23 May 2016
Finally, the coding period of GSoC 16 has begun. I don’t know if my Welcome Package has been delivered. So that is the first thing I am going to ask folks back home when I call them tomorrow. I am really excited about the stuff I will be working on this summer. It could not have been better, I am actually getting paid to do something which I would have taken up otherwise too (more on the cool stuff I am buying later). My project this year is related to Artificial Intelligence. I will be working on Python Implementations of algorithms for the new edition of the book Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach. I am already learning a lot as I am reading the book and the code. The project has an awesome set of mentors/contributors who are way-way-way more experienced and knowledgeable than me. I guess working alongside them will be a good boost to my code quality. I also hope that by the end of the summer I will develop a solid understanding of many of the topics in the book along with some useful code :P.
13 May 2016
Well almost!. I need to survive another Compree on 16th. Looking back this one has been a real mixed bag and I am glad that it is getting over. The temperatures here are unbearable and I really want to go home and rest now before serious GSoC work gets started. Unfortunately, this will not be possible thanks to the Code. Fun. Do. design deadline on 20th.
06 Jan 2016
Jekyll is a simple template generator that allows you to host blogs on GitHub pages. Sometimes it may be required to host multiple blogs using a single GitHub profile. This need may arise in the case when you might want to separate your personal blog with a tech blog. In my case I wanted the posts related to my Machine Learning Notes to appear separately and in a slightly different format.
05 Jan 2016
As this year’s new year resolution Wait! Let’s not call it a new year resolution as it tends to increase the chances of failure. As an attempt to get a little fit I have decided to try out the 7-minute workout. Besides my laziness, another reason why I have been avoiding exercise in the morning is that I feel it may drain too much energy and I won’t have much left for the rest of day. Recently I came across this post which mentions exactly the opposite of what I think. The reason behind their theory is endorphins. Endorphins are natural painkillers and released when we exercise but the good point is that they remain in the body throughout the day and make us feel happy. So I bought into all of the above and today is my first day of the experiment.