Indian passengers ‘harassed’ by Dutch – True or False?

August 26, 2006 at 12:55 am (Uncategorized)

Abstract: “What would you do when a dozen people talking in an unknown language, having the racial profile as South Asian, all Muslims, talking and passing excitedly on cellphones in a plane, changing the seats repeatedly, and don’t repeatedly listen to the flight attendent’s orders when¬†Air travel world over has been placed at heightened threat level?¬†Discomfort a few people for few hours or put your entire plane to risk?”

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Pluto – No longer a planet

August 25, 2006 at 10:19 pm (Uncategorized)

In an interesting move, a large body of astronomers collected under the aegis of IAU (International Astronomers Union) decided to demote the status of Pluto to a dwarf planet, instead of regular planet. It means our solar system has only 8 planets and not 9, as we studied till now. Read the rest of this entry »

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Banning Coke and Pepsi? You must be kidding, my dear Indians

August 10, 2006 at 11:55 pm (Uncategorized)

I read the reports of Indian states banning Pepsi and Coke, with great dismay. Not that I don’t support the use of healthy drinks like Coconut drink and properly purified fruit juices (do they exist in Indian??), but I don’t think banning Coke and Pepsi has any scientific validity. Read the rest of this entry »

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What I did in the last 2 months

August 10, 2006 at 2:20 am (Uncategorized)

Since, I was not blogging I must have been doing something in the last two months. Oops, nothing meaningful comes out. Anyway, I’ll summarize what I did.

First, and most importantly I defended my thesis (on June 5th… google for what happened on June 5th) without offending my dignity. So, they allowed me to pass and here I am – Balaji Viswanathan, M.S. The defense was slightly strenuous and lots of technical and math questions. Pretty grilling indeed. Read the rest of this entry »

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Back to Biking

August 9, 2006 at 11:30 pm (Uncategorized)

After a gap of 2 years, I’m again back to biking thanks to the biker-friendly area of Redmond. I was a pretty much enthusiastic cyclist between the age of 12 to 21 and pretty much used cycle during all of my high school and college. I had a pretty good race bike in my college and drove it more than 10K miles in 4 years. I loved it a lot and miss it greatly. I’ve always dreamed of driving around the world in a bike (though it might never come true, I can at least try to go for longer bike tours). Read the rest of this entry »

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I’m back to Blogging

August 8, 2006 at 11:42 pm (Uncategorized)

Hey Guys… Sorry for the long hiatus. I’m now goin to restart my vigorous blogging habit. I’ll write detailed posts on what was happening in the last 2 months to me and to the world, in general.

In short, my status changed from a Masters student to a Software Design Engineer in the Windows core team of Microsoft with me successfully defending my Masters thesis in June.

I was pretty lax in my communication (through blogs, orkut, mails and phone) and now I’m gonna pack all my energy to get me back to the communication forest.

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