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May 30th

only the email is free

You can email me at my new snazzy email address, arnab # budweiser.comBudweiser is giving away free email accounts. It’s got a filtering option that allows me to forward stuff to my Gmail, which makes life very simple.

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May 26th

R.E.M.

R.E.M. stands for Rapid Eye Movement, a term connected with the phenomenon of dreaming while asleep. I wrote this poem sometime around 1999, when I was in class 10. (click # to read more)

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My Own Kind of Weather

A blues-ish song/poem I wrote in the first year of college. Aadarsh, Ashish and I also attempted to compose a tune for the song and record it. Thankfully, I think I’ve lost the cassette had the rather hilarious rendition of this.

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Four rupees a kilo

A mostly fictitious story I wrote on a train journey from Delhi to Calcutta in 2002. The most difficult part of this story was to decipher the illegible scrawls I had made on the train and to write out a final version of the story
The scenery scrolled past, as I sat there, lost in my thoughts, looking out, admiring the horizon. I was traveling alone this time and my train was chugging through the lands of Uttar Pradesh, headed towards Calcutta.

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May 24th

at the end of the loop

I just hate the part when the telephone operator has put you on hold to a recorded tune, and the tune plays out leaving a silence in the end, when you think they’re going to pick it up and resume conversation, but nooo – it’s only the song restarting itself.

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captchas and racism

From #drupal:
arnab: and the fact that captchas are, well, stupid
chx: yes, visual captchas are stupid
chx: I think the textual ones are better
chx: if you REALLY want some captcha then something textual
UnConeD: Welcome to my site! To register, please answer the following captcha!
UnConeD: What is the 312455th digit of Pi, in base 42?
chx: UnConeD: LOL
arnab: heh
arnab: exactly my point.
chx: rather “what is the eleventh letter in this sentence?”
UnConeD: well
UnConeD: that sort of stuff is easily cracked with regexps
UnConeD: some guy once made a math expression captcha in text form
UnConeD: in a patch to the module
chx: yes yes
UnConeD: i followed up the issue with a PHP script to break his code ;)
chx: I liked that one
chx: Well I think I can rather easily make a textual captcha you won’t be able to script
arnab: chx: make one, I’ll crack it :D
UnConeD: you are no match for my dangerous RegExping skills
***UnConeD casts Capturing Parentheses (opponent’s movement reduced by 50%)
chx: UnConeD: beware, I’ll grep the CIA World Facts book and ask questions based on that and you can eat your regexps.
UnConeD: err
UnConeD: but grep is itself regexp based :P
chx: I mean, I’ll compile a huge list of facts based on World Facts wikipedia whatever
arnab: chx: I have an indexed, parsed dump of Wikipedia on my HDD, will break your CIA thingy in 2 minutes with it
chx: and questions like “Is Ghana in Africa?”
UnConeD: i’ll hire an indian fellow with an encyclopedia
arnab: UnConeD: I AM an Indian fellow with an encyclopedia
arnab: rofl
UnConeD: ;)

May 22nd

Welcome to the Notes section

This is some description.

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