaller scale presentation for a subject, Manufacturing Production and Control (MPC) along with a friend.

As I’ve already said (and is Microsoft or Google listening?) we’ve gone on a Windows system for campus, but not many people know about it and people are still largely on Yahoo and Google systems online. There have also been a few installs of Chrome and Firefox on the traditionally IE 6 platforms.

I will use this to share more of my online experiences here.