Monday, August 22, 2016

Python Oddity

Here is a Python oddity that I discovered while teaching students.

If negative indexing should work right,

then for a string m='string',

>>> m='string'
>>> m[:-1]
>>> m[:0]
>>> m[-1]
>>> m[0:]
>>> m[:-1]
>>> m[:0]

I want to know how to access the entire string using the negative index?

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Ten reasons that I miss a partner, husband!

I am divorced lady living alone. If you ask me, if I ever miss marriage or wedded bliss, I would not hesitate a second to tell no. The way I have seen marriage is worse than my worst nightmare. Oh wait, isn't that conflicting with the title of this post. Please be patient, while I write it out.

There are some things that I do miss about marriage, here is the list of the reasons.

  1. There are times when I am working on my computer, and I want to drink tea, I just miss someone to bring me tea at that particular without me having to move my parked assets, if you know what I mean.
  2. There are times that I am late to places where I have to be, thats absolutely the time when I miss someone to take me there while I handle my personal stuff.
  3. A guy near my house told me that he has been observing me over the past few days and has fallen in love with me. I wanted someone to punch him in the face right there, because right now, I am having problems with diet, and stuff. Yeah, I know man, a personal, unpaid, bodyguard is what I need.
  4. One time I fell ill, and I was not able to move from my bed, let alone go to work or eat.Thats the necessity. I mean, I know, a personal nurse who can wipe  whatever.
  5. Whenever I see my house unclean, I definitely miss having a partner to clean it up..:D A in house servant who will not steal stuff.
  6. Buying grocery, oh man, how I miss someone to carry my stuff. My personal trained luggage tag along.
  7. Someone to keep track of my things especially when I misplace stuff, someone who can find things I misplaced.
  8. Everytime I travel, a personal assistant who can pack, unpack, keep abreast with the travel itenerary, etc would definitely not hurt.
  9. Someone to cook good food, ah, a in house servant would not hurt.
  10. Coming back home, I definitely would love to see someone wait for me with loving eyes. A dog would definitely help.
I am going to shut my mouth after these, just in case, I might have not triggered some decent, well behaved husbands and irked them.

If someone did get irritated, yes please, that was the original purpose.

Mission acccomplished!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Wikiconference 2016, Chandigarh, August 5-7, 2016

I was one amongst the 103 participants who were awarded the scholarships to attend the Wikiconference 2016, Chandigarh, August 5-7, 2016 held at Chandigarh Group of Colleges, Landran, Mohali, Chandigarh, India.

I took an AirAsia flight on 4th August 2016 from Bangalore Kempegowda International Airport without having as much a clue of others who were traveling on the same flight to attend the same conference.

When I reached the Chandigarh International Airport, volunteers holding the plaque cards for the Wikiconference caught my attention and was escorted to the airport lounge where the other Wikipedians from the various Indian communities were waiting to picked up and transported to the venue, Chandigarh Group of Colleges.

The various contributors for the Wikipedia started arriving one by one, slowly trickling in, from Sanskrit, Malayalam, Tamil, Konkani, Telugu, Hindi, English, Bengali, some Bangladeshi contributors, and so many other people that I cannot either count or remember right now. It was here that I met Mahalakshmi, the Sanskrit Wikipedia contributor, Harriet Vidyasagar, Konkani Wikipedia enthusiast and a couple of others. Little did I know that I would be sharing my accomodation with these two wonderful ladies and another Bengali wikipedian, Sumita Roy whom we met later on the Chandigarh Group of College campus.

The friendly volunteers ensured that the atmosphere was light. Since I was hungry, I grabbed a Samosa from the only airport stall that was located near by, while Mahalakshmi grabbed herself a bread sandwich.

After sometime, we were all directed to Chandigarh Group of College buses that were waiting to escort us to the location.

How the next three days passed is something that I cannot describe in words. Also, I need to provide the pictures talk for themselves while I need to shut my mouth.

Here are the pictures of the college campus, the various events that I attended, spread over the three days.

Thats a lot of pictures summing up the journey of that place.