Mystical aura of Dec 21,2012

Mayan civilization was one of the most advanced civilizations in terms of knowledge in astronomy. They had evolved simple tools to predict complex astronomical events. The calender they have invented would surprisingly end on Dec 21st, 2012. It marks the end of a 26,000 yeah sun cycle.

Lately my attention has been drawn into an age old debate of life after Dec 21st, 2012.  The debate has got an element of mysticism after a rare book was found in an book exhibition in Greece. The author of the book was none other than Nostradamus. Now famously called as ‘The lost book of Nostradamus”.  The book contains 7 mysterious drawings, each one having a wheel and a ribbon at the top.  Theorist propose how each one of them foretell the future of of the earth being influenced by astronomical events.  At the end of the 7th drawing, the page has an empty wheel with no spokes and a book with empty pages.

Mayan civilization was one of the most advanced civilizations in terms of knowledge in astronomy. They had evolved simple tools to predict complex astronomical events.  The calender they have invented would surprisingly end on Dec 21st, 2012.  It marks the end of a 26,000 yeah sun cycle.

But in astronomy Dec 21st, 2012 is an exciting day. It marks a rare event of sun aligning in with the center of the universe. This event happens once in 26,000 years with the last one being around the time of ice age.  This event is called Dark Rift.

Some of the prophecies written by Nostradamus :

Quatrain 1:55
there will be a great shedding of blood
heaven will appear unjust
both on land and sea and in the air
cults, famine, kingdoms, plagues,confusion

Quatrain 2:3
because of heat like that’s of the sun on the sea
the fish around negrepont will be half-cooked
when in rhodes and genoa there is lack of food

Quatrain 5:98
at a latitude of 48 degree at the end of cancer
there is a very great drought
fish in the sea, river and lake boiled hectic
from the fire in the sky

Quatrain 1:65
atop the summit fractures will appear
the lightning will shatter the stones
three without chains bound up around the middle

presage 16
conjoined here, in the sky manifested
it enter
little rain .. the sky and earth dries
undone, death, caught, arrived at a  bad hour



System on Chip

Its being developed in the area as taken by the processors of present times. It can theoretically do the computation of hundreds of processors. It has an element of parallelism in it. Its called as System On Chip.

Gone are the days when  processors were single core or multiple cores based. In the days of high computing requirements, an alternative technology is being developed. Its being developed in the area as taken by the processors of present times. It can theoretically do the computation of  hundreds of processors. It has an element of parallelism in it. Its called as System On Chip.

Each of these SoC’s are made up of 2D mesh network. A module is present at each of the intersections in the mesh. In turn each of these modules consists of a controller which routes the data to be processed . Also modules are the processing unit of the setup. They contain the algorithm of a particular application which is used for analysing the data. Typically a mesh consists of a NxN network of modules.

The data to be processed is initially split up into small bits. They are assigned a module address and using a main buffer, they are  sent across to the network where the modules receive them and analyze .Then they come up with a result. This result is sent across to the main buffer which would reorganize the results. As the number of modules increase, the processing capability of a SoC would also increase.

I’ve been fortunate to have been working on it for past one year where as a team we have been trying to implement it  on an FPGA . Also the designs developed would be tested in next 2 months. With all the efforts we have put in we are hoping for the best 🙂

Analysis – Art of Teaching

Analysis of the art of teaching within the purview of Indian System.

An individual always gets an opportunity in his student days to experience a teacher who has just entered the profession. The reception the teacher gets depends on the age scale of the students.  The younger the students are, the better the teacher is accepted, irrespective of the quality of teaching. As the students get older, there is always a sense of restlessness if the teacher is not upto the mark as expected by the students. If the first few sessions doesn’t go well with the students and a feedback mechanism is absent, the students generally start creating trouble for the want of missing the class.

I happened to experience the same recently. A new lecturer had joined the college and we were all curious to know how she would cope up with our antics and teach a subject at the senior level. It so happened that the 1st day she took the class, she had a very bad beginning. Her body language was provocative by trying to dominate with the word Go. Also the what she took things was very bad. Her threshold levels were very low when it came to silence and she incidentally taught less and scolded more. This hit upon the psychology of the students on how they perceived her and the level of respect they had for the new lecturer. This continued for more than 3-4 sessions and by that time student had started provoking the teacher. There was a drastic shift in the level of respect she was getting.

After 7-8 days she did settle down by increasing her threshold level to the disturbance created by the students and also by concentrating on the content she was teaching. As this improved there was again a considerable shift in the psychology of the student. having seen that their antics is not getting the due attention, students became independent in their approach . Instead of directly provoking her, they were involved in their work without disturbing the class. Thus the level of respect to the lecturer from the students had increased without their knowledge. It was a non violent strategy followed by the lecturer and it did work out . But this created a new challenge of getting the students involved in the content she was teaching in.

Thus for a teacher, getting the respect initially a big challenge compared to any other thing. Once a level of respect is achieved , he/she can weave her web of control and get the students to swing to her tunes. Once this critical point is achieved, a teacher more a step ahead in becoming a successful teacher.

Teaching is a challenging profession. Not all teachers are born to be one. Nevertheless they adopt themselves and try to bring out the best in them.   Its a mystical profession where one can control the thought process of hundreds of young minds leading to a better future for themselves and the generation ahead.