Yuvi Panda

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Testing Platen Blog Editor

Ever since the death of Windows Live Writer, I’ve never managed to find a nice blog editor that I really liked and also worked fine. I had a nice Vim plugin that posted to wordpress for a while, but that seems to have stopped working. The WordPress interface itself is mostly fine, but still a fair bit ‘meh’.

Platen is a markdown based editor that’s a Chrome Web Store app that looks cool so far. Let me see if it actually works.

Comedy Central Censored in India

Comedy Central has been banned in India for the next ten days. Reasons?

Whereas, the programme showed a man performing an act of stand_up comedy and mouthing vulgar words accompanied by obscene and suggestive gesture and gyration. During his performance, the man was shown uttering dialogues denigrating women, indecently and crudely referred to sex organs of men-and women and the sing-song rendition by the man sought to pornographically describe .the male lust, depicting women as a commodify of sex. The portrayal appeared to deprave, corrupt and injure the public morality or morals

By that logic, I suppose 90% of all Indian Movies (and especially songs) should be banned too.

“Science progresses one funeral at a time” – Max Plank. Not just science….

Emotional Blackmail

Potential trigger warning

I keep trying to tell myself “People are not evil. They are just doing the best they can with what they have”. But then I’ve to read shit like this, and I’m not so sure anymore.

Growing up to lose respect for people you considered heros is a horrible thing. Friends don’t let friends fall prey to emotional blackmail.

Autosuggest for Tamil in Android Keyboard

Screenshot of Tamil autocomplete

Screenshot of Autosuggest working in Tamil on my variant of the Android keyboard. I’ve been working on this on and off for the last few months (this is also my final year project in college). I’ve ported all of the jQuery.IME languages to work on the keyboard natively.

Now experimenting with Autosuggest. It only needs an appropriate dictionary now and we’ll be good to go. Currently I’m getting Autosuggest working only on Tamil, but the plan is to get it to work for all Indian languages. The method I am using (convert everything back to latin chars, then do autocorrect / autosuggest) means it should be trivial to extend to any transliteration based input method.

Wheeee! This is very much a simple ‘celebratory’ post. Will blog actual details soon.

Remembering the dead

Potential trigger warning

Like if you ask three separate groups of Canadian households how much they’ll pay to save two thousand, twenty thousand, or two hundred thousand birds from dying in oil ponds, the three groups will respectively state that they’re willing to pay seventy-eight, eighty-eight, and eighty dollars. No difference, in other words. It’s called scope insensitivity. Your brain imagines a single bird struggling in an oil pond, and that image creates some amount of emotion that determines your willingness to pay. But no one can visualize even two thousand of anything, so the quantity just gets thrown straight out the window.

– HPMOR on Scope insensitivity

2013 Boston Marathon bombing

List of wars by death toll

Iraq Body Count

Leading causes of preventable death worldwide

6 million children dying of hunger every year

[4 kids dead every minute in India just from preventable diseases


As brion mentioned on IRC a while ago, us humans aren’t really doing that good, are we?

I feel helpless and crushed. I am helpless and crushed. But not as much as the 20 kids who died in this country while I was writing this post.

Greatest Fear

A lot of people confuse being physically alone with being lonely. Not even remotely close to being the same thing.

Leaving ICICI Bank

I’m going to be moving all my cash off ICICI and on to… somewhere else (undecided) ASAP.

They have paste disabled everywhere, by placing onpaste=”return false” on all their text elements. I know that this is easily fixable, so let me open inspector by right cli-oh!

Screen Shot 2013-04-06 at 6.39.54 AM

Well, no matter – I can simply use a short cut. Once getting rid of the frustrating onpaste, I found this in the HTML right below it:

Screen Shot 2013-04-06 at 6.40.28 AM


I have spent far too much time in the company of people who set in motion the process that results in stuff like this (and their blinking ‘NEW!’ gifs), and I’m not going to be anywhere near where they are.

Now to find a Bank that hires less incompetent people…

Update: For good measure, they’ve now locked me out of the account, so a good part of my cash is now locked in there. Should go the physical location asap and transfer all of it out.




Code in Times New Roman

Quoting from Anna University’s guidelines for submitting a ‘project report’

Appendix 1: Sample Code. Font style: Times New Roman, Font Size:12 and 1.5 line spacing.

Shoot me now.

Experiencing ‘Embrace, Extend & Extinguish’

I am too young to remember Microsoft doing anything that could be considered effective ‘Embrace, Extend & Extinguish’ (my first browser when using internet at home was Firefox 0.9), and hence could never appreciate the general suspicion with which everything Microsoft was viewed with. Google’s handling of Reader has remedied that for me, however. I was around to witness all the events that Ed Bott at ZDNet discusses, and hopefully I have learnt my lesson.

Fool me once…

On Whatsapp

Whatsaapp (and GTalk) has completely replaced SMS for me. The only sore point was that it was not ‘Android’y enough – looked too much like an iOS port, but it worked well enough (and had enough people in it) that my forays into Hike were never long enough. The latest update fixes the design to be a lot more flat and pleasing to the eyes, and I’m quite happy to stick to it. (Plus I just ran into their post about why Advertising sucks, so doubly happy to support them :) )