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Mar. 16th, 2011 | 01:40 am

Computer Science!

Dijsktra wouldn't be proud of this state of the art, would he?
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Lost items.

Mar. 13th, 2011 | 12:43 am

Seen in an Indiana University classifieds forum.

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Here cometh the fledgling academic.

Jan. 2nd, 2011 | 12:15 am


Hi. This is your humble correspondent reporting from Bloomington, Indiana, in the United States of America, home to Indiana University's lovely campus. My purpose here is to begin the Ph.D. programme in Computer Science this spring term and thus generally have a mix of nice time and miserable time for the next few years. I was admitted for the fall term but had to defer it to spring due to various, umm, circumstances. I do miss home, Bangalore, and the tropical country weather, but Bloomington is such a pretty little university town and should adequately compensate for all feelings of nostalgia and homesickness.

At the time of writing, there's still 24 minutes left to the end of January 1, and that is barely enough time left to wish a rather belated happy new year to the few people still reading this livejournal thing. So, happy new year, yo.

I reached here on Friday, early in the morning, after a short-ish flight, another long-ish and delayed flight, some missing piece of luggage from this long-ish flight (lesson learned: the next time, distribute the underwear evenly into every piece of luggage you have; also: give up on Air India already), then a cancelled flight, some twelve hours of waiting in Chicago airport, and then another short-ish flight to Indianapolis and then an hour-long cab ride to Bloomington. I'd been checking weather reports for the last couple of months, worrying that I might freeze to death the moment I step out of the artificially warmed interiors of one of these airports, but that hasn't happened yet. The day I came here, it actually turned out to be quite warm (12° C), but it's been getting colder again. Right now, the town is very quiet; in a week or so it's going to teem with students again; I get to enjoy the peace and quiet and cold in the meanwhile. I'm looking for a place to live, so I'm also knocking on various doors and annoying various people.

My film stash and a couple of film cameras have survived the trip, but at this point I don't know how much of the film photography obsession a poor, impoverished, sleep-deprived graduate student could afford. Let's hope for the best!
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A September evening.

Oct. 16th, 2010 | 01:05 pm


A certain tall expatriate visited us last month, and although he was quite busy with his mysterious activities (which we suspect involved strange people, alcohol, gluttony, little children, and late nights), we managed to drag him about in the ooru for an afternoon. This day was memorable for my new old Pentax ME Super broke by lunchtime. But I managed to shoot two rolls of film using the other good camera during this walk-about. Here are bunch of them, all shot on the very inexpensive, expired, ISO 125 Sterling film, pushed to ISO 800: a rather maniac experiment that gave some surprisingly decent results.

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But is it art?

Sep. 14th, 2010 | 12:21 am


Results of a recent wandering, processed right after a week. I made a mess of the film, basically because of lack of patience and maybe because I'm out of practice. Anyhow I like the quick feedback loop when you process film soon after it's shot -- kind of like the preview on LCD screen of a digital camera, but better... somehow. I should make time for this more often.

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