Just how beautiful is the idea of encryption?

I feel kinda unlucky over the past two months. Diluted dialup, relocation, exams, I was constrained. Well, that explains why I wasn’t active for a while. Even after this disaster, this “brain” just can’t give up screwing the computer.

I assaulted Python in those days. I was coding. If you haven’t got into Python, trust me. You should get started. It’s a stunning pseudocode-like high level language. That means, you can take any Python code, and start reading. It’s that easy! On the other hand, it’s powerful. It can do a great deal of things that goes beyond storytelling…

Okay, the subject I got interested in lately, was encryption. In the gigantic universe of computing, there’s a galaxy called cryptography. What the species lying there do, is what we’re going to talk about today.

What if I tell you that encryption lies all around us geeks? What if it’s been protecting your money, reputation, status in this computing universe all the time? From money transfers to online payments, from GMail to Facebook, from the boring WiFi routers in your college, to NSA’s top-level secret information, everything uses encryption!!!

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The Right to Vote!

The Indian general election 2014 is gonna happen tomorrow. I, as a citizen should participate in the voting day. As a matter of fact, this is my first vote. I (for various reasons) don’t wanna get back to my hometown (which is at the southern tip of the country) to push a button, until now!

Today morning, an advertisement (I can’t get a link on that!) inspired me. Some citizen plans to go to US on the voting day. When the booking lady questioned, he says, “What difference would I make?”. The lady responds, “If you can’t make a difference in our country, how can you make a difference abroad?”

This really impressed me.

So, I’m gonna visit my hometown, push the button, and come back! And, I’ve made something to cheer up the voters. You know, contribution. Like I said, this ad has really influenced me…

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Understanding Gradient and Divergence

I should’ve written this a while ago, when I understood the inner workings of this stuff. But well, I believe that it’s never late to teach something. So, here goes…

I wasn’t aware of these stuff until lately…

I rote-learned vector calculus during my second semester, when I was doing nothing but complaining all the time about the crappy system we have in our college. (ehm, you can always skip my history)

I had to swallow things like curl, divergence, gradient, and theorems from Gauss and Stokes’, etc. and loss-lessly vomit in the exams. That time, I wasn’t even aware of the elegance of these operations, nor did I understood the working of vectors (things which defined symmetry, and gave an ingenious touch to the physical laws).

When I first learned Electromagnetism, I was unable to see the physical significance of Maxwell equations (I’m a geek who loves to gather knowledge, provided that I’m really able to comprehend its physical significance quite satisfactorily). Moreover, as a terrific lover of Physics, I’ve always learned things (whatever that is!) conceptually.

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Analyzing my personality…

Over the course of the last two years, I’ve changed a lot. I know, because I can feel the difference. Still, this bugged me. I can’t quite characterize myself. I mean, I changed. But, how much? And, what were those characteristics that had undergone that change? This question is something I always had.

Recently (to my luck), I stumbled across this online typology test (suggested by a senior student). This might be old news for most of you. But, I didn’t know what the heck that meant, nor did I believe in it. Who will? After all, it’s just a computer clockwork…

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A Valentine “love” for my dear…

Don’t be afraid. I don’t have a valentine. Bah, I’m a physics amateur. We’re one of a kind. We don’t get one from the homo sapiens very easily. As I’ve told you before, we’re poor in working out with all you normal people…

Looking back, it’s been two years since I started learning Physics (out of interest, intuition & curiosity, of course), which goes beyond story-telling. I’m pretty much damn sure that I’ve changed a lot. No seriously, a lot! (am still changing!). Thanks to Physics, that it had a miraculous diversification of influence on me.

For the sake of repaying the debt (at least, by an infinitesimal amount), I take this as an opportunity to express my love towards it, and dedicate this artwork to my dear love

Yeah, the whole image was drawn just by using a pen, and a paper (I mean, “hand-made”)…

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What it likes to be, to make videos?

Oh, you really want the answer in a word? Solitude. That’s all you want!

Cristian Mihai puts it quite cleverly

“Solitude grants you this freedom, filling your mind with questions and answers and noise and stories.”

It’s true. Any artistic goal (whether its’ writing, drawing, footage or music) demands you to be alone. And, believe me, only because I’m alone, I can think & do all these things. Honestly, I didn’t come out of my room for two days (neglecting eating, bathing, brushing etc. stuff)…

How to get started?

I had this rule in mind. My videos shouldn’t be the kind of “lecturing” and stuff. I don’t want my face dancing around! It shouldn’t be the Khan-academy kind either, where you write & speak simultaneously. Instead, it’d be better if it were like Minute Physics or Doodle Science. You know, this “drawing & sketching” kind.

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Lecturing? Video-making? Was it really worthy? (pedagogical rant!)

You may have already known that I haven’t blogged for a month. Partly because I’ve been busy with LaTeX (you know, my new hoax to “memorize”, and thereby sync myself with my racing mates), Mathematica simulations, and also with my online edX courses. Luckily, I got a mega-bunch of holidays from college, about a week or so (for a festival called “Pongal“). I thought of utilizing it (trying to be productive) unlike the last time, which was unsatisfactory just as usual.

Actually, I was cramped in time during my vacation works, that it’s almost inexplicable…

Anyways, I’ll do my best. Somehow, as the vacation started, I got this urge to sink myself in gaming (gah, I haven’t gamed for an year). So, I was indulged in “gaming” for the first three days (Call of Duty, Medal of Honor series & Age of Mythology were my environments). I’ve to elaborate how the next half of the vacation kept me busy

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