Sunday, October 25, 2009

Save climate start cycling !!

we had a save climate initiative as part of October 24th International Day of Climate Action.

A Seven people group did a cycling trip from Vadapalani, Chennai to sriperembutur. The goal was to raise an awareness about our changing climate and what can people in there day to day routine can make a big difference. The first question that pops up in everyone's mind is "what can I do". you can start by getting rid of those fuel hungry air polluting machines and replace them with bicycles for wheels a human for engine and food for fuel.

We never expected any responses or feedback we just did it because of the fun in cycling. but end of the day we did get a lot of attention ..well not a lot but we were approached by different sets of people asking us about what we are representing.

whether they will follow the cycling path to save climate they would have to do something about the increasing fuel prices :) is a global grassroots campaign to stop the climate crisis.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Emacs Commands

here are a bunch of commands that i frequently use in Emacs.

1. cut : space to select and then cntl+w
2. copy: space and alt + w
3. paste: cntl + y
4. begining of line : cntl + a
5. end of line : cntl + e
6. split screen : cntl+x 3
7. increase screen size : cntl+x cntl+{
8. if u wana execute a command "n" times
alt+ N and then the command
9. switch between buffer cntl+x and B
10. switch a read only buffer cntl+x cntl+q
11. switch betwen frames cntl+x O

and how do I browse my c/c++ code in emacs I use etags.
but creating etags can be such a pain sometimes. it doesnt have a -R (recursive) option
and we have to provide each input file to create a tag file. this is how i do it.

i use a find command to find all the cpp and hpp files that i need and pipe it to etags and ask it to append it to an existing tag file.

find . -name "*.cpp" -o -name "*.hpp" | etags -o TagFile -

note the - at the end of the command.

more to come but if you have some interesting trick do comment me.

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

Ths is about the review for Code Geass.

I know no one wants a spoiler whch tels u about what exactly happens, but i will tell u enough to get u interested in watching this one of a kind awesome series.

to get to the stats right away this is what I think about the series

story line : too good

superpowers / superhero : reasonable but why I like this is because unlike the other
animi this hero relies on brains more than the brawn

action : hmm not so great this is not the strong point for this series. and not needed as well.

romance: non existence

graphics : you can watch.

twists and turns : more than what you bargain for.

If you are into good story and do not mind not having "kill it all" kinda action then this is the one for you.

--- outline ---

what I am gona say here is only the first episode,

somewhere in the future.. there came up a superpower nation called Britania which conquered most of the world. and its latest target is Japan which it conquers as well.

the britanian Empire battles not with guns tanks or airplanes but by machines called as "Nighmares" and there are lot of advanced versions of Nighmares available.

Our Hero Lelouch is a Britanian prince but for some reason he is in excile along with his sister Naunally.. u can find out why soon.

He has a friend Susaku Kurarugi who is a Japanese boy. and the only ambition for Lelouch.. a normal Individual but a former prince is to conquer Britania and change the world.

And Change the world he does but not without sacrifices and sorrows.


Thursday, October 30, 2008

Paravathamalai Trekking experience

Just came back from the one day trek to paravathamalai with CTC. and yes I am back in one piece !!!

Thirteen trekking enthusiasts decided to take on the 3000 feet peak of paravathamalai. It was a different experience this time around as all thirteen ppl went in a tempo traveler and had to travel 5 hrs to reach or destination. Radha the rat who climbs all the rocks and pebbles was organising the show.
The day before the trek it was raining cats and dogs. I was seriously worried about how the trek is going to turn out under heavy rain. On top of this Radha scrared me more about the gadaparai rock climbing which was supposed to be 90 degree steep climb and just imagining the slipery rocks in the rain sent the shivers though me. well at that point there was no turning back and cursing someone I woke up at 3:00 in the morning to start my journey.
We started around 4:40 from Guindy. Had our breakfast on the way and even managed to watch a movie in the van. When we reached kadaladi it was 9:45 and everyone stated the climb with there backpacks carrying 3 to 4 liters of water and a raincoat :-)
Everyone was expecting rain on that day which fortunately decided to stay away till the evening. we carried bread for lunch and lots of water.
There was clear trail which everyone could easily follow. We had to just follow the white arrows marked in stones. The climb to the top was the most difficult and strenuous. And the steep climb just before reaching the temple was really scary to some people especially to me and it was also the highlight of our trek. We were in no hurry today and took our of time to enjoy the view on the way and there were plenty of photo shoots. The scenic view of the place was just amazing and can not be explained in words.

But even more amazing was how we eneded up shooting pictures of our shoes with the mountains in the background. Thanks to SriNidhi our official photographer, We were able to take a lot of pictures.

After a long and hard 4 hrs climb we reached the temple at around 2:00 where we encountered some monkey problems. One of our bread packs and many of our water bottles were stolen be a group of monkeys who gave us company till our visit there.

We started our decent around 16:30 by climbing down the gadaparai rocks first. It was pretty scarry and I was trying all the tricks in the book to keep myself from getting scared. you dont feel anything while climbing up but when you climb down is when you realize how steep the rocks are.

On our way down we found some shops where we took a break to have some lime soda. After that we took one more short break for water on the way before reaching ground zero.
Everyone reached safely back to ground by 18:45 and the downhill was pretty easy. We reached back to Chennai around 24:00.

Only regret being, this time there were no scars to take back home :-)