Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Perfect Rainbow!

I took these snapshots near the newly built dorms at George Mason University's Fairfax Campus. On closely observing these, one can see the second lighter rainbow just above the first. Honestly speaking, this is the first time ever that I saw such a perfect beauty of nature! Anyways, I wouldn't have experienced it if there were no thunderstorm warning, which made us to leave earlier..

Monday, June 23, 2008

IQ Game

To start press the BIG BLUE button.
The RULES are as follows:
1, Only two people can travel at once
2, Daddy (with short brown hair) can not stay with the girls (long hair) without the presence of the mother
3, Mum (with long bluish hair) cant stay with the boys (short hair) without the presence of the father
4, The arrested red-hair girl in stipy outfit cannot stay with any of the family members
5, Only the Police officer and the parents can drive the boat across the river

Click on the people you want to transport
To use the boat click on the red dots next to the boat

Following is some unauthentic info about it:
This test was developed and used in Japan for job and university IQ tests
Mainly used in the IT sector
This test is solved in around 15mins (in Japan)

If you succeed in:
  • 4 minutes: you are a Genius
  • 6 minutes: You are exceptionally intelligent
  • 10 minutes:You are very intelligent
  • 20 minutes:You are average
  • 25 minutes: You are a bit slow
  • 30 minutes or more: You are terrible
Finally, I did it in 6 minutes. But, I am sure that I am missing the atoms of an exceptionally intelligent human being. :D

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

CodeIDE: An Online IDE

Online apps are the way of the future they say, and if you needed more proof there’s now an online IDE for programmers called CodeIDE. CodeIDE is an in-browser development environment that mixes a text field for writing code, a debug panel, a command line input and other tools.
So far CodeIDE supports Basic, Pascal, C++, Perl, Javascript, HTML, MATH and LISP. Registered users get chat tools which can be used to solicit help and advice from other users. If you sign up for an account you’ll also get access to organizational tool like projects and files.
While the text field-based text editor has some impressive features like syntax highlighting, line numbering and search and replace capabilities, I doubt it’s going to replace emacs or Vi for the serious coder.
But aside from the limited text editor feature, CodeIDE is an impressive setup and when used in conjunction with a real text editor the debug features are just a cut-and-paste away. Where applicable (HTML mainly) the debug window auto updates so you can see your markup as you enter it.
While it isn’t all that useful, there’s a nice little AJAXy widget that show live debug results from other users which is kind of fun to watch. There’s also a forum and wiki, though both are a bit short on content since the site just went live a couple of days ago.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Where do you sit in class!

Ha, ha, haaa!

ISLAMABAD - June 16: A sergeant of the
Islamabad Traffic Police issuing a ticket to a city policeman for jumping the ‘red light’ at Radio Pakistan crossing on Monday.—Photo by G.A. Zaidi

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Yes, he said Insect :|

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects. - Robert A. Heinlein, "Lazarus Long"

Sunday, June 08, 2008

My MS Thesis

On 2nd June, 2008, I started my M.S. Thesis study in a sort of official manner. I requested my advisor Dr. Tecuci and supervisor Dr. Boicu to suggest me a thesis topic. I did it deliberately as I had a bad experience in working on one of my own research topic as part of my undegraduation final year project, where all the responsibility and planning lied with me and all that a supervisor asks you is 'watsp' or 'howz it goin'. So, my understandings lead me to have supervision in the sense of transfer of knowledge, experience, and planning ability.

Also, I added one single condition in regard to my research topic that they might propose: Some how, I want to work in parallel to the Semantic Web Activity. Fortunately, they already had a broad vision about such a project in relation to Disciple System. Eventually, in the next meeting, I was introduced to the vision, direction, timeline, opportunities, and expectations. And, I loved it!

The Disciple System, which is a brainchild of Dr. Tecuci, was not developed since its inception, while keeping in mind a compliance with the artifacts of the semantic web. In the recent years, however, a lot work was done to get the most out of OWL, while extending it where it was required. Now, the related standards have all matured, and at the same time new standards are being developed. To achieve a strong compliance b/w Disciple and those standards, I am required to study, observe, and participate in development of a couple (or may be single) standards, which provide the same (or more) facilities that Disciple is providing in a non-standard way. This would be achieved by identifying relevant W3C working groups (RIF etc), and seeking memberships. Following this, we would rebuild certain components of Disciple to conform to norms of semantic web standards and would come up with some sort of association b/w non-conventional expert systems and semantic web.

Yes, it's all very much abstract as of now and it remains like this traditionally. The more I'll study, the narrower the vision will be, till the moment when I'll be able to say it all in a couple of statements, known as the Thesis Statement.

That's it!